Peter Staley [II], abt. 1766-1844 (s/o Peter Stehli I and Sarah Salome ___), m. Eve ___.

RELATIONSHIP:  Peter Staley [II–numerical designation mine], b. 1766, is a 4th great-grandfather, paternal side, of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew (hereafter identified as “shb”).   He is also an ancestor of the spouses of fellow Staley family researchers Ron Hanthorn and Katherine Staley (referred to me by another descendant, Dan Myers) and of Jim Staley (his e-address in Peter Sr.’s blind file).  He is also an ancestor of Charles Glenn Petersen, who has posted some Staley material on his website.  –shb

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

CLOSE COUSINSHIPS:  The fact that Peter’s brother 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

2006, NOVEMBER 7–SENT OFF FOR INFORMATION:  Katherine Staley forwarded shb, 6 Nov 2006, information about Staley documents that are available at the Jefferson County, West Virginia Courthouse.  Per their instructions, I sent a SASE and letter, including my e-address, and asked for a quote on the cost for obtaining photocopies of all the documents listed:

“This is a reply to a LOOK UP search.
Wills of Jefferson Co., VA. 1801-1899
See KEY below, numbers are years.
STALEY, Ann Rebecca w 98
Catherine w 06
Daniel fff 46; f 49
Daniel W. w 99
David f 38; f 39
Elizabeth w 47; w 74
Malachi ff 38; f 41; f 49
Peter ff 26; f 28
Stephen f 18; f 38; f 41
Steven f 16
And here is the introductory material to the book…
Wills of Jefferson County West Virginia: An Index
©1982 Dale Walton Morrow and Deborah Jensen Morrow
“‘This book contains the index to wills (designated “w”) from 1801-1899 and the various estate accounts (designated “f”) from 1801-1861. The index includes the names in WIll Book I, 1801-1899, for Jefferson County, West Virginia.After 1861, the estate accounts were indexed, in a separate volume titled Fiduciary Accounts and are not a part of this book.
To inquire about specific documents and copying charges, the reader should write to the Clerk’s Office, Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town, WV 25414, You should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with all inquiries.”
The surnames are indexed alphabetically, followed by individual names.
The symbols following given names are as follows:
“w” indicates a will
“f” indicates an account such as inventory, estate, sale, etc.; each “f” stands for one documents.
“01 to 99″ – numbers indicate the year of the document(s) from 1801 to 1899”  –shb 6 Nov 2006 [Below is copy of letter I sent]:

“November 6, 2006

“Clerk’s Office
Jefferson County Courthouse,
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414


“I once visited your court house, while I was there in Halltown, looking for the land on which my ancestor, William Hall (m. Hannah Richardson) lived.  I was so impressed by your helpful staff and can hardly believe that I am now contacting you again, on behalf of relatives on my father’s side, as well!

“I am interested to receive copies of all the documents listed on the attached list, as forwarded by a fellow researcher.  We have tracked my ancestors with name Staley/Staheli/Staheley/Staehle/Stailey/Stelley (and a dozen other ways, sometimes with an umlaut over the a) in their migrations from York County, Pennsylvania to Berkeley/Jefferson County (and later to Allen County, Ohio).

“Enclosed is a self-addressed, stamped envelope, as requested in your instructions, though I would be pleased if you kept the stamp and advised me by e-mail, for a faster response.
I am interested to learn what the cost might be to send me copies of all those documents listed on the attached.

“My snail-mail address is below:  My e-address is:

“< <>

“Thank you for making these important documents available to the public:


“Sherlene Hall Bartholomew” [snail-mail, phone contact information included]

DNA TESTING:  See end of these notes for communications about DNA testing on our Staley line.  –shb 7 Apr 2006

RESEARCHER:  From note by Katherine Staley to shb, arrived day after Thanksgivng, 2005:  “I have yet to do research [in searching after Staleys, she is actually working on her husband’s line, not her own–shb] in Berkeley County, Virginia, but hope to get there next summer.  When Peter sold his land in 1815, before coming to Ohio, he had more land than is accounted for in the land deeds.  So I believe there is another deed somewhere, either in Berkeley County, Jefferson County, or in Botetourt.  (‘Just one of the items I will be looking for.)  I am grateful to you and others researching this one!  Hopefully we can find the info. we need to clear this all up.”  –shb 24 Nov 2005

RESEARCHER:  As posted on an Evick chat-board:  “I have a Peter Staley (John Staley’s grandfather, who came to Pickaway Co. in 1815– then to Allen Co. ,Ohio in 1830.  Peter Staley and wife Eve came to Va. shortly after their marriage abt. 1790 from Germany. [This rumor was in an old history, but we now think Peter was probably born in Pennsylvania–shb.]  Steve [his e-address in Peter’s blind file–shb].”

1766, NOVEMBER 28–NOT “GERMANY” WHEN BORN:  Note from Gary Weingarten to Kathy Pyles, forwarded to shb 11 Aug 2004:  “By the way, I read in a recent copy of “The Palatine Immigrant’ that “…there was no nation called Germany until 1871. There was a loose confederation of independent states, as many as 400 or so, called The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.” I’ve read in other places that Germany originated in 1871, or thereabouts, but I always forget the date. Maybe this time I’ll remember it.”  –shb 12 Aug 2004 [Besides, that old history was wrong–Peter was born in Pennsylvania–shb.]

THREE PETER STALEYS:  Family history sketch of Earsel W. Hall (see her notes, RIN 24947 for full text) indicates 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], 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

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

MIGRATION ROUTE:  Short family history by Scott Allan Staley, submitted as part of a “First Families of Allen County” project, entries in a file at the Lima, Allen, Ohio Historical Society/Museum, photocopied for shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, mailed to shb (large packet of sixteen entries received 9 Jun 2003):   “The Peter Staley family came to Ohio from Virginia, settling in Pickaway County, Hardin County, and finally, Allen County. They lived in the present John Thayer place. [Paragraph] Jacob and Eunice Staley, who had accompanied their father, had a son, Jacob II, born in Allen County on September 11, 1839. Their cabin was built along the Ottawa River, near McKee’s Hill. The remains of the Staley’s original house are still there.” [That is all of it–shb.] –shb 9 Jun 2003

PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO:  In an 1895 Ohio atlas, as posted on, Pickaway County is surrounded by these counties:  Fayette, Franklin (and Columbus), Licking, Fairfield, Hocking, Ross, Highland, and Fayette.  The next rung out include Vinton, Jackson, Pike, Brown, Clinton, Clark, Union, Delaware.  –shb

ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO:  In the 1895 Ohio atlas (see website, above), Allen County is surrounded by these counties:  Hardin, Logan, Auglaize, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock, Wyandot, Marion (next rung) Union, Delaware, Champaign, Shelby, Mercer.  –shb

1766, NOVEMBER 28–BIRTH, MOST LIKELY IN PENNSYLVNIA: [I note, however, that Roscoe J. Dearth’s posting at RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project dates Peter Staley Sr.’s birth as “8 Dec 1766 in Germany.”  See Orphans Court Docket of York County, below, for evidence of Peter’s age (fourteen) on 30 Nov 1779, after Peter’s father died, which at least raises the likelihood that Peter was born in Pennsylvania.  –shb 29 Jul 2004

1779, NOVEMBER 30–“PETER STAILEY” ON ORPHAN’S DOCKET, AT AGE FOURTEEN/BROTHER “MELCHER” IS FIFTEEN, IN YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. “Peter Stailey, aged 14, minor son of Peter Stailey deceased,” in Orphans Court Dockets of York County, Pennsylvania, on 30 Nov 1779, information forwarded to shb, 27 Oct 2006, by Katherine Staley.  His brother Melcher is also listed as age 15 (no other children named).  –shb 8 Nov 2006

PETER CHOOSES MICHAEL KUHN AS GUARDIAN:  From e-letter by Katherine Staley to shb, 24 Nov 2006:  “. . . . Orphans Court Ppaers in the “Staley Report” i sent you, says on page 19 that Peter asked for Michael Kuhn to be his guardian.  Michael Kuhn is Peter’s uncle by marriage?”  [Yes, I have since come to the conclusion that Dorothy Stehli, wife of Michael Kuhn, was Peter II’s aunt–shb.]  –shb 26 Nov 2006

PETER AND EVE “MADE THEIR MARK ON THE LAND DEEDS,” IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA; PETER BOUGHT LAND FROM MELCHER AND SOLD HIS LAND TO MATT HARVEY, IN 1815.  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 Staleys of Botetourt County, known to have been in the County from 1794 to 1815. They came from somewhere in Berkeley County, Virginia.  Melcher wrote in German and Catherine wrote in English.  Peter [II, Melcher’s brother–shb] 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 [we now know that Melcher was one year older than Peter–shb]. 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 [in Botetourt County–shb]. 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 County, Virginia? Thanks everyone.”  –shb 15 Dec 2005

“AT EARLY DATE” IN JACKSON SETTLEMENT, PICKAWAY COUNTY:  See brother Melcher’s notes for indication of when neighbors Robert Martin, John Baer, John Fisher, Absalom Fisher, and the Suddeth and Barnes families moved to the Jackson settlement.  –shb 10 Jul 2003

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.]

BROTHER “MELKIRE” 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 [Note:  As I read this, it is Robert Martin who moved to Marion, not our Peter or his brother Melcher, though it would not hurt to check out Marion County to see if Melcher joined Robert Martin–shb.] 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

NO TAX FIRST FIVE YEARS?  From letter by Barry D. Wood to Katherine Staley and Sherlene Bartholomew, 10 Nov 2006, discussing a letter from Katherine, including information and questions about the origins of ID 459 Peter’s parents and grandparents: “As to tax holidays, I have never heard of such a thing in any part of Virginia at any time. However, as part of the inducements offered to settlers of new land in Ohio, original purchasers were free from tax for the first five years. Learning about that helped me understand why my 3rd great grandfather Asa Beale (Beall), who settled in the first ‘seven ranges’ of Jefferson County, Ohio shortly after his 1806 marriage, was missing from the tax rolls of that county for five years after he got the patent for his land there (as assignee of the original warrantee).”  –shb 10 Jul 2003

LIVED IN JOHN THAYER PLACE:  See note titled “MIGRATION ROUTE,” above.  Communication from shb, 9 Jun 2003:  “Kathy, do you know where this John Thayer place Scott Allan Staley mentioned is? I think somebody (you?) needs to knock on the door and see if any old family records came with the house (like a Staley family bible), as they ask to take a photo of the place. . . . Thanks, Sherlene”

See PETER STALEY, my Legacy ID No. 1209.  –shb 23 Apr 2002

NOTE:  In my desire to share my work on the Staley family, permission was granted me to print Katherine Staley’s contributions, as credited to her in those items that apply, below (per her e-mail to shb  of 21 Mar 2000). She also gave her authorization, 7 Jun 2003, to give her e-address to genealogical researchers who request it. –shb

FATHER ANDREAS OR “ANDREW,” MELCHER, OR PETER STALEY?  [This note about Andrew as a possible father was discontinued–‘can’t remember what brought the question–shb.]  See notes of father Peter for discussion about thought, at one point, that Peter’s father was a Melchior or Melcher.  However, website, accessed 23 Apr 2002, gives the parents of a Peter, “b. 1767/1768” (close enough to the birth of my ancestor Peter Staley), who had brothers Melchoir “Michael,” and Jacob (matches my record for brother siblings), with parents Peter and Sarah ___ Staley.  I am going with this Peter and Sarah as parents, but of course seek documentation.  –shb 23 Apr 2002

ORIGIN GERMANY?  IN PENNSYLVANIA?  In the 1880 Census, Peter’s daughter Sally reports that both her parents were born in Germany.  E-letter to shb from Katherine Staley, 9 Mar 2000:  “I have a copy of a page from an Ohio County History book which lists the biography of Isaac Staley who is a grandson of our Peter. . . Isaac was an important man in business, church and was also a mayor.  The biography states that Peter & Eve came from Germany to America shortly after Peter & Eve’s marriage (places date about 1790 to 1792).”   (See notes of Isaac Staley, RIN –shb 10 Mar 2000).  –shb 24 Mar 2000  [See notes of Peter’s grandfather, Peter Staley, m. Sarah Salome ___ for discussion by Barry D. Wood about errors in some of these early histories and this one, in particular–shb.]  Also, per Katherine Staley e-letter of 10 Apr 2000:  “Check out the 1900 Jackson Twp., Allen Co., Ohio census for Sarah Staley Hall page 419 B and Elizabeth Staley Marsh 412 D.  Parents both born in Germany!!!”  –shb 10 Apr 2000  [Note: Some Ohio Pioneers – Martin-Cresap Descendants Who Helped Make a Typical American Community, by Charles H. Lewis, photocopy from the “Public Library in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio,” as forwarded to shb, Nov. 2005, by Katherine Staley, we think wrongly lists Sally Saloma Staley (a wife of my ancestor James Hall) as a daughter of John Staley. However, after the title “DAUGHTERS OF JOHN STALEY,” it says, “Who migrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio 1815.”  Regarding this, Katherine writes shb, Nov. 2005, ” . . 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 lively fun, working on our lines and sharing information–shb.]

FATHER MELCHOIR?  GERMAN NAMING PATTERNS?  E-letter to shb from Katherine Staley, 9 Mar 2000:  “I believe that Melchoir & Peter [our ancestor, husband of Eve–shb] were younger sons and that because of German naming patterns that their father’s name was Melchoir.”  –shb 10 Mar 2000

BROTHER MELCHIOR/STALEYS IN OHIO: [Note:  See notes of William Vestal, RIN 7286 for information that a William Bills was a chain carrier for one of Wm. Vestal’s surveys in Hampshire County, Virginia, though Wm. was described as “of Berkeley Co.”  This land was along the Cacapehon, along with Vanmeter, Rion, Keyes, Harris, Baldwin, other family-name surveys.   Abstracts of Virginia’s Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys (Hampshire, Berkeley, Loudoun, Fairfax, King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland & Lancaster Counties), 1697-1784, Vol. IV, Compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, Virginia:  Published privately by Joyner, 5008 Dogwood Trail, 23703), p. 4:  “Hampshire County – WILLIAM BILLS, 29 Sept. 1764 – 12 June 1765; 326 a. on Gt Cacapehon; adj. Enoch Enoch, Joseph Jennings, Thos Triplett, Harwicks on Shillings Chestnut Sring Tract.  CC – James Anderson & William Bills.  Marker – John Royse, Senr.  Surv. Richard Rigg.”  –shb 26 Sep 2000

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH SAYS PETER NATIVE OF GERMANY/PROSPEROUS IN VIRGINIA/MOVED TO OHIO BECAUSE OF BUSINESS REVERSES:  See notes of Peter’s grandson Isaac Staley (RIN 23730), mayor of Dupont, Putnam, Ohio, where can be found the account in a Biographical History of Putnam County, Ohio, as referred to me by Katherine Staley, March 2000.  This sketch says that Peter was a native of Germany, farmer, and parent (with wife Eve) of eight children. This Isaac Staley biographical sketch  indicates that Peter was married before he left Germany to become a pioneer in Virginia, and that in Virginia three of his sons, Melchoir, Peter, and Jacob, served in the War of 1812; that they made the long journey to Ohio in a four-horse wagon, first settled in Pickaway County, Ohio, and later in Allen County, where Peter died at age 75 [according to my records, he would have been 78–shb] “a staunch, old-line whig.”  The history also indicates that Peter was a “wealthy and prosperous” planter in Virginia, but moved to Pickaway County because of business reverses.   Katherine Staley provides additional information in her report, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999.”  –shb 24 Mar 2000

Note:  For other possible Staley family origins see notes of Peter and Eve’s son Peter, who married Hannah Hall.  –shb 4 Mar 2002

ORIGINS SWEDISH?   Miles E. Staley (RIN 35277), an “honorary cousin” doing research on the Staleys, is convinced that we are probably connected with his Staleys and that these people were Swedes. Since I favor the notion that our Staley routes are German or Swiss, we have enjoyed lively discourse on the subject.  Witness this recent installment sent shb from Miles, June, 2001:

“OF COURSE YOU REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOUR STALEYS MIGHT HAVE COME FROM SWEDEN, so sated are you on that German clan in Maryland and the Northern Neck. In spite of the fact that the Swedish MD Peter Stilley, d. 1764, had children who migrated to Bedford Co. VA [I’m not satisfied that it was our Peter Staleys who were in Bedford–I can’t get the dates of ours to match those in records there–shb] and probably other  places along the Old Wagon Road. In spite of all the descendants of Swedes in the ‘New Sweden’ colony who joined the rest of colonial America who migrated west and south to the perpetually westward-moving frontier, some of whom might have found their surname anglicized  ‘Staley’ just as my Abraham had experienced.  GIRL cousins!! How hateful they can be.”  :)- to Miles!  [P.S.  I have no evidence proving a Maryland connection to our Staleys, except that the names are so very similar.  But I can’t deny proof found for Northern Neck land grant connection–shb.]

OTHER POSSIBLE PLACES OF ORIGIN FOR STALEYS?  See notes of son Peter, RIN 50.  –shb 29 Mar 2000

ABT 1766–BIRTH/DEATH INFORMATION: If information in my notes is correct, saying that a tombstone in Lafayette Cemetery, LaFayette, Jackson Township, Allen County, Ohio documents Peter’s death as 10 July 1844 at age 77 years, 7 months, and 12 days, then according to my PAF calculator, his birth was 28 Nov 1766.  I note that Katherine Staley lists his birth in a report sent me March 2000 as “November 1767 in Germany” though she gives the 10 Jul 1844 death date (in Jackson, Allen, Ohio).  A biographical sketch of grandson Isaac Staley (see RIN 23730) says Peter died in about 1845 at the age of 75, which would place his birth at about 1770. –shb 24 Mar 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 Jacob Staley Sr. was the son of Peter Staley, born Dec. 6, 1776 at Virginia, died July 8, 1811, at Lafayette Allen County, Ohio, and Eve ____ his wife, born on Oct 1768 at Virginia, died on May 1, 1851, at Lafayette, Allen, Ohio, married on _______.” [No sources given, but I hope to get in touch with Gina Colleen somehow and find out where she got her information–shb.] –shb 4 Jun 2003  [Note, another descendant, Ilma Irene Staley,  also lists Peter Staley as b. “Dec. 6, 1766, at Virginia.”  She may have been using the same source.]  –shb 18 Jun 2003

ANOTHER PETER STALEY BORN IN 1766:  Robert M. Staley “Staley Narrative,” as posted on, mentions a Peter Staley (my RIN 25230), b. abt. 1766 in Guilford, Randolph, North Carolina, d. 13 Sep 1825, m. abt 1793, Mary or “Molly.”  This Peter Staley was apparently quite wealthy (had 6 slaves) and was often in trouble with the law, probably because of heavy drinking.  –shb 21 Jan 2003

PETER BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA?  CORRESPONDENCE OUTLINES DISPUTE:  E-letters forwarded to shb by Katherine Staley (I had, with Katherine’s permission, forwarded her e-address to Jim Staley, per his request, after I quoted her in some of my correspondence with him–shb):  “Sherlene, I did not recognize This Jim as being the same Jim that you were coresponding with. Here is what he sent to me. See date below. I have his direct line if you want it.
—–Original Message—–
From: Jim Staley
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 1:44 AM
Subject: Re:

“Hi Katherine,

“Good to hear from you.

“Part of the confusion is that there were sooo…. many Peter Staleys.

“Here is what my brother and I have sorted out about Peter and Melchior who were brothers. They were among the first settlers in Pickaway Co in Ohio (see History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, 1880). Melchior did not have any sons but he and his wife Catherine had a daughter named Catherine who married Anthony Boucher (or Bowsher–a family from PA) in Circleville Ohio in 1819. They moved to what is now called Crawford County.

“Peter already had a family of 8 children when he lived in Pickaway Co. They are found in the 1810 Virginia census of Botetourt County under “Stayley, Peter Sr.” The land he owned in Virginia was previously owned by his brother Melchior.

“The VA land documents indicate they came from Berkeley County. We also have records from York County that he and his brother we orphaned and when they came of age they left York county for Berkeley County. Therefore we conclude they went to Botetourt and Ohio based upon their Botetourt land records and other information.
Peter left Pickaway County and purchased land with his son Jacob in Allen County about 1830. Peter’s tombstone is located in the cemetery at Lafayette.

“Because the Swiss spoke German, they were part of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Many have thought that they are German, but most Staley’s from Pennsylvania and the New York state area were from Switzerland and many came over prior to the Revolutionary War.

“Our particular line was from Peter and Eve’s son Peter who married Hannah Hall. Peter and Hannah had a son John who was my great grandfather who lived in Paulding Co. His son Francis Marion Staley moved to Salem, South Dakota where my father Newton Staley was born in 1905.

“That a brief summary of our information. I would love to know what information you have and also how you have concluded that yours came from Germany in 1790-91.

