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THIS BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
WHITELEYS IN AMERICA
IS ISSUED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRESENTING
CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
SINCE MY FORMER BOOK WAS ISSUED IN 1907
ALSO TO INCLUDE INFORMATION
RECENTLY PROCURED IN REGARD TO THE
Maryland Branch of the Whiteley Family
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
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-
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-
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
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
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
"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
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
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,"
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
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
Freelove Whiteley, married John Ryan, later
moved to the vicinity of Sedalia, Mo., and died June
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"
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,
"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
"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
"Clark," born August 14th, 1843; died, October
"Clay," born December 25th, 18^4. Is now liv-
ing in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Alice," born August 27th, 1846, died October
"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
"Mary A.," born March 1st. 1854, died October
"Nancy J.," Born September 22nd, 1855, is now
living in "New Madison, Ohio."
"Charles," born March 24th, 1858, died March
"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
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 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-
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
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
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,
"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
"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
"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
He married Our Grandmother, Jane Sampson,
at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, in 1809. They then
moved to Tioga County, New York, where Grand-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
"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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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-
"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
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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
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,
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,
Hagan & Hagan,
Springfield, Ohio, September 3, 1920.
Mr. Amos Whiteley,
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-
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
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
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
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
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-
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,
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
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
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-
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
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,
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
"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,"
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
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"
"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-
"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
"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-
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-
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
"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
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,"
"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,"
"Alice," died young.
"Jesse" was born in 1858. He married "Anna
"Cyrus" was born June 5th, 1862. He married
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,
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-
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
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
The "Ohio Branch" of the Whiteley Family,
Founded by John and Christian (Hall)
Referring to Life Experiences of Uncle
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-
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
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
Referring to the Life Experiences of James
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
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 [ ^
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