Biography of William Carley
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Carley, William, was born in Otsego county October 28, 1815, son of George L. and Annie (Bonestell) Carley, who settled in Hastings, this county, in May, 1823. George L. was a farmer and mill owner of Oswego county, his farm consisted of 400 acres which he conducted up to the time of his death, operating the mill at the same time. Our subject began work at the age of ten on the farm. After working for his father some Years he started for himself, but being ambitious overworked himself and sustained an injury to his back, which was the occasion of his becoming a merchant. After selling goods from a wagon a few years, he located in a store in Hastings in 1850, removed to Parish in 1860, where he has secured a large trade, In addition to his mercantile business he owns and conducts two farms, built the Carley House and owns several of the best stores in the village. He married, December 1, 1839, Maria Wightman of Parish, whose parents, Humphrey and Eunice Wightman, settled in Parish in February, 1805, and were among the earliest settlers. Mr. Garley, although only lacking one year of eighty, is as hale and hearty as a man of fifty.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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