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John R. Emley

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John R. Emley

Huntington Co. Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 951998400000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Emley, Robbins, Meirs, Cook
p. 575/6 Clear Creek Township Biosketches. "History of Huntington Co., IN" (Brant&Fuller:Chicago) 1887.

John R. Emley, deceased, who came to this county in Jauary, 1835, and became the second settler of Clear Creek Township was born in Monmouth Co., NJ, April 6, 1787. He was the son of Samuel & Meribah (Robbins) Emley, both natives of Monmouth Co., NJ. The former was a descendant of William Emley, who came to America as a commissioner for a Society of Friends, in 1677, and he was born in Monmouth Co., NJ May 5, 1750. He died in Burlington Co., NJ, July 11, 1811. His wife, Meribah Robbins, was born in Monmouth Co., NJ, and was of Welsh descent, her parents having emigrated to America from Wales. The subject of this sketch acompanied his parents to Burlington Co., NJ, where his marriage to Mary Cook occurred, Feb. 22, 1808. She was born in Burlington Co., NJ, November 6, 1790. She was the daughter of Joel and Kiturah (Meirs) Cook, both natives of NJ, the former of Irish and the later of Scotch descent. John R. Emley, was a miller by trade, having entered the mill of his father at 15 years of age. In 1809, he and his wife moved to Schoharie Co., NY, but in 1811, they returned to Burlington Co., NJ, and in the following year, he and his brother moved to Middlesex Co., NJ, where they became the owners of a mill property. In 1814 our subject returned to Monmouth Co., NJ, and settled upon a farm. He continued to farm in that county, until 1822, when he moved to Salem Co., NJ, where he resided upon a farm, until he came to this country in 1835. He settled in the woods of Clear Creek Township, where, assisted by his sons, he cleared out a farm and where he pursued the vocation of a farmer, until the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 27, 1868. His wife survived him until Nov. 17, 1870. They were the parents of 14 children: Joel C., born Feb. 1, 1809; Samuel, born 14 May 1810; Wesley, born 21 Jan 1812, died Oct 12, 1836; Meribah, born April 12, 1813; David M., born Dec. 2, 1814, died 22 Aug 1835; Martha, born Apr 11, 1816; Anthony, born 8 Apr 1818; Kiturah Ann, b. 22 Jan 1820, died 15 Jan 1826; Edna, born 13 Aug 1822, died 6 Oct 1881; Sexton, born 30 Jul 1825; Leah A., born 19 Jan 1827; Amanda, born 29 Jan 1829; Chaltha, born 6 Jan 1833; and a son that died in infancy, unnamed. Mr. & Mrs. Emley were not members of any church, but were affiliates of the Methodist Church.
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