BIRTH: Wiley was born Feb 14, 1814 in Knox County, Kentucky. His parents are unknown. He was reared by Joshua Tye and Elizabeth Cummins Tye after being left at their doorstep as a very new baby. Earlier reports had it that Wiley was left on their doorstep on their wedding day but the Census records of Casey County Kentucky and also of Boyle County Kentucky of 1850 and 1860 respectively indicate his birth date was in 1814. The marriage of Joshua and Elizabeth took place in 1805. It seems that this story got to be more of a tale than the truth but it still lingers in some reports. That same year, in 1814, Elizabeth delivered her son Joshua Tye II. There are many rumors to this day as to who could have given birth to Wiley but it seems that we will probably never know. In 1912, Lucy Jane Tye, wife of Wiley's son, John Henry, wrote of her and John Henry's "Tye" relationship. She was the daughter of Henry Harrison Tye, another son of Joshua and Elizabeth. "We had the same grandfather but different grandmothers. His grandmother was my grandfather's second wife which makes us half brother's children. His mother, Sabra Hart married Wiley Tye, (her spelling) half brother to my father, and unto them were born..." But there is no reason to believe that John's grandfather, Joshua, ever had a second wife. This just seems to be what Lucy had been led to believe or what she wanted others to think. (Wiley was left out of Joshua's will.)

Marriage: Wiley married Sabra Hart who was born Feb. 9, 1820. They were married Dec.10,1839 in Whitley County, Kentucky. Another wild story re. Wiley is that he married Sabra in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas. This is blatently wrong. Seymour, Texas is where Sabra went to live near her son's family in 1880, long after Wiley had died. She died there in 1882.

Children of Wiley and Sabra:

John Henry: born August 29, 1840 in Casey County, Kentucky. Fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War at Pea Ridge in 1862. He was a horse trader. He married Lucy Jane Tye in 1868 in Missouri and lived with her in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma. He died in Oklahoma in 1919. His children were: Santa Lena, Sterling Lee, Katie Ann, Dottie, Effie, George , John Robert, Frankling Oliver and Susie Love. Sterling, Dottie and George died as infants or children.

Joshua Hansford: was born Feb. 13, 1844 in Casey County, Kentucky. Joshua married Mary Elizabeth Clem on January 21, 1869. They had the following children: Charles Swope, Felix, Loss, Carrie, Ella Pearl, Clem, Willie Rod, John, Albert, Joel Houston and an unamed infant. He fought for the Union during the Civil War and named his first son after the officer under whom he served, Charles Swope. Joshua went to Christian County, Missouri to live after leaving Kentucky and then moved on to Carroll County, Arkansas. Later he moved to Kansas and then to Yukon, Oklahoma where he farmed. He died in Oklahoma in October 1909 from choking on a bone.

Julia or Julie Ann Tye: was born c.1845 in Casey County, Kentucky. The 1910 census records of Boulder, Colorado show her as being born about 1853. But it seems that she may have wanted to appear younger to her husband at that time who was shown to be five years her junior. In 1861 at age 16 she married George W. Leach in Lincoln County, Ky. She and George had at least two daughters,Ida Leach born Aug. 13, 1864 in Lincoln County, Ky. and Minnie Bell Leach born April 29, 1866 in Coles County, Illinois. By the Census of 1880, Julie or Julia is found living in Baxter Springs, Kansas as a single woman with a daughter, Minnie Bell, age 14. She is said to be a seamstress. In May of 1879 there is a record of the death of a two day old baby named George Leach in the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Neosho, Missouri. Could Julia have had this baby and lost it the year before she moved to Baxter Springs, Ks. with Minnie? Julia and George had divorced and according to the 1880 Census, Ida was living with her father at that time in Neosho, Missouri. George Leach was listed as a wagon maker. Later Julia was shown in a picture with Minnie and a cousin in a photograph taken around 1900 in Oklahoma. She may have married two more times, once to George Mink.In the 1810 Census of Boulder County, Colorado, George Mink and Julia are shown living at Longmont. They have been married for six years. She is 53 and he is 48. She is shown as having had two marriages. Her children are listed as two living out of four births. According to an LDS record, Julia died March 18, 1935 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado. There is a family note that Minnie Bell Leach may have married Johnson Smith. At this time no record of any children has been found. Minnie died Sept.17, 1923. Ida married C.W. Dunkle on Oct.14, 1883 at Newton County, Mo. She had a daughter, Georgie D. Dunkle and perhaps her son, Albert was Dunkle's child as well. Ida was divorced from Dunkle and married Hugh Cox, son of Albert N. Cox, and had other children: Hanna, Parlee, Hugh Hanna and possibly others. According to the GREENVILLE MORNING HERALD, Sunday March 7, 1920 at Hunt Co., Texas, there is a Parlee Cox shown to have married Silas E. Washmonat Lipan, Texas on March 6, 1920. This may or may not be the same Parlee Cox but is a good possibility. Ida died March 6, 1937.

George: was born about 1856 in Kentucky. The family lived in Boyle County, Ky. and in Casey County, Ky. through the 1850's and 1860's so either could be the place of his birth. The 1880 Census records of Coles County, Illinois say that he was born in Kentucky about 1856. He was working in a tile factory in Illinois and evidently living with his mother as she is listed as head of the household. Wiley, his father had died there in 1865. There are some very confusing and possibly erronious dates given for the birth and death of George. One is that he died in Parker County, Texas. ( (But there is some information that he was born in Fort Worth, Parker County, Texas in 1856 and it is said too that he died in Ft. Worth, Parker County, Tx. which is surely a confused report. Ft. Worth is in Tarrant County.) One account has the date of his death as the same as his mother's which is probably a mistake. Sabra, his mother, died in 1882 in Baylor County Texas at Seymour. There is an account of his death stating it was when he was 36 years old so that would put it at about 1892. He very likely died in Texas and he had possibly lived for a while at Comanche County, Texas when he and his mother first arrived in that state. It is possilble that he returned to that area where he may have died.

Two infant daughters born that died soon after birth .

Locations: Wiley started life in southern Kentucky but in the 1850 census shows Wylie is living farther north in Casey County, Kentucky. Then the 1860 Census shows him living with his family in Boyle County, Ky. The place he settled after Kentucky seems to have been in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois. It is not known just when the family left Kentucky for Illinois. But Wiley died there in 1865. In the 1880 Census his widow, Sabra was there and so was his son, George. At that time the census record shows George as being born about 1856 in Kentucky. (Very soon after 1880 Sabra and George resettled in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas. They were joined by her son, John Henry Tye and his wife, Lucy Jane Tye and their family about this time as well.)

Death: Wiley died in 1865 and he is buried in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois . If he truly was born in 1814 he was just 49 or 50 years of age.

Further notes: More information will be added if it becomes available.


I wish to thank Don Cox for contacting me with information of Julia Tye that I have posted here. From him I learned of her marriage to George Mink and was able to find much more about her life.