Jacob or “Old Jake” Staley (1798-1862), s/o Peter II and Eve __, m. Eunice Fisher 9 Jun 1823, in Ohio, of Berkeley County, Virginia and Allen County, Ohio

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP:  “Old Jacob” or “Jake” Staley, as he was called in a few older accounts, was a brother of Peter III (m. Hannah Hall), a third great-grandfather of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew (shb, hereafter).  Jacob and Eunice are the ancestors of the wife of Dan Myers, who first referred me to Katherine Staley as source of his best information on the Staleys (Katherine’s husband is also descended from Jacob).  Dan has compiled research on the Staley lines and sent Sherlene Hall Bartholomew (shb, hereafter) a seven page report on 8 Mar 2000, “Descendants of Peter Staley I,” tracing his descendants through Jacob and Eunice and then their son, John.  At his request, however, I defer to Katherine Staley’s descendancy information on the Staleys, since he says most of his came from her and is better researched. Katherine’s husband’s line descends from Jacob and Eunice Fisher to son John F. Staley (m. Nancy Snodgrass), to son Moses Staley (m. Sarah Elizabeth Binkley).  –shb  [Note:  The wife of Rev. John Robert Gray is also a “Fisher,” though I do not know how or if she connects to Eunice Fisher.]  –shb 29 Mar 2002  [Note:  Kathryn Lones Pyles found other descendants of Jacob and Eunice on a lineage chart submitted by Gina Colleen Staley, dau. of Russell Dale Staley, son of George Washington Staley, son of John F. Staley, son of Jacob and Eunice (see “BIRTH” tag below for Gina Colleen’s dates)–shb.]  –shb 4 Jun 2003

NAME–CALLED “OLD JACOB” IN COMMUNITY:   (Name spelled “Jacob Stayley, Sr.” in lineage report of Ned Stanley Rudy, submitted to “First Families of Allen County” and approved 5 Jul 1995.)  Family history sketches by Earsel W. Hall (see her notes, my Legacy ID No. 24947) indicate that “There were likewise three Peter Staleys of three generations living at one time in this community and the family of Jacob Sr Staley.  His son, Jacob Jr., raised Dad [William Newton Hall–shb], but no deeds were designated as Jacob Sr. or Jr. [Paragraph]  Old Jacob had a brother John Staley and a son, John, whom they called John F. (Fisher, his mothers maiden name).”  –shb 8 Sep 2003

BORN IN BOTETOURT, VIRGINIA?  Mildred D. Staley, entry to “First Families of Allen County, Ohio,” lists her ancestry, including Jacob Staley, Sr., son of Peter and Eve, and father of her ancestor, John F. Staley.  She says of Jacob Sr. that he was “born September 29, 1798 [I had his birth as 15 Sep 1798–shb], at BOTETOURT, Virginia. Previous to this, I had never seen an account that gave other than Berkeley County, Virginia, as Jacob Sr.’s place of birth, so I wish I knew her source for this particular information. General sources that she listed for all her descendancy were History of Allen County, Charles C. Miller, editor (Chicago:  Richmond and Arnold, 1906), p. 451; A description of Jacob Staley, Jr., which includes his birth on the Jackson Township homestead on September 11, 1839 and states that Jacob Sr. and Peter Sr. had come to Allen County before this date; Original Land Entries of Allen County, Ohio, compiled by Peggie Seitz James (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edward-Brothers, Inc., 1971), p. 119; Jacob Staley purchased Sec. East 1/2, North-East l/1 in Allen County, April 30, 1832; History of Allen County, Ohio, by the Allen County Historical Society (Chicago:  Warner Beers & Co., 1885), p. 234.”  –shb 18 Jun 2003  [Note:  I see that on the Charles Glenn Petersen website, he also gives Jacob’s place of birth as “Botetourt County, Virginia,” but I have not seen his documentation for this–I had his birth place as “Berkeley County, in Virginia”–shb.]

FAMILY HISTORY:  See article, “A Missionary, An Indian, and a Hill:  Their Story,” text typed in full in notes of Deborah, the Indian Princess, ID 24389.  –shb 29 Mar 2002

CONNECTIONS WITH ONTARIO CANADA?  Ontario Gen Web page lists Ontario surnames, including:

“Surname: Staley
Time Period: 1784+
Area of Ontario: Dundas County (Matilda), Frontenac, Hastings & Durham Counties
Submittor: Tina Gemmell
[her e-mail address in Jacob’s blind file–shb]  click here for e-mail box
WebPage: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~gemmell/ ”  –shb 18 Jul 2002  [Note:  I wrote her, 18 Jul 2002, asking for more information about Ontario Staleys–shb.]

1798–BIRTH:  I had calculated Jacob’s birth as 1798, but the full date and county in Virginia was provided by Katherine Staley, per “Descendants’ of Staley” Report sent shb Mar 2000.  –shb 14 Apr 2000  [Another family account found at the Lima, Ohio Historical Society/Museum by Kathryn Lones Pyles, sent shb 3 Jun 2003, gives a Staley lineage provided by Gina Colleen Staley, a descendant of Peter and Eve.  Kathy said this was part of a “stack of papers which looked like they were done for a church group or school project, where each child filled out their lineage.”  In her lineage, Gina Colleen reports:  “The said John F. Staley was the son of Jacob Staley Sr., born on 1800 at Virginia, died on Oct. 30, 1862 at Lafayette, Allen County, Ohio, and Eunice Fisher, his wife, born 1801 at Virginia, died on July 7, 1887, Lafayette, Allen County, Ohio, married on June 9, 1823.”  No sources are given for this information, but it fits the dates I had for Jacob and Eunice, except for Jacob’s birth, where I have the date as 15 Sep 1798.] –shb 4 Jun 2003

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION/RELIGIOUS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITY:  “Jacob was described in the ‘Allen Co. History’ book as tall and having a slim build. . . It was stated that he voted with the Whig and Republican parties and that he was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church”  (Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999,” sent shb 16 Mar 2000.  –shb 29 Apr 2000

1812–Jacob was a volunteer in the War of 1812 (per Katherine Staley report).  –shb 14 Apr 2000

1823, JUNE 9–MARRIAGE TO EUNICE FISHER, PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO:  Their first two children, Eve and Elizabeth, were born in Pickaway County, and later children were born in Allen County, Ohio (per Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999, p. 4,” sent shb 16 Mar 2000.  I had that they were married in Allen County; Katherine Staley supplied the town, Lima, but for some reason I later changed the place to Pickaway County, Ohio–need to check this out!  –shb 29 Apr 2000 [Note:  Biographical sketch of son Jacob Reuben says:  “Jacob Staley, Sr. was born in 1800 and was married in his native state [earlier described as Virginia–shb] before coming with his parents and family to Ohio.”  –shb 21 Jul 2003

1830–LIVED IN CABIN THAT WAS ONCE REV. GEORGE MITCHELL’S MCKEE HILL HOME, NOW IN JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO:  Read notes of Deborah (ID 24389), Rev. Mitchell’s Native American granddaughter, for story of how Jacob & Eunice planted an evergreen tree that is still standing and how they watered it by throwing used dishwater out the window of this cabin.  –shb 29 Mar 2002

1830–MOVED FAMILY TO ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO:  See biographical sketch of daughter Eve’s husband Robert Watt, ID 22853:  “His wife [Eve Staley] was born in Pickaway County, in the year 1827, and when three years old, she was brought to this county by her parents, Jacob and Eunice Staley.”  –shb 9 Jun 2003

CHILDREN–A LOST SON?  If the 1830 census is accurate and birth dates we have for Jacob’s children are correct, we might look for another son under age 5 in 1830.  Children of Jacob and Eunice, as listed in Katherine Staley’s “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767- 1999,” sent shb 16 Mar 2000, are:  Eve, Elizabeth, Jemima, John F., Eunice, Jacob Jr., and Hannah.  –shb 21 Apr 2000 [Note:  These same seven children are listed as children of Jacob and Eunice Staley in a biographical sketch of daughter Eve’s husband Robert Watt, ID 22853–shb.]  See also article, “A Missionary, An Indian, and a Hill:  Their Story from the writings of Earsel W. Hall and Frank Hackman,” as published by the Allen County Historical Society in their “Allen County Reporter,” article. This article was compiled by editor of the Reporter, Anna B. Selfridge, in Vol. LII, No. 1, 1996, who authorized my typing the text and possibly publishing it (without the original article’s photographs), as now placed by me in notes of granddaughter Deborah, ID 24389.  Page 17 gives the children of Jacob and Eunice Staley, as follows:  “The Staleys, who actually ‘took out’ land on which Rev. Mitchell’s mission was situated, had the following children:  Elizabeth (m. John McCluer), Eve (m. Robert Watt, son of Deborah’s daughter Olive and her husband Samuel), Jemima (m. John Boyd), John F. (m 1. Nancy Snodgrass, and m 2.  Hannah Broseus), Eunice (see below), Jacob Jr. (see below), and Hannah (m. Thomas Watt, brother of Robert).”  –shb 29 Mar 2002

CHILDREN:  Delight Heckelman found a Staley data sheet in a public library, while she was visiting in the Lima, Ohio area and mailed a copy to shb, Oct. 2002:  This sheet listed children for Peter [and Eve] Staley, Jacob [and Eunice] Staley, and for both wives of John F. Staley.  The item regarding Jacob reads as follows:  “Jacob Staley and wife, children:  Betty (Grant), Eva (Watt), John, Jemima (Boyd), Eunice (Hall), Jacob, and Hannah (Mrs. Thomas Watt).”  [For rest of detail on this sheet see notes of John F. Staley, ID 650.]  –shb 30 Oct 2002

1830 CENSUS:  Pickaway County, Ohio (Roll 178, searched by shb 7 Apr 2000, HBLL, BYU), Census p. 85:  After Darbyville listings are totalled, comes this listing:  William Hall [ID 7434, who m. 1) Sarah Francis and 2) Barbara West (1 male aged 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50), James R. Hulse, Thomas Renick [Evick?–shb], Rachel Davis, Geo. Cochran, Philip Groves, Jacob Staley [ID 646, m. Eunice Fisher, dau. John Fisher–shb] (1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 2 females under 5, 2 females 20-30), William Suddith [?], John Foresman (later) John Fisher Sr. [ID 24382, father of Eunice?–shb], (later) Richard Hall [ID 24399, son of Anthony and Mary/Polly Ward Hall who m. Margaret Boyd–shb].  See notes of Joseph Hall, ID 7353, and Clarinda Evick, ID 49, for more detail about this census.  –shb 21 Apr 2000

1832–BROUGHT DAUGHTER EVA, AT AGE SEVEN, TO ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO:  Biographical sketch of Jacob’s son-in-law (Eva’s husband) Robert Watt (see his notes):  “In his 20th year Mr. Watt was married to Eva Staley, who was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, May 13, 1825, and came here with her parents when seven years of age.  She is a daughter of Jacob and Eunice (Fisher) Staley, natives of Virginia.”  –shb 13 Jun 2004

1832–BOUGHT ALLEN COUNTY LAND FIRST DAY OF OPENING/FATHER, BROTHERS JOIN HIM:  Original Land Entries of Allen County, Ohio, Compiled by Peggy Seitz James (Ann Arbor, Michigan:  Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1971), p. 119, indicates that Jacob bought land in Allen County the first day the land opened for purchase, which I summarize as follows:  STALEY, Jacob – Allen Co. O – E 1/2 NE 1/4 – 30 Apr 1832 (Section 20).  He bought the first land in his Section and others who followed there are John Swain Jr., Thomas Nash, John Aiken, Asa Merrill, and John Aikens.  That same day of 30 Apr 1832 his father Peter Staley Senior bought land in Section 21, as did Joseph Hall, Jacob’s brother in law (m. Jacob’s sister Sarah or Sally). Nearly a year later Jacob’s brother John (ID 653) bought land 10 Apr 1833 in Section 21, as did their brother Melcher (ID 24120, m. Sarah or Sally Camper, of Logan Co. Ohio) four months later, on 10 Aug 1833.  Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999,” sent shb 16 Mar 2000, p. 4:  “He [Jacob] bought the original land purchase of 80 acres in section 20, recorded in 1832.  The family first occupied a squatter’s cabin abandoned by Rev. Mitchell.  A Mission House was also on the site, both [structures] built by Alexander McKee (British Indian Agent) and the local Shawnee Indians. . . Over time, he acquired a total of 160 acres. . . He willed his lands to his son, Jacob Jr.”  (Mrs. Staley’s references:  Pickaway Co., Ohio marriages, Ohio census, History of Allen Co., Ohio book, Allen Co., Ohio courthouse records, Allen Co. cemetery records, and personal remembrances of the Staley family by Ersel Hall, descendant [and genealogist] of Jacob’s wife Olive Hall). –shb 28 Apr 2000

1832 ORIGINAL LAND DEED TRACED BY DESCENDANT EARSEL HALL:  “First Families of Allen County” entry by Winona Hall and compiled for her by her sister, local historian Earsel Waneta Hall, includes a lineage of the original deed owned by “Old Jacob” Staley to his descendants, as follows [rearranging a bit for clarity, but not changing text–I’m starting with her end, explanatory note–shb]:  “This deed check takes in the entire N. E. Q. once belonging to Jacob Staley Sr., then to Jacob Jr. & Robert Watt, then belonging to William N. & Nettie Hall & Miles Watt, now belonging to Earsel Hall & Winona [Hall, her sister–shb] and [Winona’s husband] James McCord, and Richard Ackerman & the Foxes, and Jo Phillip Shafer.  S 1/2 and N 1/2 of the N. E. Q.”

[Now returning to start of her deed trace–shb]:  At top left is a diagram of a square divided down the middle into two side-by-side rectangles, illustrating that the first rectangle (on the west) “A” was Staley land and the second rectangle (on the east) “B” was Swain land.  “Deed transactions of the original Jacob Staley Farm with [?–can’t read this word–shb] 160 acres from 1832 to the present time.  A. # 106 McCord & Hall.  E. A B lying north & south is 80 acres each.  In [?] 1832 & 1836 layed [sic–shb] out.  Another diagram I do not quite understand–looks like the previous two rectangles, lying on their side, one above the other–has note:  “Hall-McCord A., Ackerman B. (with arrows pointing to the South areas – 1976 Jackson Twp.”

