John Baley, farmer and stock raiser, is a native of Trumbull (now Mahoning) Co., OH, born Oct. 16, 1827. His parents Jacob and Maria B. (Rupright) Baley, were both natives of PA, the father born Apr. 13, 1796 in Berks Co, and the mother born July 30, 1793 in Northampton Co. The paternal ancestors were of German descent, and among the early residents of PA, the grandparents Peter and Susan (Lime) Baley, having been born and raised in that State. The maternal grandparents, George and Barbara (Scwakin) Rupright, were also natives of PA and of German lineage. Jacob Baley, subjects's father, was by occupation a farmer and weaver. He was married Apr. 14, 1816 to Mariah Rupright, who departed this life in 1852. The following year in Mahoning Co., OH he married his second wife, Catharine Emmons. He emigrated to OH in 1818, lived there until 1867, at which time he moved to IN and settled in Hungtington Co. John Baley was reared a farmer and in early youth attended the common schools in which he acquired an education in both German and English languages. At the age of eighteen he began to learn the carpenter's trade and after becoming proficient in the same, followed it for a period of twenty-four consecutive years, meeting with encouraging success in the meantime. In the spring of 1852, he came to Huntington Co., and subsequently returned to OH, and resumed his trade, which he continued for some years in connection with the saw-milling business. At the end of about ten years he returned to Huntington Co. and purchased 200 acres of land in Section 2, Rock Creek Township which he subsequently exchanged for a farm near his native home in OH, returning to that State and remaining there for about one year. At the end of that time he again came to Huntington Co. and purchased in Rock Creek Township, 194 acres of valuable land in Section 4, near the village of Brown's Corners. He has a fine property and is justly considered one of the substantial citizens of Rock Creek. In connection with his farming interest he has worked at his trade from time to time, erecting many of the best barns and residences in the township, and a large flouring mill on the Walbash River. He married, Aug. 13, 1848 to Hannah Polk, a native of PA, and daughter of John and Mary (Fullwiler) Polk. She was born Jun. 14, 1828 and died Sept. 4, 1883. She was the mother of one child, Mary E. Mr. Baley married his present wife, Ella J. Lesh, on the 12th day of June 1884. Mrs. Baley was born in Crawford Co., PA, Dec. 10, 1860, and is the daughter of David & Lucretia (Jackson) Lesh. Politically Mr. Baley votes with the Democratic Party, and in religion is a Lutheran, having identified himself with that church when but thirteen years of age.
p. 756 & 757 Rock Creek Township Biographies
History of Huntington Co., IN (Brant & Fuller, Chicago) 1887