Biography of J. H. Zelley
Columbiana County, OH

J. H. Zelley, a well known and highly respected citizen of Salem, is a native of New Jersey. He was born in Hartford, N. J., Nov. 8, 1857, and is the son of Enoch and Sarah B. (Ashead) Zelley, both deceased. They are buried in Medford, N. J.

J. H. Zelley was reared in New Jersey and attended the public schools in his native state and also at Westown, Pa. He followed farming for a time, and at present is engaged in the sheet metal work in Salem.

On March 26, 1884, Mr. Zelley was united in marriage with Miss Edith Fawcett, the daughter of Richard B. and Edith (Test) Fawcett. Richard Fawcett, father of Richard B. Fawcett, was a native of Frederick County, Virginia. He came to Columbiana County in 1807 and purchased a tract of land from a Samuel Davis, who had purchased it from the government. Richard Fawcett built a brick house on this property in 1810. He made all the brick by hand himself, on the farm, and the few nails which were used were also made by hand in a blacksmith shop in Salem. The larger timbers were pinned together by wooden pins. The original land which he purchased from Samuel Davis contained 112 acres. One room in Mr. Fawcett's brick house was used for a school room for a few terms. He died in 1845 and is supposed to be buried in the old Quaker Grave Yard on Broadway, which is now the site of the Oriental Stores. His wife is buried in the same place.

Richard B. Fawcett, father of Mrs. Zelley, was a farmer. He operated 108 acres of land and was extensively engaged in bee culture. He died at the age of 76 and is buried in the Friends Grave Yard on Depot Street, Salem. Mrs. Fawcett died at the age of 36 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Fawcett the following children were born: Ezra, deceased, buried in Alliance; Benjamin; and Mrs. Zelley.

Mrs. Zelley was educated in the Friends School in Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, and Westown, Pa. She was a teacher for about six years before her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Zelley have one child, Sarah E. Ashead. Mr. Ashead is associated with the Silvers Shops, Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Ashead have two children, Dudley F. and J. Howard.

Mr. and Mrs. Zelley are members of the Wilbur Friends Society of Salem. The Kelley family are held in high regard throughout the community and have many friends.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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