“JACOB STALEY SR. AND JACOB STALEY JR., Jackson Twp. – STATE OF OHIO to JACOB STALEY, SR. JULY 12, 1832 [A note in the left column says “It’s mixed up–complicated–farmer’s [?] __ [can’t read] is Ackerman.”]
A.  E 1/2 of the N. E. Q. Sec 26 80 acres $100. Along Ottawa river running [“1st house” inserted above, here–shb] north & south.

B.  State of Ohio to John Swain Jr. etc. [?] – 2nd house.
Thomas Russell & Louise to Jacob Sr. Staley, June 1, 1841 and Horace Gilbert & Sarah to Jacob Staley May 21 1853–the S 1/2 and N 1/2 of the West 1/2 of N. E. Q. respectively, 40 acres each, comprising the 80 acres above.  See other side for the details.  This 160 acres is what Jacob Sr. Staley owned at this death Oct 30, 1862.

A 1. Dixon Grant & Eliz. [dau. of “Old Jake”–shb] to Jacob Staley Jr., Mar 10, 1863 und. 1/7 of N. E. Q. Sec 20-23a.

B 1. John F. Staley [son of “Old Jake”–shb] to Jacob Staley Jr. Apr. 13, 1863 und 1/7 N. E. Q. 23a. Sec 20

A.  Jacob Staley Jr. to Eliz Grant & Dixon 1/7 med.
Jacob Staley Jr. to John F. Staley – 1/7 und. [bracket connecting these two entries says “same as above”–shb]

C1. Eunice Staley [wife of “Old Jake”–shb] June 22 1863 – S 1/2 of N. E. Q. 80 acres Sec 20.
[A line separates what is above and that coming–shb]

A 2. Eunice Staley to Robert Watt [mother, wife of “Old Jake” to son] June 22 1863 – N. Pt of N. E. Q. Sec 20, 19 Acres

C 2. Eunice Staley [wife of “Old Jake”–shb] to Henry Hall [son of Joseph W. Hall & Mary Marsh, Joseph the son of Anthony who m. Mary/Polly Ward–shb] June 22 1863 – Central part of N 1/2 21 by 160 rds – 21 acres.

B.

D 2. Eunice Staley to John Boyd [her son-in-law who m. Jemima–shb] June 22 1863, N. E. Q. – South side of N 1/2 (along Jacob Jr.) 21 acres.

All B went to Robert Watt Mar. 29 1864, except Robert Watt’s share.

[Page 2 of Deed search]

Robert Lucas John Swain Jr. – $100.
for State of Ohio to John Swain Jr. May 14 1836 West 1/2 of N. E. Q. 80 acres which Napoleon road bicepts.  Section 20 Jackson Twp.

[These next two entries/paragraphs are joined by brackets, with the description “S 1/2 of W 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sec 20.”

John Swain Jr. to Thomas J. Russel Jan. 16 1839.  S. 1/2 of West 1/2 of N. E. Q. containing 40 acres $200. Sec. 20.

Thomas J. Russel and Louise to Jacob Staley Sr. June 1, 1941, S. W. 1/4 (S 1/2 of W 1/2) same as above, of N. E. Q. – 40 acres Section 20

[Next three entries/paragraphs are joined by brackets, with the description “N 1/2 of W 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sec 20”

John Swain Jr. to Ezekial and John W. Hubbell Jan. 18 1839.  N 1/2 of W 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sec 20 – containing 40 acres.

Ezekial Hubbell & Eunice to Horace Gilbert June 8 1843, N 1/2 of W 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sec 20 – 40 acres.  Same as above.

Horace Gilbert [son of Josiah & Chloe] and Sarah [Wood, dau. of Hezekiah and Elizabeth Savage] to Jacob Staley Sr. [“Old Jake”–shb] May 21, 1853 NW 1/4 (N 1/2 of W 1/2) of N. E. Q. Section 20 40 acres. Same as above.

[Note below bracketed items]:
Transferred to other side

[Page 3 of Deed search]

JACOB STALEY JR. – HALLS – MCCORDS
Deed for to sign rights out of 160 acres.

John Boyd & Jemima [“Old Jake’s” daughter–shb], Robert Watt & Eve [“Old Jacob’s” daughter–shb], Thomas Watt and Hannah, Henry Hall [son of Joseph, son of Anthony and Mary/Polly Ward–shb] and Eunice [Staley, “Old Jacob’s” daughter–shb], Jacob Staley [Jacob Reuben, “Old Jake’s” son–shb] and Olive [Hall, dau. of Wm. M. Hall and Lydia G. Walton, Wm. M. the son of Anthony Hall and Mary/Polly Ward–shb] to Eunice Staley [dau. of “Old Jacob”–shb] June 22 1863. 160a. N. E. Q Sec. 20

Dixon Grant & Eliz and John F.’s names are missing, having deeded their shares to Jacob Jr. Staley.

Eunice Staley to Jacob Staley Jr. Oct 10 1884 – S. /12 of N. E. Q. Section 20 80 acres to connect descriptions – the 3rd house at the extreme west end–Hall Earsel, over 100 yrs old, almost original.

By Will 1918 – April or May – Jacob Staley Jr. to William Newton Hall S 1/2 of N E. Q. Section 20, 80 acres Jackson Twp.

William N. Hall to Nettie C. Hall the undiv 1/2 of the S 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sec 20 1942.

Nettie C. Hall & William N. Hall to Winona Hall.  All that part lying west of Napoleon rd in SW 1/2 of W 1/2 of S 1/2 of N. E. Q. Sept 12, 1942.

Winona Hall to Earsel W. Hall – same as above Nov 18 1950.

Earsel W. Hall to Winona Hall Dec 1974 Same as above.

Earsel W. Hall to Winona Hall Dec 1974.  Same as above.

William N. Hall to Earsel W. Hall Nov 15, 1963 – S 1/2 of S 1/2 of S 1/2 of N. E. Q. – 17 acres.

William N. Hall to Winona G. McCord Nov 15 1963 0 N 1/2 of S 1/2 of S 1/2 of N E Q 17.5 – Sec. 20.

[Page 4 of Deed search–shb]

William Hall to Winona G. McCord – 1 acre on Napoleon Rd. about 1952 – 4th house on the place.  There have been only 3 deaths and 1 birth in my Home–the old house since it was built in 1873.

William N. Hall to Winona G. McCord date? somewhere around 1964 – N 1/2 of S 1/2 N. E. Q. 34.5 acres.  As it stands now.
[A line divides this part from next]:

Robert Watt to William H. Watt – N 1/2 of N. E. Q. 80 acres.
William H. Watt to Milo Watt N. 1/2 of N. E. Q. 80 acres excepting a small triangle west of Napoleon rd sometime sold or transferred to Cloores, later to Leon Inskeep & the Clyde Foxes to Phill & John [?] Shaffer.

Milo Watt at his death 1952 to Ura Watt – same as above.

Ura Watt to Richard Ackerman about N 1/2 of N. E. Q. 1970 same as above.”  [This is end, except for endnote that I placed at the beginning–shb.]  –shb 19 Feb 2004

1833–ON JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO TAX LIST.  See 1833 notes of Peter Staley, ID 459, for entire list of those taxed that year in Jackson Township, including Jacob Staley and his father, Peter Staley.  –shb 12 Aug 2003

1834–ON JACKSON TOWNSHIP, ALLEN, OHIO ASSESSMENT ROLL:  Information forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, 29 Sep 2003:  “The following assessment roll made in 1834 by Samuel Black, Auditor of Allen County is selected for the reason that it is the oldest record of assessments which Auditor Poling was able to discover among the old books in his office.

“JACKSON 1834 [full caps mine–shb]:
“Alex Allison, Mathew Allison, Jacob Bresler, George Balsinger, George Barber, Hector Carlisle, John Carlisle, John Claybaugh, James Carter, Chancey Curtiss, Jacob Elder, Eyre Edgecomb, Urich Edgecomb, Jeremiah Evans, Tethro Fisher, Silas Faurot, Jacob Hawk, Anthony Hall, Richard Hall, Joseph Hall, James Hall, James W Hall, John Jamieson, Samuel Jamieson, Elijah Jones, Samuel McCafferty, Benjamin Meek, Joseph Mash, Samuel McClure, Moses McClure, George May, William Neeley, Elizabeth Neeley, Thomas Nash, Silas Osman, Enos Paulin, Samuel Patterson, James Prosser, John Robinson, William Rumbaugh, David Rumbaugh, William Reese, William Roberts, J. Rumbaugh, James Rumbaugh, William Raines, John Staley, JACOB STALEY, Peter Staley Jr, Melchoir Staley, Peter Staley, Robert Snodgrass, David Sasseton, Lemuel Tucker, William Watt, James Watt, Adam White, Tobias Woods, Samuel Watt, Joseph G Walton, Daniel Woolett, Abram Ward, William Ward, John B Walton, Joseph Ward, Phillip Woolett, George White.

“The assessed value of lands in Jackson in 1834 was $472, one steam-mill valued at $160, value of personal property $3,800. Total tax levied$57.53.”  (Source: History of Allen County Ohio, Chicago:Warner, Beer & Co., 1885, Pages 233-234; Jackson Township Assessment Role of 1834, Wapakoneta Public Library, Wapakoneta Ohio.) –shb 29 Sep 2003

1840 CENSUS: 1840 Census charted, as compiled by H. Maxine (Gossett) Leis Computer Data Processing and Printed by Ronald Hanthorn, Donated to The Allen Co Genealogy Society, OGS 620 West Market St., Lima, OH, copyrighted 1998, Property of Auglaize Co Genealogical Society Wapakoneta Library, copied out by Kathryn Lones Pyles, sent shb Jan 2004:  Jacob Staley, head of household, with 1 male under age 5 (Jacob Reuben, b. 1839), 1 male aged 5-10 (John Fisher, b. 1833, age 7), 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5 (Eunice, b. 1835), 1 female 5-10 (Jemima, b. 1830, age 10), 2 females 10-15 (Eve, b. 1827, age 13, and Elizabeth or “Betty,” b. 1825, age 15), and 1 female 40-50 (Eunice, b. 1801, age 39).  Sequence of neighbors listed is Asa Merrill, Thomas Nash, JACOB STALEY, William Hall (ID 48), James F. Hall (ID 7314), Peter Staley Jr. (ID 50), Jethro Fisher (ID 24291), Peter Staley Sr. (ID 459), Joseph Hall (ID 7353), John Clabaugh, Wm. Akerman (ID 23108), Joshua Swain, David Spencer, John Swain, Melchior Staley (1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50), 2 females 15-20,1 female 50-60)–I think this is Jacob’s brother, Henry Greenwalt, John Webster, Foster Hubble, G. H. Hubble (later) John Staley (1 male under 5), 1 male 5-10, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40), Bernd Weyer, Christian Dobson, John M. Wilson, David Hughes?, Anthony Hall (1 male 20-30, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30), Joseph W? Hall (1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30), Franklin Dickensen?, (can’t read two), Thomas Hall (1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 females under 5, 1 female 20-30.”  –shb 17 Apr 2000

1850 CENSUS, Jackson Township, Allen, Ohio (Roll #657, searched by shb, at the National Archives, Bayonne, New Jersey):  Jacob is listed as living not far from Peter Staley Sr., our ancestor, who would be four years Jacob’s senior.  Since we know Peter Sr.’s father was named Jacob, it seems likely that Jacob could be Peter’s brother.  Peter’s wife Hannah died in 1844, with no daughter named Hannah, to our knowledge. Jacob lists a daughter, Hannah, age 7, in the 1850 census (b. 1843).  Could this possibly be Hannah Hall Staley’s daughter?  (Perhaps she died after childbirth).  Right next door to Jacob Staley and this Hannah, age 7, live Anthony Hall 71 M and Deborah, 61F–Parents of Hannah Hall Staley watching over their “orphaned” granddaughter?  The Census reads (at a revisit, Roll 657, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, 7 Apr 2000):  Family # 465 Jacob Staly, 52M, Farmer 2000 [acres], [born in] VA; Unice [Fisher–shb] 49F, OH; John Staly 18M Labourer, OH __ 1 __; Unice Staly 14F, OH __ 1 __; Jacob 10M, OH __ 1 __; Hannah 7F OH __ 1 __.”  –shb

This 1850 Jackson, Allen, Ohio Census is transcribed and posted on http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archi es/oh/allen/census/1850/pg0257b.txt, as follows:  “Start Fragment – Nash, Sarah, 12 F, Ohio; [next line] 10 – 465 Staley, Jacob, 52, M, Farmer, 2,000 Virginia; 11 465 Staley, Anice [sic–shb], 49 F, Ohio; 12 465 Staley, John 18 M Laborer, Ohio; 13 465 Staley, Anice 14 F, Ohio; 14 465 Staley, Jacob 10 M, Ohio; 15 465 Staley, Hannah 7 F, Ohio; 16 466 Hall, Anthony, 71 M, Farmer, 1,600, Virginia; 17 466 Hall, Deborah, 61 F, Vermont; 18 467 Watt, Robert, 21 M, Farmer 300, Ohio; 19 467 Watt, Eve [daughter of Jacob and Euniceor Anice–shb], 21 F, Ohio; 20 467 Watt, Oliva 3/12 F, Ohio; 21 468, Jameson, William 24 M, Farmer, Ohio – End Fragment..”  –shb 8 Sep 2001

1855–APPOINTED GUARDIAN:  That the family looked to Jacob for family care is evidenced by the fact that after the death of Peter Staley Jr. [about ten years after his wife Hannah Hall died], Jacob Staley, brother of Peter, was appointed guardian of Peter and Hannah’s child, William.  In December of 1855, when the appointment took place, William would have been about twelve years old–if William’s mother Hannah died in childbirth and the Hannah Staley living in Jacob’s family was that child.  –shb  [Note:  Katherine Staley, on seeing this note,  corrects me in this:  “Sherlene, In reference to your last note about 1855 Guardianship of William Staley, I believe this  William is the son of William and & Eliza Whitehearst, William b. about 1844, as in:
Peter & Eve>Peter & Hannah>William & Eliza>William b. 1844.”  [Thanks to Katherine–in looking at my notes for William, b. 1844, Katherine told me this earlier, but I failed to correct this note for Jacob Sr., so appreciate the reminder–shb.]  –shb 20 Feb 2004

1860 CENSUS:  Jackson, Allen, Ohio:  #1026, J. Staley, 62M; N 59 f; J 21M; H 17f.  Neighbors are #1025 Westley [?] Ransbottom, and #1027, J. W. Hall, 24M; C 23f [no children].  –shb 4 Feb 2002

WILL:  E-letter to shb of 30 Mar 2002 from Katherine Staley:  “Jacob Staley left his land to  Jacob Staley Jr. and Olive E. (Hall).  Jacob had no children and so willed the land to Olive’s nephew William Newton Hall, Earsel W. Hall’s father.”  –shb 1 Apr 2002

SHROPSHIRE SHEEP RAISED BY JACOB AND WILLED TO JACOB JR., THEN TO WILLIAM NEWTON:  See notes of W. N. Hall’s daughter Miss Earsel Hall, shepherdess of the continuing Staley flock, RIN 24947, for article in the December 31, 1952 “Lima News” (Vol. 68, No. 360, Section L, which sold for five cents) about the history of these sheep.  –shb 3 May 2002

1862–DEATH OF EMPHYSEMA:  Cause of death, at age 64, of emphysema, date (30 Oct 1862), and place, per Katherine Staley’s Descendants’ Report of Mar 2000.  [Note:  Prior to this, I had Jacob’s death place listed as “Jackson, Allen, Ohio,” but other family sources list it as “Lafayette.” Kathy Pyles once explained to me that Lafayette is a town within the boundaries of Jackson Township, so it is probably both.  –shb 14 Apr 2000

IN CIVIL WAR?  Two Jacob Staleys are indexed as Civil War Staleys, information forwarded to shb by Jane (Mrs. Garth O. Hall, 14 Sep 2004:  She thought the latter might refer to “Old Jacob,” but if he were ill with emphesema, he perhaps never made it to action.  Who, then, are these two Jacob Fishers?

