Peter Stehli [I], b. abt. 1740, d. abt. 1777 (s/o Jacob and Ana Eva), m. Sarah Salome __, of Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania

RELATIONSHIP:  Peter Stehli I [number designations are mine--shb], who m. Sarah Salome ___, was only theoretically a fifth great-grandfather of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew for some time, but now my theory seems to be well confirmed by research of Katherine Staley, whose spouse, along with that of Ron Hanthorn, is also a descendant of Peter I.  Other descendants are Jim Staley (his e-address in Peter I’s blind file), and Charles Glenn Petersen, who has posted some Staley material on his website.  –shb

NAME:  Peter’s name was spelled Stehli or Steyly in these records–I have standardized the spelling for computer search purposes [have since repented of doing such, but this has to stand for now--shb].

MANY OTHER SPELLINGS OF NAME:  “Stehly Report,” prepared for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 30: “Miscellaneous Notes . . . 9. Variants of the Surname – Staehley, Staehli, Staehly, Staely, Stäheli, Stähely, Stahle, Stähle, Stahley, Stähley, Stahli, Stähli, Stählii, Stahly, Stähly, Stailey, Staily, Staley, Stäle, Staley, Stally, Ställy, Staly Stäly, Stayley, Stayly, Steahle, Steahly, Stealey, Stealley, Steally, Stealy, Stechli, Stegli, Steheli, Stehle, Stehley, Stehli, Stehly, Stele, Steley, Steli, Stelley, Stelly, Staly, Stiley, Stilly, Stehli, Stöhly.”  –shb 3 Dec 2006

COUNTY HISTORY:  York County was created from Lancaster County in 1741. The Susquehanna River separates the two–York on the west bank and Lancaster on the east bank. Adams County was created from part of York County, in 1800. –shb

Correspondence with Miles E. Staley indicates that at least one researcher on his side of the family theorizes that this Peter and Sarah Salome are also his ancestors through another sibling–though they also have no documentation.

FAMILY MIGRATIONS.  Letter by Katherine Staley, 3 Feb 2007, to Barry D. Wood, response copied to shb, in which Katherine detailed Staley family migration patterns, at Barry’s request:  “Migration: Peter [and Sarah Salome ___] Staley and family were in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1791, and in Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1794. Jacob Staley [son of Peter and Sarah Salome] died about 1800, according to the tax list. Can’t find Sarah, Peter’s widow, or Sarah, their daughter. Melchior Staley [son of Peter and Sarah Salome ___] left Botetourt in 1804 and was in Pickaway County, Ohio “early.” Peter Staley [II, son of Peter and Sarah Salome ___, m. Eve __] left Virginia in 1815 (tax list) and was in Pickaway Co., Ohio, according to an 1816 land deed. Melchior went to Crawford/Wyandot County, Ohio, about 1824, and Peter moved to Allen County by 1832.”  –shb 3 Feb 2007

“The 1791 Land Record of York was in Chanceford Twp. as it was land bought  from H. Graff, a neighbor. (H. Grove) a warrent resurvey for Peter Staley in  1771 by indenture (s) Peter Staley died owner. (I have ordered the Chanceford land records & will know more on the land soon.) [Note:  Mrs. Staley mailed a summary of these records, as detailed in notes of Peter's father, Jacob Staley, and, as they regard Peter and family, below--shb.]

“Deeds: C 355 15 Oct 1767 John Peter of Hellam Twp., York, a wagon maker sold Peter Staley of the same place: certain personal property for L13.5.4. Personal Property means: moveable property, Right? Travel trailor, boat, etc.? So maybe Peter bought a new wagon or a wheel ?

“Tax List of 1762 Peter Staley of Berwick Twp. (now Adams County) Not listed  in Berwick Twp in 1783. I think this is our Peter Staley, NO proof. If not, who is he?

“Our Peter Staley died in or before 1777.”  –shb 3 Feb 2007

STALEY FAMILY TRAITS:  See notes of Patricia Row’s grandmother Grace Pearl Staley, my Legacy ID No. 25684, and also of Isaiah Staley’s daughter Eve, ID 25683, along with other family descendants, to learn that the Staleys were good looking, intelligent (even “genius” level), good mathematicians, skilled woodcrafters, artistic, creative with needlework, great at sports, and witty.  –shb 10 Jul 2000

EARLY STALEYS ANABAPTISTS OR MENNONITES?  Note from Miles Staley to his cousin Jeff Staley, Apr 2002, shared with shb:  Miles:  “Your note mentioning Anabaptists among the Stelley and various spellings) –where did you get this? Because I have notes saying the same. (However, my notes don’t tie any Anabaptist Staley [any spellings] who emigrated to America. Do your notes? I am conjecturing that the reason why we can’t find a birth record for Abraham I is because in 1768 sometimes church records did not list birth dates, but only baptism dates. And Anabaptists did not believe in infant baptism.

“For that matter neither did the Mennonites, who still don’t. I have in my notes, somewhere, that Ulrich was a Mennonite . . .Whichever the case, it bears looking out for. . . Mennonites had NO churches –still don’t in PA, where they met and still meet in each other’s homes (in a large room built for the purpose).  Is this the reason there are no church records of Peter’s baptism to be found (as well as birth records)?

“Are there records of contemporary Mennonite (adult) baptisms? (Maybe kept by the Mennonite bishop?) And are they available to the public like other church records?

“Similarly, are there records of contemporary Anabaptist (adult) baptisms?   I can’t remember having seen any, and not been able to find any at this time (yet). Have you — ever?”  –shb 23 Apr 2002

ABOUT 1740–BIRTH.  I had that Peter I was probably born in Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania, but am reminded by my computer program that York was not a county until 1749, so he would have been born in Lancaster County.  –shb [Note:  Birth/death dates for Peter I, first courtesy of Glenda S. Strayer (see notes titled "CHILDREN" of father John-Jacob, my Legacy ID No. 811.]  –shb

1740 or 1753?–BIRTH IN PENNSYLVANIA?  Pennsylvania German Church Records of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, etc., from the Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings and Addresses in Three Volumes, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983, p. 257. –shb [Note:  This must have been an early entry, as I did not quote the text.  I found two Peter Staleys married to Sarah Salome, in my database, and made the merge, 4 Nov 2006.  However, one was b. in 1740 and one in 1753, so this birth needs some verifying.  –shb 4 Nov 2006. [Note:  I have since found some correspondence from Miles Staley (see below), which makes me wonder if I should have made the merge--these Staley ancestors give me a headache! For now I am going with the 1740 birth, as it would have been quite some feat for my ID 960 Peter to have had as many children as I have for him by age twenty-four.]  –shb 8 Nov 2006

