Our branch of the Staley family came from Germany, immigrated to York County, Pennsylvania between 1747 and 1762; moved to Randolph County, North Carolina between 1763 and 1764; migrated to Morgan County, Indiana in the early 1830's; moved to the Clarke County area of Iowa in the 1860's; and finally settled in Southern California in the 1920's.
Most of the Randolph County, NC Staleys lived in or near the town of Liberty, which is in the north east corner of the county. There are still 38 Staley families listed in the Liberty phone book. There is also a town called Staley in Randolph County, North Carolina, which is not far from Liberty. It has a population of 315, with approximately 97 families. There are 12 different Staley families still listed in that phone book. A Post Office was established there in 1883 as Staleyville. It was incorporated in 1901 as Staley. The town was named for it's founder Colonel John W. Staley, a Confederate soldier in the 64th Regiment of the NC Militia during the Civil War. He appears to be the great grandson of Martin Staley (see below). There is also a town called Staley in eastern Washington state, which was founded by Daniel L. Staley, the brother of Col. John W. Staley. The town of Staley, Missouri is named for John W. Staley's other brother, Eburn Staley. An 807 page manuscript of the correspondence of these Staley brothers before, during, and after the Civil War is available at the Special Collections Library at Duke University ( Search type: Author; Search for: Staley, John W. ).
Another noteworthy Staley to emerge from Randolph Co., NC was Augustus Eugene (Gene) Staley, the founder of A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. in Decatur, Illinois. This company, which processed corn to produce Staley Starch, Staley Syrup, Sta-Puf, Sta-Flo, as well as many industrial products, was a multimillion dollar corporation which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (purchased in a leveraged buyout in 1988 by Tate & Lyle). The Chicago Bears started out as a company sponsored team named the Decatur Staleys, coached by the legendary George Halas. George Halas gave credit to Gene Staley for being instrumental in the founding of the National Football League. All of this is documented in the book "The Kernel & The Bean", by Dan J. Forrestal. While this is a fine book which I found very enjoyable, I think that Mr. Forrestal made an error on the genealogy of A.E. Staley. This error was probably caused by reading some unfortunate letters which A.E. Staley wrote concerning his ancestry, which he mistakenly claimed was English. Based on my research, I believe that A.E. Staley was descended from the same unknown German immigrant that I have listed below. For more information on A.E. Staley's genealogy please see my page at RootsWeb.com.
Enoch R. Staley, the founder of the North Wilkesboro Speedway (est. 1947) in North Wilkseboro, NC and one of the pioneers of NASCAR, was also descended from this Randolph Co., NC Staley family, through Jacob Staley. More information on Enoch Staley can be found at RootsWeb.com.
I have received a lot of valuable data on Eli Staley from Michael Tumey who is from the Morgan Co., Indiana area. Karen L. Spector has provided a great deal of assistance on the Clarke Co., Iowa Staleys and Ratliffs. Ronald Tiedemann has been very helpful with data on the Randolph Co., North Carolina Staleys. He is also the author of Pedigree #2744 on the Broderbund CD "World Family Tree Vol. 3", which is about the most complete source of data publicly available on the North Carolina Staleys. Ronald has added a lot of new information to his data base since the publication of that CD, which he has been kind enough to mail to me.
The tree shown below was recently updated to show Peter Staley as being the son of Conrad Staley, rather than the son of Martin Staley. This change was due to the recent discovery of an estate sale deed for some of Conrad Staley's Randolph County land that had been registered in Chatham County. This deed lists many of the heirs of Conrad Staley, and Peter Staley is included on that list. My previous tree had relied on an old genealogy done by the Rev. David Isaiah Offman, who did a lot of good work, but didn't always get things right. A narrative version of the following is presented at Staley Narrative.
Descendants of Unknown Staley
Generation No. 1
1. UNKNOWN1 STALEY.
Children of UNKNOWN STALEY are:
2. i. CONRAD2 STALEY, b. April 23, 1736, Germany; d. May 31, 1816, Randolph County, North Carolina.
ii. JACOB STALEY, b. 1740, Germany; d. Aft. 1812, Probably Montgomery County, Tennessee.
iii. MARTIN STALEY, b. 1747, Germany; d. March 31, 1817, Liberty, Randolph County, North Carolina.
