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Willey/Walley Cemetery, near the border of Jennings & Jefferson Counties
Generously Contributed by the Gwaltney's (Traca Gwaltney did the transcriptions)
current owners of the property that is the last resting place of those listed below. Directions
off of Hwy 3 on 250 about 9/10's of a mile from start of 250. the property starts on the bridge on the right and the drive way is on the right after about 3 S curves ( gravel drive ).


James Walley                               Ellen Sampson
born Nov 29, 1800                       wife of Ephraim Sampson
died Aug 24 1851                         died Aug 16, 1865
                                                    57 yr's 3 mo's & 22 d's
                                                    may she rest in peace

three additonal plain stone markers
J.W.    Thomas Walley   Margaret Walley---Thomas and Margaret are the children of James & Ellen.

Frank E
son of R.W.D. & Marg? (can't read) Holmes
aged 2 Mo's & 6 days
rest be thy reposed

plain stone next to Frank reads  F.E.H.

Charles F. B.                               Malinthia Belle
son of J.W.F. & M Gerrish         Daughter of J.W. & M Gerrish   
died Sept 5, 1851                        died ? 1853 
aged 1 year & 6 days                  1 yr 8 mo's

In memory of
Elizabeth Jane
Eldest daughter of
Rev. D. Willey
who departed
this life July 2, 1841
aged 9 years
9 mo's & 6 days

I did a little research on the families of those listed above & here is what I found so far.

Willey and Walley may be different spellings of the same name, at one time many years ago the property was owned by the Rev. Dennis Willey and his family, hence the family graveyard being there.

Ellen Sampson was the second wife of Ephraim Sampson who with his first wife Martha came to Jennings County in the early 1820's, Ephraim & Martha had at least 7 children. It does not appear thus far that Ephraim and Ellen had any children. The James Walley near which Ellen is buried appears to have been her first husband, they are listed in the 1850 census in Montgomery Township, Jennings County, with their son Thomas age 21 as all having been born in England. This would also explain the marker near theirs with T.W. on it.

I have not been able to find anything on little Frank E. Holmes, if anyone has information on his parents R.W.D. Holmes & Marg please let us know. I have a feeling Marg. is Margaret Willey but have found no more on her.

Charles F. B. and Malinthia Belle Gerrish were the children of James W. F. Gerrish and his wife Maria, James was born in Maine, Maria in Pennsylvania. James was the son of Ansel Gerrish who was born in 1804 in Maine and who is known to have purchased property in Jennings County in 1859 from Joseph Ayers. JamesW.F. 's mother was Pheobe Beal and she was living with him and Maria during the 1870 census when they lived in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana. Both Ansel and James were Physicians. The family of James W.F. Gerrish is well documented back to their immigrant ancestor William Gerrish born August 20, 1617 in Bristol, England. Thank's to Edward Gerrish Mair a premier researcher on the Gerrish family who supplied me with information on James ancestors.

Elizabeth Jane Willey, I believe is a daughter of Reverend Dennis Willey who was Pastor of the Paris, Methodist Episcopal Church. He is listed in the 1850 Jennings County Census with wife Lydia, children Adison, Margaret, Dennis W., Olive, Lawson, Martha, Sarah & Lyman. Reverend Willey was born in New York in Oneida County, July 2, 1797. Lydia was his second wife, he was also married in July 13, 1826 to Margaret Gassaway who was born in 1803 in Clark County, Indiana. has he and Margaret's children as James Almond, Elizabeth Jane, Lysander, Addison Clark, Margaret Minerva and Dennis Watson. He and second wife Lydia Patterson Robinson had the following children Lydia Ann, Olive Keziah, Smith Lawson Robinson and Ellen Belle. I find it interesting that in this cemetery there are two people who have a name connection to the last child Ellen Belle.