ANOTHER PETER AND SALOME?  BOUNDARY/COUNTY INFORMATION:  E-letter from shb of  Apr. 2002 to fellow Staley researcher Miles Erdman Staley (connection to our Staleys not established):  Sherlene (in response to his question about whether this Peter and Salome I was talking about had the dates of what he was researching):  “Nope. This Peter (m. Sara Salome) is b. abt 1753 (deliciously close to the age of my Peter Sr.), and according to my records, is NOT a son of Ullrich.”  Miles:  “There were several Peters living within a 100 mile radius of each other in southern PA and MD. 1750 — 1812. I had researched the area thoroughly during my MD Staley research in the 70′s. Totally confusing — and frequently confused with each other by all researchers who I have contacted over the last 25 years!”  Sherlene:  “This Peter holds up the middle of the three generations of family group records I talked about–not the head, as I remembered. I’m disgusted, to say the least–didn’t know the Peter and Salome you were talking about were of  that generation and parentage–has that been documented?”  Miles:  “That”s precisely what I don’t have yet–documentation for any of this. Only have names given me by Sidney, Joan Keller, Katherine Staley, and you. The only good documentation I have are the Phila. Port Records of the arrival of Ulrich.” Sherlene:  “Just how many Peters can be married to Salomes in PA, anyhow?”  Miles:  “I suspect that there were at least two couples! The Peter and Salome in Chanceford township I know of. But, I think, they are different than the Peter and Salome recorded in Hallem Township as Sponsors of a baby 1766. Dates don’t mesh.”  –shb 23 Apr 2002

RESEARCH OF LOCATION:  Note of 24 Apr 2002 from Miles E. Staley to shb:  “Am exploring Hellam Twp, present York Co. and its east neighbors East Donegal and West HempField Twps (east of it and on the east side of the Susquehanna River) on the theory that this Peter and Salome Staley lived in those two townships but the father and mother — Hans and Magdalena Ulrich — lived in Hellam Twp. and their baby, Peter Ulrich, baptized in the Kreutz Creek Reformed Church.”  –shb 24 Apr 2002

KREUTZ CREEK IN HALLEM TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY:  (See “Marriage” notes below).  –shb 25 Apr 2002

1746–KREUTZ CREEK LUTHERAN AND REFORMED UNION CHURCH BUILT:  York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 2, Compiled and Edited by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publications), p. xvi:  “KREUTZ CREEK Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, Hellam Township.  Dr. Glatfelter estimates that the Lutheran and Reformed congregations were at Kreutz Creek by the mid 1740s or earlier.  By 1746 a union church had been built.  The Reformed register was begun by William Otterbein in 1757.  The Lutheran register was begun by Lucas Raus in 1764; he entered seven baptisms performed during the preceding eight years.  The early Lutheran pastors included Samuel Schwerdtfeger (1755-1758), and Jacob GOERING [caps mine--shb].  The early Reformed ministers included Jacob Lischy (1745-1757), Conrad Wirtz (1762-[1763), William Otterbein (1765-1771), Daniel Wagner (1771-1786), William Otterbein (1765-1771), Daniel Wagner (1771-1786), George Troldenier (1786-1789), Philip Stock (1790-1792) and Daniel Wagner (1793-1802) [footnote 17--did not photocopy that page--shb].  Records:  Kreutz Creek Lutheran Congregation whose successor was St. James Lutheran Church, Hellam:  (1)  Historical Society of York County:  L1 (1757-1854) compiled by George R. Seiffert in 1931.  Micro file 1, compiled by George R. Seiffert in 1931.  Micro file 1, Drawer 7, Reel 63 (original); (2) Historical Society of PA:  Y/9L, 1756-1871, in German.  Krautz Creek Reformed Congregation whose successor was Trinity United Church of Christ, Hellam:  (1)  Historical Society of York County:  L2, 1757-1854.  Translation of the Kreutz Creek Reformed register was done by Henry James Young.  Micro file 1, Drawer 6, Reel 20 (original).  Micro file 2, Drawer 1, Reel 83.  (2)  Historical Society of PA:  XCh/4, Y/5R; (3)  Philip Schaff Library:  MKZZ/YG/74-76, Kreutz Creek Charge Hellam Twp., records 1757-1855.  Transcribed by Hinke.  Micro #132.”  –shb 9 Apr 2000

OTHER PETER AND SALOME?  Correspondence of 21 Apr 2002 between Jeff and Miles Staley (cousins), shared with shb:  Miles:  “Jeff — in my last letter, I said that Peter and Salome were sponsors to a baptism in Chanceford Township, York County. Wrong — Kreutz Creek Reformed Church was in Hallem township, north of Chanceford township [see sponsor information, as extracted by me and placed in my notes, below--shb].  Both are adjacent to present Lancaster county border.  Note — York County was created from Lancaster County in 1741. The Susquehanna River separates the two — York on the west bank and Lancaster on the east bank.  So, this Peter and Salome were probably on York County ground at the time. [Paragraph]  This Peter and Salome — said to be OUR Peter — by Joan Keller and, now, Sidney . . . may have been living in York Co. in 1766, near that Kreutzer Creek Reformed Church, or may have been living across the river? In any case, they were still living in the same house (cabin) in 1768, our Abraham would have been born probably in York Co., possibly Hallem Township, or possibly across the river in Lancaster County. Go to a good Atlas — I find the maps on PaGenWeb lousy — but the PaGenWeb York and Lancaster County pages are good on listing townships and their creations.”  –shb 23 Apr 2002

CAME OVER DIRECTLY FROM GERMANY?  Correspondence between Barry Wood and Katherine Staley, copied to shb, 10 Nov 2006 (I was busy, getting ready for a new grandson in our family, whose birth is imminent–shb).  From Katherine:

Hi Barry & Sherlene

“You say in last e-mail, ‘I figure that the move to Virginia must not have started until at least 1782 (per the church record) at the earliest.’

“1. I find a Melchior & Peter listed on the tax List of Berkeley/Jefferson Co., VA. in 1791-1794

“2. Book: Biographical History of Putnam Co., OH.  The biographical sketch of Isaac Staley, a grandson of Peter & Eve Staley, great grandson of  Peter (estate 1777) & Salome Sarah. The writer of the bio. states that Peter came to America shortly after his marriage  and became a pioneer in Virginia (after 10 years, I took Sherlene’s advice and started looking in Pennsylvania).  The statement  makes more sense by changing the word America to Virginia. Peter’s 1st child, Melchior, was born in 1792 in Virginia.

“This bio. also states that Peter’s sons were all volunteers of the War of 1812. I find no record of that, but in York Co., Pa . for the Rev. War, we find the Staley’s: Jacob Jr. Staley (Will 1793), Jacob’s son Peter Staley (1754-1837), and Jacob’s son, Jacob Staley (died 1800, wife Barbara).

“Andreas Staley (Estate 1794) and Melchior Staley (Estate 1786) were all privates except for Melcher who was a 1st. LT. No record for Peter (Estate 1777).

“Bio. goes on to say Peter Staley was at one time a wealthy planter of Virginia, but because of business reverses he moved to Pickaway Co., Ohio.

“This is partly true as Peter had debts & in 1811 put his land up as collateral to the court. He paid this debt off in 1815 & the next day sold the land. He was in Ohio by spring. April, he purchased land in Pickaway Co., OH. (I have all  these legal documents & deeds). Melcher, son of Peter (b.1766/68), may have been in the War of 1812. If so, he was out of service, as he married in 1815. If he was inservice and got paid, perhaps he helped his father out of debt. Maybe Peter was in the 1812 War, but Jacob, I think, was too young.

