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Collection Overview

Title: Benjamin L. Wiley papers, 1817-1946Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1850-1869

ID: 1/6/MSS 099

Primary Creator: Wiley, Ben L.

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into four series:  (1) Personal, (2) Business, (3) Legal, and (4) Historical

Date Acquired: 00/00/1986

Subjects: Illinois - History - 1865, Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865, Mexican War, 1846-1848., United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, Wiley, Ben L.

Forms of Material: United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Songs and music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence, military records, and financial and legal material document the life of Civil War veteran Benjamin L. Wiley. The Correspondence Series consists mainly of family letters to Ben or his wife, Emily Davie Wiley, with the bulk of the letters during the years 1853 to 1878. Of note are letters from Emily to Ben while he was serving in the Civil War. Also included in the Correspondence Series are family letters (1817-1822) to Winstead Davie (Ben Wiley's father-in-law) and general business letters to Ben Wiley, who was in business in Union County before becoming a successful farmer in Jackson County. Wiley was also active in Republican party politics (he ran for state office twice), and the series contains some political letters. Military Records contains some Mexican War items, but the bulk of material is from the Civil War period, tracing Wiley's movements in and out of the service from 1861 to 1865, including special orders, letters, and receipts.

Biographical Note

Ben Ladd Wiley was born in Smithfield, Ohio on March 25, 1821. In 1845 Wiley moved to Vienna, Illinois to be with his brother John where he taught school and worked as a carpenter. In 1847  Wiley enlisted in United States Army to fight in Mexico and was enlisted until 1848 when he left the service to return to Vianna. In 1849 Wiley settled in Jonesboro, Union County and worked for Winstead Davie as a clerk, worked as a carpenter, and at the Jonesboro Gazette. In 1850 he married Emily Davie, and three years later became a traveling salesman for the Davie's family. A year after that Wiley set up a real estate business with Colonel Lewis T. Ashley in Anna and began a partnership with Paul Frick, "Wiley & Frick", and sold hardware, argricultural implements, tools, etc. In 1856 Wiley ran and lost for a congressional seat on the Republican ticket, and went on to work for Lincoln in the senate election. In 1859 Wiley became a lawyer in Illinois and moved his family to a farm in Makanda and two years later he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in the fifth Illinois Calvary Regiment, but resigned citing ill health and family issues in 1862. A year later he was able to return to his post, being discharged in 1865. After his military service, Wiley was appointed to the board to select a site for an insane asylum in Union County. In 1876 he ran again for congress, and was again defeated. He died in 1890.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois - History - 1865
Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865
Mexican War, 1846-1848.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Wiley, Ben L.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Transfer

Acquisition Method: The Ben L. Wiley Papers is an artificial collection acquired from the University Museum and other sources over a period of years.  The first transfer was in 1986 and the last receipt of material was 2008.

Related Materials: VFM 977

Preferred Citation: [Item], Benjamin Wiley Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal, 1817-1878],
[Series 2: Business, 1850-1869],
[Series 3: Legal],
[Series 4: Historical, 1859-1945],
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Series 2: Business, 1850-1869Add to your cart.
This series contains correspondence, ledgers and account books.  The general business letters to Ben Wiley who was in business in Union County before becoming a successful farmer in Jackson County.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Winstead Davie's Account Book, 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Winstead Davie's Account, Book, 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wiley and Frick Company, notes and receipts, 1855-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous receipts of Ben L. and/or Emily Wiley, 1855-1911Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous receipts, 1821, 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Merchant invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.

James S. Watson & Co., St. Louis, January 12, 18??;

Mead, Brother & Co., St. Louis, July 11, 1857;

M. G. Mois & Co., St. Louis, August 22, 1857;

Madam Rechtards, St. Louis, February 7, 1857;

Hoffman Bros. Produce, St. Louis, December 3, 1885;

Hoffman Bros. Produce, St. Louis, December 15, 1886;

Hoffman Bros. Produce, St. Louis, December 15, 1886;

Hewit, Sharp & Co., St. Louis, August 2, 1889;

Hewit, Sharp & Co., St. Louis, August 5, 1889;

Hewit, Sharp & Co., St. Louis, August 10, 1889

Folder 7: Merchant invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.

