Milton Elias Dilley

Milton Elias Dilley

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I have a document that Gary Poole sent me in April. I don't know if it has been posted before. Seems like I read someone talking about Milton Dilley in Hancock Co. IN recently. Maybe this would help them. Below is the note Gary sent me with the document.

Ann Smart

Hi Ann:
The Aaron in my line is the one who married Hannah Perry. They had a son Aaron born in 1746 in Woodbridge, NJ. I don't have anything on him. Is the Dilley in the attachment I'm sending part of your line? There was a Dilley killed by the indians in the 1850s in the area betwen Ashland, Oregon and Yreka, California. I have wondered about him too. Do you have anything on that incident?
Thank you for writing,
Gary Poole
Wallowa, Oregon


To trace the family and land owned by Milton Elias Dilley to my wife, Marilyn Lee Dilley, and the farm where she grew up.
To portray some history of Dilley, Oregon, a town founded by Milton Elias Dilley.

Ammon Knightons DLC. History pg 1.
Milton Dilley Genealogy .pg 3.
The Town of
Ammon Knightons DLC. Land 7.
Excerpts from the title 10.
Map of Dilley Station with Purdys additionpg. 12.
References pg. 13.

Milton E. Dilley, born May 15, 1836 in Hancock, Indiana, came to Oregon via wagon train. He arrived Nov. 12, 1853. (age 17) I found nothing about what this pioneer did to earn his fortune between 1853 and 1861; however, the recorded land transactions indicate he was more involved in property development than farming. ì On may 11, 1861, Milton received in trade, for a 1000. Dollar debt by John Harrison, a plot of 150 acresî (1) This land can be desribed as the south half of Ammon Knightons Donation Land Claim (T 1 N, R 4 W, Sec. 34-35, 1.5 miles west of Forest Grove. Milton also owned about 150 acres, 2 miles south of Forest Grove on the William B. Chatfield DLC. (1) it was on the Chatfeilds DLC that he established the community of Dilley.

Ammon Knightons DLC
The following is a summary of the recorded history of the Ammon Knighton DLC. (2) (Please reference the attached plot maps for clarification.)
1855 A. Knighton claimed 320 acres, 1.5 west of Forest Grove.
1860 Knighton sold the south 150 acres to J. Walters for $1800.
1860 Walters sold the south 150 acres to J. Harrison for $1800.
1861 harrison sold the south 150 acres to M. Dilley for $1000.
1861 Watts sold the north150 acres to Knighton for $1800.
1862 Knighton sold 12 northwest acres to M. Watts for $120.
1862 Knighton sold north 138 acres to R. Painter for $1600.
1863 Painter sold north 50 acres to J. Knighton for $650.
1864 Dilley sold 13 acres south of Gales Creek to T. Knighton for $137.
1865 J. Knighton sold north 50 acres to M. Watts for $550.
1865 Painter sold east 40 acres to E. Buxton for $800.*
1865 Painter sold west 48 acres to M. Dilley for $1000.
1872 Watts sold northeast 18 acres to M. Dilley for $300.
1874 Knighton officially received 296 acres from the U. S. Government.
1913 M. Dilley willed the south 137 acres to A. Dilley.
1913 M. Dilley willed the west 56 acres to J. Dilley.
1913 M. Dilley willed the northeast 18 acres to J. Dilley.
1914 J. Dilley sold the west 56 acres to J. McNamer *

1915 J. McNamer sold the west 56 acres to J. Clinton for $100.
1923 A. Dilley sold the southwest 20 acres to J. Howland for $10.
1924 Howland transferred the southwest 20 acres to C. Ross.
1925 C. Ross sold southwest 20 acres to B. Rhadon.*
1926 A. Dilley sold southwest 4 acres to L. Britton for $10.
1926 A. Dilley sold 1 acre west of creek to R. Yunker for $10.
1930 E. Buxton sold sold east 40 acres to H. Buxton for $1465.
1931 A. Dilley sold west 50 acres to E. Schmidt for $10.
1931 A. Dilley sold east 65 acres to W. Dilley for $10.
The 65 acres belonging to W. Dilley is the farm where my wife, Marilyn, grew up. Walter Dilley was her father.