“So, as you can see, this bio. was misleading but somewhat correct. The statement  that Peter came to Virginia shortly after his marriage,and the Berkeley/Jefferson County  tax list places the family in Berkeley about 1790, depending if they were in  Berkeley by tax time or after. Or maybe they were not taxed for a while as an  incentive to locate in VA? which places them in Berkeley/Jefferson county  earlier?

“IF the statement in the bio., saying Peter and Eve both were Natives of Germany is  true, can we can calculate when the family came to America?

“Kreutz Creek Church Records & Tax List:

“1. Jacob (died 1793) & wife Catherine, had a son John baptized 1764 Jacob is on Chanceford Twp.Tax List 1783

“2. Melchior (Estate 1786) & wife Catherine, had a daughter Sarah baptized 1765; Melchior on Tax List 1783 Newberry Twp.

“3. Peter (estate 1777) & wife Sarah lived in Berwick Twp. (1762 tax list) at  this time and are not listed in Kreutz Creek church records. (Peter & Sarah’s children: Jacob born ?, Sarah born Abt 1761/62/63 & their 3rd. child Melchior  was born 1764 & Peter born 1766/68.

“4. Andreas was young & shows up at the “Staley Church” in Chanceford County with 1st child baptized in that church in 1773. Andrew on chanceford Twp.tax list 1783

“5. Stephen (dates unknown) has 1st. child Stephen, baptized on 1781. Chanceford Twp. Tax 1783.  These men all appear to be brothers & sons of Jacob Staley (Estate 1772) & Anna
Eva Unknown who appear in the church records as sponsors to several births. Andreas and Stephen appear to me to be the youngest in the family and may have been born in Germany or in Pennsylvania.

“So, Barry, what do you think of all this?  How do we guess which of the Jacob Staley’s that came over on the “ships” is the  right one? Sherlene wants to get “over thre water”.

“Katherine”  –shb 10 Nov 2006 [Barry's response]:

“Makes sense to me. The stories in the ‘Glory Volumes’ a/k/a ‘Mug Books’ of 1870-1915 have more truth than error, I have found, although usually some element of error crept in, with the proportion increasing the farther back in time one went.

“For example, the 1902 bio. of my 3d great granduncle Peter Bell in Green County, Wis. said that his grandfather (Casper Bell) was a ‘native of Holland,’ when in fact the grandfather was christened as an infant in Hackensack, New Jersey. The ‘native of Holland’ — well, there wasn’t one except many more generations back. Casper’s father Herman Bel was from Neuwied in ‘Hoog Duitsland’ (‘High Germany’) according to the marriage entry (records of the NY Dutch Ref’d Church). Casper’s wife Betty Fontein (= Fontyn = Fontaine) was mostly of Hugenot stock, but had a great grandfather who had been a Dutch Reformed minister in Holland, Brazil and then New Amsterdam. So the early part of what got reported was a fractured fairy tale, but the bio was quite accurate as to Peter’s own parents, siblings, aunts and uncles.

“I’d interpret the early part of the Isaac Staley bio as meaning maybe that the Peter Staley who died in 1777 was the one who came to America shortly after his marriage, while his son Peter married Eve in York County (would a marriage year around 1789 work out right?), and then came to Virginia to ‘pioneer’ (even though that’s a bit of a misnomer as the Berkeley area was getting rather well settled by then)?

“I’d surmise that Isaac told the interviewer about the various Peter Staleys, but the confused interviewer, or his colleague who wrote up the blurbs for the history book back at the home office, accidentally merged the first two of them. Isaac also said that all of Peter’s sons served in ‘the war,’ and the interviewer, realizing that a man born around 1767 could not have had sons fighting in the war of 1776-1783, ‘corrected’ that statement to apply to the War of 1812, forgetting that there had been an earlier Peter Staley whose sons could have fought in the Rev. War (esp. if they were not too careful about ages at the time of enlistment).

“Nevertheless, it would seem as though the sons of Peter and Eve would have been of the right age to serve in the War of 1812, so I’m wondering whether the service records of the National Archives might not contain something on them.

“As to tax holidays, I have never heard of such a thing in any part of Virginia at any time. However, as part of the inducements offered to settlers of new land in Ohio, original purchasers were free from tax for the first five years. Learning about that helped me understand why my 3rd great grandfather Asa Beale (Beall), who settled in the first ‘seven ranges’ of Jefferson County, Ohio shortly after his 1806 marriage, was missing from the tax rolls of that county for five years after he got the patent for his land there (as assignee of the original warrantee).

“Getting back to Staleys, I note that descendants of Melchior would be eligible for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati … the only organization I’d like to join that I can’t join. (I have oodles of Rev. War private ancestors in my tree, but no officers as far as I know.)

“If Peter and Eve really were born in Germany instead of Pennsylvania then, yes, one would have to figure that Peter came to America with his parents between 1767 and 1771, or whenever we found the first trace of them in Pennsylvania. I haven’t looked in Strassburger/Hinke for them, so I can’t comment intelligently on that, only to state that most of the passenger lists of that period dealt only with heads of families rather than wives and children who came along. So, as you indicate, it would be a matter of finding Peter Staley Sr. on a boat list around that time.

“My Kunkels came in 1767, so I know that there was considerable immigration that year. But greater numbers of German immigrants made the trip in the years before the French & Indian War…. so I’m still open to the idea that it was Peter Sr.’s FATHER (I guess we’re operating on the theory that he’s Jacob, right?) who came to America shortly after his marriage, rather than Peter Sr., much less the Peter who married Eve.

“BW”  –shb

THEORY ABOUT NAMES OF HIS PARENTS SEEMED CONFIRMED EARLIER, BUT COULD NOT GET DOCUMENTATION:  I have written to the e-address on website http://library.ferris.edu/~cochran/gen/fam02164.htm, where I first saw this Peter and Sarah Staley listed as parents of a Peter “b. 1667-1668,” asking for documentation of both Peter and Sarah as parents of Peter, b. 1667/68, and also for Jacob, as father of the Peter who married Sarah.  The date 1667/68 for this Peter, son of Peter and Sarah, is close to the date we have from very weathered tombstones for my 4th ggf Peter, who m. Eve, so this is a very exciting prospect if it can be documented.  –shb 25 Apr 2002  [Note:  I got a response, 7 Jul 2003 from Richard M. Cochran, Ph.D.:  “Actually, your insistent questioning of sources made me go back to what I had on the Staleys and made me recontact old correspondents about what they had previously sent me.  I have also added a substantial amount of new material that I had not previously researched.  My “new and improved” Staley material is now at my registered domain, cochranfamily.net.  Here is the URL for my Staley work:  http://cochranfamily.net/staley/pafg01.htm .”  [I note that on this site there is no connection of his Staleys to ours, and the indication that Peter and Salome might have been parents of our Peter Staley, RIN 459, is no longer claimed--shb.]

