ALFRED CONLEY, farmer, P. O. Hoosier Prairie, was born in Hoosier Township, this county, April 23, 1841, and is a son of Henry Conley (deceased), a native of Ashe County, N. C., who came to Clay County as early as 1837. Mr. Conley was brought up on the old homestead, and attended the common schools and the Mitchell (Ind.) Seminary. He was a soldier for Uncle Sam in the late war, in Company A, Ninety-eighth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry; was a member of the noted Gen. Wilder's brigade, and participated in the battles of Buzzard Roost, Chickamauga, all of the Atlanta campaign, and even on Wilson's raid through Alabama and Georgia. It was a part of his division that captured Jeff Davis, and Mr. Conley was present at Macon, Ga., when the rebel chieftain was brought in. Our subject owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He also owns and runs successfully a steam-power vibrator thresher. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and of the Baptist Church. He was married, December 26, 1865, to Mary A., daughter of Isom Toliver (deceased). She is a native of Lawrence County, Ind.
Extracted 26 Jan 2020 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 185.