Bio: Huntley, William (History - 1848)

Contact: Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1891 History of Clark and Jackson Co., Wisconsin, pg. 362

WILLIAM HUNTLEY, of section 31, town 25, range 2, Weston Township, Clark County, was born in Washington County, Wisconsin, March 25, 1848, the son of William Huntley (deceased), a native of Scotland, who came to Buffalo, New York, as early as 1841, and thence to Milwaukee in 1843. He was a shoemaker, and worked at his trade in this city for several years, or until his death, which occurred in August, 1853. Our subject's mother, whose maiden name was Mary Burks, was a native of Sheffield, England, and now lives on the old homestead near our subject, on section 29, this township. They were the parents of five children: Annie, Richard, William, John and Thomas. Annie and John live in Neillsville, Richard in Chippewa Falls and Thomas in La Crosse. William served in the late war in Company G, Fifty-first Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, remaining three months and Richard was also in the war, in Battery D, First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, serving three years.

Our subject came to this country in the fall of 1867 and worked in the pineries returned to Milwaukee in the spring of 1863 and the same spring came again to this county, settling on his present farm, which was then covered with heavy timber. He built a log house in which he lived until 1884, when he erected his present fine frame, 18 x 26 feet, two stories high, with an L 18 x 26, one and a half stories, at a cost of 1,000. He owns 100 acres of land here, sixty acres of which is cleared, and altogether has about 18,000 acres in this county.

Mr. Huntley was married April 9, 1873, to Mary V. Newcomb, a daughter of Martin Newcomb, deceased she came to this county in 1872. They have seven children, viz: Elva R., John W., Ellen R., William, Charles and Grover c. Elva is now attending the high school at Neillsville. Mr. Huntley has followed surveying for several years. He is now a candidate on the Democratic ticket for County Surveyor.


1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI

William Huntly @30, b. WI, Farmer, Father b. Scotland, m. b. England

Wife: Mary @29, b. WI, Parents b. WI

Dau: Elva R. @6, b. WI, Student

Son: John W. @5, b. WI

Dau: Eddie L. @2, b. WI



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