William Stratton, Cairo, Ill, June 9, 1859;

Trover & Miller, Cairo, Ill, October 20, 1859;

C. Kirkpatrick, Anna, Ill, February 10, 1869; 

           

French & Shick, Anna, Ill, September 10, 1868;

Kilbourne 7 Brissenden, Clay City, Ill, October 15, 1870;

Grand Tower Railroad, October 8, 1890;

Rendleman 7 Roberts, Makanda, Ill, March 22, 1904;

Joseph Spies, Makanda, January 5, 1885;

John A. Scudder [Union County], July 11, 1882

Folder 8: Merchant invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.

Herald & Era, Indianapolis, Ind., June 25, 1858;

West & McDougal, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 6, 1859;

Charles Butts, New York City, Oct 14, 1869;

Miller, Grigsby & Co., New Orleans, September 3, 1878;

Miller, Grigsby & Co., New Orleans, September 3, 1878;

Miller, Grigsby & Co., New Orleans, September 3, 1878;

Miller, Grigsby & Co., New Orleans, September 3, 1878

Folder 9: Merchant invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.

Joseph Ericson, Carbondale, Ill, December 5, 1878;

J. M. Scurlock, Carbondale, Ill, October 15, 1885;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, February 4, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, February 20, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, April 8, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, July 17, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, August 12, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, October 28, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, November 18, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, December 12, 1886;

JS & AF Bridges, Carbondale, Ill, -----, 1886;

J. M. Scurlock, Carbondale, Ill, September 19, 1889;

Searing & Farmer, Carbondale, Ill, ----, 189-;

Carbondale Observer, Carbondale, Ill, April 3, 1880

Folder 10: Merchant invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.

Jackson County Era, Murphysboro, Ill, July 21, 1887;

Jackson County Era, Murphysboro, Ill, July 23, 1889;

Norman, Walker & Co., Murphysboro, Ill, August 29, 1890;

Norman, Walker & Co., Murphysboro, Ill, September 5, 1890;

Norman, Walker & Co., Murphysboro, Ill, September 18, 1890;

Norman, Walker & Co., Murphysboro, Ill, September 18, 1890;

Norman, Walker & Co., Murphysboro, Ill, October 9, 1890

Folder 11: Insurance receipts, invoice and policies, 1858-Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Promissory Notes, miscellaneous, 1854-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Note receipts, Promissory, 1856-1881Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Receipts, Judgment payment, 1886-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 15: checks and deposit receiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: ChecksAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Tax Records - Johnson CountyAdd to your cart.

Ben L. Wiley, state & county tax receipt, 1853;

Ben L. Wiley, state & county tax receipt, 1854;

Ben L. Wiley, state & county tax receipt, 1856

Folder 18: Tax Records - Union CountyAdd to your cart.

D. L. Phillips, state & county tax receipt, 1854;

John M. Freeman, state & county tax receipt, 1854;

W. A. Heacker, state & county tax receipt, 1854;

W. C. Hempstead, state, county & school tax receipt, 1855;

Heirs of John McIntosh, state county & school tax receipt, 1855;

John Starnes, state, county, road, town tax receipt, 1864;

John Bass, tax receipt, 1875;

Catherine Christy, tax receipt, 1876;

F. W. Cook, tax receipt, 1893

Folder 19: Tax Records - Union CountyAdd to your cart.

Jacob C. Sitter, tax receipt, 1851;

Nancy C. Sitter, tax receipt, 1851;

James N. Sitter, tax receipt, 1851;

Susannah S. Sitter, tax receipt, 1853;

Susanna S. Sitter, tax receipt, 1853;

Nancy C. Sitter, tax receipt, 1853;

Jacob C. Sitter, tax receipt, 1853;

James N. Sitter, tax receipt, 1853;

Susan S. Sitter, tax receipt, 1854;

Nancy C. Sitter, tax receipt, 1854;

James N. Sitter, tax receipt, 1854;

B. L. Wiley for Nancy C & Susan S. Sitter, tax receipt, 1855;

B. L. Wiley for James N. Sitter, tax receipt, 1855;

B. L. Wiley for Susan S. Sitter, tax receipt, 1856;

B. L. Wiley to Susan S. Sitter, final settlement, 1856;

B. L. Wiley to Jacob C. Sitter, final settlement, 1864

Folder 20: Tax Records - Jackson CountyAdd to your cart.

Cyrus Harrald, tax receipt, 1864;

B. L. Bornland, notice, 1865;

Lands for taxation, L. W. Ashley, n.d.

