CAPTAIN JOHN P. WILEY, for more than fifty years a resident of Wilmington and a veteran of both the Civil War and the Pennsylvania railroad, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Duncan Thatcher, 1126 West Sixth street, with whom he had been living for several years, at 9:40 o'clock last night.
Captain Wiley was a prominent Odd Fellow, being an active member of Eden Lodge, No. 34, Christine Encampment, I. O. O. F., and also a director in the Eden Hall Company since it was built.
He was also a member of Lenape Tribe, I. O. R. M. He gained his title of captain by being in charge of the steamer Felton of the Pennsylvania railroad, which plied between Wilmington and Philadelphia for a number of years.
He was also well known as a Delaware river pilot.
Captain Wiley served in the Civil War as a private in Company B of the New Jersey Volunteers and took part in the battle of Fredericksburg.
Captain Wiley was a native of Pedricktown, N. J., having been born there 76 years ago.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. E. A. Gillespie, of Wilkesbarre, Pa., and a brother, Gideon Wiley, of Philadelphia. Funeral arrangements will be made this morning.
((Wilmington Morning News, 8 January 1915 (Friday), page 2))
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