Biography of O. Delos Hackley

Hackley, O. Delos, was born on his farm in Batavia, May 14, 1831. His father, Ezekiel Hackley. was born in New Lebanon, Columbia county, May 25, 1794. Dr. Simeon Hackley, the father of Ezekiel Hackley, removed with his parents, John and Catherine, to New Lebanon from Norwich, Conn., about the year 1775. Ezekiel Hackley first reached Batavia early in March, 1819. removing from Bridgewater, Oneida county, with a large lumber wagon, the journey of one hundred and sixty miles having occupied seven days. He settled at once on the farm in the north part of the town of Batavia. where he continued to reside the rest of his life. He was married to Sarah, daughter of Dr. Francis Smiley, at Litchfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., September 25, 1817. Dr. Smiley afterward removed to Elba. Mr. Hackley was much interested in the growth and progress of his town and was an active supporter of the First Presbyterian church of Batavia where he and his wife were united in 1826. Mrs. Hackley was a charter member of the Ladies' Home Missionary Society of the church. An interesting fact connected with the remarkable life history of Ezekiel Hackley was that he voted at every presidential election for seventy-two years, beginning with James Monroe, in 1816, and ending with Benjamin Harrison in 1888. He had voted at the elections at which nineteen out of twenty-three presidents had been chosen. He died November 21, 1891, in the ninety-eighth year of his age. O. Delos Hackley, was educated in the common schools and in 1860 married Kate, daughter of John Mercer, whose father, also named John Mercer, removed from Baliston, Saratoga county, to Batavia in 1808. The family have four children: Levant M., George L., Francis A. and Sarah S.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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