Folder 21: Winstead Davie, tax receipt, 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Jefferson County - M. C. Crawford, tax receipt, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Washington County - letter, Ben L. Wiley for Ashley and Wiley Company, to tax collector of Washington County, 1858 April 2Add to your cart.
Folder 24: AgricultureAdd to your cart.

letter, S. Francis, Cor. Sec., Illinois State Agriculture Society, to Ben L. Wiley, April 10, 1853;

card, Northern Eclectic Nursery, Galusha, Mattison & Son, Sandwich, Illinois, n.d.;

ticket, Carbondale District Fair, 5th Annual, October 13-17, 1884;

booklet, Farming in Minnesota, n.d. 16 p.;

catalog, Illinois Nurseries, Central City, Ill., 1860, 4 p.;

catalog, The Grove Nursery, West Northfield, Ill, 1859, 4 p.;

broadside, F. Nickerson, Produce Commission Merchant, 1888

Folder 25: BusinessAdd to your cart.

card, Hothaus & Bros., St. Louis, Mo.;

card, Will H. H. Hutton, Chicago, Ill.;

card, Capen & Denny, St. Louis, Mo;

card, W. Kirkpatrick, Anna, Ill.;

card, J. J. Hathaway, Murphysboro, 1890;

pamphlet, J.J. Hathaway Stone, Marble & Granite Co., Murphysboro, Ill, n.d., 4p.;

broadside, Georg. B. Smith & Co., St. Louis, Caperson Electric Light, 1884;

broadside, T. H. Leavitt, Publ. New York, n.d.;

order, 500 advertising cards for Wiley, Phillips & Draper

Folder 26: Railroad and shipsAdd to your cart.

receipt, freight charges, ICRR, 1890;

receipt, shares of stock, ISRR, 1857;

pass, ICRR, 1875;

pass, ICRR, 1875;

pass, ICRR, 1869;

pass, ICRR, 1871;

ticket, St. Louis & Vicksburg Anchor Line, n.d.;

report,  Mobile & Ohio RR Co., 1858

Folder 27: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

Winstead Davie, October 22, 1853 to Ben L. Wiley;

Ben L. Wiley, March 18, 1854 to Winstead Davie;

Winstead Davie, April 29, 1854 to Ben L. Wiley;

L. W. Ashley, May 02, 1854 to Ben L. Wiley;

Elizah Phelps, April 02, 1855 to Ben L. Wiley;

Cyrus Simmons, August 10, 1855 to A. C. Caldwell;

Luciano Gale, October 27, 1855 to Ben L. Wiley;

Southern Illinois Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company, August 08, 1856 to Wiley & Frick;

Southern Illinois Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company, September 09, 1856 ;

James O. Conklin, October 21 1856 to Wm. D. Phillips

Folder 28: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

J. Duncan, January 19, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

Miles Washburn, March 10, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

J. W. Haynes, May 04, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. Brayman, April 23, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

George W. Perkins, May 22, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. Brayman, June 08, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

Tesson & Danjen, July 09, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. Hatton, June 02, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. Hatton, June 09, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. C. L. Hempsted, August 26, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley;

D. Durkee, November 03, 1857 to Winstead Davie;

I. Kaenig, January 01, 1857 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 29: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

S. Copland, January 18, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

C. C. Leanard, January 19, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Margaret Anna Shaw, January 28, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Wm. T Larkin, March 01, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

S. Copland, March 01, 1858to Ben L. Wiley;

John Curry, March 18, 1858 to D. L. Phillips;

Margaret Anna Shaw, March 23, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Margaret Anna Shaw, June 04, 1858 to Winstead Davie;

Margaret Anna Shaw, n.d. to Ben L. Wiley;

R. Whiting, April 10, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

F. F. Spencer, April 16, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Tyler Davidson, April 23, 1858 to C.G. Simons and D.L. Phillips;

M. G. Moies, May 17, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. Niebst & Co., May 19, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. Brayman, May 24, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 30: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

Jenkins & Ward, July 23, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

St. Louis Glass Co., July 28, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

A. H. Hooker, August 06, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

I. B. Tuthill, August 04, 1858 to D. L. Phillips;

Wm. F. Eusden & Co., August 11, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

J. H. White, August 28, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Bailey Woodward & Co., August 28, 1858 to C. G. Simons and D. L. Phillips;

H. Fuller, September 27, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

O.M. Hatch, December 13, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Geo. Y. N. Cliser, December 30, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 31: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

S. Davis, February 28, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Gardner Hayes, March 16, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

Walbridge & Bros., April 04, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. K. Parris, May 10, 1858 to Hon. S. Buese;

