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Henry Kerley

Also Known As: "Captain Henry Korley", "Carley"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Ashmore, Dorset, England
Death: December 18, 1713 (81)
Marlborough, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Kerley, Sr. and Ann Kerley
Husband of Jane Carley; Elizabeth Kerley and Elizabeth Kerley
Father of Hannah Kerley; Bartholomew Kerley; Lydia Tidd; Mary Carley; Sarah Kerley and 12 others
Brother of Mary Smith; Edmund Kerley and William Kerley, Jr

Occupation: Capt., lost first wife and two children via indians Jan 1675
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About Capt. Henry Kerley

Other family spellings

Kerley, Kerly, Carley, Cerly, Carlye

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"Family History & Genealogy of the Carley-Barnes-Slack Families", by Mina Carley Foote, page 14: Henry Kerley came to America with his father. He and his wife Elizabeth lived in Lancaster, MA where Elizabeth was killed by the Indians, along with two of her sons, February 10, 1676, in the Rowlandson Garrison massacre. Their remaining children were taken captive.

There is an amusing sidelight on Henry's courtship of Elizabeth. In Sudbury, in the town square outside the tavern and near the bridge his father had built stood a large wooden post which was used as a town bulletin board. Here were posted the banns or notice of their coming marriage which had to be cried from the pulpit for three successive Sundays to make it legal. One night, after a terrific quarrel with his betrothed, Henry sought solace in the tavern. Later, upon coming out, much the worse for wear, he spied the bulletin post with its offending notice of his coming nuptuals, and staggering over, with much exertion wrenched the post from the ground and threw it in the river. The following Sunday, he sat meekly in church during the final reading of their banns, and they were married shortly after.

Captain Henry Kerley was away from home in Boston when the massacre of his family occurred, along with the minister, Joseph Rowlandson, his brother-in-law, pleading with the Council for protection for their settlement from the Indians. They only returned in time to bury their dead. After fighting nearly all day, the Indians finally managed to set fire to the garrison house, to drive its inhabitants out. Captain Henry's wife, Elizabeth, was shot along with two of her sons as she came out the doorway, and fell there, so that she was burned beyond recognition. Capt. Henry didn't even know he had buried his wife until her sister, Mary Rowlandson, was ransomed from the Indians and returned to tell her tale.

After the massacre Henry moved to Marlboro and, on April 18, 1677, at Charlestown, where she was staying, married Elizabeth (Ward) Howe, widow of John Howe, Jr., killed in the Sudbury Fight, April 21, 1676. I should be noted that it was John Howe, Sr., who founded the famous Wayside Inn near Sudbury, made famous by Longellow's poem of the same name. ("As ancient is this hostelry / As any in the land may be.") The original building burned to a shell one snowy night in 1955, but has since been lovingly reconstructed and is maintained today by the Ford Foundation as authentic Americana. Its "buttermilk pink" clapboards and white trim and small paned wondows with its door almost flush with the ground, as the earth has built up around it over the years, are just as attractive today as they were during the more than 150 years it was maintained by the Howes. Its water-powered grist mill is still operated today by a national baking company. Its Mary-Martha Chapel maintained on the estate is still a preferred as a means to deliver the newlyweds back to the inn for a rousing reception.

Capt. Henry Kerley was a Representative to the General Court in 1689, in 1693, and in 1703. He died December 18, 1713. His will was written May 17, 1708, and probated January 27, 1714. It appears that a John Barnes and a David Church were also married to daughters of Captain Henry Kerley but which daughters has not been determined. At least they, in 1713, together with Daniel How, who was married to Elizabeth, tried to claim lands in Captain Henry Kerley's right, on a new purchase Marlboro made from the Indians. Their suit was refused.

Generation 1: Henry Kerley

1. Henry Kerley: Born Ashmore, Dorset County, England about 1633. Died Marlborough, Middlesex, MA 18 Dec 1713. Generation 2: Parents of Henry Kerley

2. William Kerley: Born Lydlinch, Dorset, England 1602. Died Lancaster, MA 14 Jul 1670. Father of 1. Son of 4 & 5.

3. Ann White: Born England abt 1597. Died Lancaster, MA 12 Mar 1658. Mother of 1. Daughter of 6 & 7. Generation 3: Grandparents of Henry Kerley

4. William Kerley: Born Lydlinch, Dorset, England 1563. Died Lydlinch, Dorset, England 1626. Father of 2. Son of 8 & 9.

5. Unknown Unknown: Born [date unknown]. Died [date unknown]. Mother of 2. Daughter of 10 & 11.

6. [Maternal Grandfather Unknown] Father of 3. Son of 12 & 13.