*Assumed information included for clarity.

From "An Illustrated History of The State of Oregon" Hines 1893, pp 832, 833, 834.
Milton Elias Dilley, an eminently respected pioneer of 1853 of Oregon, and the after whom the enterprising town of Dilley is named, is a native of Indiana, being born in Hancock County, May 15, 1836. His ancestors came from Scotland and located in Virginia where his father, Samuel Dilley, was born, and who, after arriving to manhood, married Elizabeth Moice, of German ancestry, who were a remarkably hardy and long lived people. Her father reaching the extreme old age of 115 years. To the parents of our subject were born seven children, all of whom are living, Milton being the sixth in order of birth. The father of our subject was a farmer, and died when eighty six years of age. He was reared on a farm in his native state, and attended the winter schools of his vicinity, until he reached the age of seventeen years, when unusually precocious and energetic for one of his years, he turned his face toward the setting sun, and worked his way to Oregon by driving an ox team across the almost interminable prairies, walking nearly every step of the way. Previous to coming west he drove stock from Indiana tom Philadelphia thus making an almost uninterrupted journey by foot from ocean to ocean. Being a good marksman he made excellent use of his rifle in killing game for the company on the trip overland, incidental to which he related this circumstance, which occurred on buffalo creek: A few of the party went on a buffalo hunt, and Mr. Dilley wounded an animal, which they followed for about six miles from the camp to near the sand hills, and while some of the party were skinning the animal and cutting it up in shape to carry in, ìhe and another young man went into the sand hills, where they saw in the distance a wolf. His companion went around the hill to head him off, in order that Mr. Dilley might get a shot at him. After proceeding some distance in the hills, Mr. Dilley heard a noise and a shower of arrows flew past his head. Looking in the direction from which they came, he perceived a party of Indians who were shooting at him. Without hesitation he fired at them, and thinks one Indian received the contents of his rifle. He then retreated as fast as he could around the hill, to get back to the men, but when he had gone part way around he discovered an Indian, who had ran to head him off. The Indian was< however, going in the direction of Mr. Dilleys companion, who had heard the firing, and discovering the Indians, was making a quick retreat at a great distance from there. The Indian had not discovered Mr. Dilley, but saw the man in the distance who was making good his escape, and appeared to be greatly amazed at the way he had gotten away. The Indians head and shoulders were above the hill, and Mr. Dilley took a good aim, and down he went; whether he dropped to hide or was brought down by his unerring rifle, he did not wait to discover, but retreated in the direction of the men and the buffalo. He saw no more Indians and that was the narrowest escape of his life. For several days and nights thereafter the camp took extra precaution against attack but happily escaped without further molestation. Finally Mr. Dilley arrived in Oregon on November 12, 1853. He first went to Lynn County and, as he was under age, and consequently could not take a claim, he worked out for a couple of years. In 1855 he went to the mines in California, working on Scotts River, Cherry Creek, Deadwood, and Yreka Flats. He remained in California until August 1857, being fairly successful, realizing about $5000. While working on Scotts Bar for wages, he found a single nugget which was valued at $300. He loaned his money to parties who failed, thus losing it all. A part of this time he was engaged in furnishing the government at Fort Jones, with beef, in which he was very successful. Finall he went from California to Jackson County, Oregon, and from there to Crescent City, where he took passage on a steamer to Portland. Thence he came to Washington County, where he arrived on August 8, 1857, working most of the time from then until 1862 for Colonel Thomas Cornelius.
He was married on the last day of August 1862, to Miss Martha Pool, who was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1846, and a daughter of Mr. John Pool, a native of Kentucky, and who married Miss. Jane Walker, of Butler County, Ohio. When his daughter was two years old he removed to Illinois, remaining there until 1858, when he decided to immigrate to Oregon. Journeying across the plains he arrived in the Willamette Valley Oct 12, 1859, and located on a claim four miles north of Hillsboro. Here he was elected to the office of assessor of his county, serving with marked ability. In 1864 he became a member of his youngest sons (S. W. Pool) family, residing in Ada County, Idaho. Here he busied himself with stock raiding, making a specialty of fine horses, and remaining at this place until his death, dying in 1889, aged over sixty two years.
In 1864 Mr. Dilley removed with his wife to Gales Creek two and one half miles northwest of Forest Grove, where he purchased 150 acres, to which he has added from time to time, until he now owns 400 acres of the choicest farming land in the county, all of which is highly improved with substantial buildings and all modern facilities for caring for agricultural products, besides being under an excellent state of cultivation. He also purchased a tract of 140 acres , through which the railroad has been built, and on which Mr. Dilley started the town which the railroad named Dilley. It is a fine tract of land, and some residence and business buildings have already been erected, promising in time to be a thriving center of trade.
Mr. Dilley has always followed agricultural pursuits, but in 1883, in order to afford his children the opportunity of acquiring a higher education at the Pacific University, he purchased a home in Forest Grove. Here he still resides, although still continuing his farming, besides which he is largely interested in stock raising, principally Holstein and Short Horn cattle and a grade of English Coach and Percheron horses.
Mr. and Mrs. Dilley have had ten children, seven of whom are living, and all of whom were born in Washington County: Tjomas A., is at Tillamook; Allen Sherman, is on the farm; William Samuel, James Lloyd, Lillis May, John Nelson and Ernest, are home with their parents.
Mr. Dilley has been a Republican since the organization of the party, but at present favors the principals of The Peoples Party. Of unimpeachable probity and great kindliness of character, he enjoys the esteem of his fellow men.


