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Ephraim Dilley
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1755
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 1844
Senecaville
Guernsey County
Ohio, USA

Ephraim Dilley, Sr. (1755-1844), was born 6 Nov 1755 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and died at Senecaville, Ohio, (Guernsey County) 26 July 1844. Ephraim was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He married in about 1780 Lucy Uiss Ayers (1763-1840), born in Sussex County, New Jersey, in 1763. Lucy died 15 March 1840 in Ohio. She, along with Ephraim and many of their descendants, is buried near the southeast corner of the Senecaville Cemetery one-half mile from the old Ephraim Dilley homestead where his son Robert Dilley lived in later years.
Ephraim and Lucy had six sons and two daughters; all but the youngest two sons were born in New Jersey. All eight children lived to maturity. The gaps between birth years hint that other children may have died during infancy and been buried in New Jersey. On 8 May 1870, Robert Dilley wrote a letter to his brother Ephraim Jr. listing the ages that his brothers and sisters would have been in 1870. He also listed the birth and marriage dates of Ephraim's children. Four of the children lived to be over 70 years of age and Abraham was 90 when he died. This record of family robustness and longevity is remarkable for children born in the 18th century when medical treatment was primitive.- W. G. Wolf

Ephraim Dilley, Sr., and his family moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in 1799 where Ephraim Jr. was born in 1799 and Samuel M. in 1802. In 1814 he moved to Guernsey Co., Ohio, where he lived on a farm one mile north of Senecaville. Ephraim and Lucy were founding members of the Senecaville Presbyterian Church. The two oldest boys were reaching maturity at the time of the move to Guernsey County. Ephraim Jr. married in 1821 and apparently lived on or near the home place of Ephraim Sr. who died in 1844 at age 89. All of the twelve children of Ephraim Jr. were born at Senecaville before he moved to Minnesota.

Only Samuel M Dilley, son of Ephraim Sr and Lucy chose to leave Ohio and moved to the south. It was in Mississippi he and his son's took up the confederate cause. Five sons and a son-in-law or two joined CSA Units in Mississippi. During the war two died and were buried in Confederate cemeteries in Virginia, near Manassas and Lynchburg, , others bore the scars throughout their lives.

Four of Ephraim Jr.'s sons enlisted for the [Union Army in the] Civil War. Robert spent his time in a hospital in Indiana; Samuel was in the cavalry and fought Indians in Minnesota as did Ephraim Valentine Rose Dilley; James Frances, the youngest son, fought with General Grant at St. Louis and Vicksburg and afterwards was with Sherman on his march to the sea

Thus the Northern Dilley and the Mississippi Dilley families were on different sides of the Civil war. It is said this caused a deep rift in the family.

Marilyn Smith, compiler of the Smith-Dilley Collection of Civil War letters

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Lucy Uiss Ayers Dilley (1763 - 1840)
 
 Children:
  Joseph Dilley (1782 - 1833)*
  Abraham Dilley (1785 - 1875)*
  William M Dilley (1795 - 1875)*
  Ephraim Dilley (1799 - 1882)*
  Samuel M Dilley (1802 - 1874)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Revolutionary War
 
Burial:
Senecaville Cemetery
Senecaville
Guernsey County
Ohio, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Carole Marie McMahan
Record added: Apr 29, 2009
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With honor and respect for my Ancestor who walked before me...Rest in Peace (6X) Great Grand Uncle Dilley!
- Phyllis L. Hendricks
 Added: Jun. 5, 2013
In loving memory of our former member, Edwina Blair. She was the proud descendant of Revolutionary War Patriot Ephraim Dilley. HerFindAGraveMemorial#34760439
- Arrowhead Valley Chapter DAR
 Added: Mar. 24, 2013

- MaryLu
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