I have only been researching my Yeley line for the past two months and I believe my 3rd great grandfather, Henry Yeley,1820-1863, is the son of Peter Yeley, 1782-1847. I base this on the following:
1. According to pension records my Henry Yeley was born 1820-1823 in Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio. The 1830 census list only Charles and Peter YELEY in the county. Both have male children of Henry's age.
2. However, 1840 census places Charles in Muskingum county and Peter in Bloom township, Scioto County, Ohio. My Henry Yeley marries Rebecca Lindsey, August 19, 1845 in Bloom township, by Rev. Jobe Kittle.
3. Peter YELEY dies in 1847 and according to a posting on Ancestry.com from Barbara Schoenberger (dated Nov. 22, 2001) which says that "Peter Yeley's (1782-1847) will (Scioto County) lists two children, Charles and Rebecca.
4. 1850 census of Bloom Township, Scioto Co. listed Mary ELY, age 48, born in New York, living with her two children, Charles, age 15 and Rebecca, age 16. Living next door is Henry ELY, his wife Rebecca and their children, Cyrus and George. Note: This is the only census where the name in spelled ELY.
5. By the 1860 census, Henry and Rebecca YELEY have migrated to Jefferson County, Missouri with their children Cyrus, George, Benjamin(my 2nd Great Grandfather), Thomas, Sarah Ann and MARY.
I find no legal information that states that Henry is the son of Peter, but as indicated above, they migrated together and after Peter dies, Henry can be found living next door to Peter's wife.
I would appreciate any comments from long time reseachers on this Yeley line as to my conclusions.