Marley Families of North Carolina


300 pages, 6 x 9", hardcover, indexed.

Little did we know that a curiosity to find out more about the Marley family would lead to thousands of hours of research, many delightful journeys, and span more than a dozen years of effort. In 1986 my wife, Lynn (Marley) Coffey, and I started a family research effort that brought us to James Marley in Sampson County, North Carolina, in the year 1794. From there our journey revealed the presence of six Marley families in North Carolina: three families in Chatham County (several members of which moved to Wilkes County), with Randoph, Orange, and Edgecombe Counties each providing yet another family.

Members of these original six families spread out across the South, West, and Mid-West (Tennesee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas) and a few stayed in North Carolina. Descendants of all of the six families contributed genealogical information. Our research deepened with the assistance of the Marley Family Association, which has been established by Dr. Michael Frost, Mrs. Joyce Hensen, and Mrs Ruth Ray. Exchanges of information at the annual Association meetings and research trips each Spring generated even more Marley Family data. Our quest for the families' heritage was collaboration with these individuals and many, many others, including Kay Somerville, Ruth Ann Jones, and Eleanor Peak.

Some other family names in this book are: Bray, Bruce, Caswell, Chapman, Drake, Elliott, Hall, Mabene, Marlow, Nettles, Peak, Shine, Sutton, Swaim, Teague, Underwood, White.

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