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Benjamin L. Wiley papers

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Benjamin L. Wiley papers, 1817-1946 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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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


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[Series 1: Personal, 1817-1878],
[Series 2: Business, 1850-1869],
[Series 3: Legal],
[Series 4: Historical, 1859-1945],
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Series 3: LegalAdd to your cart.
The Financial series  consists of tax records and legal documents.  These are records of land deals by Winstead Davie and Ben Wiley and their various land companies (Ashley and Wiley, Wiley and Frick, Wiley and Schick, Wiley, Phillips and Dresser).
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AgreementsAdd to your cart.

Dissolving Wiley, Phillips and Draper, 1854;

Power of Attorney to Nathan Draper, 1860

Folder 2: EasementsAdd to your cart.
Mt. Carbon Rail Road and B. L. Wiley, 1865
Folder 3: Deeds, Union County, 1821-1838Add to your cart.

Jacob & Barbary Woolf to Henry Cruse, 1821;

Henry & Polly Cruse to Winstead Davie, 1831;

John W. Rorex to Ralph Thornton, 1836;

John W. and Priscilla G. Rorex to John A. Woodery, 1837;

John and Mary Tweedy to James M. Tweedy, 1838;

John and Sarah Woodery to John Freeman, 1838

Folder 4: Deeds, Union County, 1842Add to your cart.

Asbourne Davie to Winstead Davie, 1842;

Thomas E. Rorex to Winstead Davie, 1842;

Ralph Thornton (Administrator for estate of John Freeman, deceased) to John Ethridge, 1842;

John W. and Priscilla Rorex to Thomas E. Rorex, 1842;

John and Jane Ethridge to Ralph Thornton, 1842;

Robert E. Tweedy & Mary Tweedy (Administrators of estate of John Tweedy) to James M. Tweedy, 1842;

Thomas Hodges, Sherrif, to Issac Hartline, 1842

Folder 5: Deeds, Union County, 1843-1844Add to your cart.

Isaac Hartline to Samuel Dillow, 1843;

Samuel & Margaret Dillow to Winstead Davie, 1843;

Ralph & Catherine M. Thornton to Winstead Davie, 1843;

Sarah A. Freeman to Winstead Davie, 1843;

James & Elizabeth Cox, Enoch & Matilda J. Atchison, and John & Marie L. Freeman to Winstead Davie, 1843

Folder 6: Deeds, Union County, 1845-1847Add to your cart.

Chesterfield Langley to James L. Hodges, 1845;

Ralph & Catherine Thornton to Winstead Davie, 1846;

James L. & Nancy A. Hodges to James Parmerly, 1846;

Washington & Huldah Craft to Winstead Davie, 1847;

Union County to Winstead Davie, 1847;

Union County to Winstead Davie, 1847;

John & Mariah L. Freeman to Winstead Davie, 1847;

David & Elizabeth Love to Joshua Roberts, 1849

Folder 7: Deeds, Union County, 1850-1856Add to your cart.

Ursula Caroline Freeman, Admx. to Winstead Davie, 1850;

Mary Ann Freeman, Admx. to Richard Duddling, 1851;

John & Bernse Parmley to John Starn, 1851;

Joshua & Caroline Roberts to Ben L. Wiley, 1851;

Minerva E. Freeman to Winstead Davie, 1854;

State of Illinois to Ben L. Wiley & Paul Frick, 1856

Folder 8: Deeds, Union County, 1857Add to your cart.

Ben L. Wiley to Samuel B. Caruth, 1857;

Paul & Hannah Frick to Ben L. Wiley, 1857;

Ben L. Wiley to John Spires, 1857   [and on obverse: John Spires to Edwin Babcock, 1857];

Winstead & Anna Davie to Ben L. Wiley, 1857;

William & Maria Ald Jones to Ben L. Wiley, 1857

Folder 9: Deeds, Union County, 1859-1876Add to your cart.

