John Wilson Wiley was born abt 1831 in Ohio. He married 1st,Lucy A. Steele on 8/28/1855 in Sonoma County, CA. He married 2nd, Lucy Willets on 11/15/1860 in San Joaquin Co., CA.
The following children are listed living with John & Lucy in the 1880 census, taken at Analy Township, Sonoma County, CA: William Newton Wiley age 18 Laura M. Wiley age 14 Lilly Ava Wiley age 11 Minnie H. Wiley age 9 Warren D. Wiley age 2 James Wiley age 8 months
All these children were born in California.
The 1990 voters list for Sonoma County lists the father, John Wilson Wiley, and his son William Newton Wiley.
I am searching for more information on this family group as it is quite possible my g-grandmother, Gertrude Wiley, b. abt 1860, was an older daughter ofJohn Wilson Wiley. Gertrude married my g-grandfather, Samuel Martin Thomas on 3/26/1878 in Sonoma County. They had 2 children; Francis Thomas, b abt 1879, and Nelmer Vivian Thomas, b. 10/5/1882. Samuel & Gertrude later divorced and our family lost track of her.
Since Analy was only a couple of miles from the Thomas farm, and John Wilson Wiley was also a farmer, and he 1st married shortly after the timeIsaiah Thomas & family arrived in Sonoma County; I speculate that the families were acquainted and think it is very likely that Gertrude was a member of John Wilson Wiley’s family.
I would greatly appreciate any facts any one can provide to prove or disprove this theory.