George REMLEY, a representative of that
great class on whom the welfare of this nation depends, the
honest farmer, resides on a beautiful homestead on section 11,
George REMLEY, the father of our subject,
married Miss Ella LYTLE, a native of
George REMLEY, the subject of this sketch,
was born April 7, 1817, in
Soon after marriage, Mr. REMLEY settled in Woodford county, and there remained sixteen years. After the death of his fist wife, on the 4th of June, 1846, he married Miss Helen RICE, a native of Onondaga county, New York, born September 24, 1827, and a daughter of Elijah and Rebecca (MARSHALL) RICE, both of whom were natives of New York, but who removed to Woodford county, Illinois, in 1844, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of four children – Mrs. REMLEY, Rosanna, Delency, became the wife of Alexander PIPER, and William, who lives on the old homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. REMLEY are the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living – Henry, who married Ella WHITE, now resides in Hopewell township, Marshall county; Minerva Ellen, now the wife of Henry DUCHESNE, lives in Bennington township; Jane, now the wife of Baron HARPER, resides at La Rose, Marshall county; Lucy Ann, now the wife of Matthew VanPATTON, resides in Belle Plain township; Elizabeth, now the wife of Martin HOOVER, lives in Woodford county, Illinois; George, who married Nannie HENRY, resides in Richland township, and Emma R. is at home.
In the spring of 1857, Mr. REMLEY moved
with his family to his present farm, where they have since
resided. The farm which he purchased from Robert GRAY, comprises
four hundred and thirty-one acres, all of which is under
improvement. He also has eighty acres adjoining the
Mr. REMLEY has during his entire life been a hard working man. For about fifteen years he engaged in carpenter work in connection with his farming operations. All that he has of this world’s goods he has secured by the labors of his hands, assisted of course by that of his wife, and success has crowned their efforts in a remarkable degree. Commencing life for himself under very unfavorable circumstances he has endeavored to prevent the same state of affairs from falling to his children, and so has well provided for each and has given to each good educational advantages. Politically, he is a democrat, but has steadily refused official positions. Mrs. REMLEY is what might be termed a model housekeeper, and she endeavors to make her home an inviting one to any and all who partake of her hospitality. In fact, the Remley household is noted for its hospitality far and near.
Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.