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James E Whiteley


Posted By: Dana Roquet (email)
Date: 10/24/2010 at 22:26:58

Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne & Appanoose County
Chicago Inter-State Publishing 1886

James Edward Whiteley, farmer and dealer in lumber and grain, Jackson Township post office, Harvard, Iowa, is among the oldest settlers of the township. He is a native of Yorkshire England, born February 18, 1823, a son of John G. and Mary (Scott) Whiteley. His early life was spent in his native country, and in his youth he assisted his father in a mill, there learning a trade that has been a source of revenue to him since coming to America, although his principal vocation has been other branches of business. He came to the United States when twenty-three years old and first lived in Delaware, subsequently going to Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1949 he moved to Iowa and entered eighty acres of land in Marion County, where he lived until 1856, when he sold his farm and removed to Wayne County, locating on the farm in Jackson Township, where he now lives. He has 430 acres of Wayne County's best land, which is well-adapted for both grain and stock. His residence is a model of convenience and his barn and other farm buildings are commodious and comfortable. He is the owner of a lumber yard in Harvard, which he conducts in addition to superintending his farm, and also deals in grain and hardware, his sons, Frank E. and James E., being associated with him in the business. Mr. Whiteley was married March 31, 1856, to Mary J Ellsworth, of Marion County, Iowa, daughter of Simeon and Sarah Ellsworth. To them have been born ten children, nine of whom are living—Frank E., Henry A., James E., Scott F., Ralph R., Floyd A., Wallace G., Carl and Eunice.


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