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Maryland Branch of the Whiteley Family 

January, ig22 

Amos Whiteley 


Muncie, Indiana, January, 1922 

To My Dear Friends mid 

Former Business Associates:— 

When I decided to prepare, for publica- 
tion, this revised ^'^ History of the Whiteleys 
in America," after a period of about 
fourteen years since the original History 
was issued, for the purpose of noting the 
changes, embracing Births, Marriages, 
and Deaths, in order to bring the Record 
up to the present date, I only contemplated 
including what would be of interest to the 
Family, and their descendants. 

Hoivever, I found that, in revising the 
Record, it afforded me an opportunity, 
and I may say made it necessary, for me 
to Live The Most Of My Life Over Again, 
which, as I proceeded with the work, gave 
me More Real Pleasure than anything I 
ever undei^took. 

It enabled me to have a real visit with 
many of my Old Business Associates, and 
Close Personal Friends, and what gave 
me the most real pleasure of all was 
to enjoy those visits, renew former ac- 
quaintances, and realize the value of Old 
Friends and Associates, so fully that I 

almost wished, that I could live my life 
over again, if I could he assured of the 
same old tided and time fnends, who Loy- 
ally Co-operated with me, and -permitted 
me to co-operate with them, in accomp- 
lishing what appealed to us as most de- 

With this feeling, I decided to make the 
book more complete, by Including more 
definite information in regard to the An- 
cestors of my Relatives, and their Descend- 
ants, also including the Life ExpeHences, 
of those with whose lives I was more 
familiar and closely connected. 

When the book was completed, I found 
that the pi^eparation of the work had given 
me so Much Pleasure, that about the only 
thing necessary to complete my happiness, 
would be, to Present a copy of The Book 
to as many of my Dear Personal Friends 
and former Business Associates, as might 
be interested in. Giving Me 2 hat Pleasure, 
and this is my Apology for sending this 
copy to you, with sincere best wishes for 
your Health, Prosperity and Happiness. 
Very ti^uly yours, 

Referring to The Whiteleys in America. 

The Original of the following "Revised History 
of the Whiteleys in America," was compiled by Amos 
Nelson Whiteley, and others who assisted in procur- 
ing and verifying the information therein published, 
more than "Twelve Years Ago." 

Many Changes have occurred since then, 
Embracing Deaths, Marriages, and Births, and this 
revision is made, for the purpose of correcting and 
bringing the "Revised History" up to 1921. 

Several Years Ago, while in "London, 
England," I called on "William Whiteley," known 
there as the "World's Greatest Merchant," for the 
purpose of securing verifying information in regard 
to "The Whiteleys in America." He informed me 
that his ancestors, and so far as he knew, the ances- 
tors of every person bearing the Whiteley name, were 
located at, or in, the vicinity of "White Haven, 

I am regretting very much that I seem to have 

misplaced, and cannot now find, the article, which 

was headed with a splendid Photo Likeness of 

"William Whiteley," which I clipped from the 

. "London Paper," But I am remembering that, The 

article designated William Whiteley as the "World's 

■ Greatest Merchant;" described his location, the 

;;^magnitude of the building, and explained that this 

r^, great industry was estabHshed, forty years before 

the publication referred to Avas made. 

By "William Whiteley," with two assistants, in 
a small, "Two Story," Shop, for groceries, etc.. and 
that the business steadily grew, until it occupied al- 
most the entire portion of the south side of "West 
Bourne Grove;" during which time Mr. Whiteley 
had earned the designation of being "The World's 

His Mammoth Business, not only included the 
great Department Store, which handled Everything 
In the "Merchandise Line," but extended to ''all 
kinds of Live Stock," "Residence and Business Prop- 
erties," and it was said that. He could furnish every- 
thing required, from a "Darning Needle" to a 
"Business Block," or a "well equipped Railroad." 

The following "History of the Whiteleys in 
America," is not prepared, and published, with the 
intention of eulogizing the "Whiteleys," but, on the 
contrary, it is the intention to explain where the 
"Whiteleys in America" came from, who they are, 
and give proper credit to each, for what they actu- 
ally accomplished, that was commendable, and at 
the same time, "Soft Pedal" anything they were 
responsible for, that is not commendable. 

As the compiler of this history is a member of 
the "Ohio Branch" of the "Whiteley" Family, 
founded by "John and Christian (Hall) Whiteley," 
in Clark County, Ohio, he will give more definite 
information in regard to that family, of which he 
is a member, and their descendants, than he has been 
able to acquire in regard to other branches of the 
"Whiteley" Families, in America whose achieve- 
ments, it is believed, have been equally commendable. 

Referring to Other Branches of the Whiteley Family. 
It is well known that the "Whiteleys" of 
Maryland, also the "Whiteleys" of Wisconsin, have 
become leaders, and established commendable repu- 
tations in their respective States; but, while every 
person in America bearing the name of "Whiteley" 
are probably descendants of the "Whiteleys" 
located at "White Haven, England," the writer has 
not yet succeeded in procuring more definite infor- 
mation in regard to them. 

The Following Is Presented As A Revised History of 
The Whiteleys In America. 

John Whiteley is the first man to reach 
America, bearing the name of "Whiteley," of which 
the writer has any definite information, and who is 
designated herein as "John Whiteley, St." He emi- 
grated to America from "White Haven, England," 
and settled near Jamestown, Virginia, in 1750. 

Within a few years after, he emigrated to 
America, his only brother, "Dr. Joseph Whiteley," 
who we designate herein as "Dr. Joseph Whiteley, 
Sr." (who had, for a number of years, been a practic- 
ing physician in "White Haven, England,") Emi- 
grated to America with his family, (embracing his 
wife and two sons,) who we designate herein as 
"Joseph Whiteley, Jr.," and "John Whiteley, Jr.," 
and settled in the same neighborhood with his 
brother, "John, Sr." 

The year Dr. Joseph, Sr. and family Emigrated 
to America, proved to be a very sickly one, in the 
swamps of Virginia, and Dr. Joseph Whiteley, Sr., 
and his Wife, were both stricken with malarial fever 
and died in August, 1755, leaving the two small 
boys, named "Joseph Whiteley, Jr." and "John 
\ Whiteley, Jr." 

By the very nature of things, it fell to the lot 
of the Bachelor Uncle, "John, Sr.," to take care of 
the two orphaned boys, as best he could. 

Dr. Joseph, Sr. had left an Estate in England 
but his brother, "John, Sr.," never returned to 
England to get possession of it, and nothing seems 
to be known as to what became of the property 
which belonged to the estate of Dr. Joseph, Sr. 

The Uncle cared for the Two Orphaned Boys, as 
well as he could, but soon after they grew to be Men, 
their uncle "John, Sr.," Died, a Batchelor, in 1770, 
having accumulated a good estate, as rated at that 

About the time of the death of his uncle, "John, 
Sr.," Joseph, Jr., married "Sarah Stoppleton," and 
moved from Virginia to North Carolina. This v/as 
about the time of the breaking out of the war for 
the Independence of this Country. 

John, Jr., the younger brother, who was single, 
joined the English Army, to fight for the "Old 
Country." He enlisted in the English Army at 
Charleston, South Carolina, and at the battle of 
Charleston, he fell dead on the field, pierced by a 

Joseph, Jr., took up arms in defense of his 
Adopted Country, and fought under General Greene; 
was wounded three times at the battle of Eutaw 
Springs, before he was carried ofif the field. He 
served through the war, however, and was honor- 
ably discharged. 

After the close of the war, He moved with his 
family to Washington County, Virginia, where he 
lived for several years, during which time he accu- 
mulated, through his own efforts and the aid he 
received from his uncle. "John, Sr.'s" estate, a fairly 
good estate, as rated at that time. 

He then disposed of his property, and received 
in payment therefor Continental money, which, in a 
short time, proved to be utterly worthless. This 
transaction left "Joseph, Jr." with very little prop- 
erty and a large family to care for. 

He then moved with his family, to Tennessee, 
and settled on the Cumberland River, about Seventy- 
Five IMiles above Nashville, where he established his 
Family Residence Homestead, which at that time, 
embraced every member of the Family founded by 
Joseph, Jr., and Sarah (Stoppleton) Whiteley, and 
from "this Family Residence Homestead" the 
writer will endeavor to trace, or account for, every 
member of the Family founded by Joseph Jr., and 
Sarah (Stoppleton) Whiteley. 

The Following Is A Brief History of 

The Family Founded by 

Joseph, Jr. and Sarah (Stoppleton) Whiteley. 

The following children were born to them: — 
"Thomas," "Joshua," "John," "Andrew," (first), 
"Joseph," "William," "Andrew," (second), "Nancy," 
"Polly," "James," "Samuel," "Sally," "Charles" and 
"Isaac," and all lived to be men and women with the 
exception of Andrew (first). 

Thomas Whiteley, married Winnaford Van 
Hook, in the state of Kentucky, and raised a large 
family. He was a Baptist Preacher in the Old 
School Baptist Church. He died in Clay County, 
Illinois, June 10th, 1832. 

Joshua Whiteley, when a young man, left home 
and went to the far west, and so far as can be ascer- 
tained was never heard of by his relatives. 

John Whiteley, married Christian Hall, and 
finally settled six miles east of Springfield, Clark 
County, Ohio, where they raised a family of Seven 
Children, who grew to be men and women. 

Andrew Whiteley (first), died at the age of four- 
teen months from the effects of a burn on the neck. 

Joseph Whiteley, married in the state of Ken- 
tucky, and died in Bartholomew County, Indiana, 
November 3, 1836, which seems to be about all that 
this writer has been able to learn of him. 

William Whiteley, married in the state of Ken- 
tucky, and died in Warren County, Indiana, August 
11, 1825. This writer has been unable to learn any- 
thing further in reference to him except that he left a 
family of Four Boys. 

Andrew Whiteley (second), married a Miss 
Thompkins, in Oldham Comity, Kentucky. 'Tis said 
that he buried three wives in Oldham County, Ken- 
tucky, and died in Piatt County, Missouri, in Octo- 
ber, 1863. 

Nancy Whiteley, married Allen Johnson, in 
Tennessee, reared a large family, and died Jan. 7, 
1834, at the old Homestead in Tennessee. 

Polly Whiteley, never married. The only infor- 
mation which seems to be obtainable in regard to 
her, is that she moved to Alabama and died in that 

James Whiteley, married in Alabama. He served 
in the conflict between England and the United 
States under General Jackson, at New Orleans, and 
afterward went to Texas with Kendell and Ruben 

They were waylaid on the way by a band of rob- 
bers, and the two Rosses were killed, James had his 
breast bone shot to pieces. 'Tis said that after sufifer- 
ing for nine days alone in the wilderness he died, 
Leaving no Children. 

Samuel Whiteley, married in the state of Ten- 
nessee. He was disloyal to his country during the 
rebellion, and was shot down October 12, 1862, at his 
mill door, while attempting to prevent the Union 
Troops from using his mill for grinding corn. 

Sally Whiteley, was born in the state of Ten- 
nessee, and lived to be about twenty years old (un- 
married) when she died with milk sickness Nov. 15, 

Charles Booth Whiteley, married in the state of 
Tennessee, and moved to Western Illinois, and from 
there to North Western Arkansas, where he died 
October 20, 1878. Have no further record of his 

Isaac Whiteley, married in the state of Ten- 
nessee and accompanied Charles Booth Whiteley to 
Carroll Co., Arkansas, where they were residing 
when last heard from. 

Joseph Whiteley, Jr., our Great Grandfather, 
died, at the residence established by him on, the 
Cumberland River, in the year 1818. 

After the death of her husband, Great Grand- 
mother, Sarah (Stoppleton) Whiteley, expressed a 
desire to follow her son, Grandfather John Whiteley, 
to Ohio, where she might spend the remainder of her 
life with him, and she was removed from the old 
"Tennessee Homestead" to Ohio, by my Father, 
Andrew Whiteley, her Grandson, and died at the 
home of her son. Grandfather John Whiteley, in 
Clark County, Ohio, in 1836, and her remains were 
buried in "Fletcher Chapel Cemetery." 

Referring To Our Grandfather And Grandmother 

John And Christian (Hall) Whiteley. 

Who Founded The Family Which We Designate As 

The Ohio Branch Of The Whiteley Family. 

John Whiteley (the Writer's Grandfather), son 
of Joseph Whiteley, Jr., was born in North Carolina, 
near Gifford Court House, in November, 1780. He 
was carried in his mother's arms off the battle field, 
where Generals Greene and Cornwallis fought the 
battle of the Revolution. 

After the war was over, he moved with his 
father's family, when he was about fifteen years of 
age, to Washington County, Virginia, where he 
resided with his father's family imtil he was about 
twenty-two or twenty-three years of age. 

He then moved, with his father's family, into 
Middle Tennessee, where they located near the 
Cumberland River, in the Cumberland Mountains, 
about seventy-five miles above Nashville and lived 
there, with his father, some three or four years. 

He then started out alone, and traveled into the 
State of Kentucky, in search of employment, that 
he could make a living at. 

He had been unfortunate in his early life, by 
being thrown from a horse, and having his right 
thigh broken, and later, when he was driving a five 
horse team down Clinch Mountain, in Virginia, his 
team ran away with him, and the wagon passed over 
his leg, breaking it in two places. 

These injuries he had sufi^ered, disabled him 
from doing much labor, so he applied himself to 
teaching school. Some five years after he first went 
to Kentucky, he went to Ohio, landing in Clark 
County, and took employment there. 

Later, he married "Christian Hall," whose 
family then lived about five miles east of Springfield, 
in Clark County. After they were married, they re- 
turned to Kentucky, where he again taught school 
for about three years, during which time, my Father, 
"Andrew Whiteley," was born to them, in Harrison 
County, Kentucky. 

They then moved back to Ohio, and located east 
of Springfield, where he taught school for two years 
more, and finally located on the Springfield and 
South Charleston Road, about six miles east of 
Springfield, where the family lived until he died in 
June, 1845. 

He was the father of Seven Children, all of whom 
survived him at his death. Soon after he moved into 
Harmony Township the people of the Township 
elected him to the office of Justice of the Peace, 
which offiice he held in Harmony and Springfield 
Townships for twenty-seven years, discharging the 
duties of the office to the best of his ability. 

The people of Clark County also elected him to 
the office of "County Commissioner," and he filled 
that position Seventeen Years, which was up to the 
time his health failed him, so he could not get around 
to discharge the duties any longer. 

As a Father he was kind and affectionate, but 
firm and positive; as a "Justice Of The Peace," his 
aim and object was to do justice between man and 
man, fearlessly and regardless of friend or foe. 

In filling the office of County Commissioner, his 
object was to see the County improve permanently, 
and as fast as could be done, without being oppres- 
sive to the people, being firmly of the opinion that 
the people collectively should advance a little faster 
than individually. 

"In Politics" he was an uncompromising Whig, 
and all of his energy and influence was thrown in 
that direction. The last vote he ever cast was given 
to Henry Clay, of Kentucky. On the subject of 
slavery he was uncompromisingly opposed to it in 
any form, and yet he was opposed to running the 
slave by the underground railroad, as he believed 
there to be a better way. 

On the subject of a future life, he believed there 
was one God, the Father of All and One, Our Lord 
Jesus Christ, who ultimately would redeem all and 
purify them, and in the end, will bring all to one 
Happy Home. 

Christian Hall (the writer's grandmother), was 
born in the State of Kentucky, on the 8th day of 
March, 1784. Her mother was of a French and 
Welsh family, and her father was of German descent. 

She moved in company, with her father's family, 
to the State of Ohio, in the spring of 1808. They 
crossed the Ohio River at Cincinnati, on March 28, 
into the State of Ohio, and settled five miles east of 
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, where she lived 
until the summer of 1811. 

She then married "John Whiteley," and they 
moved back into Kentucky, and lived there until the 
fall of 1813, while he taught school; during which 
time their eldest son, my Father, "Andrew 
Whiteley," was born to them in Harrison County, 

Then they returned to Clark County, Ohio, and 
settled east of Springfield, where they lived until the 
spring of 1817, when they moved to the farm in 
Harmony Township, where thev lived until 1839. 

When they moved two miles south, on the road 
leading from Springfield to "South Charleston," to 
their final Homestead, and lived there with her hus- 


band, until he died in 1845. She continued to live 
there with her son, "William Whiteley," for two or 
three years, until he married; Then she kept house 
for her son "Abner" (who had lost his First wife), 
until He concluded to break up housekeeping. 

She then kept house herself for some time on her 
son, "Joseph's" farm, but became tired of that, and 
spent the rest of her days around among her children, 
until she died, March 28th, 1858, aged 74 years and 
20 days. 

Just Fifty Years from the time she first crossed 
the Ohio River into Ohio, at the house of her son, 
Joseph, and in the very room she had, for so msLXiy 
years, expressed the desire that she might die. 

She was buried by the side of her husband in 
the Fletcher Chapel Cemetery. 

She was the mother of Seven Children, who all 
lived to be married and the heads of families, and all 
survived her. She was a kind and loving companion, 
one that strove to do all she could to make her hus- 
band's path very pleasant. She was an affectionate 
mother, often depriving herself to make her children 
comfortable. She could truly be called the orphan's 
friend, as she never appeared more happy than v/hen 
she had an orphan around her or was doing some- 
thing to relieve their needs. 

The Writer remembers one of her proteges, a 
boy of about the same age, named "William 
HufTman," who she raised. We played together 
when I visited Grandmother, and I remember that 
he and I, sometimes got caned, together, by Grand- 
father, for boyish misdemeanors. 

Grandfather was crippled, so he could not chase 
after us, but while sitting in his big arm chair, he had 
his cane laying across his knees, and bided his time, 
until we, thinking he had forgotten the incident, 
would approach near enough for him to grab us, and 
then we Got It 


A Brief History Of The Family Of 

John and Christian (Hall) Whiteley 

Founders Of The Family We Designate As 

The Ohio Branch Of The Whiteley Family 

The family of John and Christian (Hall) White- 
ley consisted of Seven Children, namely: "Andrew," 
"Freelove," "William," "Abner," "Joseph," "Nancy," 
and "Sally." 

Andrew Whiteley (our Father), the first born, 
was born in Harrison County, Kentucky, May 31st, 
1812, and died in Clark County, Ohio, January 30th, 

For more definite and complete information in 
regard to the Life Experiences and Accomplishments 
of "Andrew Whiteley," See Page 43. 

He married our Mother, Nancy Catherine Nel- 
son, (daughter of Amos and Jane (Sampson) Nel- 
son), born in Tioga County, New York, February 
28th, 1812; She Died in Springfield, Ohio, February 
15th, 1884. 

For more definite information as to the Life Ex- 
periences, Accomplishments and Usefulness of our 
Mother, "Nancy Catherine Whiteley," who was com- 
monly known, and referred to by her host of friends, 
as "Aunt Nancy," See Page 40. 

Sally Whiteley, married Benjamin F. Wallings- 
ford, moved to Iowa, raised a large family and died 
in 1905. 

Freelove Whiteley, married John Ryan, later 
moved to the vicinity of Sedalia, Mo., and died June 
21, 1876. 

Nancy Whiteley, married James Stewart, they 
also moved to the vicinity of Sedalia, Mo., and she 
died August 23, 1863. 


William Whiteley, was born Jan. 18, 1815, in 
Clark County, Ohio, where he resided continuously 
until his death, January, 1896. He married Mary Ann 
Stickney in 1847. She was born August 25, 1822, 
and died Jan. 21, 1901, leaving one child, Mary Eliza- 
beth Whiteley, born September 26, 1857, who now 
resides in Springfield, Ohio. 

William Whiteley, who was commonly known 
throughout the State and many other states as 
"Uncle Billy," was a manufacturer and an inventor 
in various lines of agricultural implements and ma- 

He was also connected prominently with the 
building of the Springfield & London Railroad, and 
was one of the commissioners of Clark County for 
a number of years. 

He was one of the commissioners of the State 
of Ohio, under appointment by the Governor, repre- 
senting the State of Ohio at the great Centennial 
Exposition held in Philadelphia, in 1876. 

"Uncle Billy" was also a member of a Trio, in- 
cluding "Asel Franklin," and a "Mr. Miller" of near 
Enon, who, each invented a Sod Plow, and as I re- 
member, theirs were the first practicable "Metal 
Mold Board" sod plows ever produced. 

I am remembering the spirited competition be- 
tween these men, as shown by their exhibits at the 
Plowing Matches, held each year, preceeding the 
County Fairs, which attracted great crowds, who 
were interested in the tests, and the awarding of 
prizes for the Best Plow, also the Best Plow Team 
and the Best Plowman. 

"Uncle Smith Wood" was "Uncle Billy's" con- 
temporary, and he had the Best Plow Team and was 
the Best Plowman of the bunch. 

In laying off the land, his team was trained to 
run to a stake, at the far end of the land, and they 
kept their eyes on that stake, so that the first furrow 


was nearly as straight as a line could be drawn, and 
in returning for the back furrow, they maintained a 
perfect line, and "Uncle Billy's" plow was so per- 
fectly constructed that it would cut to the uniform 
depth required, and I have seen "Uncle Smith" walk 
behind the plow, not touching it for distances of one 
hundred feet or more. 

Abner Whiteley was born in Clark County, 
Ohio, February 13th, 1816, and died in Kansas City, 
Missouri, June 24th, 1908. 

For First Wife he married "Mary Ann Bennett" 
in 1839. 

To this union Three Children were born: "Ben- 
nett," "John" and "Mary Jane." 

John Whiteley died single, while serving in the 
Civil War. January 13th, 1862. 

Bennett Whiteley married, moved to Kansas, 
and died there, leaving Six Children. 

Mary Jane Whiteley married John Harrison 
Snyder, June 29th, 1875, and now lives in San Diego, 

The family of Mary Jane (Whiteley) Snyder 
embraced two boys, "Charles Abner Snyder," born 
March 29, 1876, died June 20, 1876, and "John Harri- 
son Snyder," born Feb. 15, 1892. 

Also three girls, "Mary Whiteley Snyder," born 
July 28, 1877, was married to Roy G. Barnes Oct. 
14, 1900, "Jennie Agnes Snyder," born March 3, 1879, 
died Dec. 3, 1879. 

For Second Wife Abner Whiteley married "Ann 
Silvers," May 3rd, 1859. She died March 14th, 1873, 
leaving Two Children, "Benjamin Franklin White- 
ley," and "Charles Addison Whiteley." 

Benjamin Franklin Whiteley was born April 23, 
1860, and married for First Wife Millie Agnes Miller 


June, 1880, and for Second Wife he married Mary 
Skinner June 22, 1887. 

From both marriages, Eight Children resulted, 
namely : 

"Earnest Eugene Whiteley," born July 4, 1881, 
died Sept. 21, 1882; 

"Harold Earl Whiteley," born Jan. 17, 1889; 

"Frank Edwards Whiteley," born July 28, 1891 ; 

"Leucian Alexis Whiteley," born Aug. 13, 1894. 
died Aug. 24, 1895. 

"Dixie Whiteley," born Sept. 17, 1896, died July 
22, 1897. 

"Phenie Irene Whiteley," born July 19, 1898. 

"Frankie Elizabeth Whiteley," born June, 1903. 

It is believed that all of the children of Benja- 
min Franklin Whiteley, who are living now, reside 
in western Missouri or eastern Kansas, but we are 
without any further definite information. 

Charles Addison Whiteley, was born July 6, 
1861, died August 21, 1861. 

For more definite and complete information in 
regard to the Life Experiences and Accomplishments 
of Uncle Abner Whiteley, See Page 19. 

Joseph Whiteley was born in Clark County, 
Ohio, Jan. 18, 1818, and died at the residence of his 
daughter, "Mrs. Nancy J. Noggle," in Darke Coun- 
ty, Ohio, January 30th, 1902. He married in 1840 
Mary A. Hempleman, who was born in Clark Coun- 
ty, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1821. She died Jan. 21, 1888, in 
Darke County, Ohio. 