I. Founder
A. Came to Oregon.
A. Moved to Gales Creek.
A. Acquired land where Dilley is located.

II. Location
A. Tualitin Valley.
A. Main routes.
A. Distance from Forest Grove and Portland.
A. Location of bodies of water.
A. Former donation land claims.

III. The birth of a city
A. Oregon Central started Dilley.
A. Why Dilley was started.

IV. Early business
A. Postal records.
A. Effect of the railroad
A. Some of the businessmen.

V. The Golden Score
A. Effect of the Alpine Hills.
A. New business in Dilley

VI. The highest stack of gold.
A. Top business boom.
A. People of the period.
A. Decline of the Alpine Hills.
A. Business decline in Dilley.

VII. Later years
A. McBride family.
A. Walter J. Hansen.

VII. Dilley today
A. Business.
A. Civic buildings.

This is the story of a city. A small city that was once very prosperous with a bright future. A city that today is nearly either forgotten or unknown.

The city of Dilley is named for Milton E. Dilley, who was one of the pioneers of the Oregon country. Milton E. Dilley first came to Oregon on Nov. 12, 1853 from Hancock County, Indiana. (1)
After a two year visit in California, where he accumulated and then lost a small fortune in the gold fields, he returned to Oregon and settled in Washington County on August 8, 1857. (2) In 1864, having married, he moved to Gales Creek where he purchased 150 acres of good farming land. He continually added to this original amount until he owned over 400 acres of the choicest
Farming land in Washington County. (3) Included in this 400 acres were 140 acres through which The Oregon Central Railroad (O & C) laid its rail in 1872. (4) On this 140 acres stands the city of Dilley, Oregon.