“Jacob Fisher – Pvt., Co. D, 30th Ohio Infantry
“Jacob Fisher – Wagoner, Co. F, 30th Ohio Infantry  –shb 14 Sep 2004

BURIAL:  Per Katherine Staley, both Jacob and Eunice are buried in Old Lafayette cemetery, Jackson Twp., Allen Co., Ohio.  –shb 29 Apr 2000

GRAVE LOCATIONS:   A map of the Old Section, Lafayette Cemetery, as posted on the internet, was reconfigured by Jane Hall by row, so we can see the location of graves, by family.  Jacob and Eunice are buried at the end of row 6, after Nash, Weyer, Sager, and Gilbert graves.  Just before the graves of Jacob and Eunice are those of Chloe (Barnard) and Josiah Gilbert.  According to a report published by the Allen County Historical Society (mentioned above), Josiah was a not-blood brother of Deborah Arvilla Gilbert Walton Hall, the “Indian Princess,” who was adopted in Canada by Moses Gilbert and Lydia Mallery, Josiah’s parents.  Deborah was the second wife of Anthony Hall, son of our ancestors Anthony Hall and Rachel Simmons.  Jacob and Eunice lived in the cabin in Jackson, Allen, Ohio that was once inhabited by Rev. Mitchell, whose first wife, according to this report, was Native American and died when their daughter,. Montaignaia, was born.  Montaignaia then married an Allen County Shawnee Chief named “PHT,” and their daughter was Deborah Arvilla, who was orphaned in her early childhood. According to this report, Rev. Mitchell adopted out Deborah to a family. who then placed her with the Gilberts in Canada.  Deborah married Joseph G. Walton in Canada, but they moved to Allen County, and after Walton died, Deborah married Anthony Hall.  That Jacob and Eunice (Fisher)more or less inherited Mitchell’s cabin might imply some sort of connections with Eunice or Jacob, though I know of no blood relationship that would merit the burial of Jacob and Eunice as last in the row with the Sager family.  –shb 27 Oct 2002

DEATH RECORD:  Details recorded on the map of Lafayette Cemetery, referred to above, read:  “STALEY, Jacob [died] 30 Oct 1862 [age] 64 [years] 1 [month] 15 [days], [row] 6 [stone] 10.”  Next to him is wife Eunice:  “STALEY, Eunice [died] 7 Jul 1887 [age] 86 [years] 1 [month] 1 [day], [row] 6, [stone] 11.”  [End of row].  [Note:  Applying this information to my computer date tool calculates Jacob’s birth as 15 Sep 1798–shb.]  –shb 27 Oct 2002

Catherine or “Katie” Staley (1796-1879), d/o Peter II and Eve __, m. Jethro Fisher, on 1 May 1820, in Ohio, of Berkeley County, Virginia, and Allen County, Ohio

February 7, 2007

NICKNAME “KATIE”: From data sheet found by Delight Heckelman in a public library, while visiting in Lima, Ohio area, a photocopy of which was sent shb, Oct. 2002 (see father Peter’s notes, titled “CHILDREN”). –shb 30 Oct 2002

BIRTH/NAME: Information about Catherine is as listed on a worksheet of my mother, Ida-Rose L. Hall. According to her notes, Catherine was aged 16-25 in the 1820 census, so must have been born 1796-1806. Marriage information for Catherine is as listed on her worksheet. Sources listed: 1820 and 1850 census records and also LaFayette, Ohio cemetery records. The year “1796” was given for Catherine’s birth on a report, “Descendants of Peter Staley I,” sent shb by Dan Myers (who, when I wrote him, deferred to the research of Katherine Staley, from whom he says he got much of his information–shb). –shb, 8 Mar 2000.

1816–FAMILY MIGRATED FROM VIRGINIA TO OHIO WITH HALLS AND FISHERS? As posted on Genforum.com by Dora Baer (information about John Henry Kious,m who married Mary Caplinger), found and forwarded to shb, 29 Jan 2007, by Kathryn Lones Pyles [full caps mine–shb], indicates that John Henry Kious (1775-1834) “came to America from Wurttenburg, Germany, at an early age.  He married Mary Caplinger of Samuel Caplinger ancestry.  Samuel lived around Philadelphia 1750; died 1769.  John, Mary and three children (Katherine, John Henry and Solomon) came in a caravan from Finistree [sic–shb], Virginia, with the Morris, STALEY, HALL AND FISHER FAMILIES, in the spring of 1816, to a seventy acre patch of wilderness on the west bank of the Scioto River, about seven miles south of Columbus, Ohio; nearby was the Chillicothe-Columbus Indian Trail which is now Route 104.  John and two sons immediately erected a log cabin nearby.  Son Zeniah was born in this cabin in 1817; Mary died that same year and was buried one half mile west on wilderness land purchased by John, thus establishing the KIOUS Graveyard.” [The rest of this seems to be Kious family history–shb.]  –shb 29 Jan 2007 [Note:  I looked for this location on my atlas.  It looks like this seventy-acre “patch” was close to today’s Circleville (east of the Scioto) and near to today’s Pickaway County, with today’s Ross and Fayette counties located south and west.  Southeast of Circleville is a town named Hallsville–shb.] –shb 29 Jan 2007

1820, MAY 1–MARRIAGE: Date from genealogical worksheet of my mother, Ida-Rose L. Hall (see above), which would place at age 24, if her birth year as 1796 is correct. Marriage connection to Jethro Fisher made by shb from search (again) of the 1850 Census, where Catherine is listed as wife of Jethro, with 80 yr. old widowed mother Eve Staley living with them (see Jethro’s notes). The marriage date, place from Katherine Staley Descendants Report of Mar 2000. –shb 12 Apr 2000

1850 CENSUS, JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO–CARING FOR MOTHER:  See mother Eve’s 1850 notes for census detail that indicates that Catherine (age 54, born Virginia) was living with her husband Jethro Fisher (55, born Virginia), son Peter (25, born Ohio), dau. Elizabeth (12, born Ohio) and “Eve Staley, age 80, born Virginia.”  Katherine Staley writes, of this census, in letter to shb, 18 Jun 2004, that “[This Census] states Eve was born in Virginia, but I believe Eve (Eva) was born in Germany [we are now looking more closely at Pennsylvania as a possibility–shb].  Catherine Fisher is daughter of Eve.”  –shb 20 Jun 2004

1879, OCTOBER 27–DEATH:  I only had that Catherine died “aft. 31 Jul 1850,” so was interested to see her death given as “27 Oct 1879 in Allen County, Ohio,” on the Charles Glenn Petersen website that he invited me to visit, 27 Feb 2005.  I don’t have his documentation for this date.  –shb

Melcher Staley (1792-1859), s/o Peter II and Eve __, m. 1) Sarah or “Sally” Kemper/Camper, on 20 Oct 1815, in Virginia, and 2) Eve Stumbaugh, on 23 Jan 1846, in Ohio, of Berkeley and Botetourt Counties, in Virginia, and Pickaway, Logan, and Allen Counties, in Ohio

February 7, 2007

NAME/SPELLING:  Christian name is spelled “Melcher” in German/Swiss records, but was sometimes transcribed as Melchoir, Melkire, Melkor, or Michal by usually English scribes on this continent.  Allen County History & Representative Citizens, edited and compiled by Charles C. Miller, assisted by Samuel A. Baxter (photocopy sent to shb by Katherine Staley), p. 45, gave him a nickname “Wilkes,” which may be a poor transcription of “Melcher.”  This history reports that “Wilkes was a farmer and conversed almost entirely in the German language.”  –shb 12 Aug 2000

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

1787 OR 1792–BIRTH/DEATH/MARRIAGES/MIGRATIONS/BROTHER PETER:  We knew that our ancestor Peter Jr. (m. Hannah Hall) had a brother Melcher, but that was all (this can get confusing, because Peter’s father, Peter Sr., also had a brother Melcher, whose wife was Catherine).  Thanks to Dan Myer, I was referred to Katherine Staley, whose report, “Descendants of Peter Staley  1767-1999,” was sent shb by Mrs. Staley on 16 Mar 2000.  It provides Melcher’s birth year and place as 1792 [I had it recorded as 1787–shb] in Virginia, his death date and place, the names of both his wives (including birth year, place, marriage year, place, death date, place for Sarah Camper).  Since then I again searched the 1850 Lima Twp., Allen, Ohio Federal Census (Roll 657, HBLL), and there found “Melcher” and his second wife Eve Strumbaugh (who in this census is listed as ten years older than Melcher, b. in Pennsylvania), living with Jacob Stumbaugh.  Here Melcher is listed as 63 years old and born in Virginia, which would place his birth at 1787, though the census is often off a few years.  –shb 18 Mar 2000, 7 Apr 2000

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Melcher or Melchoir Staley’s place of birth is given as “Berkeley County, Virginia,” on the Charles Glenn Petersen genealogy website, accessed by shb, at his invitation, 27 Feb 2005.  Before this, I just had his place of birth as Virginia (I do not know his documentation for this).  –shb

1810 CENSUS–All Ohio censuses for 1810 are lost, except for Washington County.  There is no mention of Melcher in Berkeley and Botetourt Counties, in Virginia, in the 1810 censuses (see brother Peter’s notes for these lists, as forwarded by Barry D. Wood, 6 Nov 2006).  –shb 6 Nov 2006

1812–WAR OF 1812 VOLUNTEER, according to Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999,” sent shb 16 Mar 2000.  –shb 18 Mar 2000

1815–“MICHAL STALEY” MARRIES SARAH CAMPER/KEMPER, IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA:  Botetourt County Marriages, 1770-1853, by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr., Vol. I (Athena, Georgia:  Iberian Publishing Co., 1987), p. 282:  “STALEY, Michal [sic–shb] & Sarah Camper 17 Oct 1815; d John b- David Camper who test. age of bride as over 21  min- John Helms – 19 Jul 1815.”  –shb 26 Feb 2001

1815–MARRIAGE:  Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell (Baltimore:  Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985), p. 44:  “Staley, Malcher, and Sarah Camper, dau. John Camper–Oct. 20, 1815.”  –shb 4 Mar 2001  [Note:  On the Charles Glenn Petersen website, it states:  “Melchoir and Saley [KEMPER] married 19 Oct. 1815 in Botetourt County, Virginia.”  Perhaps the 19th was the day of license, and the 20th, the actual marriage–shb.]

BRIDE OVER AGE TWENTY-ONE/RELATIVE DAVID:  Marriage, as posted by “Ann” on “Staleys of Botetourt, Va.,” posted 14 Jun 2004, as found and forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles:  “Michal [sic–should be “Melcher”–shb] and Sarah Camper 17 Oct 1815 [I had their m. as 20 Oct 1815–shb] d/o John b. David Camper [don’t know his relationship to Sarah/Sally–shb] who test age of bride as over 21.”  –shb 23 Aug 2005

1820–IN PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO:  Census note forwarded 7 Dec 2005, by Katherine Lones Pyles to shb:

“PICKAWAY CO, OHIO
(made in 1810 from land in ROSS <http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/ohross.htm>/FAIRFIELD <http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/ohfair.htm>/FRANKLIN <http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/ohfrank.htm&gt; CO, OHIO
1820 PICKAWAY CO, OHIO CENSUS =
MIKEL SALERS, PAGE 160 Saullcreek
JACOB SALLERS, PAGE 161 Saullcreek
Bosten CULP, page 160 Saullcreek
Heney CULP, page 161 Saullcreek
Peter CULP, page 160 Saullcreek
Thomas CUNNIGAN, page 175 Harrison twn
Wm STREET, page 178 Jackson twp=300010-1211101
SAMUEL HOLLEM = 2 males over 45 and female 16/26
MELKIAH STALEY=100011-1001101 [sic–that’s how it reads–shb]
Wm Southward, page 177 Jackson twp
Wm Southward, page 184, Deercreak twp”  In trying to decipher these numbers, I try to place family members, as follows:

The male under age 5 is Peter, b. 1819; the female under age five, Mahala, b. 1817; the other two children I have for Melcher and Sally–Caroline, b. 1821, and Lucinda or Lucretia, b. 1823, show up in the next census, when the family still lives in Pickaway County.  By my record, Sally Kemper would have been age thirty in 1820 and Melcher, twenty-eight, so the other numbers don’t make much sense, though I do think this 1820 Census listing refers to Melcher and Sarah/Sally (Camper/Kemper).  –shb 7 Dec 2005

1824–SELLS LAND IN PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO:  See full deed detail from Jane Hall in 1835 notes of James Thompson, ID 718 [since copyed over to 1835 notes, below–shb] who purchased land from William C. Hall & Elizabeth [Oulry–shb] his wife, land originally owned by Ann B. West, with boundaries involving Peter Staley [several times–shb], John Barnes, James M. Hall, and Ann B. West . . . “It being the same land sold to me by one Melcher Staley by title bond dated 18 Jan. 1824 & it being the same land deeded by Guy W. Doan and Charlotte his wife to William C. Hall dated 27 December 1828.”  –shb 20 Mar 2002

1826–SETTLES ESTATE OF A PETER STALEY IN VIRGINIA?  A “Malachi” Staley (my ID 27138) settled the estate of a Peter Staley (ID 27636) in Jefferson County, Virginia.  My problem is that I cannot find a Peter Staley in my family who died abt. 1826, but this could have been some other relative.  This definitely bears additional research.  –shb 1 Jul 2002

1830 CENSUS–LIVES IN PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO:  Jackson Township, Pickaway County, Ohio Federal Census (Roll 138, searched 7 Apr 2000 by shb at the HBLL, BYU), p. 89, lists (in order) . . . Nancy Ellis, John Fisher Jr., Absalom Fisher [Evick, Renick, or Rerrick?– as confused about name as Clarinda?–shb], Peter Steely Sen. [ID 459, m. Eve–Melcher’s parents and my ancestors–shb], Peter Steely Jr. [RIN 50, m. Hannah, Melcher’s brother–also my ancestors], and next listed is:

Melchor Steely, Peter Jr.’s brother (1 male aged 10-15 [Peter–shb]
1 male 30-40 [Melcher]
2 females 5-10 [Caroline and Lucinda]
1 female 10-15 [Mahala]
1 female 30-40 -[fits age for Sally–so this census listing seems to be a perfect match].