Aunt Mary Ann was a remarkable woman, with 
a remarkable ancestry, which is more fully and com- 
pletely presented in Mr. George Whiteley's "History 
of the Hempleman Family." 


To this union Twelve Children were born. 

"Ruth," born April 21st, 1842; died, October 
2nd, 1849. 

"Clark," born August 14th, 1843; died, October 
4th, 1890. 

"Clay," born December 25th, 18^4. Is now liv- 
ing in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

"Alice," born August 27th, 1846, died October 
25th, 1846. 

"George," born September 3rd, 1847. Is now 
living in his splendid residence Home in Muncie, In- 

John Whiteley was born in Clark County, Ohio, 
July 12, 1849. He married Adie Hart, Dec. 28, 1881. 
No children were ever born to them. John, like all 
of his brothers, did not stick to the farm long, but 
soon drifted into the machine business. 

He too was connected in various capacities with 
the Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly and Amos Whiteley 
& Company in the management of the sales of ma- 
chines at their branch houses, and later he located and 
engaged in business in Greenville, Ohio, where he 
died, November 3rd, 1914. 

"Scott," born May 28th, 1851, died November 
28th, 1853. 

"Mary A.," born March 1st. 1854, died October 
27th, 1854. 

"Nancy J.," Born September 22nd, 1855, is now 
living in "New Madison, Ohio." 

"Charles," born March 24th, 1858, died March 
30th, 1862. 

"Florence," born November 17th, 1859; died 
October 19th, 1872. 

"Joseph Jr.," born September 14th, 1861. Is now 
living in Greenville, Ohio. 


Of The Four Children Who Are Now Living. 

Clay Whiteley was born in Clark Co., Ohio, 
Dec. 25, 1844; he married Mary Stipes Dec. 18, 1871, 
who died November 7th, 1921, and was buried in 
Fernclifif Cemetery, at Springfield, Ohio. No chil- 
dren were ever born to them. While he was born 
on the farm like most of the other Whiteleys, he 
hankered for a business life and was for many 
years connected with the firm of Whiteley, Fassler 
& Kelly in various capacities, including management 
of their Eastern Branch Houses. 

Later he was engaged in the implement and ma- 
chinery business at Indianapolis, and at present is 
associated with his brother, as owners of the City 
Ice & Cold Storage Company, of Muncie; but he is 
now living in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

George Whiteley was born in Clark Co., Ohio, 
Sept. 3, 1847, and married Lizzie Gessler, Dec. 24, 
1885. No children were ever born to them. George 
is another born farmer, who had early aspirations for 
a more strenuous business life. He was for many 
years engaged with Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, and 
other manufacturers of harvesting machinery, rep- 
resenting their interests in various parts of the coun- 

A few years ago he superintended the building 
and operating of a telephone exchange at Greenville, 
Ohio. Later he moved to Muncie, where he and his 
brother now own and operate the City Ice & Cold 
Storage Company. 

George really immortalized himself, through the 
compilation and publishing of the "History of the 
Hempleman Family." This establishes his reputa- 
tion as a Compiler and Publisher, and gives me an 
opportunity to refer all readers, to His publication, 
for definite information in regard to my Aunt, "Mary 
Ann," his mother, and her family. 


Joseph Whiteley, Jr., was born in Clark Co., 
Ohio, Sept. 14, 1861, and married Clara Niswonger, 
Sept. 8, 1890. He also drifted away from the farm 
and into the machine business as a traveling sales- 
man at an early date, but he is now located in busi- 
ness at Greenville, Ohio, and he seems to be the only 
member of his father's family who is perpetuating 
the name. 

The family of Joseph and Clara (Niswonger) 
Whiteley, Jr., consists of two children, Mary White- 
ley, and Earl Whiteley. 

Earl Whiteley, the son of Joseph Whiteley, Jr., 
after acquiring a thorough education, took up the 
vocation of electrical engineering, and after acquir- 
ing the necessary vocational education and exper- 
ience as an electrical engineer. 

He joined his father, who was a successful 
plumbing contractor, and the father and son are now 
conducting a contracting business, embracing both 
Plumbing, Steam Heating, and Electrical Equip- 
ment at Greenville, Ohio. 

Nancy J. Whiteley, was born in Clark County, 
Ohio, Sept. 22, 1855, and married David Noggle, Nov. 
1st, 1882. To them Three Children were born, 
"Grace," "Blanch," and "Glen." 

This family is now living in New Madison, Ohio, 
but the writer is unable to give further information in 
regard to either of the three children born to them. 


Referring to Uncle Abner Whiteley. 

In connection with the record of the Ohio 
Branch of the Whiteley Family, founded by John 
and Christian (Hall) Whiteley, the writer suggested 
that more definite and complete information would 
be given in this article, referring to Uncle Abner 

From the information accumulated in regard to 
him, the writer is impressed that Uncle Abner must 
have been a Real Man. 

My first personal recollection of him was when 
he was a teacher at the Reid School, where I was a 
pupil, I felt that he punished me unmercifully for an 
infraction of his rules, and I then promised him that, 
if I ever grew up to be a man capable of doing so, I 
would give him a Terrible Thrashing. 

However, I must have forgotten the promise, or 
thought better of it later, for I never attempted to 
fulfill my promise to him, and judging from the rec- 
ord he later established for himself as a fighter, I 
think it was just as well for me that I never attempt- 
ed to do so. 

In addition to being a farmer and school teacher, 
he was possessed of more than ordinary inventive 
genius, and while my brother, William N., was en- 
gaged in developing his inventions, in connection 
with his Champion Harvesting Machines, Uncle 
Abner invented some valuable devices, which he sold 
to William N. He was a man of great physical force, 
energy, and determination. 

While he was born on a farm in Clark County, 
Ohio, with strong natural inclinations for farming 
and owning farms, which desire he gratified later in 
life, he spent some time in teaching school, radiating 
between the school house and the farm. 


Mr. Whiteley once conceived the idea that he 
knew more about finances, stock speculations, etc., 
than the Wall Street, New York, crowd. The writer 
remembers of hearing hitn unfold his scheme to his 
brother, Andrew Whiteley, for cleaning up the Wall 
Street crowd. Andrew just smiled and said to him: 

"Oh, yes; you will be a duckling in the hands of 
that crowd and will get your pin feathers picked ef- 
fectively." But Abner never had a scheme that he did 
not at least attempt to carry out, so he took a whack 
at Wall Street, getting, as Father said he would, his 
pin feathers picked. 

However, Uncle Abner knew when he had 
enough, and returned to Springfield with the money 
that he managed to keep the Wall Street crowd from 
getting away from him, and, we believe, it is safe to 
say, that is the only venture he ever undertook that 
proved a failure. 

After his second marriage in Ohio, Uncle Abner 
moved, with the members of his families who were 
then living, and located first in the vicinity of Leav- 
enworth, Kansas, in the year 1858, where his western 
activities were started, and continued in eastern 
Kansas and western Missouri, with headquarters be- 
tween Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kansas City, Miss- 
ouri, which was his last home. 

He died June 24th, 1908, in Kansas City, Mis- 
souri, at the home of his grandson, O. G. Watson, 
from a sudden stroke of paralysis. He was buried in 
Mount Washington Cemetery. 

Referring to his activities in the West, we pre- 
sent the following article, which was published in 
the "Springfield Ohio Daily News" of July 5th, 1908. 

Which gives the most definite information ob- 
tainable in regard to Uncle Abner's western activi- 
ties and experiences. 


"Abner Whiteley, the last of the four sons of 
John Whiteley, was buried Tuesday at Kansas City, 
Missouri, where he had lived since 1858. He died 
the Friday before at the home of his grandson, O. G. 
Watson, at the age of 92 years. The cause of his 
death was a sudden stroke of paralysis. 

The Whiteley family was Kentucky stock. John 
Whiteley came here from that state just 105 years 
ago, and he left descendants who have made the name 
famous in manylines of life. Four sons were born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Whiteley on their farm in this county. 
They were "Andrew," "Abner," "Joseph," and "Wil- 
liam." With the death of Abner, the second genera- 
tion of the family in Clark County has passed away. 
William died in 1896 at the age of 81 years. Andrew 
died in 1897 at the age of 85 years, Joseph died in 
1902 aged 84 years. 

William is survived by one daughter, Margaret 
Whiteley, of this city. Andrew Whiteley is survived 
by Amos Whiteley, of Muncie, Indiana; and Mrs. 
Johnson Morton, of this city. 

Abner Whiteley, the last one of the family to 
pass away, made a name for himself in Kansas City 
and Platte County, where he left one of the largest 
estates in the district. He went to Kansas in '58 
when the anti-slavery feeling was at its height. Amid 
the sea of troubles that tore Missouri during the 
Civil War he was one of the first fighters for the 
abolition of slavery." 

The Kansas City Journal printed the following 
in its issue of July 1, referring to Abner Whiteley: 

"Mr. Whiteley came to Platte County from 
Springfield, Ohio, in 1858, just at the time when the 
feeling between abolitionists and slave owners was 
waxing hot. He chose his claim in Missouri and 
staked it out. It was the custom in those days for a 


man to tell his political leanings immediately upon 
settling in a strange locality. When his new neigh- 
bors found that Mr. Whiteley was a strong aboli- 
tionist they forthwith ordered him out of the county. 
But Mr. Whiteley steadfastly refused to be driven 
from his home. 

"Soon after the beginning of the Civil War, Mr. 
Whiteley began to meet with frequent assaults upon 
the public highway, and finally he was not safe from 
attacks even in his home. One of the attempts upon 
his life which Mr. Whiteley used to tell with no little 
glee, happened in this wise: 

Mr. Whiteley had the day previous to the at- 
tack received four notes of warning, done in beauti- 
ful feminine handwriting and adorned with many 
Skulls and Crossbones. Heedless of the warnings 
he went about his work as usual. In the afternoon, 
while engaged in digging postholes, he was startled 
by the click of a pistol. He turned and found four 
men who had him covered with weapons of various 

"Not a whit daunted by the weapons or numbers 
he turned fiercely upon his assailants and was shot 
in the chest by a charge from both barrels of a shot- 
gun. He staggered back and fell, only after having 
received the bullet from a pistol in his stomach. 
After he was on the ground, an apparently uncon- 
scious man, one of his assailants clubbed his gun 
and struck him a fearful blow on the head, the scar 
from which Mr. Whiteley bore to his grave. 

"Then the four men turned and left their victim 
lying, dead, as they thought, upon the ground. Mr. 
Whiteley was in no condition to arise, though he 
was not dead, and it was fortunate for him that such 
was the case. 

Five minutes afterwards the four men returned 
and Mr. Whiteley heard the leader say: 'Better put 


another shot in him just for keeps.' The other shot 
was put into Mr. Whiteley's left shoulder, and the 
men walked away again. There was no attempt at 
disguise and the wounded man recognized them 
clearly as his immediate neighbors. 

"Such was the life led by the stern, old aboli- 
tionist. This accounted attack on his life was only 
one of the many. But in spite of it all, Mr. Whiteley 
lived to be 92 years of age, and in his long life he 
accumulated a vast amount of wealth, chiefly in 

"After the war, life was somewhat brighter for 
him, but Mr. Whiteley never truly enjoyed his 
wealth. He did not know how to get pleasure in 
spending money. Often he told his friends with 
tears running down his cheeks, that he longed to be 
able to spend his money Like Other Men, and to en- 
joy it. 

Yet he frankly admitted that it was like a severe 
punishment for him to part with a single cent. So 
far did he carry that peculiarity that when he would 
make the trip to San Diego, California, where his only 
daughter lived, he would buy a second-class railroad 
ticket, and carry his lunch in a basket with him; eat- 
ing it in the smoker. 

"Mr. Whiteley died Friday morning at the 
home of his grandson, O. G. Watson, 1624 Belleview 
Avenue. Though 92 years of age, he was a man of 
marked vitality. His death was due to a sudden 
stroke of paralysis. Mr. Whiteley is survived by 
one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Snyder, who now lives 
in San Diego, California. 

He was also the father of three sons, all of whom 
are dead. The funeral services were held at Wagner's 
Chapel yesterday afternoon, and burial was in Mount 
Washington Cemetery." 

Now, Dear Reader, after reading the foregoing 
account of Uncle Abner's activities during life, do 


you wonder that I never attempted to carry out my 
promise to him, made when I was a pupil in his 
school? I am believing that if I had ever attempted 
it, I would not now be compiling this History. 

Referring to the Life and Activities of "Uncle 
Abner," my only regret, is that he was never able to 
secure the pleasure he might have derived from 
spending his money, as other Successful Business 
men have done. 


Referring To The Ancestors Of 
Our Grandfather, Amos Nelson. 

The first of the name of Nelson, of which we 
have any knowledge is "William Nelson," born and 
raised in Scrooby, England. The record shows that 
at Scrooby, William Nelson was the Post Master; 
that is, he was charged with providing the post 
horses for traveling and incidentally, for carrying 

Later, he emigrated, about the year 1633, to 
America, and located at Plymouth, Mass. William 
Nelson is frequently mentioned in the records of 
Plymouth, from 1633 to 1677. He died about the 
year 1680. 

He was married to Martha Ford, who was born 
in Plymouth, November 21st, 1621, the day after 
her parents landed from the ship "Fortune." 

William Nelson, (2) son of William Nelson, (1) 
and Martha (Ford) Nelson, was born in 1645. He 
was one of the Twenty Six purchasers of a tract of 
land in the eastern part of Middleboro, where he set- 
tled about 1662. 

He married Ruth Foyal, daughter of Richard 
Foyal, of Plymouth. Their grave stones stand, and 
are still legible in the burial ground of the First 
Congregational Church, Middleboro. William 
Nelson (2) died March 22. 1718, aged 7Z years. Ruth 
(Foyal) Nelson, died September 7th, 1726, age 66 
years. So far as known, only one child, a Son was 
born to William and Ruth (Foyal) Nelson. 

Thomas Nelson (3), was born in Middleboro. 
May 17, 1675. He married Hope Higgins, of 
Barnstable, about 1698. In 1717, Thomas Nelson (3) 
bought of the Indians the Nelson Homestead, which 


is still in possession of the family, in West Middle- 
boro, now Lakeview, on the shores of Assawampsett 

Hope (Higgins) Nelson lived to be 106 years old, 
retaining her faculties in a remarkable degree up to 
the time of her death. Thomas (3) and Hope 
(Higgins) Nelson had Twelve Children, of whom 

William Nelson (4), born May 30, 1714, was 
married to Elizabeth Howland, October 2nd, 1740. 
William Nelson (4), died December 14th, 1776, aged 
62 years; Elizabeth (Howland) Nelson, his wife, 
died April 20th, 1809, aged 91 years. 

Their children are: Rev. William Nelson (5), 
married First to a Miss Reed, and Second, to Hannah 
Backus, daughter of Rev. Isaac Backus, for whom 
the Backus Historical Society of New York was 
named. Also Rev. Ebenezer Nelson, (5) ; Rev. Samuel 
Nelson, (5); Elizabeth Nelson; Eunice Nelson; 
Abner Nelson; and Deacon Amos Nelson, (5). 

Deacon Amos Nelson (5), was born in 1742, and 
married Eunice Eddy Pierce, May 25th, 1769. Deacon 
Amos Nelson died November 11th, 1793, aged 53 
years. Eunice Eddy (Pierce) Nelson, died May 27, 
1783, aged 39 years. Their children were: Hann.ih 
(5), Isaac, Mary and Amos, (6). 

Amos Nelson, (6) son of Deacon Amos Nelson 
and Eunice Eddy (Pierce) Nelson, and father of Our 
Mother, Nancy Catherine Nelson, was born in 1780. 
He married Jane Sampson at Mattapoisett, Mass., 
in 1809 and moved to Tioga County, New York. He 
was a cabinet maker, and died November 8th, 1816, 
his death being caused by a carbuncle on his elbow. 


Referring To The Ancestors Of 
Our Grandmother, Jane (Sampson) Nelson 

Including Other Members Of The Sampson Family. 

When I came to record the information I had 
obtained, in regard to the Sampson Family, I found 
that I had none, so I am "Purloining" from Cousin 
Wallace Marshall's Great Geneological Record Book, 
the information he had obtained, in regard to the 
Sampson Family, and recorded therein. 

It would seem that he had sent a representative, 
Mr. Edwin S. Todd, to Massachusetts, to procure in- 
formation in regard to the Sampson Family, and the 
following is what he wrote, under date of July 3rd, 
presumably 1920. 

"I got to New Bedford early this morning. I 
was eager to hike out to Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, 
so I bestrode my bicycle, and crossed the bridge across 
an arm of Buzzard's Bay, to Fairhaven, ten miles 

"There was nothing in the way of interest at 
Fairhaven; some of the Sampsons had lived there, 
however, in days gone by. I then pushed on to Mat- 
tapoisett, a little village on Buzzard's Bay; a beauti- 
ful, old Massachusetts village, old fashioned, with 
Colonial look. 

"I then went to Long Plain, and was shown what 
is known as the old Sampson Place, in between two 
large ponds or lakes. I found the spot where sup- 
posedly the old Sampson Farm was, near Long 
Plain. I also found the graveyard full of Sampsons. 
It was raining so hard that I did not search through 
the yard very long. People seeing me in the rain, in 
the old forsaken graveyard, must have thought me 
crazy, and it may be that I am. I didn't succeed in 


finding "Great, Great Grandfather" Sampson's grave, 
but have little doubt that I w^as on the spot. 

"Anyhow^, I have seen with my own eyes the place 
from whence came your Grandmother, Wright, Nel- 
son, et al. It is too bad that I can't learn the route 
she took, finally landing in Ohio; if I knew, I would 
follow her up. I may stay around here another day, 
to hunt for Sampsons; some of them live in this 
place. This is a beautiful country, rolling, full of 
lakes, with good roads, and it has been a full day 
for me. 

"Get out your map of Massachusetts, if you want 
to see the general neighborhood occupied by your 
ancestors. Plymouth Rock is only twenty miles 
from here. Begin at New Bedford, thence eastward 
to Mattapoisett, thence northerly to Rochester and 
Long Plain, on to Middleboro." 

Jane Sampson, our Grandmother, was a daugh- 
ter of "Edward and Catherine Sampson." She was 
born in Massachusetts in 1787, and died at the resi- 
dence of Mrs. Dunhams, near Lebanon, Ohio, No- 
vember 6, 1844. 

She was brought up, and educated to woman- 
hood, at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, where she was 
First married to "Amos Nelson" in 1809. 

Having set out herein the Ancestors of Our 
Grandfather, Amos Nelson, and Our Grandmother, 
Jane Sampson, together with a brief history of their 
ancestors, we now present on the following page, the 
record of the Family founded by them. 


Record Of The Family Founded By 
Amos and Jane (Sampson) Nelson. 

Amos Nelson, (Our Grandfather) son of Deacon 
Amos Nelson, was born in Massachusetts in 1780, 
and died in Tioga County, New York, November 
8th, 1816. 

He married Our Grandmother, Jane Sampson, 
at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, in 1809. They then 
moved to Tioga County, New York, where Grand- 
father died. 

To this union Four Children were born. 

John Nelson was born in 1810. He was killed 
by the explosion of a boiler of a steamboat of which 
he was the pilot, near Galveston, Texas, in 1842. 

Nancy Catherine Nelson (Our Mother) was 
born in Tioga County, New York, February 28th, 

Caroline Nelson (My Mother's only full sister), 
was born in Tioga County, New York, August 31st, 

Benjamin F. Nelson was born in 1815, and died 
in 1821. 

After the death of Grandfather "Amos Nelson," 
their Two Daughters, "Nancy Catherine," and "Caro- 
line," went to live with their uncle. Captain Ebenezer 
Bennett, who married a sister of our Grandmother, 
"Jane Sampson," and who then lived in Massachu- 

Later, when Captain Ebenezer Bennett moved 
from Massachusetts to Clark County, Ohio, he took 
with him the two Nieces, "Nancy Catherine," and 
"Caroline" Nelson, in addition to his own family, 
which embraced two sons, "Marcus" and "Edward," 
and one daughter, "Mary Ann," who later became the 
First wife of our Uncle, "Abner Whiteley." 

Captain Bennett, another son of Ebenezer Ben- 
nett, remained in Massachusetts and later became a 
great Sea Captain. 


Referring To Additional Families Founded By 
Our Grandmother Jane (Sampson) Nelson 

Through Her Later Marriages. 

After the death of Grandfather "Amos Nelson," 
for Second Marriage, Grandmother, "Jane (Samp- 
son) Nelson" married "Abram Morton" in 1818; 
after which they moved from New York to near 
Gallipolis, where Abram Morton died in 1821. To 
this union one daughter, Rhoda Ann Morton, was 
born, October 25th, 1819. 

She married "Thomas Smith Wood," March 
23rd, 1837. To this union Seven Children were born; 
"Marietta," "Selucia," "Margaret," "Melissa," 
"Charles F.," "Clara," and "Grant." 

Marietta Wood was very nearly the writer's age, 
and we were very chummy cousins together, from 
my earliest recollection. She married "Samuel 
Todd," a very capable man, who filled many positions 
of trust very acceptably. I am remembering that 
during two summers, when I was making headquar- 
ters at Bloomington, Illinois, for the sale of the 
Champion Machines for that State, Samuel Todd 
and Uncle Solomon Marshall, were conducting a Gen- 
eral Store at Lexington. I spent as many week ends 
with their families as other engagements would per- 
mit me to spend. 

I regret that my knowledge of Uncle Smith 
Wood's family was substantially limited to Cousin 
Marietta, and after her marriage to "Samuel Todd," 
my business engagements did not permit me to keep 
in sufficiently close touch with the other Children of 
Uncle Smith Wood's family, to give any definite in- 
formation in regard to them. 

For Third Marriage, Grandmother, Jane 
(Sampson) Morton, (who had been a school teacher, 


herself) married "Silas Eddy," a school teacher, at 
Gallipolis, Ohio, May 5th, 1822. To this union no 
children were born. 

After Mr. Eddy's death, the widow moved from 
Gallipolis to Clark County, Ohio, to join her two 
daughters, who had removed there, and were living 
with their uncle, "Captain Ebenezer Bennett." 

For Her Fourth Marriage, Grandmother, Jane 
(Sampson) Eddy, married "John Wright," in 
Clark County, Ohio, July 6th, 1823. To this union 
Four Children, Two Boys and Two Girls, were born. 

Thomas Wright, the first born, was born Sep- 
tember 28th, 1824, and died March 27th, 1897. He 
married, September 28th, 1845, "Phoebe Negely," 
who was born July 11th, 1828, and died September 
14th, 1908. 

To this union Eight Children were born; 
"Phoebe Jane," "Lillian B.," "Cynthia Ann," 
Benjamin F.," "Thomas Jefferson," "Ida Mav," 
"William F.," and "Otto G." 

I am, however, regretting very much that, after 
Uncle Thomas Wright removed from Clark County 
to Logan County, near Bellefountaine, Ohio, where 
he lived and conducted his farming interests, in con- 
nection with John Kirby, until he died, my business 
engagements prevented me from keeping in compan- 
ionable touch with the family, and I am unable to 
furnish more definite information in regard to their 
eight children. 

Benjamin F. Wright, the second born, was born 
June 28th, 1827, and died Tulv 20th, 1894. He mar- 
ried, December 25th, 1848, "Olive C. Whitridge," 
who was born December 8th, 1829, and died January 
2nd, 1897. 


To this union Five Children were born; Four 
Daughters and One Son. 

Estella Wright, the first born, was born October 
2nd, 1849; died October 22nd, 1918. She married 
"A. B. Cozier" September 9th, 1872. To this union, 
I understand. Five Children were born, but it was 
only my good fortune to know, anything like inti- 
mately, the two Daughters, "Grace Edna" and 
"Ethel Vietta." 

