There may now be a way that we can pull the Raley family history together.
We have partial descendant reports on: Charles Born 1705 William Charles 1740 from whom Dr. Harold Raley has descended Vincent Raley Born 1790 from which Dave Raley has descended Samuel Raley Born 1797 from which Richard Raley has descended Benjamin M. born 1818 whos has a descendant in the database.
Dave and I exchanged photos of our fathers that were taken during WWll and the family resemblance is remarkable. I suspect that with a DNA test we can establish at a minimum that all of us came from Charles as many of us suspect. In addition we might find someone who could lead the path back farther to Andrew & Jonas who were in Jamestown colony in 1624, or John was a Quaker in 1686 Virginia, Edward in 1687 Maryland, or Philip in 1710 Mass. Who knows where the road might lead?I want to find out!
I have started a Raley DNA project with FamilytreeDNA.com and hope you guys will join me. I am inviting several others with whom I have corresponded, to join as well. We have many “limb” to the family tree; I hope we can construct the trunk.