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The Raley Family in America

Updated March 6, 2005

About Our Family Research

This project's goal is to determine the common ancestry, if any, of the families bearing these Surnames and to connect those with common ancestry to others of their family. We have found numerous spellings for the family, among them are Raleigh, Ralegh, Rawley, Rayley, Ralye, Raily, Railey, and Raley. There are no doubt other spellings that we have not uncovered. They are to be found in the early records of Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and in North then South Carolina. From the Carolinas the family migrated to Ala., Ms., Ga., Ky., Fla., and on to Tx, Okla., Ark., N.Mex., and Ca. Some went to Ohio, Kansas, OR, and WA. Several of us think that our line traces back to Charles born 1705 but lack evidence to provide positive proof.

If you have an interest please join our effort. Join us on this web site where the various lines can be displayed. We will be exchanging info. with all who choose to join us. If you are interested, send me your e-mail address and I will forward data to all who join as it is received.

We have started a DNA database project as well. Any male Raley descendant can join this adventure.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Charles Raley born abt 1705 (516 KB)
    Charles Raley born abt 1705 grandfather of Charles Raley of Kershaw Cty S.C.
  • John Raley born bef. 1700 in Md. (34 KB)
    John Raley born bef. 1700 in Md. His children migrated to Ky. His Grandson John Basil Raley was born 1755 in Ky.
  • Kitchen Raley born appr. 1770-1800 (2532 KB)
    Kitchen Raley born appr. 1770-1800 died 1844 in Marango Cty Ala. Married Eliz. Betsy Gilmore
  • Samuel Raley born 1796 or 1797 S.C (277 KB)
    Samuel Raley born 1796 or 1797 S.C died 1883 while living with son Hardy Dale in Coleman Cty Texas. Married (1) Mary Overton, (2) Elizabeth (Zilla) Smith. Marys children were born in Ala while Zilla's children were born in Ms
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