Wiley, Benjamin L.
Born: 1821-03-25 Smithfield, Ohio
Died: 1890-03-22 Makanda, Illinois
Wiley was raised by Quakers and trained to be a carpenter under his father. He moved to Vienna, Illinois, in 1845 and began working as a teacher. Following the outbreak of the Mexican War, Wiley enlisted in the 5th Illinois Infantry and served through the conflict to 1848. He moved to Jonesboro in 1849, where he worked as a carpenter and then as a store clerk, a position he held until 1853. In 1850, he married Emily Davie, with whom he had nine children. A Whig and, later, Republican, Wiley helped start and edit the
History of Jackson County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1878), 102; Gravestone, Evergreen Cemetery, Makanda, Illinois.