KATHERINE STALEY SORTS OUT FACTS TO CONFIRM PETER AND SARAH SALOME ___ AS PARENTS OF MY PETER, WHO MARRIED EVE ____:  From Katherine Staley, 27 Oct 2006:

“Hello Staley Researchers,

“I have found a Staley family of York Co., PA., which I believe to be the family of Peter Staley born 1766, died 1844 in Jackson Twp. Allen Co., OH [that's my 4th ggf Peter Staley, who married Eve ___--shb].  In this time-line I am finding very little information. I am sharing this with all of you in the hope that we can help each other in this Staley genealogy.  Please read this over and reply as to my findings. Without death certificates or church records, placing people in a family is not easy.

“References for Peter Staley family of York Co., PA.
1. Estate Papers obtained from Archives of York Co., PA. & the Historical Society.
2. German Naming Patterns: The father’s father is honored as the given  name of the first male child born. The 1st. Male child is named after the father’s father. The mother’s father is honored for the second male child, except if the mother’s father is deceased, then his name is honored first. Same for females.
<http://www.kerchner.com/germname.htm&gt;
3. http://www.york-county.org/departments/archives/archavailable.htm

“Estate Papers of York Co., PA.
1. Deed Book,  2 G, page 140 *** Jan. 15, 1791***Gives Melchior power of Attorney to sell land for the family, All who live in Berkeley Co., VA.
2. Deed Book,  2 G. Page 519 *** December 9, 1791. Both Melcher & Peter Staley, both of Berkeley Co., VA,  legal representatives of the Estate of Peter Stailey, late of York Co., PA. are selling 200  + acres of land in York Co., PA.
This indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him:
Sarah (widow), Jacob, Melcher , Peter & Sarah. (daughter).
2. Administration Bonds: Book D. Page 128 *** Peter died abt. 1777 in York Co., PA.
May 8, 1778  Estate of Peter Stailyof York Co., PA. Sarah Staily & Jacob Staily , Administrators.
3. Orphans Court Dockets
D, page 135 *** 30 Nov. 1779 *** Michior Stailey age 15, minor child of Peter Stailey diseased.
E, page 7*** Feb. 12, 1782 *** Peter Stailey, aged 14, minor son of Peter Stailey deceased.
4. Tax List 1762 , Peter Staley listed in Berwick Twp., York Co., PA. (Now Adams county)
_______________________________________________________________________
“My Notes (KS):
Peter Stailey & wife Sarah (Her surname unknown) (Sarah called Salome in the Church Records of Kreutz Creek & “Stehli’s” Lutheran Church; Sarah on Admin. & deeds).
Children: Jacob, Sarah, Melcher & Peter.
Peter Staley born 1766 (cemetery stone date) Peter born 1768 (orphans court dockets)
Melchior’s age by Orphans court dockets.
Father of this Peter (estate 1777) appears to be  Jacob Staley. There are so many Jacob Staley’s who came over on the “Germans to Philadelphia” ships.
“By German Naming Patterns, Peter & Melchior would fit in this family. (Mother’s father & Mother deceased. Of course we don’t know who her father was or if he was alive or dead at that time, so still a guess.)

“Generation 1: Peter Staley & Salome Sarah Unknown
Children:
1. Jacob b. abt. 1760  named for Peter’s father
Jacob  Staley & Elizabeth Unknown Children:
1. Peter b. 1779
2. Jacob b. 1780
3.Stephen b. 1781
4. Margaret b. 1784
5. Sarah b. 1788
6. Elizabeth b. 1793
2. Sarah b. abt. 1761-1763 (haven’t found a marriage for her)
3. Melchior b. 1764  named for Sarah’s father
Melchior & Catherine’s children:
Salome Sarah b. 1797 Named for father’s mother
Catherine b. 1800 probably a third daughter named for mother
Christine  b. 1802
Roseanna  b. 1804
4. Peter b. 1766/1768 named for his father
Peter Staley & Eve’s children:
1. Melchior 1792        Named for Eve’s father
2. Peter b. 1794          Named for Peter’s father
3. Catherine b. 1796   Named for Eve’s mother
4. Jacob b. 1798         Named for Peter’s elder brother
or grandfather (same)
5. John b.1801            Named for Eve’s grandfather
6. Sarah b. 1802         Named after Peter’s mother
7. Elizabeth b. 1806   Named after Eve’s eldest sister
8. Eve b. 1808            Named for Eve –shb 30 Oct 2006

1766, AUGUST–PETER AND HIS BROTHER, JACOB STALEY, AND THEIR WIVES SPONSOR GROSS/GRAFF AND ULRICH BAPTISMS ON SAME DAY, SAME CHURCH:  Bates and Wright (see 1746 note, above), p. 10:  “Jacob of Henrich Graff and Anna, born March 9, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766.  Sponsors:  Peter Staelly and Salomoe [sic--shb]. [next item]  Peter of Hans Ulrich and Magdalena, born July 12, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766.  Sponsors:  Jacob Staely and Catharina.”  –shb 19 May 2000

1767–SAME PETER?  “Stehly Report,” compiled for The Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850,” prepared in the year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb, November 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. IX DEEDS . . . . C, 355 – 15 Oct 1767.  John Peter of Hellam Township, waggonmaker: to Peter Staley of the same place: for L13.5.4: certain personal property.”  –shb 3 Dec 2006 [Note:  I wondered if a surname were left off the name John Peter, in the above deed, but am advised by Barry D. Wood, on checking the IGI and other sources, that Peter was indeed a surname of this region, period, and that this is a full name--shb.]

1772–HELPS FOUND STEHLI’S CHURCH IN CHANCEFORD, YORK, PENNSYLVANIA:  From Roll XCH 522, PA Historical Society, Philadelphia, June, 1991, Item 2:  St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Chanceford Twp., York, PA, Part I, Common Church Property, 1772:  “We, Lutheran and Reformed members of the congregation, united with one another to build a common church on Jacob Stehli’s land, which church shall remain Reformed and Lutheran as long as sun and moon exist and one party shall have as much right as the other and each one party has a preacher, the other shall help keep him; and if they have two, no one shall fail to come to an understanding with the other or hinder him.  In witness whereof each signs his name and promises the figure promised beside his name for the erection of the church:  l.  Jacob Staehly, Jr. 10 0; 13. Andreas Stehly 2 5 0; 14. Peter Stehly 1 10 0 [My Legacy ID No. 3298]–shb]; and 15. Ge(o?)g Stehly 5 0 (what numbers designate, not recorded).

