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John Stephen Staley

August 12, 2011
John Stephen Staley family

John Stephen Staley family - front: John Stephen Staley, Elva Staley, Phoebe Ellen Staley holding Edith A. Staley; back: Lawrence E. Staley, Orville Staley, Henry Arthur Staley

(Note: work in progress; some of this information is likely not accurate. Sources are noted in [brackets])

John Stephen Staley was born on January 28, 1856 in Marshall County, Indiana to Stephen Staley and Jane Cheetham [1][4][16][22]. Stephen Staley and Jane Cheetham were married in Carroll County, Ohio on December 14, 1854 [3]. Apparently, Stephen and Jane moved to Marshall County sometime between 1854 and 1856. Lists of letters left at the Plymouth, IN post office from 1856 list both Stephen Staley (February 1856)[18] and Mrs. Jane Staley (April 1856)[19] (there is another Stephen in Marshall County at this time so this may not be our Stephen, but only one Jane Staley to my knowledge, so at least the Jane is likely our Jane). John Staley (may have) had two brothers and a sister: William Edgar Staley, Corah Staley, and George Sanford Staley [1][4]. Both William and George died as children, and are presumably buried in Marshall County [1]. In 1866, Stephen Staley died, and is supposedly buried in Plymouth, Indiana [1]. I have been unable to locate the graves online.

farm of Jane Staley

1879 plat map showing the farm of Jane Staley, and probably the farm of Henry Kauble (says Kemble)

After the deaths of Stephen, William, and George, the remaining family moved to Wyandot County, Ohio around 1867. They show up in the 1870 Census for Richland Township [5], as well as on an 1879 plat map of Richland Township [23]. On July 26, 1883, John Staley married Phoebe Ellen Kauble [1][21][22]. Phoebe Kauble was born in Wyandot County on January 16, 1863 to Henry Kauble and Lucy A. (Gardner) Kauble [17]. John and Phoebe had seven children: Arthur Henry Staley, Lawrence E. Staley, Orville Staley, Elva Staley, Edith A. Staley, Herbert Staley, and Howard Virgil Staley [1][8][10][11][12][21][22].

Jane Staley died December 17, 1916 and is buried in Jackson Center Cemetery, Wyandot County [1][13][15]. Corah married John Gangloff on June 6, 1901 in Wyandot County [20]. John Stephen Staley died March 28, 1925 [1][14][16] and Phoebe Ellen Staley died June 27, 1934 [1][14][17]. Both are buried in Hueston Cemetery, Forest, Ohio [1][14][16][17].

There are numerous discrepancies in the records regarding the Staleys. Firstly, as to Stephen Staley, it is mentioned in family genealogical records that he was from Carroll County, Ohio [2][16] and that he died in 1866 [2] and was buried in Plymouth, Indiana [1]. I have not been able to verify this information through other records (except that John Stephen’s death certificate states that his father was born in Carroll County). One of the family records states: “October 10, 1850 – Stephen Staley from Carroll County, Ohio purchased 320 acres west of Culver, Indiana, from Adam Karn for $800. On March 4, 1851, he bought 80 acres from Nelson and Susan Robinson of New York in Marshall County, Indiana.” [2] Culver is in Union Township. I do not know the original source of this information, although someone has written “information by Paul Staley” on the sheet. It also states that Stephen’s siblings were Henry, Benjamin, Joseph S. M., and Priscella, to whom Stephen’s land was sold in 1867 by Jane Staley [2]. If this is true, then I have likely located the Staley family in Carroll County (also the Cheetham family). However, there are two Stephen Staleys in Marshall County in 1860, so I am not entirely convinced as to whether this information is accurate.

Stephen Staley’s birthdate is listed as 2/10/1826 [1][2], but the Stephen Staley in Carroll County having the above brothers and sister is 18 in the 1850 Census, which puts him being born around 1832. In the 1860 Census of Marshall County, he is 25, which, aside from the fact that he apparently managed to only age 7 years in the 10 years since the previous census, puts his birth around 1835.

Also, Stephen and Jane are listed as having children William Edgar (b. 2/16/1857, d. 2/16/1869) [1] and George Sanford (b. 7/31/1859, d. 4/14/1863) [1]. However, they are not listed in the 1860 Census. This leads me to believe that either they both died before 1860, they were both born after 1860 and died before 1870, or they never existed. The Marshall County Historical Society has guardianship records that only list John and Cora after Stephen’s death. Thus at this point, it seems likely that either they died before 1860 or the family records are in error and Stephen and Jane only had two children, John and Cora. Again, I have not been able to locate the graves of any of Stephen, William, or George. Also, Cora is listed as 4 months old on the 1860 Census, so she should have been born in 1860, not 1858 as the records show.

The marriage record for Cora Staley and John Gangloff lists Cora as being born in Greecastle, Indiana, and also states that her mother was Emma Dailei [20]. I am unsure if these are merely mistakes on the record of the correct Cora, or whether I have the record of a different Cora. I am unaware of Cora’s whereabouts after 1910.

