JAMES E. PAISLEY, attorney at law, of Irondale, is a native of Richmond, Jefferson county. He is a son of Samuel and Lavina (Parsons) Paisley, both of whom were born in this county, the former in March, 1809. The father was a blacksmith by trade, but was for twenty-five years a justice of the peace, and practiced law to some extent. He died in September 1872, and his wife passed away in December 1882. James E. was born Mary 27, 1844. He received his education in the common schools of the county and at Wellsville, Columbiana county. In August 1862 he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Ohio infantry and served his country until July 1865 when he was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio. During this period he participated in the battles of Martinsburgh, W. Va., Gettysburg and was with Grant from the Wilderness to Appomattox. In the battle of the Wilderness he received a painful wound in the left hand. He was promoted sergeant, and during the absence of his superior officers had command of his company about six months, during which time he took part in the battle of Cedar Creek. After the close of the war he came home and followed the trade of carpentry until 1878 reading law at night and in the winter months. In 1879 he was admitted to the bar and has since given his entire attention to the practice. He has filled the office of township trustee eight years, from 1874 to 1882. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. In October 1872 he was married to Katie A., daughter of Daniel McClain, formerly one of the leading farmers of Columbiana county and by this union had two daughters, Alice and Jay S. This lady dying in September 1882, Mr. Paisley was married in November 1888 to Rebecca, daughter of Joseph M. Beard a well known farmer of this county.
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