I have spent most of my genealogy time lately researching my Haley line of Halifax County, VA. My great-great grandfather William Henry Haley (1861-1948) has presented me with many mysteries. (See my first post on William here .) Sounds better than brick walls, doesn't it? Well, I've made a little progress and thought I'd share what I have so far.
The information William provided on his marriage registration in 1883 stated his parents as S C Haley and Mary A (not Margaret as I originally thought). I then ordered a copy of William's death certificate in hopes of learning more definitively who his parents were. According to the death certificate, his parents were "Kays [Case] Haley" and "Ann Triplet" both of Halifax County, VA. This information was provided by William's son-in-law George Nichols, husband of Daisy Haley. Putting these two pieces of information together along side the Halifax County census records for 1860-1880 I concluded that S C Haley was likely Stephen C [Case] Haley married to Mary A [Ann] Tribble. I believe Ann Triplett was actually Ann Tribble. S C Haley and his wife lived next door and close to many Tribble families. I found no evidence of the surname Triplett in that area.
Other mysteries abound, but I'll save telling them for next time.