John Remley was born near Twenty Mile Stand, Ohio 21 May 1800. When John was twelve, his father died and he then became an apprentice (to a tanner) for five years. Remley married Sarah McCain in March of 1825 and came to Crawfordville the following year. According to his obituary and Crawfordsville history book by Bowen (p. 912-914) John left a walking stick with the date carved in it that he purchased his Montgomery County land. John Remley was known as a hard worker and honorable man who "threw the force of his strong individuality and sterling integrity into making the county what it is and his efforts did not fail of appreciation on the part of the local public." Remley was also known as quiet, unassuming, always industrious, always honest, he grew in material prosperity and was universally respected - great traits.