From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 576-577
Joel C. Emley, of Clear Creek Township, was born February 1, 1809, and was the oldest of fourteen children born to John R. and Mary (Cook) Emley, a biography of whom appears above. His boyhood and youth were spent working upon a farm. At the age of twenty-one, he entered upon an apprenticeship, with a view to learn the carpenter's trade. After serving three years he worked as a journeyman for seven years. In 1840 he began to take contracts himself, and thus continued until the 26th day of December, 1849, upon which day, in falling from a building, he sustained an injury to his left lower limb, which rendered him unfit for that trade. He then turned his attention to blacksmithing, to which his attention has been directed ever since. He followed his parents to this county in 1854, and settled where he now lives in Section 21, Clear Creek Township. During the first three years of his residence here he also worked at his former trade some. His first marriage occurred September 3, 1831, to Charlotte Demaris, by whom he had three children: Elizabeth C., born July 12, 1832; Mary C., born May 15, 1834, and James D., born January 30, 1836. The first wife of Mr. Emley died May 4, 1836, and on the 30th day of March, 1840, he was married to Sarah Keen, who died August 5, 1871. This latter marriage resulted in the birth of seven children: Charles W., born November 22, 1844; Rachael J., born March 4, 1848, and Awilda, born May 9,1855, living, and John S., born April 19, 1841, died February 16, 1844; Daniel K., born March 23, 1843, died, February 20, 1844; John S., born July 19, 1846, died May 7, 1850; Robert H., born May 15, 1850, died November 29, 1852. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, and at present is the oldest Odd Fellow in the county, and was formerly a member of the Washington Beneficial Society, of Salem, N.J. His first presidential vote was cast for Andrew Jackson, and ever since he has supported the principles of the Democratic party.