Hiram Haney - update 8/20/2016

Hiram R. Haney, also known as “William W. Harvey,” born on December 18, 1836, in Ohio, son of Hiram (b. 1801) and Hannah (b. 1804).

Hiram was born in Vermont and married New Hampshire native Hannah, and by 1830 were living in New York, in Canada East (Quebec) in 1834 and 1836, they eventually settled in New Hampshire. In any case, Hiram moved his family to New York sometime before 1840 and then on to Ohio and finally to Michigan, sometime between 1842 and 1844, eventually settling in Allegan County.

By 1860 Hiram was working as a farmer and living with his older brother Heman and his family on a farm in Leighton, Allegan County; next door lived his parents and siblings which included another older brother William who would also enlist in the Third Michigan.

Hiram (younger) stood 5’8” with hazel eyes, fair hair and a fair complexion and was 25 years old when he enlisted in Company K (joining William) on August 15, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day at Detroit. Hiram joined the Regiment on September 8 at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, was wounded at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863, probably while the Regiment was engaged in the Peach Orchard, and subsequently absent sick in the hospital from July through May of 1864, probably from his wounds.

Hiram eventually recovered and returned to the Regiment. He was probably wounded on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, after which he was again hospitalized. He was still absent in the hospital when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and he remained absent sick and on detached service through June (probably in the hospital) of 1864 until he was discharged on June 9, 1865 at Washington, DC.

Hiram returned to Michigan after the war. He married Michigan native Isabelle F. Chappell (b. 1844), on November 7, 1866, in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, and they had at least three children: Flora Bell (b. 1867), Charles A. (1870-71) and Wilburt (died in infancy).

By 1870 Hiram was working as a farmer (he owned some $1000 worth of real estate and living with his wife and two children in Norton, Muskegon County.

In 1872 he applied for and received a pension (no. 122929).

Hiram was probably living in Leighton, when he died of lung disease on November 20, 1874, at Leighton, Allegan County, and was buried in Hooker cemetery.

Isabelle received a pension from the time of Hiram’s death until 1876 when she remarried one Joel Clemens in Leighton. Curiously, that same year one William Chappell was listed as the legal guardian of Flora and minor children applied and received pensions (nos. 169985 and 176353, respectively).