“All best,

“Jim Staley”

PENNSYLVANIA ORIGINS?  POSSIBLE BROTHER/FATHER/GRANDFATHER?  See RIN 21725–a Jacob Staley, born 1766-1770, who m. Margaret Ann Shade, has brothers Peter, Martin, William, John, Christian, and a sister Anna.  A note at the end of a query sheet that includes this information, as submitted to the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Historical Society, says:  “Jacob b. 1766-1767 [in another space on this query, his birth is given as 1766-1770] was undoubtedly the son of Jacob or John, sons of Ulrich Stahley of York, then Lancaster County.”  –shb 8 Jun 1999

YORK COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ORIGINS?  See notes of Jacob Staley, RIN 24224, for evidence that Peter and his brother Jacob may have come to Berkeley County, Virginia, from York, Pennsylvania.  –shb 7 Oct 2000

ABT 1769–KREUTZ CREEK CHURCH BAPTISM? COUNTY BOUNDARIES:  See notes of brother Jacob.  –shb 23 Apr 2002 [Note:  Regarding this couple at this baptism, Katherine Staley responds, e-note to shb, 14 Aug 2005:  “Melchior & Catherina of PA Church records appear to be one generation older than our Peter & brother Melcher Staley. Jacob & Eva were probably the same age as Melchior & Catherina. Eve in the Allen Co census of 1850 if she was 73 her birthday would be 1777.”  –shb 14 Aug 2005

1762–PARENTS MARRIED IN DELAWARE/MOTHER CATHRINE?  See notes of supposed father Melcher, RIN 22915.

1765–A PETER STALKER ASSIGNS NORTHERN NECK LAND TRANSACTION:  Abstracts of Virginia Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys (Hampshire, Berkeley, Loudoun, Fairfax, King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland & Lancaster Counties), 1697-1784, Vol. IV, Compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, Virginia:  Published privately by Joyner, 5008 Dogwood Trail, 23703, 1987), p. 55:  “Hampshire County – WILLIAM RAMSEY, JOHN CARLYLE & JOHN DALTON, assignees (in 1765) of Mr Peter Stalker [sic] for whom survd; 17 Nov. 1764 – 30 Nov. 1764; 415 a. on Town Fort Run dr. of South Br. Sugar Loaf Mt; adj. William Darling.  CC – Stephen Ross & George Breeding.  Surv. John Moffett.  2 Sept. 1773 (?) – Fairfax Co. – Mr James Muir (?) made oath the within handwriting is Peter Stalker’s, now decd.”  –shb 3 Oct 2000

1766, NOVEMBER 28–BIRTH?  Scott Allan Staley, in his entry to join “First Settlers of Allen County, Ohio” lists his ancestor, Peter Staley I (m. Eve ____) as “born on Dec. 6, 1766, died on July 18, 1844” [I had Peter’s d. as 10 Jul 1844, and his b. as 28 Nov 1766–shb].  I do not know if Scott Allan Staley was able to consult family records, providing this information, as photocopied by Kathryn Lones Pyles and mailed shb, 9 Jun 2003.  –shb 9 Jun 2003 [Note:

ABT. 1766–BIRTH/AN “ORPHAN” AT AGE FOURTEEN: 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.”  [Note:  That Peter was on the Orphan Court Dockets does not indicate that both his parents were deceased–often it meant that only the father was deceased. leaving the child “orphaned,” in the financial sense.  Katherine Staley also forwarded information about a York County Deed Book 2 G, p. 519 indenture, dated 9 Dec 1791, that named Peter Staley’s widow Sarah as a survivor, along with their children, Jacob, Melcher, Peter, and Sarah (daughter)–shb.]

1782, FEBRUARY 12–MICHAEL KUHN, HUSBAND OF PETER’S AUNT, DOROTHEA STALEY, IS APPOINTED GUARDIAN OF MY ANCESTOR, “PETER STAILEY,” AGE FOURTEEN. “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 – E, 7, 12 Feb 1782.  Upon the petition of Peter Stailey, aged 14, another son of aforesaid deceased [referring to “Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township,” Dorothea Stailey Kuhn’s brother], Court appoints Michael Kuhn of Chanceford Township his guardian.”  [Note:  The previous, only other Staley entry under Orphans Court Dockets, No. D, 135, was for 30 Nov 1779, when Stephen Stailey (brother of J. Michel Kuhn’s wife Dorothea and of the deceased Peter) was appointed guardian of the young Peter’s brother, “Michael” Staley (so the two young brothers had guardians in the same Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania township).  –shb 12 Dec 2006

1783/1803-1807–CONNECTED TO YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AND BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA STALEYS?  A tax list in York County, Pennsylvania mentioning Andrew and Stephen “Stealy” seems to match names on Botetourt County, Virginia tax lists that were made in 1803-1807 (see below).  –shb 21 Oct 2000  [Note:  Researcher Katherine Staley, in an internet query indicates that “[I am] Currently researching the family [of Peter and Eve Staley] in Botetourt Co., VA.  A land deed places them here from 1794-1815.  The family then moved to Pickaway Co. (1820 census), Ohio, then to Allen Co. (1830 census & Allen Co. History).”  –shb

1783–ON TAX LIST, YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA:  History of York County, Pennsylvania, Vol. II, J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1907, p. 941, publishes a “Taxable List of 1783” for Chanceford and Lower Chanceford, which were separated by the York County court in 1806 and gives this description:  “The settlement of Chanceford was first made in the southern half of the township about the year 1735, by the Scotch-Irish, a line of whose settlements extends from New Castle, Delaware, through the southern tier of counties of Pennsylvania to the west.  Much of the area in the northern part of the township belonged to the province of Pennsylvania until after the Revolution.  This land was then taken up by the Germans, some of whom are said to have been Hessian soldiers who had served in the British army and had been made prisoners.  After the Revolution had ended they remained in this country and became citizens of York County.  The following is a complete list of the names of taxable inhabitants of Chanceford and Lower Chanceford in 1783, together with the number of persons in each family, amount and valuation of property:”  Among the names listed are the following: Thomas Allison, James Alexander (70 acres, L50), Joseph Allison, Henry Alexander (2 horses, 8 persons, L24), Christian Baker (120 acres, 2 horses, 1 oil-mill, 4 persons, L90), George Henry, Widow Henry, David Parker (1 horse, L10), Wm. Ross (843 acres, 2 slaves, 5 horses, 5 persons, 2 stills, L623), Robert Shaw, ANDREW STEALY (1 HORSE, 7 PERSONS, l0), STEPHEN STEALY (30 acres, 1 horse, 5 persons, L32), JACOB STEALY (150 acres, 3 horses, 5 persons, L121).  Note:  See Virginia tax lists below, as provided by Katherine Staley, for same names and indication that these same York County Staleys migrated to Virginia from Pennsylvania.  –shb 29 Mar 2000

1784–STAHLE’S CHURCH FOUNDED ON GRANDFATHER JACOB’S LAND:  Chanceford, Pennsylvania:  History of York, Pennsylvania (see above), P. 945, “Chanceford” section, mentions: “St. Luke’s Church, known as Stahle’s, founded in 1784, just after the close of the Revolution, is situated in the northern part of Chanceford.  The principal founders of this church were Jacob Stahle and George Souders, and the building was named in honor of the former, upon whose farm it was originally built.  The first church building with its plain wooden seats was used for a period of eighty-two years.”  Note:  My sister Virginia Wood sent a report titled, “John Jacob Staehly (2-13-1695 to 12-10-1765) that credited its sources as “data taken from the York County Historical Society Library file folder SDL-3262, consisting of a July 9, 1967 report by Charles Thomas Stahle, entitled “Some Ancestors of Charles W. Stahle.”  At the bottom of this report, Virginia wrote:  “Taken from book Ancestry of George W. Stahle at York PA Historical Soc 3262 Book 929.2 St 13, Aug. 31 ’91,” which says:  “65 members of the Stahli family arrived in Philadelphia, and took the oath of allegiance  Only the men are listed, and their family status is not shown.  Names are spelled in many ways, the only one recorded as Stahle was Jacob Stahle, who arrived in Philadelphia on the ship ‘Priscilla’ along with Michael and Johann, Peter and Frank, and took the oath on September 11, 1749.  These later comers settled still further west in Adams and York Counties.  St. Luke’s church, known as Stahle’s church, was founded in 1784 just after the end of the Revolution.  It is situated in the northern part of Chanceford Township, and its principal founders were Jacob Stahle and George Souders.  (Prowell, page 945).  This Jacob could, very easily, have been the same Jacob who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749.” –shb

ABT. 1790/91–PETER’S MARRIAGE TO EVE?  I note that Katherine Staley, in her report on Staley Descendants, indicates that Eve was “b:  1763 in Germany m:  1790-1791 in Germany [more likely, we’ve decided since, in Pennsylvania–shb], d:  May 04, 1851 in Jackson Twp., Allen Co., Ohio  Fact 1:  Buried:  Lafayette Cemetery, Jackson Twp., Ohio.”  –shb 20 Mar 2000

1791, JANUARY 15–“PETER NOT NAMED AS ONE GRANTING HIS BROTHER MELCHER POWER OF ATTORNEY.  “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.”  [Why is son Peter II not named as one granting Melcher this power of attorney?  By my calculations, Peter II would have been about age twenty-five, at the time.  Was he out of town?  Getting married?  Or was not naming him simply a clerical oversight?  –shb 3 Jan 2007

[next deed listed in this report]:

1791, DECEMBER 9–“PETER STAILEY” NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF “PETER STAILEY, DECEASED, AND AS A “LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE, ALONG WITH HIS BROTHER MELCHOR, OF HIS FATHER’S ESTATE.  “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 Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, deceased): to George Elies of Chanceford Township, farmer: for L300: the tracts as in 2G, 140.  The indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him, – Jacob Stailey, Melchor Stailey, Peter Stailey, Saray [sic–shb] Stailey, the Younger, and Sarah Stailey, the widow.”  –shb 3 Jan 2007

AFT 1791–DEATH:  Website, accessed
23 Apr 2002 by shb, lists Peter’s death as “Aft 1791, of Berkeley Co., WVA.”  –shb 23 Apr 2002

CALAMA NOT A DAUGHTER OF PETER AND EVE:  Mom Ida-Rose L. Hall had tentatively placed Calama on a worksheet as daughter of Peter and Eve, and at least one other researcher thought she might have been a daughter of Peter’s brother Melchior.  However, per an e-mail to shb from researcher Katherine Staley (her husband’s line) of 1 May 2000, we learn that Calama and James are not our line.  See notes of Calama (Saloma, Calama, or “Sally”), RIN 7350, for Mrs. Staley’s proof, as outlined in this e-letter.  –shb 1 May 2000(“Saloma, Calama, or “Sally”), RIN 7350–she is NOT a daughter of Peter and Eve, but of John Staley of Pennsylvania and later of Marion, Ohio.  Calama first m. abt 1819 James A. Hall, son of my ancestors Anthony Hall and Rachel (Simmons), who was about twenty years her senior.  She m. abt 1829 2) Ezekial West.  –shb 10 Mar 2000 [Note:  I have since learned that James A. Hall was an ancestor of mine (as was his brother, William), by James A.’s first wife, Keziah Kain–shb.]

CHILDREN–I had placed “Wilkes” as a child of Peter and Eve, based on another person’s research.  Upon seeing my Staley descendancy chart from Peter and Eve on down, Katherine Staley responds in an e-letter of 9 Mar 2000:  “You have taken Peter’s family from the Allen Co. History book?  If you have a copy of that page, you will notice that some of the children are listed by nickname.  Wilkes is a nickname (for Melchoir) or a misprint.  This name is not found anywhere else!  I have deleted the name from my database.”  [Note:  I can see how someone could transcribe “Milkes” or “Melcher” as “Wilkes”–I also deleted the name from my record–shb.]  See also notes about Calama, below.  –shb

CHILDREN:  Photocopy of a page of Staley data, found by Delight Heckelman at a public library, while she was visiting in the Lima, Ohio, area, a copy mailed shb, Oct. 2002.  The page lists children from three generations of Staleys, including data about “Jacob Staley and wife” [Eunice Fisher–shb] and children (including Betty Grant, Eva Watt & etc.), and their son, John F. Staley’s children by first wife Nancy Snodgrass and, also, by second wife, Hannah Broshes.  The item relating to Jacob’s parents “Peter and wife” [Eve–shb] reads:  “Peter Staley and wife, children:  Wilkes [probably a corruption of Milkes, for son Melcher–see Katherine Staley’s comments, above–shb], Peter, John, Sally (Hall), Betsey (Mauch) [I think this is a misreading of “Marsh”–shb], Jacob, Eva (Suddith), and Katie (Fisher).”  [For full detail from this sheet, see notes of John F. Staley, RIN 650.]  –shb 30 Oct 2002

CHILDREN:  I note that Roscoe J. Dearth information, posted at RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project, names eleven children for Peter Staley Sr. and Eve, including “James H. or N. Staley b: 1854 in Ohio” and “William Staley b: 11 Jan 1860.”  Since the other children were born before 1808, I think these last two he lists are a mistake.  –shb 29 Jul 2004

1790–NO Staleys are listed in Berkeley County, Virginia Tax Records, so with that conclusion Katherine Staley estimates that Peter and Melcher Staley came together to America in late 1791 (per e-letter to shb 29 Mar 2000).  –shb

1792–STAYLEYS IN BERKELEY COUNTY, VIRGINIA; CHRISTIAN BAKER BUYS LAND IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA:  Peter Stayley and brother on Berkeley County, Virginia Tax Record with 2 whites, no slaves, two horses.  That same year, a Christian Baker buys land in Botetourt County, Virginia (per e-letters of 13 and 28 Mar 2000 to shb from Katherine Staley).  –shb

1793–Berkeley County, Virginia Tax Record lists Peter Staley & hireling, 2 whites, no slaves, 3 horses (per Katherine Staley e-letter, 29 Mar 2000).

1794–Berkeley Co., VA Tax Record:  Peter Staly & Brother [brother must have been Melchor–shb], 2 whites, no slaves, 3 horses (Katherine Staley e-letter, 29 Mar 2000, in which she says that at this point “Peter sends Melchior to Botetourt Co. to buy land from John Mills & Christian Baker . . . In the tax list above, Peter’s name is listed but not Melchior’s.  Peter was obviously the elder of the brothers.  [Katherine since discovered in York County, PA “Orphans Court” dockets that “Melchior Stailey” was one year older than Peter–shb.]  Other Staley heads of households were listed who belong to Glenda Strayer’s genealogy.  With your German connections perhaps you can find these 2 brothers (Peter & wife Eve & Melchior with or without wife Catherine, coming to America from Germany about 1791).  This would make my research of the Staley family complete.  On a hunch, I believe that they were younger brothers in the family, Peter may be the 2nd son & Melchior the 3rd son and that the father’s name was Melchior and the mother’s name Sarah (or Catherine).”.  –shb 29 Mar 2000

1794–BROTHER MELCHOIR (MELCHIOR, MELCHER) STALEY, OF BERKELEY COUNTY, VIRGINIA BUYS BOTETOURT CO. VIRGINIA LAND FROM JOHN MILES AND CHRISTIAN BAKER:  E-letters to shb from Katherine Staley, 9 Mar 2000:  “Melchoir Staley bought land in Botetourt County, Virginia.  He lived in Berkeley County, Virginia at this time of the land sale . . . There is a 1770-1780s map of Botetourt County in the early days.  Some land owners are listed but the Staleys are not.  Maybe as the mortgage was not paid for as yet.  But it is easy to find the Back Creek area where they lived.  Also, the Camper family lived next door (Melchior [son of Peter who m. Eve __–shb] M. Sarah Camper).  You can get this map from Botetourt Historical Society for a couple of dollars.  It may be on the net somewhere also?” –shb 10 Mar 2000  Per 13 Mar letter from Katherine Staley:  “LDS Records: Land Deed Index of Botetourt Co., VA. The original Botetourt County land of the Staleys was owned by John Mills, a land speculator.  Per Katherine Staley e-letter of 29 Mar 2000:  “Botetourt Co., VA Deed Book 5, page 65:  1794:  John Miles & Christian Baker of the county of Botetourt, sold to Melcher Stayley of the county of Berkeley in the State of Virginia.”  –shb 29 Mar 2000

QUERY DESCRIBES ABOVE DEEDS:  See query (above), found and forwarded to shb, 15 Dec 2005, by Kathyrn Lones Pyles. I believe Katherine Staley posted this:  “. . . 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.”  –shb 15 Dec 2005

1795–and after: “Peter & his brothers are no longer listed in the tax records of Berkeley Co., Virginia” (Katherine Staley e-letter to shb of 29 Mar 2000).  [Note:  I do find a 23 Dec 1811 marriage bond for a Cath. Staley to Thomas R. Hain [could this have been Hirn?–shb], suretor Jacob Staley, bond 3b205, as listed on p. 217, Marriage Records of Berkeley County, Virginia for the Period of 1781-1854, located at Berkeley County Court House, Martinsburg, W. Va., Compiled and edited by Guy L. Keesecker, 1969.  I think there is a good chance that this Catherine is the daughter of Jacob and Catharina Staeheli, who baptized a son Johanes 5 Sep 1764, a year before Melchior (probably his brother) and Catharina Staehely baptized a daughter Sara in the same Trinity Reformed Church, Kreutz Creek, Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania.] –shb 9 Apr 2000

GENERATION APART?  In response to my thinking in above “1795” paragraph, Katherine Staley writes, 14 Aug 2005:  “Melchior & Catherina of PA Church records appear to be one generation older than our Peter & brother Melcher Staley. Jacob & Eva were probably the same age as Melchior & Catherina. Eve in the Allen Co census of 1850 if she was 73 her birthday would be 1777.”  –shb 14 Aug 2005 [Katherine has since discounted this earlier thinking–shb.]

PETER EMIGRATED WEST FROM BIG LICK?  Letter from Miles Staley of 20 Apr 2001, whose Staley line is not yet connected to ours, but we still call ourselves honorary cousins and share notes:  ‘Morning, Sherlene:  I recv’d from Barnes and Noble my copy of ‘The Great Wagon Road’ and have returned yours by snail mail this morning. What a wonderfully written history!  I have begun to read  it over again. It includes a lot of detail I’ve never seen in other books of the period: that the typical log cabin originated in design and construction with the first Swedes who colonized the upper Delaware River in the 1630’s (NOT the founders of Jamestown nor the first Puritans in MA).  Incidently, I have been to the re-creations of both–Plimoth Plantation reflects the actual cut lumber board walls (NOT logs) but Jamestown (at least in 1956) was  re-created with log cabins which was not true. I hope that they have re-constructed those Jamestown houses since I was there to reflect what was there in 1609 and later. Must have cost the Rockefeller Foundation a hunk of money to correct it–if they have.  [Paragraph]  In regards to colonial times morals”  While visiting Jamestown, several students from the U. of N.C. were portraying Indians. One of them was an exact duplicate of a Graves cousin of mine–so startling real that I had to stop and introduce myself. Turned out that he claimed to be a full-blooded Cherokee Indian with a summer job at the village.  [Paragraph]  Now, my mother and her brothers always said that my great-grandmother Graves may have been an Indian, or had a lot of Indian blood–but there’s no proof, ever. Spooky!  [Paragraph]  I’m awfully glad to see that Park Rouse Jr. at least attempt to lay it all out (No more historical closet-skeletons). Surprised to find Roanoke grew from the original site of Big Lick–where Daniel Boone started the Wilderness Road west to KY–and just a short distance from Botetourt Co. My Abraham and his family –and probably your Peter and his family–probably started their emigration west from Big Lick. Miles” –shb

1801, APRIL 26–A “PETER STÄHLI” IS A COMMUNICANT AT STAHLEY’S (ST. LUKE’S) CHURCH:  The Register of Stehli’s (later known as St. Luke’s) Union Congregation, published as part of “Stehly Report,” prepared in 1948, for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, Researcher, File 3262, copy forwarded to shb, Nov. 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 12, lists Communicants: “[683] 17 Sep 1775. Ana Ewa Stehli, widow [of Jacob, Peter’s paternal grandmother–shb]; [689] 16 Sep 1787. Eva Stehly, wife of Jac., deceased [another reference to his grandmother]; [701] 10 May 1782. Ewa Stehli, wife of Jac., deceased [yet another to same Ana Eva Stehli]; [702] 10 May 1782. Salome, wife of Pet. Stehli [son of Jacob and Ana Eva, Sarah Salome was Peter’s mother–shb], deceased; [704] 10 May 1782. Elis. Stehli, wife of Jacob [son of Jacob and Ana Eva, Peter’s aunt –shb]; [705] 10 May 1782. Margr. Stehli, wife of And. [Andreas also a son of Jacob and Ana Eva, another of Peter’s aunts–shb]; [802] 26 Apr 1801 Peter Stähli [Is this my ancestor, son of Peter and Sarah Salome, who was b. 1766-1768, so was about age thirty-five?  Peter and Eve had a son, John Staley, born in April of 1801, in Botetourt, Virginia.  Did they bring the baby home to be christened? –shb].   –shb 1 Dec 2006

1803–PETER PURCHASES LAND IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, FROM HIS BROTHER MELCHER, “OF BERKELEY COUNTY, VIRGINIA.”  Katherine Staley reports having found an 1803 land record involving Peter’s brother, Melcher (she has sent me Melcher’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

