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William W. GALEY

H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: Beers) p 164

, William W, (deceased) was b. Aug 31, 1803, in Shelby Co, Ky and received but a limited education. He learned the tailoring trade and in 1823 came to Mont. Co and settled near Waveland, keeping a tailor shop until 1824, then moved to Crawfordsville and carried on his trade. In 1853 he engaged in farming the land, a part of which is now Oak Hill Cemetery In 1865 Mr. G. retired from active labor and living in Crawfordsville until death, which occurred in 1872. He was an early whig and later a stalwart republican, but never sought office. He was an intimate friend of Gov. Lane and at the time when the latter ran for congress, Mr. G. aided materially in canvassing the district in his favor and republicanism. He sent 2 sons to the Civil War, was a member of the Presbyt. Church, a man of strict integrity and who stood high in his community. He was marr. to Lucy WILHITE, sister to the Wilhite brothers, of Crawfordsville. His family was always large, made so by the number of poor people he continually aided and children he raised. His sons, Beal V. and Milton H, are now successful dentists in Crawfordsville. Beal V. Galey, son of WW & Lucy (Wilhite) Galey, was b. Dec 14, 1833 in a log house that stood on the spot now known as the HARTMAN corner in Crawfordsville. Milton, H, William L. and sister (Mrs. George D. HURLEY) were b. on the same spot. Mr. G. attended the County seminary, and also a short time at Wabash College. In 1852 he began the study of dentistry in the office of Dr. JF CANINE, with whom he studied 3 years, becoming associated for a short time with the doctor. In 1867, in conjunction with his brother, Milton H, he opened an office, and by close attention to business and good work he has become established. Mr. G. was marr. in 1861 to Eliz. LEE, daughter of Judge Henry Lee, and cousin of Col. Lee of Crawfordsville. They have 3 children: Mabel, Virgil and Maud. Mr. & Mrs. Galey are members of the Methodist Church. He is solidly republican. Milton H. Galey was b. Sept 14, 1837. His educ. was gained partly at Wabash College, but mostly in the County seminary. On the evening of the Sun. on which Ft. Sumter was fired the name of Milton H. Galey was enrolled as a volunteer to aid in suppressing the rebellion. On Monday, the next day, he started for Indianapolis, where he was mustered in. He was first sent to Cumberland, Maryland, where he staid some time, then went to Harper's Ferry, and from there he came home. He was afterward stationed at Louisville, where he studied dentistry with Drs. McCLELLAND and Canine. Then returning he went to Watseka, ILL, where he practiced dentistry for 2 years. IN 1867 he became assoc. with his brother, BV and the Galey Brothers have become a well known firm in the dental work. He was marr. Dec 29, 1870 to Frances S. McCLINTOCK, daughter of James & Eliz. McClintock. She was b. May 17, 1840 in Ross co, Ohio. Her father was b. 1798 and mother 1805., both in Va. They were members of the Methodist Church and he was a merchant, also was sheriff for a time. Mr. & Mrs. Galey have one child, Scott. Both are Methodists, and he is a member of the fraternity of Knights of Pythias and was at one time an Odd Fellow.

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