Here is a bit more info on the Dilley Clan. With special note of the Origins of Lucy Ayers Dilley.
Stories of Guernsey County by William G. Wolfe, p. 99
Pioneer Families - Dilley
Ephraim fought in the Revolutionary War.
The War ended in 1781, and Ephraim came home and married Lucy U.
Ayer who was 18 years old. It is said that she was connected with the
Ayer family of patent medicine fame. A half century and more ago Ayer's
Almanac was considered a household necessity, supplying as it did, much
astonomical data and various statistics, besides proclaiming the virtues
of "Ayers Cherry Pectoral" and "Ayers Hair Vigor". The children of
Ephraim and Lucy Dilley were Joseph (1782), Abraham (1785), Hannah
(1787), Anna (1789),
Robert (1793), William (1796), Ephraim Jr. (1799), and Samuel (1802).
The Military Lands of the Northwest Territory were opened for
settlement and farms were given free to Revolutionary soldiers who had
not received all their pay for service in the War. It may have been an
alurement of a free farm that brought Ephraim, Lucy and the children to
Ohio. They settled on land a short distance north of what is now
Senecaville. When the sons grew older they purchased farms of their own
there came to be a little settlement of Dilleys there. According to our
list of real estate owners in 1840 (page 974 of the book) Ephraim, Sr,
owned 80 acres, Robert 160, William 60, Ephraim, Jr. 100, Abraham and
Robet owned lots in Senecaville. Ephraim the old Revolutionary patriot
died in 1844 at the age of 89, and was buried in the Senecaville cemetery.
Joseph the oldest son of Ephraim and Lucy Dilley married Sarah
Burkley and settled on a farm near that of his parents. As he died in
1833, his name does not appear in the list of Dilley farm owners above.
Two of his descendants bearing the name of Dilley are living in Cambridge
today, Ephraim, a grandson, and Samuel M., a great grandson. Another
great grandson was Otho E. Dilley, the well-know musician whose stage
name was Herbert Dillea. He was directing the orchestra in the Chicago
Iroquois Theatre at the time of the great fire in December, 1903, in
which nearly 600 persons perished, and a nervous breakdown followedfrom
which he did not recover. There seemed to be a strain of music running
through the Joseph Dilley family. James L. Dilley, a grandson, servedthe
entire length of the Civil War as a member of the army band. James V.
Dilley, a great-grandson, a skillful cornet player, organized the present
Cambridge band in 1898 and was its leader for several years. Charles
Morrison, composer of the popular piano selection, "Meditation", was alos
a great grandson of Joseph Dilley.
Abraham, the second son, married Jane W. McCleary, an Irish girlin
1808. Four years later the War of 1812 opened and he enlisted in Capt
Simon Beymer's Company. After the War he engaged in blacksmithing in
Robert the third son married Hannah McDonnald and located on a
quarter section of land near the farms of his father and brothers.Clara
Dilley, grandaughter of Robert, is the only person bearing theoriginal
Dilley name who is living in Senecaville today.
William the fourth son married Elizabeth Lowery and settled
immediately north of the others. In the early days of the NationalRoad
he teamed between Zanesville and Wheeling.
Ephraim Jr married Rachel Henry. Although but a mere youth heserved
in the War of 1812, it is said. About the year 1857 he and his brother
William moved their families to Minnesota.
Samuel the youngest of the six sons of Ephraim and Lucy left the
Senecaville community when he was 25 years old, going to Mississippi
where he engaged in the nursery business and preached some. During the
Civil War, four of his sons were with the confederate army.
In early days there were no schools in the Senecaville community
(page 426 of book). William and Robert Thompson engaged a teacher from
Philadelphia to teach their own and children and invited all the parents
to send their children to the school which would be free. The several
Dilley families accepted the invitation, but insisted they bear partof
the expense. This is said to have been the first free school in Guernsey
The pioneer Dilleys were Presbyterians and it was largely through
their influence that the church of that denomination was established in
Senecaville. In politics most of the descendants of Ephraim and Lucy
Dilley have been and are Republicans.
Ephraim Dilley (1755 - 1844)*
Abraham Dilley (1785 - 1875)*
William M Dilley (1795 - 1875)*
Ephraim Dilley (1799 - 1882)*
Samuel M Dilley (1802 - 1874)*
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Originally Created by: Carole Marie (McMahan) S...
Record added: Apr 29, 2009
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