1795-1810–PETER STAILEYS ON BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LISTS–BUT ARE THEY OURS?  The progression of taxable Staleys, included in tax list information graciously sent me 6 Oct 2000 by Miles E. Staley, is as follows:  In 1795 and 1796 Botetourt County tax lists mention a Jacob Staley only, though the amount of his assessment is not noted; in 1797, a Jacob and Peter “Staily” are listed, their assessments not noted [my Peter, m. Eve, would have been abt. age 31 in 1797–shb]; in 1798 and 1799 records list Peter (assessed 27 pounds? the unit of currency is not stated–just numbers given), Jacob (18), and John Stailey (0).  A possibility here is that Jacob was ailing and Peter came in to care for him and took over his inheritance and care of the land, and that John was Peter’s or Jacob’s son, come of age, working on the farm, but not getting assessed for any land; in 1800, Jacob is not listed [moved or died?–could he have been the family father, since a Jacob comes of age a little later on this tax list?–shb], but a Peter (assessed now at 36–did he inherit half of Jacob’s land, assessed at 9, to bring his tax from 24 to 36?), John (0), Malchiah (12–inherits half of Jacob’s land, plus buys more?), and Peter Jun’r (24–don’t know where he came from–a son of Peter Sr., coming of age?) Stailey [sic] now show as having been taxed;  The “Jun’r” designation for this second listed Peter, along with the tax assessment variables, would seem to indicate that the two Peters listed in these tax records are father and son, and that these Staleys belonged to one family, though it is certainly possible that these were Staley/Stailey relatives who bought up the land when it became available; [Note:  Andreas, brother of Peter (m. Sarah Salome), both sons of Jacob, had a son Peter, b. 1784, who would have been age sixteen in 1800, so I don’t think he yet fits into this picture.  My Peter (m. Eve) had a son Peter (b. m. Hannah Hall),  in 1801–WIDOW ELIZABETH STAILEY IS LISTED AND ONLY ONE PETER:  This Peter is no longer designated as Jr. or Sr., so though sometimes “Jr.” is indicated to indicate a younger relative or person of the same name who is not a son, in this case I think tax assessments indicate the probability that Peter Sr. died, so Peter Jr. no longer needed that designation to distinguish himself from his father.  It is my guess that his mother, widow Elizabeth, inherited some property that Peter Jr. had been paying taxes on in 1801, since Peter Sr. was assessed 36 in taxes in 1800, with Peter Jun’r at 24.  But in 1801, Peter Sr. is gone, and the Peter who is left has only a tax assessment of 12, but widow Elizabeth is assessed 24 (I read this to mean that Peter Jr. lost some land, taxed at 12 to his widowed mother Elizabeth, and that she also got l/3 of Peter Sr.’s estate, taxed at 12 (of 36), which gave her a total tax bill of 24 (since that year Peter Jr.’s assessment went from 24 to 12, and Peter Sr.’s name and former assessment of 36 vanished (see more tax detail in the notes of “Peter Stailey of Botetourt,” RIN 27639, placed in a separate file, because I see no proof that these Peter Staleys are our ancestors who ended up in Ohio, though I have not given up hope–shb]; 1802 tax records list Malchiah (24), Peter (24), Malchiah Jun’r (0), and John (0) Stailey [no widow Elizabeth–did she die?  Malchiah and Peter’s increased taxes seem to reflect their having split her estate–shb]; 1803 lists Andrew (0) [for the first time], Malker (24), Peter (0), Malcher Jun’r (0), Peter (36) [again–so perhaps the remaining Peter also has a son Peter who just became old enough to be taxed (however, my ancestor Peter, son of RIN 459 Peter Staley who m. Eve, was b. in 1794, which would make him too young to be taxed as early as 1803-1807–shb], and John Staley [sic–shb] (0); 1804 lists Peter (0), Andrew (12), Malcher (12), Peter (36), Jacob [son of Peter, named after a grandfather?–he is appearing for the first time–shb] (0); 1805 lists Peter (60–so he has bought up land), Andrew (12), Jacob (and J Beals–0), Peter (jun’r–0) Staley on the Botetourt County Tax A List and Melcher Staley (1) on the B Tax List [former entries here listed were all on tax A lists only, none on B lists–shb]; 1806 Andrew Staley (12), Peter Sen’r [sic] (48), Jacob (0), Peter Jun’r (0), all on A list; 1807 lists Andrew (12), Peter (48), Peter [sic, again] (0), Jacob (0), Stephen (12) Staly [sic–all on A List–this is first appearance of a Stephen). 1808–None – “The State General Assembly did not pass tax collecting legislation that year”; 1809 lists Andrew (12), Jacob (0), Peter (36), Peter Sen’r Staley [sic] (36); and 1810, Peter (48), Andrew (12), Peter Jun’r (0), Stephen (M. Beal) (12), and Jacob (Jas. Riv.) (12), all also on the A Tax List.  This concludes the Botetourt list, 1795-1710, of taxed Staleys as sent to “Jeff” and copied to me Oct 2000 by Miles E. Staley.  [Note:  some dates to keep in mind, assessing these Botetourt County Staleys–my ancestor Peter Staley Sr. who m. Eve is thought to have been born in Germany in 1766 and died in 1844. So he could not be the Peter who left a widow Elizabeth (if my theory is correct) who died in abt. 1801.  My ancestor Peter Staley Jr., son of Peter and Eve, who m. Hannah Hall, was born in 1794, so in 1801, when only one Peter is left to be taxed with the widow Elizabeth, I think he would have been too young, at only age seven, to be assessed (12) for the land, though if it were recently inherited, perhaps it was listed that way.  In 1803, when two Peters are listed, my Peter Jr. would have been nine years old–who is this other Peter, taxed 36 for his property?–is this the Peter who I thought died, leaving a widow Elizabeth, come back to claim the same 36 tax assessment on his land?  In this case, maybe widow Elizabeth was the widow of the Jacob who first appeared on the Botetourt tax list in 1795 and 1796, moving back from where she first went when her husband died or moved away to die (however, the 1800 Peter’s 36 tax assessment neatly divides up, in accounting for his 1801 assessment, as above noted, so I am still thinking that my first idea might hold over this one).  My Peter Jr. who m. Hannah Hall did not have a son Peter born until 1828, so it’s hard to find my Peters anywhere in these assessments, though Miles E. Staley reminds me that he could be a yet untaxed son, still living at home.  My other concern is that I looked at the children of my Peters, and there are no Andrews, nor Stephens, as are evident on these tax lists, but these names are evident in 1783 tax records of York County, Pennsylvania–are these the same people who moved to Botetourt? (See 1783 notes above–also, Miles E. Staley reminds me that the German naming patterns ended and my ancestral Peter Staleys began giving their children American names, as became the general custom, so this may account for the missing Andrews and Stephens). I note that John Stailey was carried for several years and Malcher Jun’r, as well, with “0” tax assessment, so I think they were working on their father’s farm without owning any land.  It might be noted that none of these 1795-1810 records show Staley slaves, and the number of horses listed as taxable property vary from 0-4.  –shb 8 Oct 2000

1810 CENSUS–PETER IS LISTED IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA.  Per outline of research by Katherine Staley, forwarded 1 Nov 2006 to shb, in 1790 there were no Staleys of any spelling for the year 1790, in Berkeley County, Virginia, where there is no census for 1790 or 1800.  Also, no Melchior is listed in 1810, in Berkeley.  Katherine writes that the Peter listed there in 1810 is the “Rev. War Vet Peter, b. 1753, who married Margaret Mumson and d. in 1837.”  However, in the 1810 Census of Botetourt County, Virginia, Katherine finds these Staleys:  “Jacob 654 BTT [index initials for Botetourt County–have not yet decided who this is–shb]; Andrew 654 BTT; Peter Jr. 654 BTT; Peter Sr. 556 BTT.”  In 1810, Peter (my Legacy ID 24229, b. 1784) would have been abt. age 26 and had a brother, Andrew, b. 1773, who would have been about age 37 (both sons of Andreas Staley and wife Anna Maria Margaretha ___).  Presuming that the two brothers lived next to each other, the Peter Sr. listed could have been my 4th ggf, Peter Staley, who married Eve __.  He would have been about age 44, in 1810 and, by my calculations, my Peter would have been Peter Jr.’s first cousin (Andreas is thought to be the brother of the Peter who married Sarah Salome, the father of the “Peter Sr.” listed in 1810).  –shb 4 Nov 2006

1797–MARRIAGE/SHAFER CONNECTION?  At Frederick County, Maryland courthouse I found the marriage 24 Apr 1797 of a Peter Staley to Elizabeth Shafer.  If this Peter were our ancestor Peter Sr., he would have been 30-31 years old at the time of this Maryland marriage.  In my mother’s notes I found record of an Eva Elizabeth Schaeffer, supposedly buried at Lafayette, Allen, Ohio cemetery, but I have never been able to confirm this note.  Katherine Staley says she has been in the cemetery 3-4 times and there is no such tombstone.  I have a query out to see if it is in printed cemetery records somewhere. –shb

TO DO:  Scour Allen County for record of an Eva Elizabeth Schaeffer.  For now I am assuming this Maryland marriage is not that of our Peter, especially since an early Ohio historical sketch of Isaac Staley, grandson of our Peter, says that Peter and Eve were married before they left Germany.  –shb 29 Mar 2000

1803–BROTHER MELCHOIR STALEY AND WIFE CATHERINE SELL LAND TO PETER IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA–LEAVE FOR PICKAWAY, OHIO?  See notes of Peter of Botetourt, RIN 27639:  E-letter to shb from Katherine Staley, 9 Mar 2000:  “In 1803 Melchoir & Catherine (his wife) sold to Peter some of his land and he sold the rest to another person.  They left for Pickaway Co., Ohio. . .[she does not say when, but I note below that Melchior is selling Peter Staley Botetourt County land in 1808–shb]. If you can read German, I will send to you the hand writing of Melchoir on the land deed of 1803.  It is in German script or other.  Or maybe you have this deed and if so what is your answer?  Is it written in German or Swiss or Dutch?”  [I do not have the deed and offered 10 Mar 2000 to look at it.]  Per Katherine Staley e-letter of 29 Mar 2000:  “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.”  –shb 10 Mar 2000  Note:  Query found on Genforum, posted 28 Jul 1998 by Katherine Staley:  “Peter Staley, born 1766-67, Germany.  Information Resource:  The book Biographies of Putnam County, Ohio, pp. 524-526, Biography of Isaac Staley.  This states that Peter and Eve, his grandparents, were born and married in Germany and that they came to America shortly after their marriage.  My question:  Can anyone tell me when they immigrated and with whom and where they settled if anywhere before?  I find a land record of 1803 in Botetourt County, VA.  Thank you!  Katherine Staley.”  –shb 24 Apr 2000

1803–see notes of brother Melchior, my Legacy ID No. 24308.  After Peter bought Melcher’s land that was purchased in 1794, Katherine Staley explains:  “Peter acquired an additional 50 acres.  They lived on Back Creek, a branch of Looney Creek, a stream off the James River, east of Fincastle in Botetourt County, Virginia. There his three sons Melchior, Peter and Jacob entered the Volunteer service as soldiers in the War of 1812.”  (Katherine Staley’s report, “Descendants of Peter Staley,” p. 1, sent shb 16 Mar 2000)  –shb 3 May 2000

1803–ON BOTETORT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LIST:  In an e-letter by Katherine Staley to shb, 31 Oct 2006, making the case that Andreas was father of the Peter whose estate in Halltown, Jefferson (now WV) was settled in 1826, she lists Staleys on tax lists of Botetort County, Virginia:  “On Tax List of 1803:  Melchior, b. 1764, Melchior b. 1780, Peter b. 1766/68 [my ancestor, Legacy ID No. 459, m. Eve ___–shb], Peter Jr. b. 1779 [my ancestor, ID   , s/o Peter and Eve, m. Hannah Hall–shb], and John b. ?”  –shb 1 Nov 2006

1830–BROTHER MELCHER PAYS TAX IN CRAWFORD COUNTY: E-note from Katherine Staley to shb, 14 Aug 2005, indicates her find that Peter’s brother Melcher paid tax, but owned no land in Crawford County, Ohio in 1830. She writes that she does not know whether Melcher died there or moved on. One wonders why the brothers parted.  –shb 14 Aug 2005

1807–ON BOTETORT COUNTY, VIRGINIA TAX LIST:  In an e-letter by Katherine Staley to shb, 31 Oct 2006, she lists Staleys on tax lists of Botetort County, Virginia: “On Tax List 1807 –  Stephen (possible son of Jacob, b. abt. 1755, and Elizabeth [possibly Goering–shb]), Peter b. 1766-68 [my ancestor, ID No. 459–shb], Jacob b. 1780, Peter born 1779, Andrew b. 1773.”  –shb 1 Nov 2006

1808–BROTHER MELCHIOR SELLS HIM LAND:  Melchior Staley sold some of his land in Botetourt County to Peter Staley and part to Elisha Lackland.  That same year an Andrew Staley [sells?–word left out here, shb] 2 pieces of land bought from Matt Harvey  [Katherine Staley e-letter to shb 13 Mar 2000.]

1810 CENSUS–A “PETER STALEY” IS BACK IN UPPER CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA?  (OR NEVER LEFT?)  In the 1810 Census of Upper Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania (accessed via HeritageQuest on-line census images), I find a “Peter Staley” listed between neighbors whose names are not familiar. This Peter has one male in household, age 26-44 [Peter, ID 459 would have been age 44, so this could be a fit for my ancestor, Peter, ID 459, who married Eve ___].  In his household, no other males are listed.  There is one female listed, who is under age 10, five [is this a three?] females listed, ages 10-15, and two females, ages 16-25.  According to my records, my Peter (m. Eve)’s children would have been these ages in 1810:  Males:  Melcher, 18; Peter, 16; Jacob, 12; John, 9; Females: Katie, 14; Sally, 8; Elizabeth/Betsy, 4; Eve, 1.  Does not appear to be a match.  –shb 12 Dec 2006

1810 CENSUS–A “PETER STALEY” IS IN CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA?  In the Register of Stehli’s Church (later known as St. Luke’s Union Congregation, Chanceford Township, 1773-1835; translated by Edith Beard Cannon [MS], included in the “Stehly Report” forwarded by Katherine Staley to shb, Nov 2006, I find a “Peter Stäle” and “Catarina/Catharina/Catrina,” as parents, listing births for Fronica in 1806, Salome in 1808, Catarina in 1810 [that would be 2 under age 10 and 1 age 10-15–doesn’t match, but the census listings are often sloppy].  In this census, a “Peter Staley” is listed between Thomas Strawbridge and Daniel Kuhn (connected to the Kuhn, husband of Peter’s aunt, Dorothea, who was his guardian at age 14?). This Peter is listed as having one free male in the household age 16-25 [must be Peter, as there are no other males in the household,] which does not fit the age 44 for my Peter, who married Eve ___.  –shb 12 Dec 2006

1810–PETER STAYLEY IN BOTETOURT 1810 CENSUS OURS?  E-response from Jim Staley to shb, 6 Jun 2003–Jim feels the children he has found for Peter Sr. fit into this census, which I asked him to send along, not finding it in my notes:  ”

1810–BUILDS TAVERN/INN IN TENNESSEE?  As posted on the internet at, accessed 20 May 2002 by shb –
A Brief History of Westmoreland, Submitted by John F. Creasy <>4499 Highway 52 – E; Westmoreland, TN 37186
Reprinted with permission.

“Located on the Highland Rim in northeastern Sumner County,Westmoreland is a community with a largely undocumented, but surprisingly rich history.

“Settlement in the area is generally thought to have begun in the early 1800’s, with the majority of the early settlers arriving between the years 1805 to 1820. Many of these early pioneers came from Virginia and North Carolina in search of new land, while others, such as Dance BROWN and James GILLIAM, came as a result of having received land grants of various types.

“In 1810, Peter STALEY [I have no idea whether or not this is our ancestor Peter, who m. Hannah Hall–shb] built a tavern and stagecoach inn at a sharp curve south of present-day Westmoreland on what later would be called Andrew JACKSON Highway or Old 31-E. This tavern came to be called the “Rock House Tavern”, taking its name from the unusual home of the Zeb DAVIS family. Several years before the tavern’s opening, this family made their home in the bluffs immediately behind the site of the tavern, thus the name, ‘Rock House.’  [Note:  There is a good chance that a grandson of Peter Sr., Jacob, thought to be son of my ancestors Peter Jr. and Hannah Hall, learned his “saloonist” trade (as noted in 1880 census of Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio) from his grandfather, also my ancestor, Peter Sr., my Legacy ID No. 459–shb.]

“During its long history, the Rock House Tavern served as an important stop along this route, counting among its one Andrew JACKSON as he slowly made his way to Washington while serving as President.

“During the War Between the States, the tavern witnessed the passing by of the Union Army division of Gen. Ebenezer DUMONT as it returned from the Perryville campaign in Kentucky. Among their number was future President Benjamin HARRISON, Colonel of the 70th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

“The tavern apparently once served as a temporary hospital of sorts when a train derailed closeby. It was said that bloodstains from some of the injured could be seen on a part of the upstairs floors.

“Unfortunately, the tavern was completely destroyed by fire in 1967.

“A few miles north of the tavern, another community was growing along the same highway. It was named Coates Town. The community apparently took its name from a cabinet maker, James COATES and his large family, who moved to this location between 1838 and 1840.
In 1860, Coates Town was quite small, consisting of a store and post office and a few scattered residences. The store and post office were both in the same building which was located on the corner of present-day 0ld Hwy. 31-E and Hwy. 52.

“In 1886, the area began to change rapidly with the completion of the Chesapeake and Nashville Railroad. Instead of locating along the highway at Coates Town, the tracks ran about a half-mile east of the community. There, the company purchased a large tract of land from Dr. J. L. DAVIS for purposes of constructing a village. This tract of land was described as being an old run-down farm.

“The Railroad Company retained a strip of land, running through the present-day downtown business district, about 300 ft. wide, for a right-of-way, freight yards, parks, and two streets, one on each side of the railroad and parallel to the tracks.”  –shb 20 May 2002  [Note:  See 1817/1819 entries for information that there were deeds involving a Peter Staly/Stealy in Sumner Co.]  –shb 25 May 2002

STALEY SALOON KEEPER IN INDIANA/HUNT CONNECTION: I found on the internet, March 2003, a note that a Jacob Staley (now my ID No. 44763), who married a Meshberger, was a saloon keeper in Linn Grove (also called Buena Vista), Adams County, Indiana (another county to check out for Staleys).  This saloon was later taken over by a man named Hunt.  My current theory (needs additional documentation) is that my ID No. 459, Peter (m. Eve ___) Staley’s parents were Peter Stahly and Sarah Salome ____.  Peter and Sarah had a son Johannes (John), of Kreutz Creek, York, Pennsylvania, whose daughter Calama/Saloma or “Sally” Staley m. James A. Hall (son of my ancestors Anthony Hall and Rachel Simmons).  James and Sally’s dau. Sarah Hall, b. 1822, m. a W. H. Hunt, so perhaps this Hunt connection bears additional study–may be a telling link.  –shb 3 Apr 2003

1810 CENSUS, BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA LISTS OUR PETER STAYLEY?  –Correspondence from Jim Staley, a descendant of Peter I, in answer to my response to a query, 5 Jun 2003:  “The 1810 census of Botetourt County lists Peter Stayley as having the appropriate number of children of the correct ages, i.e. Melchior, Peter, Jacob, John, Katie (Fisher), Sally or Sarah (Hall), Elizabeth (Mauch) [I told him I have her as “Marsh”–shb] and Eva (Sudduth) whose names are confirmed in Ohio biographical sketches for Isaac Staley, Jacob Staley and William Sudduth.  Most Staleys who have done genealogical work have overlooked Peter Staley because of the way the census taker spelled the name in the Virginia records.”  –shb 6 Jun 2003  [Note:  I wrote back, saying I had other children in my file that may throw off the numbers as corresponding, and asking for a copy of the census, since I did not find it in my files, to which he replied, same day of 6 Jun: “Hi Sherlene, Thanks for the information on the taxes of Staleys in Botetourt Co, Virginia. I am not sure what to make of it all but I will try to look it over in more detail later.

“Three items and an address request:

“1. Peter and Eve’s children. We have information from three biographical sketches of their relatives: Oscar Staley [on questioning, he said he meant “Isaac,” which sketch I already have–shb], William Sudduth [I sent him the sketch I have for Wm., which does not list Peter I’s children, and he did not respond to my request for a copy, if he had a different one–shb] and Jacob Staley [again, I detailed which Jacob I had a sketch for, and he did not respond that he had something different–again, I do not find Peter’s children listed–shb] all from Ohio. All of them indicate they had eight children and they all list their names. Different variations of some of the names are given in the different biographical sketches: The names are: Melchoir (or Wilkes or Melkiah), Peter, Jacob, John, Katie (or Catherine Fisher), Sallie (or Sarah Hall), Elizabeth (or Betsy Mauch) [“Marsh”–shb] and Eve (or Eva Sudduth). Thus, I believe some of the names such as Betsy are used in some places rather than Elizabeth, etc.

