"The Hartley Family," prepared by the Rev. Ira Wilburn Thomas and published in
The Lenoir News
Lenoir, Caldwell County, NC
Tuesday, September 8, 1914
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Waightsel Hartley came to this conntry from Shrapshire [sic], England in 1740, and settled in Maryland near Fredic [sic].Name of his wife is not known.They had three children, John, Mahala and Nancy.Nancy married David Tucker; Mahala [married] John Dinwiddie and John, [married] Elizabeth Becket.Elizabeth Becket was a waitress in the home of the Jeffersons and nursed Thomas Jefferson and knit caps for him.John Hartley had seven children, Finley, George, James, Reuben, Nancy, Elizabeth and Ava.Nancy married Geo. Tucker; Elizabeth, General Wilson;Ava never married; Finley married Sarah Brooks; Geo., Elizabeth Davis; James, Anna McCrary; Reuben, Jane Fulenwider.John Hartley was a weaver by trade.He wove on an old fashioned hand loom, and it is said he could weave 40 yardsper day and that he knew how to do nothing else whatever.He died in Va., and his widow and family came to North Carolina in 1783.Finley settled in Rowan county and the others came to [present] Caldwell county, then Burke [County].George settled where J. P. Bush now lives.He had six children, Clinton, Larkin, George, Alford, Waighstel [sic] and Mahala.George Hartley Sr., was a saddle and harness maker. He was paralized and confined for 34 years, and died in 1834 [possibily number is 1884] at the age of 72.His son, Col. Clinton Hartley, never married.He was Col. of the malitia [sic], was sheriff of Burke county a number of years, was one of the commissioners that located the town of Lenoir, was coroner of Caldwell county and acting sheriff at one time.He was an Episcopalian religiously and a Whig politically and died at the age of 95.Larkin Hartley never married.He was a blacksmith and a great hunter.He made steel traps, several of which are still in the country.He caught up the wolves that infested the country in his day.He died at the age of 53.George, third son of George Hartley Sr. married Catharine Fincannon and settled where W. H. H. Hartley now lives.He had five children, Rufus, Jason, John, Polly and Mahala.Rufus married Piety Kirby.They had four children, a boy and a girl, are dead.W. H. H. and A. G. Hartley both live near Hudson, N.C.Rufus was a methodist in religion and a democrat in politics.Jason Hartley married Sarahan Hartley, daughter of Waighstel Hartley.They had four children.A son and daughter are dead.A. S. and G. H. Hartley lived at Hudson, N.C.The wife of Jason died in 1871, and he married Roxanna Poovey.By this marriage there wasone child, a daughter who married Poley Winkler and lives at Granite Falls, N.C.Jason died in 1900.He was never a member of any church, but was a moral man, and was a justice of the Peace 40 years, and united in marriage more than 200 couples.He was a Democrat.John W. Hartley married Caroline Hartley, daughter of Waighstel Hartley.They had ten children; all of whom are dead except Madams' Avery Smith, D. S. Sullivan and M. G. [or M.C.] Cloer.These all live in Caldwell County. John W. was a cripple, having lost a leg from scrofula.He died in 1896.He was not a member of any church, but a very moral man, and wasdemocratic in politics.Polly Hartley married W. W. Sherrill, and lives in Watauga county. Mahala Hartley married John Bryant and is dead.Alford [Alfred] Hartley married Lucy Greenway, daughter of William Greenway and settled on the head of upper Little river, this county.They had seven children, George, William, Joseph, Tilman, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Myra.Geo. was never married.He died in Missouri.William married Elizabeth Largent, went to Missouri and later died in Texas.Joseph was twice married; first to Hannah West and second to Viena Powell [widow of Joseph Kincaid who died at Gettysburg during the Civil War].By first marriage there were four children [:]Dora married J. C. Spencer and lives in Va., Louwena married John West and lives on the old Hartley place.Lucy married Smith McDade and lives at Hudson, N.C.Alford never married.By second marriage there were six children.Laura is single.Delia died some years ago.Missouri married Finley Laxton and lives on Kings Creek this county.Josephine married Rufus Heffner and lives near Hickory, N. C. Sallie is single and Ivey married Lula Lanier and lives on Little River. Tilman Hartley married Sarah Williams and had six children.Two of these died young and the others are unmarried.Tilman was a confederate soldier and lost an arm at Rheam's station in Va. He died some years ago.Mary Ann married Wesley Spencer, and died in 1863 in Little river township this county.Elizabeth married Rufus Smith and lives on Lower Creek this county; Myra never married at lives at the old home place.Waighstel Hartley married Julia Loudermilk.They had two children, Sarahann and Caroline [mentioned above].They were [wives of brothers] Jason C. and John W. Hartley.Mahala Hartley [daughter of George Sr. and Elizabeth (Davis) Hartley] never married.Elizabeth Beckett, wife of John Hartleylived to be 102 years, 8 months and 29 days old.She celebrated her 100 anniversary with a dance.Her father who came to this country same time the Hartley's did, lived where Foot Hills Sanatorium now is in suburbs of Lenoir.George Hartley Jr. was blind 21 years.He had a remarkable memory; he recognized the voice of his cousin, Hiram Tucker after an absence of 41 years and after Hartley had been blind 19 years."
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