D. L. Wiley, President of the Bank of Galva, is among the prominent and wealthy men of Henry County who came here in an early day, and here laid the foundation of a fortune. He was born March 23, 1819 , in Rockingham Township, Windham Co., Vt. His grandfather was Robert Wiley, whose biography, together with a genealogy of the Wiley family, appears in another sketch. Our subject’s parents were John and Randilla (Weaver) Wiley, both natives of Vermont . The former, John Wiley, was born March 5, 1795 , in Rockingham, Windham Co., Vt. , and died Feb. 10, 1866 , in Saxton River , Vt. By occupation he was a farmer, and a quiet, unassuming man, moderate in all his views and actions, and early in life instilled the value of good principle, industry and frugality into his son, D. L. Wiley, our subject, for which the latter became so well known in this community. He generally voted the Democratic ticket, differing in that respect from his son, who early became imbued with the principles of the Republican party, with which he has been identified all his life, yet being perfectly independent, voting for the best man.
John Wiley, the father, was united in marriage April 22, 1817 , in Rockingham , Vt. , to Randilla Weaver, who was a daughter of Daniel Weaver. She was born Sept. 3, 1793 , in Windham County , and became the mother of nine children, viz: Lucius S., Daniel, Leveret, Edward, Mary F., William, Robert, Hascall, Myron and Milton . Mary F. was the former wife of Charles B. Day, of Peoria . Of the above children, only our subject, Hascall, Robert and Milton are living. Hascall resides on the old homestead in Rockingham, Milton in Saxton River , Vt. , and Robert in Brimfield, Peoria Co., Ill.
D. L. Wiley, whose name heads this sketch, was primarily educated in his native school district, and also attended about two years at the neighboring academy. He is self educated as far as business is concerned. In early life he worked on a farm, but for several years was also engaged in mercantile business. In the summer of 1844 he came to Brimfield , Ill. , where he first engaged in farming, and then merchandised one year. He next came to Galva , Ill. , in the spring of 1855, where he engaged in farming, doing considerable hard manual work. Later, he resided in Galva, but continued the superintending of his farm in the meantime. He has been fairly successful, and his success can be attributed to his indomitable perseverance, frugality and energy.
Inheriting these sterling qualities, no doubt, from his native Green Mountain State, which has furnished so many of our foremost men in social, business or political circles, in January, 1865, he, in partnership with others, started the First National Bank in Galva; and when the charter expired the banking business was continued under the name of L. M. Yocum & Co., our subject being President of the bank. Within the last decade Mr. Wiley has largely engaged in the real-estate business in Monona County , Iowa , where he has 1,000 acres of land, all of which is in a high state of cultivation. This land he has principally improved, and since he made the purchase it has risen in value until he now has a very valuable possession.
Mr. Wiley was joined in matrimony Aug. 5, 1846 , in his native State, with Miss Mary Billings, who was born July 3o, 1818, in Rockingham, Windham Co., Vt. , where she died June 1, 1851 . She was a daughter of Samuel and Susannah (Divoll) Billings , natives of Massachusetts . They died in Windham County , where they were highly respected citizens. Mrs. Mary Wiley became the mother of two children, Flora B., and William F. The former is the wife of W. L. Wiley, and is the mother of four children, namely: Mary, Everett, Stella and Fred. William F. married Florence Munger, who is the mother of three children, viz: Ione B., Agnes and Florence . The two children of Mr. Wiley, whose name heads this notice, reside in Monona County , where W. F. is one of the first Short-horn breeders in the State of Iowa , on the farms formerly owned by their enterprising son. Daniel L. was married a second time, Feb. 27, 1854 , to Miss Sarah F. Davis, who was born Sept. 27, 1832 , in Rockingham Vt. She is a daughter of John H. Davis and is the mother of four children. Stella, who died in 1880, aged 23 years, and Amy, born 1868. The two others died in infancy.
Thus we have related the biography of Daniel Leveret Wiley, and to-day, in the evening of life, while the darkening shadows are gently and silently approaching, he can cast a retrospective glance on his career in life and be contented with the view.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois, page 496
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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