1. Dilley is located in the Tualitin Valley (part of the Puget Willamette lowland), on state highway 47, and the ìWest Side Lineî of the Southern Pacific, approximately two miles south of Forest Grove and 27 miles east of Portland. Located a short distance east are Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. This land is part of four original donation land claims. Those claims being the former claims of Andrew D. Harper, William B. Chetfield, William O. Gibson, and Herbie Parsons. (5) Because of its lowland nature and the lack of any large river boundaries, John Work, the early Oregon explorer, probably chose this as the easiest route to the coast. On May 27, 1834, while enroute to explore the Umpqua River, he camped just south of Dilley. (6)

1. It appears The Oregon Central attempted to assess the City of Forest Grove for the privilege of having the railway running through the city limits. The contention of the O & C was that the railway would stimulate trade and would therefore be a good investment. However the city fathers of Forest Grove did not agree, and the O & C in rebuttal founded two new cities on either side of Forest Grove. The primary logic behind this move was that business would develop near the railroad because of the convenience and expedient means of transportation offered, and consequently Forest Grove would in time become ìa place people went throughî in order to trade in the two new railroad cities, Cornelius and Dilley, Oregon. Eventualy, the Forest Grove citizens would force their government to accept the railroad and pay the demanded amount in order to renew their business. (7) This almost happened.

From the outset let me say that records on Dilley are almost non existent. Prior to 1881, the only records available are postal records which indicated that James C. Chamberlain was the first postmaster, having assumed office on Dec. 31, 1873. He was succeeded by Seth Markham, who held office from July 9, 1875 to June 28, 1876, when Herman O. Hyde assumed office. Mr. Hyde apparently died in office on July 10, 1879, and mail service was discontinued for 13 days until a new postmaster could be located. George S. Johns, the proprietor of the local nursery, agreed to take the job and became the fourth postmaster of Dilley on July 23, 1879. (8) In 1881 the first known record of business was printed. (9) By 1881 Dilley was a thriving city showing growing pains such as any other fast growing city experiences. There is no record of the population but it is estimated to have been nearly 150. The residents were finding that the railroad furnished a convenient means of shipping. Products originally brought overland from Portland could arrive a full day sooner, and of course, goods from the east weeks earlier. J. P. Alpin, one of the earliest Dilley businessmen, soon recognized the possibilities of the railroad and bought Parsons flouring and grain mill, utilizing grain grown locally. M. Boyd introduced a new fuel by importing coal by means of the railroad. He did not monopolize the fuel business however, for E. Hyde could cut wood from the trees so abundant on the hillsides surrounding Dilley so much cheaper. And, of course, many residents, especially the ones with many husky sons, would not waste their money on such luxuries as delivered fuel, an d sent their sons into the hills to cut wood for the winter fires. With the flouring mills so close it became easy for T. P. Todd to purchase seed and grain for resale to the farmers and ranchers. Two of these ranchers were T. and William Scoggin who raised livestock, both for consumption locally and for the Portland markets. Another Scoggin was W. G. Scoggin who was the local blacksmith and land broker. (11) George S. Johns still ran his nursery, but had turned over his postal duties to William S. Mc.Cloud on March 10, 1880. (12) William McCloud was also the overland freight agent, besides being a partner in the McCloud Brothers General Store with his brother A. L. McCloud, who also sold insurance. Representing the very important railroad as local agent was J. L. Mallot.
Yes the city was growing. Business and farms prospered and people were moving to Dilley. It was no longer just a mere settlement, it was a city. The best illustration of this is the fancy goods store began by T. M. Smith. (13) The ladies of Dilley were beginning to become fashion-wise like their counterparts in Portland and Salem, and in my opinion, it is always a sure sign of a rising economy when husbands can afford to satisfy the fancies of their wives with (10) such things as silk dresses and fancy hats.

