Ancestor of the Week: 6/28

Great-Great Grandpa Charles Henry Ley

Charles Henry Ley

It seems you can’t swing a cat in these families without hitting a Charles. (But, as Katie would say, why would you want to swing a cat?)

I probably narrowly avoided becoming a Charles myself. Instead of Frederick Charles, rendering me a junior after my dad, I became Frederick Colt. Which I appreciate. Though it still seems to throw credit-checking companies for a loop with the same Frederick C. And I hear Cleveland Ohio was a front-runner in the mix, so yeah. I’ll stick with Frederick Colt.

On Dad’s side there is Charles Ross Foutz, closest brother in age to Dad’s grandpa, Vance Cleveland Foutz. There’s also Dad’s other grandfather, Charles Arthur Johnson, plus descendants Charles Jr. (an uncle who died at 16) and Charles Leonard Johnson (a son of uncle Leonard).

On Mom’s side, there’s Charles Forrest, a Weible brother of my great-grandfather, Robert Ohio, who died as an infant (10 months). He was the twin brother of Frank Abbott Weible, who lived to be 82.

Which brings us to the Leys. In recent posts, I detailed the life of Charles Ley, a Port Washington saddler and our first Ley ancestor in America, as well as a sketch of his family in Germany. The German version of the name “Charles” seems to be Karl, as in Frederick Charles Ley (my great-great-great-great-great grandfather Karl Friderich) and the great-great-great-great Karl Gottleib Ley.

Well, this post deals with the grandson of your erstwhile saddler, Charles Ley. You might know Charles Henry Ley better as the father of Robert Earl Ley, Sr.

Powell history pours on the details

My great-great grandfather was born 110 years and one day before me. Specifically, that’s June 1, 1866 in Bakersville, OH. He was a dry goods salesman, working for Pittsburg Dry Goods. According to his death record, he passed away at age 59 (Nov. 22, 1925) at his home in New Philadelphia of a heart attack after being treated for aterial sclerosis for about 5 months. Mrs. Edwin Weible, his sister (Minnie Mae), made the report. His wife, whom we know better as Minnie Eillene (Hammersley), is listed on the form as Mary Ellen.

But for details of his life, we turn again to the Powell family history, which faithfully records the lives of all relatives — in-laws and outlaws alike. In this case, Charles gets the nod because his mother was Harriet Powell.

Charles, oldest son of Augustus and Harriet Ley, was born June 1, 1866. He is 5 ft, 10 in. tall, weighs 170 lbs., has dark blue eyes, dark brown hair, which, just now as he is passing the half century mark, is some mixed with grey. In 1882 he started in the dry goods business as clerk in his father’s store, holding this position for about 13 years, during which time he served as city councilman, and for a number of years was a member of the board of education. In 1895 he accepted a position as traveling salesman for the wholesale dry goods firm of James B. Haines & Sons, of Pittsburgh, which position he held till the fall of 1910, when he was elected treasurer of Tuscarawas county for a term of two years, at the end of which term he was re-elected for another term, which position he holds at present. He was married June 22. 1888. to Minnie Hammersley.

To them were born 4 children, Walter Augustus, Lester Herman, Robert Earl, and Irma Haines. Walter was born Aug. 22,1889, and died Feb. 7, 1891; Lester was born Apr. 27, 1891, and is, at present, assistant deputy in his father’s office. Robert was born Aug. 17, 1893, graduated at the Western Reserve Dental college at Cleveland, O., and now has a very promising practice in Dover, 0. Irma was born June 25, 1900, and is now in the city high school at New Philadelphia, O.

Keeping track of the county’s books

The Powell history plays spoiler when it comes to answering that question I know you’ve been breathlessly considering: was Charles H. reelected? C’mon. If the likes of Jeff Mamarella and J.W.McCombs can earn T-County’s trust for a decade, then surely a Ley of such fine breeding can serve four years. Fred Lautzenheiser, no need to hang your head. I’m sure it was a stellar two years for you. Ha ha ha. Little county treasurer ribbing there.

Ahem. Well. In case you did want to hear more about Charles’s run as county treasurer, here’s a newspaper ad from 1912, which is where the above photo comes from:

Democratic Candidate for County Treasurer

The constant custody of thousands of the people’s money gives the county treasurer an importance at once obvious and impressive. The responsibility involved in the care of the county funds, however, is but one of the many considerations which combine to make the office of county treasurer highly important.

Tuscarawas County voters are already familiar with the splendid record in office of the present treasurer, Charles H. Ley, who thoroughly understands every detail of the office, is strictly honest and efficient and will no doubt maintain the same standard of efficiency in the management of the office if elected to a second term. — From the Ohio Democrat and Times.

Here is what W.S. English and Fred’k Glauser, the two examiners appointed by Judge Barnhill to examine the treasury say:

“The duties of the office under Charles H. Ley and his efficient deputies, John A. Lineberger and R.E. Ley have been executed in a highly commendable manner: not once did we call for any proof, necessary to verify accounts, that it at once was not forthcoming. The people of Tuscarawas County have in them most faithful and efficient servants.”

W.S. English
Fred’k Glauser

If, in your judgment, I have “made good”, I will appreciate your influence and support in my efforts to secure a second term, and promise the same faithful and efficient service I have endeavored to render in the past.

Respectfully yours,


Sounds like a politician I could get behind. And a fairly fruitful ancestor. And now you know.

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7 thoughts on “Ancestor of the Week: 6/28

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  7. I should add as a brief postscript, that Charles followed his father, Augustus, into politics. Augustus Ley (1839-1900) in addition to being a prominent general store owner in Bakersville and then Port Washington, Ohio, served Salem Township as treasurer and clerk.

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