Beesley, Wiley R.
March 07, 2007 09:00PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885,
Butler Co.

WILEY R. BEESLEY, Butler County, was born in Warren County, Ky., April 11,
1807, where he remained until he was twelve years old, when he removed with
his mother, Elizabeth Beesley, and his grandfather, William Beesley, to
Butler County, Ky. The family settled on the Indian Camp Creek. Here
Wiley R. Beesley received a common school education and grew to manhood.
After attaining his majority, he bought a partially improved farm on the
north fork of the Indian Camp Creek, where he remained until the fall of
1872. He then sold out and bought the farm of 160 acres (a part of which
he has since sold) on the waters of Welch's Creek, where he still resides.
He held the office of constable for four years, and afterward that of
magistrate for three terms of four years each. William Beesley, the
grandfather of our subject, was a veteran of the Revolution; served under
Gen. Greene, during that struggle, and was in the battle of Roodsley's
Mill, where Gen. Gates was defeated by the British. Wiley R. Beesley was
first married November 8, 1832, to Perlina Smith, a native of Butler
County, Ky.; to this union were born three children, only one of whom
(Anthaline Daughety) is now living. Perlina Beesley departed this life
April 10, 1840, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Beesley
was next married April 18, 1853, to Lucinda Haning, a native of Switzerland
County, Ind., born July 6, 1833. She is a daughter of John and Sallie
(Coy) Haning. Eleven children have blessed their union, nine of whom -
seven sons and two daughters - are living, viz.: William D., Elizabeth
Taylor, Robert D., John W., Florence T., Ira R., Irving R., Singleton R.
and Peter Cooper. Mr. Beesley and wife, have been for many years members
of the United Baptist Church, in which he has officiated as deacon. In
politics he is a Democrat.
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