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Capt. Abner STALEY
Ms. __?__
Lydia Ellen STRAUB
Husband:  Abner STALEY
Birth:  Jun 1845, Sugar Grove Twp., Kane Co., IL
Death:  1910-20, presumably in Steamboat Springs, Routt Co., CO
Occupation:  carpenter?
Military Service:  Civil War:  27 Dec 1862 - 6 Dec 1865, Pvt., Co. D, 39th Rgmt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Father:  Michael STALEY
Mother:  Lena MILLER
Marriage-1:  ca. late 1870 or early 1871
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  by 1855
Death:  by 1880
Marriage-2:  1880/81, Howard Co., NE
Wife-2:  Lydia Ellen STRAUB
Birth:  Jun 1859, Benner Twp., Centre Co., PA
Death:  1920-1930, presumably in Steamboat Springs, Routt Co., CO
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  (John) George STRAUB, Jr.
Mother:  Anna BEIGHTOL
Child with Wife-1:
1.  Henry STALEY, b. 1871/2, IA
Children with Lydia STRAUB:
2.  Myrtle STALEY, b. 1882/3, NE
3.  George I. STALEY, b. 1885, NE
4.  Charles B. STALEY, b. 1900/1, KS
5.  (Child) STALEY, died young
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Index to Howard County Marriages, Book 1, July 1872 - Jan 1885" (online at the Howard County NEGenWeb site [link died]; from the Archives of USGenWeb):
Staley, Abner Straub, Lida Ellen p. 146

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 35):  Grand Island, Hall Co., NE, Roll 749 (Book 1), p. 203A, PN 25, SD 2, ED 132, enumerated 14 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 11 13 24 25 26
189 204 Staley Adner W M 34 Boarder / works in Carp Shop IL OH OH
A tick in column 11 indicates widowed or divorced.  Abner's son, Henry and any other children Abner may have had with his first wife are obviously not living with him.  The occupation was hard to read; I may not have gotten it right.  Living w/KEECH family.

3.  1885 Nebraska State Census (online at Ancestry.com):  Garfield Pct., Brown Co., NE, p. 192, enumerated 1 Jun 1885:
Abner Staley W 35 IL
Lydia E. Staley W 26 PA
Henry Staley W 13 IA
Myrtle Staley W 2 NE
George I. Staley W 4/12 NE
Henry is Abner's son from a prior marriage.

4.  Veterans Schedules:  U.S. Selected States, 1890 (Broderbund CD-131):
1890 Staley, Abner NE Custer Co. Broken Bow Twp. p. 1

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #40 of 69):  Washington Twp., Crawford Co., KS, Roll 477 (Book 2), p. 114B, SN 20, SD 3, ED 94, enumerated 19 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 28
402 408 Staley, Captain A Head W M Jun 1845 54 M 25     IL NY NY Farmer 0   Y Y Y R F 20
    ______, Lydia E Wife W F Jun 1859 40 M 25 4 2 PA PA PA       Y Y Y      
    ______, Myrtle A Dau W F Jun 1883 16 S       NE IL PA At school   8 Y Y Y      
    ______, George I Son W M Jan 1885 15 S       NE IL PA At school   7 Y Y Y      

6.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 12):  East Steamboat Springs (Precinct 21), Routt Co., CO, Roll 125 (Book 1), p. 126A, SN 12A, SD 2, ED 134, enumerated 9/10 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
320 327 Staley Abner Head M W 62 M2 29     IL NY NY Eng Laborer Odd Jobs W N 0 Y Y   O F H
    ______ Lydia E Wife F W 50 M1 29 11 3 PA PA PA Eng Laundress House OA N 0 Y Y        
    ______ George I Son M W 26 S       NE IL PA Eng Clerk Lumber Yard W N 0 Y Y        
    ______ Charles B Son M W  9 S       KS IL PA Eng None             Y      
Listed next to Abner's son (by a prior wife), Henry STALEY (æ 38, b. IA, 2nd wife Alice).

7.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #17 of 24):  Missouri Avenue, Steamboat Springs Town (Precinct 1), Routt Co., CO, Roll 171 (Book 1), p. 164B, SN 13B, SD 4, ED 146, enumerated 17 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* X 295 300 Hughes, Percy A Head O F M W 40 M Y Y CO PA PA Y Salesman wholesale trees W
      ______, Freida Wife     F W 38 M Y Y MO MO MO Y None    
      Staley, Lydia E Roomer     F W 65 Wd Y Y MO MO MO Y None    
*Missouri Avenue
Lydia and her parents were born in PA.

8.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Lydia not found.

9.  American Civil War Soldiers (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Residence Enlisted
Abner Staley Dwight, [Livingston Co.,] IL 17 Dec 1862, IL

10.  Charles M. Clark.  1889.  The History of the Thirty-Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Veteran Infantry (Yates Phalanx) in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.  Published by the Veteran Association of the Regiment, Chicago, IL (online at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com):
p. 445 ROSTER OF COMPANY D PRIVATES...
Staley, Abner. Enlisted from Dwight December 17th, 1862. Mustered out December 6th, 1865.

11.  Civil War Pension Index (index and images online at Ancestry.com):
Name of Soldier Staley, Abner
Name
of
Dependent
Widow Staley Lydia E?
Minor  
   
Service D.39.Ill.Inf.
Date of Filing Claim Application No. Certificate No. State from which Filed
??? Invalid 754637 723961 Neb
??? Widow 1137929 873827 Colo
  Minor      
The lower left corner of the card was cut off in the image, so I couldn't read the application filing dates.  It might be possible to find a film of these records where the photographer got a complete image.  Pension application folders generally contain a wealth of genealogical information, so it's worth getting copies of both Abner's application (as an invalid) and Lydia's application (as a widow).  At the very least, these pension folders should give their birth dates (from the applications) and death dates (from the notice to cease pension payments).

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

13.  Email from Matthew Friend.

14.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 14, Pedigree #1542:  this Abner STALEY is the one in Ohio who married Nancy HUNT.

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