Melcher Staley, b. abt. 1765 (s/o Peter and Sarah Salome __), m. Catherine Gross/Groff, in Delaware, of York Co., PA; Berkeley and Botetourt Cos., Virginia; Pickaway and Allen Cos., Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1765, SEPTEMBER 8–BAPTISM OF A SARA, WITH SAME-NAME PARENTS/JACOB AND EVA STÄHELY ARE SPONSORS. “Stehly Report,” for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850,” Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb, by Katherine Staley, November 2006, p. 13: “Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Source 299 – Sara, daughter of Melchior and Catherine Stähely, baptized 8 Sep 1765; sponsors: Jacob and Eva Stähely.” Now that there is better evidence of when Melcher, brother of my ancestor Peter II, was born, it is clear that there was an older couple, where the husband was named “Melchior” and had a wife Catherine. Since Sarah’s sponsors, at her baptism, were my ancestors Jacob and Eva, I am thinking that Jacob may have had a brother named Melcher, so that Jacob and Eva were sponsors for a niece. –shb 1 Dec 2006, 2 Feb 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

1779, NOVEMBER 30–MELCHER IS AGE FIFTEEN. STEPHEN STAILEY, BROTHER OF PETER I, OF CHANCEFORD (DECEASED) AND MELCHER’S UNCLE, IS APPOINTED MELCHER/MICHAEL’S GUARDIAN; MELCHER’S BROTHER PETER (MY ANCESTOR), AGE FOURTEEN, HAS SISTER DOROTHEA’S HUSBAND, MICHAEL KUHN, ALSO OF CHANCEFORD, AS HIS GUARDIAN. “Stehly Report,” prepared for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 19: “VIII – Orphans Court Dockets: D, 135 – 30 Nov 1779. Upon the petition of Michael Stailey, aged 15, one of the minor orphan children of Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township, deceased, the Court appoints Stephen Stailey of Chanceford Township his guardian; [next item] E, 7 12 Feb 1782. Upon the petition of Peter Stailey, aged 14, another son of aforesaid deceased, Court appoints Michael Kuhn of Chanceford Township his guardian.” –shb 11 Dec 2006

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

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

1791, DECEMBER 9–from letter forwarded by Katherine Staley to other Staley researchers, including shb, 27 Oct 2006: “2. Deed Book, 2 G. Page 519 *** December 9, 1791. Melcher and Peter Staley, both of Berkeley Co., VA, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of York County, Pennsylvania, are selling 100 + acres of land in York County, Pennsylvania. This indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him: Sarah (widow), Jacob, Melcher, Peter and Sarah (daughter).” –shb 8 Oct 2006 [Note: I had the other children, but this was my first indication that there was a daughter Sarah, so this was also important news. ]
1791, JANUARY 15–“MELCHOR STAILEY” GIVEN POWER OF ATTORNEY TO SELL TWO LOTS: “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, No. 19, “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County [Pennsylvania], Before the Year 1850, prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb by Katherine Staley, November 2006, p. 21: “DEEDS (continued) – 2G, 140 – 15 Jan 1791. Jacob Staley and Elizabeth his wife, Sarah Staley, Junior, and Sarah Staley, widow and relict of Peter Staley, deceased, all of Berkeley County, Virginia: to Melchor Staley: power of attorney to sell two contiguous tracts of land in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1) 152 acres, 70 perches, 2) 7 acres, 37 perches, – parts of a larger tract surveyed to Henry Grove in pursuance of a warrant of resurvey divided off the same for Peter Staley 15 Aug 1771 and conveyed by the said Henry Grove and Mary his wife to Peter Staley by indenture dated 31 Aug 1771, and of which said Peter Staley died owner.”