Grace Cozier, the first daughter, married 
"Charles Henderson," in 1914, and they are now 
living near Springfield, Ohio. 

During her single life, she permitted herself to 
be made the pack mule for relatives, friends, and in 
some cases, for mere acquaintances. 

Ethel Cozier, the second daughter, became a 
teacher in the public schools at Springfield, Ohio. 
Later, she moved to New England, and married 
"Burt Puckridge," prominently connected with the 
Rail Road Business, but when her father and mother 
required nursing, she left her Baby Girl, with her hus- 
band, and returned to Springfield, to care for her 
Father and Mother, in their last illness. 

Alveretta Wright, the second born, was born 
November 28th, 1850. She married "Thomas 
Roahen," January 27th, 1878. To them Six Children 
were born; "Forest W.", "Olen F.". "Elizabeth", 
"Florence", "Grace", and "Thomas Benjamin", but I 
am unable to give more definite information in re- 
gard to their children. They are now living on a 
farm near Springfield, Ohio. 

Florence Wright was born January 7th, 1854. 
She married "Jacob H. Tuttle." December 28th, 1880, 

To them Five Children were born ; "Mary", 
"Earle W.", "Blanch Adel", "Hazel Vietta" and 
"Jennie Alice," but I am unable to give further in- 
formation in regard to their children. 


Elizabeth Elimara Wright was born March 28th, 
1856. She married "J- C. Parthmore," in August, 
1879. He was prominently connected with the gal- 
vanized iron cornice business. To them Two Chil- 
dren were born; "Olive C", and "Clarence W.", but 
I am unable to give any more definite information in 
regard to their children. 

I am unable to give the date of Parthmore's 
death, but his widow is now living in Springfield, 

Thomas L. Wright, the youngest of the family, 
was born January 19th, 1859. He married "Jennie 
Oldfather," December 25th, 1885. No children were 
ever born to them, but Tom and Jennie are living 
happily in their home in Springfield, Ohio, where 
Tom is conducting a successful Sales Agency Busi- 

Mary Jane Wright, the third child born, was 
born May 7th, 1829, and died December 29th, 1907. 
She married "Henry B. Negely," March 4th, 1845. 
He died, leaving her a widow, but I am unable to 
give the date of his death. 

To this union Five Children were born ; Four 
Daughters and One Son. 

Olive Negely married Tom Cartmell. 

Jane Negely married Frank Baldwin. 

John Henry Negely was, for many years, the 
Engineer at Amos Whiteley & Co.'s Factory. He 
married "Mary Selm" at Springfield, and later, they 
moved to Detroit, Michigan, where I understand 
John Henry died. I believe no children were ever 
born to that union. 

Phoebe B. Negely married Frank Packam, and I 
understand that Three Children were born to this 
union; William, Alice and Lenora, but I am unable 
to give more defiinite information in regard to them. 


Sarah Negley was first married to "Isaac 
Seaton," who was a Mail Carrier and member of the 
Fire Department in Springfield, Ohio. He died there 
in 1883. 

To this union Two Sons were born. 

Harry McBride Seaton, who is now living with 
his mother, in Springfield, Ohio, and is unmarried. 

William Ray Seaton, who is married, and now 
lives in Detroit, Michigan, and is a successful prac- 
ticing lawyer there. At present he is the attorney for 
the "Pere Marquette R. R. Co." at Detroit. 

Later, "Sarah Negely Seaton" married "James 
Lot." To this union no children were ever born, but 
the husband and wife are living cozily, in their own 
home in Springfield, Ohio. 

Sarah Ann Wright, the fourth child born, was 
born in 1831. She married "Solomon H. Marshall" 
in 1851. 

"Aunt Sarah Ann" was the youngest of the 
family, and I am remembering that while she was a 
small girl, she spent considerable time at our house, 
as she was the special favorite of our mother. 

To this union Six Children were born; Three 
Daughters and Three Sons, embracing: 

Emma A., who married "George W. Bringham." 
George L., who married "Lizzie Smiley." 
Mary J., who married "George P. Haywood." 
Wallace, who married "Alice E. Soppington." 
Sarah Lyla, who married "C. F. Moore." 
Henry W., who married "Laura O. Van Natta." 
For more definite information in regard to the 
Life Experiences and Accomplishments of The Mar- 



shall Brothers, See the following Article, "Referring 
to Wallace and Henry Wright Marshall." 

Also for more complete and very full information 
in regard to the family of Aunt Sarah Ann and Uncle 
Solomon H. Marshall, I am referring the reader to 
the account given of the Marshall Family in the 
great "Geneological Book," published by Cousin 
"Wallace Marshall," which gives more definite and 
complete information in regard to the Marshall Fam- 
ily, and all of their families, referred to herein, than 
I could possibly attempt to furnish. 

Together with more definite and complete infor- 
mation, in regard to the members of the diflferent 
families. Embracing the "Nelsons," "Mortons," 
"Woods," and "Wrights," founded by Our Grand- 
mother, Jane (Sampson) under various married 

I thank you, Cousin Wallace, for the beautiful 
presentation you have made of the members of our 
Whiteley Family; while they may not deserve all of 
the merit you have given them credit for; it is pleas- 
ant, indeed, to be so kindly and creditably presented, 
and I want to Thank You Again. 

The great book you have prepared, appeals to 
me as a "Wonderful Production," and I want to com- 
pliment the Genius and Initiative, which prompted 
you to secure the verification and confirmation of, 
"The Spirits" of our ancestors, and others, who ac- 
companied them to America in "The Mayflower," 
That scheme was, indeed, Very Clever. 


Referring To Wallace And Henry Wright Marshall 

I am just now realizing what a Reckless Prom- 
ise I made when I stated, in connection with my His- 
tory of the Marshall Family, that more definite in- 
formation in regard to the life experiences and accom- 
lishments of the Marshall Brothers would be given 
in this article. I did not then fully realize that I 
had promised to furnish information that I was not 
in possession of, and am not capable of procuring and 
properly presenting. 

I knew, personally and companionably, both 
their Father and Mother, before they were married, 
which was several years before either of the Marshall 
Brothers was born. I have not attempted to give the 
information I possessed, or my very high opinion and 
estimate of Uncle Solomon Marshall and Aunt Sar- 
ah Ann Wright Marshall, in my history of the fam- 
ily, realizing that Cousin Wallace would present, in 
his great book, referring to his Father and Mother, 
much more complete information in regard to them 
than I could possibly present, and I was very willing, 
indeed, to leave the presentment of his Father and 
Mother to Wallace. 

I had only a slight acquaintance with, or infor- 
mation in regard to, Wallace and Henry W. before 
the family moved to Montmorenci, Indiana, where I 
understand the Marshall Brothers received their pre- 
liminary School Education, which was rounded out 
in higher Educational Institutions of LaFayette, In- 

However, judging by what they have each ac- 
complished, I am believing they both must have been 
pretty good Absorbers from association, and that 
they were both fortunate in having associates from 
whom they could absorb something worth while, and 
that proved to be of great value to them in success- 
fully conducting the great business enterprises and 


successful business schemes, which they have con- 

While I have not been in frequent or close touch 
with the Brothers during their business careers, it 
was not really necessary that I should be, in order 
to know something of their accomplishments. On 
the contrary, it was only necessary for me to Read 
The Records which they made up from month to 
month, and year to year. 

Referring particularly to Henry W. After having 
various experiences on the farm, and in connection 
with certain side lines, he joined Brother Wallace in 
reorganizing the LaFayette Bridge Company, of 
which Company he became the President, and 
Brother Wallace was the General Superintendent 
and Engineer. While I am not familiar with the de- 
tails, I know that the Marshall Brothers conducted 
the business of the Bridge Company successfully, un- 
til it was sold to the American Bridge Company. 

In addition to what has been published as to the 
achievements of Cousin Henry W., I have had op- 
portunity to confer with other eminent men, who 
were companionably in close touch with him, and 
they were able to advise me in regard to his intellec- 
tual power and determination to accomplish things, 
which placed him in the ranks of one of the most 
successful, and favorably known men of the State of 

I remember that one of his valued business 
friends told me when I met him in Muncie, that the 
secret of Henry's success was Brains; Capability to 
see things in the right way, and at the right time, to- 
gether with the courage of his convictions, and this, 
I think, accounts for the marked success he has made 
in connection with all of his undertakings. 

When the citizens of his County sent him to the 
Legislature, he soon became a leader, as was indi- 
cated by his promotion to the Speakership. 


In the handling of very large business transac- 
tions, he has demonstrated such marked ability, that 
it places him in a class by himself. His success in 
the publishing business is very notable; He is an Or- 
ganizer, and in that connection is rendering excep- 
tionally valuable services to many interests and in- 
stitutions he is connected with. 

He is now the Vice President and Acting Presi- 
dent of Purdue University Organization. 

In Politics, he is a staunch Republican, and po- 
sesses the Ability, Stability, and Forceful Action 
which is so essential at this time, when the very best 
judgment and courage is required for re-establishing 
and rehabilitating the stability which was destroyed, 
through the efifects of the war and the mistakes of 
the most corrupt and incapable Democratic Adminis- 
tration this country was ever inflicted with. 

Referring particularly to Wallace; in view of 
Henry W.'s other engagements, I am of the opinion 
that the management of the LaFayette Bridge Com- 
pany, in all of its details and ramifications, was made 
successful through the capability, energy and deter- 
mination which Wallace gave to that business, which 
embraced also the engineering qualification, the con- 
tracting and executing, and directing others, which 
made the success of the business exceptional. 

However, Wallace's initiative and ability was 
not confined to engineering and bridge building, as 
was clearly demonstrated in his Great Geneological 
Record Book, which indicates that he is a real au- 
thor. In that work he has shown remarkable Genius 
and Initiative, and I predict that his wonderful pro- 
duction will place him in a class by himself as an 

When I am confronted with what I know the 
Marshall Brothers have accomplished, I am almost 
wondering where they got the Inspiration that en- 
abled them to make such an exceptional record for 


themselves; because I am believing that, in addition 
to capability, some great incentive is required to de- 
velop the best w^hich any man is capable of; hence 
the question, Where did they get the Inspiration? 

After engaging in the breeding business, em- 
bracing harness horses, I w^as forced to become a 
student of breeding, and, based upon observation and 
experience, I attributed my success in that business 
to the value of breeding, and the information and ex- 
perience acquired in that connection makes me a con- 
firmed believer in Breeding, embracing the human 
family. I knov^r that the Marshall Brothers possessed 
all of the advantages to be gained from superior 
breeding; but even so, does that account for their 
great success? 

I am remembering that both of the Brothers 
w^ere at one time engaged in the sale of Champion 
Harvesting Machines, and I remember that in his 
earlier days, Wallace was a farmer, and used a pair 
of mules to plovvr with, and I know that Henry W. 
took a whirl at the racing game, which, remarkable 
as it may seem, he made to yield him a profit, hence 
I do not think that the Marshall Brothers were de- 
pendent upon any one thing for the inspiration that 
enabled them to accomplish such achievements. 

In this connection, I am now realizing that I had 
overlooked something, that may be the most import- 
ant of all; The Inspiration, Commendation, Assist- 
ance, and Approval of their Wives, and I am regret- 
ting very much that I have not the personal acquain- 
tance with them to enable me to give them credit 
for what I know, in a general way, should be given 


Referring To The Life Experiences Of Our 
Mother, Nancy Catherine (Nelson) Whiteley. 

She was the eldest daughter of Amos and Jane 
(Sampson) Nelson. She was born in Tioga County, 
New York, February 28th, 1812. After the death of 
her father, Amos Nelson, she and her sister, "Caro- 
line Nelson," went to live with their Uncle, Captain 
Ebenezer Bennett, and later emigrated, with their 
Uncle's family, to Clark County, Ohio, where she 
married our father, Andrew Whiteley, September 
24th, 1833. 

Mother, Nancy Catherine Whiteley, was in 
many respects, and we may say in all respects, a very 
remarkable woman. When she was first married to 
father Andrew Whiteley, and for many years there- 
after, they lived on the 160 acres farm, near Spring- 

While living on the farm. Six Children were 
born to them, and in addition to the care of these six 
children, and all the other household duties, she made 
all the butter used by the family, including the male 
help; also made all the cheese used by the family, and 
sent to the market a large number of cheese each 

In addition to these duties, which would seem to 
us now to be too strenuous for any one woman to 
perform, she Spun The Yarn and Wove The Cloth, 
also Spun The Flax and Wove it into Linen, which 
was made into clothing for the family by her and 
others. She also cut the Carpet Rags. Colored the 
Carpet Chain, and Wove them into Rag Carpets, 
which was the first covering used on the floors of 
their country home. 

Notwithstanding all this, she found time to as- 
sist in the education of her children, visit and admin- 


ister to the sick of her neighborhood. She was a very- 
affectionate and devoted mother, and later on, when 
the family moved to Springfield, Ohio, she became in- 
terested in the Charities of the city. She was for a 
number of years President of the Woman's Benevo- 
lent Society, and as such her kind offices relieved 
many sufferers. 

Mother was a Profound Thinker; she gave spe- 
cial consideration to everything new, or out of the 
ordinary, which was presented, and formed her opin- 
ion after thorough investigation, based upon what 
appealed to her best judgment. 

Proceeding upon this theory, mother always 
seemed to have an opinion upon every subject, which 
was based upon intelligent investigation, and what 
appealed to her best reasoning faculties. While she 
had a well defined opinion in regard to all matters 
of interest, she never urged her opinion upon anyone 
else, but simply acted on her own best judgment, 
and in this way she was considered an authority on 
many subjects. 

I am remembering that when the Spiritualistic 
Theory was presented. Mother gave the matter very 
serious and careful thought, and after doing so, she 
said to me one day, "Amos, that Spiritualism Theory 
is nothing but bunk." I had unlimited confidence in 
her judgment, but so many people had gone wild on 
the Spiritualistic Theory that I hesitated, and she 
finally said to me "I do not think that theory is 
worthy of any consideration," and added, 

"Just bear in mind that if I ever find that I was 
mistaken, and that there is anything worthy of con- 
sideration in the Spiritualistic Theory, I will com- 
municate with you in such a way that you will know 
the communication is from ME, as I will refer to 
something that you and I are the only two living peo- 
ple who knows anything about," and there our inter- 
est in that Fad ended. 


On the subject of Religion, Mother was a Univer- 
salist. Her explanation of her belief in the Universa- 
list doctrine was that it appealed to her judgment and 
best reasoning faculty, and that, irrespective of Fu- 
ture Existence, it was a good religion for this life, and 
her theory was that if parties lived up to the Univer- 
salist teachings their lives would be commendable 
and if there is a future existence, they would stand 
a good chance to get a Reserved Seat, and she prac- 
ticed what appealed to her best judgment. 

I am remembering well that both Mother and 
Father were staunch Universalists, and that Mother 
was particularly influential in that church where 
her associates of my earliest recollection embraced 
other members, including the families of the "Vic- 
rys," "Bancrofts," "Mclntyres," "Gilletts," "Frank- 
lins," and a number of the old reliable families of 
Springfield and vicinity. 

Mother was a great admirer of the "Reverend 
S. P. Carlton"; Reverend "Thomas G. Guthrie," 
"Reverend Weaver," and other prominent Universa- 
list Ministers, with whom she enjoyed intellectual 

The writer of this little biography of Our 
Mother, Nancy Catherine (Nelson) Whiteley, known 
and referred to by all of her friends as Aunt Nancy, 
regrets that he is unable to say the half that ought to 
be said, for she was one of the best and most impres- 
sive women that ever lived. To her blood, her teach- 
ing, and her influence he attributes the very best 
there is in his nature. 


Referring To The Life And Experiences Of 
Our Father, Andrew Whiteley. 

The ancestors of our Father, Andrew Whiteley, 
son of John Whiteley, son of Joseph Whiteley, Jr., 
have been fully presented in preceding articles, par- 
ticularly in connection with the family founded by 
John and Christian (Hall) Whiteley, who were the 
founders of the "Ohio Branch of the Whiteley Fam- 
ily," so in this article we have only to deal with the 
life and experiences of Father, Andrew Whiteley. 

Which we will endeavor to present, as they were 
known to the writer, and also communicated to him, 
and others, by Father, himself, indicating his views 
and life experiences. 

The following is a copy of information and 
views, communicated by Andrew Whiteley, to a rep- 
resentative of the Springfield Sunday News, which 
was published in the issue of that paper of January 
11th, 1893. Mr. Whiteley said: 

"I have lived in and near Springfield," said 
Andrew Whiteley the other evening, as he sat in the 
pleasant home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Myers, 
on South Limestone street, "the greater part of 
my life. My father, John Whiteley, returned to 
this County, from Harrison County, Kentucky, where 
I was born in 1814, when I was but two years old. 
Since then I have resided in this County, and have 
seen old Clark County grow up, from almost a wil- 
derness, with few inhabitants and no roads, to one 
of the best Counties in a great state. 

"My father settled on a quarter-section east of 
town, in the Reid neighborhood ; the old house in 
which he married my mother standing not far from 
'the old Reid school house.' After he married, he 


returned to Kentucky, where I was born, but after I 
was born, he came back here to stay. 

"My earliest recollections of Springfield are of 
it as a little town with 200 or 300 people, and not 
then a very good town, either. James Demint, the 
founder of the town, lived on the North .Side in a 
double log-house, about where Charley Fisher now 

"All business was done on Main street, between 
Limestone and Market streets, and mostly on the 
north side of the street. About where the office of 
the Sunday News now is, Pierson Spinning had a 
large general store, for many years the only store in 
the county. The proprietor was the grandfather of 
Dr. Spinning, of the High School. 

"We had very little money in those days, our 
trading being mostly done by exchange. There were 
no grain dealers to buy np the grain the farmers 
raised, and very few millers bought grain outright. 
The farmers would run yearly bills with the store- 
keepers, and in the early winter, when they threshed 
their wheat, would settle the debt in wheat. The 
store-keeper would send the wheat to the mill and 
have it ground, and then haul the flour to Cincinnati, 
where they would either sell it or exchange it for 

"My father used to have his wheat ground and 
then would join teams with a neighbor, and with 
four horses haul ten or twelve barrels of flour to Cin- 
cinnati. On one occasion, I remember, they only got 
$1.25 a barrel for it, and it took them two weeks to 
make the trip. They carried with them feed for 
their horses and provisions for themselves, or their 
expenses would have been greater than their sales 
amounted to. On the return trip they brought back 
barrels of salt or some other necessity. 


"You think $1.25 is not very much for a barrel 
of flour, but you must remember that money went a 
great deal further then. Land was worth from $2 to 
$5 an acre in this county. After awhile the canal 
was built from Cincinnati, going through Dayton to 
Lake Erie, and that place became the great point to 
which farmers hauled their products and purchased 
supplies, and the canal was thought to be a great 

"Farming was hard work then. This county 
was largely overgrown with hazel-brush, and to 
break up the ground the first time, three, four or five 
yoke of oxen were usually used. But there were a 
good many horses owned, too; I should say, about 
three horses to one ox. 

"In my earliest recollections of our farm, we had 
no fenced in pastures, and an hour or more would be 
required every morning to find the stock. My father 
would get up in the morning and listen for the bell 
on his work horses, and by the time he would hunt 
them up, he would often be as wet as water from 
Avalking through the weeds that grew as high as this 

"I came to Springfield to live in 1857, and the 
town by that time had grown to be quite a lively 
little place. 

"My son, Wm. N., had commenced to learn the 
machine trade in a little shop, that stood on the lot 
that is now vacant, at the corner of Limestone street 
and the Big Four Railroad. The shop was run by 
Hatch, Steele & Winger. (Later by Hatch & 

"In 1852 they made for a man by the name of 
Cook, of near Enon, Ohio, a freak reaping machine, 
which was intended to carry the binders, but it 
proved to be of no value, except to inspire William 
N., and interest his inventive genius. 


"William had always been of an inventive turn 
of mind; when a boy he was always making machines 
of different kinds and hiding them from me. I re- 
member once when he and Amos were taking turn 
about feeding the stock. William nearly let the cattle 
starve to death his week, while he labored over some 
mechanical device. 

"After he entered the shop he invented the first 
breech loading gun ever invented, and if he had taken 
sufficient interest to patent his invention, it would 
have been worth millions, as the principle invented 
by him, was afterwards improved, perfected, and 
patented, by Colt, and the same principle is now 
used in connection with every breech loading "Gun," 
"Revolver," "Rifle," and "Shot Gun" in use today. 

"In 1853 he made his first machine, a mower, 
but it was not of much force. His first successful 
machine was made in 1855, and was tried when the 
State Fair was held here that year, on what is now 
the Thompson Warder farm. He was then only 20 
years old. 

"Two years afterward, his machine took its first 
prize, a silver cup, at Nashville, Tenn." 

"Mrs. Myers still has the cup and, as may be im- 
agined, it is very highly prized. 

"We all spent a great deal of time and study," 
continued Mr. Whiteley, "in bringing the machine 
to perfection, and by 1857 had a knife that has never 
been improved upon. The first big triumph for the 
machine, however, was before that time, at a field 
test on a farm just above the house in which George 
H. Fry now resides." 

"Speaking of farm work as it was in his boyhood 
days, when grain was reaped with a sickle, Mr. 
Whiteley said that an average workman would reap, 
bind and shock three-quarters of an acre a day, while 


a good hand would do an acre, and an extra good one 
an acre and a quarter. He said in real saving the 
"cradle" was not a great improvement over the 
sickle on account of the greater amount of straw the 
former necessitated handling in the threshing. 

Like the majority of persons who have passed 
the half-century mark, Mr. Whiteley looks back 
with regret upon "the good old times." 

"Then," he said, "the people were a great deal 
happier than they are now. We didn't know any- 
thing but to work hard; we lived simply and enjoyed 
good health. Why, if this county was now as un- 
healthy as it was when I came here, the people of 
these days could not live here at all. But we were 
hardy and rugged and it didn't hurt us. 

"In those days, when a stranger came into the 
community, we asked but two questions: 'Is he hon- 
est' and 'is he industrious:' that was all that it was 
necessary to know. The young men of the com- 
munity used to pride themselves upon how many 
kinds of work they could do ; we made our shoes and 
harness, the family made all their clothing, and we 
thought nothing of making plows, harrows, single- 
trees — in fact, almost everything we needed. In 
Springfield at an early date, there was a foundry 
and machine shop, where custom work was done, but 
they never thought of manufacturing articles to sell. 

"The people were honest then. If two men 
would meet, twenty miles awa)'^ from home, and one 
wanted to borrow money, the other would let him 
have it, and God Almighty would be their only wit- 
ness. Now you get the best lawyer in the country to 
draw up your papers and then you are liable to get 
beat out of it." 

"Mr. Whiteley said that as far as he can remem- 
ber, the first brick house in the town was a two-story 


dwelling, owned by a man named Ross. It stood 
about where Theodore Troupe's drug store now is. 
The next year after it was erected John Amber, for 
many years county treasurer, built a brick house 
which is still standing on West Main street. 

"Springfield was always a great mill center. I 
have sometimes taken a grist to Beekley's mill, west 
of town, in the fall, and had to wait for it six weeks, 
there would be so many ahead of me. During the 
summer, the small streams, south and southeast of 
here, would dry up, and I have known men to bring 
their wheat from the other side of Chillicothe to 
Springfield to be ground, some of them coming more 
than a hundred miles. 

"There were no roads to speak of in my earliest 
recollections. Mail was carried in saddle-bags. 'The 
Great Western Mail' coming twice a week. A little 
later, the mail was carried on a led horse, the man 
and the sacks being too great a load for one horse, 
and a little later, but not until a good chunk of a boy, 
was the stage coaches put on. We thought that that 
was a great improvement. There were no carriages, 
or riding vehicles of any kind here in my boyhood; I 
was a man grown before my father got a carriage, 
and it was one of the first in the county. It was a 
great heavy afifair, more like a hack, and cost him 
$200, although it had been used in the South, in Ten- 
nessee, and $200 was a great deal more money then 
than it is now. 

