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Remley Family Collection

Remley Family donation

Portrait of John Remley

Portrait of Sarah McCain Remley

The Remley Collection is the largest collection of original artifacts relating to Montgomery County pioneers in the CDPL collection, given by David Remley, a descendant of the pioneer Remley family in Montgomery County. Remley’s ancestors, John and Sarah (McCain) Remley, were early settlers near Crawfordsville, arriving to live permanently in Montgomery County in 1825. Among the donated items include a circa 1835 muzzle-loader; several family Bibles (ca. 1834) recording the births of Remley family children; a very early leather wallet dating to the 1830s containing Montgomery County tax receipts; daguerreotypes of John and Sarah (McCain) Remley; and various other family-related ledgers and documents. The highlight of the collection is the Sassafras walking stick John Remley used in his journey to Montgomery County from Lebanon, Ohio, to buy land in 1824. It is hand-inscribed “J. R. 1824.” Items in the collection are viewable online in the library’s image database. The artifacts will be on display at CDPL through 2015.



Remley Family interviews

Remley family cousinsDescendants of John & Sarah (McCain) Remley, left to right: Roxie Remley, Professor Emerita, Georgia Southern University; Cheryl Herr-Rains & Sally Herr, daughters of Remley & Eleanor Herr;  and David Remley, retired Professor of the University of New Mexico; gathered at CDPL on May 27 & 28, 2015 to view the donated Remley family artifacts. The cousins then recorded two conversations; the first conversation was about early family stories, and the second was more recent family information. Click below to listen to their discussions.

Remley Family conversation on early family stories, May 28

Remley Family reunion: the cousins meet, May 27


1927 Remley Family Reunion

View Remley Family items in the CDPL database