Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen
H. H. Hardesty, Vol II, 1894, page 569.

Contributed by Shirley Fox Allen.

     James Conely - Was born in Licking county, O., Jan. 23, 1821, a son of Robert and Katherine (Yost) Conely, both deceased, and came to Marshall county, W.Va., in the spring of 1863. In 1845, he was married in Greene county, Pa., to Lucy Hughes, who was born May 11, 1828, a daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy (Sheron) Hugh, neither of whom are living. The following children have blessed this union, John N., Andrew F., Robert M., Asby S., dec., Martha, dec., and Sarah A. dec. Comrade Conely was following his trade as a carpenter when he decided to enter the army, enlisting at Wheeling, W.Va., when forty years old in 1861, as bugler of Co. B, 1st W.Va. Cav. He was detailed several times as Ord., and while in this service was detached to carry dispatches from Winchester to Martinsburg. He was furloughed in Jan., 1862 for thirty days and returned to command at Patterson Creek at the expiration of furlough. He fought at Bloomery Gap where he was slightly injured in breast by horse falling on him; Winchester, Port Republic, and several others, receiving an honorable discharge at Reckertown, Va., June 22, 1862. His eldest son, John, was a soldier in the late war and was a member of the 1st W.Va. V. I. Comrade Conely is Adjt. of J. L. Goodwin Post., 39, is also a member of the Advent Church and is by occupation a farmer at Loudenville, W.Va., which is his address.