A Jacob Sr. was still around–probably his land was noted; or, perhaps he was very old and dependent on his son and therefore did not donate money.  Was this Jacob father of the younger boys?  A Peter was born in 1779 to Jacob Staehli and Elizabeth–probably the Jacob Jr. mentioned above.  In 1781 a Salome is born to Michael Gohn or Kuhn and Dorothea, with Salome, “widow of Peter Stehli,” the sponsor.  Also, in 1781, in Stehli’s Church records, I find the birth of Margaretha of John Merch and Barbara, with “Sara Stehly, wife of Peter, deceased” as sponsor [I just learned and await documentation for the idea, that this Peter (ID 22915) and his widow Sara are my ancestors, as parents of Peter (ID 459) and Eve--shb 25 Apr 2002.]  Dorothea was probably a Stehli.  I find no record of a Peter fathering children until 1806 when Peter Staele and Catarina had “Fronica,” with “parents” as sponsors.  Their next child was a “Salome,” so this Peter was undoubtedly Peter, son of Peter the elder (my designation).  Perhaps Peter “the elder” is the one who put up money for the church, as agreed in the above document, although an Andreas (ID 24227, son of Jacob) and wife [Anna] Margretha) also has a son, Peter (ID 24229) in 1784, and is having children right along with Jacob Jr. and Peter the younger.  So, it is possible that the younger three Staehlis were putting up money for the Church.  Since all three named a son “Peter,” one might expect they had a father in common.  However, Jacob Jr.’s last recorded child was Margaret, in 1784 (records list Elis. Stehli, “wife of Jacob,” as an “Older Communicant,” along with Salome, wife of “the late Pet. Stehli,” (Ana) Eva Stehlin, “wife of the late Jacob,” Adam and Michel Gohn, Johan and Catharina Gohn and George Wachtel, apparently listed after 1787.  In 1816 a Joseph Stehli and Maria have a first child listed, “Catharina,” with Peter Stehli and “Catar.” as sponsors.  –shb, also 10 Apr 2000

1777-1778–DIED IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR?  I know of no other Peter Staley in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, who could have fit this reference:  “Stehly Report,” compiled for The Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850,” prepared in the year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb, November 2006, by Katherine Staley, listing Staleys who served in the Revolution, p. 25:  “10. Peter Stayley of Chanceford Township, private in the Second Class, Eighth (Captain Thomas McNary) Company, Sixth Battalion, York County Militia, according to a return of 26 Apr 1778 [footnote 1: 'MS., Archives Division, Pennsylvania State Library; Young, H. J., York county, Pennsylvania, in the American Revolution:  a Source Book MS., Black Series, 555'].”  [Note:  This report names only 11 Staleys for service in the Revolutionary War:  1. Andrew Staley of Chanceford Township; 2. Christopher Steeley (Stehly), of Germany Twp.; 3. Jacob Stealey, of Germany Twp.; 4. Jacob, of Chanceford Twp.; 5. Jacob Staley, a York County commissioner, appointed to collect "certain supplies needed for the equipment of the army"; 6. John Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 7. Joseph Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 8. Joseph Staley, of Heidelberg Twp.; 9. Malachiah Stayley, of Newberry Twp.; 10. Peter Stayley, of Chanceford Twp., Stephen Stealey, of Chanceford Twp.] –shb 2 Dec 2006

1778, MAY 8–ESTATE ADMINISTERED BY WIDOW SARAH AND SON JACOB.  “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 19:  “VI. ADMINISTRATION BONDS – D, 128 – 8 May 1778.  Estate of Peter Staily of York County; Sarah Staily and Jacob Staily, administrators.” [Note:  On 15 Jan 1791, some thirteen years later, Sarah and her children gave power of attorney to Sarah’s son “Melchor Staley” to “sell two contiguous tracts of land in Chancefor Township, York County, Pennsylvania.”  A previous deed of 9 Dec 1791 named widow Sarah’s sons, Melchor and Peter Stailey, “both of Berkeley County, Virginia,” as “legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, deceased. . . .”  –shb 4 Jan 2007

1778–FOUR NAMED ON ADMINISTRATION BOND FOR PETER STALEY’S ESTATE.  Per letter to shb, 24 Nov 2006, from Katherine Staley, “Michael Kuhn is also on the Administration Bond for Peter Staley’s estate in 1778 (Sarah Staley, Jacob Staley, Andrew Staley and Michael Kuhn).”  –shb 26 Nov 2006 [Note:  I am thinking that Sarah and Jacob were children of Peter and Sarah Salome and that Sarah is named as such, because she is not yet married.  Michael Kuhn is the husband of Peter’s aunt Dorothea, daughter of Jacob and Anna Eva . I have no son Andrew for Peter and Sarah Salome, though I do have an “Andreas Stehli” placed as brother of my Peter I, ID 960, so he is probably the Andrew named on the bond.  –shb 26 Nov 2006

1780–SPONSOR FOR STEHLY BAPTISM:  Dorothea and husband Michel were sponsors for the baptism of Jacob, son of Jacob Stehly and Elizabeth, at Stehley’s Church, Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania. Since Salome Staley, widow of Peter, was sponsor for Dorothea and Michel’s daughter Salome’s baptism the following year, it is my guess that Dorothea and Michel stood, in Peter’s absence, as sponsors for the baptism of a nephew. –shb 10 Apr 2000

1782-1800 MARRIAGE TO SARAH SALOME _____:  Courtesy of Glenda S. Strayer, whose note in information sent shb 11 Jan 2000 reads as follows:  “viii. PETER STEHLI (endnote 1), b. abt. 1753, Chanceford Twp, York Co., PA (endnote 1); d. Bef. March 1781 (endnote 1); m. SARA SALOME (endnote 1); d. Bet. March 1782 – 1800, survived husband (endnote 1).  More About SARA SALOME:  Baptism:  March 24, 1782, sp at bapt of Salome dau of Michel Gohn and Dorothea (endnote 1–see notes titled “CHILDREN” of father John-Jacob, RIN 811 for this source).  –shb 12 Jan 2000

“1782, 24 MARCH, 1783–MAIDEN NAME STALEY (STEHLY, STEHLI)/GENERATION LINKED TO GRANDPARENTS THROUGH GRANDMOTHER SPONSOR: This surname conclusion is based on the fact that when Johann Michel Gohn and Dorothea’s daughter Magdalena was baptized in 1783, the sponsor was ‘Eva Stehlissin, the grandmother.’ Also, the sponsor for Dorothea and Michel’s daughter Salome at her Stehley’s Church baptism in 1782 was ‘Salome, widow of Peter Stehli, deceased.’ This would seem to be the naming of a child after her grandmother. That same day of 24 March, Michel Gohn and Dorothea were sponsors for the baptism of “Johan George of Adam Gohn and Cathar” (a nephew?). –shb 10 Apr 2000″, 26 Nov 2006

DESCENDANT NAMED DAVID STALEY?  See RIN 42236–a David Staley, b. abt. 1814 in Pennsylvania, m. Susanna, and they named a daughter Saloma–after Peter’s wife?  –shb 15 Nov 2002

BROTHER JACOB?  A Jacob and Catherine Staley named a dau. Salome (my Legacy ID No. 957), born 10 Aug 1760; Peter (ID 960) and Salome named a dau. Catherine, b. 10 Jul 1761.  –shb 25 Apr 2002

NAME/PARENTHOOD QUESTIONED/CHILDREN:  For some time I, because of family naming patterns, thought the father of my Peter who m. Eve was “Melchior,” probably spelled Melcher in German, as explained by Miles Staley, who says that Melchoir was a variation imposed by English scribes.  That Peter Sr.’s father was Melchoir Staley was long suspect but first asserted in print by Dejah Wilson in a report, “Descendants of Catherine Evick,” sent shb 7 Jun 2000 in an e-letter attachment.  There is a possibility that “Melcher” as a first name was derived from a surname.  I find, among Tombstone Inscriptions of Alexandria, Virginia, Vol. 2, by Wesley E. Pippenger (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publivcations, 1992), p. 168, several burials in a Methodist Protestant Cemetery (c. 1833) of persons with the surname “Melchior.”  –shb 19 Sep 2001  [Note:  Website http://library.ferris.edu/~cochranr/gen/fam02164.htm, accessed 23 Apr 2002 by shb, lists three sons (to match what I had), Jacob, “Melchoir ‘Michael,’” and Peter, b. 1767/1768–close enough to the birth of my Peter who m. Eve (HOORAH–I have been looking for this for some time!).  Also listed as a child on this website is a daughter I did not have, Sarah, b. abt 1760, d. aft 1791, of Berkeley Co., WVA. (and since this, I’ve found Catherine as a daughter–see above). However, these four children have parents named Peter (not Melcher) and Sarah.  I am going with Peter and Sarah, pending additional documentation, for which I have written, 23 Apr 2002.  –shb [It came--see note, above--Peter and Sarah Salome are now suspect, pending documentation of some sort, and I have eliminated Sarah as a daughter.  --shb.]

