Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain
Indina, 1893 Chapman Brothers. p. 216
Galey. But few of the residents of Montgomery County
had lived within its borders for so long a period of time as did
who was a son of one of its early pioneers, and might himself have
claim to that title, as he entered land from the government in Union
more than 60 years ago, when this part of the country was an almost
wilderness, the home of the Indians, and where deer, panthers and
beasts had their lair. That tract of forest-covered land still comprises
part of his late farm on section 24, cleared and improved by the
unremitting toil known only to the original settlers of the frontier.
Galey was born August 26, 1809 in Jessamine county, Kentucky and
until he was 3 months old, when the family moved to Shelby County
state. His father and grandfather both bore the name of Samuel Galey.
latter was of Irish birth and came to this country when a boy, living
in Pa, whence he removed to NC during the Revolution and served
in the Continental Army. He married MIss Sallie Moore, a daughter
Moore, a Pennsylvania farmer. Samuel Galey, Jr. lived in NC until
Revolution and then settled in Ky, on the Ky. River near Frankfort,
engaged in farming. He was married in jessamine County, that state
Nancy, daughter of William Scott, a prominent pioneer farmer of
After their marriage the Galeys settled in the home on the banks
of the Ky.
River which was the birthplace of our subject. Soon after he was
went to Shelby Co. to live and Samuel continued to till the soil
region until he came to Indiana in 1829. In that year he brought
to this county, and took up 80 acres of land in union Twp, and made
home until he retired from active business to Crawfordsville. He
prospered as a farmer, and when he died he left each of his childre
of land as their share of the property he had accumulated by his
industry. He was a stnach member of the Presbyterian Church and
sturdy Whig in his political faith. He wassed away February 16,
was buried in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Crawfordsville by the side
wife, who died Feb. 16, 1862. Of the children born to them all are
Samuel Galey was 20 years old when he accompanied his parenst to
He entered 80 acres of land just where his widow lives, bought a
160 acres next to it and purchased a good deal of other realty besides.
had a large and well-conducted farm of 373 acres of rich land, which
admirably tilled and the place was supplied with substantial improvements
and well kept up. Mr. Galey had always been a general farmer and
was stocked with a good class of cattle, horses, etc. He had been
important factor in developing the agricultural resources of the
and county and the people among whom he lived so many years honored
only as an old settler, but as a thoroughly good citizen, as an
and as a good neighbor in every sense of the term. In his social
he was long identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Politically, he was a Whit ine arly manhood and voted for Henry
after the formation of the Republic Party he entered its ranks.
coming to Indiana our subject was married to Miss Eliza VanNice,
of John Van Nice, who was a prominent farmer of Ky, Mrs. Galey died
leaving behind her a worthy record as wife, mother and friend. Mr.
was married a second time in 1872, taking Miss Emeline Wilhite as
and she ever devoted herself faithfully to his interests. Her father
William Wilhite, a former father was William Wilhite, a former resident
Union Township, and one of the original settlers of the county,
at a very early day. Mr. Galey had 10 children by his first marriage,
of whom grew to maturity and 7 are still living. Those that died
Ann, who was the wife of Wesley VanArsdall; and Nancy who married
who died in Newton County. The surviving children are John V, a
Crawfordsville; SUsan (deceased), who was the wife of Martin Simpson;
Eliza, who lives with her father; Martha Jane, wife of Greenberry
Kenton; William scott a resident of this county; Malvina, w/o Ben
farmer in Brown Township; Samuel Smith, who resides in Union Twp,
who is also a resident of this township. SS Galey died Feb 15, 1893
age of 83 years.