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William G. Hartley
Farmer, Crawford County, Georgia (P.O. Fort Valley, Georgia), son of James D. and Parmelia (Jackson) Hartley, was born in Houston County in 1833. His great-grandfather, Daniel Hartley, was a native of South Carolina, was a soldier in the patriot army during the Revoluntary War, and accompanied his son to Georgia in 1827.
Mr. Hartley's grandparents, Michael and Polly (Harris) Hartley, were born in South Carolina, came to Georgia and settled in Crawford County in 1827. He was a farmer, raised his family in the county in which he spent his days. He was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Mr. Hartley's father was born in South Carolina in 1810, and came to Georgia with his father when seventeen years old, and settled with the family in Crawford County. He was married in Crawford County, and farmed until he died. He was a justice of the peace for many years.
Mr. Hartley's mother was a daughter of Nimrod and Elizabeth (Busby) Jackson, who was born in South Carolina, and migrated to Georgia. He was a soldier of the War of 1812.
Mr. Hartley was reared a farmer's boy, and received only the meager education which fell to the lot of such at the time. He was a soldier in the Confederate Army, and returned from the war very poor, but by hard work he placed himself in comfortable circumstances. He was a justice of the peace for many years.
Mr. Hartley was married in 1852 to Miss. Sarah Avery, born in Crawford County in 1831, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Hood) Avera. He was born in Washington County, Georgia and moved to Crawford County and a few years after that moved permanently to Houston County.
He followed farming all his life. Seven of the children born to this union were Roxie, James C., Randolph, Trefinia, George D., Warren O., and Willie. Having no aspirations beyond being a good farmer and neighbor, and securing their good will, Mr. Hartley had been content with the success he had achieved. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and a master Mason.