From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 636-638
Among the few that remain as connecting links between the past and present is Jesse R. Haney, who for a period of nearly a half century has been an honored resident of the county of Huntington. Mr. Haney was born near the city of Mansfield, Richland county, Ohio, April 22, 1828. His father, Jacob Haney, was born in York county, Pennsylvania, and his mother, whose maiden name was Phoebe Robaugh, also came from that state. These parents reared a family consisting of the following children: Jacob, who resides in Michigan; Sarah, deceased; Susan, now living in Noble county, Indiana; John, deceased; Elizabeth, who lives in Michigan; Joseph, Peter and Margaret all live in Michigan; Noah, deceased; and Jesse R., whose name introduces this article.
Jacob and Phoebe Haney moved to Richland county, Ohio, in an early day, where he died at the good old age of seventy-one years. The mother subsequently moved to Michigan, where she departed life at the home of her youngest daughter in her eighty-eighth year.
Jesse R. Haney was born and reared on a farm and early became inured to the hard work necessary to make that kind of life successful. After attending the common schools of his neighborhood and reaching years of maturity he began life for himself as a farmer on the home place, and later labored three years as a farm hand.
March 24, 1850, he was united in marriage to one of his schoolmates whom he had known from youth, Miss Catherine Feighner, who was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, on the 14th day of August, 1828, the daguther of Daniel and Catherine (Reicwick) Feighner. Mrs. Haney is one of a family of nine children. At the age of three years she was taken by her parents to Stark county, Ohio, and when about thirteen to Richland county, where she grew to womanhood, and where she first met the man who became her husband. In the autumn of 1853, with his wife and two young children, Mr. Haney came by team to Huntington county, Indiana, and purchased forty acres of heavily timbered land in Union township, paying for the same eight dollars an acre. After building a small log house, which still stands, he set himself to the difficult task of clearing his land, a very formidable undertaking. With a tenacity of purpose most commendable he succeeded in reducing a respectable acreage to a state of tillage and establishing a comfortable home, whereon he lived until 1895, adding improvements in the way of clearing, building, fencing and underground drainage until the farm ranked with the most highly cultivated places in the township, if not in the entire county. In the above year he sold the farm to Oliver Kline, Esq., and, moving to the place where he now lives, at once inaugurated a system of improvements which has made his home one of the best in the county. Additional to the place he now occupies, Mr. Haney has purchased other land from time to time, recently adding eighty acres to the homestead. In all he has cleared and otherwise improved one hundred and twenty acres now in his possession, redeeming the greater part from a wild state of swamp and forest by a system of tile drainage not excelled in any part of Huntington county. His efforts from the beginning have been crowned with the most gratifying success, and as a farmer and stock-raiser he is the peer of any of his neighbors. Possessing judgment of a high order and keen foresight, his business transactions have been uniformly advantageous, and he seldom, if ever, is at fault in any of his business transactions.
Mr. Haney is a good man and has crowned his life with duties to his friends and to the public well and faithfully performed. He possesses strong religious convictions, and as a member of the Church of God endeavors by his daily walk and conversation to exemplify to the world the sincerity of his professions.
In politics he believes the principles as embodied in the Republican party to be for the best interest of the country and wields the elective franchise almost as he would a religious duty. He cast his first presidential ballot in Indiana for General John C. Fremont, and has ever since been true to his convictions, expressing himself upon all the great questions of the day in language too plain to be misunderstood.
Mrs. Haney is a lady of many excellent qualities, and, like her husband, is an active and devout member of the Church of God. It has been her chief aim in life to rear her children to be true men and women, and to instill into their minds the principles of religion and morality with which she herself is imbued. She has borne her husband ten children, namely: Edward, a farmer of Union township; Oliver, deceased; Phoebe, wife of Henry Plasterrer (sic); Maggie, married to Joseph Smith, of Huntington; William, who lives in Kansas; Joseph, a citizen of Wabash; Jacob, a resident of Kansas; and three that died in infancy. Mrs. Haney is one of three now living out of nine children born to her parents. To Daniel and Catherine (Reicwick) Feighner were born the following children, viz: Susan, deceased; Catherine; Solomon; Magdaline, deceased; Sevilla, deceased; John; William, deceased; Charlotte and Mary, who died in infancy. The mother of this family died in 1850, and the father subsequently married Mrs. Mary Vance, who bore him six children, viz: Joshua, Daniel, Lavina, Matilda, Lucinda and Adam.