“2. 1810 Census from Botetourt Co Virginia lists a:
Peter Stayley, Sr. with ten family members (two adults, eight children) of the following categories:
age group Males Females
10 2 (John, Jacob) 3 (Eva, Elizabeth, Sarah)
10-16 1 (Peter Jr) 1 (Catherine)
16-26 1 (Melchior) 0
26-45 0 0
45 1 (Peter) 1 (Eve)

“I have added the names and most seem to be correct although Jacob may have been 11 or 12 at the time. Also, Peter should have been 44, but I believe this is a minor error and may be due to birth date and time of census, etc. In any event, this combination would seem to be quite rare, especially considering that it is of a Peter Staley, based upon other census data from Virginia and is therefore a compelling reason to believe its veracity.

“3. Were these Staleys from Germany?
There is little doubt that they spoke German, however, there is considerable doubt they were ‘natives of Germany’ as claimed by some. A particularly interesting signature of Peter Staley is given in his land purchase in Allen County. He spells Staley as follows: Stahli with an umlaut over the “a.” This name is Swiss in origin and the spelling is characteristic of the Canton Bern. This spelling is given time and again in legal documents we have of the Staleys from Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylania.

“4. I am quite interested in learning the e-mail address of Katherine Staley who you mentioned earlier. May I have that? [I wrote Katherine and got her OK to give it to genealogists, so sent it to Jim–shb.]

“Thanks much for keeping me informed and I hope this helps with your work. Cheers,  Jim”  –shb 8 Jun 2003

1811–A PETER STEALEY WITNESSES TWO DEEDS IN CAIRO:  E-letter from “Linda” of the Sumner County, Tennesee genealogical webpage, to shb, 25 May 2002:  “Peter Stealey also witnessed a deed 5 Jan 1811 – Cairo [Sumner, Tennessee–shb]; Peter Stealey also witnessed a deed 22 May 1811 – Cairo. . . This is from Sumner County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1806-1817, abstracted by Joyce Martin Murray.”  –shb 28 May 2002

1812–WAR SERVICE FOR THREE OF PETER II’S SONS.  Peter’s three sons Melcher, Peter, and Jacob volunteered for service in the War of 1812, per Katherine Staley.  [Note:  Peter would have been been about 46 years old–shb.]–shb 3 May 2001

1812–WARRANT TO “PETER STAILEY” FOR THIRTY-FIVE ACRES.  Stehly Report, for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 27:  “York County Land Papers [footnote 2: ‘The Historical Society of York County’]:  No. 1313.  Warrant to Peter Stailey for 35 acres, dated 2 Sep 1812.”  –shb 2 Dec 2006

1812, SEPTEMBER 28–WARRANT FOR LAND OF “PETER STEALY,” IN YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AT HIS AGE FORTY-SIX.  “Stehly Report,” compiled for The Historical Society of York County, 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, copy mailed to shb, November 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 27:  “York County Land Papers [footnote 2: ‘The Historical Society of York County’]:  No. 9270.  Draft of a tract of 31 acres, 14 perches in Chanceford Township, surveyed 28 Sep 1812 for Peter Stealy in pursuance of a warrant for 35 acres granted the said Peter Stealy 8 Sep 1812.”  [Note:  Peter’s father’s estate was settled abt. 1777, so I am thinking this land warrant has to apply to that of his son, my ancestor, Peter II (my Legacy ID No. 459)–shb.]  –shb 2 Dec 2006

1814–JOHN STEALEY OF MONONGALIA CO. VA. DEEDS TO GEORGE ROBERTS & PETER STEALEY IN CAIRO:   E-letter from “Linda” of the Sumner County, Tennesee Genealogical Webpage, to shb, 25 May 2002:  “Page 291 – Deed – 1 Dec 1814 – John Stealey, Monongalia Co., VA, to George Roberts [Peter and George were in business together–had a firm named “Roberts & Stealy”–shb] & Peter Stealey, 5 acres land & 3 lots in Town of Cairo, part tract originally granted to Ephraim Payton by patent from NC. 1- July 1788, beginning corner to Joseph Wilson land, & also lots.  Wit:  Jo H. Conn, Stephen R. Roberts.” . . . This is from Sumner County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1806-1817, abstracted by Joyce Martin Murray.” [See 1811 note, where Peter Stealey witnessed two Cairo, Sumner, Tennessee deeds–shb.]  [Note:  A Conn family chronology and genealogy as posted on http://earth.vol.conn/~rconn/gejoseph.htm includes this deed–I looked through–did not find a familial connection to area Stealeys–shb.]  –shb 29 May 2002

1814–A DAVID STALEY BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA.  See notes of ID No. 42236–a David Staley named daughters Saloma and Harriett, was born in Pennsylvania in abt. 1814–may connect to our Staleys.  A few houses down from him is a Joseph Staley family, Joseph b. abt 1816, in England, where his wife Sarah Ann and two children Harriett and George, were also born.  –shb 15 Nov 2002

1815–SELLS LAND:  E-note from Katherine Staley to shb, 14 Aug 2005:  “I have both deeds of purchase for Peter in Pickaway and the deed when he sold to go to Allen Co. Peter sold his land in Botetourt VA. in 1815, and he bought land in Pickaway in April of 1816.

“Melcher, Peter’s brother, sold one piece of land to Peter in 1803, and in 1804 Melcher sold the rest of his land to another. So arrived in Pickaway, Ohio sometime after.

“How do you know Melcher went to Marion Co.?”  [I’m trying to see where I have that in my notes–shb.]  –shb 14 Aug 2005

1815–A PETER STALEY SELLS ALL BOTETOURT CO., VIRGINIA LAND/MOVES TO CIRCLEVILLE, JACKSON, PICKAWAY, OHIO/SON MELCHIOR MARRIES:  Peter Staley, RIN 459, sold all of his land in 1815 (Katherine Staley e-letter to shb 13 Mar 2000). That same year Peter Sr.’s son Melcher m. Sarah Camper, dau. of John, on 17 Oct 1815 in Botetourt County, Virginia (per Katherine Staley Staley descendancy chart mailed shb Mar 2000).  Peter’s son, my ancestor Peter Jr., would have then been about 21 years old.  Writes Mrs. Staley:  “Shortly thereafter [Melcher’s marriage to Sarah–shb] Peter Sr. moved his family to the town of Circleville in Jackson Township, Pickaway Co., Ohio.  They traveled by horseback and a four-horse wagon, being several weeks on the journey.  Peter entered a large farm in the woods that he cleared and improved upon.  The family resided in Pickaway County for several years, then moved north to Allen County.”  –shb 3 May 2000, 29 Mar 2000

1815, OCTOBER–PETER STALEY II SELLS LAND PURCHASED FROM HIS BROTHER MELCHER TO MATT HARVEY.  HAVING SOLD ALL HIS VIRGINIA LAND, PETER MOVES TO CIRCLEVILLE, JACKSON, PICKAWAY, OHIO.  HIS SON MELCHIOR MARRIES SARAH CAMPER, IN BOTETOURT.  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 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, on 17 Oct 1815, in Botetourt County. Peter’s son, my ancestor, Peter III (m. Hannah Hall) would havve then been about twenty-one years old.  Writes Mrs. Staley, to shb: “Shortly thereafter [Melcher’s marriage to Sarah Camper–shb], Peter Sr. moved his family to the town of Circleville, in Jackson Township, Pickaway County, Ohio.  They traveled by horseback and a four-horse wagon, being several weeks on the journey.  Peter entered a large farm in the woods that he cleared and improved upon.  The family resided in Pickaway County for several years, then moved north to Allen County.”  –shb 3 May 2000, 29 Mar 2000, 5 Feb 2007

1816–A JOSEPH STALEY BORN:  See 1814 note.  –shb 15 Nov 2002

1817–A PETER STALEY ON SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE TAX LIST:  Sumner Co. TN tax list mentions (no figures or other info.) “Peter Stayley (Staley),” with a line (could mean “ditto”) in the column under the previous entry that gives location as “On the Ridge.”  –shb

1817, 1819–SUMNER DEEDS INVOLVE A PETER STALEY:  E-letter from Linda, contacted via the Sumner Co. website (her e-address in blind file), to shb, 24 May 2002:  “Sherlene, I did find a couple of deeds involving a Peter Staly/Stealy (1817 & 1819).  Looks like this Peter Staly/Stealy was part purchaser of lots in Cairo.  He was definitely in business with one George Roberts.  They went by the ‘firm’ name of Roberts & Stealy.  This firm name would be interesting to research.  ‘Might be a lot more deeds listed under the firm name.  Seems like I remember, from a long time ago, reading about a cotton factory in Cairo by this name. (Maybe it was a tavern owner?)  Anyway, I will get the two deeds transcribed and post them soon on our site.  Cairo was a thriving center of commerce during this time period here in Sumner.  It’s a real shame Cairo didn’t continue to be.  Sure would have made a beautiful place for our county seat (right on the Cumberland River . . .).  Linda.”

1818–Sumner Co. TN tax list mentions “Peter Stayley [Stealey]” (no numbers, and only a line that could mean “ditto” for Bledsoe Creek.  Also taxed was Roberts & Staley Tanyard (9), Cumberland River.  Other interesting names on this 1818 tax list are John Shaver, William Hall (710), Lick Creek, and an Elizabeth, George, Levi, James, Samuel and Marley Hall, of most of “Barrens,” John and Robert Harper, John Harris, Peter Fisher of Bledsoe Creek, two Keys, William and (2) Isaac Baker, Samuel Brown, John and Robert Boyd, of Drakes Creek, three Isaac Waltons (two on Madison Creeks, and one on Mansker, one Isaac for “Gardners heirs”), a Jacob Lankford and James McElroy (on Drake’s Creek), several Mays, Robert and John Rutherfords, and a Samuel Richardson.  –shb 22 May 2002

1819–A PETER STALY/STEALEY DEED, SUMNER COUNTY.  (See 1817 notes, above).  –shb 24 May 2002

ABT 1819-1839–PETER STALEY, THE REV. WAR SOLDIER, MY LEGACY ID NO. 932, LIVED IN FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND.  See ID 9741 for a Staley family of Frederick, Maryland, who lived near Bakers, Simmonses, and Hulls (the ancestral Staley coming from Germany, and having John and Jacob names).  Note:  I only add this, because at one time I thought the Rev. War soldier was my ancestor Peter Sr., because the census ages seemed to match.  –shb

1820 CENSUS–A “PETER STALEY” AND FITTING FAMILY LIVES IN UPPER CHANCEFORD, YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, ALONG WITH A JOSEPH STALEY FAMILY.  This Peter Staley is listed between a John Tate and a William McDowd.  In his household are one free white male, age 45 and over [my ancestor Peter, ID No. 459, would have been age 52-54, so that would fit–shb], one free white female, age 1-10 [would be a close fit for Eve or Eva, b. 4 Nov 1809], one female, aged 10-16 [fits for Elizabeth or Betsy, age 14], one female, age 16-26 [fits for Sarah/Sally, age 18], and one female age 45 and over [that would be Eve, abt. age 51].  Peter and Eve had John in 1801, and then the three daughters, just indicated.  John was probably out of the house and on his own by 1820.

The only other Staley indexed by HeritageQuest as living in York County in 1820 is Joseph Staley.  This is probably Peter’s first cousin, son of Peter’s father’s brother, Andreas and wife Anna Maria Margaretha (or Margaret) Staley.  Joseph is listed twenty-three names below that of Peter, so they are not close neighbors, but are both in the same township, Upper Chanceford.  Joseph lives between Abraham Straff and George Dunkle.  According to my records, Joseph was b. 26 Apr 1787.  I have no wife or children for this cousin, Joseph, in my database, so I cannot tell if the family “fits” the census listing (he does, though, seem to be the only Joseph Staley I can find, whose age fits.  According to the 1820 Census, this Joseph Staley had, in his household, one free white male aged 1-10; one male, 16-26; one male, 26-45 [this would be Joseph, who was about age thirty-three, in 1820].  Also in the household are two free white females, aged 1-10, and one female aged 26-45 [probably Joseph’s wife].  –shb 3 Jan 2007


From: “Sherlene H. Bartholomew”
“Hi, Katherine! (copy to Barry D. Wood, my genealogist brother-in-law)

“I’m still wending my way through the ‘Stehley Report’ you mailed. Trying to figure out who this Peter ‘Stahli” [umlaut over the a] is who is listed as a communicant on 26 Apr 1801, on the register of Stehli’s (St. Luke’s) Union Congregation.

“Peter (b. 1766-1768, m. Eve ____) would have been age thirty- five, at the time. I notice on his family group record that son John was born Apr 1801 (no day), reportedly in Botetourt County, Virginia.  If born earlier in the month, I can see Peter bringing John to  be christened in their traditional family church, along with the chance to see his widowed mother, Sarah Salome, who is listed as an older communicant at that Church–she was still alive and could have helped with the baby and his four older siblings, Melcher (age 9), Peter (7), Katie (5), and Jacob (3). For some reason I think about parents with five children, these days. 🙂 [I had been spending major time at my daughter’s, helping with their five, age six and under (the last three adopted as newborns).]

“OK, Barry. You’re the map expert. How far is it from Botetourt County to Stehley’s Church (York Co.)? Is my theory too long a stretch?

“There’s always a possibility that someone surmised that John was born in Botetourt, when they actually traveled before the birth to York Co., so that they could get some grandmotherly help.  Perhaps Peter found Eve in York County, and it was a maternal grandmother doing the support. Do I wish I knew her maiden name!

“Sherlene”  [Barry’s response, same day, 3 Jan 2007]:

“Yes. Botetourt is down by the Natural Bridge, where my great great grandmother Rebecca ( ) Wyatt Strayer was born circa 1817. This is even farther from York County (and from the panhandle) than Buena Vista, where your Uncle Delbert lives now.

“Driving from Botetourt to York County, mostly on an INTERSTATE HIGHWAY (I-81), but following the Confederate Army’s retreat route from Gettysburg via Monterey, would take at least FOUR HOURS. AT LEAST. And that’s driving even faster than I do, and without any traffic backups. In 1801, even using the Great Wagon Road, this trip would have taken at least two weeks (assuming 250 miles @ 20 miles per day). I don’t see a very pregnant woman making it at all, and it would have been very difficult for a mother with a very young child. On the other hand, if the settlement in Botetourt was relatively new at that time, they may have not been residing there the full year as of 1801, but just getting things ready for the eventual complete move.

“Is this a routine communion list of everyone who showed up that Sunday, or is it a list of first communicants? If the latter, this Peter would likely be somewhere between age 15 and 20 as of that 1801 date.”

1820 CENSUS–“PETER STALY” IS IN JACKSON, PICKAWAY, OHIO.  The neighbor lineup is John Fisher, Sr., then John Fisher, Jr., Absalom Fisher (another son of John Sr.), Peter Staly, Jonathan Heth [?], ___ Renick [blotted], Daniel Cresap.  The Peter Staly household has three free white males, aged 16-26 [Peter III, my ancestor, was age 26–he did not marry Hannah Hall, in Pickaway County, until the next year, on 26 May 1821; Jacob was age 22, in 1820–did not marry Eunice Fisher (d/o neighbor John Sr. and Elizabeth Petty) until 9 Jun 1827, in Pickaway (Barry, Jacob and Eunice were ancestors of Katherine’s husband); and John, age 19 (became a blacksmith, m. Arah Kirby 8 Aug 1827, also in Pickaway County).  Melcher, age 28, the only other son, had married Sally Kemper in Botetourt County, Virginia, 20 Oct 1815, so was out of the house–shb]; also listed is one male, age 45 and above [my Peter, ID 459, was then about age 54, so that would fit–shb]; of free white females listed, two are aged 10-16 [Eve or Eva would have been 11, Elizabeth or Betsy, 14–that fits]; 1 female age 16-26 [Sarah/Sally was age 18 (married Joseph Hall, son of my ancestors William and Sarah (Francis) Hall), but Catherine or “Katie” was 24, by my records, and is not included]; one female is listed as age 26-45 [perhaps this is Katie, in the wrong column–or perhaps I have her date wrong–I have no other daughter for Peter and Eve in this category–shb]; and one female age 45 and over [fits for Eve, who was about age 51].  This is a close enough fit that I am confident this is our Peter Staley and Eve family.  So, who is the family that also seems to fit, found in 1820, in Upper Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania?  Until I can find another Peter Staley family in that area that fits, I am thinking that Peter and Eve took their three youngest and went on a visit to relatives there, so that the census taker caught their family twice that year. There is also the possibility that Peter and his sons were preparing a home in Pickaway, while the rest of the family stayed in York County or that the census taker caught the family, just before Peter moved the rest of his family (all females) to Pickaway.  Perhaps 1820 was the year of their actual move. –shb 3 Jan 2007

1820 VIRGINIA CENSUS–SON PETER JR. IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, (WEST) VIRGINIA?  In the 1820 Virginia Census Index are found a Peter Staleigh Sr., living in Washington Co., p. 230 N. Twp L (fellow Staley researcher Katherine Staley does not think these are our people) and a Daniel and Stephen Staley, both listed on p. 087 of the census living in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.  A Peter Staley is listed on p. 090 in Hall Town, also Jefferson Co. (now West Va–is this possibly Peter Jr., son of ID 459, who m. Hannah Hall?)  On p. 086 are listed a Jacob Stealey of Tyler County, a John Stealey, and a Thomas Stees (those clerks got quite creative with spellings).  — shb

1827–VIRGINIA LAND RECORDS:  Look for Staley origins in Jefferson County, Virginia deed records. I found a note in Mom Ida-Rose Hall’s files, as follows:  “Will Book – Recorders Will Book, page 57 (in locked drawer) Will of James Fisher April 15, 1867 – Wife Ann and son Charles. – Deed Book 14, p. 529 10 Mar 1827 – Between Philip Sheetz and Jacob Sheets, Heirs of Eve Sheetz, deceased, who was residuary devisee of Michael Yeasley, deceased of one part and Daniel Staley of other part.  Lot 18 in Shepherdstown is conveyed, it being the one-sixth part of said Eve Sheetz share.  (Michael Yeasley had six daughters – was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.)  –shb  Note:  I have a Rev. War pension application of a widow Barbara, wife of Jacob (the application facilitated by a Daniel Staley, who spoke of father Jacob and brothers Jacob and Peter, who migrated to Berkeley County, Virginia).  –shb 29 Mar 2000

1827–A Daniel Steele is mentioned in Botetourt deed Index, per Katherine Staley, 13 Mar 2000

ANCESTOR ANDREW STEELE OF AUGUSTA, VIRGINIA?  Peter’s son John named a son “Andrew C,” and an Andrew Staley appears in Botetourt County, Virginia tax lists, starting in 1803 through 1810, along with a Jacob, Peter Sr., Peter Jr., and Stephen Staley [however, I have gone through these tax lists and could not fit my Peter Staleys into these Botetourt tax records–shb.]  –shb 24 Mar 1999 [Note:  I have since learned that Peter II’s father, Peter I (m. Sarah Salome), had a brother Andreas or Andrew–shb.] –shb 2 Dec 2006

1830 CENSUS, PICKAWAY COUNTY, OHIO–PETER II’S NAME SPELLED “STEELY”:  Pickaway County, Ohio Federal Census (Roll 138, searched 7 Apr 2000 by shb, HBLL at BYU), p. 89 lists:

Peter Steely II
1 male aged 50-60 [This could only be Peter Sr., b. 1766, though age 64–shb.]
1 female 20-30       [This would be Elizabeth or “Betsy,” b. 1806, so age 24, m. Joseph Marsh in 1831,
her sisters Sarah and Eve having married in 1827 and 1829, respectively–shb.]
1 female 50-60.      [This could only be Eve, b. 1769, so age 61–shb.]

Next door is Peter Steely III. [RIN 50, m. Hannah Hall–also my ancestors].