7. [Maternal Grandmother Unknown] Mother of 3. Daughter of 14 & 15. Generation 4: Great-Grandparents of Henry Kerley

8. Henry Kerley: Born Dorset, England abt 1540. Died [date unknown]. Father of 4. Son of 16 & 17.

9. Elizabeth Unknown: Born [date unknown]. Died [date unknown]. Mother of 4. Daughter of 18 & 19.


Name: Henry Kerley 1 2 Sex: M Title: Capt. Birth: ABT 1632 in England Death: 18 DEC 1718 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Capt. Henry, b 1632 Ashmore, England, son of William the Immigrant, b. 1602 at Ashmore and Ann White Kerly, founder of Sudbury, Lancaster and Marlborough, MA, married Elizabeth White, daughter of Capt. John and Joanna West White at Sudbury in 1654. She was killed in the Massacre at Lancaster in 1676 along with son(s?) William and Joseph(?) and he remarried Elizabeth Ward Howe, daughter of Rev. William and Elizabeth Hall Ward.

Mariner William Carley, born about 1680 to Capt Henry Carley and Elizabeth Ward Howe, widower and widow of Marlborough,Ma, were survivors of the Lancaster Massacre of 1676. Henry b.1632 was the second son of the immigrant William Carley and Mary white who came to Boston in 1637 from Ashmore, Devon,England.

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Henry came to America with his father, William, Sr.; and was resident of Sudbury in 1654. During the massacre in Lancaster, Capt. Henry was in Boston,with the minister Joseph Rowlandson, who was Henry's brother-in-law, pleading for protection for their settlement from the Indians. Capt. Henry's wife, Elizabeth White, was killed along with three of their sons. https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/10956192
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William Kerley’s sons William and Henry Posted on November 19, 2010 by Jeff Carley

Research by Jim Mau

William Kerley (1583-1670) had two sons, William and Henry. The records for Henry are generally (but not always) clear. However, there are two younger William Kerleys in the records and they have caused considerable confusion. One died in 1684 and one died in 1719. Which one was the son of the William who died in 1670? (These men are often referred to as Senior and Junior. But something we should keep in mind is that one generation’s Junior could very well be the next generation’s Senior. Therefore, to minimize confusion, I will identify these men by the year of their deaths unless the records identify them specifically as Senior or Junior.)

Perusing family trees and reading compiled family histories adds to the confusion. The two younger Williams have obviously been difficult to differentiate. Depending upon the author, one or the other married Anna King or Jane Unknown, or even married both of them, sometimes in an illogical sequence. The known children have been attributed to both men. All of the men involved left wills, but these have been poorly analyzed or interpreted to fit preconceived notions.

William Kerley (died 1684) was born about 1621. This is calculated from his own testimony when he provided his age while appearing as a witness in court in the years 1666 and 1667. (Ages from Court Records, 1636-1700, Volume 1, Middlesex County Court Folios 41 and 44, by Malinde Lutz Sanborn, 2003 – viewable on Ancestry.com.) This is probably the William Kerley who immigrated in 1638 on the ship ‘Confidence’ which carried many passengers destined to settle in Sudbury. (The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1638-1889 by Alfred Sereno Hudson.)

William Kerley (died 1719) was born about 1633. This is calculated from his tombstone, “Mr. William CARLEY, d. 13 May 1719, ae abt. 86 yrs.” (Extracted from Epitaphs in the Old Burying Ground of Lexington, Massachusetts by Francis H. Brown, M. D. 1905.)

What do the records of the period actually tell us?

