Stearleyville, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Stearleyville is located in Clay County, Indiana
Location in Clay County
Coordinates: 39°26′42″N 87°03′41″W / 39.44500°N 87.06139°W / 39.44500; -87.06139Coordinates: 39°26′42″N 87°03′41″W / 39.44500°N 87.06139°W / 39.44500; -87.06139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clay
Township Jackson
Elevation[1] 650 ft (200 m)
ZIP code 47840
FIPS code 18-72854[2]
GNIS feature ID 444104

Stearleyville is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

The townsite of Stearleyville was founded by George Stearley, the son of German immigrants Johann (John) and Rosanna Burkhardt Stierle from Pfuhl, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria who emigrated to Clay County in 1856.[3] George Steraley served as Clay County sheriff. In this family 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. A post office was established at Stearleyville in 1893, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1902.[4]

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". [5]

Today this area is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Stearleyville is located at 39°26′42″N 87°03′41″W / 39.44500°N 87.06139°W / 39.44500; -87.06139.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...on land owned by George Stearley. 
  4. ^ "Clay County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 387.