1830 CENSUS NEIGHBOR LINEUP IN PICKAWAY COUNTY:  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,
Peter Steely II. [RIN 459, my ancestor]
Peter Steely III. [RIN 50, m. Hannah Hall–also my ancestors]
Melchor Steely (1 male aged 10-15, 1 male 30-40, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40), Joseph Hall [RIN 7353, m. Sarah or Sally, Melcher’s sister and dau. of Peter and Eve],
Peter Richardson [see RIN 44271].  –shb 4 May 2000

Note:  P. 91, of the same census, searched 15 Nov 2003 by shb at the FHL in Salt Lake City, lists William Francis
Jethro Fisher (m. Peter and Eve’s dau. Catherine),
William C. Hall (brother of Peter Staley Jr.’s wife, Hannah Hall, daughter of James & Keziah Kain),
James U. Hall, and
Francis Suddith.]  –shb 2 Jun 2004

PETER STALEY II FARM LOCATION? From notes about York Township, Union County, Ohio, on website  “One of the earliest settled portions of York Township was the land embraced in the three John Bowen surveys, surrounding and south of Summersville. Harmon Patrick is believed to have been the first settler here, though the exact date of his arrival is unknown. He was from Hardy County, Va., originally, but directly from Ross County, Ohio, and came to the township about the time the Miller settlement was made. He occupied a farm of 129 acres in Survey 3,470, about a mile south of the village. He was a high spirited, enterprising and esteemed citizen, and remained in the township for many years. He removed to Marion County, on the Scioto River. His brother, John Patrick, owned 100 acres in Survey 3,469, and lived here for a few years.  [Paragraph}  Caleb Arahood, also from Ross County, came soon after, and settled on a piece of land near the center of Survey 3,469, now the Peter Staley farm. YORK TOWNSHIP. – 517  He was a native of Hardy County, Va., and had emigrated to Ross County, Ohio, and from that county to Liberty Township, this county, whence he moved here about 1830. He was a real backwoodsman, rude and uncouth, but clever and kind hearted. As befitted his situation in life, he was an adept with the rifle, and could bring down the noblest game the forests then afforded with ease and dispatch. His wife was Elizabeth Shirk. He sold his farm to David Davis a few years later, and departed with his family for Coles County, Ill. His earthly existence was terminated there shortly after.”  –shb 27 Feb 2002

WITH BROTHER MELCHER, AMONG “EARLY PIONEERS” OF PICKAWAY COUNTY.  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

1831–PETER II AND FAMILY CAME FROM PICKAWAY COUNTY TO ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO/SIBLINGS NAMED:  See 1831 notes of wife Eve or Eva.  –shb 9 Jun 2003 [Note:  Peter probably occupied the deserted squatter’s cabin of Rev. George Mitchell, along with Peter’s son Jacob–there was also an empty mission cabin nearby–shb.]

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.]

BROTHER “MELKIRE” 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

PETER FOLLOWS OLDER BROTHER MELCHER, IN MOVE FROM PICKAWAY COUNTY TO ALLEN COUNTY.  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

1832–BUYS LAND IN ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO:  E-letter from Katherine Staley to shb 9 Mar 2000:  “Peter [Staley–shb] bought land in Allen Co. Ohio in 1832.  All the family moved to Allen Co.”; “Historical Sketch of Allen County, Ohio – Township Organization – Jackson Township (as posted on, accessed 26 Aug 2001 by shb):  “This township, was originally organized in 1831, included the east half of the present Bath township ,and a strip one mile wide off the north end of Auglaize, and the northeast corner of Perry.  [Paragraph]  The present township was organized in 1834.  John Jameson was the first justice of the peace; the first trustees were:  Thomas Nash, William Reece, and William Watt:  and the first clerk, Joseph Hall.  [Paragraph]  The earliest settlers were:  A. Allison, M. Allison, Jacob Bressler, Geo. Balsinger, Geo. Barber, John Barber, M. Bellinger, Edward Boyd, H. Carlisle, J. Carlisle, John Claybaugh, James Carter, C. Carter, Jacob Elder, E. Edgecomb, J. Evans, U. Edgecomb, Jethro Fisher, Silas Faurot, Jacob Hawk, John Hall, A. Hall, R. Hall, Joseph Hall, James Hall, John Jameson, Samuel Jameson, E. Jones, Samuel McCafferty, Benjamin Meek, Joseph Marsh, Samuel McCluer, Moses McCluer, Aaron Loomis, Geo. May, John Murray, William Neely, Thomas Nash, Enos Paulan, John Robinson, William Rumbaugh, Geo. Rumbaugh, David Rumbaugh, William Reese, William Roberts, Jacob Rumbaugh, James Rumbaugh, William Rains, John Staley, Jacob Staley, Peter Staley, William Staley, Peter Staley, Jr., John Shinneberry, Lemuel Tucker, Robert Snodgrass, David Saxton, Samuel Tucker, William Watt, James Watt, Adam White, J. T. Woods, Samuel Watt, Joseph G. Walton, Daniel Woollet, Abraham Ward, William Ward, John B. Walton, Joseph Ward, Philip Woollet, George White, Wm. Ackerman, Wm. Candler, Christian Erich [Evick–shb], Moses Patterson, and Tobias Woods.”   –shb 10 Mar 2000, 26 Aug 2001

1832–LAND/NEIGHBORS:  Original Land Entries of Allen County,Ohio, Compiled by Peggy Seitz James (Ann Arbor, Michigan:  Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1971), p. 119, lists land purchased by Staleys, as follows:  Jacob Staley (of Allen County) [RIN 646– Peter Staley Sen., of Allen Co., and Peter’s son-in-law Joseph Staley, all purchased land on the first day it opened, 30 Apr 1832].  About a year later John Hall purchased land on 10 Apr 1833, and four months after that, on 10 Aug 1833, Melcher Staley of Logan Co. Ohio (probably Peter Sr.’s son, who in the 1840 could have been Peter Sr.’s brother, possibly in his sixties, or Peter’s son Melcher, about age 46).   purchase of land in Section 21 as 16 May 1834, and the lot as “W l/2 SE l/4.”  The entry also indicates that he comes from Morgan County, Ohio.  Other neighbors in Section 21 are Joseph Hall, Peter Staley, Sr., Jesse Plumer, Melcher Staley (of Logan County), James Hall (of Pickaway Co) [Is this RIN 25828, James M. M. called “Mackey,” d. 1854, son of Daniel J. & Juliann Hall, Daniel the son of John Hall & Sarah?–others in file are RIN 19064, James M. of Frederick, VA, m. 1832 Alcy Stephens, and James M., m. 1837, Elizabeth Buckholder, of Botetourt, VA–shb], Thomas Nash, John Staley (of Allen Co.), and in Section 22 he possesses land with Jeremiah Ennis, Thomas Hall (of Pickaway Co.), [now Wm. Akerman], Wm. Lovering, Wm. Suddutch, John Clabaugh, Lemuel Tucker, and Thomas Akerman (from Allen County, purchasing land at NE l/4 SW l/4 25 Dec 1835 and 16 May 1834, SE l/4 SW l/4.”  Katherine Staley’s summary of this:  “Peter, his sons, and sons-in-law made original land purchases from 1832 to 1836 in what is now Jackson Township, Allen Co., Ohio.  Peter bought this land on April 30, 1832, the first day the Northwest Territory opened for land sales, acquiring 160 acres in section twenty-one” (Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999,” p. 1, sent shb 16 Mar 2000.  —shb 18 Apr 2000

PETER STALEY II IS AN EARLY SETTLER IN JACKSON, ALLEN COUNTY/EARLY HISTORY:  As posted on  “Historical Sketch of Allen County, Ohio – TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION -JACKSON TOWNSHIP – This township, as originally organized in 1831, included the east half of the present Bath township, and a strip one mile wide off the north end of Auglaize, and the northeast corner of Perry.

“The present township was organized in 1834. John Jameson was the first justice of the peace; the first trustees were: Thomas Nash, William Reece, and William Watt; and the first clerk, Joseph Hall [RIN 7353?–shb].

“The earliest settlers were: A. Allison, M. Allison, Jacob Bressler, Geo. Balsinger, Geo. Barber, John Barber, M. Bellinger, Edward Boyd, H. Carlisle, J. Carlisle, John Claybaugh, James Carter, C. Carter, Jacob Elder, E. Edgecomb, J. Evans, U. Edgecomb [they forgot Jeremiah Ennis, RIN 31627–shb], Jethro Fisher, Silas Faurot, Jacob Hawk, John Hall, A. Hall, R. Hall, Joseph Hall, James Hall, John Jameson, Samuel Jameson, E. Jones, Samuel McCafferty, Benjamin Meek, Joseph Marsh, Samuel McCluer, Moses McCluer, Aaron Loomis, Geo. May, John Murray, William Neely, Thomas Nash, Enos Paulan, John Robinson, William Rumbaugh, Geo. Rumbaugh, David Rumbaugh, William Reese, William Roberts, Jacob Rumbaugh, James Rumbaugh, William Rains, John Staley, Jacob Staley, Peter Staley, William Staley, Peter Staley, Jr., John Shinneberry, Lemuel Tucker, Robert Snodgrass, David Saxton, Samuel Tucker, William Watt, James Watt, Adam White, J. T. Woods, Samuel Watt, Joseph G. Walton, Daniel Woollet, Abraham Ward, William Ward, John B. Walton, Joseph Ward, Philip Woollet, George White, Wm. Ackerman, Wm. Candler, Christian Erich [probably Evick–shb], Moses Patterson, and Tobias Woods.”  –shb 4 Feb 2002

LIFE IN EARLY ALLEN COUNTY:  See notes of Samuel McCluer or McClure, RIN 24865, for personal accounts of early pioneer life in Allen County.  –shb 4 Feb 2002

AREA DESCRIPTION:   Per Roscoe J. Dearth, e-letter to shb, 31 Aug 2005:

“Orange Township is just north of Liberty Township; Candler cemetery is just south of Hog Creek, in Liberty Tp; and the Hancock -Hardin county line is one-half mile north.  The Evick cemetery is just north of Hog Creek, and the Allen-Hancock line is one mile east.

“My cousin,Thomas Dearth, is the pastor of the County Line Church of the Brethren, which is at the intersection of the three counties. A lot of the Staleys lived just west, down the road from the church. The east-west road is the Sanducksy Pike, which was an Indian trail from the site of Upper Sandusky to Lima. It vaguely followed Hog Creek (at least in Hardin & Allen County).  Hog Creek is Hog Creek, until it meets up with Little Hog Creek, NW of Lafayette. Then they become the Ottawa River (never have figured out why it’s called the Ottawa – it was Shawnee Indians that lived alongside of it. The Ottawas were nor exactly friendly, either to the Shawnees or the white settlers).”  –shb 7 Sep 2005

1833–ON JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO TAX LIST:  On the 1833 Tax list of Jackson, Pickaway, Ohio (Early Ohio Tax Records, compiled by Esther Weygandt Powell, published in Akron, Ohio, 1971), a Jacob Staley and Peter Staley are listed.  The entire list is as follows (I have placed my Legacy ID numbers by those names I may have identified):  “No. 4 – Jackson Township – 1833 Tax List: John Baker (ID 46530), George Balsinger (46325, m. Mary Hall, dau. of ?), David Church (47800), John Candler (35466), William Candler (24569, m. Rachel Hall, dau. of Anthony and Mary/Polly Ward), Uriah Edgecomb (39274), Jacob Elder (47801), Jeremiah Evans (Ennis or Evick? 47802), Alex. Ellison (47803), Silas Fausot, Anthony Hall (625, son of Anthony and Rachel Simmons who m. Mary/Polly Ward), Jacob Hawk (31606, m. Elizabeth or “Betsy” Watts), John Hall (705, son of Anthony Hall and Rachel Simmons?–shb), Richard Hall (24399, son of Anthony and Mary/Polly Ward Hall), and James Hall (James F., 7314, son of William and Sarah?–shb), Jethro Fisher (24291, m. Catherine Staley, dau. of Peter Sr. & Eve ___), John Jamison (41605?), Elijah Jones , Alex. McClure (46090), Moses McClure (24874, father of Samuel), Samuel McClure (24865, m. Margaret Watt, parents of Moses), Joseph Mark? (sic–could this be Marsh?–shb), William Neeley (22957 or 22948?), Elizabeth Neeley (22953?), Enos Paulin (See 36296), John Robinson (47807), George Rumbaugh (37029, son of Wm.?), David Rumbaugh (37020), Wm. Rumbaugh (37020, son of George?), Jacob Staley (646, son of Peter Staley Sr. and Eve ____, m. Eunice Fisher), Peter Staley (459, m. Eve ___), David Saxton, Robert Snodgrass (24916, m. Nanch Anderson), Samuel Tucker (47810), Joseph Ward (46578, son of Abraham), Abraham Ward (46575, m. Christina Johnson), James Watt (could be James Arthur Watt, RIN 24475, or James Watt, 22861, son of Samuel Lemmon Watt and Olive Gilbert Walton), Samuel Watt (22854, m. Olive Gilbert Walton), William Watt (could be William Henry Watt, 22874, son of Robert Watt & Eve Staley, dau. of Jacob & Eunice Fisher; or, William Watt, 22904, m. Elizabeth or “Betsy” Hawk), Adam White (36235, m. Susannah Osborn), George White (47811), Tobias Woods (47812), Daniel Woolet (47813), Philip Woolet (47814).”   12 Aug 2003

1834–BROTHER (?) MELCHOR, in Delaware, Maryland, and/or Ohio:  History of Western Maryland, Being a History of Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties, by J. Thomas Sharf (Regional Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1968), Vol. I, p. 374 lists a Melchor Staley, who in a resurvey, possessed in 1785 230 acres of land called “Altogether.”  An early Ohio history said, as I recall, that Melchor was Peter Staley’s brother and settled in Ohio after his brother came.  Henry Baker owns “Baker’s Conclusion,” Henry Staley owns 227 l/2 acres in 1794 of “Brotherly Kindness,” Conrad Shaver, in 1791 owns 157 acres of “Conrad’s Purchase,” and a Benjamin Hall in 1791 owns 371 acres of “Bite him softly” [these are all on the same page of Sharf’s history].  In the records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington Delaware (Historical Society of  Delaware, 1890), p. 716, is this marriage:  “Melchior Stile and Cathrine Ziegleni, 18 Mar 1762” (Katherine Staley does agree that this might be our Melchior’s marriage, but awaits additional evidence).   In this record are births of a Jacob Stille and a John Stille.  (See 1834 Jackson township tax list, below.) –shb  17 Aug 1999

1834 JACKSON TOWNSHIP ORGANIZED:  1834–Historical Sketch of Allen County, Ohio–Jackson Township, as posted on – “The present township was organized in 1834.  John Jameson was the first justice of the peace; the first trustees were:  Thomas Nash, William Reece, and William Watt; and the first clerk, Joseph Hall.”  –shb 25 Mar 2002

1834–PETER STALEY [II] IS ON JACKSON TOWNSHIP, ALLEN COUNTY, OHIO ASSESSMENT ROLL:  History of Allen County, Ohio (Chicago:  Warner, Beers & Co. 1885), pp. 233, 234: “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 of his office.  A recapitulation of asessments gives the following footings:  Number of acres of land, 13,956; assessed value, $16,733; 467 town lots valued at $12,823.50; 657 horses, valued at $27,000; 1,058 cattle, valued at $8,464; merchants’ stock, assessed value $8,557; physicians and lawyers were assed at $2,375, giving a total assessed valuation of $69,461.  On this assessment the sum of $991.66 was levied, of which $197.05 formed State and canal tax, $783.16 county ad school tax and $11.46 town tax.  The delinquencies reported by collectors were very few.  The names of the tax-payers are arranged alphabetically under township headings. . . Jackson, 1834.–Alex Allison, Matthew Allison, Jacob Bresler, George Balsinger, George Barber, Hector Carlisle, John Carlisle, John Claybaugh, James Carter, Chancy Curtiss, Jacob Elder, Eyre Edgecomb, Urich Edgecomb, Jeremiah Evans [Ennis or Innis?–shb], Jethro Fisher, Silas Faurot, Jacob Hawk, John Hall, Anthony Hall, Richard Hall, Joseph Hall, James Hall, James W. Hall, John Jamieson, Samuel Jamieson, Elijah Jones, Samuel McCafferty, Benjamin Meek, Joseph Mash [Nash?–shb], 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 Rains, 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 Woollett, Abram Ward, William Ward, John B. Walton, Joseph Ward, Philip Woollett, George White.  The assessed value of lands in Jackson in 1831 was $472, one steam meal valued at $160, value of personal property $3,800.  Total tax levied $57.53.”  [The next tax list, following that of Jackson, is Auglaize township–shb.]

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.


“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, APRIL 11–PETER II AND WIFE EVE DEED LAND TO SON-IN-LAW JETHRO FISHER:  Information, as forwarded to shb, 24 Apr 2005, by Jane Hall:  “Allen Co., OH Deed Book B, page 368 – 11 April 1835 – Peter Staley, Sr. and wife Eve to Jethro Fisher, West half of the W 1/2 of the NE Qtr of Sec. 21. S of R8E Twp 3 in Piqua Land District.”  Jane counsels:  “Follow the Deed to see if Jethro sold part to Jacob. Find the Probate packets. Early ones may be at the Historical Society. They had William Hall’s original Will with stains from sealing wax on it.”  –shb 25 Apr 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. It 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 PICKAWAY COUNTY LAND TO JAMES THOMPSON [RIN 718] THAT BORDERS PETER STALEY LAND–MENTIONS BROTHER MELCHER:  [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:  “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 [named guardian to James A. Hall’s minor children–by then his son Wm. C. was adult–James d. 1828 of the cold plague–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 [This may be one clerk’s version of “Absalom Evick,” my RIN 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 [thought to be] the son of Christian Evick and Sarah Fisher [some think he may have been a son of siblings Jethro and Sarah–shb], 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–PETER STALEY II, b. 1766, IS AGE 70-80, LIVING WITH WIFE EVE, AGE 60-70, IN JACKSON, ALLEN, OHIO.  THEY LIVE NEAR SON PETER III (B. 1794, M. HANNAH HALL).  (See census detail, below.)  –shb

1840 CENSUS of Jackson, Allen, Ohio.  See notes of wife Hannah for full census lineup and more commentary–these two studies of the 1840 census, done separately, need to be merged–shb):  This census lists:  Peter Staley Sr. [II], b. 1766 (home had 1 male aged 70-80 and l female 60-70 [Eve], living near son Peter Jr. [III] (m. to Hannah Hall) and also next to Joseph Hall [a Joseph Hall married Sarah Staley, sister of Peter Jr., Dec 1827).  PETER III’s household includes 1 male under 5 [this fits for son John T., b. 1839–shb; perhaps Jacob, b. 1840, still had not made his appearance when the census was taken], 1 male 10-15 [fits for Peter IV, b. 1828, m. Elizabeth Brown], 1 male 15-20 [fits for William, b. 1820], 1 male 40-50 [this would indicate that Peter Jr. [III] was born between 1790 and 1800, so fits for his birth date, 19 Jan 1794], 1 female under 5 [fits for Eunice, b. 1836], 1 female 15-20 [this would fit for one of the unknown female children born 1820-25, as indicated in the 1830 census, and since no other daughter in the same age range is indicated, another daughter mentioned in the 1830 Census, also b. 1820-25, may have died before 1840], 1 female 40-50–a bit off, but must be Hannah, b. 1803).