Next listed in this census is Joseph Hall [ID 7353, m. Sarah or Sally, Melcher’s sister], and next is Peter Richardson [see ID 44271].  –shb 4 May 2000

1833–OF LOGAN COUNTY, OHIO/BOUGHT ALLEN COUNTY LAND:  See 1832 notes of Peter Staley Sen., ID 459, and 1834 notes of Jeremiah Ennis [has also been transcribed Evans, Evic–shb], ID 31627, for layout of land bought by “STALEY, Melcher – Logan Co O” in 1833, in Section 21, and the layout of his neighbors.  –shb 4 Feb 2002  [Note from Katherine Staley to shb, 5 Jul 2003:  “SE1/4 of the SE1/4 of section 21, 41A was Melcher’s original land purchase in 1833.”  Land to the west owned by Peter, Melcher’s bro.”  –shb 10 Jul 2003

1834–ON JACKSON TWP. TAX LIST:  See notes of Melcher’s father Peter, ID 459, for full list of heads of household in Jackson, Allen, Ohio, who were assessed in 1834. Names, in order, surrounding Melcher were:  David Rumbaugh, William Reese, William Roberts,J. Rumbaugh, James Rumbaugh, William Rains, John Staley, Jacob Staley, Peter Staley, Jr., Melchoir [sic] Staley, Peter Staley, Robert Snodgrass, David Sasseton, Lemuel Tucker, William Watt, James Watt.  –shb 25 Mar 2002  [See full 1834 Assessment Roll, below]:

1834–ON JACKSON TOWNSHIP, ALLEN, OHIO ASSESSMENT ROLL:  Information forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, 29 Sep 2003:  “The following assessment roll made in 1834 by Samuel Black, Auditor of Allen County is selected for the reason that it is the oldest record of assessments which Auditor Poling was able to discover among the old books in his office.

“JACKSON 1834 [full caps mine–shb]:
“Alex Allison, Mathew Allison, Jacob Bresler, George Balsinger, George Barber, Hector Carlisle, John Carlisle, John Claybaugh, James Carter, Chancey Curtiss, Jacob Elder, Eyre Edgecomb, Urich Edgecomb, Jeremiah Evans, Tethro Fisher, Silas Faurot, Jacob Hawk, Anthony Hall, Richard Hall, Joseph Hall, James Hall, James W Hall, John Jamieson, Samuel Jamieson, Elijah Jones, Samuel McCafferty, Benjamin Meek, Joseph Mash, Samuel McClure, Moses McClure, George May, William Neeley, Elizabeth Neeley, Thomas Nash, Silas Osman, Enos Paulin, Samuel Patterson, James Prosser, John Robinson, William Rumbaugh, David Rumbaugh, William Reese, William Roberts, J. Rumbaugh, James Rumbaugh, William Raines, John Staley, Jacob Staley, Peter Staley Jr, MELCHOIR STALEY, Peter Staley, Robert Snodgrass, David Sasseton, Lemuel Tucker, William Watt, James Watt, Adam White, Tobias Woods, Samuel Watt, Joseph G Walton, Daniel Woolett, Abram Ward, William Ward, John B Walton, Joseph Ward, Phillip Woolett, George White.

“The assessed value of lands in Jackson in 1834 was $472, one steam-mill valued at $160, value of personal property $3,800. Total tax levied$57.53.”  (Source: History of Allen County Ohio Chicago:Warner, Beer & Co 1885 Pages 233-234 Jackson Township Assessment Role of 1834 Wapakoneta Public Library, Wapakoneta Ohio.) –shb 29 Sep 2003

1835–A MELCHER STALEY MENTIONED IN PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO DEED:  LAND IN PICKAWAY COUNTY BORDERS PETER STALEY, WM. HALL LAND?

1835–WILLIAM C. HALL AND WIFE ELIZABETH [OULRY/OLLERY] DEED PICKAWAY COUNTY LAND TO JAMES THOMPSON [RIN 718] THAT BORDERS PETER STALEY LAND:  [Note:  See below for 1840 Census that enumerates three generations of Peter Staleys living in the same household–this deed does not distinguish among the three generations of adult Peter Staleys and their land–shb.]  Deed info. courtesy of Jane Hall, sent shb 20 Mar 2002 [name caps mine–shb]  “Pickaway Co., OH Deeds, Book 13, page 359, 16 October 1835 – WILLIAM C. HALL & ELIZABETH HIS WIFE to JAMES THOMPSON — $400 — Originally owned by ANN B. WEST — 120-1/2 Acres — Survey No. 6223 – Beginning at Southwesterly corner of said lot of land at a hickory and two White Oaks in the Westerly side of said Survey, thence running North 72 degrees 144 poles East to a stake in a White Oak stump North of PETER STALEY’S house, thence North 18 degrees 136 poles West to a burr Oak, Elder & Ash at the Southwest corner of a lot sold to JOHN BARNES in the same survey, thence North 92 degrees 144 poles West to two Burr oaks, a White & hickory, thence South 18 degrees 136 poles East to the place of beginning — and bounded on the West by land of JAMES M. HALL, on the South by lands of ASABEL RENICK [This may be one clerk’s version of “Absalom Evick,” my ID 561, who in 1834 m. Mahala Staley, dau. of Melcher Staley and Sarah/Sally Camper, Melcher the son of my ancestors Peter Staley I and wife Eve.   Absalom was the son of Christian Evick and Sarah Fisher, who may have been the parents of ancestor Clarinda “Evick” Fisher (there was, however, a “Renick” family in the area, according to the clerks)–shb] & PETER STALEY, on the East and North by lands lately owned by ANN B. WEST and now owned by JAMES M. HALL & PETER STALEY. It being the same land sold to me by one MELCHER STALEY by title bond dated 18 January 1824 & it being the same land deeded by GUY W. DOAN and CHARLOTTE HIS WIFE to WILLIAM C. HALL dated 27 December 1828.”  [Note from shb:  My ancestor Peter Staley Jr.’s wife Hannah Hall died in 1844.  In the 1840 Census, Peter Jr. and Hannah had moved in with Peter Sr., probably to help the widower father.]

Jane Hall continues letter of 20 Mar 2002:  “(Guy W. Doan & wife to Wm. C. Hall – Bk. H, page 389) I do need to mention that Barbara (West) Hall was living with son George in Pickaway Co., Jackson Twp in 1850. So the two Williams could not be the same.  [Paragraph]  George West’s Will (Vol. 1, page 186-193) 25 Feb. 1823 lists his children: Sary Bartley, Elizabeth Blue, John West, Peter West, Margaret Metsler, Mary Magdalena Bright, Daniel West, Barbara Hall and Sarah Barley. Barbara received land. I need to go back and see what land this is.”  –shb 20 Mar 2002

1840 CENSUS–IN JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO:  In the 1840 Census of Jackson, Allen, Ohio, “Melchior Staley” is listed as living between John Swaim and Henry Greenawalt, not far from the homes of [in order] Thomas Nash, Jacob Staley, William Hall, James F. Hall, Peter Staley, Jr., Jethro Fisher, Peter Staley, Sr., Joseph Hall, John Clabaugh, William Akerman, Joshua Swaim, David Spencer, John Swaim, and now we are to Melchior Staley.  In the Melchior Staley household are listed one male, aged 20-30 (this would have been Peter, age 25), and one male aged 40-50 (this would be Melcher, b. in 1792, who would then have been about age 48), two females aged 15-20 (Lucinda or Lucretia, age 17, and Caroline, age 19–Mahala, then age 23, had married Absalom Evick in 1834), and one female aged 50-60 (this would be Melcher’s wife Sarah or Sally Camper, who died the next year, b. 1790, so would have been about age 50 in 1840).

1846, JANUARY 23–MARRIAGE TO 2) EVE STUMBAUGH:  Date per Katherine Staley.  This then indicates that Melcher and Eve were only married four years when they were enumerated in the 1850 Jackson, Allen, Ohio Federal Census as living with Jacob Stumbaugh, age 51, farmer.  –shb 7 Apr 2000  [Note: Marriage information copied out at the Auglaize County Public Library at Wapakoneta by Kathryn Lones Pyles and sent shb, 3 Sep 2003:  “Spouse #1 – Eve Strumbaugh [sic–shb] – Spouse #2 Melcher Staley, Jan. 23, 1846.  Offficial:  J. W. Hall, JP.”  (Source – Allen County, Ohio Marriages 1831-1869, compiled by the Allen County Genealogical Society, OGS, 620 West Market Street, Lima, Allen, Ohio 45801, 1999; Page 158, Bk. 2, Pg. 097.”  –shb 28 Jun 2003, 3 Sep 2003

1847–A DAUGHTER MARGARET?  A William Craig is at the Samuel Snider estate sale of 6 May 1848, along with a Melcher (probably ID 24120–see 1848 tag, below).  I have in my database a William Craig, m. 1857 a Margaret Staley of Frederick, Maryland.  –shb  4 May 2002

1848–AT SAM SNIDER ESTATE SALE:  “List of Goods and chattles sold by M. Leatherman Administrator of the Estate of Samuel Snider Deceased of Jackson Township, Allen County Ohio, on the 6 day of May 1848,” as posted on http://members.aol.com/swinfield9/samsnidersale.htm, includes Melcher’s name, interspersed on the list for buying these items:  “Melcher Staley, 1 Single bit, .21; Melcher Staley, 10 turning chisels, 2.56; and Melcher Staley, 1 Turning Lathe, 3.62.”  Among many other names are Isaac Hefner, Abel Tompkins [Isaac Hefner’s neighbor in the 1850 Census–shb] William Suddeth [ID 24513–m. Melcher’s sister Eve], William Craig [m. Melcher’s dau. Margaret?  See 1847 tag, above], Adam Snider, John Stumbaugh [probably related to Melcher’s wife, Eve Stumbaugh], Moses Patterson [ID 31616, m. Mary Hawk in 1834], and neighbor of Isaac Hefner, Abel Tompkins.  [Note:  Katherine Staley informs us, e-letter of 5 Jul 2003 to shb, that “Samuel Snyder had Original Land in Section 5, Allen County, Ohio.”  See Samuel’s entire estate sale list below:

“SALE LIST
List of the Goods and chattles sold by M. Leatherman Administrator of the Estate of Samuel Snider Deceased of Jackson Township Allen County Ohio on the 6 day of May 1848
Purchasers Names Articles
George A. Bags 1 Meat Tub .63
Abel Tompkins 1 Do Do .31 [Abel Tompkins was a neighbor of Isaac Hefner’s–shb]
Michael Leatherman 2 Salt barrels .18 [ID 41380?  He m. Hannah Oller–shb]
John Rankins 2 hand clamps .25
Adam Snider  2 Do Do .25
Stansbury Price 1 stick of screws .18
William Craig 1 framing saw 2.35 [ID 33072?  He was b. 1804 and m. Sarah Taylor–shb]
M Leatherman 1 Mantle Clock  .90
Doctor Gates 1 Rifle gun 6.70

Adam Snider  1 shotpouch .52
Michael Leatherman 1 Drawing knife .25
Stansbury Price 1 auger and chisel .50
Do Do 4 bedrails  .7-
Do Do 4 Do Do .7-
William Craig 9 Table legs  .25
John Greenawalt 1 Bose of old iron  .42 [ID 46536–shb]
Adam Snider 4 Bench plains  6.00
Do Do 1 pair mack plans 12.00
1 Grove .52

1 Tenant saw 1.51
1 Brace bit 3.06
4 Chisels .70
2 Molding plains 1.15
1 hand axe  3.57
1 Steel square 2.12
shash plains 4.06
47.96
Adam Snider 3 Gages .26
Do Do  1 Jay Square .90

1 Do Do .70
1 Flowering gage .12
1 Rabit plain .50
1 F ? ? 2.15
1 Compass and saw .27
1 Hand saw  1.50
1 Hand saw 2.02
1 oilstone 1.00
3 Cisels 1.00
1 Chisel  .18

1 6 quarter augor .68
1 screw driver ? ? .32
1 squair .37
2 Mallets .12
1 2 inch chisel .75
1 file .24
2 gages .26
Alfred Reece  1 hand saw  1.32
William Valentine 1 tine? saw .55
Doctor Gates  1 Do Do .18

Isaac Hefner 1 Do Do .13 [ID 35395–shb]
William Craig  2 plains 2.01
Stansbury Price  3 Moulding plains 1.00
Oath P Feastor 3 Augers .75
Elias Clumm 1 ?  .62
Cash 1 Drawing knife .62
Doctor Gates 1 Do .12
Robert Guthrie  2 Hammers – – .62 [ID 42198, m. Sarah Leatherman–shb]
A W Valentine 1 Drawing Knife .19
Stansbury Price 1 Chisel .35

