Suspect #4: Hackaliah Armstrong

Hackaliah Armstrong was born about 1791 in New York, according to the entry for him in the 1850 Mortality Schedule. He died in August of 1849, in Paris, Oneida County, New York. Although he was listed only by first initial H, and not his first name, we can be reasonably certain it was Hackliah, because his wife, Charlotte, and son, Reuben, were living in the same town in 1850. Charlotte’s gravestone in Graham Cemetery lists her as the wife of Hackaliah.

He was enumerated in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, in 1830 and 1840. Hackliah purchased land at auction in Hamilton on 16 April 1840, Lot 50. William also lived in Hamilton. Although too young to be a father of William, he could be a brother, or other male relative.

Hackaliah, wife Charlotte, son Reuben, daughter Mary Wilbur, and daughters-in-law Almira and Laura Ann are all buried in Graham Cemetery, in Hubbardsville, Madison County, New York. This is the same cemetery where William’s daughter, Ellen Holt, and her family are buried. It’s very close to where William was living in 1860 and 1870 in South Hamilton.