Generation No. 2
2. CONRAD2 STALEY (UNKNOWN1) was born April 23, 1736 in Germany, and died May 31, 1816 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He married BARBARA HUVER March 16, 1762 in York Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of CONRAD STALEY and BARBARA HUVER are:
i. JOHAN JACOB3 STALEY, b. April 24, 1763, York Co., Pennsylvania; d. 1830-1840, Butler Twp, Montgomery County, Ohio.
ii. JOSEPH STALEY, b. April 02, 1770, Randolph County, North Carolina; d. July 10, 1851, Randolph County, North Carolina.
3. iii. PETER STALEY, b. 1771, North Carolina; d. September 13, 1825, Randolph County, North Carolina.
iv. ELIZABETH STALEY, b. 1772, Guilford County, North Carolina; d. September 14, 1877, Marshall County, Kentucky.
v. MARTIN STALEY, b. 1773, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1840, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.
vi. CHRISTIAN STALEY, b. 1774-1790, North Carolina.
vii. DANIEL STALEY, b. 1774-1790, Randolph County, North Carolina; d. 1817, Randolph County, North Carolina.
viii. FEMALE STALEY, b. 1774-1790.
ix. GEORGE STALEY, b. 1774-1790.
x. CONRAD STALEY, b. Abt. 1776, Randolph Co., North Carolina; d. Bef. 1850, Grainger Co., Tennessee.
Generation No. 3
3. PETER3 STALEY (CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1771 in North Carolina, and died September 13, 1825 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He married MARY ? Abt. 1793 in North Carolina.
Children of PETER STALEY and MARY ? are:
Generation No. 4
4. ELI4 STALEY (PETER3, CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born January 06, 1794 in Randolph Co., North Carolina, and died March 27, 1862 in Morgan Co., Indiana. He married MARY POLLY RHODES September 28, 1813 in Randolph Co., North Carolina.
Children of ELI STALEY and MARY RHODES are:
Generation No. 5
5. WILLIAM5 STALEY (ELI4, PETER3, CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born December 04, 1819 in North Carolina, and died May 29, 1882 in Franklin Twp, Clarke County, Iowa. He married (1) ELIZABETH BROWN October 26, 1840 in Morgan County, Indiana. He married (2) ELLEN M. HOBBS August 13, 1863 in Morgan County, Indiana.
Children of WILLIAM STALEY and ELIZABETH BROWN are:
Children of WILLIAM STALEY and ELLEN HOBBS are:
Generation No. 6
6. JOHN OLIVER6 STALEY (WILLIAM5, ELI4, PETER3, CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born August 08, 1850 in Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana, and died January 13, 1922 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. He married (1) JEMIMA NEWELL RATLIFF June 27, 1872 in Smyrna, Clarke Co., Iowa. He married (2) LUCY M. HOFFMAN November 18, 1908 in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa.
Children of JOHN STALEY and JEMIMA RATLIFF are:
Generation No. 7
7. DANIEL EARL7 STALEY (JOHN OLIVER6, WILLIAM5, ELI4, PETER3, CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born May 26, 1885 in Yorktown , Lincoln County, Kansas, and died September 06, 1949 in Maywood, Los Angeles County, California. He married MARGARET ALICE GOODHART September 24, 1904 in Osceola, Clarke Co., Iowa.
Children of DANIEL STALEY and MARGARET GOODHART are:
Generation No. 8
8. GEORGE FRANKLIN8 STALEY (DANIEL EARL7, JOHN OLIVER6, WILLIAM5, ELI4, PETER3, CONRAD2, UNKNOWN1) was born June 13, 1908 in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa, and died February 20, 1994 in La Habra, Orange County, California. He married LOUISE HELEN DEVELINE June 15, 1934 in Fullerton, Orange County, California.
Children of GEORGE STALEY and LOUISE DEVELINE are:
All living descendants (other than myself) have been removed, or had their vital statistics deleted to protect their privacy.