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The parish records for Boconnoc, Cornwall, England have him baptised on May 26, 1833. The "Haley Family History" has him born in 1832. Ms. Buchannan has him born in August 1833. I am inclined to think that he was born in April and baptised in May. There is a William, son of William and Elizabeth, christened in Lanreath on November 11, 1849. Was he re-baptised?

I found this particular Haley family listed in the 1881 census at page 38 of District 167 (East Middlesex), Sub district 2 (West Nissouri Township), as family 170. This is found on reel # C-13269. He is shown as a farmer. They are listed as Epis-Methodists. The name is shown as "Halley" which is different than all the other records I have. Normally it is shown as "Haley"; the only exception that I found previously was "Hal " which was how it was shown in the index of marriages for Nissouri Township as compiled by . By this time Elizabeth, my great grandmother, had married John Timms and had given birth to my grandfather, John Timms in 1880. The clipping relating to Elizabeth's marriage to John Timms, from Austin Timms, says that Elizabeth's parents lived on the 4th line in Nissouri.

In the Ontario Archives in Toronto, I found a deed from a Richard Kelly to William Haley dated May 27, 1876 for 100 acres, being the west half of Lot 27, Concession 5, West NIssouri, for $400.00. On August 2, 1888, as executrix of William Haley, gives the land to John Haley. That must mean that William left it in his will to John. Mary also gives 50 acres to Albert at the same time. So he too must have been in the will. Then in December 17, 1906, Mary Bridgeman, Elisabeth Timms, Maria German sign a quit claim to that portion owned by Albert. That must be because Albert was selling the land to William Pickell. As for John, he sells his 50 acres to George Morden in 1887.

The 1891 census shows this family on page 28 of West Nissouri Township; family 133. Mary is shown as a widow at age 55 on April 16th. She was born in Ireland as were her parents. She is Methodist. The others living there were: William, age 23, single, born in Ontario, farmer; Abraham, age 20, single born in Ontario, farmer; Isaac, married, (L?), born in Ontario, farmer; Mary, 18, married, (L?), born in Ontario with father born in the USA and mother in Ontario; and Florence, age 1, born in Ontario (L?). Finally, there is a Maria Sinclair living there, age 29, a widow, born in Ontario, with parents born in England and Ireland. Presumably, this is Maria born in 1862. It also makes one wonder whether her second husband was James St. Clair or Sinclair. There are several persons named James Sinclair in the 1881 census. They are married or too young but perhaps one became a widower and then died before 1891. Or I may have the order of the husbands reversed.

The death and birth information on the family page comes from the cemetery records for the North Nissouri Cemetery on Lot 34, Con. W. Nissouri Township. This was a Presbyterian Cemetery and is now a United Church one. The records were compiled for the London branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society - it is No. 115 in the series.


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His birth date is his baptism date in the parish records at Boconnoc.

There is no record of the baptisms in Boconnoc, of any of the children of William and Elizabeth, past James. Does this mean that they were born and baptised elsewhere or or that they were not baptised? I have noted that quite a number of the Haley children's baptisms were noted as "private." I don't know what this means; were they not members of the Church of England?

Since noting the above, I have found that the children from Isaac through to Richard were christened in Lanreath where William and Elizabeth were married.

I have also found them in the 1841 census for Lanreath. They lived at 1 Purfill - I assume an address. However, only William and Elizabeth and the children William James and Maria appear at ages 7, 2 and 4. I believe that I have found the son John, age 10, working as an agricultural labourer nearby, with the Wilcock family. The illegitimate child of the niece Britannia was a Wilcock.

I have a great deal of information regarding this couple and their offspring. For the most part, it comes from a document entitled "Haley History", which comes to me from my aunt Vera Timms. It is dated in 1966 and speaks of "grandfather and grandmother Haley", referring to William Haley and Elizabeth Hamm. Presumably therefore, it was written by one of their actual grand children and probably an American in Kansas. There are echo of the history in the notes to the family tree found on volume 1 of WFT, tree #2637. Since writing the above I have looked at "Reflections on a Haley Picnic," which is attached as a note to the above WFT and, a copy of which has been sent to me by Carol Falaro. Here are the notes:

Haley History

"Grandfather and Grandmother Haley [William Haley and Elizabeth Hamm] were born in Cornwall County, England early in the nineteenth century and were married about 1828. He was the son of Abraham Haley and the grandson of Isaac Haley, which is as far back as any history of the Haley Family has record.

Grandmother Haley was the daughter of Thomas and Joanna Hamm. Thomas was a soldier and fought in the battle of Waterloo under Wellington. Our people in England were nearly all soldiers or sailors.

Grandfather and Grandmother Haley became the parents of nine children, seven boys and two girls. Seven of them grew to maturity. The names of the children were John, William, Maria, James, Isaac, Abraham, Richard, Nicholas who was drowned in the spring as a small child, and Elizabeth who died when young.

