John Salley, 1720 - 1762, who lived in the Kennebec River area, Merrymeeting Bay and later in Georgetown, Maine
A number of English settlements were established along the coast of the northernmost portion of New England in the 1620s. Some of the lands skirted a large body of water, known as Merrymeeting Bay, which is formed by the Androscoggin River entering the Kennebec River. The territory was part of Massachusetts in the American Colonies until Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820 through the Missouri Compromise.
Georgetown Vital Records to 1892 recorded no deaths of Salleys in Georgetown, Maine. It was spelled "Sally" at that time and Salley for succeeding generations of this line.
Records show, John Salley was born about 1720 in the Kennebec River area at what is now the Merrymeeting Bay area of Maine. He married Summersett McFadden in 1741, she was born Jan. 1720. John Salley died October 20, 1762 in Georgetown, Maine.
Summersett McFadden was the daughter of Andrew McFadden, born about 1675 or 1680 in the Highlands Of, Scotland, and Jane “Lindsey” McFadden, born 1687 in Garovo (or Garvagh), Londonderry, Ireland. Andrew McFadden and Jane Lindsey married in Garvagh in 1704 and lived in the town of Garvo [Garvagh], County Derry, on the Bann Water, Ireland, at a place called Summersett. They moved from Ireland to Boston in 1718, "Scotch Irish Pioneers" from Boston to the Kennebec River and up Merrymeeting Bay to a place called Cathance Point.
Testimony shows that Andrew and Daniel McFadden, of Georgetown, were the sons of the above Andrew and Jane McFadden. Other testimony shows that they had a daughter between Andrew and Daniel, born on the Kennebec River in 1720. They christened her Summersett. Name from Summersett, Ireland.
Much information has not been proven, as records are scarce or none at all. No records published of John Salley's father’s name. He may have come from Ireland in early 1700s and may have used a different spelling of his name. John and Summersett Salley had a son James Salley, b. 1741 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc County, Maine.
Evidently John and Summersett Salley had parted ways prior to 1756. John stayed at his home after the separation/divorce and died October 20, 1762. His assets were probated November 2, 1762 by William Malcom and Daniel McFadden, (brother of Summersett) who was appointed guardian to John Salley’s minor son Daniel Salley. Records in the Maine Historical Society files, Summersett again married by filing a marriage intent on Feb 2, 1756 in Georgetown to wed Daniel Farrell (b. 1720 also). She was 36 yrs old, Daniel the same.
John and Summersett Salley's son James Salley was born 1741. James Salley’s son James Salley (b.1776) married Lois Dors, and they had seven children: Betsy, b. Jul 23, 1802; Alfard b. May 8, 1804; Mary b. Nov. 10 1805; Julian b. Feb. 21 1808; Rachel Preston b. Apr. 16, 1811, m. James McKinney Jr. of Phippsburg; Martha Jane b. Apr. 12, 1812, m. Peletiah Rackliffe, Apr. 1, 1834 in Georgetown. Peletiah Rackliffe, b. in Phippsburg; Samuel Loring b. Oct. 19, 1819.
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