Jonas Hanely, one of the early pioneers of Wood county, located first on forty acres of land in Troy Township. Here since that time he has wisely continued to live, and given his time and attention to the building up of a homestead, and judging from present appearances he has succeeded in an admirable manner. His fine farm, comprising 100 acres, has been placed under a good state of cultivation, and he has erected suitable buildings thereon. He looked upon this portion of the county during its early settlement by white men, and has watched with the deepest interest in its development and prosperity.
Lebanon county, Penn., was the early home of our subject, where he was born in January, 1826, on the farm of his parents, Michael and Susanna (Stoner) Hanely, also natives of the Keystone State, and, in 1830, was brought to Stark county, Ohio, where the father opened up a farm in the midst of the wilderness, and there died. His wife, who survived him, departed this life in Defiance County, Ohio. Of their children we have record of the following; Elias resides in Lake Township, Wood County, Moses died in Richland County, Ohio. Mrs. Catherine Shriner died in Troy Township. Jonas is next in order of birth. Andrew makes his home in Defiance County, Ohio. Mrs. Sally Gockly, a widow, lives in Stark County.
On coming to Ohio, our subject was only four years old, and the common schools of Stark County, Ohio afforded him his educational privileges. At the age of twenty-two he became a resident of Troy Township, where he was married, in 1855, to Miss Susanna Smith, a native of Wayne county, Ohio and a daughter of John and Eva Smith, who were born in Pennsylvania and removed to Wayne county, at an early day, whence they came to Troy township. Her parents both died in Wood County, the father in Lake township and the mother in Troy township. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanely were born six children, but two are now deceased-Joseph, who died in Valparaiso Indiana and William, who died in Troy Township. Those living are Mrs. Mary Ream, of Lemoyne, Ohio, Mrs. Sarah Crawford, of Paulding County, Ohio, George, who is married, and resides in Lake Township, and John at home. Mr. Hanely is a member of the Lutheran Church, and in politics votes independently, not caring to be bound by party ties.
“Wood county Ohio, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897”