While commenting on the many changes that 
have taken place in the past fifty years, Mr. Whiteley 
was asked if he thought that there would be many 
changes in the next fifty years. He replied, "It 
hardly seems possible; and yet in 1858 I went to 
Washington to look after some patents, for my son, 
William N., and it was the general opinion then that 
the patent office would just dwindle out — everything 


was invented. Why, they were just on the thresh- 
hold of their existence. It is probably the same way 

Mr. Whiteley recently celebrated his 81st birth- 
day; and he is yet hale and hearty and retains his 
faculties to a surprising extent, taking the liveliest 
interest in the news, politics, and business move- 
ments of the day. He is the oldest of four brothers, 
all living, the youngest of whom is 76 years old — a 
truly remarkable family. 

Referring to the publication of the foregoing in- 
terview with my father, "Andrew Whiteley;" I am 
reminded that he stopped short of his knowledge of 
advancements in civilization, and important events, 
which was accomplished during his business life, 
embracing the construction and equipment of the 
great National Road Highway, which was planned 
and extended from Baltimore, through Cumberland, 
Maryland, Wheeling, Virginia, Columbus and 
Springfield, Ohio, and on west through Richmond, 
Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Indiana, continuing 
through Illinois to East St. Louis. 

Which was designed as a great Highway for the 
transportation of the mails by mail carriers mounted 
on swift broncos; also the transportation of Pas- 
sengers by stage coaches, and the transportation of 
produce, east, and merchandise, west, by immense 
wagon vans, used for that purpose, for carrying 
everything east from the Mississippi River to Balti- 
more, and the Capital of this great Nation. 

I know that this great National Highway was 
constructed and equipped during my father's busi- 
ness life, for about the first thing I am remembering 
of becoming interested in, Avas the equipment that 
was moving east and west over the National Road 


We then lived on the South Charleston Road, 
about three miles east of Springfield (and When I re- 
fer to distances from Springfield, I mean from the 
corner of Limestone and jNIain streets, which was, 
for a great many years, regarded as the center of 
Springfield), and when I was perhaps six years old, 
it was my custom to run over to the National Road, 
when I could steal away, to see the stage coaches 
running with the Horses on the Gallop, and Bronco 
ponies, carrying the mails, on the Dead Run, and the 
great four and six horses moving vans, carrying pro- 
duce east, and merchandise west. 

At that time "Billy Wordcn" kept the leading 
hotel, located on the northwest corner of Main and 
Spring streets. He was the agent for the Stage Com- 
pany and was the Walking Encyclopedia who was de- 
pended upon for information in regard to evervthing 
that was going on. Business, Political, and otherwise. 

I am remembering, very clearly, that when I sat 
on the fence and w^atched everything that was pass- 
ing on the National Road, I fully decided that when 
I was old enough to choose a vocation, I felt positive 
that I would be a "Stage Driver" or his assistant, to 
sit by the side of the driver, and Blow the Horn, for 
everybody to get out of the way. 

There was no railroad in Ohio, or any of the 
western States, at that time, and later on, after rail- 
road transportation was provided, the transportation 
equipment, used on the National Road Highway 
Passed, during my recollection. 

My Father, "Andrew Whitelev," was a sterling 
man, and one of the most generally capable men I 
ever knew. He was industrious, capable, and honest, 
which embraces the essentials of life. 

Father was not only a systematic farmer, but he 
was a mechanic ; he possessed a fairly good set of 
carpenter and farm tools, and I remember that he 


had a very complete shoe bench, and tools for mak- 
ing and repairing shoes. 

He made all of the shoes worn by our family, and 
repaired them when they needed repairing. This 
work was generally done by him at night, after his 
outside day's work was completed, and a tallow dip 
candle molded by mother, furnished the necessary 
light; there was no limit to the hours he put in, mak- 
ing and repairing shoes. 

In addition to the methodical, systematical and 
successful conducting of all of the farm work, Father, 
Andrew Whiteley, was for many years extensively 
engaged in the Sheep Raising, Wool Producing, etc. 
At one time he was reputed to be among the largest 
sheep and wool growers in Ohio. 

He bred and raised the "Spanish Merino" sheep, 
who produced the finest wool for special purposes, 
and commanded the highest prices in the market. He 
required additional pasturage, which he rented, and 
in order to protect the wool of the sheep from becom- 
ing contaminated by burrs, Spanish Needles, etc., he 
kept the roads from one pasture to another, clear of 
such trash. 

The sheep were thoroughly washed in advance, 
before shearing, and the fleeces of wool was put up 
with extra care. 

I am remembering that on one occasion, I sug- 
gested to him procuring a "Stencil Brand," and 
branding the sacks containing his wool with his name 
and address, which he did, and the following spring 
he received letters from three different woolen fac- 
tories, requesting him to advise them when his wool 
clip would be ready for market, which was done, and 
each of the parties sent representatives to buy his 
wool clip; and this method was continued until he 
sold the sheep, and went out of that business. 


After Father disposed of the farm, and the fam- 
ily moved to Springfield to live, about the year 1857, 
I am remembering that Father took up a new voca- 
tion, which embraced the making of Specifications, 
Drawings, and Applications For Patents, and devot- 
ed himself almost exclusively, for several years, to 
procuring Patents for William N.'s Inventions, dur- 
ing which time he became a real expert "Patent At- 
torney or Agent." 

On one occasion, while Father was spending 
most of his time in Washington City, procuring Pat- 
ents, he took exceptions to a Ruling of the Examiner, 
and carried the question to the Commissioner of Pat- 
ents, who over-ruled the Examiner's decision, and 
approved of the position taken by Father. 

In connection with his patent office work, he was 
just as thorough and methodical (dotting every I and 
crossing every T), as he was in his farming work, 
and everything else done by him on the farm. 

He spent most of his time, after leaving the farm, 
in Washington, procuring Patents, until he had that 
work well completed, when he returned to live with 
the family in Springfield, and was not engaged in any 
other active business. 

Father was a kindly man, interested in the pros- 
perity and accomplishments of his neighbors. In his 
dealings, he was exacting to a penny. If a man owed 
him seventy-six cents, he would not accept seventy- 
five cents in payment ; but if he owed a man seventy- 
six cents, he would not permit him to accept seventy- 
five cents in payment. 

As I remember, in almost all cases, where there 
might be a controversy or difiference of opinion, it 
was his custom to defer only to our good mother; he 
seemed to realize that she was his anchorage, and 
things continued in that way during the life of our 


Referring Specially To Our Family, Founded By 
Andrew and Nancy Catherine (Nelson) Whiteley 

Andrew Whiteley (our Father), son of John and 
Christian (Hall) Whiteley, was born in Harrison 
County, Kentucky, May 31st, 1812, and died in Clark 
County, Ohio, January 30th, 1897. 

For more definite and complete information re- 
ferring to his Life Experiences and Accomplish- 
ments, see the preceeding Article, Page 43, "Referring 
to the Life Experiences of our Father, Andrew 

He married (our Mother) "Nancy Catherine 
Nelson," daughter of Amos and Jane (Sampscm) 
Nelson, September 24th, 1833. She was born in 
Tioga County, New York, February 28th, 1812, and 
died in Springfield, Ohio, February 15th, 1884. 

For more definite and complete information re- 
ferring to her Life Experiences and Accomplish- 
ments, see the preceeding Article, Page 40, "Referring 
to the Life Experiences of our Mother, Nancy Cath- 
erine (Nelson) Whiteley." 

To this union of "Andrew and Nancy Catherine 
Whiteley" Six Children were born; Three Sons and 
Three Daughters, embracing 

William Needham Whiteley, the eldest son, was 
born on the farm in Clark County, Ohio, August 3rd, 
1834, and died at Springfield, Ohio, February 7th, 

For more definite and complete information in 
regard to his Life Experiences and Accomplishments, 
see the following Article, "Referring to Brother Wil- 
liam N. Whiteley." 

He married "Mary Catherine Gove" August 1st, 
1867. She died April 3rd, 1917. 

To them Two Children, One Daughter and One 
Son, were born. 


Mary Helen Whiteley was born January 23rd, 
1872, and died July 10th, 1890. Helen, as she was 
generally known and referred to by her host of 
friends, was a very intelligent and Charming Girl, the 
Idol of her father, and in many respects she inherited 
his brain and remarkable companionship qualities. 

William Norman Whiteley was born March 
31st, 1876. He married "Anna Robertson," of Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, June 13th, 1904. To this union no 
children have been born. 

He inherited the Patents, Models, Etc. of the in- 
ventions of his Father, and for a time he was engaged 
in producing the stock and Furnishing Repairs, for 
the Whiteley Harvesting Machines and other imple- 
ments, manufactured by his Father. 

The writer is advised, however, that later, the 
Patents, Models, etc., inherited by him, which were 
stored in his office, were substantially all destroyed 
by fire. 

"William Norman Whiteley" and his wife are 
now residing in Springfield, Ohio, where he is suc- 
cessfully conducting a Stock Brokerage and Real Es- 
tate Business, established by him. 

Amos Nelson Whiteley, the second son, was 
born on a farm in Clark County, Ohio, March 14th, 
1838, and was named after his grandfather, "Amos 

For more complete and definite information re- 
ferring to his Life Experiences and Accomplish- 
ments, see the following article, "Referring to Amos 
Whiteley," by which name he was generally known 
and referred to in connection with his business ca- 

In May, 1860, he married "Josephine Ferrell," 
daughter of "Nathaniel and Sarah Ferrell." She 
was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but soon after her birth, 


her family moved to Springfield, Ohio, where she 
was married. 

They resided in Springfield continuously for 
about thirty eight years after their marriage, until 
1898, when the family moved from Springfield, Ohio 
to Muncie, Indiana. Josephine Whiteley, died May 
23rd, 1906, at Springfield, Ohio, while on a visit to her 
relatives and friends, in her former home city, and was 
buried in the Whiteley Burial Lot in Ferncliff Cam 
etery, at Springfield, Ohio. 

To the union of "Amos Nelson and Josephine 
Whiteley" Two Sons were born. 

Burt H. Whiteley, the eldest son, was born 
March 14th, 1861, and died March 21st, 1917. He 
married "Mary Elizabeth Painter," at Mechanics- 
burg, Pennsylvania, August 9th, 1883. She died 
June 6th, 1920. To them One Son was born. 

"Amos Whiteley, Junior" was born at Spring- 
field, Ohio, January 5th, 1885. He married "Mabel 
Stewart" at Muncie, Indiana, July 25th, 1906. No 
living children were born to this union. They are 
now living at their beautiful country home, embrac- 
ing several acres, located substantially at the en- 
trance to the Delaware Country Club grounds. 

Amos Junior lived with his grandparents most of 
the time before they moved to Muncie, and contin- 
ued to spend most of the time with his Grandmother, 
substantially up to the time he was married. 

He received his foundation education in the 
Public Schools of Springfield, Ohio, and Muncie, In- 
diana, which was rounded off with two years at 
Howe Military School, at Lima, Indiana. 

His Father and Grandfather were both very anx- 
ious to have him take a real interest in acquiring ex- 
perience in connection with the manufacturing busi- 
ness conducted by "Whiteley Malleable Castings 
Co.," by whom he was employed, but the discipline 
and close application necessary to equip him with 


Business Methods, and experience to qualify him for 
taking an important part in the management of that 
business, did not appeal to him. 

Elmer J. Whiteley, the youngest son, was born 
July 26th, 1863. He married "Maud B. Baughman" 
at Osborn, Ohio, December 1st, 1886. Only one child 
was born to them, which died in infancy. 

They continued to live in Springfield, where, 
after acquiring the necessary experience to qualify 
him for the position, Elmer managed and directed 
the Production affairs of "Whiteley Malleable Iron 
Co." until 1894, when they moved from Springfield 
to Muncie, Indiana, where they are now living. 

When Elmer decided to move to Muncie and 
take charge of the management of the Production 
Departments of Whiteley Malleable Castings Co., 
he took with him the most important, experienced, 
men from the Whiteley Malleable Iron Co., which 
formed the neuclus of the great manufacturing or- 
ganization, which was built up under the direction 
of Elmer J. and continued until the Whiteley Mal- 
leable Castings Co.'s factories and business was sold 
and transferred to "Muncie Malleable Foundry Co." 
its present owners, December 1, 1919. 

Since retiring from the manufacturing business, 
Elmer has increased his investments in Stocks, Bonds, 
etc., including Banks and Trust Companies, in Mun- 
cie, of which he is one of the managing Directors. 

However, his present business engagements do 
not require him to remain in Muncie continuously, 
and for the past two years he and his wife have been 
spending the winters in California, hobnobbing with 
the other loafers of prominence, and they seem to 
be enjoying the fun. 

For more definite and complete information in 
regard to "Burt" and "Elmer" sons of Amos and Jo- 
sephine Whiteley, see the following Article "Re- 
ferring to Burt H. and Elmer J. Whiteley." 


Eliza Jane Whiteley, the eldest daughter, was 
born August 25th, 1840, on the farm near Springfield, 
Ohio. January 30th, 1868, she married "J- Johnson 
Morton" son of Daniel Hicks Morton and Nancy 
Rice (Northway) Morton, of Cincinnati, Ohio. J. 
Johnson Morton was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 
16th, 1841, and died in Springfield, Ohio, August 21st, 

To the union of J. Johnson Morton and Eliza 
Jane (Whiteley) Morton, one Son was born. 

"Eugene J. Morton," born April 17th, 1869, and 
died February 8th, 1915. He married "Minnie Ray- 
burn" November 27th, 1901. To this union no chil- 
dren were ever born. 

"Eliza Jane (Whiteley) Morton" is now living, 
and residing in her beautiful home, No. 1420 Wood- 
ward Avenue, in Springfield, Ohio, her home town, 
where she has resided during her entire life. 

Nancy Catherine Whiteley, the second daughter, 
was born on the farm near Springfield, Ohio, June 
20th, 1843, and died in Baltimore, Maryland, August 
19th, 1914. 

She married "William T. Stillwell," of Logan 
County, Ohio, March 14th, 1872. They built and 
equipped a beautiful home residence on East High 
Street, in Springfield, where they resided for a num- 
ber of years. 

Later they moved to Toronto, Canada, where 
Mr. Stilwell was connected with the "Toronto Reaper 
and Mower Co." a subsidiary manufacturing Com- 
pany, started there by Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly. 

No children were ever born to this union, but, 
while the Stilwell's were living in Toronto, they 
adopted an orphan infant daughter, March 26th, 1879, 
to which they gave the name of "Constance Stil- 


The Stilwells moved from Toronto, to Balti- 
more, Maryland, and Constance was carefully edu- 
cated and directed, up to womanhood, by her foster 
mother, and October 12th, 1904, she married "Jo- 
seph R. Stonebreaker," at Baltimore, Maryland. 
After living in Baltimore a short time, the Stone- 
breakers" moved to New York City, and the writer 
is advised that two children were born to them, but 
he has no more definite information as to the Stone- 
breaker family. 

"Katie," as our sister "Nancy Catherine (White- 
ley) Stilwell" was familiarly known and referred to 
by her host of friends, was a remarkably charming 
woman; she inherited many of the special traits of 
character of our "Mother"; in fact, she was, in many 
respects, the counterpart of mother, and nothing 
more complimentary, or just, could be said of her. 

Caroline Whiteley, the youngest daughter, was 
born November 6th, 1847, and died October 10th, 

1917. She married "Edward Meyers" of Springfield, 
Ohio, September 3rd, 1878. To them Two Children 
were born, One Son and One Daughter. 

Harry Kirby Meyers, who was born December 
16th, 1880, is now living in Baltimore, Maryland. He 
married Blanche Von Copple, of Virginia, October 
14th, 1907. No children were ever born to this union. 

Harry K. Meyers and wife are now living in Bal- 
timore, Maryland. He is recognized as a very suc- 
cessful Designer, Estimator and Contractor of Gran- 
ite and Marble Building Construction. 

Louise Nelson Meyers was born May 27th, 1884. 
She First married "Dr. Howard K. Austin," June 1st, 
1908. To this union One Son, "Robert W. Austin" 
was born, July 7th, 1909. 

Later, "Louise" divorced "Austin," and for sec- 
ond husband she married "Ervin G. Hatch," July 3rd, 

1918. To this union no children have been born. 


Mr. and Mrs. Hatch, and Louise's son, "Robert 
W. Austin," are now living in Birmingham, Michi- 
gan, near Detroit, where Mr. Hatch holds an import- 
ant position with the Detroit Sales Agency of the 
Franklin Automobile Co. 

Sister Caroline, or "Carrie" as she was generally 
known and referred to by her many friends, was con- 
fronted with many struggles and exceptional cares, 
during her life, to which she was always able to re- 
spond efficiently, and to the comfort and satisfaction 
of those dependent upon her. She developed more 
than ordinary business ability in dealing with prop- 
erty and other investments. 

After the death of our "Dear Mother," our 
Father, Andrew Whiteley, went to live with Carrie, 
made her house his home, and was cared for, by her, 
both in sickness and in health, during the remainder 
of his life, until he died, at her home, January 30th, 

James Reid Whiteley, the youngest son, and 
youngest of our Family, was born on the farm Oc- 
tober 26th, 1850, and died in Springfield, Ohio, Oc- 
tober 31st, 1887, leaving the widow, "Elizabeth (Ret- 
tig) Whiteley," who is now living in Springfield, 

Brother "James Reid Whiteley," was named 
"James Reid" after one of the "Reid Brothers," who 
lived near the "Reid School House," which was also 
named after the brothers, who were the most promi- 
nent, influential, and wealthy farmers of that vicin- 

They were usually designated as "Uncle James" 
and "Uncle George," as they were everybody's 
friends, and I may say everybody's caretakers, who 
needed care. 

Brother "James R." was quite young when the 
Writer was married and left the home of our par- 


ents; consequently, I was unable to keep in touch 
with him much of the time after he was ten years old, 
but my recollection is that he was of a rather adven- 
turous, roving disposition. 

He was a natural born Soldier, as was evidenced 
by the fact that while very young, he virtually 
Fought his way, into the Union Army, during the 
latter portion of the Civil War, and I remember be- 
ing impressed with the special service he had ren- 
dered, through his commanding officer visiting him 
at Springfield, after the war was over. He explained 
that, on account of the remarkably efficient service 
rendered by Private James R. Whiteley (when de- 
tailed for special service), he wanted to see him, just 
for the purpose of talking over the service rendered, 

In this connection, the writer is feeling confident 
that "James Reid Whiteley" was never given oppor- 
tunities for the development of the efficiency which 
he may have possessed. On the contrary, after the 
war was over, he was almost continuously in the em- 
ploy of our Brother, William N. Whiteley, who used 
him principally for doing chores. He sent him to 
Canada, to assist the Toronto Company in the sale 
of Harvesting Machines, and instructing Agents and 
Farmers in the use of the machines. 

While so engaged in Canada, he met and mar- 
ried his First wife "Maggie Johnson," in August. 
1874. To this union, One Daughter, Ethel, was born, 
in October, 1875. This marriage, however, did not 
seem to meet the approval of either of the parties to 
it, and the marriage was legally annulled. 

Later, he married, for Second wife, "Elizabeth 
Rettig," of Lawrenceville, Clark County, Ohio. To 
this union was born One Son, 

Charles G. Whiteley, (Son of James Reid and 
Elizabeth (Rettig) Whiteley), was born August 1st, 
1886. He married "Amelia H. Hasebrock," daugh- 


ter of "Henry W. and Freda S. Hasebrock," Febru- 
ary 21st, 1911. To this union Two Daughters were 
born ; 

"Thema Ann Whiteley," born March 29th, 1912; 
"Martha Jane Whiteley," born November Uth, 1921. 

Charles G. Whiteley, through his own persistent 
efforts, acquired a liberal "School Education," which 
he supplemented by acquiring an Education in Chem- 
istry, which proved to be of great advantage to him 
later, when he adopted the Vocation of a Baker, to 
which business he has devoted himself for several 
years past, and his success is indicated by the fact 
that his present business connection, is that of Sup- 
erintendent of the Springfield Baking Co. 

Charles G. Whiteley and his family now reside in. 
their beautiful double Residence home, 1416 Wood- 
ward Avenue, Springfield, Ohio. 

Father, Andrew Whiteley, and Mother, Nancy 
Catherine Whiteley, together with all of their chil- 
dren and grandchildren who have passed away, were 
buried in the "Whiteley Burial Lot" in Ferncliff 
Cemetery, at Springfield, Ohio, and provisions have 
been made there for the burial of all of the other 
members of the "'Whiteley Family" who are yet liv- 


Referring to Brother William N. Whiteley. 

As his brother, who slept with him, worked 
with him on the farm, went to the "Reid Srhool" 
with him, where we both received all of the School 
Education we ever acquired, and through association 
with him in business for many years, I am feeling 
that I know him more intimately, and am better quali- 
fied to give him credit for what he is entitled to, than 
anyone else living. 

For that reason, I am giving myself the pleasure 
of Proclaiming, that I consider my brother, William 
N. Whiteley, one of the greatest Inventors, Develop- 
ers, and Perfecters of Inventions, as well as the Brain- 
iest, and most Interesting and Companionable En- 
tertainer, that I ever was fortunate enough to have 
the acquaintance of. 

His Inventive Genius was not confined to Har- 
vesting Machinery, through which his greatest Rep- 
utation, as an Inventor, was Established. On the 
contrary, his Inventive Genius embraced many other 
diversified lines, and he was too brainy a man to be 
satisfied to remain on the farm, continuing the farm 
work, in connection with which he had acquired 
special skill, through experience, which proved to be 
of great value to him later, in association with Farm- 
ers, Users of his "Champion" Harvesting Machines, 

After choosing the vocation of a machinist, and 
applying himself to acquiring that trade, during 
which time he walked about three miles each morn- 
ing and evening, from our country home to Spring- 
field and back, for a period covering two or three 
years, and while he was acquiring the machinist 
trade, his inventive genius was developing. 

If I remember correctly, his first very important 
invention was a Breech Loading Gun, which covered 
the ground floor principle of "Breech Loading," 


which was later adopted by "Colt," and is now used 

in the manufacture of every style of Breech Loading 
Guns, embracing Revolvers, Rifles, and Shot Guns, 
now in use. Substantially the only difference being', 
that William N. used a Steel Cartridge, which was 
loaded with powder and ball, and when placed in 
position, it was Fired from a percussion cap, instead 
of the ordinary cartridge now in use. 

I am remembering how enthusiastically Our 
Father, urged William N to secure a Patent cover- 
ing the Ground Floor Principle of Breech Loading, 
which could have been secured by him, thus making 
all subsequent devices, or principles, of Breech Load- 
ing Guns, subject to William N.'s Patent Of The 
Principle, during the life of his Patent, which could 
have been made to yield him Great Wealth; but Wil- 
liam N. did not seem to have inherited the financial 
and business Instincts of Our Father. 

Later, his diversified Inventive Genius was dis- 
played in Inventions and Improvements, embodied in 
his "Champion Lawn Mower," "Champion Portable 
Cider and Wine Mill," "Champion Bicycle," together 
with his "Corn Harvester," "Manure Spreader," and 
other inventions. 

However, the Harvesting Machines, embracing 
"Mowers," "Reapers," "Droppers," "Self Rakers," 
and "Binders," were his Idols, and permanently in- 
terested him, as it gave him the opportunity of test- 
ing, improving, perfecting, and exhibiting, his inven- 
tions, and as an Exhibitor, whether in Field Tests, or 
on Exhibition Platforms, I believe that everyone, 
who knew Brother William N., considered him in a 
class by himself. 