2 Brows & Gages .6 –
69.61
William Suddath  3 Table plains 1.68 [ID 24513–shb]
Willaim Craig 2 Molding plains 1.03
Jacob Morshel  3 Chisels 1.00
J W Candler 3 Chisels an axe .31
William Suddath 2 Molding plains .56
Gilbert Heath  4 Chisels .30
Oath P Feastor 4 screws .36
William Valentine 1 Plain bit .26

Do Do 1 Do Do .18
Do Do 1 Do Do .12
Melcher Staley 1 Single bit .21 [ID 24120–shb]
Stansbury Price 1 Molding plain .75
Wm Craig  1 Do Do .32
Stansbury Price  1 Do Do .14
Jacob Morshel  1 Do Do .12
William Craig  1 Do Do .12
Stansbury Price 1 Do Do .81
William Craig  1 Pannes plain .02

Jacob Morshel 1 Do Do .09
William Craig  1 Rabit plain .62
Melcher Staley 10 turning chisels 2.56
Oath P Feastor 1 ? shave .25
David Moyer 2 Gages .02
Oath P Feastor 2 scrapers .10
William Valentine  1 file .14
Do Do 1 Door lock .24
Do Do 1 tooth drawers .41
Wm Valentine 1 Varnish can .56

M Leatherman 1 Work bench 1.62
Adam Snider 1 Do Do 3.00
Melcher Staley 1 Turning Lathe 3.62
91.03
Michael Leatherman jr one stove and pipe 10.40
Jacob Lamphere  50 lb pickled pork 6 3.00
Hiram Leatherman  2 Lot 50 – 61/2 3.25 [ID 31624, son of Michael who m. Eliz. Hawk–shb]
Oath P Feastor 3 Lot 50 – 6 3/4 3.37
Elias Clum 4 Lot 50 6  3.00
Perry Parrot 5 Lot more or less 6 6.03

John Pasley 1 Grindstone 1.50
M Leatherman 2 Brushes .25
Jacob Lamphere  1 meat tub 2.06
Moses Patterson  1 Lot Cherry plank 1.06 [ID 31616–shb]
John Pasley 2 Lot walnut 1.88
Moses Patterson 3 Lot Cherry  1.87
Do Do  4 Lot Maple  1.12
William Suddath 5 Lot 3.40
David Moyer (?) 6 Lot 1.00 [ID 45000–shb]
Moses Patterson 7 Lot  1.00

Stansbury Price 8 Lot Scantling 2.35
John Stumbaugh 1 Mans Saddle 4.08 [ID 42167?–shb]
Daniel Leatherman 1 Bridle an martingale 1.06
Andrew Craig 1 vinager keg .63
A W Valentine Bureau mounting .39
Leonard Lonas 1 Axe .40
Robert Guthrie 1 Bottle .18
Do Do 1 Do .07
Emanuel Slister 1 Horse 50.50
? Fisher Head halter .77

William Suddath cow and calf 15.00 [ID 24513–shb]
Robert Guthrie  Spring L? .37
M Leatherman 140 Lynn boards .70

Amount taken by the widow at the Appraisment

as per list of items here with filed 41.72

Total Amount of Sale Bill $253.37

Red of Elijah Grubb and Adam Leatherman
Adm of the estate of M. Leatherman Ded. Three
dollars for preparing an account for M. Leather-
man as adm of Samuel Snyder Ded
Nov 4, 1868 T M Pott

The State of Ohio Allen County S. S.
I Michael Leatherman Administrator of the Estate
of Samuel Snyder Deceased do solemnly affirm
that the within and foregoing is a correct statement
and bill of the sale of the property of the Estate of Samuel
Snyder deceased in all respects to the best of my
knowledge and belief. M. Leatherman
Adminstrator
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day
of May AD 1849  Richard Methany Clerk
A. C. P.

I Do certify that the foregoing list of
sale with the names of Purchasers
and article with the price ? to
their names to be correct as I
verrily believe  Elijah Grubb
Note:
All fractions of cents have been omitted by the transcriber as some of them were unclear.
Question marks and dashes were used for places where the text was unreadable.
BBL”  –shb 19 Mar 2002

NO DAUGHTER CALAMA:  See notes of ID 7350.  –shb 1 May 2001

CHILDREN:  All from Katherine Staley’s reports (see above).  –shb 18 Mar 2000

ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO LAND DEEDS:  Copied out at Lima, Allen, OH in 1976, by Ida-Rose L. Hall, whose notes I photocopied on one of my visits home, while we lived in New York:  –shb

BEFORE 1849–WIFE EVE NAMED IN LAND SALE TO THOMAS YOUNG:  Bk N, 147 – Melcher Staley & Eve his wife of co of Allen & st of Ohio to Thomas H Young for 600 in Piqua land dist SE l/4 SE l/4 of Sec 20 [apparently it was Section 21, not 20–see 1833 note above] in Twsp 3 S of Range no 8 east cont 40 Acres of Land.  [Signed] Melchoir & Eve X wit Benj H Reece, Peter Staley  (No date for deed copied out by Mom, but we do know it is 58 pages earlier than the following deed of 1849.–shb)  [Note responding to this from Katherine Staley, to shb 5 Jul 2003:  “About the other land deed of 1849, I believe you may be right in that Melcher & Eve moved in with Jacob Stumbaugh.  Although you show 300 A. that Melcher farmed in 1850 census.  Guess I will have to see the Allen Land index to figure that out.”]  –shb 7 Jul 2003

1849–MELCHER AND EVE SELL ALLEN COUNTY OHIO LAND TO PETER STALEY:  BK N pg 203 – Melcher Staley to Peter Staley.  Melcher & Eve [underlined by IRH twice], wife 150 to Peter Staley N W l/4 of sec 17 twsp 3 S of Range #8E cont 80  Acres 7 Mar 1849 – Eve Signed away Dower Rights.  [no witnesses listed, nor info. about signatures–shb].

Mom Ida-Rose Langford Hall underlined Eve’s name twice to emphasize that she was not confusing Peter’s wife Eve with Melcher’s second wife, also named Eve.  The Peter Staley mentioned in this deed was probably Melcher’s son Peter (by his first wife Sarah Camper), b. 1816 in Virginia, who m. Sarah Ransbottom 20 Apr 1843 in Allen County, Ohio (per Katherine Staley’s Mar 2000 Staley Descendancy Report), though the deed could also refer to Melcher’s brother Peter, our ancestor, who m. Hannah Hall, 5 Apr 1821 in Pickaway Co., Ohio, and d.16 Jan 1854 in Jackson, Allen, Ohio.  –shb

1850 CENSUS–A MELCHER AND EVE LIVE WITH YOUNGER JACOB STUMBAUGH:  [Note:  E-letter from Staley researcher Katherine Staley, sent shb 18 Jun 2004, says of this census entry, where Jacob Stumbaugh is 51, Melcher Staley is 63, and Eve Staley is age 73:  “This is not the Melcher who married Sarah Camper in 1815 VA.  If age is correct, this Melcher may be the possible son of Melcher, brother to Pater Staley Sr.”  Federal Census for Jackson, Allen, Ohio (BYU Harold B. Lee Library Roll 657), census p. 266, searched by shb 7 Apr 2000, lists as family 443 Jacob Stumbaugh 51M Farmer of 500 acres, b. in Pennsylvania; Melcher Staley 63 [sic–if my birth date for Melcher is correct, he would have actually been age 58–shb (but here, in light of what Katherine wrote, I may be confusing Melchers)] M, Farmer of 300 acres, b. in Virginia; Eve Staley, 73F [sic], b. in Pennsylvania.  Family 442 is headed by Solomon Miller, Blacksmith; family 445, a Richard Gilbert, age 32, and family.  I do not know who this Jacob Stumbaugh is–usually elderly parents would be living with a child.  Were Jacob Eve’s illeg. son, she would have been age 22 at his birth in 1799, when her later husband Melcher was only 12 years old and not yet even married to his first wife Sarah Camper (m. Sarah 1815 in Botetourt Co., Virginia, per Katherine Staley Descendancy Report of March 2000).  I think, though, that it was probable that Eve had an earlier marriage to a Stumbaugh.   If these ages, as listed, are correct, then Melcher was probably selling land to his son Peter at his age 62 and Eve’s 72, as they planned to move in with Jacob Stumbaugh. –shb [Again, all this thinking may be way off, with my confusing Melcher Staleys, but I leave the thinking in, for future evaluation–shb.]  –shb 20 Jun 2004

This 1850 Census also accessed on http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/oh/allen/census/:  “Start Fragment – [line]

1, 443 Shumbaugh [sic–shb], Jacob, 51M, Farmer, b. Pennsylvania, 500;
2, 443 Staley, Melchor, 63M, Farmer, 300, b. Virginia;
3, 443 Staley, Eve, 73F, b. Pennsylvania;
4, 445 Gilbert, Richard, 32M, Farmer, Lower Canada;
Anna, 24F, b. Ohio, as are children
David,
7; Delila,
5; Josiah, 4 [no doubt named after Josiah Gilbert, age 68 in this census–shb]; Susannah, 4/12.  Next family is that of David Spencer, age 43, b. MD.  –shb 8 Sep 2001  [Note:  The entire 1850 Census is copied over in notes of Peter Staley, RIN 50–shb.]

1859–DEATH AT AGE 66/BURIAL:  Date, county, and burial location, per Katherine Staley.  I only had that he died in Allen County, Ohio, so was interested that Melcher’s place of death is given on the Charles Glenn Petersen website as “Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio.”  –shb 27 Feb 2005

Melcher Staley (b. abt. 1765, d. aft 1834), s/o Peter I and Sarah Salome __, m. Catherine Gross/Groff bef 1787, in Delaware, of York County, Pennsylvania; Berkeley and Botetourt Counties, Virginia; and Pickaway, Allen, and Crawford Counties, Ohio

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP: Melcher Staley is a brother of Peter Staley II (number designations mine). Peter II is a paternal line fourth great-grandfather of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew (shb, hereafter). See Peter’s notes (ID 459), since activity of Melcher and Peter intertwines, as regards deeds, tax records, and other records of their activity. –shb

See my Legacy ID Nos. 27636, 22982, and 24120. –shb 1 Jul 2002

NAME/SPELLING: His Christian name is spelled “Melcher” in German/Swiss records, but was sometimes transcribed as Melchoir, Melichoir, Melchior, Melkire, Malachi, Melkor, and even Michael, by usually-English scribes on this continent. Since there are so many variations in the records, I am using the standardized “Melcher” spelling for Melcher, my Legacy ID No. 22916. –shb 17 May 2000

SURNAME: Spelled Staehely, Staehelin and many other ways. I at one time standardized to “Staley” to facilitate computer searching, but have since tried to record spellings as in the records, now that I can do first-name searches.

WIFE’S NAME VARIATIONS: Melcher’s wife Catherine’s name has been spelled “Gross” or “Groff.” Other variations seem to be “Graf” or “Grove.” –shb

CONFUSION IN NAMES: Allen County Ohio deeds show land actions involving a Melcher Staley, wife Eve, and a Peter Staley. This Melcher is my ID No. 459 (son of my ancestors, Peter II and Eve) and Melcher’s second wife, Eve (Strumbaugh). The Peter to whom Melcher and 2) Eve (Strumbaugh) sold land is probably their son Peter, who married Sarah Ransbottom. My ancestor, Peter Staley II, b. 1766-67, m. Eve __) had a brother, “Melichoir.” Peter (b.1766-67) had a son, Peter III (also my ancestor, m. Hannah Hall) who also had a brother Melcher, so care must be taken to keep these Melchers distinct. –shb 29 Mar 2000

WROTE IN GERMAN: From query found and forwarded to shb, 15 Dec 2005, by Kathryn Lones Pyles (I think Katherine Staley posted this query, as it seems vaguely familiar, but the source was not listed–shb): “CAMPER, STALEY – Hello . . . I am new to this listing. Looking for any information on the Staley’s of Botetourt County known to have been in the County from 1794 to 1815. They came from somewhere in Berkeley Co., Virginia. Melcher wrote in German and Catherine wrote in English. Peter and Eve made their mark on the land deeds. Melcher bought his land from Christian Baker in 1794. Peter bought a part of this same land from Melcher. Peter sold his land to Matt Harvey in Oct. of 1815. Peter’s son Melchier (Micheal) married Sarah Camper (father John Camper) the same year. The Peter Staley family all went to Pickaway Co., Ohio by 1820. No other information on Melcher Staley known. Would anyone have any information on ANY Staley in Botetourt County in this time period, Or info. on them in Berkeley Co.,VA.? Thanks everyone” –shb 15 Dec 2005

WELCOME BACK! E-note to shb from Katherine Staley, 14 Aug 2005: “Now I am back to Staley research again. Looking for Melcher & Catherine Staley. He paid personal tax (had no land) in Crawford county [Ohio–shb], in 1830. I don’t know if they died there or moved on. May never know.” –shb 14 Aug 2005

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

ABT 1765–BIRTH/ORIGINS: An old, published history says that Melcher Staley was born in Germany, but we are now thinking he was more likely born inYork County, Pennsylvania. A report forwarded by Katherine Staley to shb, Mar 2000, indicates that he was a “native of Virginia, arrived with his family to Jackson Township, Pickaway Co., Ohio. He located along the Scioto River and remained there a number of years, then moved to the north of the state. . . He is stated to be a brother to Peter Staley.” As references, Mrs. Staley lists the book, Pickaway County, Ohio History, which spells his name “Melkier,” though it is spelled many ways. –shb 24 Apr 2000 [Note: I had Melcher as b. 1764, but see in documentation forwarded 27 Oct 2006, by Katherine Staley, that “Michior Stailey” is listed in Orphans Court Dockets on 30 Nov 1779, as age 15, a minor child of Peter Stailey, deceased, which would put his age as closer to 1765 (his brother, my ancestor Peter, is listed as age 14, so b. abt. 1766). –shb 28 Oct 2006

ABT. 1765–MELCHER’S BIRTH/AN “ORPHAN” AT AGE FIFTEEN: York County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket information forwarded to shb, 27 Oct 2006, by Katherine Staley: “D, page 135 *** 30 Nov. 1779 *** Michior Stailey age 15, minor child of Peter Stailey deceased; E, page 7 *** Feb. 12, 1782 *** Peter Stailey, aged 14, minor son of Peter Stailey deceased.” –shb 28 Oct 2006

