Zarley, John H.
The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township.
John H. Zarley, miller, Oakland; born in Washington Co., Penn., April 25, 1819, where he attended school and engaged in farming until March 1837, when he located in Morgan Co., Ohio, and followed farming until 1848, at which date he located in Blackford Co., Ind., and engaged in farming until 1851, when he removed to Moultrie Co., Ill., and engaged in farming until 1853, at which time he returned to Ohio and farmed for eleven years; he then returned to Moultrie Co., Ill., for two years, and, in 1866, he engaged in the milling business in Lovington, for one year; in 1867 he erected a mill in Macon Co., which he ran two years, and, in 1869, he located upon a farm for one year in Macon Co.; in 1871, he again located in Moultrie Co. for one year in the lumber business, when he engaged in milling in Oakland, which he has since successfully followed; his business card appears in the business directory of Oakland in this work. He married May 9, 1841, Euphemia Coddington; she was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Dec. 14, 1822; they have three children now living, viz., Samuel. Abram W., and Robert H. Mr. Zarley has invented a corn-planter, receiving his patent Oct. 29, 1878, which supersedes any planter the writer of this article has yet seen; he has a full-sized one on hand for inspection; it is the only planter in the market that cultivates the soil and drops the corn at the same time; he will sell State rights or allow them manufactured by paying him a royalty.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township