The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 761, Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"WILLIAM STAILEY was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1826, and is one of the nine children born to MICHAEL and ELIZABETH (SPONENBERG) STAILEY - JOHN, CHRISTIAN, MICHAEL (all deceased), LYDIA, SAMUEL, WILLIAM, CATHERINE, DAVID (deceased), and SARAH. The father was a farmer and shoemaker. He came to this county in 1845, and here died in 1866. WILLIAM STAILEY came to this county with his father, and in 1859 came to this township, where he has ever since resided. He was married, September 4, 1859, to ELIZABETH KELLY, who became the mother of three boys and three girls, the names of the living being GENEVA, WILLIAM H., SOPHIE, CHARLES and NETTIE. MR. STAILEY lives seven miles southwest of Monterey, and makes wheat, corn, and oats his chief crops. He is among the first settlers of the township, and is a true and worthy citizen."