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 Staley [I, m. Sarah Salome __–shb] family was in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1791, and in Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1794. Jacob Staley died in about 1800, according to the tax list. Can’t find Sarah the widow or Sarah, their daughter. Melchior Staley left Botetourt County in 1804 and was in Pickaway County, Ohio “early.” Peter Staley [II, 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 II moved to Allen County by 1832.” –shb 3 Feb 2007

1765, SEPTEMBER 8–BAPTISM OF A SARA, WITH SAME-NAME PARENTS/JACOB AND EVA STÄHELY ARE SPONSORS. “Stehly Report,” 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, by Katherine Staley, November 2006, p. 13: “Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Source 299 – Sara, daughter of Melchior and Catherine Stähely, baptized 8 Sep 1765; sponsors: Jacob and Eva Stähely.” Now that there is better evidence of when Melcher, brother of my ancestor Peter II, was born, it is clear that there was an older couple, where the husband was named “Melchior” and had a wife Catherine. Since Sarah’s sponsors, at her baptism, were my ancestors Jacob and Eva, I am thinking that Jacob may have had a brother named Melcher, so that Jacob and Eva were sponsors for a niece. –shb 1 Dec 2006, 2 Feb 2007

1766, AUGUST–FATHER PETER AND UNCLE JACOB STALEY AND 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

1766, DECEMBER–IN-LAWS JACOB GRAFF [OR GROSS–GROVE?] AND EVA SPONSOR STALEY BAPTISM: Bates and Wright (see 1746 note above), p. 10: “Johann Jacob of Jacob Kuestler and Christina Staehelin, born —-, baptized December 25, 1765. Sponsors: Jacob Graff and Eva.” –shb 19 May 2000

1768–DAUGHTER EVA BORN IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY, BAPTISM RECORDED BY REV. JOHN CONRAD BUCHER. (See 1768 notes of daughter Eva, most probably named after witness to the baptism Eva [and Jacob] Gross or Groff–Melcher’s in-laws, per 1771 will, below. ) –shb 13 Apr 2000

1768–WITNESSES AT BETZ BAPTISM (next baptismal entry after Eva Stahelin–see notes of daughter Eva). –shb 13 Apr 2000

1771–“MALACHIA” IS WITNESS TO WILL OF JACOB GROSS OF EAST PENNSBOROUGH, CUMBERLAND, PENNSYLVANIA (WILL NAMES JACOB’S SON “MELICHOIR.” Collections of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 91 – Abstracts of Cumberland County, Penna Wills 1750-1800, Copied by Mrs. A. K. Watts (Philadelphia, 1905–available at the FHL), pp. 112-113, Will Book B., 103/4: Jacob Gross [here it definitely looks like an “ss” to me–shb]. East Pensborough. 7 Aug. 1771. 6 Nov 1771. Page 102/3 [sic–shb] Wife —. Children, When Able to Maintain Themselves, viz. John, Jacob, Melichoir [sic–shb], Eve, Magdalena, Christiana and Dorothe. Ex. None appointed. Witnesses Malachia Steley, Christopher Feleberger [Signed–shb] Jacob Gross (here in same handwriting as rest of copy].” –shb

ABT. 1777–MELCHER’S FATHER, MY ANCESTOR PETER I DIES, LEAVING HIS MOTHER, SARAH SALOME, A WIDOW. MELCHER IS ABOUT AGE THIRTEEN, AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, MY ANCESTOR PETER II, IS ABOUT AGE TWELVE.

1779, NOVEMBER 30–MELCHER IS AGE FIFTEEN. STEPHEN STAILEY, BROTHER OF PETER I, OF CHANCEFORD (DECEASED) AND MELCHER’S UNCLE, IS APPOINTED MELCHER/MICHAEL’S GUARDIAN; MELCHER’S BROTHER PETER (MY ANCESTOR), AGE FOURTEEN, HAS SISTER DOROTHEA’S HUSBAND, MICHAEL KUHN, ALSO OF CHANCEFORD, AS HIS GUARDIAN. “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. 19: “VIII – Orphans Court Dockets: D, 135 – 30 Nov 1779. Upon the petition of Michael Stailey, aged 15, one of the minor orphan children of Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township, deceased, the Court appoints Stephen Stailey of Chanceford Township his guardian; [next item] E, 7 12 Feb 1782. Upon the petition of Peter Stailey, aged 14, another son of aforesaid deceased, Court appoints Michael Kuhn of Chanceford Township his guardian.” –shb 11 Dec 2006

BEF 1787–MELCHER MARRIES CATHERINE GROFF, IN TRINITY (OLD SWEDE’S CHURCH), WILMINGTON DELAWARE (see daughter Sara’s baptism, below). Wife is Catherine Gross or Groff (Graf), daughter of Jacob and Eva Gross (see 1768, 1771 evidence below). [Note: I am wondering if her name could also have been written “Grove.” (also if her name could have been Eva Elizabeth, to accommodate the naming of granddaughters as “Elizabeth?”]. See notes of ID 22916.

[FIRST EVIDENCE THAT PETER AND SARAH SALOME ARE MY ANCESTORS!  The following information was forwarded to shb by Katherine Staley, first by letter, in way of explanation, and later, by copy of the actual “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania. I am convinced that these deeds in Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania involve my ancestors Peter and Sarah Salome __ and their son, Peter II (m. Eve ___).  Subsequent information, from orphan’s court dockets, giving Peter II’s age, fit well with the age I had approximated for Peter II.  It was very exciting to get this information, to be sure, and I’m so grateful to Katherine for finding this information]:

1791, DECEMBER 9–from letter forwarded by Katherine Staley to other Staley researchers, including shb, 27 Oct 2006:  “2. Deed Book, 2 G. Page 519 *** December 9, 1791.  Melcher and Peter Staley, both of Berkeley Co., VA, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of York County, Pennsylvania, are selling 100 + 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 8 Oct 2006 [Note:  I had the other children, but this was my first indication that there was a daughter Sarah, so this was also important news. ]

1791, JANUARY 15–“MELCHOR STAILEY” GIVEN POWER OF ATTORNEY TO SELL TWO LOTS: “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, No. 19, “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County [Pennsylvania], Before the Year 1850, prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb by Katherine Staley, November 2006, 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.”

[next deed listed in this report]:

1791, DECEMBER 9–“MELCHOR STAILEY” IS NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF “PETER STAILEY.” “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21: 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 Chancefore 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 3 Jan 2007

1794–Katherine Staley (see above) says she has a 1794 land record involving Melcher that involves the land Melcher and his wife Catherine later sold to his brother Peter Staley. –shb 3 May 2000 [Note: In a query I believe Katherine posted, she writes: “Melcher wrote in German and Catherine wrote in English. Peter and Eve made their mark on the land deeds. Melcher bought his land from Christian Baker in 1794. Peter bought a part of this same land from Melcher. Peter sold his land to Matt Harvey in Oct of 1815. Peter’s son Melchier (Micheal) married Sarah Camper (father John Camper) the same year. [See “WROTE IN GERMAN” note, above, for rest of this–shb.] –shb 15 Dec 2005

1791, JANUARY 15–“MELCHIOR” GETS POWER OF ATTORNEY TO SELL LAND: Per York County, Pennsylvania documentation found by Katherine Staley, forwarded to other Staley researchers, including shb, 27 Oct 2006: “1. Deed Book 2G, page 140 *** Jan. 15, 1791 *** Gives Melchior power of attorney to sell land for the family, all who live in Berkeley County, Virginia.” [Note: I thought this information linked an 1803 estate sale, in Halltown, Jefferson County (now WV), for a Peter Staley, administered by a Melcher Staley, as referring to the same Melcher, my Legacy ID No. 24308, with power of attorney to sell his father Peter Staley’s lands in Yorktown County, Pennsylvania.  Subsequent research by Katherine Staley has corrected my conclusion.  She first concluded, in 2006, as published here, that the Melcher administering the 1826 estate sale was a son of Andreas Staley and Anna Margretha.  However, Mrs. Staley’s meticulous researching has also refuted that to conclude that this “Malachi” or “Melchior” is, in fact,  a son of Rev. War veteran, Peter Staley, and his wife, Margaret Mumson.  Therefore, Melchior is administering the 1826 estate of his half-brother, Peter (son of their father Peter and his first wife, Magdalena). –shb 4 Mar 2010

1794–Katherine Staley (see above) says she has a 1794 land record involving Melcher that involves the land he and wife Catherine later sold to his brother Peter Staley. –shb 3 May 2000 [Note: In a query I believe Katherine posted, she writes: “Melcher wrote in German and Catherine wrote in English. Peter and Eve made their mark on the land deeds. Melcher bought his land from Christian Baker in 1794. Peter bought a part of this same land from Melcher. Peter sold his land to Matt Harvey in Oct of 1815. Peter’s son Melchier (Micheal) married Sarah Camper (father John Camper) the same year. [See “WROTE IN GERMAN” note, above, for rest of this–shb.] –shb 15 Dec 2005

ABT 1797–BIRTH OF DAUGHTER SARAH: I had her name recorded as “Sarah Saloma.” She was no doubt a namesake paternal granddaughter of Peter I’s wife, Sarah Salome. Sarah/Sallie’s approximate birth year was calculated from the 1870 Census, in which “Sallie West” is widowed and living, at age seventy-three (born in Virginia, can’t write), with her son by James A. Hall, Anthony F. Hall and his family, including Anthony’s wife, Matilda (Clayton), and three of their children. They lived, in 1870, in Upper Sandusky P.O., Crane Twp., Wyandot County, Ohio. –shb 17 Nov 2005

CLOSE COUSINSHIPS: The fact that Melcher’s daughter Sarah/Sallie became James A. Hall’s third wife is of interest, as I am not only descended from Melcher’s brother, Peter II(and his wife Eve __), but also from Peter and Eve’s son, another Peter [III], and his wife, Hannah Hall. Hannah was James A.’s daughter by his first wife, Keziah Kain. –shb 6 Nov 2006

1815–MIGRATED FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO VIRGINIA TO OHIO? Some Ohio Pioneers – Martin-Cresap Descendants Who Helped Make a Typical American Community, by Charles H. Lewis, photocopy obtained at the “Public Library in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio,” by Katherine Staley and forwarded by her, to shb, Nov 2005, wrongly (we feel) attributes “John Staley” as father of Sally Saloma and three sisters listed, Catharine, Christine, and Rossannah. Information in this genealogy about “Children of Ezekiel West” does seem to fit census and other information we have researched about this family. Of particular interest–after its title “DAUGHTERS OF JOHN [A MISTAKE–SHOULD READ “MELCHER,” UNLESS HIS NAME WAS “JOHN MELCHER”–shb] STALEY,” is the subtitle: “Who Migrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio 1815.” Writes Katherine Staley to shb, Nov. 2005: “Here is the paperwork I promised you. . . as to the name of Sarah Saloma Staley’s father, I believe there was a lack of recall. His name may have been John, but not this John who came to the county in 1815 from Pennsylvania. Sarah was married in 1819, so her father was present in Ohio, at that time. . . Due to all this MIS-information [referring to the Martin-Cresap history–shb], I have also concluded that you are correct in thinking that the family was first living in Pennsylvania. (Ha! Ha! ‘Bet you didn’t think I would ever bend to that idea, did you?) [We have a lot of fun, searching our roots and bouncing our theories back and forth, trying to get them substantiated–shb.] –shb 24 Nov 2005

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

OHIO MIGRATIONS: Mom Ida-Rose L. Hall’s notes from the History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, p. 284: “Melkire Staley and family moved into Jackson at an early date, and located on the river; remained a number of years and then removed to the north part of the State. Peter, a brother of Melkire, came a few years later, and settled east of Mr. Bells. His family moved to Allen county.” –shb 29 Mar 2000

THREE DAUGHTERS AND THEIR SPOUSES NAMED: Sarah Ann (Harpster) Sears interview by her daughter Frances and son-in-law, Charles Lewis, as published in Some Ohio Pioneers – Martin-Cresap Descendants Who Helped Make a Typical American Community, by Charles H. Lewis, Harpster, Ohio (McCome, Mississippi: The Cresap Society), photocopy from the “Public Library in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio,” received in the mail by shb from Katherine Staley, 25 Nov 2005, p. 23: “I [Charles Lewis–shb] then asked [Sarah Ann Harpster Sears] if Saloma [Sarah Sear’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Saloma Staley Hall West] had any sisters or brothers. (I might say that Mrs. Sears was always called ‘Sally’). ‘Yes, she had at least three sisters, and I can tell you their marriages but not the dates. [See individual notes of Catharine Staley (m. Anthony Bowsher), Christine Staley (m. Samuel C. Straw), and Rosannah (m. Samuel Morral) for rest of interview about children of Melcher [misnamed John in this history–shb]. –shb 26 Nov 2005

BROTHER OF PETER: 1880 History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, information noted in my mother Ida-Rose L. Hall’s notes and confirmed, as copied out by Kathryn Lones Pyles at the Auglaize County Public Library at Wapakoneta, Ohio, information sent shb 7 Jul 2003: “Melkire Staley and family moved into Jackson at an early date, and located on the river; remained a number of years, and then removed to the north part of the State. Peter, a brother of Melkire, came a few years later and settled east of Mr. Bells. He finally moved to Allen county.” –shb 10 Jul 2003

NEIGHBORS IN JACKSON SETTLEMENT: 1880 History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, as copied out by Kathy Pyles and sent shb 7 Jul 2003, indicates that Robert Martin and John Baer “came into the settlement in 1808 or 9.” John Fisher and family, and his son, Absalom, came in 1815. Other early settlers in Jackson were Suddeth and Barnes families. Jacob Wolf and family came to the county in 1831, settling in ‘the Powell settlement,’ one of whose daughters married a Staley. –shb 10 Jul 2003

1803–SIGNATURE? Katherine Staley reports having found an 1803 land record involving Melchior (she has sent me Melchior’s signature to see, with the rest blocked out–I would not have recognized it as “Melchior” in the German of my experience). Per Mrs. Staley’s report, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999, sent shb 16 Mar 2000: “In 1803 Peter purchased 28 l/2 acres in Botetourt Co., VA from Melchior and Catherine Staley of Berkeley Co., VA, who first purchased this land in 1794.” –shb 3 May 2000

1803–BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED NAMES WIFE AS “CATHERINE.” 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.” That this Melcher is my ID 22916 needs additional verification.–shb 29 Mar 2000

1803–MELCHER ADMINISTERS MORE OF FATHER PETER’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 was granted power of attorney to do so, 15 Jan 1791). –shb 28 Oct 2006