The Sudbury Archives tell us that William Kerley, Senior (died 1670) was in Sudbury by 18 Nov 1640 when he appeared on a land transaction. (Record #152, http://sudbury.ma.us/archives/. Transcripts of these records can be viewed and/or downloaded.) He may have been in Sudbury as early as 1639, but the record stating this was not created until 1718. (Record #2284, List of Proprietors of the Common Land, http://sudbury.ma.us/archives/) He regularly continued to appear in Sudbury records for land transactions, town meetings, and his oath of loyalty (taken in 1645, Record # 15). After 1643 he is referred to either as “Senior” or “the elder”. The Sudbury Archives also tell us that a younger William Kerley was in Sudbury by 1 Apr 1643. “Granted to William Kerley the younger eleven acres of upland.” (Record #180, http://sudbury.ma.us/archives/) This William Kerley also appears steadily in the Sudbury records of the 1640s – land transactions and town meetings. He is mentioned in the record of a Sudbury town meeting (9 Feb 1647) thus – “William Kerley junior is acknowledged to be a free townsman by virtue of the first grant in his commonage to the towne.” (Record 221, http://sudbury.ma.us/archives/) Most historians incorrectly have attributed this freeman status to William Kerley Senior. The exception was Sumner Chilton Powell in his Puritan Village, The Formation of a New England Town, 1963 – a brilliant study of the origins of Sudbury, winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in history.)

This younger ‘William Kerly’ married Hannah King in Sudbury on 6 Oct 1646. (Vital Records of Sudbury – http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Middlesex/Sudbury/)

The references in the above paragraph must refer to William Kerley (died 1684) because of his age at the time the records were created. He would have been about 22 when he received his first land, about 25 when he got married, and about 26 when he became a freeman.

The William Kerley who died in 1719 would simply have been too young (born about 1633, so between 10 and 14 years old) to be the one who participated in any of the events in Sudbury. However, William Kerley (died 1684) being ‘the younger’ or ‘junior’ only suggests that he was the son of William Kerley (died 1670). It is possible he was a nephew or even an unrelated man who just happened to share the same name. To resolve the question we must examine the wills of William Kerley (died 1670) and William Kerley (died 1684).

William Kerley (died 1670) made his last will and testament on the 26th of the 5th month of 1669. It is enlightening to read an actual transcript of his will and not have to rely on the interpretations of others. The will mentions “my sonne William, my sonne Henry, & John Devall”. Notice that William is given precedence over Henry. (Notice also there is no ambiguity about the status of John Devall.) The will continues “that my Eldest Sonne William shall be sole executor of this my will & testament.” (A transcript of the will can be seen at http://carley.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Will_of_Wm_Kerl….) First, this indicates that William and Henry were brothers. This also indicates that his son William was older than his son Henry, who was born in 1632. It was not an indication that William (died 1670) had more than one son named William. Much has changed in the use of language since that era – the spelling, the grammar, and the punctuation. We would write ‘son’ not ‘Sonne’. We would write ‘elder’ not ‘Eldest’ (as he only had two sons). We would put ‘William’ within commas (“that my eldest son, William, shall be”) and thus eliminate any confusion. Their language was not quite our language. (See ‘1603’ by Christopher Lee for more details and examples of how our language has evolved.)

William Kerley (died 1684) states in his will “I give unto Anna my loving wife all the lands which I am now possessed of in the Towne of Marlborough … And after her death my will is that my loving Brother Henry Kerly shall enjoy & hold all my lands …” (http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Image:Wills_of_Wm_Ke…)

His will also states “my sword & belt & all my other Arms & military books I give to my brother Henry Kerly, except my cutlash which I give unto William Devoll”.

The following quote from 1684 Massachusetts Records confirms this brotherly status. “Henry Kerly. Heretofore leifteiint at Lancaster, now removed, & married at Marlborow, is appointed ensigne to the train band there in ye roome of his brother, deceased there.” This can be found in The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts: 1643-1725 by Henry S. Nourse, 1884.

William Kerley (died 1719) was too young to be “the younger” in the Sudbury Records. He was also too young to have been Henry’s older brother. Nor did Henry mention a surviving brother in his last will and testament, written in 1708. No records exist to indicate that William Kerley (died 1719) was a son of William Kerley, Senior. Logic dictates we must accept that William Kerley (died 1670) knew who his sons were. We must also accept that William Kerley (died 1684) knew who his brother was. The colonial government of Massachusetts recognized the brotherly relationship between William Kerley (died 1684) and Henry Kerley. Now we can identify William Kerley (died 1670) as William Kerley, Senior and William Kerley (died 1684) as William Kerley, Junior.