In this connection, I am remembering that Wil- 
liam Deering, President of the Deering Harvester 
Co., said to me once, "Amos, if I could control your 
Brother William N., and restrict his activities to In- 
venting, Perfecting and Exhibiting his Inventions, 


I would rather have him for a copartner in the Har- 
vesting Machine Business than any man living." 

While Brother William N. may have made var- 
ious mistakes, in connection with his activities, He 
made no mistake in the selecting of his original co- 
partners, making up the firm of Whiteley, Fassler & 
Kelly, which was a successful business firm through- 
out its entire career. 

He first selected Jerome Fassler, who emigrated 
to this country with David Shafer (the Locksmith). 
Mr. Fassler was a thorough mechanic, machinist, and 
tool, maker, with extraordinary good inventive gen- 
ius, in connection with the invention of, and perfect- 
ing various classes of metal working tools and ma- 
chines. He was a man of sterling integrity and in- 

The original firm of "Whiteley & Fassler" was 
formed and continued the business until O. S. Kelly, 
who was a very capable and successful Carpenter, 
and Builder Contractor, after spending a few years in 
gold mining in California, returned to Springfield, 
having accumulated sufficient wealth in California to 
make him the capitalist of the firm. 

Who was then taken into the copartnership, mak- 
ing up the firm of "Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly," which 
represented a very strong, three horse team. 

With William N. at the head of the Inventive, 
and Perfecting of the Product, made by them; Mr. 
Fassler in charge of the Power, Blacksmithing, and 
Machine Departments, and Mr. Kelly in charge of 
the Woodworking, Assembling and Painting Depart- 

When this firm was Launched, they purchased 
the building then known as the "Frankhouse Whole- 
sale Grocery," located on the spot of the north end of 
the present Arcade Hotel. Everybody in Springfield 
knows "Bub" Frankhouse, son of the old Wholesale 


Other buildings and extensions were added, em- 
bracing the Blacksmith Shop Wing, extending east 
to the alley, and the main building was extended un- 
til it finally reached High Street. 

When the manufacturing business was started 
by Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, they selected Amos 
Whiteley, who had been associated with William N. 
in various ways in connection with the developing of 
his machines, and made him the Manager of the Ac- 
counting Department, in connection with George W. 
Benns, a very capable bookkeeper. They also as- 
signed to Amos, the duties of "Sales Agent," which 
embraced the appointment of Agents, the Sale Of The 
Product, Making Settlements, and Producing the 
Funds for conducting the business, directing the 
shipments of the product, etc. 

Under this arrangement, the business of White- 
ley, Fassler & Kelly proceeded successfully and sat- 
isfactorily, through the Civil War Period, until the 
demand for the "Champion Harvesting Machines" 
became much greater than the Whiteley, Fassler & 
Kelly Factory was capable of producing. 

About 1867 the firm realized the necessity of 
providing for the manufacture of a sufficient quan- 
tity of Champion Machines to supply the demand 
that had been created therefor. 

Warder, Mitchell & Co , successors to "Warder 
& Brokaw," later succeeded by Warder, Bushnell & 
Glessner, whose factory was located at Lagonda, 
had been engaged in the manufacture of what was 
known as the "New York Reaper," and later they 
made the "Buckeye" machine, but they found that 
the competition with the "Champion" machines was 
too much for them, and they applied to Whiteley, 
Fassler & Kelly for territory, and a License Contract, 
which would enable them to engage in the manufac- 
ture of Champion machines, abandoning the style of 
machines previously made by them, and tha't ar- 
rangement was consumated. 


About the same time, with the assistjince and 
support of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, Amos Whiteley 
organized and incorporated the "Champion Machine 
Company," interesting other parties as Stoclcholders 
in that Company, Embracing Robert Johnson, D. P. 
Jeffries, and others, and a further division of the ter- 
ritory was made, setting off the territory to be sup- 
plied with machines to be made by the Champion 
Machine Co., under a Licensed Royalty Contract 
with Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly. 

When these arrangements had been consumated, 
which provided for supplying the demand for ma- 
chines in the respective territories, the three manu- 
facturing concerns, "Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly," 
"Warder. Mitchell & Co.," and "Champion Machine 
Co.," realized the importance of providing, for the 
manufacture of the Cutting Apparatus, embracing 
"Finger Bars," "Guard Fingers," "Knives," "Sick- 
les," and "Sections," together with the "Knotters 
for the Binders," also for the manufacture of the 
"Malleable Castings," of the same patterns used by 
all three of the manufacturing companies. 

And it was then that property was secured, and 
the "Champion Bar & Knife Company," was organ- 
ized, its factories erected and equipped, and the 
"Champion Malleable Iron Company" was also or- 
ganized, and purchased the old Springfield Malleable 
Iron Company's plant, which was enlarged and fully 
equipped, to produce the malleable castings required 
by the three manufacturers, and the business con- 
ducted by them, including their auxilliary factories, 
was continued successfully for many years. 

In this connection, I want to explain more fully 
and clearly my Business and Personal Relations with 
Mr. O. S. Kelly and Mr. Jerome Fassler, copartners 
in the firm of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly. 

They were, from my first acquaintance with 
them, continuing through their lives, my very Best 


Personal and Business Friends, and I do not find 
words adequate to express my appreciation of those 
men. They were always privileged to call upon me 
for any service I might render them, and I was as- 
sured by them that anything in their power that 
would contribute to my interest and prosperity, 
would be cheerfully given by them to me. 

Under the arrangements existing when the new 
organizations were completed, everything moved 
along satisfactory, and I may say profitably, to all of 
the different interests, for a great many years, during 
which time the firm of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly was 
a dependable contributor to everything pertaining to 
the development of Springfield. 

Brother William N. was a Born Leader, and 
with him at the head, he made his firm contributor 
to all of the schemes he suggested, which embraced 
the building of the "Champion Hotel," (the name of 
which was later changed to the "Lagonda House," 
and later still to its present name, the "Bookwalter"). 
They were also influential in securing the extension 
of the I. B. & W. Railroad from Indianapolis to 
Springfield, and the building of the Springfield, Jack- 
son & Pomeroy Railroad, from the coal fields of 
Jackson, to Springfield, and that firm contributed its 
full share, to everything suggested by William N., as 
did also the other manufacturers and enterprising 
business men of Springfield. 

Railroad Experience. 

William N. and his firm, together with all of the 
other manufacturers in Springfield, and many of the 
leading business men of Clark, Fayette, and Ross 
Counties, had taken a special interest in securing the 
"Springfield, Jackson & Pomeroy Railroad" (in order 
to provide cheap coal fuel, of extra good quality, for 
the use of the manufacturers, and the community gen- 
erally), by taking a large amount of stock in that 


Railroad Company, and when the Stockholders had 
become thoroughly dissatisfied with the selfish and 
incapable management of "James Emmett," its First 
President, the Stockholders changed the manage- 
ment, by electing William N. Whiteley, President, 
and Amos, Secretary-Treasurer, of that Company, 
and then the trouble commenced. 

William N. directed Amos to prepare a clean cut, 
methodical system, that would be practical for that 
class of a railroad to use in conducting its business, 
embracing particularly the "Accounting Depart- 
ment," "General Freight Agency," "General Pas- 
senger Agency," and "Auditor," and when that sys- 
tem was made up, which embraced everything (Ex- 
cept Construction and Maintaining of the Road, and 
the movement of trains), The President directed 
Amos to take over all of the positions, and do the 
work himself, including that of "Treasurer," in con- 
nection with which he would be required to furnish 
the money. 

This system was inaugurated, and continued 
until Amos passed to the President the twenty-fourth 
monthly trial balance, showing a loss every month, 
which then aggregated about $50,000, and Amos 
asked William N. if he did not think that arrange- 
ment had been continued about long enough; Wil- 
liam said, "Yes, he believed it had, and that he would 
unload the road." 

If I remember correctly, William N. started for 
New York that night, or possibly the next night, 
and he did succeed in Giving the Railroad Away, 
without even providing for the $50,000 which Amos 
had furnished, as Treasurer, and no part of that 
advance was ever returned to him. 

However, the new owner did complete the rail 
road, including the changing of it from a Narrow 
Guage to a Standard Guage System, which now 
forms a part of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton 


While it is true that William N. sometimes led 
his firm and other manufacturers, and members of 
the contributing community, into troubles, which it 
was difficult and burdensome for them to dispose of, 
they stood for it, and when he called upon them again, 
they always responded, and was helpful in carrying 
out his schemes. 

I am believing that, while he was not a success- 
ful Financier, or Business Manager, and made some 
Grave Mistakes, Brother Wiljiam N. was a Real As- 
set to Springfield, on account of his extraordinary 
activity, and influence, in Keeping Things Moving, 
and he certainly did Advertise his Home Town. 

However, I am also realizing that Springfield 
was favored with many Other Great Inventors, in- 
cluding "James Lefifel," inventor of the "Leflfel Tur- 
bine Water Wheel," "William Blakeney," inventor 
of the "Blakeney Turbine Water Wheel"; "Fuller 
Trump," inventor of his "Trump Turbine Water 
Wheel," and "Dr. Kindleberger," inventor of his 
"Turbine Water Wheel." 

Together with "Mr. Clark Sintz," who, I be- 
lieve, was the Inventor of the First perfectly success- 
ful Gasoline Power Engine, while "Otto" had used 
a flame in the Cylinder, "Sintz" was the first man to 
explode the gas in the cylinder by the use of an 
Electric Spark. He also improved and perfected the 
"Foos Gas Engine," which produced one of Spring- 
field's Great Industries. 

"Mr. A. W. Grant," the inventor of "Solid Rub- 
ber Tires" for Vehicles, an invention in connection 
with which the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. built up a 
very large business. Also "Mr. John J. Hoppes," the 
inventor of the "Hoppes Feed Water Heater," and a 
number of other valuable inventions and devices, for 
which he has secured many patents. 


When Mr. "Hoppes" came to Springfield, he be- 
came associated with Champion Machine Company. 
After continuing with that Company for some time, 
he went to Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, working as an 
expert in the field, and afterwards, under the direct 
supervision of William N. he took on Research Work, 
in connection with Harvesting Machines, Binders, 
etc., and was quite familiar with William N.'s ac- 

I am also recognizing, and appreciating, the fact, 
that Springfield was specially fortunate in its infancy, 
by having such other very Capable and Co-operative 
Business Men, as the "Foos's." "Bacons," "Blacks," 
"Driscolls," "Barnetts," "Warders," "Thompsons," 
"Bowmans," "Ludlows," "Thomas's," "Masts," "Sny- 
ders," "Bushnells," "Hagans," "McGilvray," "Mey- 
ers," "Bakers," "Steeles," and many other Enterpris- 
ing Citizens, whose combined co-operative services 
was of great value, in laying the foundation for the 
present Springfield. 

In this connection, based upon my observation 
of results, I am convinced that the phenomenal 
growth and prosperity of Springfield was largely due 
to its men, who co-operated in contributing Human 
Force to the city's prosperity. 

And I am also believing that the Greatest Asset 
of any city or community is men, real men, with Hu- 
man Intelligence, Integrity and Industry, who are 
Capable, and will Co-operate fully Together in pro- 
moting everything that is worth while, cutting out 
everything that savors of Idealism, Egotism and 
Petty Jealousies. 

In Politics, Brother William N. was a regular 
Whirlwind. He generally got what he went after, 
but sometimes his methods proved very expensive to 
himself and his associates, and it was really remark- 
able to see how they stood for it, and came back when 
he called upon them. 


I am remembering that when William N. was 
serving as a member of the City Council, on one oc- 
casion his opponents in Council, attempted to take 
advantage of the absence of William N.'s colleagues, 
who was interested with him in securing the passage 
of something they favored. 

They attempted to bring up and defeat the prop- 
osition at that meeting, whereupon William N. was 
recognized by the President, and took the floor, os- 
tensibly in favor of the passage of the bill or measure 
(but in reality to prevent action), and he held the 
floor, talking continuously about something, through 
the night, until about two o'clock the following 

When one of the members "Woke Up," and 
moved to adjourn; another member "Woke Up," and 
seconded the motion; they then Woke Up the Presi- 
dent, and he put the motion to adjourn, which was 
unanimously carried, and at a subsequent meeting, 
the proposition advocated by William N. was adopted. 

During the Blaine campaign for President, Wil- 
liam N. organized what he called the "Blaine PLUG 
HAT Brigade." This Brigade was uniformed with 
White Plug Hats, provided by William N., and he 
took his White Plug Hat Brigade, which embraced 
more than 500 members, to Indianapolis, on the oc- 
casion of the great Blaine rally there. 

I also remember that I accompanied the gang 
to Indianapolis, and while there, I was invited, as one 
of Mr. Blaine's guests, to call with him on Benjamin 
Harrison, who was later elected President himself. 

Later, on the occasion of the Blaine rally at 
Springfield, William N. gave out the information 
that there would be a great Barbeque at the Fair 
Grounds, where the Blaine meeting was to be held, 
and that it would embrace a roasted ox. 


Everything was arranged, and the roasting of 
the ox proceeded under William N.'s directions, until 
somebody decided to investigate, to determine how 
the roasting was progressing, which was done by 
jabbing a spear into different portions of the roasting 
ox, when the odor of the spear indicated that the 
whole carcass was Tainted, and would have to be de- 
stroyed. The ordinary man would have abandoned 
the project, but not so with William N. 

He directed the disposing of the Carcass of the 
Ox, and sent out messengers to confer with all of the 
Butchers, who could furnish Fore Quarters, Hind 
Quarters, Rib Roasts, etc., and then sent messengers 
to the bake shops, and families of his friends, and ar- 
ranged to have the beef roasted, which was finally 
completed in time to be served at the Barbeque, as 
part of the roasted ox, and very few of the people 
who partook of the roast beef, had any knowledge 
that it was not part of the roasted ox. 

William N. and his followers worked all night 
on the job, but they had everything ready for the 
Barbeque at the proper time. 

The foregoing instances will serve to indicate 
some of William N.'s activities in Politics; He was 
a Republican, through and through, and while I was 
intimately acquainted with his political activities, I 
am confident that he never scratched a ticket. 

After the manufacturing organizations herein 
referred to were consummated, factories secured and 
equipped, with the necessary production organiza- 
tion, everything moved along satisfactorily, by 
"Passing the Buck" to Amos, until the management 
of the two auxiliary corporations was passed to him. 

When, at the suggestion of Amos, the Stock- 
holders and Directors of the three corporations pro- 
cured a change in their corporate names; changing. 


Champion Machine Co. to "Amos Whiteley & Co."; 
Champion Bar & Knife Co. to "Wilson, Whiteley & 
Co."; Champion Malleable Iron Co. to "Whiteley 
Malleable Iron Co.", and the business of the three 
corporations was further continued under his man- 

In the meantime, the business of the firm of 
Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly had been incorporated, 
using the old firm name, as its corporate name, with 
no change in the stockholders or their interests 
(Except possibly the addition of one or two persons 
holding just enough stock to qualify them for 

This transaction completed the transformation 
of the business of the firm of Whiteley, Fassler & 
Kelly to the Corporation, with the same corporate 
name, and certificates of stock, was issued to each of 
the members of the old firm, and the new "Nominal 
Stockholders" for their respective interests in the 
business, and everything went smoothly again, with 
the approval of Mr. Fassler and Mr. Kelly. 

Until William N. conceived the idea of Building 
what was later known as the great. "East Street 
Shops." Some idea of the magnitude of this scheme, 
and William N.'s plans, was indicated by the fact 
that his building plans included a Storage Ware- 
house, for the product to be manufactured. One 
Thousand Feet long. Fifty Feet wide, and three 
stories high, and other manufacturing buildings in 

Then Mr. Fassler and Mr. Kelly made a deter- 
mined effort to dissuade him from carrying out the 
scheme, and failing to do so, they felt compelled to 
oppose it, and refuse to further co-operate with 
William N. if he persisted in carrying out that 
scheme, which they felt positive would ruin every- 


This action resulted in Mr. Fassler and Mr. 
Kelly selling their interests in the corporation of 
Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly to Brother William N., 
which was finally consummated. 

Mr. Kelly took over the old Whiteley, Fassler & 
Kelly manufacturing plant, which he later trans- 
formed and remodeled into the present "Arcade 
Hotel"; He also took over the Rhinehart & Ballard 
Co. factory, and established the manufacture of the 
Kelly Road Roller, and other enterprises, and be- 
came a prominent stockholder and director with 
Amos Whiteley, in the Second National Bank, which 
relations was continued until the business and good 
will of that bank was sold to its successor, the Citi- 
zens National Bank. 

Mr. Fassler, after disposing of his interest in the 
corporation of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, and other 
interests in Springfield, Except his Family Resi- 
dence, went to New York City, and while there he 
conceived, and made preliminary plans for, what is 
now known as the Underground, or Subway, Rail- 
roads of New York. 

This was a great scheme. I am remembering of 
his calling on me at my hotel in New York, on a Sun- 
day I was spending there, and he took me to the 
Boreal Building, where he exhibited to me his plats 
and plans for the Subway Railroad. It was certainly 
a great scheme, and Mr. Fassler was enthusiastically 
interested in it. 

However, from some cause unknown to me, he 
later sold out his scheme and plans for the Subway 
Railroad, to other Interests, who carried the project 
through, and Mr. Fassler returned to his mother 
country, located at his old home in Switzerland, and 
never returned to America, but I had some personal 
correspondence with him after he returned to the old 


country, where I am advised that he died, but have 
no definite advice as to the date of his death. 

The history of the great "East Street Shops," 
and Brother WilHam N.'s connection w^ith them, is so 
very well known to older citizens of Springfield, to 
whom I am addressing this communication, that I 
do not think it necessary to make further reference 
to William N.'s East Street Shops, except to say: 

After the property was closed out, through a 
Receivership, William N. felt that it would be desir- 
able for him to seek a new location for re-establish- 
ing his business, where he could secure a bonus, or 
other Assistance. 

About that time the "Gas Boom" in Indiana was 
booming, and after making investigations, and re- 
ceiving propositions from various places, he decided 
to locate, and re-establish his business, at Muncie, 
Indiana, which he did, and in connection with which 
he acquired substantially all of the property that is 
now included in the McCulloch Park. 

Mr. George F. McCulloch, who was then the 
President of the Citizens Enterprise Company, and 
was, in my judgment, the brainest man, and most in- 
fluential and enterprising citizen of Muncie, co-op- 
erated with, and assisted, William N. in various 
ways, while he was planning, erecting, and equip- 
ping his Muncie Factory. 

Prior to the time William N. located at Muncie, 
Amos, realizing that the various interests he was 
managing, in Springfield, had grown to such propor- 
tions that the business could not be successfully man- 
aged by any one man of his acquaintance, who he 
might associate with him in the business, and fur- 
ther, that the business of those corporations had 


grown to such proportions that it would be Unwise 
for him to continue their business for his Sons, and 
he decided to dispose of the business, factories and 
equipment, of those corporations. 

The same feature. Cheap Fuel Gas, which had 
influenced William N. to locate his factory at Mun- 
cie, was considered of even more importance in lo- 
cating a plant for the manufacture of Malleable Cast- 
ings, a business in which Burt H. and Elmer J. 
Whiteley, sons of Amos, had acquired real exper- 

Then again, the relations which had existed be- 
tween William N. and Amos from boyhood, can best 
be illustrated by the story of "Mary Had A Little 
Lamb," and Everywhere That Mary Went, The 
Lamb Was Sure To Go. William N. was Mary, and 
Amos was the Lamb, and it was very natural for the 
Lamb to Follow Mary To Muncie. 

Amos and his Two Sons decided to locate their 
new factory for the manufacture of Malleable Cast- 
ings at Muncie, and "Whiteley Malleable Castings 
Co." was incorporated under the laws of Indiana. 
That company secured a desirable location in the 
vicinity of where William N.'s factory was located, 
and proceeded to erect and equip the necessary build- 
ings, to be used in producing High Grade Malleable 

The Factory was erected and equipped during 
the year 1893, started business, and produced its 
First Product during the year 1894. 

Whiteley Malleable Castings Co. was officered 
by Burt H. Whiteley, President, Amos Whiteley, 
Vice President and General Manager, Elmer J. 
Whiteley, Secretary-Treasurer, and the business of 
that Company was continued successfully for many 


years, up to December 1st, 1919, when it was sold to 
the present owners. 

In March, 1917, President Burt H. Whiteley 
passed away, after being a great sufferer for several 
years; and later, Elmer J. Whiteley's health became 
impaired, so that he did not feel that he could be 
continuously depended upon, to conduct the manu- 
facturing business. 

On account of conditions then confronting him, 
Amos Whiteley, realizing that he had reached the 
age that he might not be able to continue the man- 
agement of the business for any considerable length 
of time, and having an opportunity of making an Ad- 
vantageous Sale of their recently Modernized Fac- 
tory, equipment, materials and business, everything 
was sold to their successors, "Muncie Malleable 
Foundry Co.", who are continuing the business suc- 
cessfully, and very satisfactorily to the owners, the 
organization which they took over, and the com- 
munity in which the plant is located. 

When Brother William N. Whiteley's Muncie 
Factory was destroyed by fire, He decided to re- 
turn to Springfield, Ohio, and organize the Farmers 
Co-operative Association there, which he did; The 
engagements of Amos, at Muncie, were then so stren- 
uous, that he could not follow William N. there. 

For that reason Amos was never in very close 
touch with William N. after the Farmers Co-opera- 
tive Association was Launched, and can give no defi- 
nite information in regard to William N.'s last ven- 
ture; But it is understood that Mr. Charles F. Jack- 
son (who is now The World's Funeral Director, in 
Springfield, Ohio), was in very close touch with 
William N.'s "Farmers Co-operative Association," 
and will be able to give parties interested more defi- 
nite information in regard to the activities of that 
Company, than anyone else can furnish. 


Referring to Amos Whiteley. 

I am realizing that it is a little embarassing to 
be compelled to deliver one's experience himself, but 
no one else has suggested doing so, and if they did, I 
am not sure that I would be willing to accept the 
service, feeling that they might refer to something 
that was not commendable, which I will not feel 
compelled to mention. 

However, after reading the article "Referring To 
Brother William N. Whiteley," I found that my boy- 
hood experience, together with my business activi- 
ties, were so thoroughly interlocked with his life ex- 
periences and activities, and were so thoroughly set 
out therein, that there is nothing left to be said in 
that connection. 

What little school education I received, was ac- 
quired at the Reid School, located about one mile 
from Father's "Farm Residence." At that time it 
was estimated that the Reid School was about 
four miles from the center of Springfield, which has 
since grown and extended substantially to the Reid 
School location. 

My attendance as a pupil at that school em- 
braced only a few years, and as I am remembering 
now, I do not think I was a very diligent pupil; con- 
sequently I received only very little Fundamental 
"School Education" there and as I take a retrospec- 
tive view of my educational acquirements, I am re- 
minded that my real Business Education was very 
largely acquired through the process of Absorption. 

During that portion of my life which it was 
most important for me to acquire Practical Busi- 
ness Education, based upon successful Observation 
and Experience, I was exceedingly fortunate in hav- 
ing a reasonably close and companionable acquain- 
tance with such great Presidents of the United 


States as "Abraham Lincoln," "Rutherford B. 
Hayes," "James A. Garfield," "William McKinley," 
and "Benjamin Harrison." 

Also the Governors of Ohio, my native State, 
embracing Governors "Brough," "Foraker," "Foster" 
and "McKinley"; Together v^ith such great legisla- 
tors as Senators "Mark Hanna," "Charles W. Fair- 
banks," "John Sherman," and others, and a number 
of the most capable business Organizers and Man- 
agers of that period. 

All of w^hom seemed to take a special interest in 
being helpful to me, and appeared pleased to have 
me Absorb as much of their knowledge and experi- 
ence as I w^as capable of acquiring. 

