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Anthony Emley

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 967982400000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Emley, Cook, Herndon, Rariden
From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 578-579

Anthony Emley, the fifth son of John R. and Mary (Cook) Emley, and one among the old residents of Clear Creek Township, was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, April 18,1818. When he was a young child, about three years old, his parents removed to Salem County, N.J., where his boyhood and early youth were spent working upon a farm. Between the 10th and 15th of September, 1834, the family set out in two wagons for the far west. On reaching Warren County, Ohio, some time in October, they stopped for a few weeks to rest, and to visit with relatives. On the 1st day of January, 1835, the journey was resumed, and on the 8th day of the same month, the family reached the village of Huntington, which then consisted of a few log cabins. In the preceding November, the father made a trip to this county and entered a 240-acre tract of woods land, lying in Sections 20 and 29, Clear Creek Township, upon which a cabin was built, during the month of February, 1835. This completed, the family occupied it in the latter part of that month. The father, with the assistance of his sons, immediately set about clearing the land, and, as years rolled on, the forest was converted into well tilled fields. The subject of this sketch bore his share of the burden, thus involved. He remained home with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-five, when he purchased a lease in Section 20, of that Township, settled upon it, and began farming for himself. In the fall of 1845, he moved to the site of his present farm, upon which there was then not a stick amiss. It thus became necessary a third time for him to enter the forest, with ax in hand, and compel her to surrender to the advancing strides of civilization. Nor did he stop here. Since then he has assisted in clearing two other tracts of land in that township, and there is perhaps not a man in the county who has placed more of the county's land in a state of cultivation than Mr. Emley. His marriage to Eveline Eliza Herndon occurred June 18, 1843. She was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, March 20, 1825. She was the daughter of John and Nancy (Rariden) Herndon, both natives of Kentucky. Their marriage resulted in the birth of three children: Martha Ann, born February 8, 1850, died July 3, 1865; Buena Vista, born November 16, 1851, and Malcom P., born August 3, 1855. Mrs. Emley is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Emley is a member of the Highland Grange, No. 1724, and in politics he is a staunch Democrat. His first presidential vote was cast for Martin Van Buren, and he has tenaciously supported the principles of that party ever since. He is one among those grand and honored pioneers of the county. Mr. Emly is now the oldest living resident of Clear Creek Township.

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