Where does this leave the William Kerley who died in 1719?

William Carley “Immigrant” Posted on September 13, 2010 by Jeff Carley

Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs …, Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter

No name has been more variously spelled in the early records and by different branches of the same family than that of this family. We find Carley, Carly, Carlie, Corley, Corly, Corlie, Curly, Curley, Kerley, Carlile, Kerly. Carsley and others. It seems that the immigrant’s name was really Carlisle, or Carlyle, as now spelled, an ancient English surname.

(I) William Carley, or Kerley, immigrant ancestor, born in England, was an early settler and one of the first planters at Hull, Massachusetts, May 20, 1642. He had land on Pedock’s Island in 1642, was in Hingham as early as 1637, and about 1642-3 bought land in Sudbury and settled there; was admitted a freeman May 26, 1647; was one of the founders of Lancaster, 1653; became a proprietor of Marlborough 1657, and shared in the first division of land there. He lived in Marlborough. and for several years was one of the selectmen; was appointed by the general court to lay out a tract of land between Concord, Lancaster and Groton. He died about July. 1670. His will, dated July 26, 1669, and the inventory July 19, 1670, bequeaths to sons William and Henry Kerley and John Devall. Certain goods which came to him by his last wife were appraised by Nathaniel Joslin. He married at Sudbury, October 6, 1646, Hannah King, who died March 12, 1658. He married second. May 31, 1659, Bridget, widow of Thomas Rowlandson. June 14, 1662, he married third, Rebecca, widow of Thomas J^slin. Children: I. William, mentioned below. 2. Mary, married October 6, 1647, Richard Smith. 3. Henry, mentioned below.

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(II) William Carley, or Kerley, Jr., son of William Carley (i), born in England, came with his uncle Edmund Kerley from Southampton in the ship “Confidence”, in 1638, called of Ashmore, England. He lived at Marlborough; was admitted a freeman in 1666, and became a prominent citizen. He was of Cambridge in 1683. He died at Marlborough January, 1689. His will, dated 1683, proved 1684, mentions wife Anna, daughter of Thomas King; brother Henry, brother-in-law Nathaniel Joslin, and father-in-law Thomas King. He gave to his brother Henry his sword belts and military books. He was ensign, of the Marlborough company, and a proprietor of Lancaster. He married first, Jane , who was mother of his children:

1. Mary, born at Sudbury, May 4, 1667. 2. Sarah, January 23, 1669. 3. Hannah, January 8, 1671.

(II) Henry Kerley, or Carley, son of William Carley (i), born about 1632, came with his father to Hingham; married, November, 1654, Elizabeth, daughter of John White. His wife, sister of the famous Mary Rowlandson, wife of the minister, was killed, with two children, William and Joseph, in King Philip’s war, February 10, 1676, at the massacre at Lancaster, when Mrs. Rowlandson was taken captive. He married, second, April 18, 1676, Elizabeth How of Charlestown; went to Marlborough, and there spent the rest of his days was captain of his company; was active against Governor Andros’s tyranny. (See N. E. Justif. 35). (Willard’s “History of Lancaster,” 27, 28, and 38). His widow died April 26, 1710; he died December 18, 1713. Children: 1. Henry, born 1658. 2. William, born January, 1659; killed 1676. 3. Bartholomew, mentioned below. 4. Hannah, born July, 1663. 5. Mary, born May 4, 1667, at Sudbury. 6. Sarah, January 23, 1668. 7. Joseph, born March, 1669, killed 1676. 8. Hannah, born at Sudbury, January 8. 1670. 9. Martha, born December, 1672. Children of second wife’ 10. Hannah, born 1678; married March 23, 1798. Zerubbabel Eager, 11. Mercy, born May 2, 1681, married November 10, 1708, Joseph Rice.

