Jesse R. Haney was born in Richland (now Morrow) County, Ohio, April 22, 1828, son of Jacob and Phoebe Haney, of York Co., PA. The father was born March 8, 1802, his ancestors coming to the Untied States from Switzerland in an early day. He married in 1824, Miss Phoebe Rowbaugh, and the same year emigrated to Ohio and engaged in farming. He subsequently purchased a tract of forest land, from which he redeemed a good home, and upon which he spent the remainder of his life, dying in the year 1873. Mrs. Haney was born November 17, 1802, and is still living, making her home at this time with her youngest daughter, in Barry County, Michigan. Jesse R. Haney is the third of a family of ten children. He was raised on a farm, enjoyed the advantages of a common school education, and at the age of twenty-one entered upon an apprenticeship to learn the carpenterâ€™s trade, which he abandoned in a short time and engaged in farming. In the fall of 1853 he came to Huntington Co., IN, and purchased forty acres of land in Union Township, upon which he experienced many of the hardships as well as many of the pleasures of pioneer life. He subsequently added to his original purchase, and at this time owns a farm of 120 acres under a good state of cultivation. He is a substantial citizen and enjoys the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances in Union and other townships. He was married March 24, 1850, to Miss Catherine, daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Risurick) Feighner, of Franklin Co., PA. Mrs. Haney was born August 14, 1828, and at the age of three years was taken to Ohio, where she lived until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Haney are the parents of ten children, six of whom are now living, viz: Edward, born December 8, 1850; Phoebe A., born December 31, 1854; Maggie, born January 2, 1860; William M., born July 4, 1864; Joseph A., born February 7, 1866; and Jacob, born October 13, 1870. The deceased members of the family were John O., Charley, two that died in infancy, unnamed.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Union Township. Pages 855/856.