Wayne County Biographies

Part of the Indiana Biographies Project

John J. Conley

John J. Conley, son of Isaac Conley, was born in what is now Boston township, February 23, 1812. After his majority he worked as carptenter and joiner and cabinet-maker about ten years. In 1841, he removed to Richmond, where he also, for several years, carried on the manufacturing of shoe pegs, and subsequently the horticultural business for eleven years. In 1864, he bought his father's farm at Boston, on which he still resdides. He has been twice married; first to Isabella Grimes; secondly, to Martha Curry, of Eaton, O.; by each of whom he had two sons and two daughters: all but one daughter are living. The following are married: Robert G., who was in the late war three years; was in thirteen battles; was captured in the battle of the Wilderness; confined in Andersonville prison seven months; paroled and sent home, and discharged January 18, 1865. He married Ella Benton, and is a hardware merchant in Richmond, in the firm of G.W. Benton & Co. Mary, who married James Dean, and resides near Bloomingsport, Ind. Margaret, who married John Short, and lives in Wayne township.

"History of Wayne County, Indiana" by Andrew W. Young. pub 1872.