(III) Bartholomew Carley, son of Henry Carley (2), born about 1660, settled in Sudbury, and seems to have spelled his name Carlile, or had it spelled by the town clerk thus for him.. He was a proprietor of Leicester, but there is no record of his moving there. He married Hannah . Children, born in Sudbury: 1. James, May 24, 1686. 2. Hannah, December 25, 1687. 3. Peter, mentioned below. 4. Joseph. Probably others.

(IV) Peter Carley, son of Bartholomew Carley (3), was born about 1690 in Sudbury or Stow, or vicinity. In a deed dated October 27, 1736, from Peter Carley, of Leicester, to William Brown, Jr., of Leicester, a tract of land is conveyed that Peter states “was laid out to me upon ye acct. of a part of division upon right granted my father Bartholomew Carly in Leicester.” This land, probably his homestead, was northerly of land laid out to Lieutenant Thomas Newell, on Boble’s Brook, bounded by land of Edmund Taylor and by common lands, some sixty acres in the tract. Peter was called a laborer. He died in 1746, intestate, his son Joseph administrator. The date of appraisal was August, 1746. The estate was nominal, having no real estate. Ichabod Stratton, of Hardwick, was surety of Joseph Carley’s bond. A branch of the Marlborough family settled at Bolton, Massachusetts, and James Carley, of Bolton, died while a soldier at Cape Breton.

(V) Joseph Carley, son of Peter Carley (4), born in Leicester, Massachusetts, February, 1718; died at advanced age, March 10, 1810. He married, February 7, 1750, Sarah, sister of Colonel Seth and Elijah Washburn, Sr., of Natick. She was born September 14, 1722; died January 6, 1816. Her lineage: Sarah (5): Joseph (4); Joseph (3); John (2); John (1).

John Washburn (1) .was in Duxbury as early as 1632, coming from Evesham, Worcestershire, England, an ancient town situate on the river Avon ; was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; died before 1690. John Washburn (2) came in the schooner “Elizabeth Ann,” from London, 1635 ; was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater; married, 1645, Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of Experience. Joseph Washburn (3) probably lived in Bridgewater. Joseph Washburn (4) was a blacksmith; settled in Bridgewater; removed to Kingston, or Plympton, Massachusetts, as early as 1728; to Middletown,Connecticut, 1739-40,and finally to Leicester, Massachusetts, 1745; ancestor of the Washburns of Leicester. Natick and Worcester.

Joseph Carley lived at Leicester and Spencer, Massachusetts. His children: 1. Joseph, born December 7, 1751, at Leicester. 2. Hannah, born May 26, 1753, at Leicester. 3.Sarah, born April 3, 1754, at Leicester. 4. Peter, born about 1756; married July 9, 1778, Rebecca Dana, of Natick; settled in Natick; removed to Hancock, 1789 or 1790; children. 5. Cyrus, born November 7, 1758. 6. Jonathan, born March 16, 1760, at Spencer; mentioned below. 7. Phebe, born April 17, 1762. 8. Mary, born May 23, 1/64. 8. Ebenezer, born February 12, 1767. 9. Elijah, born at Spencer, May 21, 1771, the youngest son; removed to Hancock at the same time as his brother Peter; married September 3, 1795, Agnes Grimes, daughter of Hugh; removed to Dublin, New Hampshire, thence to Chelsea, Vermont; children: i. Sally W., born May 18, 1796, married Edward Newton; ii. Rev. Hugh G., born November 27, 1797; married Anna Young; was a Free Will Baptist minister; died in 1885. iii. Mark, born August 24, 1799; married April, 1830, Abigail W. Stevens; removed to Claremont, Ohio, thence to Urbana, and finally to Champaign, Illinois, where he became prominent and wealthy, iv. Mary A., born November 22, 1801; married March 3,

1825, Rev. Daniel L. Fletcher, a Methodist Episcopal minister, v. Elijah, born in Dublin, August 22, 1803; married April 7, 1835, Margaret Wiley. vi. Agnes G., born in Dublin, February 3, 1805; married October 3, 1826. Hosea Kendall, vii. Lyman, born Miay 16, 1807; married July 29, 1842, Harriet Fillingim. viii. Dr. Alvin, born April 8, 1809: married in Felicity, Ohio, May 15, 1837, Eva Altman. ix. Louisa, born in Chelsea, Vermont, February 2, 1812; married May 13, 1832, Leonidas Moreau Lawson, M. D.; she died November 20, 1846, at Lexington, Kentucky, x. Ashley H., born in Chelsea, May 12, 1814; resided in Alabama.

