Samuel Bruce Staley
Pearl, IL
b. Dec. 18, 1856

1870 Illinois Census shows the Puckett household living in Tallula with the following members:

William Puckett, Age 27, shoemaker, born in South Carolina
Sarah Puckett, Age 36, born in Kentucky
Seth Puckett, Age 2/12
Bruce Staley, Age 14
Florence Staley, Age 13
Thomas Staley, Age 9
Abraham Staley, Age 7

1900 Illinois Census in Perry Township lists Bruce Staley, Blacksmith, Age 42 or 43, born 1857 in Kentucky, with the following family members:
Mattie L. Staley, age 28 (wife)
Forence E. Staley (sp.?), age 9 (daughter). b. 1890
Everett Staley, Age 8 (son), b. 1891
Guy Staley (sp.?), Age 6 (son), b.1893
Charles O. Staley, Age 5 (son), b. 1895

If Samuel was married to Laura J. Young Staley for about five years, he must have remarried within three years to have these four children. Was there a child from the first marriage?

Perry Township and Pearl Township are both in Pike County, Illinois. This is almost certainly the same Samuel Bruce Staley.

Later moved to Mountain View, Mo (at least by 1920)

Laura J. Young

Grace Lilian Staley

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