Lee County Biography

Charles F. Furley

Charles F. Furley, one of the respected citizens, progressive farmers and extensive stock-raisers of Palmyra Twp., residing on Sec 5, is a native of Washington County Md. His grandfather, William Furley, was of English extraction, and lived and died in Pennsylvania, near Chambersburg. He was a man of remarkable vigor, seeming to possess an iron constitution, and reached the advanced age of seventy-four years. He married Susan Snook, who was born in Maryland, of German parentage, and died in Chambersburg, Pa., at the age of eighty years, some time after the death of her husband. Their son James A. was the father of our subject. In Maryland, his native State, he was reared to manhood, and in the Mexican War he served his country as one of its soldiers. Possessing a mechanical turn of mind, he learned the trade of carriage-making and located at Gettysburg, Pa., where he carried on business for some years in that line. He afterward engaged extensively in making chains, quite a prominent industry at that time, but is now living a retired life in Polo, ILL., where he located in 1887. He is now sixty-nine years of age. His wife whose maiden name was Mary J. Black, is also well-advanced in years, being sixty-three years old. Her family is noted for longevity. Her father, Frederick A. Black, is still living in Frederick County, Md., and although he is now eighty-eight years of age, is still hale and hearty, and can climb the mountains of that region with comparative ease. His wife died of dropsy a number of years ago. He is now married to his third wife.

In a family of nine children, of whom three sons and five daughters are yet living, Charles Furley is the second in order of birth. In the county of his nativity his education was acquired, and at the age of eighteen he there learned the trade of a chain-maker and blacksmithing and coach-making, also did general supply work. On coming to Illinois in 1871, he established a smithy in Prairieville, which he carried on for some years in connection with farming.

As a companion on life's journey, Mr. Furley chose Miss Sarah H. Harvey, their union being celebrated in Carroll County, on the 21st of April, 1873, where the lady was born in 1854. (Illinois State Archives shows Sarah Harvy and marriage in Whiteside Co., IL.) Liberal educational advantages were afforded her, and she has a cultured mind and many accomplishments. Her parents, William and Permelia (Green) Harvey, were natives of Indiana, who came to Illinois after their marriage, and were among the early settlers of Carroll Co., where the father developed a farm from raw land that he had procured from the Governmant. They spent their remaining days thereon, and both died in middle life. During her maidenhood Mrs. Furley engaged in teaching and met with excellent success in undertaking. She is now Postmistress of Prairieville, to which positon she was appointed by President Cleveland. Her predecessor was her husband, who is a Republican in politics, while she is a Democrat in political views. Mr. Furley has also held other local offices, has been Chairman of the Republican Committee and takes an active interest in the success of his party doing all in his power to promote its welfare. Himself and wife are numbered among the best people of the township and Guy, their only child, is an intelligent and well educated young man, and is now a student at the Normal School in Dixon.

Mr. Furley now devotes much of his attention to stock-raising. His farm is a valuable property, well improved with good buildings, and the neat appearance of the place indicates the thrift and enterprise of the owner. He also owns thirty-three acres of find land adjoining the corporation limits of Prairieville, and this is also highly improved. As a stock-raiser, he has a reputation which any in that line might well envy. Mr. Furley is the owner of "Harold Chief" which is a half-brother to "Maud S." and also has upon his farm twenty-five head of highly bred horses. He has now made his home in Palmyra Township for nineteen years, and during that period of his life has been such as to win him the confidence of those with whom business relations have brought him in contact and the warm personal regards of many friends.

Transcribed & Contributed by Elsie Harmon - - Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL


Notes from Elsie Harmon :

Probate index Cedar Co., Nebraska -- 1930 FURLEY Chas. F (Trusteeship) 1692 BARBOUR W.J. (Administrator, Executor or guardian) Apparently Charles F. Furley died in Cedar Co., Nebraska. I found him in Laurel, Village, Cedar Co., Neb. on the June 2, 1900 census listed as Chas. F. Fenley, b. Feb. 1853, age 47, married 26 yrs., occup. livery, b. MD., parents b. MD., with wife Sarah B. b. June 1856, age 44, b. IL., parents Indiana. Living with them is R. May Furley, niece b. June 1888, age 11, b. Neb., father Maryland, mother IL.

May 6, 1910 Laurel, Cedar Co., Iowa, precinct 21
Charlie Furley age 58, farmer, general farm, b. MD, father MD, mother PA., married 1 x 37 yrs.
Sara age 56, IL/Ind/Ind.May
Furley 21, single, looked like she was adopted, occup: sewing, working out, b. Neb., father PA., mother IL.

Jan. 2 & 3, 1920 Laurel Village, prec. 21, Cedar Co., Nebraska
Charles F. Furley age 67, MD/PA/MD, no occupation
Sarah H. 65, IL/IND/IND
From NEGENWEB NOTICE - The Cedar County NE Probate Index Archives by Carol Tramp


Carroll CountyIL Probates
Here you will find the probate record for William Harvey. Type "probate" in top box, then in lower box "cccc"and click Sign IN. Next page type name and click Search just above. You might have to work with it a little to keep going to each page. I had to keep xing out on the black x at top right, then xing out again at next screen, and going back to click on next page. It appears that Permelia goes by Sarah.


James A. Furley is buried in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Buffalo Twp., Ogle Co., IL and there is a picture of his tombstone which is very faint.Dixon Semi-weekly Sun newspaper index for Lee Co. dated 7 Mar 1902 showed James A. Furley "D" 79 yrs.(death 3 March 1902 from the Lee Genealogical Society), page 4, column 1, Roll 1.Marie Jane (Mrs. James) Furley 4 Feb. 1897 "D" 67 yrs., page 1, column 5, Roll 1. I'm not sure if I found a death date for Charles Furley or his wife Sarah. I will take a look in my notes to Maurice Snook.


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