In this connection, I am also remembering w^ith 
special interest my acquaintance and association with 
several eminent lawyers, including "S. A. Bowman," 
and "Hon. Samuel Shellabarger," of Springfield, 
Ohio; "Richard A. Harrison," of Columbus; "John 
McMahon," of Dayton, and "Leonard Sweat," of 
Chicago, and others. 

The Legal and Business knowledge which I ac- 
quired by personal association, and business connec- 
tion with, those great Lawyers, has been of great ad- 
vantage to me in preparing understandingly, Arti- 
cles of Association for Corporations, Copartnership 
Agreements, and all necessary forms of contracts re- 
quired, in conducting the various businesses I have 
been required to manage. 

With such Exceptional Opportunities, I am be- 
lieving that I should have absorbed more, and ac- 
complished more, than I have during life. However 
I gave the best I was capable of giving to the man- 
agement of the business of the corporations which 
were established by me, or later passed to me for 


Other Business .And Community Connections 
With the aid of a very capable Board of Direct- 
ors, embracing "William Foos," "George H. Fry," 
"O. S. Kelly," "Edwin S. Houck," and others, to- 
gether with the splendid business organization, I 
succeeded in managing the business of the "Second 
National Bank" successfully for a period covering 
about Twenty Years, until the business and good will 
of said bank was sold to its successors, the "Citizens 
National Bank," who took over the Organization, 
Customers, and business which had been established 
by the "Second National Bank." 

During my connection with said "Second Na- 
tional Bank," in addition to building up a Surplus 
Fund, the bank paid to its stockholders the usual an- 
nual "Bank Dividend Earnings," and in connection 
with its voluntary liquidation, it paid to its stock- 
holders In Cash the day its business was transferred 
to its successor, the par value of their stock holdings. 
Within six months thereafter, additional prem- 
ium dividends was paid to the stockholders, from 
the accumulated Surplus Fund, amounting to about 
55 per cent of the par value of their stock holdings, 
and all of the holdings of the bank, at the time it 
adopted voluntary liquidation, was collected without 
the loss of a dollar. 

I am also remembering, with some pride, that I 
was a member of the Board of Directors of the 
"Associated Charities," with Mr. S. A. Bowman, 
General Kiefer, and there must have been two other 
Directors (whose names I do not now recall), and I 
believe the most important service rendered by the 
Board of Directors, was the selecting and securing, 
the services of Mr. H. H. Cumback, as Superinten- 
dent, which appointment received the unqualified ap- 
proval of every good citizen of Springfield. 


I am advised that Mr. Cumback continued in that 
position from the date of his appointment in 1885, 
without interruption, until he resigned in 1901, and 
that he died November 10th, 1910. 

However, I am believing that the most import- 
ant service ever rendered by me to my Home City 
was by co-operating with Mr. "F. M. Hagan," the 
very Capable and Efficient City Solicitor, in securing 
for the City of Springfield its splendid "Waterworks" 
and "Sewer System," which was planned, inaugxir- 
ated, and substantially completed as first installed, 
during Mr. Hagan's term of office as City Solicitor, 
while I was a member of the City Council. 

Mr. Hagan and I worked together, continuously, 
as a "Double Team," and I believe the most compre- 
hensive reference I can make, as indicating our com- 
bined efforts, which resulted in securing for Spring- 
field, its Splendid "Waterworks" and "Sewer Sys- 
tem," is by appending hereto the more recent corres- 
pondence with Mr. Hagan, embracing his note of 
August 27th, 1920, left for me at the Shawnee Hotel, 
when he called to see me there, but did not find me 
in ; together with the later correspondence with him. 
Hotel Shawnee 
Springfield, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1920. 
Mr. Amos Whiteley, 

My Dear Mr. Whiteley: 

I have just called to see you, but regret you were 
not in. My very best wishes. 

F. M. Hagan. 

Muncie, Indiana, August 30, 1920. 
Hon. F. M. Hagan, 

Springfield, Ohio. 
My Dear Mr. Hagan: 

In thanking you for your kind call at the Hotel 
Shawnee while I was out, I do not find words to ex- 


press properly my disappointment at not meeting 
you, and my regret that I did not have time to re- 
turn your call. 

I am remembering with great pleasure, Mr. 
Hagan, the specially valuable service rendered by 
you in connection with the equipping my Old Home 
Town with the "Sewer System," "Water System," 
etc., which has proved so successful, and I believe I 
appreciate, more than anyone else can, the very effi- 
cient Service rendered by you in procuring the nec- 
essary legislation, and preparing everything for the 
action of Council, while I was a member of that 

There were, of course, those who criticised and 
predicted that we were going to Bankrupt the City, 
etc., but it is a real pleasure to me to know that with 
water rates much lower than any other city of its 
size, the debt contracted for the "Sewer System" and 
"Water System" has all been paid off, and that our 
"Baby" is now the financial backer, and provides the 
funds, when the city is in need. 

Again permit me to express my regrets that I 
was unable to have a personal visit with you; but I 
am going to do so, in the near future, even if I have 
to make another trip to Springfield, which will give 
me great pleasure, as I did not see half I wanted to 
see, during my temporary stay there. 

With kind personal regards and best wishes, I 
am, Sincerely yours, 

Amos Whiteley. 

Hagan & Hagan, 
Springfield, Ohio, September 3, 1920. 
Mr. Amos Whiteley, 

Muncie, Indiana. 

My Dear Mr. Whiteley: — 
I highly appreciate your recent letter which viv- 
idly recalls important transactions occurring long 


ago in this City. But few of the generation in which 
you and I co-operated, in behalf of Springfield, now 
remain. I keenly prize your commendation of my 
acts, as City Solicitor, of Springfield. I am very sure, 
however, that whatever degree of success I may have 
been fortunate enough to attain in that capacity 
would have been impossible without your friendly 

Your high rank as a business man, and thorough 
devotion to public interests, individually, and as a 
member and President of the City Council, justly 
gave you such an influence in the management of 
municipal affairs, as was decisive in favor of the Pub- 
lic Good. 

I shall never forget, nor cease to duly value, the 
superb manner in which you presided as President of 
the Council, and firmly supported me in all my ef- 
forts to have the proceedings of the City Govern- 
ment comply with the law. I am very glad, indeed, 
that you expect to return to Springfield in a short 
time, when I should be disappointed at not seeing 
you. I would very much like to talk in detail with 
you about our joint, and I think successful, efforts in 
the construction of the Water Works, and a System 
of Sewerage, for Springfield, as well as other mat- 
ters. Very sincerely yours, 

Francis M. Hagan. 

It is one of my greatest pleasures to feel that my 
interest in the prosperity of Springfield, and all of its 
industries and institutions, has continued substanti- 
ally the same, while I have been engaged in other 
business activities where I now reside, in Muncie, 

Referring to Business Connections in Muncie. 

When my two sons and I decided to take advan- 
tage of the cheap fuel which might be secured by lo- 


eating a factory in the Indiana Gas Belt, we were 
naturally attracted to Muncie, on account of the 
fact that Brother William N. had located his factory 
there, and when we visited Muncie, 

We were fortunate in finding a thoroughly es- 
tablished, full fledged, well equipped, Citizens Enter- 
prise Co., whose members embraced such Sterling, 
Capable, Energetic, Business Men, as Mr. George F. 
McCulIoch, its President, Together with the "John- 
sons," "Balls," "Bannisters," "Kimbroughs," "Rose," 
"Meeks," "Hitchcock," "Boyce," "Smiths," "Littles," 
"Brady," "Spilker," "Patterson," "Darnell," "Hem- 
ingray," "Hibbitts," "Wysors," "Church," "Maring," 
"Hart," "Roades," "Kirbys," "Klopfers," and many 

They greeted us very kindly, and showed us the 
Court House, told us what it cost, etc., which was the 
only public building of any consequence located in 
the County. However, other important manufactur- 
ing enterprises had already been secured, some of 
which was in successful operation, and that crowd 
soon took us into camp. 

We have never had any occasion to regret locat- 
ing in Muncie; on the contrary, all of the good people 
of Muncie has been very kind and companionable 
with us, and our business established here was suc- 
cessfully continued, until it was sold out to the 
"Muncie Malleable Foundry Co.", who took over the 
production organization which had been acquired 
by us during our more than Twenty-five Years of 

It also gives me special pleasure to note that with 
the use of the business organization acquired by us, 
and the Able Management of the Company, our suc- 
cessors are conducting, what we believe to be the 
most dependable and successful manufacturing busi- 
ness in Muncie. 


While we have no proprietary interest in the 
business, our relations with our successors is of the 
most friendly character, and it gives us special pleas- 
ure, when we can be helpful to them in any way, in 
fact, our greatest pleasure is derived through the con 
tinued companionship of our former business asso- 

Our relations with the entire community has 
been so pleasant, companionable, and helpful to us in 
every way, that we are perfectly satisfied. Our only 
regret being that we have outlived our usefulness in 
conducting a business. We are, however, deeply in- 
terested in everything that concerns Muncie, and its 
Present and Future Prosperity. 

After all of the business interests with which 
Amos Whiteley was connected for many years at 
Springfield, Ohio, was satisfactorily wound up and 
disposed of, and the new Business Established in 
Muncie was being conducted successfully by the 
Sons, their Father and Mother decided to move to 
Muncie, and purchased the residence property of 
Dr. Wynans, north-east corner of Adams and Hack- 
ley streets, which has been the family home contin- 
uously, since they took their first meal in that res- 
idence on Thanksgiving Day, 1898. 

Before moving to Muncie, Amos never had 
time, or much inclination, for recreation. He was 
too impatient to Fish, too lazy to Hunt; he never 
took any interest in golf or other games, and 
the habit of spending the winter in Florida or Cali- 
fornia, and the summer on the Lakes, had not then 
become Prevalent. 

However, he then decided to give himself the 
pleasure of the only recreation he had ever been in- 
terested in; from boyhood he was interested in 
horses; high class Driving Horses, Horses threat- 


ened with speed, etc., and he decided to engage in the 
Breeding of High Class Harness Horses. They pur- 
chased the "Parker Moore" farm, adjoining Muncie, 
Incorporated the "White River Stock Farm," and 
Launched into the breeding business. 

For the Head of that Enterprise, they secured 
the great Electioneer-Wilkes Stallion, "Advertiser," 
together with a band of high class Brood Mares, as 
foundation stock, and continued the breeding busi- 
ness for many years, during which time the produce 
of the farm established World's Records, and 
was purchased by both American and Foreign 

Amos believes that the one thing that interested 
him most in the breeding business, and the horse 
game generally, was the fact that he had the Faculty 
of Becoming so Companionable with Horses, that 
they would do cheerfully whatever he asked of them. 
It was notable that he never had an Accident, or any 
Trouble with horses. 

The product of "White River Stock Farm" was 
educated, trained, and raced, to a limited extent. In 
Their Races, They were always out to win, and did 
win, every race they were capable of winning. 

When Amos found that the breeding business 
was becoming too strenuous, and commanding too 
much of his time, his greatest concern was to prevent 
his First Champion Trotter, First Champion Pacer, 
Mrs. Whiteley's Carriage Horse, and the old Thor- 
oughbred Prompter, from ever passing into hands 
that would abuse them, or would not take proper 
care of them ; and when White River Stock Farm was 
disposed of to Arthur Cecil, its present owner, who is 
now using it as a breeding farm of Prize Cattle, 
which are taking prizes every year, permission was 
eiven to Mr. Whiteley by Mr. Cecil, and the four Old 
Horses were buried on the farm. 


After disposing of the breeding business and the 
Stock Farm, Amos resumed activities in connection 
with the management of the corporations of White- 
ley Malleable Castings Co., and Whiteley Steel Co., 
until the business of those Corporations was sold to 
new owners, and the business was entirely settled 
up, and the corporations declared out of existence. 
Referring to Muncie's Public Hospital. 

I may say that substantially from the time Amos 
Whiteley moved to Muncie, he was specially inter- 
ested in securing a County or City Hospital. He 
was appointed by the Circuit Court a member of the 
Board of Directors, which was organized for the pur- 
pose of providing a Hospital for Muncie and Dela- 
ware County, under the General law authorizing 
such institutions. 

However, as that organization failed to provide 
for a hospital, or to agree upon any plan, which was 
practicable to carry out, for securing such a hospital 
when Amos realized that nothing was likely to be 
accomplished by that organization, he resigned from 
that Board of Directors, and became specially inter- 
ested in a plan which he had in mind for securing 
the needed hospital for Muncie. 

After many conferences with Dr. George R. 
Andrews (who then had a five bed hospital in the 
Star Building), they agreed upon a basis of co-oper- 
ation, for the purpose of establishing a Real Hospi- 
tal, and under the arrangements agreed upon between 
Them, the "Dr. Anthony Homestead" property, em- 
bracing a quarter of a city block, was purchased, and 
plans prepared, under the direction of Dr. Andrews, 
for changing and Remodeling the Anthony Home- 
stead property, and adding the necessary New Build- 
ings, which, when erected, completed and equipped. 
Embraced substantially the present Muncie Home 
Hospital Property. 


While the erection of the new buildings and the 
equipping of same for use, was progressing and near- 
ing completion, under the arrangement existing be- 
tween Whiteley and Andrews, they decided to Incor- 
porate The Business under the corporate name of 
"Home Hospital," and with the aid of Dr. Andrews 
the Articles of Incorporation was prepared by Amos, 
and after "Home Hospital" was incorporated, the 
entire property which had been acquired, extended, 
and equipped, was sold and transferred to "Home 
Hospital," Company. 

During the entire period, including the purchase 
of the location, erection of buildings, and installing 
equipment therein, Amos formulated, adopted, and 
carried out the Business Plans for conducting the 
hospital, and furnished, at his Own Expense, the 
bookkeepers and other clerical force required for 
conducting the Business Organization, and also fur- 
nished the Office Furniture and Fixtures required for 
use in conducting the business of the hospital. This 
arrangement was continued up to the time a contract 
of sale of the entire hospital property, to a Public 
Hospital Organization was made. 

Realizing the importance of providing the City 
of Muncie and Delaware County with a Public Hos- 
pital, which would secure the Elimination of Taxa- 
tion of its property, and other advantages, which was 
provided for by the State Law for "Public Hospi- 
tals," and could be provided for in Articles of Asso- 
ciation, after fully conferring with Dr. Andrews as 
to the advantages to a Public Hospital, to be gained 
by securing an organization in accordance with the 
law governing Public Hospitals, 

Amos Whiteley secured. At His Own Expense, 
the services of "Charles W. Moores," one of the lead- 
ing lawyers of Indianapolis, who, through his con- 
nection with Indianapolis hospitals, was well quali- 


fied for preparing Articles of Association which 
would secure everything that a Public Hospital was 
entitled to, under the provisions of the law as it then 
existed, as well as looking to future legislation, and 
the Articles of Association of the present "Muncie 
Home Hospital Co." was prepared, complete, ready 
for the signatures of the incorporators. 

After conferring with Dr. Andrews as to the cit- 
izens of Muncie we desired to have act as incorpora- 
tors, Amos secured the signatures of the Eleven Cit- 
izens, to the Articles of Incorporation, and "Muncie 
Home Hospital Co." was incorporated. 

Great care had been used in the preparation of 
the Articles of Association which, (together with the 
necessary Code of Rules, Regulations and By-Laws 
to be adopted) would Eliminate Political Interests, 
or Clique Interests, by making the incorporators of 
the company, its "Board of Governors," who were 
authorized to perpetuate their organization by filling 
vacancies that might occur in their membership, 
through "Death," "Resignation," "Removal From 
The County," or "Dismissal"; making the "Board of 
Governors" responsible to the contributing owners 
of the property, and the Community generally, for 
satisfactorily conducting the hospital, and augment- 
ing and extending its usefulness. 

It was anticipated that mistakes might be discov- 
ered in connection with selecting the Incorporators 
who formed the first "Board of Governors," but pro- 
visions were made for correcting such mistakes, by 
accepting resignations, or making dismissals, and 
filling vacancies until an efficient and co-operative 
Board of Governors could be secured. 

It was clearly understood by the promoters of 
this Public Hospital scheme that the "Board of Gov- 
ernors," as the representatives of the Contributing 
Owners of the property, and the interested public, 

would recognize their obligation to conduct the hos- 
pital in accordance with the provisions and intent of 
the Articles of Association, extending its usefulness, 
to merit the approval of the Community, and induce 
other citizens to make contributions to its Endow- 
ment Fund, and otherwise provide for extensions to 
the hospital ; also for the necessary. Training School 
and Home for Nurses. 

Referring to the Whiteley Reservation. 

When the Hospital was completed for use, sub- 
stantially as it was later sold to "Muncie Home Hos- 
pital Co.", Amos Whiteley leased two connecting 
rooms, with inside bath and toilet room between, con- 
necting with both rooms from the inside, at the north 
end of the third floor. 

These rooms were leased bare, without any fur- 
niture or furnishings, which included only the bare 
rooms, to be maintained, heated and lighted by the 
Lessor. This Reservation was Furnished complete 
by the Lessee, including Beds, Bedding, Dressers, 
Cupboards, Tables, Chairs, Rugs, Stands, Bed 
Tables, Electric Fans, and all other equipment neces- 
sary to complete the reservation for use. 

Later, while the Hospital property was owned 
and conducted by "Home Hospital," the lease of 
Whiteley Reservation was renewed with Home Hos- 
pital for a period of "Ten Years" from the First day 
of January, 1920. 

Substantially all of the provisions of the former 
lease were continued, and by the provisions of this 
Ten Years' Lease, the Lessor furnished to the 
Lessee the Two Rooms, including the inside Bath 
and Toilet Room provided for the use of both rooms, 
in consideration of which the Lessee pays to the 
Lessor a Rental of One Hundred Dollars per month, 
for the use of the rooms, to be heated and lighted by 
the Lessor, payable monthly, In Advance. 


The Lessee to furnish and maintain all of the 
necessary furniture, fixtures, and equipments re- 
quired for use in the rooms of the Reservation, To be 
used by the Lessee's "Hospital Committee" in the 
care of patients assigned to the rooms by said Com- 

Also by the provisions of this lease, in addition 
to the monthly rental designated, the Lessee's Hos- 
pital Committee pays to the Lessor the amount des- 
ignated, for the use of the Surgery, Administering 
Anesthetic to patients requiring surgical operations; 
also to the Hospital Company for hospital service, in- 
cluding food diet, serving, and nursing by the regu- 
lar nurses on that floor, the amount designated there- 

The bills for the use of the Surgery, Administer- 
ing Anesthetic, and for Hospital Service, are to be 
paid monthly, or promptly after the patient is dis- 
charged, and bill rendered for each patient. 

The Whiteley Reservation is to be used by Amos 
Whiteley's Hospital Committee in providing Hos- 
pital Service required by the Whiteley Family. 

Also the Designated list, of former Department 
Heads and Assistants, and special Old Employees, 
w^ho rendered efficient service for Many Years in con- 
ducting the business of Whiteley Malleable Castings 
Co. and Whiteley Steel Co. 

Together with the active members of the Mun- 
cie Fire Department, who are liable to be injured in 
the discharge of their duties, in connection with 
which they may require hospital service. 

Also the members of Amos Whiteley's Hospital 
Committee, the members of Burt H. Whiteley's 
Charity Fund Committee, and the Active Members 
of the "Board of Governors" of "Muncie Home Hos- 
pital Co." 


Since the Hospital Property was purchased by 
"Muncie Home Hospital Co.," and the Ten Year 
Lease Agreement herein referred to was Approved, 
and Taken Over, by that Company, the provisions 
of the Lease have been carried out entirely satisfac- 
torily to all parties concerned. 

While, by the provisions of the lease, which will 
expire by limitation December Thirty First, 1929, it 
contemplates that the Lessee, will remove all of the 
furnishings in the rooms, belonging to him, and sur- 
render the rooms to the Lessor unfurnished, at the 
expiration of the Lease. 

It is my desire, and I have instructed my "Hos- 
pital Committee" and "Executors," that, IF all of 
the provisions of the Ten Year Lease Agreement 
are faithfully carried out by the Lessor, to the end 
of the leased term. In That Case the Reservation 
Rooms will be surrendered to the Lessor, by the 
Lessee's Hospital Committee, Together with all of 
the furniture, furnishings, and equipments installed 
therein, at the expiration of the Ten Years Lease 

In addition to the amount contributed by me 
to Dr. Andrews and the Home Hospital, I contrib- 
uted to the Fund required by Muncie Home Hospital 
Co. for the purchase of the Home Hospital Property, 
about Twenty Per Cent, or One Fifth, of the amount 
required to be contributed by the Citizens of Muncie 
and Delaware County, for that purpose. 

I feel justified in claiming that, through the 
plans I formulated, and contributed to, the citizens 
of Muncie and Delaware County secured a Splendid 
Hospital Property; a Going Concern, with Cash in 
Bank, and Accounts Receivable, for Very Much Less 
than its Actual Value. 

I am indeed greatly pleased to know that the 
arrangement with the Hospital in regard to the 
"Whiteley Reservation," embracing the care of the 


rooms and property, and the service to be rendered 
to the patients assigned to the Reservation by my 
Hospital Committee, has been carried out in every 
detail, fully meeting the approval and commenda- 
tion of all of the patients and Hospital Committee. 

Also that the members of the Medical and 
Surgical Stalif of the Hospital have been very dili- 
gent and capable in planning and inaugurating latest 
approved methods and plans for the surgical and 
medical treatment of patients, which are equal to 
the best other hospitals, in the country. 

In this connection, I am deeply regretting that 
I cannot commend the efficiency of the Board of 
Governors, who have failed to adopt and inaugurate 
plans for providing needed extensions to the hospital, 
and conducting its business affairs methodically, 
economically, and successfully. 

They do not seem to quite realize that they were 
not solicited to sign as Incorporators, and become 
Members of the Board of Governors, for the purpose 
of complimenting them as well known, reputable 
citizens; On the contrary, their appointment was 
made upon the theory that they were capable, and 
would plan and conduct the affairs of the hospital 
in the interest of the contributing owners, and com- 
munity generally, on the plan clearly set out in 
the Articles of Association. 

But, so far as I have been advised, they have 
made no Annual Reports for the information of con- 
tributing owners and the community, as to their 
plans for conducting the hospital, and providing for 
necessary extensions thereto, for meeting the in- 
creasing demand of the Community for hospital 
service, which the Board of Governors, is Right Now, 
confronted with. 

By the Provisions of the Articles of Association, 
the Board of Governors Are Empowered to make 
any changes in the Membership, or Organization Of 


The Board, which may be found necessary, to secure 
Greater Efficiency in Planning for, and Conducting 
All of The Affairs and Business Of The Hospital. 

While the members and officers of the Board of 
Governors, shall not receive any salary for services 
rendered by them. They are authorized and expected 
to Select and Employ a Capable and Efficient Busi- 
ness Manager to conduct The Business Affairs of The 

Embracing the Purchasing, Directing, Account- 
ing, and Making all of the Statements and Reports 
required by the Board, Commanding his Entire Time, 
and holding him responsible for rendering Efficient 
Service to all Departments, that will produce satisfac- 
tory results, preserve the necessary records, and pro- 
vide for the Annual Reports as contemplated. 

The Board of Governors is the organization 
which must be depended upon for Devising Plans, 
and properly presenting them to the community, for 
providing the necessary funds for Maintaining and 
Extending the Building and Equipments, which will 
provide additional facilities for rendering the Hos- 
pital Service Required. 

Which may be done in various ways with the 
co-operation of the Good Citizens of the City and 
County who will be helpful in providing the funds, 
if plans are properly presented to them. 

The Life Membership Scheme was expected to 
be used for interesting the Community to the extent 
of securing at least One Thousand Life Members, 
embracing Men, Women and Children, of the City 
and County. 

However, T am hoping that the Board of Gov- 
ernors may awake to the importance of doing what 
was expected of them, in the near future. 


