Wiley Lonus Steakley, eldest child of Christian Stickley/Christopher Steakley and Mary Isabel Creeley, was born December 3, 1803 in Tennessee (most likely in Knox County). While still a child, Wiley moved west with his family to White County in central Tennessee. On his 26th birthday (Dec. 3, 1829) he married Priscilla Lewis (b. August 26, 1809), daughter of William Lewis II and Priscilla Doyle, in White County. Wiley appears in the 1830 and 1840 censuses of White County, Tennessee and the 1850 census for Van Buren County, Tennessee.
Additionally, he was referenced in Van Buren quorum court minutes in 1840 regarding the construction of a county road:
“We the undersigned being appointed by the county court of Van Buren County at June term of 1840 to view and mark a road of the second class from Spencer in said County to the County line on the direction to Chattanooga being duly sworn Report as follows: beginning at Spencer then to Nicholas Gillentine’s then to Uriah York’s then to Wiley Johnston’s then to John Flemings then to county line near the widow Boulden’s place on savage road on Cumberland mountain this 25th June 1840.
The children of Wiley and Priscilla Lewis are listed below. Five of their sons served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and only two survived the war. One son, Pinkney, died of disease in a Union prison camp, and two sons, John Jay and James Christopher died in action during the Battle of Perryville in Kentucky.
- Clarinda Isabella Steakley (b. September 26, 1830, d. December 31, 1922)
- William Lewis Steakley (b. March 8, 1832, d. February 17, 1891)
- James Christopher Steakley (b. September 25, 1833, d. October 8, 1862)
- Pinkney Lewis Steakley (b. October 4, 1835, d. May 12, 1862)
- Mary Maloy Steakley (b. August 2, 1837, d. unknown)
- Infant Steakley (stillborn May 3, 1839)
- John Jay Steakley (b. September 13, 1840, d. October 8, 1862)
- Elizabeth Steakley (b. March 24, 1842, d. unknown)
- Sarah Gillentine Steakley (b. March 24, 1842, d. unknown)
- Wiley Steakley II (b. February 23, 1844, d. June 21, 1941)
- Infant Steakley (Stillborn December 29, 1845)
- [Priscilla Steakley] (b. October 22, 1847, d. March 7, 1916)
- Isaac Lonus Steakley (b. January 23, 1849, d. October 1, 1935)
- Infant Steakley (Stillborn December 20, 1850)
Priscilla Lewis Steakley died in childbirth, along with her child, on December 20, 1850. On March 7, 1852 in Van Buren County, Wiley was remarried to Stacy Mitchell (b. 1809), herself already twice widowed. Her previous husbands were Andrew Kincannon Parker and Joseph Sparkman. Stacy’s children by these two men were:
- Spencer Parker (b. 1837, d. unknown)
- Elizabeth Parker (b. abt. 1838, d. 1901)
- Danny Parker (b. 1842, d. unknown)
- Frances Parker (b. 1844, d. unknown)
- Adrian Sparkman (b. 1845, d. unknown)
- Stacey Sparkman (b. 1848, d. unknown)
Wiley Lonus Steakley died in 1857 at his home in Hickory Valley, Tennessee.