(VI) Jonathan Carley, son of Joseph Carley (5), was born in Spencer, Massachusetts, March 1.6, 1760. Some of his father’s family removed with their parents during the revolution or shortly before it, to Hoosick, New York. In 1776 or 1777, when but sixteen years old, Jonathan enlisted in the revolutionary army. He was a member of an artillery company, and served faithfully, as shown by his discharge, signed by Washington himself, for a period of six years two months nineteen days. The discharge, which has been preserved by his descendants, was dated June 9, 7783, and was with honors for faithful service. He was in several of the most severe battles of the war—White Plains, Germantown, Momnouth, Yorktown and others. At Yorktown he fixed the fuse to the shells that finally caused Cornwallis to surrender. At the battle of Monmouth he stood by his cannon, loading and firing until he suffered a sunstroke and fell at his post, blood starting from his ears. At the close of the war, in 1783, he returned to his father’s house in Hoosick, and worked on the homestead until his marriage two years later, when he removed to Pownal, Bennington county, Vermont. In 1788 he removed to Whitingham, Vermont, where he and his descendants have since lived. He was a farmer; lieutenant in the militia company after the revolution; and was always known as Lieutenant Carley. He married, 1785, Elizabeth Kentfield. Children: I. Polly, died aged twenty months. 2. Rufus: mentioned below. 3. Washburn, resided in Whitingham. 4. Jonathan. 5. Betsey, born 1787, at Pownal ; married Thomas Shumway; lived in Readsborough. 6. Joseph, prominent citizen of Whitingham. 7. Polly, married David Jillson. father of Clark Jillson, former mayor of Worcester,. Massachusetts, author of the history of Whitingham.

(VII) Rufus Carley, son of Lieutenant Jonathan Carley (6), born about 1789; married October 14, 1810, Sarah Hosley. They lived at Whitingham, Vermont. Children : I. Sarar^ 2. Grade. 3. Laura. 4. Jonathan, mentioned below. 5. Amanda. 6. Sophia. 7. David. 8. Abigail. 9. Rufus H. 10. Betsey. 11. Hannah. 12. Mary Jane.

(VIII) Jonathan Carley, son of Rufus Carley 17), was born at Whitingham April 21, 1816. He settled when a young man in Searsburg, Vermont. He had much musical talent, and became the county teacher of singing, having classes in music at Whitingham, Searsburg and other towns of the vicinity. He was a well-to-do-farmer. He married. September 5, 1837, Polly Green, born in Whitingham, Vermont, February 2, 1819. After his death she married Luther Gale. Alfred Green, father of Polly, bought a portion of his father’s original purchase and established his home in Whitingham. “where he and his wife spent their long and useful lives and where they both died.” Mr. Green was one of the most notable men of Whitingham : died there July 19, 1873. His wife died June 21, 1878. He was born November n. 1783; married Clarissa Smith of Halifax, Vermont; was one of the eleven children of Nathan Green. Nathan Green was born in Wales, Massachusetts. March 28. 1756; married May 10, 1780, Sarah Shields and removed to Whitingham, Vermont, where his brother Amos also settled. They had to travel on foot or horseback through the unbroken wilderness then extend ing to Greenfield, Massachusetts. Robert Green, father of Nathan, settled in Hampden county, Massachusetts, in 1743; married October 11, 1744, Sarah Rogers, and made his home in the western part of the town of Wales, the present town line between Wales and Munson passing through his old farm. Children of Jonathan and Polly (Green) Carley: I. Rufus’, born July 26, 1840. 2. Hattie, February 28, 1842. 3. Alfred Gree, January 14, 1847. 4- Herbert Henry, February 18, 1850. 5. Amanda Clara, December 4, 1853. 6. Eli Winthrop; see forward.