The period from 1885 to 1905 is best described as The Golden Score in the history of Dilley. During this period the United States fought a war in far off Cuba, and seven new states were admitted to the union, including the state called Washington.
The best way to handle this period is a chronological order, so we will begin with the year 1886, as it is here that the next record appears. (14) By 1886 the population had increased to 200, an increase of 50 over a five year period. (15) An increase of 50 may not seem very many, for during this period all of Oregon was growing, but we should take into consideration that Dilley was a new city, and even some of the much older cities did not receive this much of an increase.
The J. P. Alpin flouring mills were very prosperous and were even thinking of expanding. The economy of Dilley depended mainly upon the Alpin mills; as in the example of Joseph Dollinger, who made hoops to be placed on the Alpin flour barrels. The products of the mill made feed and seed readily available and at a cheaper rate than imported varieties. The farmers came to Dilley to buy feed or seed, and while there, the wives would pick up the mail and purchase any household items needed from Wm. M. McCloud of the Dilley store and post office. Then possibly, a visit to the Emerich & Stevens meat market to purchase some meat for the Sunday dinner guest, Walker Ayers, the school teacher. Meanwhile the farmer would drop by to see when Joseph mead, the blacksmith, could shoe the team, and then possibly to the railroad depot to inquire when J. L. Hallot and, his partner Jay Each, would be by to look at the colt he wished to sale to them for their horse racing business. During his walk back to the store he probably received a hearty greeting for C. W. Odell, who was painting one of the new house being built in Dilley. (16) Their needs and business taken care of, the farmer and his wife drove the team home past the 1000 acre Springhill Farm owned by Nielson Johnson. (17) Dilley did not change much during the next three years, although the population increased to approximately 230. The Alpin Mills finally began the improvements they had planned for so long, and a new mill was under construction with a full-roller process and a capacity of 75 barrels per day. (18) Wm. McCloud left Dilley briefly and sold his store to John White, who also became the postmaster June 6, 1889. (19) With new houses being built, the Pacific Fire Insurance Company sent W. H. Stephens as its representative and agent. A new industry had sprung up in the form of a sawmill owned and operated by C. Jensen. The lumber manufactured here was both used locally and exported along with Dilleys five other main exports: flour, feed, grain, beef, and hides. (20)
The year 1892 shows little change except another insurance agent, John Alexander, agent for Hamburg-Bremen Fire Insurance Co. (21)
Wm. McCloud returned to Dilley, purchased his store back from John White, and resumed postal duties on Dec. 14, 1889. (22)
In 1903 the golden score hit its peak. Dilley had grown from open fields to a thriving city of 250. It had Adventist and Methodist churches, as well as a school. The McCloud family no longer could be seen in the store and post office, but their successors, Abner and George H. Briggs, were common sights in town. Abner, besides running his business, was the railway agent. (23) His daughter was later to fill this position. (24) His brother, George, was the Dilley postmaster. A new store had been built, and stiff competition was probably received from the Chowning Bros. Grocery. (25) One of the owners was Brady Chowning, whos wife was later to be the railway agent. (26) There were two hotels (probably no more than rooming houses)
These hotels were owned by J. P. Hansen and Mrs. Maggie Vail. A livery stable was needed and W. R. Stephens, the insurance agent, built the first livery stable in Dilley. E. C. Strong bought the sawmill formerly owned by C. Jansen, and manufactured poles in addition to lumber. Other businesses were a barber shop, owned by William Goettleman, (27) a shoe shop owned by Peter Harper, and a hardware store. Some of the school teachers of this period were Laura Garden, Miss Downs, Mr. Cronkite, and Austin Craig, who later bought ìThe Washington County Gazetteî. An artisin and grange hall had been built, as had a depot and two large warehouses (28) by the Southern Pacific which had acquired the O & C. (29) But the one thing missing here is the J. P. Alpin Mills. The mills that had been largely responsible for the building of Dilley were destroyed, partly by the people of Dilley. The railroad which had been so instrumental in the development of Dilley was slowly, but unaware, destroying it. A new type of flour had been developed, white flour. It was different in taste than the coarse brown flour manufactured locally, and soon the housewives were buying this new flour which was imported by the railroad. Seed was becoming more plentiful and just as easy to obtain in Forest Grove, and the farmers were finding shopping in Forest Grove just as cheap and almost as convenient with the railway now running into Forest Grove, and with better roads being built. The Alpin Mills Died, and with their death went the soul of Dilley, which was soon destined to die itself. One of the things that was so responsible for its growth, the railroad, and the invention of a machine faster than the horse, the automobile, were to kill it. And they did. With the economy destroyed there was nothing left for the merchant of Dilley to do but to move to a better place, and with each movement of a merchant went a little bigger piece of the heart of Dilley. Soon Dilley was to become what the railroa had hope Forest Groved would become, ì a place people went throughî. But the prophecy had almost come true almost.

