The following article appeared in one of the local newspapers concerning the death of Barton W. Haley who died on July 3, 1904.
Barton W. Haley was born Jun 10, 1835, in Fayette county, Ky. and died after a lingering illness with a broken down constitution July 3, 1904, aged 69 years, 23 days.
He married Susan R. Salyers in 1856 in Fayette Co., Ky. and afterward came to Illinois with his family. Only one child, Isaac, born in 1858, of this union. In 1860 he settled on a farm five miles southeast of Jacksonville where he lived for two years when he began teaching school in 1862, and teaching 30 consecutive years, all in Morgan County except for two years in Macoupin county. His health then failing, he retired from business. He was elected Police Magistrate of Murrayville three years ago which office he held till his death.
He joined the Christian Church at the age of 21 years. He moved his membership to Antioch church and afterward moving near Prentice, he changed his membership to Barear church and then moving about, left his letter in Barear church until the church was abandoned. He was Sunday school superintendent for three years at that place. While at the time of his death, not a member of any church, he was a true believer of religion and Christianity.
His companion and their only child, Isaac, with his family, survive to bear the loss but with the blessed satisfaction that their loss is an eternal gain with the father and grandfather.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. Ford at eleven o'clock, Tuesday morning. The interment was at Bethel cemetery.*****
Jacksonville Daily Journal, Wednesday, July 6, 1904
Died, at the home of his son, in this place, Sunday night, Barton W. Haley, aged about 69 years. He had been in failing health for some time. Deceased was a native of Kentucky and came to Illinois before the war, and was for many years engaged in teaching, having taught school in this county until his health failed a few years ago. He was police magistrate at the time of his death. He leaves his wife and one son. The funeral took place Tuesday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Mr. Ford, and interment was in Bethel cemetery.
Jacksonville Daily Journal, Sunday, June 24, 1906Death Record
Leroy Haley, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Haley of West North street, died at the home of his parents Friday morning at 9 o'clock.
The young man was born in Murrayville but had made this his home since his parents had moved to this city. Several weeks ago, he was stricken with appendicitis from which he could not recover.
The funeral will take place this morning at 9 o'clock from the family residence and interment will be in Murrayville.
[Note: There are several errors in the above article: Lee Roy, not Leroy, is the correct name; he was 16 years of age, not 15; and he was born in Sinclair, Ill., not Murrayville. Supposedly, he was buried in Bethel cemetery near Murrayville; however, I have not been able to locate his grave, nor that of his grandfather, Barton W. Haley, who is also supposed to be buried in the same place. In the late 1970's, when searching for their graves at Bethel cemetery, I came across two footstones, at graves sites located next to each other, with the initials "BWH" and "LRH" (Barton W. Haley and Lee Roy Haley?), however, I have since been unable to locate these stones. Walter Warren Haley, May 8, 2002]
(The following is quoted from an article which I believe appeared in a Murrayville, IL newspaper in June, 1906)
Lee Roy Haley and his twin brother, Lester, were born April 8, 1890 at Sinclair, moving with the parents Isaac and Ida Haley, to Murrayville in his infancy. He lived there until April, 1905, when the family moved to Jacksonville, Il., where he died after a short but serious illness of appendicitis, Friday, June 22, 1906, at the home on North West street. He leaves his parents, three brothers, six sisters, an aged grandmother and numerous friends to bear the loss with the blessed satisfaction of his eternal gain, by the life he lived with them. He was a regular attendance at Sunday school, being interested in religion. No one knew him but to love him and he won many intimate religion. No one knew him but to love him and he won mnay intimate friends among his associates and workmates during his short life in Jacksonville, by his kind disposition.
Funeral services were held from the Baptist church in Murrayville by Rev. Newton Antrobus of Manchester, at 11 o'clock Sunday, there being an over crowded house of sympathizing friends. Interment in Bethel cemetery near Murrayville. The floral offerings were beautiful and numerous. The remains were borne from the home to the hearse by six friends in Jacksonville, and at the church here, six other friends of Murrayville, viz: Carry Wright, Thomas G. Beadles, Jesse Fuller, Hugh Hagan, ..... Hall and Duran Wesner acted as pall bearers.
[Note: the first name of the fifth pallbearer was unreadable in the copy of the article possessed by this writer. It appeared to consist of five letters. Walter Warren Haley - May 8, 2002]Submitted by: Walter Warren Haley