WILLIAM J. WILEY, farmer and stock raiser; P. 0. Piqua; was born in Spring Creek Township, Miami Co., Ohio April
21, 1829. William J. is a great grandson of Samuel Wiley, who was born in Maryland in 1749; there he grew to manhood,
and in 1776, seeing the need of having an independent country, went forth to battle for the same, passing through
all the hardships connected therewith. After the most severe part was over, he returned home and married and with
his wife, soon after emigrated to Pennsylvania; there they had born to them three sons. Mr. and Mrs. Wiley remained
in Pennsylvania until 1812, when they came to Ohio in 1813, locating on Sec. 25, Spring Creek Township, Miami Co.,
where they departed this life at an advanced age. William J. Wiley is a grandson of William and Jane (Johnson)
Wiley; he was born in Pennsylvania, March 16, 1779, and she in Ireland, March 16, 1780; their marriage was celebrated
about 1800. Twelve years later, they emigrated West, and in 1813 located on the above named section, taking refuge
in a rude log cabin that had neither doors nor floor, and passing through many hardships connected with the early
settlers of Miami Co. William Wiley, while a resident of this county, held some of the most important offices of
the county and township of Spring Creek; he was one of the patriots of the war of 1812, passing through and seeing
many frightful scenes, no doubt. He and wife passed from the stage of life in 1869, in Spring Creek Township. Samuel
J. Wiley, the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania Oct. 28, 1803, and at the age of 9 years, he, with
his parents, came West and spent his earlier life at home in assisting to open out a farm from the unbroken wilderness.
In 1828, he married Margaret McKnight, who was born in Ireland in 1795. Their children were six in number, of whom
William is the oldest. He was brought up to agricultural pursuits, and received a fair education; he has always
been willing to assist in all public interests of welfare in his community; he has, during his life, held the more
important offices of the township, which were filled with impartial feelings to all with whom he transacted business.
William J. has his farm of 144 acres in Sec. 25, Spring Creek Township, under good cultivation, and is finely situated
one mile northeast of Piqua. He, in 1859, married Elsie J. Burns, who died in January. 1862 leaving husband and
one son. William J married, for his second wife, Penelope McKee, who was born in Miami Co., Oct. 19 1834. Three
children have been born to them, viz., Harry S., Mary L. and Nellie M.
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Miamin County, Ohio Biographies
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