Biography - Samuel Wiley

Samuel R. WILEY, farmer, P. O. Irving, was born in Montgomery County, Ill., February 13, 1837, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (MANN) WILEY; Zachariah WILEY, a farmer by occupation, was born in Virginia March 2, 1804; came to Montgomery County, Ill., in 1820, with his father, and took up a farm, where he died in 1842; his wife, who was the mother of six children, subject being the third child, was born January 14, 1806, and died in 1868. The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of Montgomery County; after his father's death, he took charge of the homestead farm, and managed it for hismother till he was twenty-eight years of age, when he began business for himself by purchasing a farm of 120 acres of land, to which he has since added 160 acres more, on which, at the time of purchase, was a small house, the farm, with the exception of thirty acres, being unbroken prairie; by industry and perseverance, he now has his farm in a fine state of cultivation, with comfortable dwelling, fine barn, and all necessary outbuildings; he raises quite a number of Short-Horn cattle, as well as horses and mules; has all the latest improved farm machinery. In Montgomery county, Ill., in 1862, he married Sophia A. CARRIKER, born in North Carolina in 1844, daughter of John and Mary L. CARRIKER, he, a farmer, born in North Carolina, is now living in the town of Irving; she, also a native of North Carolina, is the mother of seven children, all of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. WILEY are members of the M. E. Church; they have six children. Mr. WILEY has been School Director for twenty years, and still holds that position; he is a Democrat.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 290.

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