Michael P. Miley is one of the well known farmers of Lima township, Sheboygan county, where he is engaged in the cultivation of seventy-eight acres of highly developed land located on section 15. He was born in the township of Lima, March 24, 1849, and is a son of Patrick and Bridget (Kelly) Miley, both of whom were natives of County Roscommon, Ireland. The father was born March 17, 1810, near Athlone, and at the age of twenty-five years he emigrated to America, settling in Boston, where he continued to live for a number of years. In 1848 he came to Wisconsin and purchased eighty acres of land located on section 15 in Lima township, Sheboygan county. He there established his home and continued to live until the time of his death, which occurred March 17, 1884, at the age of seventy four years. He was united in marriage to Miss Bridget Kelly in May, 1848, and immediately following their wedding he removed to Wisconsin and settled on a farm, on which his wife died many years ago. They were the parents of nine children, four of whom are living, namely: Michael P., of this review; Susan, the wife of Patrick Galvin, of Toledo, Ohio; Lizzie, who is the wife of Darius Bills, of Akron, Michigan; and Maggie, who is the widow of Patrick Ferren and resides in Toledo, Ohio.
Michael P. Miley was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the district schools at Five Corners, Wisconsin. He remained under the parental roof until he was fourteen years of age and then engaged in the teaming business in Sheboygan Falls, in which he continued until the time of his marriage. He then purchased seventy-eight acres of land which was a part of his father's estate, located on section 15, Lima township, where he established his home and has since been engaged in general and dairy farming.
Mr. Miley was united in matriage on November 26, 1874, to Miss Mary E. Walsh, a daughter of James and Esther (Kennedy) Walsh, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father was born December 8, 1824, in County Cork, Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1846, settling in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, where he remained until 1849. He then moved to Lima township, Sheboygan county, and there purchased land located on section 29, where he lived until he retired from active business. He then moved to Sheboygan, at which place he maintained his residence for six years and there died at the age of seventy-six.
Mr. Walsh was united in marriage to Miss Esther Kennedy on July 30, 1848, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She was born April 11, 1827, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kennedy, who emigrated from County Wicklow, Ireland, with their family in 1846 and settled in Milwaukee county. The death of Mrs. Walsh occurred in Milwaukee on February 16, 1908, at the age of eighty-one years.
To Mr. and Mrs. James Walsh eleven children were born, six of whom are living, as follows: Mrs. Mary E. Miley, whose birth occurred on the 11th of March, 1851; Peter, who is a resident of Elkhart, Wisconsin; Esther, who is the wife of Edward Hampson, of Milwaukee; Katherine. a sister in the Order of St. Francis at St. Francis, Wisconsin; James, living in California; and John, who makes his home in North Dakota.
To Mr. and Mrs. Miley twelve children were born, nine of whom are living, namely: Peter, who is an iron worker but is still under the parental roof; Martin, living in Minnesota: Rose, the wife of George Morris ; Esther, who lives in Los Angeles, California; Mary, at home; Joseph, a street car man of Toledo, Ohio; Kate, attending high school at Sheboygan Falls; Kellie, who is pursuing her studies in the district school and Gertrude at home.
Mr. Miley is affiliated with the republican party. He and his wife are members of the St. Rose Catholic church of Lima township. Mr. Miley is one of the influential citizens of the township in which he lives, is a public-spirited and enterprising man and is numbered among the useful citizens of his part of the state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL