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Annie Toombs "Nana" PIERCE


  • Marriage: Annie Toombs "Nana" PIERCE on Mar 15, 1870 in , Hancock County, Georgia 1601

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James A. Harley
Conspicuous among the old and reliable families of Hancock county the name of Harley stands worthy of honorable mention. Different members have won distinction in professional and literary circles, and intermarried with other families equally as eminent, notably the Battles, of lasting prominence throughout the state. The progenitor of this branch of the family, William J. Harley, was a native of Barnwell district, S.C. He was educated at a Baptist theological seminary, graduating in 1828 in the class made famous by Drs. McIntosh, De Votie and other of scarcely less prominence in religious circles. Serving the Master in pulpits of South Carolina until middle age, he came to Hancock county, where several years before he had met, while attending a Baptist association, Miss Mary L. Battle. They were married in 1843, and thus began a life of connubial bliss unmarred by a single unkind act or word during its continuance. They made Hancock county their place of residence during all their married life, and were the parents of a most interesting and cultured family: James A.; Ella A. (deceased), at fourteen years of age; Mamie B., and Anna S., teachers; W. I.,, a prominent and successful planter and stockman of Hancock county; and Reuben B. Rev. Harley continued in the Baptist ministry until 1870, the date of his death. he was a man whose labors were wonderfully blessed in building up his denomination throughout the state. Mrs. Harley was a woman of tender and loving sympathies, a most devout Christian, and instilled into the hearts of her children a lasting reverence for that noble motherhood which she so worthily typified. She died at the age of seventy-two years, in 1890. James A. Harley, the eldest son, is a member of the bar at present in Hancock county. he was born April 1, 1846, and was educated at Mercer university, where he graduated in 1868. After leaving school he taught for a year in Alabama, then entered upon the study of the law under the preceptorship of Geo. F. Pierce, now deceased. being admitted at Sparta in 1869, he at once entered upon the duties of his profession and has built for himself a large and remunerative practice. Mr. Harley has never held public office but once, and then by appointment by Gov. McDaniel, to the solictorship of the northern circuit in 1884, to fill an unexpired term. He acquitted himself creditably to the end of the term, and then declined being a candidate for election. Although a mere boy when the war broke out he at once enlisted in Col. R. H. Anderson's regiment of cavalry, known as the Fifth Georgia, and did gallant service in the western division of the army. Being captured by Sherman's cavalry near Atlanta he was carried to Savannah and from thence to Point Lookout, where he was held prisoner until his exchange in February of 1865. he did not again enter the army. Mr. Harley was united in wedlock March 1, 1870, to Anna F. Pierce, youngest daughter of the late Bishop George F. Pierce of the Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. Harley have had born to them four bright children: Pauline, George F., Ella A., and James A., Jr. Mr. Harley is of course a democrat, and of the same faith, as his father. he is an active worker in the church, and is superintendent of the Baptist Sunday school at Sparta. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1Historical Society of Georgia, 1895


James married Annie Toombs "Nana" PIERCE, daughter of Bishop George Foster Wells PIERCE and Ann Maria WALDRON, on Mar 15, 1870 in , Hancock County, Georgia.1601 (Annie Toombs "Nana" PIERCE was born on Feb 28, 1848, died in 1924 1602 and was buried in Sparta City Cemetery in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia.)

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