|1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||1632 - 1635: The Dreeson Incident|
(unnamed until Ring of Fire, not fully named until Grantville Gazette III. Dies in 1635: The Dreeson Incident, but some stories written later are set prior to his death.)
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe (formerly United States)|
|Date of Birth:||1941|
|Date of Death:||March 4, 1635|
|Cause of Death:||Assassination|
|Parents:||Knox Wiley (father), Idalette Wiley (mother)|
|Children:||Will Wiley (son), John Enoch Wiley (son, left up-time)|
|Relatives:||John Calvin Wiley (brother)|
Enoch Wiley was a Free Independent Presbyterian[n 1] minister in Grantville. He was the "yahoo preacher" who married Tom Simpson and Rita Stearns on the day the Ring of Fire fell in 2000, as the Wiley and Stearns families had been friends for generations.
Following Grantville's arrival in 17th century Germany, Wiley went from being the minister of a dying congregation to having one that included members of almost every variety of Calvinism. Wiley's theology was fairly strict, and he was as fervently opposed to the papacy and the Catholic Church as any down-time Calvinist firebrand. However, that did not carry over into his personal interactions and relationships with individuals. He had no problem with giving shelter to the remnants of the Celtic mission who found their way to Grantville, other than that Brother Aidan reminded him of his son John Enoch, who had joined an Episcopalian monastic order, and had been left up-time.
On March 4, 1635, while attempting to quiet an anti-Semitic demonstration in front of Grantville's new synagogue, Wiley and Henry Dreeson were assassinated by sniper Mathurin Brillard, a follower of Michel Ducos, a radical French Huguenot.
- Grantville also had some members of the mainline Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but there was no PC-USA church in town.
- Grantville Gazette VIII, "The Sons of St. John"