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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Duley Family of Harrison Indiana

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Harrison County Indiana
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Another one of the treasures I received in the mail from my dad's sister was this family history.  Originally written by Martha Duley for her nephew Donnie Lasley, it is 7 pages long and was hand copied from the original between 1901 and 1916 by my 3rd great aunt, Abbie Duley Lasley.  I know it was written before 1916 as Abbie makes a note to her sister Sarah Duley Bline at the end, my third great grandmother, who died 21 March 1916. 

The Duly family was from Kentucky, but settled in Harrison County Indiana around the Corydon area.  I loved reading the story of my "marrying" grandmother.  I couldn't believe how much history there is that even I didn't know, plus many new names and places to go research.

There are tons of run on sentences, but I am not sure that is actually the case.  One, they may have not shown up in the photocopy I have.  Two, she constantly uses two parallel lines, like an equal sign, to break up the sections.  Maybe those would be periods?

Family history originally written by Martha Duley July 11, 1901 for her nephew Donnie E. Lasley
Rewritten by Abbie Duley Lasley for her sister Sarah Duley Bline

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Family Record

William Duly was you great grand father his wife name was Mary Denbo I think they were booth of a Irish decent there were 11 children born to them 7 boys and 4 girls = they names were Samuel. John. Phillip. Robert. Thomas. Jimmy the poor fellowas an idiot. Samuel married Polly Tomson. Phillip married Marrien Pigg.  Robert married Nellie Brown.  Thomas died in infancy yes I forget William married Jane Brown = the girls was Sallie = Elizabeth = Nancy and Rachel = Elizabeth married a Wheeler = Sallie married James Carral = Nancy married Georg Wheeler = Rachel married Louis McDanal = John Duley your grandfather married Rebecca Poteet her father name was Job he was your great grandfather and he was a french man = John Duley and Rebecca Poteet was married July the 7 1825 = to them were born ten children four boys and six girls = Benjamin was the oldest = Mary Carline = and Alford Poteet = and William Henry = Rebecca Ann = John Rice = Francis Catherine = Sarah Elizabeth = Rhoda Albertine = Eliza Emmanaline = tjere were twins Alford died when he was 18 = all the others lived to rais familys of there own = Benjamin married Martha Rowe = Mary married Robert Denbo = William married Cathern Septer = Rebecca =

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married John Fravel = John R. married Mary Lasley = Catharine married James Deatrick = Sarah married Francis Bline = Abbie married Benjamin Lasley = Emma married Craven (?) Farish =
Bens Duley had 12 children = Wills had 11 = John R 8 = Mary 4 Rebecca 11 = Catherine 9 = Sarah 7 = Abbie 6 = Emma no children = I cant give the date of all there marriages = for I do not remember = they all married in Harrison Co Ind = only Will married in Posey Co Ind = and Abbie married in Illinois = they was all borned in Harrison Co Ind = Only Will he was borned in Kentucky John Duley / William Duley further lived in Kentucky when his son Will was born = your grand father Duley was borned in Kentucky so was your gran mother = this is about all I no of John Duleys family.  Samuel Duley died in November 1846 – a man by the name of Wm Heth Struck him and broke his scull and he had laid out all night and died from the effect of the wound poor fellow it was a sad blow to this family and friends all the rest of the family died a natural death = Sallie and Elizabeth died in Iowa = Nancy Rachel went west and we have no account of there deaths but of course they are dead. these are

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John Duleys sisters.  I cant tell how many children there was among your mother unkles and aunts for I do not no but there was a plenty and as far as I no they was all honorable = and hard working people nun of them was rich = but a great many of them was good and religious your gran father Duley and grand mother was booth members of the M E Church. and booth lived and died christians I never met a more devoted christian than your grandmother Duley.  and many times I have Seen and herd her shout the praises of her redeemer = I will now tell you what I know of your great grandmothers family her mothers maiden name was Mary Rice.  She was borned in Tennessee her father was well off and owned a lot of slaves.  She first married a Mr. Whitaker he died and left her with six children.  Three boys and three girls.  There names was John and Joseph and Rice and Rhoda and Nancy and Elizabeth = She went from Tennesse to Kentucky = and there  married Job Poteet = as I sed befor he was a frenchman there were five children born to them 3 girls 2 boys = there names were Alford and

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James and Polly and Elizina and Rebecca that was your grandmother name = Elizina died young and James got killed be a wagon upsetting on him when he was a boy.  when Mr Poteet died your great grandmother come to Ind. when it was a wilderness and she entered the land.  that is now kown as the gran father Duleys farm near here after sometime she married a man by the name of Eliasen Goodwin, he was a school teacher she lived wuiet a while with him = and he died = so the she married agan a man from Kentucky names McCaslin and they did not live agreeable = so the parted and in her old days she lived and died with her children now you see your great gran mother was a marring woman = she was a fine lady and her proffession was that of a Doctor.  She went far and near as long as she was able to wait on her patients she died at aunt Polley Kitermans on June the 24 1835 = age 65years 7 months and 13 days aunt Polley Kitterman lived on the old Isack Bline place at that time

