Re: William Alley's children
Emilie, I have found references to the Alley family in three different Early Missouri history books. I made copies of the pages and will send them to you if you don't have them. It will have to be by snail mail, so e-mail me your address if you want them. I would like to get copies of the will you mentioned, and any other references or documents you have found if you are willing to send them.
One from Goodspeed's history p. 659 states: Franklin Murphy onNov 21 1841 married Miss Mary Ann Alley, who was born in St. Francois County Mo. in 1823, and who was the daughter of John Alley, who was one of the very first men to locate in the county. His father settled near Big River Mills in 1794. (not clear if he means John Alley or Franklin Murphy's father)
This must be a sister to William and Thomas.??
This does not add up the way I see it. Not if John Alley was born in 1715 or 1740.
Another reference says: One of the first American settlements was made in the vicinity of Big River Mills, in what is now St. Francois County, by John Alley, Andrew Baker, Frances Starnater and John Andrews. They located their claims in 1794, but did not bring their families untill 2 years later.
Also I found at least 6 John Alley's on the 1790 census. Indeed 2 of them are in Washington County Pennsylvania. LaVerne