MARRIAGE TO SARAH SALOME–OTHER PETER AND SALOME?  Correspondence of 21 Apr 2002 between Jeff and Miles Staley (cousins), shared with shb:  Miles:  “Jeff — in my last letter, I said that Peter and Salome were sponsors to a baptism in Chanceford Township, York County. Wrong — Kreutz Creek Reformed Church was in Hallem township, north of Chanceford township [see sponsor information, as extracted by me and placed in my notes, below--shb].  Both are adjacent to present Lancaster county border.  Note — York County was created from Lancaster County in 1741. The Susquehanna River separates the two — York on the west bank and Lancaster on the east bank.  So, this Peter and Salome were probably on York County ground at the time. [Paragraph]  This Peter and Salome — said to be OUR Peter — by Joan Keller and, now, Sidney . . . may have been living in York Co. in 1766, near that Kreutzer Creek Reformed Church, or may have been living across the river? In any case, if they were still living in the same house (cabin) in 1768, our Abraham would have been born probably in York Co., possibly Hallem Township, or possibly across the river in Lancaster County. Go to a good Atlas — I find the maps on PaGenWeb lousy — but the PaGenWeb York and Lancaster County pages are good on listing townships and their creations.”  –shb 23 Apr 2002

DAUGHTER CATHERINE:  I today merged a Peter, ID 22915, in my file, who was married to a Sarah (and who I had decided were parents of my ancestors Peter and Eve Staley) with Peter, ID 960, married to Salome (she was Sarah Salome, spelled “Sara Salome,” ID 3290, in another record I had extracted), based on the fact that Peter and Salome had a daughter Catherine, -b. 10 Jul 1761, who fit neatly into the children of this Peter and Sarah (though Catherine was not mentioned as a child on the “cochranr/gen’ website [see above] that provided the family group with Peter, b. abt. 1740 and wife Sarah, with four children, Jacob, Sarah, Melcher and Peter).  –shb 25 Apr 2002

WIFE HAS A NAMESAKE?  An Andreas Staley, RIN 21954, named a daughter Salome–after Peter’s wife? –shb 30 Oct 2002

SON PETER STALEY SR. M. EVE:  Wilson’s report (see above) indicates that my ancestor Peter Staley Sr. (m. Eve ___ ) was a son of Melcher Staley, but now I think he was son of Peter and Sarah (see above “cochran” website). [R. Cochran says this connection is no longer claimed by him.]  –shb 8 Jun 2000

WIFE AND SURVIVING CHILDREN NAMED:  See 9 Dec 1791 notes, below.  –shb 28 Oct 2006

1722–STEELE HAS LAND IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA:  Abstracts of Virginia’s Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys (Hampshire, Berkeley, Loudoun, Fairfax, King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland & Lancaster Counties 1697-1784), Vol. IV, Compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, Virginia:  Published privately by Joyner, 5008 Dogwood trail, 23703, 1987), p. 133:  “Westmoreland County [Parent county of Stafford and Prince William counties, where Wm. Hall and relatives settled--shb] – MR JOHN STEELE [how Staley was spelled in at least one Ohio census--shb], 4 July 1722 – 16 Nov. 1722; 371 a. in Parish of Washington on Pope’s Crk.; adj. Joseph Chambers, Mr Lawrence Pope, Gilbert Metcalf, Ambrose Baxter’s old plantation (formerly Wm Kimball’s (?), Capt Ball, Mr ffrans St____?, David Rossler.  Surv. Thomas Newton.”  –shb 12 Sep 2000

1764, 1766–BROTHERS JACOB AND PETER SPONSOR GRAFF BAPTISMS/BROTHER MARRIES CATHARINA, PETER’S WIFE NAMED AS “SALOMOE”–CONNECTION TO ULRICH FAMILY:  York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 3, Compiled and Edited by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publications), p. 9:  “Kreutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church – Anna Catharina of Heinrich Graff and Anna [a Staley? see her notes, RIN 25169--shb], born —-, baptized October 7, 1764.  Sponsors:  Jacob Stähely [who is this?--not brother of my ancestor Peter (m. Eve ___ , as this Jacob, b. 1755, would only have been nine years old--shb] and Catharina”; p. 10:  “Kreutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church:  Jacob of Henrich Graff and Anna, born March 9, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766.  Sponsors:  Jacob Stäly and Catharina.”  The next entry, same day, same church, reads:  Peter of Hans Ulrich [Ulrich is a surname--connected to Ulrich Staley?] and Magdalena, born July 12, 1766, baptized August 10, 1765.  Sponsors: Peter Ställy and Salomoe [sic–see my Legacy ID 960, I think this is my 5th ggf, Peter who married Sarah Salome–shb).”  –shb 20 May 2000

1765/1766–”PETER STÄLLY AND SALOMOE” SPONSOR BAPTISM OF PETER, SON OF HANS ULRICH STALEY–GRAFF CONNECTION.  York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 3, Compiled and Edited by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publications), p. 9:  “Kreutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church – Anna Catharina of Heinrich Graff and Anna [a Staley? see her notes, ID 25169--shb], born —-, baptized October 7, 1764.  Sponsors:  Jacob Stähely [ID 24224, brother of ancestor Peter--shb] and Catharina”; p. 10:  “Kreutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church:  Jacob of Henrich Graff and Anna, born March 9, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766.  Sponsors:  Jacob Stäly and Catharina.”   The next entry, same day, same church, reads:  Peter of Hans Ulrich [see ID 11585--shb] and Magdalena, born July 12, 1765, baptized August 10, 1765.  Sponsors:  Peter Ställy and Salomoe [sic–see ID Nos. 3299 and 960–shb).”  –shb 20 May 2000 [Note:  This baptism is instead listed as 12 Jul 1766, in this source:  York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 3, Compiled and Edited by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publications), p. 10:  “Kreutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church – Peter of Hans Ulrich and Magdalena, born July 12, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766. Sponsors:  Peter Ställy and Salomoe [sic--shb].”  [Previous entry, same day, same church--related?]  Jacob of Henrich Graff and Anna, born March 9, 1766, baptized August 10, 1766.  Sponsors:  Jacob Stäly and Catharina.”  –shb 20 May 2000]