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and Mrs McCaslin is buried in the field on that place where several of the family connection are also buried.  I never met her but I have been told.  She was most remarkable women of her time and a good women =
Family Records here are the dates and births
John Duley was born April the 19th 1802
Rebecca Duley his wife was born January the 9th 1808
There children Benjamin Duley was born May the 12th 1826
Mary C Duley was born March the 17th 1828
Alford P Duley was born October the 12th 1830
William H Duley was born May the 6th 1833
Rebecca A Duley was born May the 17th 1835
John R Duley was born January the 16th 1837
Francis C Duley was born May the 12th 1840
Sarah E Duley was born May the 30th 1843
Rhoda A Duley was born November the 28 1847
Eliza E Duley was born November the 28th 1847
John Duley and Rebecca Poteet was married July the 7th 1825.  I cant tell who married them for I never was told = Rebecca Duley wife of John Duley died March the 11th 1861: age 53 years 2 months and 2 days.  John Duley died July the 14th 1864 age 62 years 2 months and 25 days.  Alford Duley died September the 15th 1848 =

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age 18 years 11 months and 3 days.  Mary Duley mother of John Duley died December the 17th 1850 = William Duley father of John Duley died February the 5 1851 = booth wer age 75 years = Jimmy Duley brother of John Duley died April 1 1864 aged about 50 years he was a poor idiot but he said just before he died that he was going to heaven to shout glory hallejih with hid father and mother I think he seem angeles while dying = Dannie I have tried to tell you what I can remember about the conection I hope it may interest you I wish I new more = but I have told you all about the older ones and you no a good many of the younger ones = I never herd of any of them being hung or being in jail and I think to take them all together they are a pretty good set of people = all honest and many of them religious which is better than riches for a good name is more to be diserved than great riches = I believe there is doctors and lawyers and preachers = and teachers and a host of good folks among the family conection and if there are any bad ones lets look over them and think of the good ones = for I feel sure that

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when the last roal is called there will be a goodly number ready of our conection to enter in through the gates into the city of the new Jerusalem there we shal no them better than we do here = my prayer is that you and I may be one of the number =

Written for Donnie E Lasley
By his aunt Martha Duley
July the 11 1901

I wrote this off for you and your
[missing piece of page] written by Abbie Lasley
Sarah if you have this printed =
please send me one and tell me what it cost and I will send you the money for to pay you
From your loving sister
Abbie Lasley

Keep this it might be the instergation of some of your being made rich some day


  1. Hi Shannon!

    I, too, am a descendant of the Duley crew from Harrison County, Indiana. I am descended from Abbie (Duley) Lasley's oldest sister Margaret Ellen Duley.

    This past summer I made a trip to Corydon and the area around there--and have since found quite a bit about this family, including photos of all but two of the twelve children of Benjamin Duley and Martha (Rowe) Duley.

    I received another interesting letter, similar to the one you posted here. This one was written by Martha Rowe herself when she was 75 years old, and it contains some amazing details going back to her grandparents and even their parents!

    Happy to share any/all of this if you are interested. My tree is public on if you have a subscription . . . or contact me at c c t a f e l (at) (no spaces and use @ instead of "at".

    Here's wishing you the best on your search. Do let me know if I can help.
    -Craig T.

  2. Oh that is fantastic! Nice to meet you and I will contact you soon.

  3. Hi Shannon! I, too, am descended from this "Branch" of the Duley line. My connections are the William & Jane (Brown) Duley she mentions at the very beginning. (Thence William, Thomas, James, Oscar, Harold...and then me!! :) )
    So fun to read this. These Duley folks have been an enigma for me! Happy to meet someone else on the hunt!

    1. Hi cuz! Yes, I am still working on this line as is Craig from the first message. Feel free to email me anytime!

    2. Hi Cara (and other Duley cousins)--I am encouraging anyone related to this Duley line to join the Yahoo group for descendants of Samuel Dooley. John Duley was Samuel's grandson. I am particularly interested in doing some genetic research related to the Duley line, and since that group has been dormant for a decade or so, I figured it might be a good starting point. Here is the link: . . .

      Always happy to hear from Duley cousins out there--and a big thanks to Shannon for making the connections through this site!

      -Craig T.

  4. Is William Duley son of James Duley who died in Ripley County about 1836 and brother of Mariah Duley Anderson? I am trying to track down the family of Mariah.

    1. No, this line is Samuel to William to John Duley coming from Maryland thru Kentucky to Harrison Co., Indiana.

  5. Hi Shannon, any help with the Duley's from the Dogwood area of Harrison County, In.

  6. Sorry Shannon, I guess I posted back in the wrong area. My name is Jerry Duley and I'm looking for info and confirmation on the lineage of the Duley's from some files I found in my fathers files. Any help would be appreciated. My father was Arvil Duley, his father was Roy Duley, Roy's father was Edward Duley, Edward's father was William Duley, William's father was Phillip Dooley Sr. which Is where I believe our lines cross.

    I have some paper work that but I see nowhere to upload files on this site.
    I am planning a trip to Harrison County over the Memorial Day weekend and would like to see if I could get a little more info before I head down.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Jerry! why don't you email me. tntfamhis(at) Would love to talk to another cousin!

    2. Jerry, I have not received the email. But I noticed that the email listed above is mistyped. My fault! Why don't you send me an email through my website query form. That way I will have yours too and we can correspond easier.

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  8. I'm actually thrilled at the Whitaker/Poteet information. The Duley family itself is a side line for me. Whitaker is my paternal line. This has really helped with the issue of finding "Mr. Whitaker". I haven't yet, but I have ruled out a couple possiblities!