There is not too much to say about the later years. Nothing new happened to Dilley. Peopl came and went , but mainly went.
One important event that has some significance to this story was the introduction of the McBride family to the Dilley store and post office. Francis E. McBride first came to Dilley in 1914 and bough the Dilley store from Abner Briggs. He became postmaster on Sept. 20, 1914. (30) He was joined later by his brother, Albert L. McBride, who became a partner in the enterprise. Francis Died in January 1928, and was succeeded by his brother as postmaster on January 14, 1928. In later years the store was to go to his wife, Elsie, and after his death in 1931 she assumed the postal duties. The exact date was Feb. 22, 1933. There has been a McBride in the Dilley store and post office since 1914, quite a record for one family. The only other business from this period which is still in operation today is the machine shop, built in 1909, and still under the management of its original owner, Harold J. Hansen. Howard Snyder kept his blacksmith shop open until sometime during WW II, but was unable to make a profitable living at it. The warehouse burned, the railway station was torn down, and the artisin hall and many of the old business houses were destroyed by means which I have not discovered. Dilley was truly dead.

Dilley today is a small town. The population is listed as 150 on road maps, if shown at all. The only businesses still in operation today are the Hansens machine shop and the Dilley store & post office and a service station owned by Allen Hedin. Mrs. Elsie E. McBride is no longer the postmistress, but the McBride is represented by her daughter Marguerite Kidder. There is a five room modern school building which lists John Arnold as principal, and Mrs. Woods, Mrs Helen Anderson, and Mrs. Skien as teachers, and Leo Bridges as the chairman of the board. The original church built in 1906 still stands, and the all-denominational services are held every Sunday under the direction of Reverend Lynn Johnston.
There is not much for we, the residents, of Dilley now. But many of the older residents still remember a thriving city, a city with a large amount of trade, a city that drew people all the way from Newberg to trade, of happy nights spent at the artisin and grange halls, and people no longer with us.

The community of Dilley has changed significantly since then. The post office closed May 1, 1961. (6) Most of the main structures are gone, But Dudney Avenue, and a few of the original streets still exist. All the home owners in Purdys addition have more than one lot. Dilley school had 227 students in 1977, kindergarten through sixth grade. (5) The upper grades were bussed to Forest Grove. Only a few of the original homes still exist. I saw two that were undergoing restoration.
Currently the biggest attraction is the Monitore Vineyards, a winery established on the old Forbes place. ìThe house is currently called the Dilley Mansion, however no member of the Dilley family has ever owned it.î (8)
A new highway parallel to the railroad bisects the town. The old town of Dilley Station, currently an old residential area, lies on the flat land adjacent to the railroad. On the opposite side of the highway, on the hill, is the school, church, and newer residential district. Dilley remains a farming community with little opportunity for growth.

1. Rev. H. K. Hines ìHistory of Oregonî 832-3.
2. Scrapbook 44, Oregon Historical Society, 1561.
3. Hines 832-3.
5. Metzgers Atlas of Washington County, Oregon.
6. Oregon Historical Quarterly, XXII, March Dec. 1923, 243
7. Opinion of Mr. W. W. McCready.
8. Oregon Historical Society letter of April 2, 1958.
9. McKenneys Pacific Coast Directory, 1880-81, vol. 2.
10. Opinion of Mr. Harold J. Hansen
11. McKenneys Pacific Coast Directory, 1880-1881, 261-2.
12. Oregon Historical Society letter of April 2, 1958.
13. McKenneys Pacific Coast Directory, 1880-1881, 261-2.
16. ibid;
17. Hansen; 1
8. Ore, Wash, and Idaho, Gazetteer & Bus. Dir., IV (1889- 90), 204; 1
9. Oregon Historical Society letter of April 2, 1958;
20. Ore, Wash, and Idaho, Gazetteer (1889-90);
21. Ore, Wash, and Idaho, Gazetteer (1891-92) 237.

