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Andrew Jackson Brickley

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Posted: 11 Nov 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Brickley, Flick, Wolfakle, Harflick, Sparks, Lesh, Miller, Hafley, Nash, Raven, Sales
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 607-608

Andrew Jackson Brickley is a venerable and highly respected citizen of Markle, Huntington county, Indiana, who has retired from the active duties of life after years spent in toil and usefulness. He was born in Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1812, a son of Andrew and Susanna(Flick) Brickley, and a grandson of Peter Brickley, who was born in Germany and was the first of the family to come to America. In 1814 he left Pike for Mahoning county, Ohio, where he bought and improved two hundred acres of land, and where he died in 1835. His wife survived him almost twenty years, dying in 1858. He was member of the Lutheran church and his wife was a devout Presbyterian. He learned the trade of a wheelwright in his native country, and worked at it for many years before turning his attention to farming. He was the father of eleven children, namely: Theodore, John, David, George, Andrew, Levi, William, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Susanna.

Andrew Jackson Brickley is the only one of the family now living, and he is a remarkably well preserved gentleman for one who has so nearly reached the hundredth milestone in life's journey, and might easily pass for a man many years younger. As long as his father lived he made his home with his parents, and after the father's death he tenderly cared for the beloved mother until she, too, passed into the golden morning of eternal life. In 1835 he was married to Miss Sarah Ann Wolfakle, a native of Virginia and one of a family of twelve girls. Eleven children blessed their union and were a source of joy to the fond parents. They are as follows: John W., who married Catherine Harflick and lives in Rock Creek township, where he is operating a stone quarry; Samantha Ann, wife of William Sparks; Martin V., deceased; Almira, deceased; Milo, who was twice married, first to Miss Priscilla Lesh, then to Miss Clara Miller, and who died at the age of fifty years; Andrew, who is a resident of Wells county, Indiana, and was married first to Sarah Hafley, then to Emma Nash; Benjamin, who is unmarried, and lives on the farm; Sarah Jane, who died young; Franklin A., a short sketch of whom appears below; Liberta, who died at the age of four years; and George W., who married Josephine Raven, now residing on the homestead in Rock Creek township, and have three children, Myrle, Paul and Verone.

In July, 1864, Mr. Brickley moved to Huntington county and took up his residence in section one, Rock Creek township, where he had purchased two hundred and seventy-one acres of partially improved land. He put thirty acres more into tillable condition and engaged in general farming for many years, being known as one of the leading agriculturists of Huntington county. As he advanced in age he decided to leave the farm that he might take life with greater ease. Two years were spent in Wells county and in 1891 he moved to Markle, where he has since resided. He is a strong Democrat, and while in Ohio served thirteen years as township trustee, but has not been an aspirant for office since locating in Indiana. His education was limited, but he has made up for this in a great measure by his keenness of observation and knowledge gained in reading. He has at all times been well liked by those with whom he has been associated, and his opinions have been regarded as the expressions of sound common sense.

Franklin A. Brickley, the ninth child, was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, March 28, 1855, and continued to make his home with his parents until 1883. He engaged in mercantile business for three years, but as this was too confining, and preferring the freedom of outdoor life he purchased a stone quarry, at Markle, and gives to it his time and attention. He has found it to be a paying investment, there being a constant and ready market for the output.

He was married March 19, 1882, to Miss Mary A. Sales, of Huntington county, by whom he has two bright children: Lela F., who was born October 30, 1885, and Donald F., born May 4, 1892, a little blossom whose sweetnes was given to earth for one short year, when she was taken to bloom in the garden of the Lord. Mrs. Brickley is a daughter of F. M. and Sarah Jane Sales, both of whom were from Wells county, this state, and well known as prosperous farmers.

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