John Thomas Staley
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
JOHN THOMAS STALEY who resides on his home farm of 140 acres, situated in Salem
township. Shelby county, O., owns two other farms in this township,
all three aggregating 300 acres. Mr. Staley now lives retired, having
all his land satisfactorily rented. He is one of the township's best
known and most highly respected men, born here March 26, 1844, a son
of Nicholas and Mary (Baker) Staley. The Staleys were early settlers
in Ohio and Nicholas Staley was born near Dayton, in Montgomery
county. After marriage with Mary Baker, who was born in Salem
township. Shelby county, he engaged for the remainder of his life in
agricultural pursuits in this section. They were estimable people and
devout members of the Christian church. They died on their farm near
Port Jefferson and their burial was in the cemetery at that place.
Their children were as follows: Margaret, who is the wife of John
Bruner; Henry; Sarah Jane. who is the wife of Port Blue; Susan, who
is the wife of John Ward; Nicholas and John Thomas. John Thomas
Staley attended school irregularly in youth, a building for school
purposes having been built on his father's farm, but in his boyhood
no opportunities were afforded as at the present day. He remained at
home assisting and working for his father until he was thirty years
of age, at which time he purchased, in partnership with his brother.
Henry D. Staley, 160 acres in Green township, which they cultivated
together for five years. Henry Staley then bought his brother's
interest and the latter returned to Salem township, where he first
purchased 130 acres, to which he has added until he now owns the
large acreage above mentioned. General farming and stock
raising were carried on by Mr. Staley while actively engaged and the same
industries are continued on the land by his tenants.
In 1875 Mr. Staley was married to Miss Jennie Cargill, a daughter of
John and Margaret (Strahlem) Cargill. The father of Mrs. Staley was a
farmer in early manhood but during the larger part of his life
carried on a tanning business. Both he and wife are deceased, the
following children surviving them: Jennie, who is the wife of Mr.
Staley; Mary, who is the wife of John Hughes: Emma, who is the wife
of Martin Wones; Bell, who is the wife of Guy Steenrod; and Ellen,
who is the wife of D. R. Gibbs.
Mr. and Mrs. Staley have had four children: Ida May, who is
deceased: Cora Olive, who is the widow of Dr. Dickerson: Dottie, who
is the wife of Dr. Claude Harmon; and Goldie, who is the wife of Dr.
Lucas. The family are active members of the Methodist Episcopal
church. In politics a democrat, Mr. Staley has been interested at
all times in the success of his party but has seldom accepted any
public office for himself, although one time serving as a township