Referring to Burt H. and Elmer J. Whiteley. 

These Whiteley Brothers have had extraordi- 
nary personal experiences; in fact, they and their 
father were always very chummy and companion- 
able together, in every way, and they were made to 
understand, very early in life, that Father would not 
expect anything unreasonable. 

On the contrary, he realized they would make 
mistakes, and they were assured that the essential 
thing for them to remember was, to Tell the Truth, 
and Hide nothing from Father, and that, if they pur- 
sued that course, they could always depend upon his 
loyalty to them, whether he could just approve ev- 
erything they did, or not, and that has been the rela- 
tionship always existing between Father and Sons. 

I am remembering that I gave them some pretty 
thorough tryouts when they were quite young, which 
I believe was beneficial to them, and fully appreciated 
by them in later years. 

In advance of their School Vacation Period, the 
year Burt was about Eleven, and Elmer about Eight, 
years old, I planned a trip for them, during their 
school vacation, which embraced something like the 
following Itinerary: 

Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Toronto, 
Ontario; Albany, New York; and down the Hudson 
River, by boat, to New York City, and on to Phila- 
delphia, Baltimore, Washington, Old Point Com- 
fort; returning home by way of Cincinnati. 

They were given no special instructions, but 
they carried Letters of Introduction to their Father's 
good business friends, embracing the President of 
the "Standard Bank," of Toronto ; also the Presidents 
of the "National Park Bank," "American Exchange 
National Bank," and the "Chemical National Bank," 
of New York City; Together with the President of 


the "Ninth National Bank," of Philadelphia, and the 
President of the "United States" at Washington. 
They were advised that they would be expected to 
Present, to the parties they were addressed to, all of 
the letters they carried. 

They complied with these instructions, and were 
entertained exceptionally nice, by all of the parties to 
whom the letters were presented. Most of whom 
wrote their Father, advising him of the call made by 
the Sons, and Complimented the boys. 

I well remember that when this Itinerary was 
made up and submitted to their Mother, she held up 
her hands in holy horror, and remarked something 
like this : "Why, would you think of starting those 
two kids out alone, to make such a trip?" I remarked 
that I knew it was extraordinary, but reminded her 
that both she and I were interested in extraordinary 
things, which had its effect, and she finally con- 
sented, and afterwards, in later years, referred to 
that trip with a great deal of pleasure. 

Cleveland, Ohio, was their first stop, and the 
race meeting was on there at that time. They at- 
tended that race meeting the following day, and in 
the evening I received their first report, which was 
made in a telegram sent to me by Burt, which read: 
"Please Send Draft; We Got On The Wrong Horse." 

In answer to this telegram, I wired Burt, request- 
ing him to call on "M. A. Hanna & Co.", (Senator 
Mark A. Hanna's firm,) and they would supply him 
with funds immediately, which they did, and I am 
pleased to say that was the Only Mistake they made 
on the entire trip. 

Burt H. and Elmer J. each lived at home with 
their Father and Mother until they were married, but 
very soon after marriage, they each established a 
home for themselves. 


The Boys received their Foundation Education 
in the Public Schools of Springfield, which was 
rounded off, and finished, at "Wittenberg College." 

During their school vacations, for several years 
before they were married, they went into the factor- 
ies then under the management of their Father, and 
put themselves in charge of the Superintendent and 
Foremen of each Department, and worked at what- 
ever they were assigned to do, which proved to be 
very helpful to them in later years. 

When we decided to locate a factory at Muncie, 
for the manufacture of Malleable Castings, they took 
part, and became interested in the corporation of 
Whiteley Malleable Castings Co., and when the loca- 
tion was secured, Burt H. went to Muncie, and, to- 
gether with the necessary architect and contractors, 
erected and equipped the factory. 

Elmer remained at Springfield, and conducted 
the business of Whiteley Malleable Iron Co. until 
that business was sold out to new owners. He then 
moved to Muncie, Indiana, when that factory was 
substantially completed, and took with him a num- 
ber of thoroughly experienced and capable men, and 
with their assistance, Elmer J. conducted the busi- 
ness of all the Production Departments of the 
Whiteley Malleable Castings Co.'s factory. 

The first product was produced in that Factory 
in 1894, and the business was run continuously, never 
stopping, except for Inventory, until the factories 
and business were sold to the present owners, as of 
December 1st, 1919, covering a period of over 
Twenty-Five Years' continuous production. 

The Muncie Factory was officered by Burt H. 
Whiteley, President; Amos Whiteley, Vice Presi- 
dent and General Manager; Elmer J. Whiteley, Sec- 
retary-Treasurer; and each managed the department 


assigned to them, until Burt's health became im- 
paired, so that during the last two or three years of 
his life, he was unable to attend to his duties as Pres- 
ident of the Company, and then Elmer J. took over 
the President's duties, in addition to the Manufac- 
turing Departments. 

Burt H. was a very sick man, and great suflFerer, 
during the last three years of his life, until he passed 
away March 21st, 1917. 

After the factories and business of Whiteley 
Malleable Castings Co. was sold and transferred to 
new owners, Elmer J. retired from active business, 
and since that time he has been directing his outside 
investments, and has been interested, as a Director, 
in the Muncie banks and trust Companies, of which 
he is a stockholder. 

Burt H. was a liberal contributor to "his 
Church," Together with "Cemetery Associations," 
"Benevolent" and "Charitable" Organizations, of 
Muncie, Indiana, and Springfield, Ohio. 

He provided, and arranged for his Executors to 
continue the maintenance of, the "Burt H. Whiteley 
Charity Fund," to be used by his Trustees of that 
Fund, in providing Hospital Facilities and Treatment 
for the worthy poor, not otherwise provided for. 

He also provided a substantial "Endowment 
Fund," the annual earnings of which is to be used by 
the "Park Trustees" for increasing and maintaining 
"Playground Equipment," "Swimming Pool," and 
"Animals" to be installed in McCulloch Park, expec- 
ially for the use and benefit of the children visiting 
the Park. 

Burt H. was a regular Whirlwind in making sug- 
gestions, and taking up all kinds of schemes, which 
in some cases burdened him with losses, expenses, 
and liabilities. 


In such cases, when the burdens were more than 
he could provide for, his Father, and more conserva- 
tive Brother, Elmer J., helped him out. He seemed to 
be constantly hunting for trouble, and in many cases 
he found what he was looking- for. However, he had 
a host of friends throughout the country, who always 
seemed to be standing at attention, and when they 
discovered troubles headed towards Burt, they gen- 
erally switched them. 

Burt H. became interested in several schemes hi 
Mexico, where he spent quite a little time each year, 
and made a great many very warm personal friends 
there, including former President Diaz, and his Sec- 
retary of State, which proved to be of great advant- 
age to him later. 

When a certain Gang attempted to hold him in 
Mexico for Ransom, President Diaz and his Secre- 
tary of State, came to Burt's rescue, and told the 
gang where to get off, and also advised Burt to 
return to Indiana, and leave the managenient of his 
Mexican interests to the State Departmenc, vvhich 
he did, and everything worked out satisfactorily. 

Referring to Burt's Connection with the Ameri- 
can Malleable Castings Association, Mr. John T. 
Llewellyn, Vice President of the Chicago Malleable 
Castings Co., having learned that I was preparing 
a "History Of The Whiteleys In America," wrote 
me, referring to his acquaintance with Burt, as 
follows : 

"Your son Burt and I were Fast Friends; we 
always compared notes, and I wish to say to you 
frankly that I always considered Burt as a Wizard, 
in handling his business affairs, he was considered 
one of the foremost leaders of the Malleable Iron 
Industry. Possessed of good fellowship, with an 
ardent desire to get there first, He was always plan- 
ning ahead, and was easily the envy, of those who 
were less methodical." 


Referring To The Family Founded By Father, 
Nathaniel, And Mother, Sarah (Leace) Ferrell. 

Nathaniel Farrell, was born in Guernsey County, 
Ohio; He was a member of a very reputable family. 
His brother, "Joseph Ferrell" represented that 
County in the Ohio State Legislature, for one or 
more terms. He located in Cincinnati. Ohio, where 
he married "Sarah Leace." The family resided in 
Cincinnati until all of their children were born, after 
which they moved to Springfield, Ohio, where they 
lived the balance of their lives. 

To that union were born Ten Children; Six 
Sons and Four Daughters, including: — "Alfonso," 
"Joseph," "Theodore," "Ferdinand," "Randolph," 
"Frank," "Ophelia," "Sarah Amanda," "Josephine," 
and "Almira." 

Mother Ferrell was a remarkable woman, the 
real Manager and Educator of the entire family, and 
we may say the best Financier of the whole bunch. 

Alfonso, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrell) married "Catherine Ludlow," sister of 
Abraham Ludlow. No children were ever born to 
this union, and I am unable to give the date of the 
death of Alfonso or Catherine. 

Joseph, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrell) married, and to them Three Children were 
born, including One Son and Two Daughters, 
named "Alfonso" and "Sarah;" the other daughter 
dying in infancy, and I am unable to give further in- 
formation in regard to them. 

Theodore, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrell) never married, but he was a sterling man, 
and a very high class machinist. I am unable to give 
the date of his death. 


Ferdinand, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrell) went west when he was a young man, 
settled in Portland, Oregon, and married there, but I 
am unable to give his wife's maiden name, or any 
other information in regard to the family, except 
that one son, "Burt," and two daughters, "Laura" 
and "Christina," were born to them. Ferdinand was 
successful in business, and became prominent as one 
of the early settlers, and successful business men in 

Randolph, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrein was born is 1839, and died in 1892. He 
married "Martha Slough" in 1859, who is now living 
with her daughter, "Minnie." To this union were 
born Ten Children, including: — 

"Ida Irene," (Daughter of Randolph), born in 
1863, married "Charles Mathews" in 1880. No chil- 
dren were born to this union and Ida died in 1883. 

"Minnie," (Daughter of Randolph) was born in 
1865, and married "Howard Gillespie" in 1882. To 
them Two Sons were born; "Harry Taylor" and 

"Harry Ta3dor," (Son of Minnie Gillespie) was 
born in 1883, and married "Ruby Williams" in 1919. 
No children have been born to this union. They are 
now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Frank," (Son of Minnie Gillespie) was born in 
1887, and married "Laura Strawsberg" in 1909. No 
children have been born to this union, but they are 
now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Frank," (Son of Randolph), born in 1867, is now 
living with his second wife at No. 1405 North Elm 
street, Muncie, Indiana. He married for his first 
wife, "Amanda Davis," in 1893. To that union were 
born Two Daughters, "Martha" and "Josephine." 


"Martha," (Daughter of Frank), born May 14th, 
1897, married, "A. Eushnell Turner," (a Pressman, 
with the Crowell Publishing Co., Springfield, Ohio), 
in 1916, and they are now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Josephine," (Daughter of Frank), (Namesake 
of her Aunt, Josephine Whiteley), was born in June, 
1900, and married "Paul M. Brosy," who, both pre- 
vious to, and after, his marriage, was educated for 
the Ministry at Wittenberg College, Springfield, 
Ohio. They are now living at Lima, Ohio, where 
he has a Ministerial Charge. 

"Burt Alfonso," (Son of Randolph) was born in 
1869, and married "Emma Landefelt" of Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1917. No children were born to this union, 
and they are now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Jessie Viola," (Daughter of Randolph) was born 
in 1872, and married "George Hamer" in 1896. No 
children were born to this union, but they are now 
living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Randolph, Jr.," (Son of Randolph), born in 1874, 
never married, and is now living in Los Angeles, 

"Laura," (Daughter of Randolph) was born in 
1876, and married "Burress Hallstine" in 1903. They 
are now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Charles," (Son of Randolph), born in 1881, mar- 
ried "Grace Mathews" in 1900. They have Three 
Children, but I can give no further information than 
their names, which are "Helen," Ralph," and "Clar- 

Frank, (Son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace) 
Ferrell), who was nicknamed and known as 
"Kale," married "Rebecca Judy," and died. To that 
union Three Daughters were born. 

"Sarah," (Daughter of Frank) married "Charles 
Hoddnot." They are now living in Springfield, Ohio. 


To them Four Children were born, of whom "Anna," 
"Maggie," and "Alice" are now living. 

"Clara," (Daughter of Frank) married Samuel 
Ray, who died, and Clara is now living in Springfield, 
Ohio. No Children were born to them. 

"Lydia," (Daughter of Frank) married "Phillip 
Hare," but died soon after her marriage. 

Ophelia, (Daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah 
(Leace) Ferrell) married a "Mr. Curtis." They lived 
at Memphis, Tennessee, for many years, and raised a 
family there, in reference to which I have no further 

Sarah Amanda, (Daughter of Nathaniel and 
Sarah (Leace) Ferrell) was born August 26th, 1833. 
She married the Reverend "Cyrus Rightmyer, March 
14th, 1854. He died in 1918. Sarah Amanda is now 
living with her daughter, "Anna K.," in Chicago. 
To that union Five Children, Two Sons and Three 
Daughters, were born, including: — "Charles Luther," 
"Frank," "Clara," "Sarah Ann" and "Anna Kate." 

"Sarah Ann," (Daughter of Sarah Amanda) mar- 
ried "John Holden," who is now living in Springfield, 
Ohio. She died in October, 192L No Children were 
born to that union. 

"AnnaKate,"(Daughter of SarahAmanda) (now 
Mrs. Allen R. Smart), born December 14th, 1867, in 
Fairview. Guernsey County, Ohio, was a very bright 
student in school, and developed into a very capable 
business woman. While she was a student in school, 
her Uncle, Amos, took a special interest in her educa- 
tion, and after graduating in the Public High School, 
she entered the employ of Amos Whiteley & Co., and 
there developed extraordinary business efficiency in 
various departments, 'embracing "Invoice Clerk," 
"Pay Roll Clerk," and "General Assistant" in all De- 


partments, and finally became a bookkeeper, almost 
over night. 

I am remembering that I called her into my 
room one Friday evening, and said to her, "We are 
closing our Pittsburg Ofifice; the books will be re- 
turned and kept here, and you are to keep the books 
of that Branch House." She remarked to me, "Why, 
Uncle, I do not know anything about Bookkeeping;" 
to which I replied, "I know that; but you have from 
now, until Monday morning, to learn the system of 
bookkeeping, and you can do it." I gave her a Treat- 
ise on Bookkeeping, with the corners of four pages 
turned down, and told her that those four pages con- 
tained all of the foundation information she would 
require to become a Bookkeeper. 

She took the book, and reported to me on Mon- 
day morning, ready for duty as a bookkeeper. I said 
to her, "There is the package containing the books; 
what will you do first"? To which she answered, "I 
first want to make a trial balance of the books, to see 
that they are in balance"; which statement advised 
me that she knew exactly what she was expected to 

She continued with Amos Whiteley & Co., keep- 
ing books and doing all of the other clerical work 
she had done, and instructed others, until we found 
that Whiteley Malleable Castings Co., of Muncie, 
had an incapable bookkeeper, who was discharged, 
and Anna went from Springfield to Muncie; Took 
charge of, and kept, the books of Whiteley Malleable 
Castings Co. for several years, until she married 
"Allen Smart," who was connected with an Account- 
ing Company located at Chicago, and they moved 
there, where they are now living at No. 1411 Hyde 
Park Boulevard. It goes without saying that being 
deprived of her capable services was a real disap- 
pointment to me. 


Both Anna and I have been too busy with our 
own personal affairs, to keep in anything like close 
touch with each other, since she left the employ of 
our Company, but I am advised that Three Children 
have been born to them, including: — "Jackson Wy- 
man," "Robert Ferrell," and "Martha." 

Jackson Wyman, (Son of Anna K.) is a gradu- 
ate Mechanical Engineer, who served in the Naval 
Aviation during the World War. 

Robert Ferrell, (Son of Anna K.) is a Senior in 
the University of Michigan. 

Martha, (Daughter of Anna K.) is a Freshman 
in the Chicago University. 

"Frank," (Son of Sarah Amanda) married "Alice 
Ones," but is now living apart from his wife. They 
had Four Children, but I can give no further infor- 
mation than their names, "Lucy," "Pern," "Ruth" 
and "Martha." 

"Charles Luther," (Son of Sarah Amanda) mar- 
ried "Delia Moore," and they are now living in Cov- 
ington, Kentucky. Two Children were born to them, 
"Walter" and "Laura," which is the extent of the 
information I have obtained. 

Almira, was born in 1842, and married "Frank 
Kelly" in 1861. He died in 1896, and Almira died in 
1904. To this union were born Five Children, in- 
cluding: — 

"Frank, Jr.," (Son of Almira), born in 1863, never 
married, and is now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Rose," (Daughter of Almira) was born in 1866, 
and married "Thomas McClelland." To them Two 
Children were born, "Harry" and "George." They 
are now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Ferdinand," (Son of Almira) was born in 1868. 
His first wife died, and for second wife he married 


"Catherine Curvell" in 1920, to which union no 
Children have been born. They are now living in 
Springfield, Ohio. 

"William," (Son of Almira), born in 1870, never 
married, and is now living in Springfield, Ohio. 

"Oliver," (Son of Almira), born in 1875, married 
in 1902, and has one child, Oliver, Jr. 

Josephine, (Daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah 
(Leace) Ferrellj was born in January, 1838, and died 
May 23rd, 1906. She married "Amos Whiteley" in 
May, 1860, and to that union Two Sons were born, 
"Burt H." and "Elmer J." Definite information in re- 
gard to the sons is clearly set out in the History of 
the Family Founded by Andrew and Nancy 
Catherine (Nelson) Whiteley, also in the Article, 
Page 95, "Referring to Burt H. and Elmer J. 

Josephine received her School Education at the 
"Snowhill School House" in West Springfield, and 
she acquired a much better and more complete School 
Education, in all branches, than Amos had acquired, 
which enabled her to be very helpful to him in var- 
ious ways. 

Referring To Some Of The Family Experiences 
Of Amos And Josephine Whiteley. 

When they were married in 1860, Amos was in 
the employ of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, receiving 
a small salary, and had accumulated no Estate. They 
commenced housekeeping in three rooms, which they 
had just about money enough to furnish with a cook- 
ing stove in the kitchen, and a dry goods box turned 
down on the side, using the top for a kitchen table, 
and the open box below for utensils. The balance of 
their furnishings consisted of new rag carpets on two 
rooms, one bed with the bedding, and a few chairs. 


They continued to live there until they could af- 
ford to furnish more rooms in a larger house, and 
later made a second and third move for the same rea- 

In the meantime, Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly, by 
whom Amos was employed, in appreciation of his 
services, raised his salary very rapidly, which pro- 
vided the funds used by them in purchasing a lot, and 
building the First Residence Property owned by 
them, on Mulberry Street, which was the first resi- 
dence ever built in Springfield with Bowed Glass 
Windows. That residence has been well preserved 
by subsequent owners, and is now a first class resi- 
dence property. 

They later moved to their residence on West 
High Street, and finally to their last location, which 
embraced two residences and lots. South West Cor- 
ner of South Fountain Avenue and Pleasant Street, 
where they lived until they removed to Muncie, In- 
diana, where they had previously purchased, and had 
remodeled and extended, the Dr. Wynan's Property, 
North East Corner of Adams and Hackley Streets, 
where they took their first meal Thanksgiving Day, 
1898, and that was the last move they ever made. 

Amos and Josephine were full partners in every- 
thing pertaining to their family lives, and attended 
strictly to their Own Affairs. Their two sons, Burt 
and Elmer, had previously moved to Muncie, which 
made it very pleasant for the three families, which 
were always very companionable. 

The happiness of the family was first shocked by 
a serious attack of Heart Trouble, which was exper- 
ienced by Josephine, but under the skillful treatment 
of Dr. Searcy, Josephine's life was prolonged. The 
doctor had repeatedly advised her to secure a Man- 
aging Housekeeper and Personal Caretaker, to re- 
lieve her of the duties of caring for the house, and 
provide for her own care. 


In January, 1902, I was absent, first attending to 
business engagements in New York, and later taking 
treatment for rheumatism at Mount Clemens, and 
when I returned home, Josephine announced that she 
had secured a Managing Housekeeper for us, and 
Personal Caretaker for herself, and then introduced 
"Mrs. Elizabeth May Puckett," who had been in- 
stalled in that position, during my absence. 

Later experience, demonstrated that Josephine 
had made a very wise selection in securing Mrs. 
Puckett, born in Butler County, Ohio, reared and ed- 
usated in Randolph and Wayne Counties, Indiana; a 
childless widow of mature age, who had acquired a 
thorough education in housekeeping, also as a school 
teacher, and in nursing the sick which eminently 
equipped her for the position she had been selected 
to fill. 

What I regard as most important of all, is the 
fact that through constant, watchful and efficient 
treatment by Dr. Searcy, and the continuous watch- 
fulness, careful nursing, and guarding of Josephine 
by Mrs. Puckett, the life of my beloved wife was pro- 
longed and made reasonably comfortable for more 
than four years after Mrs. Puckett took charge, al- 
though Josephine had several severe attacks of her 
heart trouble, and on two or three occassions she al- 
most passed away. 

She, however, improved to the extent that she 
felt that she was able to do so, and wanted to make a 
visit to her relatives and friends in Springfield. She 
particularly wanted to go there alone, as she had 
done on many former occasions. Dr. Searcy was con- 
sulted, and expressed the opinion that we ought to 
permit her to go. not withstanding the risk, and I 
finally consented for her to make the trip. 

She would not even permit us to advise her rela- 
tives to meet her at the station, and as I learned later, 
from others, she had a very enjoyable trip with ac- 


quaintances on the train ; and, in going from the sta- 
tion to the home of her neice, she waved at acquaint- 
ances on the street, and reached her destination in a 
very happy mood. 

Other nieces and friends called upon her that 
evening, and they had a very sweet visit together. 
When those callers left her, she told them she wanted 
to rest up the next day, and after that, she would 
visit them. After the friends had departed, she ex- 
pressed her pleasure of the meeting, and was prepar- 
ing to retire when she had the fatal attack, and 
passed away in her old home town, and in the arms 
of her niece, she was visiting. 

I am remembering the shock I experienced when 
I received the telegram that night, announcing her 
death, and I was unable to quite forgive myself for 
consenting to her making the trip. 

While Mrs. Puckett was in charge during 
Josephine's life, she endeavored to advise her, in de- 
tail, as to everything that would contribute to my 
happiness, and enable me to maintain the home as I 
had enjoyed it for so many years, and I am attribut- 
ing all of my comfort, and the fact that I am still liv- 
ing, to the careful and full instructions given to Mrs. 
Puckett, which have been faithfully executed by her. 

After Josephine's death, Mrs. Puckett, who I 
will hereafter refer to as "Aunty," as she is known 
and designated by many of her friends, continued to 
manage the household affairs, direct the help, and do 
everything she possibly could to contribute to my 
comfort. She took an interest in everything I was 
interested in ; read to me in the evenings, and assisted 
me in planning and continuing my business. 

On one occasion, through Dr. Searcy's skillful 
treatment and Aunty's efficient and watchful nurs- 
ing, I was pulled through a case of double pneumonia, 
when the other consulting doctors decided there was 
no chance. 


Aunty had always been specially interested in 
the families, embracing the children, of her sisters; 
in fact, she had been a sort of an advisory mother to 
all of them, and after her sister, "Florence Lamb" 
died, leaving a daughter, "Mildred M. Lamb," then 
about twelve years old, I requested her to have Mil- 
dred come and live with us, which she did, and Mil- 
dred's education was completed at the Normal Uni- 
versity here. She was very bright, industrious, com- 
panionable, and soon developed into a real Cook, 
Housekeeper and Companionable Entertainer, and 
she continues in that position as Aunty's Assistant. 

