Capt H. J. Alley was born in Franklin County, Indiana, May 29, 1833, and in childhood was taken by his parents to Madison County, Illinois, where they resided four years. In 1846 they immigrated to Mercer County, Missouri, locating at the present site of Marion. Here H. J. was reared upon the farm until the commencement of the war, when he enlisted in the Fifth Kansas Cavalry, and served about one year as Second Lieutenant of Company B, at the expiration of which time he resigned on account of poor health, and returned home. He afterward commanded Company I, 4th Missouri Provisional Regiment, East Missouri Militia, about one year, and on January 18, 1865, began to discharge the duties of sheriff of Mercer County, which office he filled four years. His education was principally received at the common schools of the county, but in early manhood he commenced the study of law, and after being admited to the bar in 1868, he began the practice of his profession in March, 1869, which he has since continued in Princeton. For two years he served his county as prosecuting attorney. Margaret Ellen Brewer, a native of Illinois, became his wife in 1857, and died October 20, 1883. He afterward married Mrs. Lucy Price, nee Robertson, of Grundy County, Missouri. The Captain is a Free Mason and a member of the G. A. R. The Alley family emigrated from England to Virginia during the early history of that state, and the paternal grandfather, Peter, was born in Russell County, of that state, participated in the War of 1812 and died in Chariton County, Missouri. William, the father, was also a native of Russell County, Virginia and born in 1809. When three years old he was taken by his parents to Franklin County, Indiana and in 1840 moved to Illinois, and from there to Missouri in 1846. He was a county judge and justice of the peace of Mercer County for many years, and died in 1873. His wife and the mother of our subject, Mary Alley, was a native of Virginia, the mother of five sons and three daughters, of whom the Captain is the eldest, and died in Mercer County in 1882. William H., a brother of our subject, was wounded at Helena during the war, and died from the effects in 1863. One sister is also dead.