1840 NEIGHBORS:  The following were among their relative neighbors (and probably some others I did not recognize):  William M. Hall (grandson of Anthony and Rachel Simmons, m. Lydia Walton), Christian Evick, Absalom Evick (m. Mahala Staley, dau of Peter m. Sarah Ransbottom, son of Melchior, brother of Peter, ID 50), Abraham H. Hall (ID 24392, grandson of Anthony and Rachel Simmons), Richard Hall (ID 24399, another grandson of Anthony and Rachel, m. Margaret and d. early), Anthony Hall [Jr.] (another grandson of Anthony and Rachel, m. Mary Candler?), Jacob Staley (ID 646–a Jacob Staley m. Eunice Fisher), William Hall (ID 48–son of Wm. and Sarah Francis, m. Clarinda Evick), James F. (Fisher?) Hall (ID 7314–son of William Hall and Sarah Francis, m. Maximilla Fisher, dau. of Jethro), and Jethro Fisher (ID 24291–married Catherine Staley, sister of Peter Jr, ID 50), Joseph Hall (ID 7353–son of William Hall and Sarah Francis, m. Sarah or Sally Staley, Peter Jr.’s sister), Melchior Staley (ID 22917–Peter’s brother, m. Sarah Camper who d. the next year, and father of Mahala Staley who m. Absalom Evick), John Staley (ID 653, Peter’s brother, who m. Anna Kirby), Anthony Hall (I think grandson of Anthony and Rachel Simmons), Joseph W. Hall (ID 421–don’t know his parents–he m. Clarissa Jane Hall, dau. of Henry C. Hall, great-grandson of Anthony and Rachel, who m. Eliz. Staley, and his son Henry m. Eunice Staley, dau. of Jacob Staley and Eunice Fisher, dau. of Jethro), Thomas Hall (don’t know his parents), Henry Baker, Henry Baker.  –shb

Jan 2004 Kathryn Lones Pyles copied out and forwarded to shb a printed chart of the 1840 Census, Jackson, Allen, Ohio, 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.  –shb 13 Jan 2004

1844–DEATH/BURIAL PLOT, LAFAYETTE:  Previous to this, we had Peter’s death listed as 1841–probably how it looked on the tombstone my parents copied out.  Per a gracious “look up” and e-mail to shb 21 Mar 2000 by Mark D. Gierhart of The Gierhart Family Inn (A Genealogy Research Site), cemetery information reads as follows:  “TOWNSHIP:  Jackson; CEMETERY:  Lafayette (Old Section)  Row:  26 – STALEY, Eve d:  4-May-1854 87y [we are thinking this is 81y–shb] 8m; P.  d: 10-Jul 1844 77 y 7m; STALEY, Hannah  d:  20-May-1861 10y 1m 25d (very worn stone); Cyrus N. d: 24-Oct-1861 3 y; James N. d: 7-Sep-1861 6y 6m 19d s/o P. & E.; Nancy d: 3-Sep-1861 2y 6m 28d; William d: 1-Sep-1861 1y 7m 19d s/o P. & E.; Andrew d: 20-Aug-1861 8y 3d (stone in 3 pieces).  These are all buried in the same plot (Row, Section)  There is also a Jacob FISHER buried between Eve & P. and Children.  No date, just GAR marker  [I am guessing that this Jacob is father or other relative of Jethro and Catharine Staley Fisher, with whom the widowed Eve Staley was living at age 80 in the 1850 Jackson, Allen, Ohio census–so they probably buried her and also their Staley parent–possibly the Jacob #430 in the same census, who named a son “Jethrow,” age one in 1850, is the namesake of this father of Jethro.  –shb].  Row 28 – STALEY, John  d: Mar 1869 67y 11m 3?; Hannah d: 24-Jun-1844 44y w/o P.; Peter d: 16-Jan-1854 59y 9m GAR Marker.”  I have changed my previous dates to fit this information.  –shb 24 Mar 2000

1844, JULY 18–PETER II’S DEATH?  I have Peter II’s death as 10 Jul 1844. I note that Scott Allan Staley, a descendant, lists it as 18 Jul 1844 (from family records?–see 1766 notes.  –shb 9 Jun 2003 [Jane Hall notes, e-letter to shb, 20 Jul 2003, that there’s also a difference in Isaac’s bio regarding his father’s DOD. (1874 vs 1869?) [Note:  “Oldest Burials in Allen County,” a list of information about graves stones, copied out in 1939 under a WPA project for copying stones, as posted on the web was forwarded to shb, 23 Nov 2003, by Kathryn Lones Pyles.  Peter’s stone was transcribed to read:  “STALEY, P.; Lafayette [Cemetery], Jackson [Township]; 10-Jul-1844 [The site says this is the BURIAL date, but I think it was the death date, if taken off the stone–shb]; 77y 7m 2d [NOTES]”  –shb 23 Nov 2003

PETER II’s COFFIN MADE BY S. G. HEATH:  E-note to shb from Kathryn Lones Pyles, same day she visited the Probate Court in Lima, Allen, Ohio, on 30 Jan 2006.  Kathy writes:  “This was written on a piece of paper in the docket.  I handcopied these before asking the lady to photocopy the rest for me:  “Received Apr 3rd 1834 of Peter Staley for administrator [sic–shb] of the estate of Peter Staley deceased seven dollars for making a coffin for the said deceased.  S. G. Heath”  –shb 30 Jan 2006

1850 CENSUS FINDS PETER II’S WIDOW EVE:  Peter’s widow Eve is living at 1850 census family #503 with Jethro Fisher who married Eve’s (and Peter’s) daughter Catherine.  See son Peter Jr.’s notes for more detail on this census.  –shb 20 Mar 2000

1850 CENSUS–THREE GENERATIONS OF PETER STALEYS TOGETHER:  Jackson, Allen, Ohio:  Peter I (male aged 70-80–our ancestor who married Eve, the female aged 60-70) is listed in this census, living with son, Peter II and Hannah.  Their oldest child, Peter III, is listed in the same household, and is married to Elizabeth [Brown], age 19 [Apparently Peter and Elizabeth do not yet have children and are helping Peter’s father and grandfather on the farm).  The next listed in this household is “Unice,” age 14, daughter of Peter II and Hannah, who in 1858 m. Stephen Lee or Leigh.  Our ancestor, Elizabeth Staley, dau. of Peter II and Hannah, age 21, lives a few houses down with her husband of one year, Henry Charles Hall.  Peter II and Hannah probably had older children who had become independent and moved on.  See 1835 notes, above, for information about a a deed for land that bordered on that of Peter Staley land at several points and that mentions some of their neighbors.  –shb 21 Mar 2002

1844, JULY 10–DEATH/BURIAL:  Lafayette Cemetery (Old Section), Jackson Township, Allen County, Ohio, records, page 77, copied out and forwarded to shb, 8 Sep 2004, by Kathryn Lones Pyles:

“P. Staley
DOD – July 10, 1844
77yr 7mo 12da
Row 26, Stone 2”  –shb 8 Sep 2004

1850 CENSUS–A NORTH CAROLINA PETER STALEY–discount this, ‘just leave in for interest):  [July 1997, at the FHL in SLC, I found a compiled 1850 Census (by Nancy Williams Simpson) that lists, p. 129:  “1056.  STALEY, Peter, 50; Eliz, 48; Alson 14.”  On page 130, #1084, a Mary STALEY, age 80, is living with a Curtis family (wife Margaret). Could this be this Peter’s mother?  This Peter would have been born in 1800, where our Peter Sr. was born in 1767.  Strangely, this same compiled census lists #1026.  “STALEY, Peter, age 47; Elizabeth, age 30; Alson, age 14 (different neighbors than the other Peter Staley–maybe fourteen-year old Alson was moving around).  In a Randolph County, NC Bicentennial History (see notes of 16980, 17221, and 17224), I find an account of two brothers, Martin and Conrad Staley, who emigrated to York County, Pennsylvania about 1760 from Germany, then migrated with their young families to Orange County (now Randolph), North Carolina.  Conrad married Barbara Hoober (Hoover) and had a son named John Jacob (b. 1763) who moved to Ohio [this Hoover name is very interesting, because the Allen Co. Historical Society account of early Staleys/Halls and Native American connections mentions a Hoover connection–shb].  His younger brother Martin married Charity Moretz (Morris) and had a son Peter (no date, though other children listed were born between 1773 and 1785).  The history follows the brother of this Peter, named Christian (1773-1817) who married Mary Margaret ? about 1793, lived in Chatham County, NC, and also had a son nameed Peter “who went to Indiana, was born about 1800” (475).  I do not know of any connection of this family to ours, but pursue every lead.  –shb, 10 Apr 1998.

1854–PROBATE:  Packet #554 of Peter Staley (Jr.) listed following heirs, 1 Feb 1854: Henry C. Hall and Elizabeth his wife, Eunice Staley, John Staley, Clarinda Staley, William Staley and Peter Staley (added his name or signed as admin. of estate).  This packet of information about the estate of Peter Staley Jr., as administered by Peter III (they are designated as Sr. and Jr. in packet), it states that Peter Jr. left John Staley and Clarinda Staley his minor children, with support arranged.  John Staley went with Joseph Marsh (husband of Elizabeth Staley, sister of Peter Jr.–thus she joins Peter Sr.’s family group); Henry C. Hall was named as guardian of Clarinda Staley.

See my Legacy ID No. 1410.

1860’s–DESCENDANTS FOUGHT IN CIVIL WAR:  Here is a letter I wrote to my family, about some of Peter and Eve’s descendants who fought in the Civil War.  I extracted other Staleys who I could not identify, who are probably also descendants.  The letter, written 24 Aug 2003, reads:  “Hi family!

“Internet cousin Kathy Pyles referred me to a website that lists Civil War Veterans from Allen County, Ohio. I have been able to identify quite a few of them as relatives of ours and have extracted others I have not yet connected. We have quite a history of family members who fought in the Civil War, most on the Union side, even though some of their sympathies were with the south, as with:

“1) John F. Staley (son of Jacob and Eunice Fisher and gson of our ancestors Peter Staley and Eve ____). Here are his notes:

“1864, MAY 5–DRAFTED INTO THE CIVIL WAR: Per Katherine Staley, “Descendants of Peter Staley 1767-1999, sent shb 16 Mar 2000, “Some of the Staleys had southern sympathies and did not enlist in the war efort. A group of men came to the field where John was working and drafted him in the Ohio National Guard. He served in the 151st Ohio National Guard May 5, 1864 to September 1864.” –shb 28 Apr 2000, 3 May 2000 [Note: Katherine Staley’s information is confirmed, as posted on, site forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, Aug. 22, 2003: “Roll of Honor, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, Allen County, Ohio Men in the Civil War” (columns give name, rank, company, regiment, date enlisted, and date of death/discharge): “Staley, John F., Private, D, 151st O.N.G., May 5, 1864, September 11, 1862.” –shb 23 Aug 2003

“2) John T. Staley (son of our ancestors Peter and Hannah Hall). Some of his notes:
[Note: Thanks to Katherine Staley, who on receiving a copy of this wrote to identify the source as The Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio.] The sketch reads as follows:

‘”‘John Staley, a well-known agriculturist, was born in Allen county, May 28, 1839. Peter and Hannah (Hall) Staley [our ancestors–shb], natives of Virginia, were his parents, and they reared their son on the farm, while his education was acquired in the common schools. His father and mother having died when he was but fourteen years old [Hannah d. 1844, then Peter in 1855–shb], he began to earn his living by working in various places on farms. This was continued until December 31, 1861, when he enlisted in company I, Forty-sixth Ohio volunteer infantry, for eleven months. At Vicksburg Landing he was wounded in his right wrist by a musket shot. He was placed in the hospitals of Louisville, Ky., and Columbus, and September 11, 1862, he was honorably discharged on account of wounds and disability. He then purchased forty acres of land in Allen county, Ohio, where he lived until March, 1871, when he bought forty acres in Paulding townshipo, where he remained for one year, at the end of which time he bought his present farm of eighty acres. He took unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Maria J. Akerman, of Allen county, and their marriage occurred in 1860. They became the parents of ten children, eight of whom are living: Francis M., who married Miss Alice Holtsberry; William H., who died November 11, 1881; Andrew C., Mary E., wife of Michael Keck; Humphrey O., Hannah E., wife of Albert Good; John R., died December 8, 1881; Letitia R., Keziah M. and James W. Mr. Staley, who is a republica in politics, has been a school director. He is a member of the Broughton post, G.A.R., and P. of H., Jackson Grange, of Hedges, and in his business life is a progressive farmer.” –shb 28 Oct 2002

“1861-1862–CIVIL WAR SERVICE/WOUNDED/PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:: Mom Ida-Rose L. Hall’s files indicate that John Staley was wounded in the Civil War and that his pension papers describe him as “5 ft. 9,” of light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, a farmer, and age 22 upon enlistment. –shb Note: Katherine Staley’s Report (see above) adds: January 1862 Company I-46 Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; wounded at Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing; Disability discharge 11 Sep 1862. –shb 14 Apr 2000 [Note: Kathryn Lones Pyles referred me, Aug. 2003, to “Roll of Honor, Non-Commissioned Officers and Private, Allen County, Ohio Men in the Civil War” (columns give name, rank, company, regiment, date enlisted, and date of death/discharge): “Staley, John, Private, I, 46th O.V.I., December 31, 1861, September 11, 1862.” [Note: On seeing this, I was not sure which of all the John Staleys in my database this referred to, so wrote some fellow Staley researchers, including Katherine Staley, who refreshed my memory, writing 24 Aug 2003, that this refers to “John Staley, Private, I 46th O.V.I. is John T. Staley, son of Peter & Hannah Hall of Paulding Co., OH (Reference Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio.” –shb 24 Aug 2003

“3) William Staley (son of William and Elizabeth Whitehearst, and grandson of our ancestors Peter Staley and Hannah Hall). William’s father William died in abt. 1846 when William was only about two years old, so (as Mom Ida-Rose L. Hall found out) was placed under the guardianship of his great-uncle, Jacob Staley. His mother married again (John Clabaugh). In 1859, at age sixteen, William was no longer under Jacob’s guardianship, and in 1860 records show he was at age 17 working at a store in Lafayette. In 1861, at age 18, he enlisted in the War, but several months later he managed to get away long enough to marry Belva E. Downard (Katherine Staley just gave me her full name–all I had was “Belva”), on March 29, 1861, in Allen County (m. date also from Katherine). Here’s my note about his Civil War service:

“1861, DECEMBER 14–ENLISTS IN CIVIL WAR: As posted on, site forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, Aug. 22, 2003: “Roll of Honor, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, Allen County, Ohio Men in the Civil War” (columns give name, rank, company, regiment, date enlisted, and date of death/discharge): “Staley, William, Private, __, 2nd Battalion, December 14, 1861, December 15, 1864.” –shb 23 Aug 2003

“4) Lorenzo Staley, cousin of John T. Staley and son of John Staley (son of our ancestors Peter Staley Sr. and Eve _____) and Anna or Arah Kirby, b. abt. 1846, which means he enlisted at about age sixteen. My notes for him include this:

“1862, JUNE 1–ENLISTED, CIVIL WAR: As posted on, site forwarded to shb by Kathryn Lones Pyles, Aug. 22, 2003: “Roll of Honor, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, Allen County, Ohio Men in the Civil War” (columns give name, rank, company, regiment, date enlisted, and date of death/discharge): “Staley, Lorenzo, Corporal, I, 46th O.V.I., June 1, 1862, September 17, 1862.” –shb 23 Aug 2003
I also identified a lot of Halls and other relatives, whose Civil War service I have copied over to their notes. This is just a sampling to help us remember what a debt was paid by many of our own kin, in order to bless our lives.

“Love, Sherlene”  –shb 24 Aug 2003

JACOB FISHER:  A Jacob Fisher is buried with Peter Staley Sr. and wife Eve _____.  We do not know who this is.  There are no dates on the stone, but there is a GAR marker on the grave.  Jane Hall looked up the Civil War records and found these two, forwarded to shb 14 Sep 2004:

“Jacob Fisher – Pvt., Co. D, 30th Ohio Infantry
“Jacob Fisher – Wagoner, Co. F, 30th Ohio Infantry
“The latter probably ‘the old guy.'” [by that I’m sure she means “Old Jacob” who married Eunice Fisher–shb.]  –shb 14 Sep 2004

POSSIBLE ANCESTRY?  CONNECTION TO NEWTON, KANSAS, BEFORE SETTLING IN OHIO?  See notes of RIN 21827, Caspar Stahli.  His descendants went to Newton, Kansas.  Is it possible that this is where the Halls first got to know the Staleys, since William Hall, b. 1805, who m. Clarinda Evick Fisher, named their 9th child William Newton Hall (their first child, Henry Charles Hall married Elizabeth Staley, b. 1830, dau. of Peter Staley).  ?  [OK, it’s a long shot, but I’m desperate–shb.]

POSSIBLE ORIGINS ABROAD:  I heard Annette Kunselman Burgert’s seminar on June 6, 1993, at the National Genealogical Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.  In her book, Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America, Vol. II:  The Western Palatinate, Pennsylvania German Society, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, 1985, p. 356, she lists parents or baptismal sponsors by year and place of Swiss Origin, to which she adds the Swiss [CH] postal zip code.  She does not give a complete record, her purpose being to demonstrate approximately when a name first appears in an area and where it came from.  Listed by the year 1703 is a Jacob Staeheli of Ober Londer, Knonau, Zuerich, ?Unterlunnern = 8912 Obfelden, ZH and 8913, ZH.  Also, year 1710, she lists a “Rudolff Stafelin [elsewhere Staehelin] of Londern, Knonau, Zuerich, ?Unterlunnern = 8912 Obfelden, ZH [see Henry Z Jones, Jr., The Palatine Families of New York 1710, Vol. 2:990 for additional information.]”0-0

STALEY RELATIVE?  History of Frederick County Maryland, by T.J.C. Williams and Folger McKinsey, Vol. 2 (Baltimore: Regional Publishing Co., 1967 – at BYU), p. 1317, I find a biographical account of Urias D. Ramsburg who was born 27 Apr 1825 and died 1 Sep. 1903 and  “married Ann S. Staley, daughter of Peter S. and Margaret E. (Allbaugh) Staley” (no date given).  Perhaps the “E” in Margaret’s name stands for “Eve” or “Eva.”   They named their children Frederick P., William S., Florence V., Alva S., Calvin A., and Elmer K.–the only one that is a familiar name with our Staleys is “William.”  –shb

STALEY PHILADELPHIA MARRIAGE:  From Records of Marriages, The Pennsylvania-German Society, p. 626 (in the Evangelic Lutheran Congregation in Philadelphia, Commenced Anno 1755):  “Stahl, Michael, m. Hoffmannin, Maria, 8 May, Witness, Cathrina Kuhin, Cathrina Rheinholdin (connection, if any, to RIN 459 not known).  –shb

ABT. 1789–WIFE EVA ELIZABETH SHAEFFER?  I am pursuing the possibility that Peter Sr.’s wife was Eva Elizabeth Shaeffer, who according to a note in my files died 1 May 1851 at age 87 years 8 mos. and was buried also at Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Jackson Township, Allen Co., Ohio.  If this information is correct, Eva E. Shaeffer would have been born in about 1764 and would have married in 1789 at about age 25.  In looking at the names of grandchildren, Peter Jr. had a daughter Elizabeth, Jacob and Eunice (Fisher) had a first child named Eva, John (son of Peter Jr.) had a daughter, Mary “E.”, and I found a christening for an Eva Elisabeth Stehly, dau of Peter Staley and Elizabeth Shafer, 20 Sep 1812, in the records of the Frederick, Frederick, Maryland German Reformed Church.  However, this Eva Elizabeth Shaeffer buried at Lafayette Cemetery, would have been 75 when the 1840 census was taken and would not have fit into the 60-70 age category listed for Peter–if her report was accurate (as is the case today, women then often lied about their age).  The Shaffer name is of interest because I found three Staleys (presumably brothers) who lived in early Monocacy (Frederick County Maryland–settled early 1740s) next to a Peter Shaver (in German, it would have been pronounced “Shaeffer”).  Mom Ida-Rose Hall says she has conclusive evidence that Peter Staley’s wife’s name was “Eve” (RESEARCH NOTE: Get this evidence from Mom.)   A note received 19 Mar 2000 from Katherine Staley, after I mentioned this Eva Elizabeth reads: “Where do you get the name of Eva Elizabeth Shaeffer? Eve’s stone reads…….Eve wife of P. Staley.  A subsequent note says that she has walked the cemetery 4/5 times, that there is no stone for an Eva Elizabeth Shaeffer, and that she has a photograph of Eve’s tombstone.”  I contacted Mark Gierhart, who graciously did a “look-up” at the cemetery (before hearing from Katherine), and he also did not send info. on an Eva E. Shaeffer, but included information, with some dates different than what we had (see “STALEY BURIAL PLOT”, below). –shb 20 Mar 2000  [Note:  So far we have not found any evidence of this Eva Elisabeth Shaeffer in Ohio–must have been a random note, confusing her with Eve, wife of Peter.  I therefore relegate this whole search to the bottom of this file.  –shb 29 Mar 2000

SOURCES:  Those listed by Katherine Staley for her information on Peter Staley Sr. are Botetourt Co., VA tax lists, Virginia and Original Jacksion Twp., Allen Co., Ohio land records, Biographies of Putnam Co., Ohio” book, “Pickaway Co. Ohio History” book and “Allen Co. Ohio History” book, Allen Co. cemetery records, Virginia and Ohio census records.  Other information in this file is identified by source with the above dated information.  –shb 3 May 2000

VIRGINIA STALEY’S:  Jeff Staley website (see below) mentions a Peter Staley of Botetourt County, Virginia, who might be connected.  I (shb) have carefully picked through tax/land records and cannot fit my Peter Staleys into the ages of Peters mentioned there, though that doesn’t mean they could not have been there and not mentioned in the records.  Commentary from this Jeff Staley site about his (and Miles E.’s Staleys in Virginia) is copied over, below, though I have not been able to connect these Staleys to ours, as yet:

The tax receipts for 1795 and 1796 seen below are the earliest records we have of the Staley family. These documents, along with other miscellaneous scraps of paper, were retained by Isaac Newton Staley after his father Isaac’s funeral in December of 1887. They were kept in an ornate cigar box which had belonged to Isaac Staley, Senior. After Isaac Newton’s death, the cigar box and its contents were passed on to his son Irl Staley. Shortly before Irl’s death, his daughter, Louella McAdams removed some of the documents from the box and photocopied them without her father’s knowledge. She replaced the documents in the cigar box at a later date. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm>

“Since no property is mentioned on these receipts, they are most likely records from poll taxes (a small yearly tax paid by every white male over the age of sixteen). It is also important to note that no county or state is mentioned on the receipts. However, it is probably reasonable to assume that Abraham was living in Virginia at this early date, for the 1810 census of Franklin County lists a child aged 16-26 in his household (who thus would have been born at the latest in 1794), and his wife Mary McVey was born and raised in Bedford County (later known as Franklin County), Virginia.

“Note also the spelling ‘Stilley.’ The family members, Abraham, Mary (‘Polly’), Thomas, and Isaac, all vacillated between ‘Stilley’ and Staley’ when spelling their surnames and the surname does not seem to be settled as ‘Staley’ until shortly before the family moved to Indiana. The ‘Stilley/Staley’ shift is highly unusual. Jeff Staley reports (8/25/81) that he has yet to find another ‘Staley’ family in early American history who spelled their surname ‘Stilley.’

“The earliest actual proof we have of our Staley family residing in Virginia is the record of a land purchase made on August 4, 1805, by Abraham Stilley and his brother-in-law James McVey. They bought 140 acres for 116 pounds, five shillings from William Richardson, James McVey’s father-in-law.

