A Biography of Barnabas Haley


Barnabas (Barney B.) Haley - Virginia Line


Barnabas Haley was born 1759 in Lunenburg County, Virginia to John and Margaret Wells Haley. He enlisted at the Charlotte Court House about 1775 to fight for independence from England at the age of sixteen years. He was marched to the New York area near Brandywine . During this tour he served in the Fourth Regiment commanded by Colonel Daniel Morgan in the company commanded by Captain John Blount. He had served a year and forty-nine days, when he became very ill. He asked his commanding officer to notify his father, John Haley of his illness, which was done. John Haley and his grandfather Barnaby Wells recruited Absolum Hughes to take his place paying him sixty pounds and left Lunenburg County to get Barnaby. Barnaby Haley did not intend for his father and grandfather to come for him, and when they arrived he pleaded with them to leave him with his regiment. He returned home and recovered to serve again the remaining three years until he was discharged.


He married Rhoda, whose last name is believed to be Northcutt, about 1790. The family moved to Rockcastle County , Kentucky . The eldest son, John Haley, served in the War of 1812.


Barnaby died October 27, 1851 and is buried with his wife, Rhoda who died August 16, 1854 and son John Haley who died August 1, 1855 in Scaffold Cane Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky .


References: Rockcastle County , Kentucky Deed Book K pages 494-497

National Archives - Pension Papers Number S. 30.477





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