(IX) Eli Winthrop Carley, son of Jonathan Carley (8), was born at Searsburg, Vermont, May 24, 1857. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and worked with his father at farming on the homestead until he was twenty years of age. He then went to Illinois, where during the next five years he was employed on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad. He returned home and was employed on the Fitchburg railroad, residing for a time at Fitchburg, and later removing to Ayer, Massachusetts, where he was freight cashier of the Fitchburg railroad until he resigned in 1898. Mr. Carley engaged in business on his own account after leaving the railroad company, in the manufacture of ice cream. He has built up a large and flourishing business in Ayer and vicinity. He is a Republican in politics, but has never been active in party affairs. He attends the Congregational church at Ayer. He is a well known and highly re.-peeted citizen. He married, July 20. 1886, May Arabella Ward, of Galesburg, Illinois, daughter of Henry Clay Ward, a prominent carpenter and builder of Galesburg, and his wife Mary (Watson) Ward, a native of New York state. Children: 1. Arthur Ward, born March 16, 1890. 2. Pearl May, January 4, 1895.

More info on William Carley:

William Carley or Kerley immigrant ancestor born in England was an early settler and one of the first planters at Hull Massachusetts May 20 1642

He had land on Pedock’s Island in 1642

He was in Hingham as early as 1637 and about 1642 He bought land in Sudbury and settled there

He was admitted a freeman May 26 1647

He was one of the founders of Lancaster 1653 became a proprietor of Marlborough 1657 and shared in the first division of land there

He lived in Marlborough and for several years was one of the selectmen was appointed by the general court to lay out a tract of land between Concord Lancaster and Groton

He died about July 1670 His will dated July 26 1669 and the inventory July 19 1670 bequeaths to sons William and Henry Kerley and John Devall Certain goods which came to him by his last wife were appraised by Nathaniel Joslin

He married at Sudbury October 6 1646 Hannah King who died March 12 1658 He married second May 31 1659 Bridget widow of Thomas Rowlandson June 14 1662 He married third Rebecca widow of Thomas Joslin

Children: William Jr Mary Henry

William Carley or Kerley Jr son William Carley Sr born in England came with his uncle Edmund Kerley from Southampton in the ship “Confidence” in 1638 called of Ashmore England

He lived at Marlborough was admitted a freeman in 1666 and became a prominent citizen

He was of Cambridge in 1683

He died at Marlborough January n 1689

His will dated 1683 proved 1684 mentions wife Anna daughter of Thomas King brother Henry brother in law Nathaniel Joslin and father in law Thomas King

He gave to his brother Henry his sword belts and military books

He was ensign of the Marlborough company and a proprietor of Lancaster

He married first Jane who was mother of his children Mary born at Sudbury May 4 1667 Sarah January 23 1669 Hannah January 8 1671

Henry Kerley or Carley son of William Carley Sr born about 1632 came with his father to Hingham

married November 1654 Elizabeth daughter of John White His wife sister of the famous Mary Rowlandson wife of the minister was killed with two children William and Joseph in King Philip’s war February 10 1676 at the massacre at Lancaster

when Mrs Rowlandson was taken captive He married second April 18 1676 Elizabeth How of Charlestown went to Marlborough and there spent the rest of his days was captain of his company was active against Governor Andros’s tyranny (See NE Justif 35) “Willard’s History of Lancaster” p27 28 and 38

His widow died April 26 1710 Henry died December 18 1713

Children with Elizabeth White Henry born 1658 William born January 1659 killed 1676 Bartholomew 1660 Hannah born July 1663 Mary born May 4 1667 at Sudbury Sarah January 23 1668 Joseph born March 1669 killed 1676 Hannah born at Sudbury January 8 1670 Martha born December 1672

Children of second wife Elizabeth How Hannah born 1678 Mercy born May 2 1681

Bartholomew Carley son of Henry Carley born about 1660 settled in Sudbury and seems to have spelled his name Carlile or had it spelled by the town clerk thus for him

He was a proprietor of Leicester but there is no record of his moving there married Hannah Children born in Sudbury James May 24 1686 Hannah December 25 1687 Peter Joseph Probably others

Peter Carley son of Bartholomew Carley was born about 1690 in Sudbury or Stow or vicinity

In a deed dated October 27 1736 from Peter Carley of Leicester to William Brown Jr of Leicester a tract of land is conveyed that Peter states was laid out to me upon ye acct of a part of division upon right granted my father Bartholomew Carly in Leicester