“The Staley family resided on this land for at least the next nine years as shown by land tax records and the 1810 census for Franklin County. The names mentioned on the records above are further proof of this: The Brownlee and Givin surnames are very common in Botetourt County (the county adjacent to the Staley land); the name “Christian Vineyard” is recorded in a list of Voters for Botetourt County in 1792. Note the ‘A’ where the following note is torn. This is certainly Abraham Staley’s signature (compare the ‘A’ of this note <history3.htm> signed by Abraham Staley in the next section, ‘The Indiana Staleys’).

“On March 9, 1814, James McVey and Abraham Stilley sold the 140 acres of land in Franklin County for 131 pounds and five shillings to Thomas McVey, James’ younger brother. On the very same day, Abraham’s oldest son Thomas <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> was mustered into a company of infantry under command of Captain William Jones, detached from the 43rd and 110th Regiments, Franklin County, and attached to the 5th Regiment Virginia Militia commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Jones.

“Thomas served from March 9, 1814, to June 29, 1814, and was listed as “on furlough” on March 17 from Norfolk, Virginia. (A different muster roll states that he was “left sick on the road, March 17, 1814.”)

“When Thomas was mustered as a Private into the 5th Regiment (McDowell’s) of the Virginia Militia (Captain Thomas N. Burwell’s Company) two months later on September 3, 1814, he was listed as living in Botetourt County, Virginia. No doubt the Staley family resided in Botetourt County for a few years after the sale of their land in Franklin County since county records there show Elizabeth Staley, daughter of Abraham Staley, married Preston Thomason on May 5, 1816. I surmise this Elizabeth was a daughter of Abraham and Mary Staley since the 1810 census for Franklin County lists two daughters in their household. It may be significant that a Peter Staley was living near the Blackwater River in Botetourt County circa 1800. Perhaps, if he was Abraham’s father, he had recently died and Abraham and family went there to take care of family affairs — but this is pure conjecture.

“Thomas’ period of service ended on November 30, 1814, and he was mustered out the next day, December 1, 1814. However, he was paid through December 14 to defray the cost of his trip home, 280 miles south of Camp Crossroads, Maryland. The last record we have of Thomas is his paycheck for the service he rendered in the War. He signed it over to John Boshel on March 15, 1815. His signature reads, “Thomas Stilley.” Since no further records have been found which refer to him, it is assumed that he died shortly thereafter, perhaps due to a sickness contracted while on military duty. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm>

“The discharge paper of Thomas Staley above lay for many years in an ornate cigar box of Isaac Staley’s and was in the possession of Isaac Newton Staley’s son, Irl Staley, of Ottawa, Kansas.

“The tax receipts for 1820 and 1831 were also in Isaac Staley’s cigar box at his death and had been passed on to Isaac Newton and Irl Staley.

“According to Isaac Staley’s obituary, the family left Virginia for Indiana in 1833. This is confirmed by the fact that 1833 was the last year any Staleys paid taxes in Franklin County, Virginia. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm>

“The red areas on the maps below detail the location of the Staley land in Virginia.  [It didn’t copy over–shb]

“This next map is a close-up of the red square above. Staley land is roughly outlined in red. [Also did not copy over–shb.]

AN INDIANA STOP?  Peter and Eve’s son Peter III(m. Hannah Hall, also my ancestors) had a son Peter IV, who married Elizabeth Brown.  This fourth known Peter in the line is featured on website, which tracks the family to Indiana (see notes of Peter who married Elizabeth Brown, RIN 460).
This brings the search around to Miles Staley’s family, which has place in Indiana.  “THE INDIANA STALEYS – 1862-1867 – The Civil War and Aftermath:

“Isaac and Lavina Staley’s three oldest sons, Isaiah, Thomas, and Abraham, were all mustered into military service during the Civil War. Isaiah and Abraham were mustered into Company A of the 4th Indiana Cavalry, 77th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers on the 6th of August, 1862. Thomas was mustered into the same unit three days later on August 9th. (More info on the 77th Regiment here). Isaac Newton Staley also volunteered for military service in the Civil War even though he was underage. He was a drummer boy and saw action in one battle before his mother told his superior officers his true age and he was sent home.

“Abraham’s muster papers state, however, that his name did not appear on subsequent rolls. According to family tradition passed on to Lloyd M. Staley by his father Arlonzo, Abraham bought a substitute to take his place shortly after he enlisted. If this information is correct, the most likely reason for Abraham’s change of mind can be found in his brother Thomas’ subsequent enlistment, leaving his wife and five small children behind. Abraham probably felt responsible for their families and his brothers’ farming ventures. Isaiah was gone to war, leaving behind two small children (his wife had died three weeks earlier). Furthermore, Abraham himself had two young children and his wife was eight months pregnant. Although Abraham and Eliza did not have legal custody of them, they were also caring for Eliza’s four youngest brothers and sisters, according to the 1860 federal census. The numerous references to financial matters in the following letters lend support to the theory that Abraham was de facto ‘executor’ of his brothers’ estates.

“Thomas Staley was captured during a skirmish on October 1, 1862, in Kentucky. The following letter from his brother Isaiah describes the circumstances under which Tom was captured.

“Louisville, October 3, 1862

“Dear friends,
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know how we are getting along. I am well and I suppose Tom is also. He was taken prisoner by the rebels the day before yesterday. There were 20,000 men who started out from here in four divisions on Wednesday morning, for the purpose of surrounding and capturing Bragg’s entire army. The Fourth Indiana was sent with one division. As the advance guard came upon about four hundred rebel cavalry in the woods, a skirmish ensued.
We had about one hundred of our men half a mile in advance of the rest of our regiment and consequently they had to fall back to the main body. In the chase back, they shot Tom’s horse and caught him and they caught one of Captain Earlywine’s (?) lieutenants in the same way. We then turned the chase and ran them three miles until night came on. We left them until the next morning when the skirmishing commenced again and it kept up all day. We had to bring up the big pop-guns a couple of times to shell them a little — once out of the hills and the next time out of a little town.
We only had two men killed and six wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Schuler was wounded pretty badly in the head with buckshot but the doctors say he will get over it in a short time. We lost several horses. I had my horse shot from under me on the second day. The ball only missed my leg by about an inch. There was but one boy in our company who was wounded and he was only slightly wounded in the calf of his leg. A. Bales had his horse shot through the top of the neck and O.M. Barnett had a button shot off his coat.
I do not know if the Fourth Indiana will be in the big fight anymore. We were ordered back to Louisville last night to go in some other division but I do not know where we will go. I must close. Give my respects to all inquiring friends.

From your affectionate brother, Isaiah M. Staley

“According to records in the National Archives, Thomas W. Staley was paroled at Bardstown, Kentucky, on October 4, 1862 (three days after being captured) at which time he returned to his original unit.

“From late October of 1862 until early December of the same year, Isaiah was sick and in a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital.

“Gallatin, Tennessee, December 8, 1862

“Dear brother,
I take this opportunity of answering your letter which I received a few days ago. I was glad to hear from you and to hear that you are all well. I am happy to say that I am well and hearty at the present time. I have plenty to eat and drink and wear but I have not been with the Company for some six weeks until last Thursday. We are camped at Gallatin at the present time but are under marching orders and perhaps will leave here in a few days.
There was a fight 16 miles from here yesterday morning. The rebels came upon our men about daylight at Hartsville and surprised them. Our men fought well for a short time but were overpowered and captured. There were 37 of our men killed and some wounded but the loss to the rebels is not known as they carried their dead and wounded off with them. Our men recaptured the town again before 12 o’clock but the rebels captured 2,700 of our men which they managed to get away with — one Illinois and two Ohio regiments of infantry and about 350 of the Second Indiana Cavalry.
You wanted me to send you a shotgun but I cannot do it now. I cannot get ahold of one just now but will get one later and send it as soon as I can. We have had very nice weather here this fall for soldiering. There has been but one rain of any consequence here since before harvest and the roads are very good here yet. I saw a man sowing wheat last Thursday. I always heard it said that there was no winter of any consequence in this state but I find that is a mistake, for it snowed last Saturday some three inches and there is ice on the creek thick enough to do a very good job of skating on.
The boys are all in tolerable good health but there are a couple pretending to be sick in order to get a discharge M.E.S.V.A.G. Ask some of Billy Hudson’s folks what regiment and company J.B. Jones is in. I want to see if I can find him. Give my respects to all inquiring friends.

“Write soon and oblige your affectionate brother, I. M. Staley

“N.B. We have not been paid off yet. Direct your letters to Co. A 4th Indiana Cavalry, 12th Division, Gallatin, Tennessee.

“Isaiah and Thomas must have been involved in Rosecran’s campaign in eastern Tennessee in 1863. No doubt it was while on this campaign that Isaiah and Thomas took the time to write the following letters to their brother Abraham E. Staley and his wife Eliza (“Lide”).

“April 10, 1863

“Dear brother,
I take my pen in hand to answer your letter of the thirtieth of March. I was glad to hear that you were all well. I got a letter from father yesterday. He got a letter from me the day after you were out there so he just paid Wishmire the ten dollars that he had borrowed for you to pay off that note. I hope you will have no more trouble about it.
I just read a letter from you to Tom. He is out on the courier line. I opened it and read it before I sent it out to him. I am sorry to hear that old B.B. still has no more sense. I would still feel worse if my boy were old enough to be influenced by them, but I thank God that if nothing happens, I will be home before he is old enough to become tainted by rebel doctrine. And unless things change before I come home, there will be a change then for certain. But I hope there will be no fighting up there. Any man who thinks anything of the happiness of his family and the safety of his property should use all the influence he is in possession of to keep any trouble from arising in the north.
If they could only behold for a short time the misery and suffering that the people of the south have brought upon themselves by this accursed rebellion, there would be no difference of opinion. They would all with one accord fall on their knees and pray that they might never again be permitted to behold such a sight.
I hope the eyes of those blind butternuts may be opened before it is everlastingly too late. They had better be making calculations to raise big crops this year so as they can send their southern friends something to eat next fall after the war is over, for we do not calculate to let them raise anything down here this summer and they are on short rations now. Write soon.
Yours respectfully, V.C., Isaiah M. Staley

“Murfreesboro, Sunday, May 24, 1863

“Dear brother,
I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a line in answer to your kind letter which I received on the second instant. I was very glad to hear that you were all well. I should have answered your letter sooner but have been on picket ever since I received it. We have a good deal of picket duty to do here and our outpost and the Rebs are in sight. I got into camp last night but could not sleep very well for the pickets were firing all night. Our men that were on duty last night have not been relieved yet this morning and I don’t know what was the matter. I have never seen anything to shoot at after night yet, and I never shoot until I see something. There is some talk of enlisting men out of our regiment for a gunboat for the same length of time that we are in for and paying $75 bounty cash down and giving a thirty day furlough. If they do, I am going to enlist, for the service can’t be any harder than the Cavalry and the time will be up at the same time in June. We have been looking for our pay for some time and I think we will get it about the first of June.
Well Abe, I have nothing more to write at present, only I want you to go and see Jane once in a while and tell her that I am well. Give my respects to your wife and all inquiring friends.
Yours respectfully (write soon), Thomas W. Staley

“Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 5, 1863

“Dear brother and sister,
I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines in answer to your fine letter which I received today. I was glad to hear that you were well. I am well at present and hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same blessing.
I received your letter and read it under rather peculiar circumstances. I was mounted on my horse and ready to march and only waiting for the battery to come up, then we were ordered to go with it to support it. The battery came and away we went and never stopped until about seven miles from camp. There we formed a line of battle and while standing in line for battle, I read your letter! There was some skirmishing on the right and left and in front, and once in a while a stray bullet would whistle over us, but they did no harm. Then the Rebs fell back and on we went after them. They formed again and we formed and gave them a few rounds of shots and they left. We were then ordered back to camp to feed our horses and to prepare for a long march. I don’t know where I am in a hurry to and you must excuse me. Write soon.

“Your most affectionate brother, T. W. Staley

“June 5, 1863

“Dear brother and sister,
I will write you a few lines in Tom’s letter, paper and postage stamps being scarce — and money also.
I have been enjoying very good health for some time until last night. After we came in off a little scout duty, I was taken with the cramp (camp?) cholic which caused me to suffer considerably through the night. But I am better this morning and have five days rations in my haversack ready for another scout. I think we will go out and see some of the rebellious gentlemen.
Well, I must close by saying write soon and often. It is not likely that we will have a very good chance to write as often as we would like to, but you need not wait on us. A letter from you is always very acceptable.
Your brother, and V.c., I. M. Staley

Well, Lide, I must thank you for letting me know how Clella was, for I have not heard from him in six weeks. I see considerable trouble about my children but I will bear it in hopes of a better day to come.

“July 5, 1863

“Dear brother,
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that we are both alive and well. We have been on a march for fourteen days and have not had a chance to write. I received a letter from you and Nin the day we left Kiune (?) but did not have a chance to answer it. I have not had time to give you the details of our march more than to say that it has rained every day. The roads are very bad and the waters very high. Where we are going or what we are going to do, I cannot tell, but when we get to a stopping place I will write you a long letter and give you the full details of our march.
Write soon and send a stamp for we are in the country and postage stamps do not grow on bushes.
Yours respectfully, Isaiah M. Staley

“N.B. You said something about some money. We have not been paid yet. When we are, I will try and accommodate you. I.M.S.

“Salem, Tennessee, July 29, 1863

“Dear brother and sister,
It is with much pleasure that I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well and I hope that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same health.
I have nothing of much importance to write at present, more than that the boys are all well and in good spirits. It is not worthwhile for me to try and give you any war news for I have no doubt that you know more about the way things are going on than I can tell you. I only know what I see and I have seen a great deal since the 23rd of June. It was hard marching and short rations, rain and mud. Out of the first fifteen days, it rained fourteen days, almost constantly. We had several brisk skirmishes but we have met with no loss in our regiment. We have been at the front all the time, crossing from right to left constantly and only stopping long enough at any place to get forage for our horses. For being out 32 days, our horses have stood it very well, considering the weather. We are now in hopes that we will be discharged but we can’t tell anything certain about that.
There is some talk that we are going to Kentucky and some say we are going over the mountains, but I am satisfied either way. I don’t think there will be any more hard fighting anywhere but I don’t know what will happen yet. I expect to be at home this fall but I fear we will not get home in time to sow wheat. So I would like for you (if you see any prospect of us getting home this fall) to put in five acres of wheat for me, if you can get a good piece of ground. I will pay you for your trouble. If I should not get home, I will pay you for your trouble anyway. But to make a sure thing of it, I hope you will try and do that much for me. I have not been paid off yet but the paymaster is here and we will be paid off in a few days if we get our payrolls made out all right. They have gone after them today and I guess it will be all right.
I have nothing more to write at present. Give my respects to all inquiring friends. If you go out to father’s, tell them and Jane that I am well. I remain your brother, with my respects to you and Eliza. Please write soon.
Thomas W. Staley

“In November of 1863, both Thomas and Isaiah contracted colds. Isaiah was on picket duty at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, when he became sick. His cold turned into pneumonia and he died on December 26, 1863, at the Regimental Hospital in New Market, Tennessee.

“Thomas remained in the hospital until February of 1864. But he recovered and from July through October 1864 he was at Camp Smith in Nashville. On October 31, he was promoted to Corporal and was employed through “detached service” at Division Headquarters as a provost guard and escort. In late December or early January of 1865, he was serving as provost guard at General E. M. McCook’s headquarters, who was “pursuing the rebble (sic) General Lyons through Kentucky when from great and constant exposure and constant duty, he contracted a violent cold which settled on his lungs and in a short time he was excused from duty and did no more duty from about the first of February until discharged” at Edgefield, Tennessee, June 29, 1865.

At home, October 26, 1865

“Dear brother and sister,
It is with pleasure that I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines in answer to your kind letter which you wrote to father. They gave it to me to answer. We were very sorry to hear that you had had so much sickness, but we are glad that you are better and hope that when this reaches you, you will all be well and hearty.
Well Abe, I am a little better, but not much. I can work a little sometimes. The rest of the folks are in tolerable health. We were at father’s the other day. Father is keeping the tollgate at the gravel roads by John Whisler’s house and lives in Whisler’s house. I think they will soon have a tollgate at every county road and I guess father can keep two of them. He can trot back and forth from one to the other easy enough.
Well, now I will tell you something you don’t know. Uncle David Leslies and Henry Deel’s wife and five children have moved out and are stopping at that little cabin of John McVey’s where I(?) used to live. They are all dissatisfied and are growling around like a bear with a sore head. They think the people in this country are not clever and are all green. They (that is, the womenfolk) would have the people believe that they belonged to the F.F.V.’s, but I can’t see any great difference between them and common people.
I must close soon. I am glad that you have met with such clever people and can get good wages. I hope you will have good luck. I think five hundred dollars is a big price for your mules but it is likely you could not do better than to keep them, unless you could trade them towards a good piece of land. But you are the doctor, so do as you like. Those mules will make a very good team by next spring.
Give our best respects to Eliza and Wash and all the children.
Your brother and sister, T. W. & N. J. Staley

“Cumberland, Indiana, April 29, 1866

“Dear brother and sister,
I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines, hoping they may find you all well. This leaves us in good health except for myself, and I am very little better. You will excuse me for not coming out there this spring when I tell you that I have not been able to walk a half mile without sitting for two months. I have commenced taking medicine from Dr. Selman in Indianapolis. He is said to be the doctor on chronic diseases in this state. He says he can cure me and so I have concluded to give him a fair trial.
Well Abe, we have had a fine spring here, and farmers are getting on fine with their work. They will soon have all their corn planted but the prospect for wheat is poor. Some fields are entirely frozen out but some fields look well. The large field on the north side of the road on the Sandusky farm containing about 80 acres is entirely gone and they have plowed it up. Oats and flax look well and were all sowed in good time. Well, that is enough about that.
Father’s folks are all well. Mother was out yesterday and went to Anderson’s. She will be here today on her way home.
I hope you have had good luck in getting your crop in and will raise a good crop. We have had to pay very high prices for things to live upon. Flour is selling at $6 per 100 lbs, bacon from 18-23¢, lard 25¢, potatoes $1.25, and corn 50¢. Our prospect is good for apples and pears, but no peaches and few cherries.
I must close. Please write soon.
Your brother and sister, T. W. and N. J. Staley

“On December 27, 1866, Thomas W. Staley applied for an “Invalid’s Army Pension” and was described as “entirely incapacitated from any manual labor.” He died from bronchial infection and “Phthisis pulmonalis” (tuberculosis) on February 12, 1867.

“It was probably during the summer of 1866 that Abraham and his family, along with the younger Tice children, moved to Daviess County, Missouri. Although Lloyd M. Staley claimed that his father Arlonzo was “on the road to Missouri” when he heard of Abraham Lincoln’s death (in 1865), the previous letter certainly sounds as though Abraham and Eliza still lived close to Thomas and Nancy Jane (e.g., “you will excuse me for not coming out there this spring when I tell you that I have not been able to walk a half mile without sitting…”). Furthermore, Arlonzo writes in his “Little Red Book” (p. 7) that his father Abraham moved from Indiana in 1866. Thus, the following letter was written to the Abraham Staleys after the move to Missouri.

“Cumberland, Indiana, April 5, 1867

“Dear brother,
I take the present opportunity of answering your kind and welcome letter which I received some days ago, and I am glad to hear from you. I received a letter from Allie this evening and she is not very well. She had a very bad cold when she wrote the letter, which was last Sunday. She said that they were going to do housekeeping next Thursday (which was yesterday).
Well, you wanted to know something about brother Tom’s death. He said that he was ready to die. For three or four weeks before he died, he took to asking the blessing at the table and did so until he died. He was able to sit up to the table until the day before he died and he sat up that morning. Then, pretty soon after breakfast, he took worse. But before evening he got better and was better until the next evening. Then he took worse and wanted the doctor. Mr. Griffith started after him but he died before he got there. But mother got there just about an hour before he died and she asked him if he was prepared to die. He said that he was.
Jane and the children are all well, or they were the day before yesterday for I came from there then. George and Allie were coming out here today but it turned out to be such a bad day that they did not come.
Newt is working for Mr. Buchanan now. He is set in to working for him for nine months. He says that he would come if he was not at work for him, but as it is now, he cannot come.
Tip Shank and Hallie Khun, Theodore White and Martha McConle, Jim McConle and Jane Springer, Tom Snyder and Jane White have all been married since I wrote to you last. Also, old Mrs. White has died since I wrote to you, I guess. Dr. Vanluninghos of Philadelphia is dead, too. He died some two or three weeks ago and was buried at Cumberland by the Freemasons. I was not there, but mother was.
Tell Lide that I want her to write to me, too, if she has not forgotten me. Julia’s folks are all well but Marion and she have toothaches.
Father says to tell you that he has got a piece of ground rented here now.
From your sister, Jennie

“The sources for the preceding section of the ‘Indiana Staleys’ are:
1. Eleven letters written to Abraham E. Staley from 1862-1867. These letters, along with at least three others (two more can be found with the “Tice family charts” and one is contained in the next section) were discovered by Vernita Steele and her brother Erfert Staley in the back of an old rolltop desk which had belonged to Abraham E. Staley. The letters were subsequently typed up by Vernita and the originals were put in a bank vault in Cotton County, Oklahoma. The preceding letters, therefore, are “copies of copies.” Jeff Staley (who reproduced them here) has not seen the originals and has corrected spelling and grammatical errors where these seemed to detract from the main sense.

