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Caleb Joshua Halley 

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Bennett Halley
1/17/1797 - 10/12/1863

Mary Ballard
2/12/1802 - 8/6/1890
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Caleb Joshua Halley
5/15/1834 - 6/6/1909
Caleb Joshua Halley was born on May 15, 1834 somewhere in Alabama and died on June 6, 1909 in Carrabelle, Florida. He lived to be 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 Carrabelle, FL in an unmarked grave.

One story handed down says Caleb shot and killed a man in Sopchoppy, FL. They could tell he fired the shot because he used a piece of his wife's dress as wadding when loading the gun. The story continues to say he fled to Westville, FL (near Caryville) and later moved to Blountstown.

The following rhyme has been handed down in the family. It was a way to remember the children of Caleb & Mary Halley. The names are sung in groups of three, in a sing song fashion:

John, Pierce, Polly,
Suzey, Nancy, Mollie,
Emmie, Tempey, Charlie,
and little Joe Halley.
Records
Census1/1/1840 AL (Barbour County) 5 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Caleb 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.  
Census11/28/1850 7th District FL (Gadsden County) 16 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) 26 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. 
Military5/1/1862 FL (Wakulla County) 27 yrs old 
Film Number: M225, roll 4 - Caleb Halley - CSA Private in the 5 Florida Infantry Co. I. The Wakulla Tigers under the command of Capt. Sam A. Spencer at Camp Leon. Enlisted date: May 1, 1862. He was medically discharged for a disability by Dr. Goodfry on May 29, 1862.
Rank In: Private and rank out: Private. 
Census7/2/1870 Oklokonee District FL (Wakulla County) 36 yrs old 
Dweling# 12, family#9 - Caleb Holly (age 27,born in AL), Mary (age 24, keeping house, born in Georgia), Nancy (age 4, Oct.,born in FL) and John (8 months old, born in FL). Caleb cannot read or write. He states his occupation as farmer with an estimated real estate value of $100.
Caleb's sister Amy and her family are listed as the next family. 
Census1/1/1880 FL (Calhoun County) 45 yrs old 
Pg. 15 of the Agriculture census states Caleb Halley owned 10 acres tilled land valued at $100, with equipment valued at $10, and livestock valued at $300. The livestock listed was: horse -1, Cattle-4, Sheep -11 (8 adults and 3 lambs). Poulty-50, Swine-30, 80 Eggs produced in 1879. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/12/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 46 yrs old 
Starting on line 1: Caleb Holley (age 45, born in AL and both parents in NC), Mary (age 36, wife, she and parents were born in GA), Nancy (age 15, daughter), John (age 12, son), Mary (age 8, daughter), Pierce (age 6, son), Susan (age 4, daughter), Gadsden (age 2, son), Cehas (age 1 month, son). All of the children report that they were born in FL, father in AL, mother in GA. Mary (wife) and the younger children indicate they cannot read or write. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other1/1/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 47 yrs old 
Revised List of jurors -
Pg. 1: #1. Wm Ayers, 2. Thos Ayers, 3. Asa Ayers, 9. Sam Ayers, 10. Ish Ayers, 13. Benj. Ayers, 15. Alfred Bailey, 17. Gadi Bailey, 22. P.B. Bailey, 23. Wm M. Clark. ,44. Wm Cutts, 46. L. C. Davis, 46. Isaac Etheridge, 47. B. H. Franklin
page 2: 68. Caleb Halley, 75. Jno T. Kent, 76. W.A. Kent, 79. Jno A. Kelley, 81. Jno Kent,
page 3: #85. Geo Sutton, 96. B. F. McDaniel, 97. Josh McDaniel, 99. Jasper Musgrove, 100. J. M. Maddox,107. Thos McKeown
page 4: 114 Robt Nixon, 115 J. J. Nixon, 116 R. W. Nixon,118 Jno H. Parish, 119. Thomas Parish Sr., 120. Thomas Parish Jr., 122. Jno W. Peacock, 123. Jno. W. Pope, 125. B. F. Pope, 126. Tim Pope, 130. J.M. Peacock
page 5:143.J.R. Stone, 151. David Stephens, 152. L.M. Stone, 156. S.S. Stone, 153. A.J. Wood, 155. Joe Wood, 156. J.C. Wood, 172. Levi Yon, 173. Newton Yon, 174. T.M. Yon, 175. John Yon, 176. H. A. Yon 
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 51 yrs old 
Florida State Census, Dwelling Number 153/Family #169: Caleb Halley (age 52), Mary (age 35), Jno (age 16), Nancy (age 19), Porlier (age 15), Price (age 13), Susan (age 10), Gaddis (age 9), Charlie (age 7), and Emma (age 3). Caleb is a farmer and says he was born in Alabama and the birth place of both parents is unknown. Mary was born in Florida and both parents in GA. All of the children were born in FL. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census6/27/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 66 yrs old 
Listed as family #249: Caleb Halley (age 67, born Apr 1833), Mary (wife, age 56, born Nov. 1843), Charles (son, age 19, born Jul 1880), Tempy (daughter, age 14, born Nov. 1885), Joseph (son, age 12, born Oct. 1887). Mary has given birth to 13 children and 10 are still living. Mary and Caleb have been married 40 years. Mary and her parents were born in Georgia. The children were born in FL. Caleb was born in AL as were his parents. He is a farmer. Mary cannot read or write, but all of the children can. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.