ANOTHER FAMILY “SALOONIST.” See notes of ID 467–another family “Saloonist.” –shb 18 Jul 2003

1803–BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA 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 No. 22916 needs additional verification.–shb 29 Mar 2000 [Note: In consultation with Katherine Staley, we now think the Melcher who administered the 1826 estate sale, in Halltown, Jefferson, Virginia, was a brother of the Peter who died, both sons of the Peter Staley who served in the Revolution. This Rev. War veteran Peter was a son of Jacob and Catherine (Jacob the son of my ancestors, Jacob and Ana Eva Stäly).] –shb

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

13 Apr 2000 1815–A DAUGHTER ISABELL, WHO M. THOMAS K. DUNCAN? Isabell had been placed, as only a supposition, as a daughter of Melchior Staley (m. a Grove/Graff), but I have unlinked Isabell, as another site that seems quite well documented, places Isabell as a daughter of John and Margaret (Emerson) Steely. I will seek additional documentation, just to make sure. –shb
1815, OCTOBER–BROTHER PETER SELLS LAND BOUGHT FROM MELCHER TO MATT HARVEY. From query posted (I believe). by Katherine Staley, as forwarded (without source) to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, 15 Dec 2005: “Melcher bought his land from Christian Baker in 1794. Peter [I believe speaking of Melcher’s brother–shb] bought a part of this same land from Melcher. Peter sold his land to Matt Harvey in Oct. of 1815. Peter’s son Melchier (“Micheal”) married Sarah Camper (father John Camper) the same year. The Peter Staley family all went to Pickaway Co., Ohio by 1820. No other information about Melcher Staley known.” –shb 15 Dec 2005

1820 CENSUS/CHILDREN: Per Ida-Rose L. Hall, Melcher is listed in the 1820 Ohio Census as age 45 or older, his wife 45 or older, with a daughter aged 10-16 and two daughters aged 16-22. –shb 24 Apr 2000

1826, MARCH 24–WHICH MALACHI/MELCHER ADMINISTERED 1826 PETER STALEY HALLTOWN, JEFFERSON, VIRGINIA ESTATE SALE? See notes of Rev. War soldier, Peter Staley (1754-1837, my ID No. 932), who married 1) Magdalena and 2) Margaret Mumson, on 21 Sep 1790, in Shepherdstown (near Halltown), Jefferson, Virginia. Putting this marriage in perspective, this Peter married Margaret Mumson a year before my ancestor Peter II’s brother Melcher administered his father Peter I’s York County, Pennsylvania land. This Rev. War Peter Staley (ID No. 932) is thought to be the son of the Jacob who married Catherine __. As advised by Katherine Staley. Febriaru. 2007, this Jacob was the son of my ancestors, Jacob and Ana Eva Staley–very exciting news to me! According to my notes, this Jacob had fourteen slaves, in Berkeley County, Virginia, and was later of Cabell County, Virginia. In 1826, a “Malachi” Staley administered the estate of his brother Peter, both sons of the Rev. War soldier Peter, there in the Halltown established by my ancestors, William Hall and Hannah (Richardson), in Berkeley (now Jefferson) County, West Virginia. (That a descendant of William and Hannah, my ancestor Henry Charles Hall, Sr., married Elizabeth Staley, daughter of Peter III and Hannah Hall, as late as 1849, illustrates how strong early Virginia family tradition carried down.) For some time, I thought this Malachi who administered the 1826 estate sale was Melcher, brother of my ancestor, Peter II (m. Eve __), especially since persons with the name “Grove” purchased items at this estate sale, along with a “Mrs. C. Staley.” (My Peter’s brother Melcher married Catherine Groff/Grove, though perhaps this “Mrs. C.” was Jacob’s wife?) Also, York County, Pennsylvania records indicate that my ancestor Peter and his brother Melcher’s family were from Berkeley County, and that in 1791, after his father Peter’s decease, Melcher was given power of attorney to sell land Peter held in York County. This is all very confusing, but my current thinking concurs with Katherine Staley’s thorough analysis of the records. –shb 8 Oct 2000, 5 Feb 2007
1830–PAYS TAX IN CRAWFORD COUNTY: E-note from Katherine Staley to shb, 14 Aug 2005 indicates her find that Melcher (m. Catherine Gross) paid tax, but owned no land in Crawford County, Ohio in 1830. She writes that she does not know whether he died there or moved on. –shb 14 Aug 2005

1830 CENSUS–MELCHER HAS MOVED “NORTH” AND IS NO LONGER IN JACKSOIN, PICKAWAY, OHIO. By 1830 Melcher has moved north–I do not find him in Jackson, Pickaway, Ohio, though I do find a Melchor head of household (this is my ID 24120, son of Peter Staley Sr. & Eve ____ who m. Sarah or “Sally” Camper). The census lists this family with 1 male aged 10-15 [Peter], 1 male 30-40 [Melcher], 2 females 5-10 [Caroline, Lucinda], 1 female 10-15 [Mahala], and 1 female 30-40 [Sarah or “Sally”]. –shb 4 May 2000

1830 CENSUS–IN CRAWFORD COUNTY, OHIO/”TOO MUCH HOOCH”: E-note from Katherine Staley to shb, 14 Aug 2005: “Melcher who married Sarah Camper was born 1792 so in 1850 he would be only 58 not age 63 as listed in Census. This census reading has always puzzled me. Melcher, Peter’s brother (going by Crawford Census of 1830) was born about 1764 [abt. 1767, by York Co. Orphan’s Docket–shb]. So in 1850 if living, he would be age 86 [83–shb]. All I can think of is that the census taker had a bit too much hooch!” –shb 14 Aug 2005

1832–SETTLED IN JACKSON, ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO: “First Families of Allen County” family history project entries say 1832 is the date on which Peter Staley Sr. and Jacob Staley Sr., his son, settled in Jackson, Allen, Ohio. Among those detailing 1832 as their date of settlement are Scott Allan Staley [apparently I got interrupted here and never finished this note–shb.]

1833–BUYS LAND? [lost this note–shb]. Thanks to Katherine Staley (I sent her all my notes on Melcjer Staley, 14 Aug 2005, as she is returning to research on him). On seeing this “1833” note, she fills in: Historical Collections of Ohio, by Henry Howe Land records – Melcher Staley 10 August 1833 SE1/4 of SE1/4 of section 21, Allen Co.” –shb 14 Aug 2005
BROTHER PETER SETTLED WITH HIM: History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio 1773-1880, p. 284: “Robert Martin came into the settlement [in Jackson, after Melkire and Peter Staley got there–shb] in 1808 or 1809; remained several years, when he removed to Marion county. John Baer came in with Martin, and made his location in the southeast part of the township, where he resided until his death.” [Note: According to this history, next to come were John Fisher and his family and son Absalom, and the Suddeth, Barnes, and Jacob Wolf families–shb.] –shb 10 Jul 2003

History of Pickaway County, Ohio, edited and compiled by Aaron R. Van Cleaf (Circleville, Ohio), p. 133 – Chapter VIII (about Jackson Township) lists early Pickaway settlers as Henry Slyh, Sr. (1802), George Glaze (1807), John Baer (“about 1809”), James Hulse (1811), and John Fisher (1813). This history does not give dates for settlement by Robert Martin, Melchior Staley, and Peter Staley–just identifies these three as “other early pioneers.” –shb 3 Aug 2005

1833–BUYS LAND? [lost this note–shb]. Thanks to Katherine Staley (I sent her all my notes on Melcher Staley, 14 Aug 2005, as she is returning to research on him). On seeing this “1833” note, she fills in: Historical Collections of Ohio, by Henry Howe – Land records – Melcher Staley 10 August 1833 SE1/4 of SE1/4 of section 21, Allen Co.” –shb 14 Aug 2005

1835–DEED INVOLVES WILLIAM C. HALL LAND. BOUGHT FROM MELCHER: Note from Katherine Staley to shb, 14 Aug 2005: “The deed term, sold by deed bond, I found on your notes of [William] C. Hall, where he says he bought the land from Melcher Staley by deed bond, may have been something like a land contract of today, where the seller holds the deed until paid, rather than going through a bank? If I am correct in this, I wonder when Hall paid in full. It may tell where Melcher was living at that time. Maybe?” –shb 14 Aug 2005 [I found the reference she mentions: (apparently I got interrupted here and never finished it–shb].

1835, OCTOBER 16–WILLIAM C. HALL AND WIFE ELIZABETH (OULRY/OLLERY) DEED LAND TO JAMES THOMPSON [ID 718–husband of William’s deceased aunt, Martha Hall, dau. of Anthony and Rachel]. DEED MENTIONS BROTHER MELCHER. THIS LAND BORDERS PETER STALEY LAND: [Note: See1840 Census notes of my ancestor, Peter Staley (ID 459) for detail enumerating three generations of Peter Staleys living in the same household–this deed does not distinguish among the three generations of adult Peter Staleys and their land–shb.] Deed info. courtesy of Jane Hall, sent shb 20 Mar 2002: Pickaway County, Ohio Deeds, Book 13, page 359, 16 October 1835 – William C. Hall & Elizabeth his wife to James Thompson — $400 — Originally owned by Ann B. West [see ID 41515–shb] — 120-1/2 Acres — Survey No. 6223 – Beginning at Southwesterly corner of said lot of land at a hickory and two White Oaks in the Westerly side of said Survey, thence running North 72 degrees 144 poles East to a stake in a White Oak stump North of Peter Staley’s house, thence North 18 degrees 136 poles West to a burr Oak, Elder & Ash at the Southwest corner of a lot sold to John Barnes [ID 35869?–guardian to James A. Hall’s minor children (William’s half-siblings), after James died of the cold plague in 1846–shb] in the same survey, thence North 92 degrees 144 poles West to two Burr oaks, a White & hickory, thence South 18 degrees 136 poles East to the place of beginning — and bounded on the West by land of James M. Hall, on the South by lands of Asabel Renick [Could this be one clerk’s version of “Absalom Evick,” my ID 561, who in 1834 m. Mahala Staley, dau. of Melcher Staley and Sarah/Sally Camper, Melcher the son of my ancestors Peter Staley I and wife Eve? (I have since found there are Renicks in the area, so possibly not–shb.) Absalom was the son of Christian Evick and Sarah Fisher, who may have been the parents of ancestor Clarinda “Evick” Fisher–shb] & Peter Staley, on the East and North by lands lately owned by Ann B. West and now owned by James M. Hall [probably Wm. & Elizabeth’s son–shb] & Peter Staley. It being the same land sold to me by one Melcher Staley by title bond dated 18 January 1824 & it being the same land deeded by Guy W. Doan and Charlotte his wife to William C. Hall dated 27 December 1828.” [Note from shb: My ancestor Peter Staley III’s wife, Hannah Hall, died in 1844. Perhaps she was ill and ailing by 1840, because in the 1840 Census, Peter Jr [III]. had moved in with Peter Sr. [II, m. Eve __], and Peter IV, son of Peter Jr. and Hannah, was also in the same household, with his young wife, Elizabeth Brown.] –shb 14 Aug 2005

DEATH:  We do not know where Melcher Staley finally settled or when he died.  –shb 5 Feb 2007

Catherine Stahly (bapt. 10 Jul 1761,, PA), d/o Peter I and Sarah Salome __?, m. ?

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP: Catharine Stahly is thought to be a brother of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew’s paternal fourth great-grandfather, Peter Staley II, b. 1766-1768, who married Eve or Eva ___. –shb

BAPTISM: Catharine was baptized 2 Aug 1761. [Unfortunately, I have misplaced the text and reference for this–only know that I had her placed as a daughter of Peter and Sarah–shb.] –shb

1791–CATHARINE NOT NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF FATHER, PETER STALEY. See notes of supposed father, Peter Staley I, for detail about two deeds on contiguous land in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, dated 9 Dec 1791 and 15 Jan 1791, granting Melcher Staley power of attorney to sell the land. Survivors of “Peter Stailey” are named as Jacob, Melcher, Peter, Sarah the Younger, and the widow Sarah. No Catharine is named. Did she die before then? Do I have her placed with the right parents? This requires more research. –shb 1 Nov 2006

Jacob Staehlii (b. 1755-1760, d. abt. 1800), s/o Peter I and Sarah Salome __, m. Elizabeth Goering bef. 9 Mar 1779, of Adams and York Counties, Pennsylvania, and Botetourt County, Virginia

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP/PARENTS/SIBLINGS NAMED: Jacob Stählii (as his name is spelled in son Peter’s birth/baptism record) was a brother of my fourth great-grandfather, Peter II (m. Eve or Eva ___). I have placed the Jacob Stehli who married Elizabeth Goering as son of my ancestors, Peter I and Sarah Salome ___, because of the 15 Jan 1791 Chanceford, York County, Pennsylvania deed, forwarded 1 Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, that names “Jacob Staley and Elizabeth his wife,” among other survivors of Peter Staley, whose wife, “Sarah Staley,” is named as widow (this is Sarah Salome). Other survivors named are “Sarah Staley, Junior, and Melcher, who is given “power of attorney to sell two contiguous tracts of land in Chanceford . . . . of which said Peter Steley died owner.” The 9 Dec 1791 deed for the 2nd parcel of land names Peter and Melchor “Stailey,” both of Berkeley County, Virginia (see 1791 note, below, for text of this deed). –shb 3 Jan 2007

FATHER PETER? That Jacob is the son of Peter is surmised from the fact that Salome, widow of Peter the elder, was sponsor for Michael and Dorothea Gohn (Kuhn?)’s daughter, Salome, baptized in Mar 1782–which makes me think Dorothea was a Stehli and named their daughter after her mother. Later, on p. 12, I find a Magdalena, daughter of “Johann Michel and Dorothea,” baptized 26 Oct 1783 and sponsored by “Eva Stehliesin, the grandmother” (Ana Eva Stehli was the widow of the late Jacob Sr. and the only other Eva Stehli of that age found on these records. This typist, or clerk, made a lot of spelling mistakes, which might explain the confusion in the name of Dorothea’s husband–or else there is a Mitchell family I did not notice in the records). On p. 10, I find a “John Merchy and Barbara (I believe she is Jacob’s sister–shb), having a daughter, Margareth, with “Sara Stely, wife of the late Peter Stehly” as sponsor. –shb

According to the Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania St. Luke’s or Stahley’s Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Church records, also cited above, Michael “Kuhn” and Dorothea were sponsors when Jacob Stahly and Elisabeth baptized a son, Jacob, in 1781. So, if Dorothea is a sponsor for Jacob’s child and Salome, widow of Peter the elder, is sponsor for Dorothea’s child, one might assume that Peter is father of Jacob, but concrete evidence is always our goal. –shb

BIRTH/PARENTS/SIBLINGS: “Jacob Staley, b. abt 1755, d. aft 1781, of Chanceford Tw., York Co., Pennsylvania,” is listed as son of Peter and Sarah _____ Staley and with siblings Sarah, Melchoir “Michael,” and Peter, b. 1767/1768 (this would be my ancestor who m. Eve ____), on website http://library.ferris.edu/~cochranr/gen/fam02164.htm, accessed by shb 23 Apr 2002. –shb 23 Apr 2002 [Note: With my questioning, Dr. Cochran discontinued this connection of Jacob as son of Peter and Sarah, saying that on additional correspondence with his contacts, he was not satisfied with their documentation. However, York County deeds uncovered by Katherine Staley, Oct 2006, lends credence to Dr. Cochran’s posting of this connection, in my mind.] –shb 15 Jul 2003

SAME JACOB? See My Legacy ID No. 32858–a Jacob (m. Catharina), d. 1774, of Wight Marsh, Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, had children John, Jacob, Mary, Andrew, William, and Margrent [sic–shb]. –shb 25 Apr 2002

JACOB IS BROTHER TO MELCHER AND PETER STALEY? SON JOHANES BORN IN YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: That Jacob is a brother of Melcher is an assumption based on a record at the same Kreutz Creek, Hellam Township, York County Trinity Reformed [Lutheran] Church that lists Jacob and “Melchior” as baptizing a child there only a year apart, in 1764 and 1765, and also the fact that their names were recorded similarly (Jacob Stäheli and Melchior Stähely). –shb 9 Apr 2000 [Note: This assumption seems to be backed by other research (see “BIRTH” information, above). –shb 23 Apr 2002 [See 9 Dec 1791 note, below, in which surviving children of “Peter Stailey” are named–shb.]