John Stephen Staley family

John Stephen Staley family - front: ?, John Stephen Staley, Phoebe Staley, Howard Staley, ?; back: ?. Edith Staley, Elva Staley, Lawrence Staley

John Stephen Staley, b. 1/28/1856 Marshall Co., IN, d. 3/28/1925 Wyandot Co., OH

parents:

  • Stephen Staley, b. 2/10/1826 Carroll Co., OH, d. 1866, Marshall Co., IN
  • Jane Cheetham, b. 9/1/1836 Carroll Co., OH, d. 12/17/1916 Wyandot Co., OH

siblings:

  • William Edgar Staley, b. 2/16/1857 Marshall Co., IN, d. 2/16/1869 Marshall Co., IN
  • Corah Staley, b. 3/3/1858 Marshall Co., IN, m. 6/6/1901 John Gangloff
  • George Sanford Staley, b. 7/31/1859 Marshall Co., IN, d. 4/14/1863 Marshall Co., IN

marriage:

  • Phoebe Ellen Kauble, b. 1/16/1863 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 6/27/1934 Wyandot Co., OH

children:

  1. Arthur Henry Staley, b. 8/8/1884 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 2/26/1962 Morrow Co. OH, m. 9/15/1915 Ethel Gertrude Clinger
  2. Lawrence E. Staley, b. 10/25/1886 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 3/16/1977 Wyandot Co. OH, m. 10/5/1918 Lola Mae Long
  3. Orville Staley, b. 10/1/1889 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 4/1984 Mt. Blanchard, OH, m. 12/24/1911 Mary Lillian Pever
  4. Elva Staley, b. 6/8/1893 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 10/9/1974, m. Floyd A. Fortunate
  5. Edith A. Staley, b. 2/5/1896 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 12/29/1988 Stark Co., OH, m. 7/15/1919 Harry Earl Klontz
  6. Herbert Staley, b. 9/22/1900 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 6/7/1979, m. 11/25/1931 Hazel Lillian Ludwig
  7. Howard Virgil Staley, b. 3/3/1907 Wyandot Co., OH, d. 11/25/1985, m. 1/23/1929 Geneva Beatrice Sanford
grave of Jane Staley

Grave of Jane (Cheetham) Staley

grave of John Staley and Phoebe Staley

Grave of John Stephen Staley and Phoebe Ellen (Kauble) Staley

Stephen Staley, 1860 Census

Stephen Staley, 1860 Census

Jane Staley, 1880 Census

Jane Staley, 1880 Census

Jane Staley, 1870 Census

Jane Staley, 1870 Census

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Jane Staley, 1900 Census

Jane Staley, 1900 Census

Jane Staley, 1910 Census

Jane Staley, 1910 Census

John Staley, 1900 Census

John Staley, 1900 Census

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John Staley, 1910 Census

John Staley, 1910 Census

Phoebe Staley, 1930 Census

Phoebe Staley, 1930 Census

John Staley, 1920 Census

John Staley, 1920 Census

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Sources:

  1. Staley family history record, possibly prepared by Howard Staley.
  2. Staley family history record, possibly prepared by Paul Staley.
  3. Ohio marriage record for Stephen Staley and Jane Cheetham from familysearch.org.
  4. Stephen Staley family, 1860 Census, West Twp., Marshall Co., IN
  5. Jane Staley family, 1870 Census, Richland Twp., Wyandot Co., OH
  6. Jane Staley family, 1880 Census, Richland Twp., Wyandot Co., OH
  7. Jane Staley family, 1900 Census, Richland Twp., Wyandot Co., OH
  8. John Staley family, 1900 Census, Delaware Twp., Hancock Co., OH
  9. Jane Staley family, 1910 Census, Richland Twp., Wyandot Co., OH
  10. John Staley family, 1910 Census, Jackson Twp., Wyandot Co., OH
  11. John Staley family, 1920 Census, Jackson Twp., Hardin Co., OH
  12. Phoebe Staley family, 1930 Census, Jackson Twp., Hardin Co., OH
  13. Grave of Jane Staley, Wyandot County, Ohio.
  14. Grave of John Staley and Phoebe (Kauble) Staley, Wyandot County, Ohio.
  15. Death certificate of Jane Staley.
  16. Death certificate of John Staley.
  17. Death certificate of Phoebe Staley.
  18. List of letters left at the Plymouth, IN post office, February 1856.
  19. List of letters left at the Plymouth, IN post office, April 1856.
  20. Marriage record for John Gangloff and Cora Staley, 1901 Wyandot Co., OH, from familysearch.org.
  21. John Staley family record from an old family bible.
  22. John Stephen Staley obituary, unknown newspaper.
  23. 1879 plat map of Richland Township, Wyandot Co., OH.

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3 Comments
  1. jennifer paxton permalink

    to whom it may concern my name is Jennifer Paxton I used to be married to Jefferey staley John stephen staley is his great grandfather howard staley is his grandfather larry staley is his father paul staley is his uncle 🙂 your looking for Corah shes buried in jackson center cemetery I can also fill in other blanks for u too I have a facebook u can contact me there I am currently working on the family tree with paul staley …paul says that we lost lots of records in indiana due to a library burning down. if I can be of any help please contact me

    • jellocity permalink

      Thanks for the comment Jennifer! I’m related to John Stephen through Lawrence Staley. I guess what I’m most interested in is stuff related to John Stephen’s dad, Stephen Staley. Most of my info on him is from family genealogy stuff I got from my mom and Grandma, and it doesn’t seem to jibe with the other records I’ve found. I’m interested in finding out if he really died in 1866 in Plymouth, Indiana, whether he really had two sons George and William, whether his brothers and sisters were really Henry, Benjamin, Joseph, and Priscella, and who his parents were in Carroll County, Ohio, if that is indeed where he’s from. This info is in the family stuff I got, but I don’t have any idea what the original source of this information was and would like to get copies of it if possible.

  2. jennifer paxton permalink

    I also have a ancestry account with all my info on the staleys

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