Sunday, April 16, 2017

Annie Florence Haley

Annie Florence Haley - A Middleborough, Massachusetts mystery
Annie Florence Haley was born 27 February 1876 in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. She was the eldest child of Edward Marshall Haley, Jr. and Catherine "Katie" Murphy.

Annie was one of two children. Her brother was Charles Edward Haley, born 5 September 1880 in Plympton. Charles married Helen Cushman Ryder on 12 March 1905 in Middleborough and died after 26 April 1942, at which time he resided in Middleborough. Helen passed away 11 September 1976 in Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

It is peculiar to note that there are only two other references to Annie after her birth. The first is the 1880 census, at which time she was 4 years old and residing with her parents in Plympton.

The second and most intriguing is the birth of her unnamed daughter on 9 October 1892 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. After that, I have found nothing about Annie or her child - no reference in the 1900 census, no marriage, and no death record.

Annie is not mentioned in her father's 1905 obituary, nor are any grandchildren mentioned. Here is the text of the obituary:

Edward Haley died at the home of his sister, Mrs. David Thompson, Crossman Avenue, Wednesday morning. His death was due to an accident sustained about two months ago when, in a fall from a carriage, his head struck up on the tire of the wheel, causing partial paralysis, which developed later into meningitis of the brain.
 He was 62 years old, and a native of Plympton, but most of his active life was spent in Middleboro. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, and was in the service for 3 years, 1861-1864. He enlisted from Plympton in Co. H 18th Mass. Regt., and participate in several of the ___est engagements of the war - at the second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg among others. A son, Charles E. Haley, who resides in town, survives him.

It seems odd that an unwed young lady - Annie was 16 when her daughter was born - would simply drop off the face of the earth and not be mentioned in her father's obituary, unless she pre-deceased him. Even in such circumstances, there should still be a record of what happened to Annie.

Naturally, I am very curious to know if Annie got married and had more children, or if her daughter went on to have descendants. I've tried to align various Annies in the 1900 census with my distant cousin Annie, to no avail. As I have limited my search to Plymouth County, I think it's very likely that Annie moved - or was forced to live - elsewhere with her illegitimate daughter.

So what became of Annie Florence Haley?

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