KREUTZ CREEK CHURCH/COUNTY BOUNDARIES: E-letter from Miles Staley to his cousin Jeff Staley, copied to shb, 20 Apr 2002: “Jeff–. . . Kreutz Creek Reformed [Lutheran] Church was in Hallem township, north of Chanceford township. 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 I would have been born probably on 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? It is my guess that Jacob followed the migration routes of his brothers Peter and Melchior, so may have been the Jacob who was surety for the marriage of a Cat. Staley to Thomas R. Hain, 23 Dec 1811, in Berkeley County, Virginia. –shb

MOVED TO BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA? Katherine Staley writes shb, 5 Nov 2006, that the “Jacob listed in Botetourt Tax list I believe is the elder brother of Peter Staley, b. 1766/68, the Jacob b. 1755 (wife Elizabeth). Jacob died about the year 1800, but so far can’t find info on that.” (See notes of brother Peter Staley). –shb 7 Oct 2000, 5 Nov 2006

1775-1776–A JACOB STALEY IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR: Photocopy of Staley research sent shb Oct 2000 by Miles E. Staley: “Pennsylvania Archives, 5th series, Vol. 2: Page 660. Capt. Henry Miller’s Company, First Penna. Regt., Continental Line, Nov. 24, 1776. Pvt. JACOB STALEY”; Continental Line, Nov. 24, 1776. Pvt. JACOB STALEY.”

1777–A CHRISTIAN STALEY IN WAR: See RIN 27988–of Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County. –shb 1 Nov 2000

1778, MAY 8–ESTATE OF FATHER, “PETER STAILY” IS ADMINISTERED BY JACOB AND HIS MOTHER, THE WIDOWED SARAH SALOME. “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. , 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

1780–A JACOB STALEY HAS LAND IN YORK COUNTY: [Staleys in Phila.] 21:300 – Jacob Staley in York County, 100 acres, 1780.” –shb

1783–WILL OF PETER KUHN/GOHN “JACOB STAHLEY” AS EXECUTOR: As posted on http://members.aol.com/ggilb10335/Keen.html, “1. Peter [child of Johannes and Magdalena Kuhn (Kien, Ceen)] – will proved June 10, 1783; exec. Jacob Stahley [married his sister Margaretha Maria], John Shuster, Jr. – Witnesses – Caspar Sheffer, Christen Sabekool, Barbara Keen. – m. Catharine. children:” [as I have listed them–shb].–shb 29 Mar 2003
Interesting that Jacob’s will was proved in 1783–year John Michael [believed to be John Michael Kuhn/Gohl–shb] has 259 acres of land there in Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania. –shb

1783–“JACOB STEALY” AND HIS UNCLES, “STEPHAN STEALY,” AND “ANDREW STEALY” ARE TAXED IN CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP. “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. 18: “IV Taxables of 1783 – “4. Jacob Stealy of Chanceford Township: land 150, 1 house, 1 outhouse, 5 inhabitants, 4 horned cattle, 3 horses, 6 sheep, valuation L121, tax L2.10.0”; “7. Stephan Stealy [Jacob’s brother–shb] of Chanceford Township, land 30, 1 house, 5 inhabitants, 3 horned cattle, 1 horse, valuation L32, tax L0.14.3” [If this is the Stephen who is my Legacy ID 24258, then he would have been the son of Peter, b. 1740, and the brother of my ancestor, Peter, b. 1766 (m. Eve or Eva). Stephen’s lower tax assessment would reflect his fairly new status as a a taxpayer, as compared with his uncle Andrew–shb]; and “1. Andrew Stealy of Chanceford Township [I believe this is the Andrew, b. 1745, who is a brother to my ancestor, Peter (b. 1740, m. Sarah Salome __, both sons of Jacob and Ana Eva Stehly, so Jacob’s uncle–shb]: 7 inhabitants, 1 horned cow, 1 horse, 2 sheep, valuation L10.10.0, tax L0.4.9,” and –shb 11 Dec 2006

1783–ONLY ONE JACOB ON TAX LIST–THE JACOB WHO IS BROTHER OF MY ANCESTOR PETER (M. SARAH SALOME ___), NOT ID NO. 3301: From e-letter by Katherine Staley to shb, 26 Nov 2006: “Now by 1783 tax year, Jacob (son of Peter & Sarah) is the ONLY Jacob in Chanceford Twp.

“1. Jacob Estate 1772, died before 1783.
“2. Jacob who died in 1793. This Jacob and his family all went to Berkeley County, Virginia, before the Fall of York which was about 1780. So he is not in Chanceford in 1783.” –shb 26 Nov 2006

1791, DECEMBER 9–NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF FATHER PETER/MOTHER, SIBLINGS 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).” (See notes of father, Peter Staley, for text of two deeds involving this land sale.) –shb 28 Oct 2006

1791, JANUARY 15–DEED TEXT: “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, No. 19, “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County [Pennsylvania], Before the Year 1850, prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb by Katherine Staley, November 2006, 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.”

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1791, DECEMBER 9–DEED TEXT: “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21: 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 Chancefore 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 3 Jan 2007

1797–ON BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LIST. Katherine Staley outline of Berkeley and Botetourt County Staleys, forwarded to shb, 1 Nov 2006, indicates a Jacob and a Peter Staley, on the Botetourt County Tax List of 1797. She believes this Jacob is my ID 3301 (m. Elizabeth) and was son of my ancestors, Peter and Sarah Salome __ Staley and brother of my ancestor Peter, b. 1766/68 (m. Eve ___). Katherine believes the Peter named is the one “b. 1779, married Hannah Level (son of Jacob),” who I believe was a first cousin of my Peter (m. Eve __). –shb 4 Nov 2006

1798–ON BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LIST. On this list are Peter Staley (thought by Katherine Staley, who forwarded this analysis, to be my Peter, b. 1766/68, m. Eve __–shb) and Jacob (Peter’s older brother, b. abt. 1755), and John (b.?).” –shb 5 Nov 2006

1799–ON BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LIST: Per Katherine’s outline, “Jacob (b. 1755), Peter (b. 1779), John b. ?, (parents unknown as yet).”

1800-1804–NO JACOB IS ON BOTETOURT TAX LISTS. Staleys who are mentioned 1800-1804, as taxed in Botetourt County, are: 1800 – Peter Staley Sr. (1766/68), Melchior (b. 1764 [I had him as b. 1767, s/o Peter and Sarah Salome, and brother of Jacob and Peter–shb], and John (b.?), Peter Jr. (b. 1779, Jacob’s 1st cousin, m. Hannah Level).

AFT. 1781–DEATH: I had “Aft 5 Sep 1764,” for Jacob’s death, but note that on website http://library.ferris.edu/~cochranr/gen/fam02164.htm, accessed 23 Apr 2002 by shb, that Jacob’s death is listed as “Aft 1781, of Chanceford Tw, York Co., PA.” –shb 23 Apr 2002

ABT. 1800–JACOB’S DEATH, IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Jacob is not on the Botetourt County tax list for 1800, though he was on the three lists previous, 1797-1799. In 1801, Elizabeth, Jacob’s widow, was taxed in Botetourt County, Virginia, along with her deceased husband’s brothers, “Melchior”(b. 1764/1767), and Peter (1766-68). Also listed is John (b. ?). –shb

Magdalena Stehli, d/o Peter I and Sarah Salome ___?, of York County, Pennsylvania

February 7, 2007

PARENTS PETER AND SARAH SALOMA STALEY? That Magdalena is a daughter of Peter and Sarah Salome is conjecture at this point and needs confirmation. For now, this assumed connection is based on the fact that Peter and Salomoe Ställy are listed as sponsors at the baptism of Peter [namesake?–shb], son of Hans Ulrich and Magdalena, 10 Aug 1766, the child having been born on 12 Jul 1766 (see Peter Ställy’s notes, my Legacy ID 960, for source of this information). –shb 1 Dec 2006

Sarah Stahly (b.? d. aft 9 Dec 1791), d/o Peter I and Sarah Salome __, m.?, of York County, Pennsylvania

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP:  Sarah Stahly is a sister of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew’s paternal line fourth great-grandfather, Peter Staley II, b. 1766-1768, who married Eve or Eva ___.  –shb

PARENTS:  I did not know about Sarah as a daughter of Peter and Sarah Salome Staley, until I received documentation from Katherine Staley, 27 Oct 2006, to the effect that “Sarah Stailey, Junior” is named as a surviving daughter of “Peter Stailey, late of York County,” while the elder “Sarah” is named as his widow (see 9 Dec 1791 note, below).  –shb 28 Oct 2006

1779, NOVEMBER 30–BROTHERS “MICHIOR STAILEY,” age 15, and “PETER STAILEY, age 14, are named as minor children of “Peter Stailey,” deceased, in York County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court.  I have no birth record for Sarah, but surmise that she was by then either of age, out of the home, or married.  –shb 8 Nov 2006

1791, JANUARY 15–“SARAH STAILEY, JUNIOR,” IS NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF “PETER STAILEY.”  “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, No. 19, “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County [Pennsylvania], Before the Year 1850, prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb by Katherine Staley, November 2006, 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.”

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1791, DECEMBER 9–DEED TEXT:  “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21: 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 Chancefore 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 3 Jan 2007

1791, DECEMBER 9–NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF FATHER PETER/MOTHER, SIBLINGS NAMED/PETER AND MELCHER SELL LAND FOR PETER STAILEY ESTATE,  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).”  (See notes of father, Peter Staley, for text of two deeds involving this land sale.)  –shb 28 Oct 2006

Ewa Stehli (b.? d. aft 30 Mar 1786), d/o Peter I and Sarah Salome __, m. Johann Jacob Gohn or Kuhn, of York County, Pennsylvania

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP: Ewa Staehli Gohn or Kuhn is a sister of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew’s paternal line fourth great-grandfather, Peter Staley II, b. 1766-1768, who married Eve or Eva ___. –shb

NAME: That Ewa’s maiden name is Stehli is an assumption, based on the fact that when Ewa and husband Johann Jacob Gohn baptized a daughter Margareth, the sponsor was Margaretha Stehli, wife of Stephen Stehli (it appears as though this daughter being baptized is named after her aunt or the ancestor after whom the aunt was named). –shb 11 Apr 2000

1776–CHILD EVA BAPTIZED AT STEHLEY’S CHURCH: St. Luke’s Church or Stahley’s Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, Chanceford Townshp, York County, Pennsylvania – Parish register 1773-1835 (hand-typed copy of original found at the FHL by shb Apr 2000), p. 9: “Eva, b. Jun. 8, 1776 Bapt. Aug. 23, 1776; [parents] Joh. Jacob Gohn, Eva; Sponsors Anna Margreta [first part cut off] ___gerin.” [Is this Anna Magaretha Rebstock Stehlin, Eva’s maternal great-grandmother? –shb]. –shb 17 Apr 2000

1780, MARCH 30–SPONSOR AT BAPTISM FOR CHILD OF JONAS SAUER, WIFE BARBARA: St. Luke’s or Stahley’s register (see above), p. 9: “Friedrich, b. Aug. 19, 1779, Bapt. Mar. 30, 1780; [parents] Jonas Sauer, Barbara; [sponsors] The father and Eva Gohnin.” –shb 17 Apr 2000

Barbara Staley (b. ? d. aft 4 Jun 1781), d/o Peter Stehli I and Sarah Salome __, m. John Merch bef 16 Nov 1780, of York County, Pennsylvania

February 7, 2007

RELATIONSHIP: Barbara Staley is a sister of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew’s paternal line fourth great-grandfather, Peter Staley II, b. 1766-1768, who married Eve or Eva ___. –shb

1781, JANUARY 12–BIRTH/BAPTISM ON 4 JUNE 1781, OF DAUGHTER MARGARETHA/BARBARA’S MOTHER, SARAH SALOME STALEY, IS SPONSOR. York County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. I, Compiled and Edited by Marlene Strawsser Bates and F. Edward Wright (Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1991), p. 230: “Margaretha of John Merch and Barbara, born January 12, 1781, baptized June 4, 1781. Sponsor: Sara Stehly, wife of Peter, deceased.” [Margaretha’s sponsor is her maternal grandmother, Sarah Salome, widow of Peter I, son of Jacob and Ewa Staley.] –shb 10 Apr 2000, 2 Feb 2007