"A MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF JOHNSON AND HILL COUNTIES, TEXAS"|
M. Johnson, published in Chicago in 1892 by The Lewis Publishing Company
farmer, Hubbard, Texas.
Mr. Haley has been engaged in farming and stock-raising the principal part of his life, and to say that he thoroughly understands the details of both these enterprises would be but stating the facts very mildly indeed.
He is a self made man in all that the term implies, and what he has accomplished in the way of this world's goods is the result of his own industry and good management.
He was born in Mississippi, in April, 1855, and his father, William Haley, who was a successful farmer, entered the Confederate service at the breaking out of hostilities, and never returned to the farm.
The mother, Susie Haley, died in 1862, when King H. was but seven years of age, and he was reared by an elder sister.
His scholastic advantages were not of the best, but he was naturally of the studious turn, and is now classed among the well-informed men of the county.
He was the youngest of seven children who are named in the order of their births as follows:
Mary A. 1841-1924, married Ransom Rambo and now resides in Louisiana: (she reared our subject);
Elizabeth, came to Texas and died in McLennan county;
John died in the army;
Permelia died when young;
Thomas is a farmer of Limestone county, Texas;
and Frank is a farmer of Navarro county, Texas.
King H. Haley came to Texas in 1868, when but thirteen years of age, and first located in Milam county, where he worked on a farm for three years.
From there he went to Robertson county where he tilled the soil for five years, and then located in McLennan county, raising one crop there.
Navarro county was his next designation, and he was there married, in 1878, to Miss Sinai Barrington, daughter of John and Hulda Barrington, natives of Tennessee.
Mr. Barrington served through the Civil war and in 1866 came to the Lone Star State, settling in Freestone county, where he died in 1870, leaving his widow and six children.
Mrs. Barrington is still living and makes her home in Navarro county.
Mr. Haley bought fifty acres in 1879 and sold it in 1882, and bought 140 acres in 1882 and sold in 1884; farmed on rented land in Navarro county until 1884.
In 1879 he purchased fifty acres of raw land, and in 1882 he sold it and purchased an improved farm of 140 acres, on which he remained two years and sold it also.
From there went to Limestone county, where he purchased a farm of 158 acres and where he remained three years.
He then purchased about 714 acres of land in Hill county, in 1887, and here he has resided since. He now has it all under fence, has a commodious frame house, and outbuildings of a substantial character. He has 115 acres under cultivation, and everything about the place indicates to the beholder that an experienced hand is at the helm.
He is a Democrat in politics, and he and Mrs. Sinai Barrington Haley are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.
She was born January 6, 1864. Their union has been blessed by the birth of five interesting children: Coriettia, died October 25, 1880; Mary A., born September 22, 1882: Ollie M., born March 29, 1885; Eller J., born July 21, 1887; and Minnie L., born January 17, 1889.
These children are all bright and quick, and natural musicians.
Mr. Haley is one of the county's best citizens, and is worthy and upright in every respect.
Vida Cecille Haley 1892
Addie Annie Haley 1894
Finus Monroe Haley 1896
Ottie Herman Haley 1899
Leo Lafayette Haley 1901
Hiram Chester Haley 1904
Thelma Pauline Haley 1907