Fanny died in 1895, age 28. Allen then married Ada Ann Bozley. Ada was born in 1877 in Oretown, Oregon. She married Allen on August 17, 1897 in Tillamook, Oregon. Allen die in 1939, Ada died in 1965. Allen and Ada had the following children: Esther Murial 1898-1980
Walter Lea 1901-1971
Walter married Martha Belle Harris in 1929. Martha was born in 1907 in Ohio. She came to Oregon in 1923, at age 16. She died in 1946. Walter and Martha had the following child:
Marilyn Lee 1942.
Marilyn married Jim Scott in 1962. This concludes the lineage between, Marilyn, my wife, and Milton Dilley.

From: "Ann Smart" <>

Jay Andrews has an Aaron Dilley born in VA who moved to Morgan Co., OH about 1812 where two probable brothers John and Moses also lived. Aaron moved in the early 1830's possibly to Jay Co. IN where he is listed in the 1840 census. The probable brothers John and Moses arrived 1812 in Morgan Co. OH and were there in the 1820 census with families. In 1830 there was no census record for Aaron, but a tax record in Morgan Co. OH. Moses had moved to neighboring Muskingum Co. by 1830. According to Jay Andrews records, Aaron paid taxes March 6, 1833 on Range 10 Twp 8 Section 31 in Morgan Co., OH (Brookfield twp near S. border of Guernsey
Co. Twp may have become part of Muskingum Co.). Ezekiel paid taxes in 1832 and Moses in 1834. George W. was born in 1819 in Muskingum Co. which fits his age in the 1850 census I have a note, was he Aaron's son by an earlier marriage? George W. Dillie is the one who died in the Battle of Chickamauga GA. There are several land transactions by George in Allen Co. Also one in 1867 could have been by his son. I have them listed in a letter Jay Andrews sent me.

I have searched all the Allen Co. Cemetery books looking for Aaron Dillie except I haven't found a book on Jackson Twp. Cemeteries. I did not find a grave site for Aaron.

Jay Andrews speculates that Aaron who is in the Allen Co. 1850 census is a Virginia Dilley with a link to the Cumberland area. This is because of the biblical names of George's children which are typical of the biblical names of VA Dilley's. This is from a paper called "Genealogy of the Ephraim Dilley Clan of Guernsey Co. OH written by Jay D. Andrews March 1997.

In The Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, IN. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1887, p. 271 under Jefferson Twp "The first settlers in this township came in 1834, namely Aaron Dillie, and Adam and Joseph Flesher." ( I found this book in Allen Co Public Library)

In Montgomery, M.W., History of Jay County Indiana. Chicago: Church Goodman & Cushing (I don't have the date but it was in the mid-1800's), p. 93 "The other settlement made during this year was in Jefferson Township. Mr. Aaron Dillie was the first settler there. But little is known of him now except that he was an earnest, consistent Christian. Mr. Joseph Flesher, who died a few years since, came next, and very soon after in the autumn of 1834, Joshua Hudson settled on the land .. This year (1834) is known among the settlers then living in the county as the 'hard years' and the 'squirrrel year.' It was a time of great hardships, caused by the coming of squirrels in vast numbers, who destroyed the crops. It was called the 'squirrel march or stampede,' as
those animals seemed to be emigrating , by hundreds and thousands, for some cause yet unexplained. The inhabitants would stand around their fields and shoot them all day , but could neither frighten them nor perceivably lessen their numbers...." I found this book in the Family
History Center in Salt Lake.

In Tract Book of Entry of Jay Co., IN 1832-1854 contributed by DAR of Portland IN in 1955-56 shows in the Jefferson Twp No. 22 listing on p. 24 SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 27 40A Nov. 27, 1836 Aaron Dille. On p. 26, W1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 34 80 A Feb 14, 1837 Aaron Dille. Jefferson Twp borders on Randolph Co. Sections 27 and 34 border each other and section 34 is on the Randolph Co. border.

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