G. Reed, May 19, 1859 to D. L. Phillips;

James R. Hugemin, May 14, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

A. C. Bartleson, May 17, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

James R. Hugemin, June 22, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. K. Parrish, Jun 28, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

Mr. Lillie, August 1859 to Ashley & Wiley;

A.C. Kendall, August 02, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. G. Moies, August 03, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 32: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

M. G. Moies, October 01, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

George Bauell, October 04, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

J. G. Cameron, October 04, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

E. Harwood, October 07, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

A.C. Barttesen, October 08, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

F. Wise, October 14, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

F.F. Burt, October 15, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

R.F. Mason, October 24, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

Fisher L. Bennett, November 21, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

A. Nichols, November 22, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

B. M. Mead, December 11, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley;

Wm. M. Howell, December 07, 1859 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 33: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

Alexander Abernathie, January 17, 1860 to Ben L. Wiley;

Ed Short, September 09, 1861 to A. J. Gallup;

George W. Lorttinbon, February 11, 1863 to Ben L. Wiley;

O. C. Brown, January 16, 1865 to Ben L. Wiley;

Burgess Maberly, October 16, 1865 to Ben L. Wiley;

Isaac Miller, March 04, 1869 to Ben L. Wiley;

D.L. Phillips, April 24, 1869 to Haynie, Marshall and Gilbert;

Haynie, Marshall & Gilbert, April 30, 1867 to Ben L. Wiley;

R. Baety, August 30, 1869 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles Fults, October 16, 1869 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 34: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

Henry T. Wright, October 30, 1871 to Ben L. Wiley;

A. B. Chesterwood, August 07, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

W. S. Saunders, March 14, 1878 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, June 09, 1880 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles H. Barrows, November 06, 1880 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, March 17, 1882 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, July 04, 1882 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, January 25, 1883 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles H. Barrows, September 06, 1883 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles H. Barrows, September 24, 1883 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles H. Barrows, October 25, 1883 to Ben L. Wiley

Folder 35: Correspondence - General BusinessAdd to your cart.

Joseph Spies, January 06, 1885 to Ben L. Wiley;

Chase & Smith, January 09, 1885 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, January 09, 1885 to Ben L. Wiley;

Sherwood Harnes Co., March 08, 1887 to Ben L. Wiley;

H. H. Horner, October 26, 1887 to Ben L. Wiley;

H. H. Horner, November 07, 1887 to Ben L. Wiley;

William Brush, February 20, 1888 to Ben L. Wiley;

Lydia L. Barrows, April 19, 1888 to Ben L. Wiley;

A. J. Nimmo, October 14, 1888 to Ben L. Wiley;

Charles H. Barrows, December 13, 1888 to Ben L. Wiley;

Jesse Ware, March 08, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

Jacob Hileman, March 20, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

D. W. Karraker, June 07, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

Matthew J. Inscore, August 02, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. V.. Ussery, August 10, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

Joseph Sampson, October 31, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

M. Golder, December 19, 1889 to Ben L. Wiley;

H. H. Horner, January 28, 1890 to Ben L. Wiley;

J. A. Tygell, February 16, 1891 to Ben L. Wiley, Jr.

Folder 36: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.

H. Daughtery, April 17, 1869 to Ben L. Wiley;

receipt for property by R. H. Sturgess, Pres, May 2, 1871

Folder 37: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
A list of Winstead Davie's lands, 1848
Folder 38: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Ashley, Wiley & Co., in account with David A. Neal, 1859-1861
Folder 39: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Wiley & Frick Co., accounts receivable & payable, 1855-1856
Folder 40: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Bonds for loan on real estate between B.L. Wiley and L. Barrows
Folder 41: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Bill of sale for slave & horses to Sims Allen, Edwards Co., Virginia, October 25, 1850
Folder 42: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Ledger, Anna, Illinois, 1856
Folder 43: Correspondence - Anna State HospitalAdd to your cart.
Ledger, undated
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ledger, 1843-1850Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ledger, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wiley and Frick account book, 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Merchandise in account, Anna store, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wiley and Frick ledger, 1855-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Wiley and Frick ledger, 1856 February-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Wiley and Frick ledger, 1856 September-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Receiving book for Wiley and Frick, 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Copartnership Ashley, Wiley and Company, 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Accounts of drafts and notes received for collections, 1856-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Shipping book of Wiley and Frick, 1856 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Ledger, 1869Add to your cart.

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