1766, JULY 12–”PETER AND SALOMOE STÄLLY” SPONSOR BAPTISM OF PETER ULRICH.  Stehly Report, for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 29: “From the Register of the Reformed Congregation (now Trinity Reformed church), at Kreutz Creek, Hellam, Pennsylvania 1757-1854: (First two items involve a Jacob and Catharina Stähely, as spnosrts of Anna Catharina and Jacob, children of Heinrich Graff and Anna.)  The third and last: “[Item 61] Peter Ställy and Salomoe were sponsors at the baptism of Peter, son of Hans Ulrich and Magdalena, 10 Aug 1766; the child was born 12 Jul 1766.”  –shb

1767, OCTOBER 26–”BILL OF SALE” WITH WAGONMAKER–PREPARES TO MOVE TO CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.  From e-letter to shb, 12 Feb 2007, by Katherine Staley:

“Refererence:  Staley report and Staley Land Deeds On-Line at PA Archives:
#355 Peter Staley from John Peter (Wagon Maker)
Oct. 26, 1767
Bill of Sale

“Chanceford Twp. Map, by Hively
1753 Burkholder’s Ferry to York, Road
This road runs through both surveys of C-109 and C-110, very near and to the SW of ‘Staley’s’ St. Luke’s Church

“It appears that Peter was preparing to make a move from the area of Kreutz Creek, in Hellam Township, to Chanceford Township, in York County, Pennsylvania, by purchasing a wagon or, perhaps, a new or extra wheel from wagon maker, John Peter. [Note:  I believe the "Peter" she mentions is our ancestor, Peter I, born about 1740 (son of Jacob Staley and wife and Ana Eva __), who married Sarah Salome ___--shb.]

“In Chanceford Township, perhaps Peter Staley and family first lived on Jacob Staley land, before Peter purchased his own land from Henry Grove in 1771, by indenture. [Note:  My attorney/genealogist brother-in-law, Barry D. Wood, explained, e-note of 13 Feb 2007, that in this case, the term "indenture" should "just be read as a two-part contract.  It can be a deed of real estate or a contract whereby a person sold his services for a period of years to pay for passage, etc."--shb.]  –shb 19 Feb 2007

1769, MARCH 25–”PETER STÄLY AND WIFE” SPONSOR HERSCHNER BAPTISM.  York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 3, Compiled and edited by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland:  Family Line Publicaitons), p. 111:  “Canadochly Union Church – Jacob of Lorentz Herschner and wife, born March 25, 1769, baptized —.  Sponsors:  Peter Stälÿ and wife.”  –shb

1771–LAND INDENTURE WITH HENRY GROVE.  See Katherine Staley tracing of Staley land deeds, above.  –shb 19 Feb 2007

1772–FATHER JACOB DONATES LAND TO REFORMED LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CHANCEFORD, YORK, PA:  In 1772, a statement was prepared by “We, Lutheran and Reformed members of the congregation, united with one another to build a common church on Jacob Stehli’s land, which church shall remain Reformed and Lutheran so long as sun and moon exist…” (in Chanceford, York, PA), gathered, and first on the list of those ready to pledge for the chapel’s erection was “Jacob Staehly, Jr.” Since a Jacob Sr. was found in “late” condition, leaving his widow Ana Eva as a Stehli’s Church communicant, in Sep 1775, I am concluding that Jacob Sr.’s contribution to the Church was the land and Jacob, Jr. was his son (no other Jacob Stehleys in records, except as new births). Lists are given for Evangelical and Reformed, and I determined that this family were “Reformed.” –shb [Note:  See notes of Jacob's brother Stephen for documentation that Stephen donated one acre of his land, 8 Dec 1772, "for the use of the 'Lutherien and Reformeret Congregations'.]  –shb 2 Dec 2006

1772–HELPS BUILD STEHLI’S CHURCH, WITH REST OF FAMILY.  Stehly Report, for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 10:  “The Register of Stehli’s (later known as St. Luke’s) Union Congregation, Chancefor Township, 1773-1835; translated by Edith Beard Cannon. [MS] lists – [1] Jacob Stehly promised L0-10-0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [13] Andreas Stehly promised L2.5.0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [14] Peter Stehly promised L1.10.0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [40-41] Jacob Stehly was one of the elders of the church in the years 1774 and 1775; [50] Stephen Stehli was one of the trustees of the church in the year 1785.” –shb 3 Dec 2006

1777–ESTATE PAPERS SHOW HUMBLE STATE, BUT TWO STILLS AND A WINE MILL:  E-note from Katherine Staley to shb, 26 Nov 2006:  “The 1777 estate papers of Peter Staley show that he was poor–not much in the way of household goods, mostly farm animals and farm stuff on the inventory list.  Had a laugh when I read he had two stills and a wine mill.”  –shb 26 Nov 2006

1778, APRIL 26–RETURN NAMES HIM AS “PRIVATE” IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR/DIED IN SERVICE?  Stehly Report, for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, pp 23-25, listing Staleys who served in the Revolutionary War:  “10.  Peter Stayley of Chanceford Township, private in the Second Class, Eighth (Captain Thomas McNary) Company, Sixth Battalion, York County Militia, according to a return of 26 Apr 1778 [footnote 1: 'MS., Archives Division, Pennsylvania State Library; Young, H. J., York County, Pennsylvania, in the American Revolution: a Source Book, MS., Black Series, 555'].”  Since Peter’s estate was settled 1777, I wonder if he died in service and the return came later. This report names only 11 Staleys for service in the Revolutionary War, including several I think must be Peter’s brothers: 1. Andrew Staley of Chanceford Township [a brother--shb]; 2. Christopher Steeley (Stehly), of Germany Twp.; 3. Jacob Stealey, of Germany Twp.; 4. Jacob, of Chanceford Twp. [a brother?]; 5. Jacob Staley, a York County commissioner, appointed to collect “certain supplies needed for the equipment of the army”; 6. John Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 7. Joseph Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 8. Joseph Staley, of Heidelberg Twp.; 9. Malachiah Stayley, of Newberry Twp.; 10. Peter Stayley, of Chanceford Twp. [my ancestor, ID No. 960--shb], 11. Stephen Stealey, of Chanceford Twp. [a brother].