This land probably his homestead was northerly of land laid out to Lieutenant Thomas Newell on Boble’s Brook bounded by land of Edmund Taylor and by common lands some sixty acres in the tract

Peter was called a laborer

He died in 1746 intestate his son Joseph administrator

The date of appraisal was August 1746

The estate was nominal having no real estate

Ichabod Stratton of Hardwick was surety of Joseph Carley’s bond A branch of the Marlborough family settled at Bolton Massachusetts and James Carley of Bolton died while a soldier at Cape Breton

Joseph Carley son of Peter Carley born in Leicester Massachusetts February 1718 died at advanced age March 10 1810 He married February 7 1750 Sarah sister of Colonel Seth and Elijah Washburn Sr of Natick She was born September 14 1722 died January 6 1816 Her lineage Sarah 5 Joseph 4 Joseph 3 John 2 John l

Joseph Carley lived at Leicester and Spencer Massachusetts His children Joseph born December 7 1751 at Leicester Hannah born May 26 1753 at Leicester Sarah born April 3 1754 at Leicester Peter born about 1756 Cyrus born November 7 1758 Jonathan born March 16 1760 at Spencer Phebe born April 17 1762 Mary born May 23 1 64 Ebenezer February 12 1767 Elijah born at Spencer May 21 1771 the youngest son

Jonathan Carley son of Joseph Carley was born in Spencer Massachusetts March 16 1760 Some of his father’s family removed with their parents during the revolution or shortly before it to Hoosick New York In 1776 or 1777

when but sixteen years old Jonathan enlisted in the revolutionary army

He was a member of an artillery company and served faithfully as shown by his discharge signed by Washington himself for a period of six years two months nineteen days

The discharge which has been preserved by his descendants was dated June 9 7783 and was with honors for faithful service

He was in several of the most severe battles of the war White Plains Germantown Monmouth Yorktown

At York town he fixed the fuse to the shells that finally caused Cornwallis to surrender At the battle of Monmouth he stood by his cannon loading and firing until he suffered a sunstroke and fell at his post blood starting from his ears

At the close of the war in 1783 he returned to his father’s house in Hoosick and worked on the homestead until his marriage two years later when he removed to Pownal Bennington county Vermont

In 1788 he removed to Whitingham Vermont where he and his descendants have since lived

He was a farmer and a lieutenant in the militia company after the revolution and was always known as Lieutenant Carley

He married 1785 Elizabeth Kentfield Children Polly died aged twenty months Rufus Washburn resided in Whitingham Jonathan Betsey born 1787 at Pownal Joseph prominent citizen of Whitingham Polly married David Jillson father of Clark Jillson former mayor of Worcester Massachusetts author of the history of Whitingham

Rufus Carley son of Lieutenant Jonathan Carley born about 1789 married October 14 1810 Sarah Hosley They lived at Whitingham Vermont Children Sarah Gracie Laura Jonathan 1816 Amanda Sophia David Abigail Rufus H Betsey Mary Jane

Jonathan 1816 Children of Jonathan and Polly Green Carley Rufus born July 26 1840 Hattie February 28 1842 Alfred Green January 14 1847 Herbert Henry February 18 1850 Amanda Clara December 4 1853 Eli Winthrop Eli Winthrop Carley son of Jonathan Carley was born at Searsburg Vermont May 24 1857 He married July 20 1886 May Arabella Ward of Galesburg Illinois daughter of Henry Clay Ward a prominent carpenter ami builder of Galesburg and his wife Mary Watson Ward a native of New York state Children Arthur Ward born March 16 1890 Pearl May January 4 1895

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Capt. Henry Kerley's Timeline

1632
1632
Ashmore, Dorset, England
1657
January 21, 1657
Age 25
Lancaster,Mass
1658
April 22, 1658
Age 26
Lancaster,Mass
1660
1660
Age 28
Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, United States
1661
1661
Age 29
Marlboro, Middlesex, MA
1663
May 8, 1663
Age 31
Lancaster Worche,ster,Mass
1666
August 14, 1666
Age 34
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts
1667
May 4, 1667
Age 35
Sudbury,Middlesex,Massachusetts,USA
1667
Age 35