Andrew Wiley (1815)

Combination Atlas Map of Huntington County, Indiana; Kingman Brothers, 1879

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP

ANDREW WILEY

Surnames: Wiley, Brierly, Wright, Fall

Andrew Wiley, son of William and Mary Wiley, was born in the State of Virginia, in the year 1815. He was reared to farm-life, and owing to the absence of educational facilities, was deprived of the opportunity of attending school during his childhood. His education was acquired, principally, in later life, by individual effort. He adopted, in mature years, the occupation in which he is engaged during childhood, and adding to this the trades of cooper and carpenter.

He was united in marriage with Miss Harriet Brierly, who bore him two sons – Caleb Warren and Sylvester B. But the sacred tie was subsequently severed by the decease of the wife and mother, and her gentle influence forever from earth.

In 1846, he came to Jefferson Township, Huntington Co., Ind., and in 1857, was united in marriage with Jane Wright of Darke County, Ohio. She is the daughter of Thomas and Matilda Fall Wright. This second union was blessed by six children, named, respectively, Lotitia, Norman, William, Charles, Sarah E. and Sadie.

The father died January 11, 1873. During his life, he was an enterprising farmer, and his labors were crowned with financial success.

He was universally respected by his neighbors and acquaintances, and was often solicited to accept the nomination of his party for political offices, but only yielded once to their request. In 1862, he was the candidate of the Democratic party for the office of County Commissioner, to which office he was elected, and during his term of service in that capacity, he was instrumental in bringing about many projects which resulted in the general good of the county. He was a cordial supporter of the Bluffton, Warren & Frankfort Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and contributed liberally toward the success of that enterprise. He was also permanently connected with the Huntington & Warren Gravel-road.

He was a supporter of the Calvinistic doctrine, and throughout his life, was a devout Christian. He had but few enemies, if any and his death was lamented throughout the community.