Later, after the death of another sister, "Mrs. 
Clara Bly," her youngest daughter, "Florence," when 
she was about six years old, came to visit Aunty. She 
was rather a frail child, and was placed under the 
treatment of Dr. Searcy, who pulled her through, 
and when she was about to return to Richmond, to 
enter school there, I requested Aunty to have her re- 
main with us, as we had a splendid school within two 
squares of our house. Florence remained, and en- 
tered the "Washington School," and I may say that 
her success in procuring a "School Education," and 
Musical Education has been most satisfactory. 

She entered High School, September of this year, 
with four previous school mates, girls of about her 
own age, and they are making a splendid record. 
They are a bunch of very chummy neighborhood 
girls, and are vieing with each other for leadership 
in their studies. 

In addition to her school studies, Florence took 
up Mucic, and at my request, she adopted the Violin, 
which she plays very nicely, and is a member of the 
Church Orchestra. 

Mildred plays the piano, and accompanying 
Florence, playing the violin, they entertain us and 
our friends with music. They also give us pretty 
lively amusement through the records selected by 
them for the Edison Phonograph. 


There is also a bunch of small kids in the neigh- 
borhood, who make our house their home for play, 
and under this arrangement, I am not permitted to 
get lonesome, and have no occasion to go out for 
amusement; in fact, I am remembering that during 
this year, 1921, which will be completed this month, 
I have onl)^ been down Town two evenings ; once I 
attended the Annual Meeting of the Elks Club, and 
on one occasion I went to an amateur show, pulled 
off under the direction of the Elks Club. 

Referring to the additional family of Aunty's 
sister, "Clara Bly," embracing an older sister of Flor- 
ence, and Four Boys, who visit us frequently, as 
Aunty is their advisor, and it is a real pleasure to have 
them use our house as their visiting home. 

Nellie Bly, the elder sister of Florence, has had a 
very Strenuous Life, which gave her the opportunity 
of acquiring extraordinary achievements. She was 
ten years of age when they lost their mother, and she 
became the Housekeeper for her father and brothers, 
while they remained at home. 

In connection with her duties as Housekeeper, 
she continued her school work from year to year, tak- 
ing up special studies, during vacation periods, until 
she graduated with high honors at Earlham College, 
in June of this year. When the Public Schools 
opened, in September, she accepted a position as 
teacher, which she is now filling, in connection with 
her housekeeping duties. 

The two elder brothers entered the Naval Serv- 
ice, and continued to serve the Government in that 
connection until they were .honorably discharged, 
and they, and the two younger brothers, are nov/ 
pursuing vocations adopted by them, and they are 
all making good. 


Aunty makes, or directs, all purchases, and man- 
ages everything in connection with our home. She 
and I, and the Girls, are interested in some Success- 
ful Financial Schemes, that will provide for their fu- 
ture requirements. 

It is my greatest pleasure to feel assured that, 
when I have passed away, everything will be contin- 
ued as it has been, excepting that Aunty and her 
Nieces will be relieved of my care. 


Addendum, Referring To That Portion Of The 

^Maryland Branch Of The Whiteley Family, 

Together With The Ferris Family, 

Who Finally Located In Indiana. 

Since the Preceding Articles were prepared, em- 
bracing the History of our Virginia and Tennessee 
Branch of the Whiteleys in America, and particu- 
larly Referring to the Ohio Branch of same, was 

The Writer has secured information, from the 
"Family Record Book," prepared by Lydia Ann 
(Whiteley) Ferris, which he considers important, as 
indicating clearly that the Founders of the Mary- 
land Branch of the Whiteley Family, Emigrated to 
America from England, and from the vicinity of 
White Haven, where every person bearing that name 
eminated from. 

The first man bearing the name of "Whiteley," 
representing the Maryland Branch of the Whiteley 
Family, who Emigrated from the vicinity of White 
Haven, England, to the United States, and settled 
in the State of Maryland, was: — 

Abraham Bing Whiteley, who died at an ad- 
vanced age in Dorchester County, Maryland, about 
the year 1775, Leaving Five Children, born to them, 
embracing: — "Anna Elizabeth," "Abraham Bing, 
Jr.," "William," "Anthony" and "Elizabeth." 

Elizabeth married "Peter Grayless;" Cannot 
give the date of their marriage. One Son, was born 
to that union, who died young, his death being 
caused by an accident. 

Peter Grayless died in Maryland, leaving Eliza- 
beth a widow ; after which she emigrated to Indiana, 
with her nephews, "Isaac" and "Daniel Whiteley," 


and made her home with Daniel, during the re- 
mainder of her life. 

Anthony married "Sophia Low." To that union 
Nine Children were born, including "William," 
"Elizabeth," "Euphemia," "Isaac," "Daniel," "An- 
thony Jr.," "Arthur," "Mary" and "Sarah." 

Anthony died at the age of 62 years, in the State 
of Maryland, in 1825, and all the information we 
have in regard to his children, follows: — 

Isaac Whiteley, (Son of Anthony and and So- 
phia (Low) Whiteley) was born in Caroline County, 
Maryland, July 21st, 1797. He married "Lydia An- 
derson," November 20th, 1820. She was born April 
10th, 1794. 

Daniel Whiteley, (Another son of Anthony and 
Sophia (Low) Whiteley), was born in Caroline 
County, Maryland, in 1788. He married "Cecelia 
Charles" in 1819. 

The Two Brothers, "Isaac Whiteley" and "Dan- 
iel Whiteley," Together with some other friends, 
neighbors, associates, and their families, who had 
espoused, or inclined to, the "Quaker Faith," and 
were bitterly opposed to slavery in any form, de- 
cided that they did not want to raise their families 
in Maryland, a Slave State, and they Emigrated with 
their families to Indiana in 1828. 

Isaac, and His Brother, Daniel, located and pur- 
chased farms near Milton, Indiana, where they re- 
sided until later in their lives, when Isaac and his 
family moved to Milton, where Isaac died, after a 
few days illness of Paralysis, August 18th, 1867, in 
the 70th year of his age. 

Lydia (Anderson) Whiteley, the wife of Isaac 
Whiteley, survived him for about eight years, when 
she passed away at the home of William Ferris, her 


son-in-law, who married her Daughter, "Lydia Ann 

Referring To The Family Of 
Isaac and Lydia (Anderson) Whiteley; To this 
union Eight Children were born, including: — 
"James Anthony" "Edward Hicks,' "Peter Wright," 
"Francis Henry," "Isaac Low," "Lydia Ann," "Peter 
Anderson," and "Mary Jane." 

Isaac Low Whiteley, son of Isaac Whiteley, 
(who was the son of Anthony Whiteley), was born 
in Fayette County, Indiana, April 4th, 1830. He 
married his cousin, "Sarah Ann Whiteley," (Daugh- 
ter of his Uncle, Daniel Whiteley), May 22nd, 1851. 

They moved from Fayette County, to Wayne 
County, Indiana, about the year 1872, where Isaac 
L. later became very prominent in connection with 
others of the Association of Friends, in the upbuild- 
ing of all of the substantial interests and institutions 
of Richmond, and Wayne County. 

He also rendered valuable service to the Gov- 
ernment in various capacities, and was honored by 
everyone who knew him. To the union of Isaac L. 
and Sarah Ann Whiteley, Two Sons were born, in- 
cluding "Norwood I." and "Howard A." 

"Norwood I.," (Son of Isaac L.) was born No- 
vember 17th, 1852, and died March 26th, 1877. He 
married "Eva Jane Cammack," and to this union One 
Son, "Omer," was born, October 9th, 1876. 

"Howard A.," (Son of Isaac L.) was born De- 
cember 20th, 1856. He married "Lora King" at 
Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana, February 10th, 
1883, and they are now living at Cambridge City, 

To them Two Sons and One Daughter were 

"Frank," (Son of Howard A.) was born Decem- 
ber 16th, 1883, and died March 6th, 1894, of Tubercu- 
losis of the Brain. 


"Carl R.,"(Son of Howard A.) was born Novem- 
ber 14th, 1885. He married "Reba Ohmit," January 
27th, 1912, and died in 1916. To them no children 
were born. 

"Audra," (Daughter of Howard A.) was born 
June 14th, 1897. She married "Horace M. Cole" in 
1916. To them One Son was born, in 1919. 

James Anthony, (Another Son of Isaac White- 
ley) was born October 8th. 1821, and died April 8th, 

Edward Hicks, (Son of Isaac Whiteley), who 
was the son of Anthony Whiteley, was born Decem- 
ber 18th, 1823, and died September 16th, 1898. He 
married "Anna Eliza Ferris" who was born July 6th, 
1836. To this union M^as born. One Son and One 
Daughter, "William Walter" and "Lydia Margar- 

"William Walter," (Son of Edward Hicks) was 
born January 22nd, 1859. He married "Susy Le- 
visa," December 19th, 1878. To them Three Chil- 
dren were born. 

"Laura" was born October 9th, 1879. 

"Lilly" was born June 20th, 1881. 

"Frank" was born December 13th, 1888. 

"Lydia Margaretta," (Daughter of Edward 
Hicks) was born December 9th. 1861. She married 
"John Yoist," August 21st. 1886. To them Three 
Children were born. 

"EflFy," was born June 16th, 1887. 

"Edith," was born August 4th, 1889. 

"Elma," was born April 25th, 1893. 

Peter Wright, (Another son of Isaac Whiteley) 
died in infancy. 

Francis Henry, (Another son of Isaac Whiteley) 
was born October 13th, 1827, and died November 


6th, 1862, after many years of patient sufifering. 

Lydia Ann, (Daughter of Isaac Whiteley) was 
born August 23rd, 1832. She married "William Fer- 
ris," October 25th, 1855. To this union was born 
Two Sons, "Charles" and "Elwood." 

Peter Anderson, (Another Son of Isaac White- 
ley) died in infancy. 

Mary Jane, (Daughter of Isaac Whiteley) was 
born January 17th, 1836, and died of Pneumonia, 
December 22nd, 1911. She married "John Milton 
Coggeshall," November 10th, 1857. To this union 
was born Four Sons and Two Daughters; "Olan T.," 
"Anna," "George Whiteley," "Carl Carlton," "Harry 
Hayden" and "Corrinne." 

"Olan T.," (Son of Mary Jane) was born March 
23rd, 1862, and died August 24th, 1872. 

"Anna," (Daughter of Mary Jane) was born Jan- 
uary 25th, 1865, and died February 9th, 1865. 

"George Whiteley," (Son of Mary Jane) was 
born December 21st, 1867. He is now in Germany. 

"Carl Carlton," (Son of Mary Jane) was born 
August 26th, 1872, and died July 13th, 1890; was 

"Harry Hayden," (Son of Mary Jane) was born 
April 7th, 1876. 

"Corrinne," (Daughter of Mary Jane) was born 
January 16th, 1880. 

Referring To The Family Founded By Daniel 
Whiteley, (Another son of Anthony and Sophia 
(Low) Whiteley), who Emigrated to Indiana with 

his Brother, "Isaac Whiteley." 

Daniel Whiteley, (Son of Anthony and Sophia 
(Low) Whiteley), was born in Maryland in 1788, 


and died in Milton, Indiana, in 1876. He married 
"Cecelia Charles" in Maryland, in the year 1819. 

To this union Twelve Children were born, in- 
cluding: — "Mary," "Elizabeth Ann," Jane Sophia," 
"Sarah Ann," "Henry Anthony," "Daniel Quinby," 
"Cecelia Maria," "Elizabeth G.," "William T.," 
"Anna," "Martha," and "Ruth." 

Mary, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia (Charles) 
Whiteley), was born in 1818, and died near Milton, 
in 1837. She married "Benajah Hiatt." To this 
union was born One Child, "Mary Jane." 

Elizabeth Ann, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), was born in 1821, and died 
in 1821. 

Jane Sophia, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), was born in 1824, and died in 
Milton in 1879. She married "Elias Moore" in 1843. 
He died March 23rd, 1900. To this union Seven 
Children were born, including: — "William T.," 
"Esther," "Elwood," "George," "Joseph," "Jesse," 
and "Oliver." 

"William T." married "Teresa Myers;" After 
her death, he married "Jemina Jones." 

"Esther" married "Alexander Whiteley." 

"Elwood" married "Jane Hussy." 

"George" married "Irene Hunt." 

"Joseph" died young. 

"Jesse" married "Mary Stanley." After her death, 
he married "Malinda Keller." 

"Oliver" married "Addie Knott." 

Sarah Ann, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), was born July 13th, 1826. She 
married "Isaac L. Whiteley, (her cousin). May 22nd, 
1851. To this union Two Children were born, in- 
cluding "Norwood I." and "Howard A." 


"Norwood I.," was born November 17th, 1852, 
and died March 26th, 1877. He married "Eva M. 

"Howard A." was born December 20th, 1856. He 
married "Lora King" in February, 1883. 

Henry Anthony, (Son of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley) was born April 23rd, 1828. He 
married Rachel Hancock in 1854. To this union 
Three Children were born, including "Alice," "Jesse," 
and "Cyrus." 

"Alice," died young. 

"Jesse" was born in 1858. He married "Anna 

"Cyrus" was born June 5th, 1862. He married 
"Mary Shank." 

Daniel Quinby, (Son of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley) was born in 1830, and died 
May 28th, 1882. He married "Anna Maria Snow." 
To this union Five Children were born, including 
"Edgar D.," "Mary," "Ellie," "Byron" and "Ben- 

"Edgar D." married "Alice Thomas." 

"Mary" married "Lindley Hussy." 

"Ellie" married "John Heacock." 

"Byron" and "Benjamin" are still with their 

Cecelia Marie, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), married "Henry H. Thorn- 
burg" in 1851, and died January 24th, 1911. To this 
union Nine Children were born. The First, Second 
and Fourth Child died of Diptheria within three 
weeks of each other. Their other Children were 
"Flora," "Mira," "Ella," "Etta," "Alice" and "Artie." 

"Flora" married "George France." 


"Mira" married "Willis Bond." 
"Ella," unmarried, living in Chicago. 
"Etta" died of Lung Trouble. 
"Alice" married "Ira Fanigan." 
"Artie" married "Walter Martin." 

Elizabeth G., (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), married "John Thomburg." 
To this union Three Children were born, including 
"Ina," "Delia," and "Elva." 

"Ina" married "Beverly Milner." 

"Delia" married "Alfred Morrison." 

"Elva" married "Elmer Pickerel." 

William T., (Son of Daniel and Cecelia (Charles) 
Whiteley), died at the age of six years. 

Anna, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), married "Uriah Woolman." 
To this union Four Children were born, including 
"Mary," "Mattie," "Clayton," and "Lizzie." 

"Mary" married "Christopher Laurence." 

"Mattie," still single. 

"Clayton," still single. 

"Lizzie," still single. 

Martha, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), married "James Davis" in 
1865. She died young, leaving One Child, which fol- 
lowed her a few months afterward. 

Ruth, (Daughter of Daniel and Cecelia 
(Charles) Whiteley), The Youngest of the Family, 
died young. 


Continuing the Family of 
Anthony and Sophia (Low) Whiteley. 

William Whiteley, (Another Son of Anthony 
and Sophia (Low) Whiteley), and Grandson of 
Abraham Bing Whiteley, was born in Maryland in 
1780, and died in that State in 1828, aged 48 years. 

He married "Frances Newman." To that union 
Five Children were born, embracing: — "Robert," 
"William Jr.," "Arthur John," "Alexander," and 
"George Fox," of which we take no account Except 
of "Robert," the first born, who, after the death of 
his father, "William Whiteley," moved to Indiana, 
where his uncles, "Isaac," and "Daniel," had pre- 
ceded him. 

Robert, (Son of William and Frances (New- 
man) Whiteley), was born in Maryland in 1815, and 
died in Spiceland, Indiana, about the year 1894. 

He married "Jane Woolen" in Maryland, in the 
year 1837. To this union Twelve Children were 
born, including: — "Frances A.," "Mary E.," "George 
C." "Laura J.," "William Henry," "Jacob Woolen," 
"Alexander C," "Ruth H.," "Sarah C," "John A.," 
"Alice," and "Martha." 

"Frances A.," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), married "Michael Runyan." 
To this union Two Children were born; Both died, 
prior to 1903. 

"Mary E.," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), married "Ezekial Runyan." To 
this union Eight Children were born, of whom "Ger- 
trude," "Ira," and "Oscar" are living; of them I can 
give no further information. 

"George C," (Son of Robert and Jane (Woolen) 
Whiteley), was born in 1841, and died at Summit- 
ville, Indiana, December 9th, 1921, aged 80 years. 
He married "Lydia A. Weeks" in 1863, and to this 
union Seven Children were born, of whom three died 
prior to 1921. The remaining Four Children are: — 


"Josiah D.," (Son of George C. and Lydia A. 
(Weeks) Whiteley), who married and has One Son, 
"Paul," but I have no further information in re- 
gard to this family, except that they are now living 
near Fairmount, Indiana. 

"Anna," (Daughter of George C. and Lydia A. 
(Weeks) Whiteley), married "Elmer Thurston/' and 
they are now living at Alexandria, Indiana. To this 
union Three Children were born. 

"Isadore," (Daughter of George C. and Lydia 
A. (Weeks) Whiteley, married "Amos Ball," and 
they are now living at Greentown, Indiana. To this 
union Six Children were born, Three Sons and Three 

"Ida," (Daughter of George C. and Lydia A. 
(Weeks) Whiteley) married a "Mr Corder," and is 
now living at Elwood, Indiana. 

"Laura J.," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), was born in 1843, and married 
"Josiah B. Moore." To this union One Child was 
born, which died prior to 1903. 

"William Henry," (Son of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), was born at Milton, Indiana, 
in 1845, and married "Kate Edmondson." To this 
union Four Children were born, of whom two died, 
previous to 1903. Of the remaining Two Children, 
"Frances" lives at Bloomington, Indiana, and "John," 
at Los Angeles, California, where he is a Professor 
in the High School. 

"Jacob Woolen," (Son of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley) was born in Henry County, 
Indiana, in 1847, and married "Nancy McCray." To 
this union Five Children were born, of whom two 
died, prior to 1903. Have no information in regard 
to the remaining Three Children. 

"Alexander C," (Son of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), was born in 1849, and married 
"Esther Moore." To this union Three Children 
were born, including: — 


"Georgia," who married "Tom King." 

"Charles," who married "Olive Wasson." 

"William," who married "Dora Ferguson." 

Ruth H.," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), was born October 12th, 1852. 
She married "Charles M. Gorman," November 7th, 
1878. To this union Three Children were born, in- 
cluding : — 

"John H.," born in 1879, married "Florence 
Newby." To this union Three Children were born, 
including: — "Charles Clinton," "Mary Elizabeth," 
and "Lowell Arthur." 

"Jane," born August 23rd, 1883, died in infancy. 

"William W.," was born in 1886, and married 
"Ruth Ritchie" in 1909. To this union were born 
Three Children, including: — "Rama Dorris," "James 
Whiteley," and "Charles Wilson." 

"Sarah C," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), married for first husband, "Al- 
bert Hinshaw." To this union Two Children were 
born, "Uba L." and "Herbert P.„ For second hus- 
band, Sarah married "Frank Stratton," but to this 
union no children were born. 

"John A.," (Son of Robert and Jane (Woolen) 
Whiteley), was born in 1855, and married "Adda 
Trout." To* this union Three Children were born, 
including: — "Willard," "Marie," and "Eva." 

"Alice," (Daughter of Robert and Jane (Woolen) 
Whiteley), married "John McDaniel." To this union 
Four children were born, of whom two, "Arthur" 
and "Gertrude" are living. 

"Martha," (Daughter of Robert and Jane 
(Woolen) Whiteley), was born in 1860. She mar- 
"John B. Elliott" in 1876. To this union Four Chil- 
dren were born, of whom One Son, "Ernest Mervin," 
born in 1890, survives. 


Referring Particularly To The Ferris Family. 

Who became prominently connected with the 
Whiteley Families, through Intermarriage and Close 
Association, the most definite information the 
Writer has obtained is, that "Samuel Ferris," of 
Reading, England, had a Son, "Bacharia Ferris," 
who Emigrated to America. 

He married "Sarah Reed," about the year 1700, 
and settled in New Milford, Connecticut. To this 
union Eight Children were born, including "Joseph," 
"Deborah," "David," "Mary," "Benjamin," "Han- 
nah," "John," and "Zachariah." 

In this connection, the Writer was permitted to 
read the Brief History of the Maryland Branch of 
the Whiteley and Ferris Families, recently compiled 
and published by Mary (Way) Ferris, through 
which he was deeply impressed with certain repre- 
sentatives of the Whiteley and Ferris Families, 

Especially "William Ferris" (Son of Joseph 
Ferris), and "Lydia Ann Whiteley" (Daughter of 
Isaac Whitele)^), who became united in marriage, 
and devoted their lives, in connection with other 
members of the Friends Faith, to the promotion of 
about everything that was worth while, in connec- 
tion with the upbuilding of the Institutions, Indus- 
tries, and the advancement of Christianity, in Fay- 
ette. Wayne, and adjoining Counties in Indiana. 

It gives me great pleasure to refer my readers 
to the publication by Mrs. Mary (Way) Ferris, here- 
in referred to, for much more definite and complete 
information in regard to William and Lydia Ann 
(Whiteley) Ferris, including their Obituaries of the 
services held in connection with their funerals. 

Together with their Son, Charles Ferris, the 
husband of Mary (Way) Ferris, the publisher of the 
book referred to, and all other members of the 
Ferris Families. 


Index To Contents 

History of the Whiteleys in Amerca. 

Brief History of the First Whiteley Family 
Founded in America by Joseph Jr., and 
Sarah (Stoppleton) Whiteley. 

Referring to Grandfather and Grandmother, 
John and Christian (Hall) Whiteley, 
Who Founded the Family which we 
Designated as the "Ohio Branch" of the 
Whiteley Family. 

The "Ohio Branch" of the Whiteley Family, 
Founded by John and Christian (Hall) 

Referring to Life Experiences of Uncle 
Abner Whiteley. 

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Referring to the Ancestors of Our Grand- \ td -le 
father, Amos Nelson. f ^^^^ ^^ 

Referring to the Ancestors of Our Grand- 
mother, Jane (Sampson) Nelson, in- 
cluding Other Members of the Samp- 
son Family. 

Record of the Family Founded by 

Amos and Jane (Sampson) Nelson. 

Referring to Other Families Founded by 
Our Grandmother, Jane (Sampson) 
Nelson, Through Her Later Marriages. 

Referring to the Marshall Brothers, Wal- 
lace and Henry Wright Marshall. 

Referring to the Life Experiences of Our 

Mother, Nancy Catherine (Nelson) [ Page 40 

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Index to Contents, Continued. 

Referring to the Life Experiences of Our \ -^ . 

Father, Andrew Whiteley. f ^^^^ ^ 

History of Our Family, Founded by An- 1 

drew and Nancy Catherine (Nelson) [ Page 5 
Whiteley. J 


Referring to the Life Experiences of James 
Reid Whiteley. 

Referring to the Life Experiences of 
"Brother William N. Whiteley." 

Referring to the Life Experiences and Fail- ) ^ -, 

ures of Amos Whiteley. \ ^^^^ ^' 

Referring to Amos Whiteley's Experience ) p r. 

with Muncie Hospitals. \ ^^^ 

Referring to the Whiteley Reservation in 1 p q 

Muncie Home Hospital. J ^^^^ ^ 

Referring to Burt H., and Elmer J. White- 1 

ley, Sons of Amos and Josephine [ Page 9 
Whiteley. J 

Referring to the Ferrell Family, Founded I p „ in| 
by Nathaniel and Sarah (Leace)Ferrell. ) ^ 

Referring to Some of the Experiences of ^ p ,(-> 
Amos and Josephine Whiteley. ) ^^^ 

"Addendum," Referring to the Maryland 1 

Branch of the Whiteley and Ferris I p „. 1 1 
Families, Who Finally Located in [ ^ 
Indiana. J 



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