Robert: Thank you for your response. The Thomas Darley who fought in the Revolutionary War that you mentioned in your post was my GGGG Grandfather...He was born 2 January 1760 at Shevoick, Cornwall Co., England.He was the son of RICHARD DARLEY and GRACE BOND.Richard Darley was associated with the long established Darley Shipping Business at Plymouth and Southampton, England.
Following family tradition, Thomas Darley was educated at St. Johns College, Oxford and after graduation he became Captain of a family owned freighter sailing between England and the American colonies.In 1780, his ship was headed out of harbor at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound carrying a load of rice and indigo when he was boarded by the crew of a British blockade ship.Thomas was held prisoner of war until verification of his credentials arrived from England.He was then released on parole as a dragoon officer in the British Legion and was impressed into active service under Tarleton. He was woundedand captured in his only active service at the Battle of Cowpens on 17 January 1781.He was released and allowed to return to the British line for treatment.
Following the Revolutionary War he remained in Charleston Dist, St. Bartholome's Parish, South Carolina where he along with John Green operated a 2,000 acre plantation on which they raised rice, indigo, and thoroughbred horses.
He first married SARAH SNELLING ca 1784 and they had thirteen children... 1.SARAH Darley (b.1785-d. ca 1861) married JOHN SUTTON 2. MYLES Darley (b. 1787) 3. NANCY Darley (b. 1790-d. 1804) 4. JAMES Darley (b. 1792-d.1854 in Montgomery Co., Ga.) (m. 1st bef 1815 unknown wife m. 2nd in 1822 SUSANNAH BRYAN) 5. THOMAS C. Darley (b. 1794-d. 1863 in Montgomery Co., Ga.) m. ca 1818 PENELOPE CALHOUN 6. MARY Darley (b. 1797-d.1879 in Montgomery Co., Ga.) m. BURREL ROGERS CALHOUN 7. ELEANOR Darley (b.1799) 8. ELIZABETH Darley (b. 1801) 9. MARGARET Darley ( b.1804-d. 1810) 10.CHRISTINA Darley (b. 1805) 11.JOHN WESLEY Darley (b. 1807-d. 1885) m. 1828 ELIZABETH ANN HAYLES 12.HENRY WILSON JACKSON Darley (b.1809) 13.TARLETON Darley (b. 1810-d. ca 1854 in Jefferson Co., GA.) m. MARY A. MORGAN
Sararh Snelling Darley died about 1810 and Thomas married in 1815 to SARAH COKER. They had seven children. 1. HANNAH Darley (b. 1816) m. JOHN W. PARNHAM. 2. TRYPHENA Darley (b. 1818 d. after 1850) 3. SIDNEY CHARLES Darley (b.1820-d. 1823) 4. SARAH CASEY Darley ( b.1824) m. WILLIAM ROLLINS 5. WILLIAM JACKSON Darley (b. 1826-d.Pulaski Co., Ga.) Never married. 6. SELINA RUTH Darley (b. 1826-d. 1855) m.DAVID P. LOWERY 7. CHARLES SIDNEY Darley ( b. 1830-d. 1884 in Sumter co., Ga.) m 1857 MARTHA ELIZABETH HORNE.
In 1801 Thomas Darley was admitted as a traveling minister by the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1804 He purchased 585 acres of land on The Three Runs into the Savannah River in Barnwell Co., SC. About 1816 he purchased land near Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ga. and move his family there. In 1822 Thomas who was a 33rd Degree Mason helped to organize the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in Georgia. He became Grand Chaplin and held that office until his death in 1832. In 1826 he organized the Macon Methodist Church (now the Mulberry St. United Methodist Church) About 1827 he purchased a plantation in Harris Co., Ga. and moved his family there. He died in Harris Co. 18 April 1832 and is buried at Waverly Hall Cemetery.
The Darley line has been traced back to SIR EDMOND deEarle, who came to England from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066.He was rewarded for his services (furnishing and suprevising the care and handling of horses used by the armored warriors of William)with a Manor in Darley in Derbyshire, England. Edmond and his horses again marched with William to put down the rebellion in the north of England in 1067. For this he was rewarded with a new grant consisting of a vast manorial estate at the village of Wistow. By 1085 Sir Edmond and his oldest son , John both dropped the french de from their surname while the second son, Richard and his descendants continued to use the surname deDarley.
The above mentioned Darley Shipping Businesswas located at the Ipswich shipyard in Suffolk Co. The Darley owned Ipswich Shipyard built and registered the MAYFLOWER and a sister ship the SEAFLOWER in 1608. Some of the other Darley built ships which conveyed emigrants to the West indies and the North American colonies include the ABIGAIL, the ANN, the BONAVENTURE, the ELIZABETH, the HOPEWELL, the JAMES, the SEAVENTURE, and the WARWICK.
Also of interest to me personally as a lover and breeder of Arabian horses is the famed Darley owned horse, THE DARLEY ARABIAN. All througbreds in the world trace their line back to three sires, THE BYERLY TURK, THE DARLEY ARABIAN and the GODOPHIN.Thomas Darley's GGGGGG Grandfather,GEORGE VINCENT DARLEY (b. 1510) sailed into the Mediterraniean Sea in 1560 where he solicited trade agrrements and established a base of operation at Aleppo, Syria. Darley family members conducted trade here until 1710 when two Darley brothers Thomas and Richard were murdered. Prior to his death this Thomas Darley acquired the now famous Darley Arabian and had him shipped home to England in 1703. Today at the Darley Manor in Aldby Park England there hangs a life size painting of The Darley Arabian. As a matter of fact Lon Darley who wrote YOUR DARLEY ANCESTORS quoted a friend of his as saying that the Darleys there today "don't give a tinkers cuss about the rest of the Darley history."
(Most of this information is from Lon Darley's book YOUR DARLEY ANCESTORS)