Glad to see your msg.Ripley's Believe it or Not in 1950, said there were 50 ways of spelling "Raleigh."
Our Abner Railey, b. abt. 1750, d. 1817 in Rockingham Co., NC.Wife, Sarah unknown, d. 1827.Have a copy of both Wills from Carl J. Marsh book, RALEIGH AND RELATED FAMILIES.He gave me oral permission to use so long as he was given credit before he had stroke and lost his speech. The Wills are misfiled under BAILEY in Thornton Mitchell's "NC Wills.
An A.M. Railey m. (Sarah) Elizabeth Randolph, familysearch.org.Joan Hoskins has a site at Rootsweb.Internet PHILLIP Family Tree and has Raleigh, etc. on it.Glenn Raleigh, retired biology teacher in KY also has a site somewhere.
Our line is from Abner and Sarah's son, John, b. 1807, NC, through his son Vincent, b. abt. 1770, d. 3 March 1848 in Shelby Co., AL.John later moved to Union Parish, LA and is listed as Railey in 1850 Census there.Later moved to Hempstead Co., AR in 1860 and my gr-grandmother was b. 1861 there.
Other spellings found:Raeley, Raighley, Raily, Raley, Reighley.
My interest was peaked when I saw A.M. Railey and Randolph m.They intermarried with Vincents, Pleasants, and Woodsons, rather like the social directory.If so, we are very distantly related to Thomas Jefferson.Joan has her link via her mother.