[next deed listed in this report]:

1791, DECEMBER 9–“MELCHOR STAILEY” IS NAMED AS A SURVIVOR OF “PETER STAILEY.” “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21: 2G, 519 – 9 Dec 1791. Melchor Stailey and Peter Stailey, both of Berkeley County, Virginia, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of Chancefore Township, York County, Pennsylvania, deceased): to George Elies of Chanceford Township, farmer: for L300: the tracts as in 2G, 140. The indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him, – Jacob Stailey, Melchor Stailey, Peter Stailey, Saray [sic–shb] Stailey, the Younger, and Sarah Stailey, the widow.” –shb 3 Jan 2007

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

ABT 1797–BIRTH OF DAUGHTER SARAH: Sallie’s birth year was calculated from the 1870 Census. In this census, “Sallie West” is widowed and living, at age seventy-three (born in Virginia, can’t write), with her son by James A. Hall, Anthony F. Hall, his wife Matilda (Clayton), and three of their children, in Upper Sandusky P.O., Crane Twp., Wyandot County, Ohio. This brings the generations in closer, as I am descended from Melcher’s brother, Peter Staley (m. Eve __). Melcher’s daughter Sally married James A., brother of my ancestor William Hall, who married Sarah Francis (William and James A. are sons of Anthony Hall and Rachel Simmons). –shb 17 Nov 2005

1791, JANUARY 15–“MELCHIOR” GETS POWER OF ATTORNEY TO SELL LAND: Per York County, Pennsylvania documentation found by Katherine Staley, forwarded to other Staley researchers, including shb, 27 Oct 2006: “1. Deed Book 2G, page 140 *** Jan. 15, 1791 *** Gives Melchior power of attorney to sell land for the family, all who live in Berkeley County, Virginia.” [Note: I thought this information linked an 1803 estate sale, in Halltown, Jefferson County (now WV), for a Peter Staley, administered by a Melcher Staley, as referring to the same Melcher, my Legacy ID No. 24308, with power of attorney to sell his father Peter Staley’s lands in Yorktown County, Pennsylvania. However, Katherine Staley writes convincingly, after a thorough day-long study of area records that the Melcher administering the 1826 estate sale was the son of Andreas Staley and Anna Margretha (Andreas is probably a brother of my ancestor Peter Staley, who married Sarah Salome ___–see Andreas’ notes for Katherine’s study about this). –shb 1 Nov 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1803–BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED NAMES WIFE AS “CATHERINE.” Catherine is named as wife of a Melchior Staley in deed information sent shb in a 29 Mar 2000 e-letter from Katherine Staley: “Botetourt Co., VA Deed book 8 page 147 – 1803: Melcher Stayley & Catherine his wife of Botetourt Co sold to Peter Staley of Botetourt Co., in the State of Virginia.” That this Melcher is my ID 22916 needs additional verification.–shb 29 Mar 2000

1803–MELCHER ADMINISTERS MORE OF FATHER PETER’S ESTATE: [I received documentation from Katherine Staley, 27 Oct 2006, to the effect that the father of Melcher and his brother, my ancestor Peter, was Peter Staley, of York County, Pennsylvania (whose land in Berkeley County, Virginia, was sold for the family by Melcher, who was granted power of attorney to do so, 15 Jan 1791). –shb 28 Oct 2006

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

1803–BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED NAMES WIFE? The list of items sold by administrator Malachi [Melcher or Melchior?–shb] Staley of the Peter Staley, ID 27636, estate (see 1826 notes below) includes, as the only other Staley buyer besides Malachi, a “Mrs. C. Staley.” Catherine is named as wife of a Melchior Staley in deed information sent shb in a 29 Mar 2000 e-letter from Katherine Staley: “Botetourt Co., VA Deed book 8 page 147 – 1803: Melcher Stayley & Catherine his wife of Botetourt Co sold to Peter Staley of Botetourt Co., in the State of Virginia.” Catherine is a common name, so this could be another couple, but I list this information here, as at least a possibility. That this Melcher is ID No. 22916 needs additional verification.–shb 29 Mar 2000 [Note: In consultation with Katherine Staley, we now think the Melcher who administered the 1826 estate sale, in Halltown, Jefferson, Virginia, was a brother of the Peter who died, both sons of the Peter Staley who served in the Revolution. This Rev. War veteran Peter was a son of Jacob and Catherine (Jacob the son of my ancestors, Jacob and Ana Eva Stäly).] –shb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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