In England Grandfather and Grandmother had decided to emigrate to Australia, but before they could save enough to pay for the voyage inducements were sent out by the Canadian government to home seekers so grandfather sent three of his eldest children [John, James and Maria, as they were grown-up] to Canada to try their luck. This was in the year 1847 and they sent back a favorable report that they had obtained work, and finally sent back money to bring over the remaining members of family.

Grandfather and grandmother sailed with the other children about 1850 in the month of April. They came in a sailing vessel and had a long tedious, boisterous voyage of six weeks, during which time they encountered a storm that drifted them back 700 miles, but they finally landed in Quebec Canada. They took a river boat up the St. Lawrence to Toronto, then went East to Toronto, and settled in the County of Durham, Township of Darlington, near Bowmanville.

After a few years they went farther west in Canada and settled in Perth and Middlesex Counties, Ontario, north of London. There the young folks grew to maturity. Some of them took land which was heavily timbered. It had to be cleared before it was available for farming purposes. Before the younger members of the family were old enough to take government land, it had all been taken so they farmed on rented land, made some money, married and began to raise families. Seeing a need of a home of their own they decided to move farther west.

In the year 1870 the U.S. government was sending out information that there was plenty of good land for home steading in Kansas. Isaac and Abe desiring land made a trip west as far as Missouri in 1868, but finding no homestead land they returned as harvest was coming on. In 1870 they went west again in May, in search of land. Government reports stated that Kansas was settling up fast, and the Solomon Valley was recommended. They bought tickets for Solomon, but on arriving there they found no transportation up the valley. They started out on foot, and walked as far as Lindsey [the county seat] the first day and after a night's rest, went on to Minneapolis.

On being told that there was still some homestead land a little farther up the valley, they started on straight north, and after going six miles they found a vacant half-section, the south half of section 30 in Logan Township. Isaac homesteaded the southwest quarter and Abe the southeast quarter. After filing on the land Isaac proceeded to build a house 14' by 16' and after its completion engaged a neighbor to break up five acres of sod, then he and Abe returned to Canada and after harvesting their crops returned to Kansas with their families, arriving at the old homestead in 1870.

In 1871 Grandfather and Grandmother and their son Dick went to Ottawa County. Dick was just of age and he found a delinquent quarter section of land just across the road from Abe which he filed on and proved out.

In 1872 John and Jim went to Ottawa County and on finding no homestead land, they each bought 80 acres. John bought bottom land a short way northeast of Bennington and Jim bought bottom land about three miles west of Delphos.

William stayed in Canada and Maria went to Michigan, near Flint.

The early settlers in Kansas saw some very hard times, such as the younger generation know nothing about. For instance, the cost of living was high and scarce they were no wells and the settlers had used pond water from seep holes, which was very unhealthful. The winter of 1870-71 Isaac and his wife and oldest son went through siege of typhoid fever, from which the son died. Abe and his wife and one of his children were down with the fever at the same time, but recovered. When Jim arrived with his family they soon contracted the typhoid fever. Jim, his wife Jane and their children Will and Jack [both well-known in the Delphos area], also Susan and Lizzie were all sick in bed at the same time. The result was that Jim and two daughters died, leaving Jane a widow. When she and the boys recovered, they carried on and enlarged their property, and each of the boys became owners of good homes. [Their descendants live in the Delphos area at present].

For about two years after coming to Ottawa County, they would frequently get a report that the Indians were on the war-path north of them, and were coming their way. The man armed, but the Indians never went that far south after 1870, except peaceably, for a few years bands of them would pass through on their way to Indian territory. Several years the settlers went west after the fall work was done to hunt buffalo, and procure meat for the winter. Then again they had grasshoppers to contend with when they harvested their crops, except wheat which was too early for them. They had two bad visits from the "hoppers."

The early Haleys, on account of their industry, honesty, frugality, and their spirit of "stick-to-it" all made good, and were all respected and highly esteemed citizens and neighbors in the communities in which they lived. They have all gone to their Eternal Home. John Haley, who was the father of Albert and John was the last of his family to depart this life."

This was written by Emanuel Haley, the eldest son of Isaac Haley at an unknown date and recopied by a Tom Murphy, nephew of Alva and Gladys Inscho in April 1965. I expect that it formed the basis of the family history which is on deposit at the Museum in St. Marys.
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On pages 52 and 53 of the 1878 Illustrated Historical Atlas for the County of Middlesex, by H. R. Page & Co., Toronto, there is a map of the Township of West Nissouri. William Haley is shown as the owner of part of lot 29, concession V. Another William Haley is shown as the owner of part of lot 27 in the same concession. Each is shown as being 94 P.O., which means the Post Office in St. Marys.

At the following web site:, it is said that William Haley and Elizabeth Hamm went to Kansas in 1872 where he bought land and farmed briefly. He died there in 1879 and Elizabeth in 1875.