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Bennett Halley
1/17/1797 - 10/12/1863
Bennett Halley was born on January 17, 1797 somewhere in Maryland and died on October 12, 1863 in Wakulla County, Florida. He lived to be 66 years old.

He states in the 1850 census he was born in Alabama, later in the 1860 census he states he was born in Maryland. In the 1900 census his daughter, Susannah states he was born in Maryland, but son Caleb states he was born in Alabama.
Bennett married Mary Ballard on Jan.1, 1824 in Alabama. All of their children were born in Alabama. By 1843 he had moved to Florida and voted in Statehood Election (present day Iola, Calhoun Co. FL) in 1845. He is buried in McIntyre, FL. (located near Sopchoppy, FL)
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Land Deed AL   
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  Name: Benjamin Holley, Year: Earliest Township and Range Public Land Survey, State: Alabama, Principal Meridian: Huntsville Meridian (Northern Part of Alabama)
Southern District, North Part, Township N14, Range 2 East, sec.33, 13.181, 13.182

Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898  
Census1/1/1800 Baltimore City MD (Baltimore County) 2 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  Page 236, Roll #9 - John Haley (26-44), Males one (0 to 10), one ( 45 or older); females two (0-10) and one-wife (26 -44).

the older male may be John's father or father-in-law.  
Census1/1/1830 TN (Madison County) 32 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  pg. 19, line 16 -Benjamin Haley - two males (Under 5) one male ( 20 thru 29) one female (15 thru 19)

note: next line 17- William Haley -one male(20-30),one male (30-40),one female (60-70) 
Land Deed9/20/1839 (Walker County) 42 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  Name: Benjamin Holley, State: Alabama, Meridian: Huntsville Meridian (Northern Part of Alabama),Acres: 40.1575, Southern District, North Part, Township 15 S, Range 8 W , sec.28,
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566), Document Number: 19438  
Census1/1/1840  AL (Butler County) 42 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  Page 47, line 5 - Bennett Hille - three males (under 5), two males (5-10), one male (30-40), one female (under 5), one female (10-15), one female (20-30)  
Other1/1/1840 AL (Walker County) 42 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  Walker County Tax records - Beat 13 - Benjamin Holly, John C. Holly 
Census1/1/1840 AL (Barbour County) 42 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.   pg. 77 - line 16 - B. Holly - one Male (5 thru 9), one Male ( 10 thru 14), one Male ( 40 thru 49), two females ( Under 5), one female(10 thru 14), two females (15 thru 19), one female(30 thru 39)

on page 67 - James Holly - one Males - Under 5, one Males - 5 thru 9, one Males - 30 thru 39, one females - Under 5, two Females - 5 thru 9, one Female - 20 thru 29.  
Census1/1/1840 AL (Walker County) 42 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Bennett Halley.  page 19 - line 6 - Benjamin Holly - one male(5-9), one male (20-29),one male (40-49), one female (-5),two females (10-14), one female (15-19), one female (40-49)  
Other1/1/1843 Iola FL (Gadsden County) 45 yrs old 
Bennett Hawley appears on the list of registered voters for Iola in Gadsden County.  
Census11/28/1850 7th District FL (Gadsden County) 53 yrs old 
#453 -Benjamin Holly (age 55)he is a farmer, born in Alabama and estimates the value of his real estate to be $300. His family consists of: Mary (age 40), Tabitha (age 18), Susanna (age 16), Caleb (age 12), Nancy (age 8) and Martha (age 22). All were born in Alabama.

#539 the family of James Holly (age 38 - born in GA) Nancy Holly (29 -GA), Mary Holly (10 - GA), James Holly (8 - FL), Ruben Holly (3 - FL), and Nancy Holly (1 - FL). (this is a possible brother of Bennett)

(Wiley Parrish and family listed as #454) 
Census6/4/1860 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 63 yrs old 
Starting on line 32 of page 13 for the free inhabitants in the fork of the Oclockney & Sopchoppy Rivers: Family #88 is listed as Bennett Halley (age 66, born in Maryland), Mary (age 56, born in SC), Calab (age 20, born in AL), Nancy (age 16, born in AL), William Godley (age 25, a farmer born in AL). Bennett states his occupation as farmer and estimates the value of his real estate at $100 and personal estate at $200. 

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5 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL.
13 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
16 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
21 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
24 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
25 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
26 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
27 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
38 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
40 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
45 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
45 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
48 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
53 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
58 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
64 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
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2 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
3 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
10 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
17 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
33 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
42 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
47 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
56 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
59 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
62 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
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3 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
14 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
15 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
31 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
37 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
64 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
65 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
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1 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
6 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
7 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
8 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
9 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
14 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
23 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
33 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
38 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
40 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
43 1840 Oregon Trail is established
45 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
58 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
63 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
65 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
66 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
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36 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


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Mary Ballard
Born on February 12, 1802 and died on August 6, 1890.
They were married 1/1/1824.

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The Children of Bennett Halley

Tempey Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on October 22, 1824 and died in an unknown location about 1890. She was about 65 years old.

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John Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on February 6, 1828 and died in an unknown location about 1900. He was about 71 years old.

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Amy Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on February 1, 1830 and died somewhere in Florida about 1885. She was about 54 years old.

Married in 1850 to Jesse Ham (1820-1853) SC. They had one child Caroline (1853). 2nd marriage in 1863 to George Warren (1804-1885) MD. one child George (1864)....
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Nancy Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on September 1, 1831 and died in Franklin Co., Florida about 1900. She was about 68 years old.

Married Charlie Hance/Hence (3/1852) He was born in Florida, his father in Germany and mother in Ireland.
Children:
Charles P.
James Perry
Herman H....
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Tabitha J. Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on February 27, 1832 and died in an unknown location about 1890. She was about 57 years old.

In 1851 she Married Bartholimew Frank Burns (1825-1863) who died young at age 38. After her husband's death she lived in Georgia with her in-laws.
They had six children: Mary Elizabeth (1854), T...
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Caleb Joshua Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on May 15, 1834 and died in Carrabelle, Florida on June 6, 1909. He was 75 years old.

He enlisted as a Private in the CSA Florida 5th Infantry Co. I. and was medically discharged. He was a Farmer and Sheriff of Calhoun Co, FL from 1888 to 1897. Burial at Carrabelle Cemetery in Carrabel...
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Polly Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on September 15, 1835 and died in an unknown location about 1850. She was about 14 years old.

Her first name may have been Mary. She may have died before 1850, she would have been 14 and she is not listed in the census. ...
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Susannah 'Susie' Halley
Born somewhere in Alabama on September 1, 1837 and died in Franklin Co., Florida on September 7, 1911. She was 74 years old.

She was called Susie. She married in 1856 to Francisco "Frank" Mackery (1822-1923) born in Italy.
They had six children:
Joseph (1859)
Magdaline C. (1861)
Mary Nashville (1864)
H...
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