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AgeDateEvent
1 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
3 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
6 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
16 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
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1 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
3 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.
8 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
8 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.
11 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
16 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.
21 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.
27 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.
30 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
31 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
31 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
36 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
48 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
49 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
50 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
72 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
AgeDateEvent
5 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
10 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
19 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
22 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
25 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
31 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
35 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
43 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
45 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
55 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
61 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
63 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
66 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
66 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
67 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
68 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
69 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
70 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
72 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
72 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
72 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
AgeDateEvent
27 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
28 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
48 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
51 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
74 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
AgeDateEvent
1 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
3 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
6 1840 Oregon Trail is established
8 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
21 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
26 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
28 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
29 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
31 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
34 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
41 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
42 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
75 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
AgeDateEvent
75 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe


Marriages
Ellen Farr
Born on January 24, 1844 and died on October 12, 1916.
They were married 1/1/1861.

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Mary Franklin
Born on November 13, 1844 and died on October 17, 1918.
They were married 1/1/1865.

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Cynthia Stewart
Born on June 20, 1870 and died on September 24, 1923.
They were married 1/1/1906.

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The Children of Caleb Joshua Halley

Mary Henrietta Halley
Born in Sopchoppy, Florida on September 21, 1862 and died in Sopchoppy, Florida about 1866. She was about 3 years old.

Cause of death is unknown. Burial at West Sopchoppy Cemetary. Date of death is not posted on her tombstone....
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William 'Billy' Ann Eliza Farr
Born somewhere in Florida on August 21, 1864 and died in Sopchoppy , Wakulla County, Florida on August 21, 1937. She was 73 years old.

She married _______ Fradosia and they are believed to have had four children. Names of their children are believed to be William "Willie" Fradosia (born 7/1888), Mary Henrietta Holly Fradosia, Ellen ...
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24 years old
Nancy Marie Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on May 20, 1866 and died in Blountstown, Florida on August 9, 1932. She was 66 years old.

She married William in Calhoun Co. FL. She served as a School Board Member and was the Post Master for many years at the Chipola Post Office.

Children:
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71 years old
John Bennett Halley
Born in Sopchoppy, Florida on October 21, 1869 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 24, 1940. He was 70 years old.

He was a Farmer, Stable owner, Owner/Operator of the Purina Feed Store. He ran a Skating Rink on the second floor of his store. He also operated a sawmill and owned a turpentine still at the site of ...
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78 years old
Mary 'Polly' Nashville Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 4, 1872 and died in Blountstown, Florida on January 27, 1960. She was 88 years old.

Married 9/19/1889 in Blountstown, FL to William Jesse Spears.
Children: Dora B. (10/1892) Laura E. Spears (5/1895), Leola Spears (7/1897), Chelly Spears (1904), John Spears (4/29/1906 - 12/14...
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65 years old
Pierce Franklin Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on June 1, 1874 and died in Blountstown, Florida on October 24, 1940. He was 66 years old.

Married on (9/7/1893) to
Mary Elinder Parish (3/19/1872 to 8/5/1971).
Children: Ada P. (1/14/1895), William Edgar 9/13/1901-2/13/1938)& Nathaniel ( ).

He served in WWI and count...
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Susannah 'Susey' Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on March 10, 1876 and died in Blountstown, Florida on February 2, 1937. She was 60 years old.

She was called Susey/Susie.
She married 5/22/1890 to Robert Stanford Parish. They had one son, Jim. After Robert died, she married William "Bill" Kelly and they had two daughters, Nellie Ethel (18...
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27 years old
Gatsey 'Mollie' Ann Mariah Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on May 5, 1878 and died in Panama City, Florida on May 6, 1960. She was 82 years old.

Married Judson Barber, they had two children: Stella & Hilton. ...
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59 years old
Charlie Barkwood Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on July 9, 1880 and died in Pensacola, Florida on September 1, 1969. He was 89 years old.

Married Maude Haney (8/28/1896 to 11/29/1970) and they had two children. Both died at an early age. After he and Maude divorced, he married Winnie Bracewell Gatlin and they had one son, Buford Eli...
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Emma 'Emmie' Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 2, 1883 and died in Panama City, Florida on October 9, 1945. She was 62 years old.

Married on 9/13/1896 to William Vickers. She is buried at Millville Cem. in Panama City, FL....
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Tempey E. Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on November 7, 1885 and died in Tarboro, North Carolina on June 29, 1927. She was 41 years old.

Married 12/13/1903 to John Michael Haney. Children: Lillie, Carrie L., Isham, Gloddish & Claudia....
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68 years old
Joseph Edgar Holley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on November 4, 1887 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 3, 1961. He was 73 years old.

Married 11/21/1909 in Calhoun Co, FL to Lillie Mozelle Wingate.
Children:
Henry J.
Ora D.
Lilly J. ...
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John David Halley
Born somewhere in Florida on September 5, 1912 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on January 26, 1987. He was 74 years old.

He was the son of Cintha Stewart Hagan's daughter, Donna and a man named _____ Brown. ...
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