1791, DECEMBER 9–SURVIVING WIDOW AND CHILDREN OF “PETER STAILEY” NAMED:  New York County, Pennsylvania documentation found by Katherine Staley, forwarded to other Staley researchers, including shb, 27 Oct 2006:  “2. Deed Book, 2 G. Page 519 *** December 9, 1791.  Both Melcher and Peter Staley, both of Berkeley Co., VA, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of York County, Pennsylvania, are selling 200 + acres of land in York County, Pennsylvania.  This indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him: Sarah (widow), Jacob, Melcher, Peter and Sarah (daughter).”  –shb 28 Oct 2006

1791, DECEMBER 9–SONS MELCHOR AND PETER STAILEY NAMED AS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THEIR FATHER’S ESTATE.  “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21:  “DEEDS (continued) – 2G, 519 – 9 Dec 1791.  Melchor Stailey and Peter Stailey, both of Berkeley County, Virginia, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, deceased): to George Elies of Chanceford Township, farmer: for L300: the tracts as in 2G,140.  The indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him, – Jacob Stailey, Melchor Stailey, Peter Stailey, Saray [sic--shb] Stailey, the Younger, and Sarah Stailey, the widow.”  –shb 4 Jan 2007

1791, JANUARY 15–SON “MELCHOR STALEY” GIVEN POWER OF ATTORNEY.  “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21:  “DEEDS (continued) – 2G, 140 – 15 Jan 1791.  Jacob Staley and Elizabeth his wife, Sarah Staley, Junior, and Sarah Staley, widow and relict of Peter Staley, deceased, all of Berkeley County, Virginia:  to Melchor Staley: power of attorney to sell two contiguous tracts of land in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1) 152 acres, 70 perches, 2) 7 acres, 37 perches, – parts of a larger tract surveyed to Henry Grove in pursuance of a warrant of resurvey divided off the same for Peter Staley 15 Aug 1771 and conveyed by the said Henry Grove and Mary his wife to Peter Staley by indenture dated 31 Aug 1771, and of which said Peter Staley died owner.”  –shb 4 Jan 2007

DEATH:  I don’t know where I got the idea, found in my notes, that Peter Stahly who m. Sarah Salome died bef 8 May 1778.  I do find Melcher Staley administrating the estate sale of a Peter Staley who d. in 1803 (see my Legacy ID No. 27138).  –shb

1803–MELCHER ADMINISTERS MORE OF FATHER PETER STAHLY/STAILEY/STALEY’S ESTATE: [I received documentation from Katherine Staley, 27 Oct 2006, to the effect that the father of Melcher and his brother, my ancestor Peter, was Peter Staley, of York County, Pennsylvania (whose land in Berkeley County, Virginia, was sold for the family by Melcher, who got power of attorney to do so, 15 Jan 1791), I am convinced that notes below this, that I had kept in a separate file now belong in notes of the Peter Stahly/Stailey/Staley who married Sarah Salome and is father of my Peter.  What is very exciting to me is that some of my Hall relatives attended the estate sale, showing that when my ancestor, Elizabeth Staley, married Henry C. Hall, their association had roots in Berkeley County (now West Virginia).  –shb 28 Oct 2006

Miles, here are my PAF notes for a Malachi Staley of this estate sale, who I have listed as a separate Malachi, unable to connect him, with documented evidence, to any other Malachi’s in my database, though I am tempted to take the leap and make him the same “Melichoir” I have, of Jackson, Allen, Ohio, who married Catherine Groff.  –shb (Sherlene Hall Bartholomew).  PS –I am not sorry we have revisited this, because it refreshed my memory on some of this, so THANKS!! (But sorry for the extra effort on your part, because I forgot I already had it):

See notes of RIN 467–another family “Saloonist.”  –shb 18 Jul 2003

1803–BOTETOURT COUNTY, VA DEED NAMES WIFE?  The List of items sold by administrator Malachi [Melcher or Melchior?--shb] Staley of the Peter Staley, ID 27636, estate (see 1826 notes below) includes, as the only other Staley buyer besides Malachi, a “Mrs. C. Staley.”  Catherine is named as wife of a Melchior Staley in deed information sent shb in a 29 Mar 2000 e-letter from Katherine Staley:  “Botetourt Co., VA Deed book 8 page 147 – 1803:  Melcher Stayley & Catherine his wife of Botetourt Co sold to Peter Staley of Botetourt Co., in the State of Virginia.” Catherine is a common name, so this could be another couple, but I list this information here, as at least a possibility.  That this Melcher is ID 22916 needs additional verification.–shb 29 Mar 2000

A MELICHOIR STALEY M. CATHERINE GROSS (GROFF, GROVE?):  See ID 22916 for a possible (but not verified) [now verified--shb] match.  –shb 8 Oct 2000

1826–A MELCHER STALEY ADMINISTERS ESTATE OF A PETER STALEY IN HALLTOWN, JEFFERSON (NOW WEST VIRGINIA).  For a while I thought that this estate sale was for my ancestor, Peter, and that it took so long for Melcher to administer his father’s estate, because Sarah Salome was still on the property.  However, thanks to research of Katherine Staley, we now think this Melcher was the son of Andreas Staley and not of my Peter.  –shb 2 Nov 2006

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12 Responses to “Peter Stehli [I], b. abt. 1740, d. abt. 1777 (s/o Jacob and Ana Eva), m. Sarah Salome __, of Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania”

  1. Kenneth W. Stehly Says:

    I started my journey on the Stehly/Staley etc., etc. about 20 yrs ago and at age 73 am still looking for more to my line. Have you male Staley’s considered the St— DNA data base. I had my DNA done about 4 years ago and have had 3 perfect matches sinse then. One thing I am sure of is that I know that, at least in my records, we do not have common ancestors. Mine came from Wuerttemberg in 1749 and his brother in 1852 and like your family there are many Jacob and John Jacob’s. Ken Stehly

  2. William Stehley Says:

    I too am very interested in the Stehley lineage. I come from a family of 9 kids and my father had 15 siblings. Our local cemetary has many Stehleys with diff spellings birdied together. My father Judd Ramer Stehley was born in 1922. Contact me if I can help u in any way.

  3. siobhan Says:

    I am joining the DAR and finding my lineage as i follow through, My mothers maiden name is Staley and my ancestor Adam jacob staley faught in the war, he came from Germany in 1740. He based in America in North Carolina Wilks.county he was a farmer and had a son named jacob staley in 1785 who marrie nellie childers in the same town of NC. hope this helps, please email me if you have any info or connection, this is all very intersting & impt., sincerely siobhan nicole mccallum

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  5. Katherine Staley Says:

    1826–A MELCHER STALEY ADMINISTERS ESTATE OF A PETER STALEY IN HALLTOWN, JEFFERSON (NOW WEST VIRGINIA). For a while I thought that this estate sale was for my ancestor, Peter, and that it took so long for Melcher to administer his father’s estate, because Sarah Salome was still on the property. However, thanks to research of Katherine Staley, we now think this Melcher was the son of Andreas Staley and not of my Peter. –shb 2 Nov 2006

    This Peter & Melchior are sons of Peter Staley (born 1753, the Rev. War Vet)of Jefferson Co. WVA.

  6. Katherine Staley Says:

    Hellam Twp was the first township in York County 1739. Hellam Twp. 2 years later Lower Hellam was formed and embraced the southeastern section of York Co, including the area of Chanceford. Chanceford twp. was formed in 1747.
    Meaning: Only one family of Peter Staley & wife Salome Sarah.

  7. Craig E Staley Says:

    I am researching my side of the Staley family.
    I live in York County PA myself.
    So far it looks like my family moved to York County approx. 1896.
    I was able so far to track them back to 1805 living in mostly Germany Township in Adams County PA.
    I am at an impasse. My great 4x grandfather I think is Solomon Staley and his wife was Juliann or July Ann.
    I am having trouble finding his father. I speculate it was a Joseph Staley from Adams County PA.
    I also speculate that they either moved to America from Germany and settled in Adams County or moved to York county then to Adams county.
    Anyone hear of a Solomon Staley born approx 1805 died in spring of 1860?

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