JAMES DAILY, whose excellent farm of 125 acres lies in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, were he is a well known and respected citizen, is a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, born in March, 1841, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Simonson) (Meyers) Daily.
The mother of Mr. Daily was a daughter of Henry and Martha Simonson and she was married (first) to Jacob Meyers. He was a miller by trade and lost his life in an accident in his mill. He left six children: Susan, Martha, Rachel, Eliza, George and Jacob. Later, Mrs. Meyers was married to James Daily, who was a basketmaker by trade. It was his custom to leave home to sell his wares and from one journey he never returned and the family lost trace of him. Mr. and Mrs. Daily had three sons: James, David and John. Of these, David Daily died while serving as a soldier in the Civil War. The mother of these children was a member of the Presbyterian Church and at death was interred in the Presbyterian cemetery at Cross Creek.
James Daily is a self made man and from the age of sixteen years has been self supporting. He went to school during boyhood but as soon as old enough for hard work, found employment, digging coal and performing other duties whenever an opportunity could be found, in this way gradually adding to the fifty cent piece which was his sole capital when he started out. Finally he engaged with William White, in Cross Creek Township, to work for him at farming on shares and remained for seventeen years, after which he bought a small place of 18 1/4 acres, on which he remained for fourteen years and when he sold that tract bought his present farm on which he has lived ever since.
On October 26, 1865, Mr. Daily was married to Miss Eliza Jane Foster, who was born in Ireland October 7, 1841, and was brought to America by her mother when eight years of age. Her parents were Robert and Matilda (Marshal) Foster, the former of whom died in Ireland. The mother then brought her four children--Robert Marshal, Eliza Jane, John and William--to America, where she subsequently married Edward Rouse. Mr. and Mrs. Rouse had four children: Sarah, Thomas, John and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Daily have the following children: Robert Franklin; Adeline Elizabeth; Matilda Jane, who married John Hardwick, and has one daughter, Mary Jane; William J., who married Sarah H. Barricklow; John Thomas; Mary Catherine; Anna May, who is the wife of J. R. Stone and the mother of two children--George Wesley and Eva Marie; Edward E., who married Blanche Ohler, and has two children--George A. and Ethel May; and Florence Nancy, who married Joseph Scott, and had one daughter, Emily Marie. Mr. Daily and family are members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Democrat and he has served one term as road supervisor.