2. Assorted military papers for Isaiah, Thomas, and Abraham Staley assembled from the National Archives.

3. “Indiana in the War of the Rebellion,” Indiana Historical Collection, Vol. 41, Indiana Historical Bureau Reprint, cp. 1960.

4. “History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana,” Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., cp. 1884, B.R. Sulgrove, pp. 359-363, 613-623.

[Next Jeff Staley web page, continuing]:


“The sources for this section of the ‘Indiana Staleys’ are:
1. Two letters. One was written by Lavina Staley, addressed to Abraham and Eliza Staley while they still lived in Missouri. The second was written by John T. Cotton, son of Julia Ann (Staley) Cotton and grandson of Isaac and Lavina Staley, to his uncle Isaac Newton Staley living in Franklin County, Kansas.
2. The probate record of Isaac Staley.

“Cumberland, Indiana, April 30, 1874 Dear son and daughter Your letter of April 20th was received Saturday, April 30th. We are indeed pleased to hear from you, it having been so long since we last received a letter from you. It was through neglect that your letter was unanswered, but you have promised to write oftener after this, so I think there will be no need of another six months passing without any news from each other. We received a letter from Newton <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> some time ago. He stated that they were fine and would come home this coming autumn. We would like very much to have you come and see us, for there is one thing sure, we can never come and see you. You spoke of the cold there and that it was snowing that morning. A gentleman who came from Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday morning said that the snow was ten inches deep when he left home. This is a very pretty day. In fact, the prettiest day we have had this year. Some of the neighbors have commenced planting corn today. If it does not turn cold and freeze, we will have a large peach crop here. The peach trees are all in bloom. Corn is selling at ten cents per bushel and hay at twenty-six dollars per ton. Oats are going for sixty cents per bushel and potatoes for a dollar fifty per bushel. Everything is selling high. Expect times are near about as hard here as they are there. We were very much pleased to get your pictures, but would be much more pleased to see your natural pictures. But as it is, we can only send a kiss and lots of love to Guy and Willie. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> Tell them their grandma and grandpa think they are real sweet. Allie <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> wants you to write her and I think you ought to. She is the only sister you have got and it is really a shame that you won’t answer her letter. She has a little boy now. His name is Willie. Her two girls are real good looking children. You ought to exchange a boy for a girl someplace. Douglas Cotton’s family <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> are all well, or were the last time we heard from them. The Germans are having a conference here now. There are over a hundred preachers and some delegates. You would smile to see them. They are so curious. We would like to know if you are a granger yet. The grangers are having quite a time out here now. Have they organized a grange there yet? We have one organized in Cumberland and it is prospering nicely. Well, I believe I have written enough for this time and will close by asking you to write soon to your mother and father. Viny and Isaac Staley P.S. Please write soon. Did you get your mother’s picture? Please say so when you write.

“John T. Cotton was the administrator of his grandfather’s estate which was appraised at $612.96, $527.50 of which was outstanding debts. His widow took $85.46 worth of goods listed as follows: 6 chairs and a rocker, 1 cupboard and contents, 1 bureau, 3 beds and bedsteads, 2 stands, 1 carpet, 1 safe and contents, 1 cook stove, crockery ware, 1 table, 10 panels of stake fence, 3 beehives, 1 lot of lumber, and 1 clock. From this report it is obvious that he was a poor man.

“Estelle (Ewer) Staley, wife of Isaac Newton Staley, wrote in her later years that Isaac Newton said his father never even tried to own a foot of ground. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> “He thought that Isaac Sr. was just too cautious. Aunt Lide <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> said he was too lazy. Their sister <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> married into a thrifty family (the Cottons) of whom they were very proud. John T. Cotton was in Kansas a short time before he died and what he said about the younger generation (of Staleys) was a lot worse than how Lide told it, so what they said must be true.”

“The following letter was written a few months after Isaac Staley’s death. It was found by Louella McAdams in the cigar box which her grandfather, Isaac Newton Staley, had taken from his father Isaac after the latter’s death in 1887.

“Lawrence, Indiana, March 21, 1888  Well, I suppose you think it is time you was getting a letter from me, so I will try and write to you. We had the biggest snow last night that we have had this winter, but the sun is shining bright and warm this morning and I think it will be gone before night. We have had some nice weather and I guess this is our equinox and won’t last long. We want to put out a big crop this spring and so we are wishing for good weather. There has been a great deal of sickness here since you was here, and a great many deaths. Also, John Springer was buried the other day. Aunt <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> will stay on the farm. The will gives her the farm her lifetime. Grandmother <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> has made up her mind to go to New York to live. I got a letter from Aunt Allie <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> the other day asking me to bring her out there, and I don’t hardly see how I can go at this time of the year. I can’t go at all unless I hire a man in my place, and you know how that thing works. Especially when we want to plow and plant; a man wants to be there to manage his own business. Another thing is that it will be a great expense to her to pay her way out there and my way there and back. But the expense will be the same whether I go or whether Aunt comes after her. The question with me is, will she be better satisfied? She is not satisfied where she is and the way things are going, I don’t blame her much. So I would like to hear from you and Uncle Abe <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> at once. Please write at once and give me your advice.  John T. Cotton

“The sources for the following section on the Tice family are:
1. Two letters written to Eliza (Tice) Staley by her sister in Hancock County, Indiana. These letters, along with at least twelve others (which can be found in Sections C and D of “The Indiana Staleys”), were discovered by Vernita Steele and her brother Erfert Staley in the back of an old rolltop desk which had belonged to Abraham E. Staley. The letters were subsequently typed up by Vernita and the originals were put into a bank vault in Cotton County, Oklahoma. The following letters, therefore, are “copies of copies.” Jeff Staley (who is responsible for the copying of this information) has not seen the originals and has corrected spelling and grammatical errors where these seemed to detract from the main sense.
2. Miscellaneous land records from Hancock County, Indiana.
3. Correspondence with Ruth Sanford of Indianapolis, Indiana (great-great-great-granddaughter of James & Mary McVey).

“Philadelphia, Indiana, February 9, 1868  Dear sister, <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> This evening I take up my pen to write you a few lines after getting the children to sleep. Sam and Sel <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> have gone to church. We are all well at present and I hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. You said in your letter that Wash <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> had given up on coming to Indiana this winter. Well, I should like for him to come to see us. Tell him that it is time he was getting to be a man and not to be afraid to come this far alone. Sel wants to come to see you very badly and talks of going out to see you as soon as he can. Lide, the Kansas fever is raging very high. Sam has got it, too, and I don’t know but what we shall move there this spring. We have one chance to sell our place, if we get in the notion of going. Fred <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> has sold out and says that they are going next fall, and several other families say they are going but it may all blow over yet with none of us going. Lide, the winter has been very cold here. There has been snow on the ground for six weeks and last night and today it has been snowing very hard. Lide, I would be glad to see you all. If we should move to Kansas we will try and make arrangements to come by and see you and get you into the notion to go along. I must stop for Sam to write the rest of the sheet.  Your sister, Lu <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm>

“Dear brother and sister, I sit down once more to write a few lines to let you know that we are all well at present and hope that this letter will find you all well. Abe, I shipped your money by express on the 7th of February. I settled up with Connor and got all the money that was coming to you. There was sixty-five dollars interest in all. He wouldn’t give but six percent and I couldn’t make him give any more. Do you recollect the sweet potatoes that I sent you? They cost three dollars per bushel and there were two bushels. That makes six dollars, and the interest on the Willet note that you gave me to collect (that is, the interest which was due on the note before I got any money from you), was two dollars. so that makes a total of eight dollars. Subtracting that from the sixty-five would leave fifty-seven dollars coming to you. The balance of the money in the package is coming to Matilda. <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> Liney <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> sends her seven dollars and I send her eight dollars for apples that we got from her. You must divide the expenses of shipping it between yourselves. We are talking about going to Kansas. The fever is high. I will have to stop for want of space.  Samuel Keely

“Two months later, on the 28th of April, 1868, Daniel W. Tice sold 22 acres of land in Hancock County, Indiana. Since this land was in the same section, township, and range as the land his father had bought 20 years before, it had probably been willed to him. It was no doubt soon after this that “Wash” began his “ramblings.”

“December 1880  <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> Lide, We have not heard from Wash since he was in San Francisco. If you have, write and let us know. I hope he is still living but it is a long time since, and he may be dead. I was over to see the Tice girls <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> this fall. They were all well, only the two Marys had the ague. Mary Lynch is teaching school and the other girls are working at home. I guess they will live single all their days. They seem to enjoy themselves. You wrote in your letter about Sel going to see you. I do not know whether he will ever leave or not. Sometimes he talks of going, but I would rather he would never get started to ramble, then do asWash has done since he commenced to ramble. Sel can make money here and will work until he has finished paying for his place and has some money left. Lide, I do not know of anything to write about that would interest you. I hope you are having better times there than we are here. I will close by asking you to write. I was very anxious to hear from you when I received your letter. It had been so long. Give my love to all and tell Ira to kiss ma for me and his little brother <histfoot.htm> <histfoot.htm> as a Christmas gift.  From your sister, Lucy Keely

“‘Wash’  Tice was heard from again. ‘Sunny’ (Steele) Lawrence of La Cañada, California, has a postcard with a photograph on it of a gold mine in the Pacific Northwest which was owned or worked by Wash. He never married.  END OF STALEY FAMILY HISTORY”  –shb 4 Feb 2002

PETER OF BOTETOURT NOT SO CLOSE TO INDIANA STALEYS, AFTER ALL:  E-correspondence with Miles Staley of 4 Mar 2002:  “Today I reviewed my information that my ancestors Peter and Eve Staley had a son Peter, who married Hannah Hall (also my ancestors), and their son Peter married an Eizabeth Brown. According to website <;genealogy/Ancestor/Generation5/ane26-27.html&gt;,
this Peter Staley III family was in Indiana, which sends me back to look over your cousin Jeff Staley’s site about Indiana Staleys (that mentions that Peter just over the line in Botetourt Co.,
** Well –at this point — darn it –I have to get serious!
Jeff, on his web page (actually written and created as a web page by our mutual cousin, Becky Cazares (nee Staley, which nom de querre she still uses to identify her cyberspace-self from her real self, the latter self having just got married. . . .Anyway, the only error Jeff made in his own personal research, before that . . . was ever dreamed of, was what you have stumbled upon: he cites on p.2, (quote) “…a Peter Staley was living near the Blackwater River in Botetourt County circa 1800. Perhaps, if he was Abraham’s father, he had recently died and Abraham and family went there to take cae of Family affairs — but THIS IS PURE CONJECTURE [italis mine]” (unquote) . . . Becky inadvertantly added this statement– along with the rest of Jeff’s otherwise wonderful research — to her web page without first checking back with Jeff — Jeff, on his own further research, found enough data to make him doubt this theoetical connection between our actual Abe and that Peter Staley. (But didn’t tell poor Becky). [Paragraph]  I verified Jeff’s doubts conclusively by going back to the FHC and looking at the VA Property Tax Records and getting a detailed description of the Botetourt Co.VA area in question. I found also that any Peter Staleys (there were several — all related it seems –were not living anywhere near the Blackwater River, but were living close together on the other side of the county somewhere.  [Paragraph]  Interestingly, Abe is recorded as living — in 1812 — in Botetourt Co. His name is properly recorded in 1812 by the Botetourt Co. Tax Clerk, as “Abraham Stilley” but in the next 5 years as “Abraham Staley”. This is the same man as proven by the fact that he lived in the same section of the county throughout his residence there — which also was on the other side of the county from all those Peter Staleys and that separate group of Staley families. This was a mistake by the Botetourt Co. Tax Clerk as proven by the fact that he had returned to Franklin Co. to sell his farm (the same day that his son,Thomas, left to join the local militia to fight in the War of 1812) as he was unable to move back to Franklin Co. at the time.  [Paragraph]  In 1816, his daughter, Elizabeth, married a Preston Thomason of Botetourt Co. His name appears on the license (issued in Botetourt Co. by another clerk) as “Abraham Stilley”, further proving that Abe was still calling himself by that name (Stilley) even though the Botetourt Co. Tax Clerk persisted as recording him as Abraham “Staley”.  [Paragraph]  In 1821 or so, Abe moved back across the river into Franklin Co. where he was again recorded as “Abraham Stilley” by the Franklin Co. Tax clerk — as well as the lawyer/clerk who wrote up his father-in-law’s Will, who also wrote down wife, Mary, (the only daughter of his father-in-law, James McVey) down in the will as “Polly Stilley”, further indicating that everyone knew Abe as “Abraham Stilley”. (“Polly” was a nickname for “Mary” ) another case — common in VA in those times — of mis-spelling people’s names (along with anglicizing the German names of recent German immigrants).”  Sherlene, now: ” . . . though I can’t fit the ages of my Peters into any tax records there, so if this Peter is your relative, he may not be mine).”  Miles:**He isn’t mine, either.  Sherlene:  I thought it might be interesting to track the children of my Peters and see if any of them had names similar to those for your Staleys (since you are denying Abraham a father named Peter).

Miles:  I am not denying it, nor am I saying it. As I explained, at least my grampa, dad, brother, two cousins and two pro genealogists looked for proof– and found none. This is why I have to leave the door open.  Sherlene:  Unfortunately I don’t have that many children for these families in the earlier years, so it’s possible some of them had your family names, and I just don’t know about them. The closest I come is that John, son of Peter and Eve named his first son Isaac. He also named a son Lorenzo, which could be a corruption of “Arlonzo.” If we really are connected, I would expect to see more Abrahams and Isaacs among descendants, so this trip was a not as much fun as I might have hoped.  Miles:  sigh. May I add that every Staley researcher I’ve talked to in the last 50 some years says the same thing!! Which is a good reason to look elsewhere than where the crowd has been looking [he still thinks I should be looking, with him, in Swedish records].  –shb 4 Mar 2002

DNA TESTING:  Communications of 7 Apr 2006, with the family, Staley researchers on my list, and Bruce Stahly, whom I contacted, after Miles Staley forwarded information about a Staley/Stahle/Staehle & etc. family DNA site:

“Sherlene H. Bartholomew wrote:

“Dear Staleys on my list.

“I pursued this DNA test information link (see below) as far as I could go (without naming a male cousin with the name Staley in the required field) and could not learn what the DNA test cost would be–only that a male Staley rep. from our family would get a “reduced rate” through the Staley/Staehli/Stahly (imagine any of a dozen other ways this could be spelled) family society.

” am quite certain that our male cousin would match up with one of the Staley tribes listed on this site, as forwarded to you last week. I am so certain of this, I am willing to pay costs for this test to be accomplished (within reason), but am looking for the closest male Staley cousin candidate I can find, to be my proxy.

“owadays you won’t even have to give blood–it may just be a cheek swab or could be a swish/spit test. Painless and paid for–what more can you ask?

“Can one of you suggest a male Staley cousin to do this (one who can prove he hooks up to the Staley lineage I submitted to Bruce Stahly, below (see his response to my letter, as well). Can you reach him, ask him to volunteer, and get him in touch with me?

“Below you will see the lineage I submitted to Bruce Stahly and his gracious response to my letter (thanks, Bruce).

“I have been beating my head against a wall, trying to chase our Staley line for years–can’t get them out of my head. I have have about decided the only way to link our American-line Staleys to their country of origin (thought to be Germany) is to work backwards.

“Interesting thing–I got a letter, earlier today, from a female relative, saying she also can’t get the Staleys out of her mind–in fact, she even had a dream about it! She wrote offering to help additionally on Staley research, but I don’t have anything more I can think of to ask of her. I did spend the morning checking out Staleys in the censuses, now that I can access HeritageQuest on-line images, and did find some Henry Staleys that might connect to the ancestor of origin, giving our Henry C. Halls their name, as I see no ancestor on our Hall
side who can account for the name “Henry” (found nothing conclusive, however–I’m wandering around, now, in North Carolina censuses, with no concrete lead there, beyond a random search for Henrys). These North Carolina Staleys had neighbors named Palmer, Long, Letterbough, Letterbetter, and Coble and include Staleys named Abram, Martin,
Thomas, William, Daniel, Solomon, and HENRY.

“The more I think about it, DNA and working backwards might be the only way left to go, but I’m listening to what any of you others might have to say who know more about DNA testing and can tell me if this approach makes any sense.

“Thanks, Sherlene (see below)

—– Original Message —– From: “Bruce W. Stahly” <
Subject: Re:Staley descendancy

“Hi Sherlene,

“I don’t see anyone in our project whose lineage matches what you have  provided — so there is no one participating at the moment that might  be an obvious match for you. We don’t have any information about your Staley/Stahly line. We do get unexpected matches from time to time — connections between families no one knew was there, but who knows if
that would be the case for you.

“If you would like to participate, you would need to find a male cousin with the Staley/Stahly name, as this project uses the y-chromosome, which only males have and which they get from their father, who got it from his father, etc. Your male Staley cousins could then be your proxy. To join the project, click on the “join” link on the web site:


“Please let me know if I can answer any more questions. Bruce Stahly [my letter to him below]:


“I am very interested in this DNA project. Can you tell me more? Do you have results from other Staley DNA participants of my same lineage that could save my paying to have duplicate test results? Have you collected family records from my line of Staleys that provide documentation that can augment what I have compiled?

“My Staley descendancy is:

“Peter Staley, b. 28 Nov 1766, in Germany [Presumed parents Peter Stahly and Sarah Salome ______, but no proof, so must start with 1766 Peter]

d. 10 Jul 1844, in Jackson, Allen, Ohio
m. Eve _______
b. 1 Sep 1769, in Germany
d. 1 May 1851, in Jackson, Allen, Ohio

“[Their son was]

“Peter Staley, served in the War of 1812
b. 19 Jan 1794 in Berkeley County, Virginia
d. 16 Jan 1854, Jackson (formerly Bath), Allen, Ohio
m. Hannah Hall (dau. of James A. Hall and Keziah Kain)
b. 1803
d. 24 Jun 1844, in Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio

“[They both died young, leaving 5 orphans. Their daughter was]

“Elizabeth Staley
b. Abt 1829, in Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio
d. Apr 1859, in Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio
m. Henry Charles Hall (son of William Hall and Clarinda Fisher-Evick)
b. 31 May 1827, in Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio
d. 26 Oct 1859, in Lafayette, Jackson, Allen, Ohio
“[Their son]

“Henry Charles Hall m. 2) Mary Ann Woodcox, my ancestor

“[Their son]

“Howard Hall m. Florence Almina Tracy, my grandparents.

“Thank you for your participation and sharing


“Sherlene Hall Bartholomew”  –shb 7 Apr 2006 [Response from Bruce Stahly, 7 Apr]:


“Excellent! Here is the price list for group members:

“Y-DNA12 $99
Y-DNA25 $159
Y-DNA37 $189
Y-DNA59 $269
Y-Refine12to25 $49
Y-Refine12to37 $99
Y-Refine12to59 $189
Y-Refine25to37 $49
Y-Refine25to59 $148
Y-Refine37to59 $99

“The more markers (12,25,37) the better, but you can always start with
the 12 marker test and upgrade later to more markers, if necessary,
without submitting another sample. The 59 marker test is new, so no one
in our project has done one of those.

“And, you are correct, it involves no blood, just a gentle cheek scrub
with a small brush.

“I know there was a Henry Stehly who was an early (18th century) emigrant to Pennsylvania, lived in the same neighborhood (Berks Co.) as Hochstätlers, Yoders, Stutzmanns, Millers and other Amish-Mennonite families, many of whom were my ancestors, but not Henry Stehly.

“Bruce Stahly”  –shb 7 Apr 2006


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    I have research my cousin did for our family starting from 1675 with Heinrick Stehli. Here is a quick lineage. Johan Jacob Staley 1706-1761 immigrated to US from Maschwander Switzerland September 11, 1749 on ship “Priscilla” Cap’t Muir. John Jacob staley born 1720 York County PA died 1793 Mecklinburgh, berkely County VA marries Catherine Elizabeth Goering ABT 1765 in York County PA they have 6 children including Catherine Marie Staley born ABT 1768 York County PA died 1/03/1841 Logan Co Ohio. Her brothers were Steven staley, Daniel Staley, John staley, & Peter Staley, a sister Sarah. I have about 39 pages on this family. Let me know if this is the lineage you think you are interested in.

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    jacob groff married a cathrine staley, by rev j rhichart cathrine staley burried at reformed cem sharpsburg md-the graff/groff/grove decendents of mine were allso in berkley w-va a great grand father of mine allso married a thomass shepherd decendent of w-va at any rate is the above cathrine staley of the line of staleys you writte abt-ty cathrine staley that m jacob groff was born mar 5 1742 and died sept 25 1823

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