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Jay County Indiana Biographies
Stephen Straly


STEPHEN STRALY,of the firm of Straly  Brothers, was born in Trumbull County  Ohio, March 13, 1847, a son 
of George Straly. The Straly family came to Jay County in 1854, locating in "Wayne Township. Stephen was 
reared a farmer and educated in the district schools of Jay County. At the age of nineteen years he 
commenced to work at blacksmithing, and followed that trade at Antyville eight years. He then engaged in 
a saw-mill in company with J. N. Milligan. That partnership existed three years, when Mr. Milligan sold his
interest to Samuel Straly, and the partnership of Straly Brothers existed ten years. The mill was moved to
its present location on section 31. at old Antyville, four miles north of Portland, in 1884 and is one of 
the leading saw-mills in Jay County. The engine is thirty-five horse-power, with a capacity of 5,000 feet 
per day and 500,000 feet per annum. Stephen bought out his brother Samuel's interest in the mill August 20, 
1887. He deals extensively in hard-wood lumber. The firm owns 116 acres of good farming land, where they 
reside, and forty acres in Wayne Township. It is one of best improved farms in the township. Each has a 
good modern residence, a large barn, 40 x 67 feet, and other good farm buildings. Mr. Straly was married 
May 7, 1870, to Miss Mary Jane "Weaver, daughter of John J. "Weaver, a former resident of Bear Creek 
Township. Mr. and Mrs. Straly have four children — Theron G., John E., Jesse L. and Chauncey A. Mr. 
Straly commenced in life without means, but his industry and business faculty have enabled him to acquire
a good property. Source-Biographical and Historical Record of Jay County Indiana. Reprinted Jay County 
Section out of the original combined 1887 History of Jay and Blackford Counties, Lewis Publishing Co, 
age 541
Note from Family researcher: 
Your first entry for "Stephen Straley" is indeed for his younger brother, Sutphen.

What I find most interesting is that my great-grandmother (who had pulled together 
the first copy of the family tree in 1975) had almost all of the same information 
that you had, however her dates line up with the records I've been able to find 
whereas the dates posted on your site are off. Also puzzling, I found an e-book 
written by Nathan Howe on the civil war battles in (Missouri I think), and it 
stated that Corporal Stephen Straley died in 1864 (Memphis, TN)  from the minnie-ball 
wound, but I've found records that he was alive until 1904. This has definitely 
been a challenge.The only thing I can say about the biographies is that they are close, 
but as they were printed in a time before e-mail and internet they may be slightly 
incorrect due to the difficulties in obtaining correct information. Anyway, I know you 
can't change what was written in the books.from: Elyse Wilcox 
Stephen Straly

STEPHEN STRALY, one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of Bear Creek Township, is a native of Trumbull County, Ohio, born November 8, 1840, a son of George Straly, who is now deceased. When fourteen years of age he came with his father's family to Jay County, Indiana, they settling in Wayne Township, where he was reared amid scenes incident to pioneer life. His youth was spent in assisting his father with the work of the farm,, and his education was obtained in the common schools of Trumbull County, Ohio, and Jay County, Indiana. He enlisted in defense of the Union, September 21, 1861, in Company B, Thirty-fourth Indiana Infantry, and participated in the engagements at Island No. Ten, Fort Gibson, Champion Hills, where he was wounded in the left thigh by a minie ball, which lead he still carries. He was confined in hospital for some time, returning to his regiment July 9, and was at Palmetto Ranch, Te.xas, and the last engagement of the war. He was honorably discharged at Brownsville, Texas, being mustered out and paid off at Indianapolis, February 20, 1866, when he returned to his home in Jay County he was united in marriage September 13, 1866, to Mary E. Green, of Wayne Township, a daughter of Salem and Margaret Green, who were among the early settlers of Jay County. Mrs. Straly died October 19, 1870, leaving one child — Lawrence. Mr. Straly was again married May 22, 1871, to Miss Nancy Freemyer, her parents, Joseph L. and Mary Freemyer, being residents of Madison Township. Two children have been born to this union, named Charles and Walter. Mr. Straly located on his present farm in 1866, when but thirteen acres had been broken and fenced. His farm is now one of the most productive in Jay County, and consists of 132 acres well improved and in a high state of cultivation. He has a substantial two story brick residence built in modern style, well furnished, a good bam and other farm buildings. A large windmill supplies the place with pure water, and also supplies a pond on the grounds which is stocked with fish. Mr. Straly is one of the most respected men of his township, and by his genial disposition and cordial manners he has made many friends through-out the county. He is a consistent member of the Free- Will Baptist church. Politically he is a strong adherent to the principles of the Republican party which he fought so hard to preserve. Source-Biographical and Historical Record of Jay County Indiana. Reprinted Jay County
Section out of the original combined 1887 History of Jay and Blackford Counties, Lewis Publishing Co,
age 512

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