THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   MRS. J. H. HALEY. The sketch of this estimable lady is of more than ordinary interest. as all branches of her family are intimately connected with the history of Madison County. She was born June 20, 1832, in East Hamilton, N.Y., where she now occupies the old homestead. Her father was Cyrus R. Ackley, a native of the same town, a son of Calvin Ackley, who came here from Colchester, Conn., and in connection with a brother, bought a large tract of timbered land. As the first thing necessary for the pioneers to do, they erected a lob cabin on this tract for their temporary dwelling, and then set to work to fell trees and clear the land for their farm. Their purchase was situated about four and one-half miles from the village of Hamilton; and, as even the primitive "loco-foco" matches were not then known, the first fire in their new home was started from live coals brought in a teakettle from the village.
   Cyrus R. Ackley lived with his father on this farm, and was reared to agricultural pursuits. He died in June, 1892, at the age of eighty-six years. His two children were Mrs. Hawley and Ellen F. (deceased). The wife of Cyrus R. Ackley was a Miss Abbey A. Carrier, a member of a well-known pioneer family of the town, and one of ten children born to her parents. The eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ackley married Mr. John H. Hawley, of Brant, Erie County, N.Y. For fifteen years Mrs. Hawley and her husband resided in Erie County, where he carried on his father's farm, which was one of the finest in the county. So productive in one line of gardening alone--the culture of small fruits--was this place that three hundred and fifty bushels of berries were gathered in the last year of her residence on the farm, while other crops were correspondingly large.
   Thirteen years ago Mr. Hawley died, to the great sorrow of his wife and family. Shortly after the death of her husband Mrs. Hawley returned to the old home of the Ackley family in Hamilton, where she still resides, and has conducted the farm herself since her father's demise, a year and a half ago. The dwelling-house was built by her grandfather, Calvin Ackley, in 1819, and still stands in a perfect state of preservation. The children of our subject are Mrs. Grace H. Underdown and Abbey G. and Annie M. Hawley. Intelligent and sensible, these young ladies are also possessed of literary and other talents, one of them being an artist of much ability, as is shown by the admirable specimens of her work which adorn the walls of their ancestral home.
   With good judgment and with tact, Mrs. Hawley manages her large farm; and its affairs are as thoroughly directed as if a man, instead of a woman, had the control. The strength of her character was shown when she suffered the loss of her husband. Instead of nursing her sorrow and sitting down helplessly, she summoned up her energy to do double duty in the care of her children and of her aged father--a work in which she could not fail to find great peace of mind. 
   Mrs. Hawley is a cousin of the well-known Supervisor of the town of Hamilton, H. Clay Ackley, one of the most popular and truly representative men of the town and county. She and her daughters are devoted members of the Methodist church, contributing freely of their time, influence, and means to the interests of religion.

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