Farmer and stock- raiser, Little York, Sumner Township . Warren County , Ill., is of Irish and Virginian ancestry and from forefathers in both lines of descent has inherited those characteristics which make (or creditable success in life. Fletcher Maley, liis grandfather in the paternal line,was born in Ireland, and Thomas Maley, his father, was born in Pennsylvania in 1783, and died May 19, 1860. His grandfather in the maternal line was Benjamin Star, and Elizabeth Star, who became his mother, was born in Harrison County, Va., March, 1793, and died in 1860. Thomas Maley came to Illinois in September, 1834, and bought 178 acres of land in Section 30, Sumner Township, where he lived out his days.
On that farm the subject of this sketch was born February 2, 1835, when there were in Little York but two or three houses. He has lived his entire life thus far in Sumner Township, where lie has become prominent not only as a farmer and stockman, but in public affairs. In politics he is a Republican, and he has filled the office of School Director, the only one which he would accept, in which he has had much to do with advancing the status of the schools in his town ship. Mr. Maley married Mary Ann Fisher, January 19. 1860. Mrs. Maley is a native of Mercer County, Ill., and was born October 16, 1836, a daughter of John and Rachel (Sibart) Fisher. Her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother in Virginia, and they were married in Indiana, and in 1834 located in Mercer County, where Mr. Fisher bought land and became a prominent and successful farmer, and where they both died.
Washington and Mary Ann (Fisher) Maley have three sons, John Thomas, Charles Elmer and Willard F. Maley. The latter married Minnie Dentor and lives in Henderson County, Ill. John T. and Charles E. are members of their parents' household. Mr. Maley owns 354 acres of good land, which is well improved and provided with ample buildings and all facilities for its successful cul tivation. He has long given special attention to stock raising and is, all in all, one of the prominent and successful men of his township.
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