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Sexton Emley

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Posted: 2 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Emley, Cook, Crager, Lessley, Campbell
From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 476-478

Sexton Emley, a prominent farmer of Huntington Township, and one among the pioneers of the county, was born in Salem County, N.J., July 30, 1825. He was the tenth in a fmily of fourteen children--seven sons and seven daughters--born to John R. and Mary (Cook) Emley, the former of whom was born in Monmouth County, N.J., April 6, 1787, and the latter was born in Burlington County, N.J., November 6, 1790. On the 1st day of October, 1834, when Sexton was but nine years old, his parents set out with two wagons to emigrate to the far West. On reaching Warren County, Ohio, the family stopped with relations one month for recreation. They then resumed their journey, and on the 6th day of January, 1835, they reached Huntington which was then a village of perhaps a dozen houses. The father John R. Emley, had entered a tract of 240 acres of wood-land in Section 29, Clear Creek Township, and upon this, a log cabin was erected, into which the family moved on the 22d day of February of 1835. There our subject spent his youth and early manhood assisting to clear and cultivate his father's farm. Being the youngest son, he remained with his father and mother until he reached the age of twenty-nine. He was married April 30, 1854, to Lydia Margaret Crager, a native of Whitley County, this State, born November 11, 1839, and daughter of Samuel and Mary (Lessley) Crager, both natives of Montgomery County, Ohio. They were married in their native county, and in 1837 they came to this State and settled in the woods of Whitley County, where they resided when their daughter Lydia Margaret, was born. For two years after his marriage Mr. Emley continued to farm the old home place in Clear Creek Township. In 1857 he settled upon a farm of his own that he had purchased in Section 28, of the Clear Creek Township, where he resided until the fall of 1869, when he removed to his present home in Tract 13, Huntington township. His life occupation has been that of a farmer and stock-raiser in which he has been very successful. On the 13th day of January, 1873, Mr. Emley was bereaved of his beloved wife, and on the 9th day of June, 1875, his marriage to Julia A. Campbell occurred. She was born in Huntington, this county, May 12, 1849, being the daughter of Joseph Campbell who came to this county in about 1848. Mr. Emley is the father of nine children as follows: Delano A. V., Henry L., Emma C., Olive A., Mary L., Tilman H., John R., Roscoe, and Rudy L., all of whom are living. The last named is the son of his present wife. Mr. Emley is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and his wife is a member of the United Brethren church. Politically our subject formerly affiliated with the Democrats, but since 1856 he has ardently supported the principles of the Republican party. In the spring of 1847, when he was but twenty-one years of age he was elected Clerk of Clear Creek Township, and was re-elected to that position, five times serving, in all, nearly five years, when he resigned to accept the Democratic nomination for County Commissioner, to which office he was elected in the fall of 1852. In the fall of 1855 he was re-elected to that office as an independent candidate, receiving the support of the Whigs. In the fall of 1858, he was nominated by the Republicans for re-election, but was defeated by his brother and Democratic opponent, Samuel Emley. He was elected Trustee of Clear Creek Township in the spring of 1860, and was re-elected to the office for ten successive terms with increased majorities each term. He resigned the office in September, 1869, having concluded to remove to Huntington Township. In June, 1872, he received the Republican nomination for the office of County Treasurer. He was elected in the following October, and re-elected in October, 1874, receiving the last time a majority of 1,130, the largest majority ever awarded in the county. He carried every township but one, in the county and that he lost by but one vote. In his old home township--Clear Creek--he lost but forty-one votes. He was the candidate of his party in 1878, for State Representative, but was defeated by his Democratic opponent. In all of his official capacities he discharged his duties with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He owns a handsome farm of 526 acres, about two-thirds of which is in cultivation. He is an honest, upright industrious man and deservedly enjoys the full confidence and esteem of all. He is a member of the F. & A.M. and I.O.O.F. Lodges, and as such, stands very high among his fraternal friends. He never had the advantages of an education, and what he knows he has learned from observation and private study. The Huntington Democrat says of this the family of remarkable longevity: The Emley family of this county are remarkable for their long lives. There were fourteen children born to the parents, but of this number there are now nine living. All of these except Samuel were born in New Jersey, he having been born in New York State. The summary of the ages of these nine children is as follows: Joel C., age seventy-eight years; Samuel, age seventy-six years; Meribah, age seventy-three years; Martha, age seventy years; Anthony, age sixty-eight years; Sexton, age sixty-one years; Leah A., age sixty years; Amanda, age fifty-eight years, and Chaltha, age fifty-four years.

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