Redemption, B. L. Wiley and Paul Frick, 1859;

Redemption, B. L. Wiley and Paul Frick, 1859;

Redemption, B. L. Wiley, 1860;

Thomas J. Fenley to Ben L. and Emily Wiley, 1862;

Redemption, Ben L. Wiley, 1862;

William and Ann Smith to Winstead Davie, 1864;

Analahus W. Simons to Ben L. and Emily Wiley, 1876

Folder 10: Deeds, Jackson County, 1859-1866Add to your cart.

Quit Claim: Cyrus S. Keith to Ben L. Wiley, 1859;

Redemption, Ben L. Wiley, 1866

Folder 11: Deeds, Johnson County, 1850-1856Add to your cart.

James Finney, (Admin., estate of John Penrod) to William McMahan, 1850;

Quit Claim: Thomas D. and Nancy Fain to Wiley W. Fain and Isaac R. Fain, 1853;

Isaac R. Fain Estate to Ben L. Wiley, 1856;

Wiley W. Fain and Isaac R. Fain to Ben L. Wiley, 1856

Folder 12: Deeds, Maasac County, 1856Add to your cart.
Ransom & Elizabeth Deaver to Samuel B. Caruth, 1856
Folder 13: Deeds, Washington County, 1856-1857Add to your cart.

James O'Connor Estate to James MacDonald, 1856;

D. W. & Mary Lowe to Orson Kellog, 1857

Folder 14: Deeds, Williamson County, 1858Add to your cart.
Reubon M. Caroline F. Morgan to Ben L. Wiley, 1858
Folder 15: Deed, Lot 9, Block 22 in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale,Add to your cart.
Jackson County, E. J. Ingersoll
Folder 16: Indenture: Paul Frick and Ben L. Wiley, Wiley and Frick Company, 1858 March 31Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Indenture Richard and Elizabeth Short to Ben Wiley, 1856 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Indenture Cyrus Freeman and James Freeman to Winstead Davie, 1884 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Legal Documents - Land RecordsAdd to your cart.

Sale to Winstead Davie, August 20, 1852, Union Co.;

 

Sale to Morgan Stokes, November 10, 1856, Union Co.;

Sale to Ben L. Wiley, August 4, 1860, lots in Jonesboro;

Surveyed for Ben L. Wiley, Jackson Co. September 23, 1856;

Surveyed for Ben L. Wiley, Jackson Co. September 23, 1856;

Plot map & note from Jesse Ware, n.d.;

Receipt of land & money to settle judgement, July 10, 1876

Folder 20: Legal Documents - Land RecordsAdd to your cart.
Poll Book, Jefferson County Ohio, October 10, 1843
Folder 21: Legal Documents - SummonsAdd to your cart.
Summons of George Winslow of Barnard, Vermont. Windsor Co., November 28, 1823
Folder 22: Legal Documents - SummonsAdd to your cart.

Summons of Ben L. Wiley, Paul Frick, David L. Phillips & Winstead Davie, October 10, 1859;

Summons of Ben L. Wiley, October 12, 1885

Folder 23: Tax RecordsAdd to your cart.
Union County.  Tax receipts for B.L. Wiley & Emily D. Wiley 1851-1895
Folder 24: Tax RecordsAdd to your cart.
Jackson County.  Tax receipts for B.L. Wiley 1857-1896
Folder 25: Tax RecordsAdd to your cart.
Jackson County.  Tax receipts for Emily D. Wiley 1886-1895
Folder 26: Tax RecordsAdd to your cart.
Jackson County.  Receipts for William, James, & D.D. Wiley 1874-1897
Folder 27: Government recordsAdd to your cart.
Makanda Township.  Ben L. Wiley's records as member of Board of Supervision, 1876-1881
Folder 28: Government recordsAdd to your cart.
Jackson County.  Ben L. Wiley's records as member of Jackson County Commission and/or Township Organization Commission
Folder 29: Tax records, Union County, 1827-1830Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Personal, 1817-1878],
[Series 2: Business, 1850-1869],
[Series 3: Legal],
[Series 4: Historical, 1859-1945],
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