Stearleyville is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana. It is part of the Terre HauteMetropolitan Statistical Area. Stearleyville was founded by George Stearley, the son of German immigrants Johann (John) and Rosanna Burkhardt Stierle (original German spelling)from Pfuhl, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria who emigrated to Clay County in 1856. There were six sons: George, William, John, Fred, Charles and Tobias, and one daughter, Rose. There was a railroad depot, store, church and several dwellings. A blacksmith shop was started by George Stearley II, then operated by his brother Roy. By 1900, there were so many descendants of the Stearleys in the area, it prompted a local saying that "Clay County was made up of Stearleys and Ragweeds".