Compiled by Robert Milven Braley Jr. 2021 Eighth Generation U.S. Braley
It is with the hope that the Braley Genealogy may prove to be as free from errors as similar books. It would be beyond my fondest dream to expect it to be entirely free from errors. I have attempted to collect every family record, and to verify those collected. But often town vital records, tombstones, and family Bibles disagree. Also, I have received data from multiple sources in the same family, which did not agree in everything, so there are ways for errors to creep in.
It is with disappointment on my part, that family records are not as complete as I would like them to be. However, in most cases errors are the result of not replying to my request for information. There are a few incomplete records as I have been unable to locate parties to request information.
No expense or care is withheld in the compilation of the book, and I hope it will prove satisfactory to its readers.
Robert Milven Braley Jr.
b. Born d. Died dau Daughter Ch Child or Children mar. Marriage int. Intentions of marriage div Divorced prob Probably
In parenthesis after each head of family follows line of ascent to Roger Braley 1. Descendants marked with an asterisk (*) appear in later paragraphs.
Introduction As written by Abner L. Braley c.1900 and Ellison L. Braley c.1907
Compiled, updated and edited by Robert M. Braley Jr. in 2021
In common with some other American families the Braley’s are forced to rely on tradition to account for the presence of their progenitors in this country.
The familiar is that three Welshmen who were brothers Were “pressed” on a British vessel. Being of the Quaker faith, there tenets forbade participation in war, and accordingly, they availed themselves of the first opportunity to escape.
The legend runs that because of destitution they ate the soles of their shoes for food, and to conceal their identity, changed their name to Braley.
Of the three brothers two disappeared, the hazy tradition alone remaining that one of them returned to Wales.
One of the brothers married a widow Russell, and at least the name “Russell” has persisted in the family even to the present day. All branches of the family accept the tradition related above.
One branch alone, claims that the Braleys are of French Huguenot extraction, that the name was originally “Brales,” and pronounced in French as if “es” were “ez”. The Genealogy of the Braley Family written by Ellison L. Braley, published in 1907 follows this tradition.
A very full and careful investigation of all available sources of information has failed to disclose anything more complete or authentic than the fragmentary results which follow.
In 1643, a list of men capable of bearing arms at Marshfield gives the name of Robert Brelles, allowing a slight supposition to arise that Robert might be the ancestor of the family.
The records further state that on August 24, 1676, James Brayley served in Major Savage’s Company; that on February 29, 1675, James Brierly is in Colonel Joseph Gardner’s Company; that on December 10, 1675, Corporal James Brarley is in Major Appleton’s Company with both latter commanders being then engaged in the Narragannsett war.
As to the different spelling of the names, we can only note, the usual tendency of the 17th century to guess at a man’s name when writing it. The use of sealings and marks had not yet wholly vanished.
On the Portsmouth, RI records, Roger Braley, whom tradition calls the progenitor of the American family has his named spelled “Brailey”.
On the records of Rochester, Massachusetts, the later Roger is called “Bralee”, and he certainly signed deeds as “Brailey,” as well as “Braley.”
The second Roger formerly lived in Middleborn, and while removed from that place to Rochester, it is said that he picked up a white stone which caught his fancy and brought it with him. The story goes on to say that this stone is at his grave in the family cemetery in North Rochester. In that cemetery there is such a stone at his grave.
The tendency of the Braleys to embrace the beliefs of the Society of Friends, did not prevent many of them from serving in the Revolutionary War.
Gideon Braley enlisted at Adams, Mass and served 96 days. He was at the taking of Ticonderoga.
John Braley of Freetown is reported as dead August 1, 1778, was in the march of Captain Rounneeville from Freetown April 19, 1775.
Nathaniel Braley was First Lieutenant of the Brigantine “Reprisal”.
This Nathaniel was born in Rehoboth, Mass., May 5, 1775. At the age of eleven he went as cabin boy and followed the sea until he was thirty-three years of age. For many years he commanded a vessel running to the East Indies and China. In the Revolutionary War, he was captured and kept on one of the terrible hulks in the harbor of New York, where he suffered the usual hardships of those places. Escaping, he was sent to England, perhaps to Dartmoor, whence he escaped, and by the aid of friends reached France. Returning to Rehoboth, he removed to Savoy, Mass., with his wife, the daughter of Elisha Carpenter, who owned land in Savoy on which the couple settled.
In 1801, they removed to Palmyra, New York.
On June 25, 1802, Nathaniel died. His widow Cynthia made her home with her daughters till 1813. In 1819 they moved to Gaines, Orleans Co., where the widow lived until her death on March 18, 1841.
Nathaniel’s wallet which he carried with him through the war is now in the possession of his descendants at Albion, New York.
William Braley, age eighteen, enlisted in Bristol County (from Rehoboth) in 1779.
Wingate Braley of Haverhill also served.
The race, although hardy and prolife in the early days, consisted principally of yeomen and sailors. None of them have achieved great distinction in military or civil life, yet they have always been a law-abiding, God-fearing people, active and efficient members of the community in which their lives have been spent.
There is no information to be found about Roger other than the record of his and wife Alice’s children’s birth at Portsmouth, R.I. except that on July 6, 1696, he was a witness in a drowning inquest.
Elizabeth Braley, b. June 25, 1697
*Roger Braley Jr., b. Nov 15, 1698
Alice Braley, b. March 28, 1700
Ambrose Braley b. December 4, 1701
John Braley, b. March 26, 1703
Grace Braley, b. February 22, 1704-5
Sarah Braley, b. March 25, 1907, perhaps married Josiah Haskell, 1729.
Descendants of Roger Braley Jr.
1 Roger (Roger), son of Roger and Alice; b. Portsmouth, R.I.; d. Rochester, Mass., about September 1778; mar. Hannah (perhaps Tisdale mar. 2d. Dartmouth, Mass., May 10, 1733, Margaret Sherman, dau. David and Abigail (Hathaway); b. Dartmouth, Mass. December 13, 1711; d. probably Bellingham, Mass., (she married Joseph Kelly in 1782); 6 ch. Are recorded on Middleboro records, rest at Rochester, Mass.
2 Alice, July 29, 1722
*3 Roger Braley, April 6, 1724
4 Abigail, April 1, 1734
5 David, September 1, 1735
6 Russell, March 17, 1737
7 Solomon, November 19, 1738; not in fathers will.
8 Lydia, July 29, 1740.
9 Israel, May 15, 1742.
10 Elijah, March 5, 1744.
11 Hannah, February 2, 1746.
12 Caleb, December 16, 1746.
13 Ezekiel, December 6, 1749.
14 Margaret, August 18, 1752.
15 George, December 3, 1754.
3 Roger (Roger-Roger) son Roger and Hannah; b. Middleboro, Mass., April 6, 1724; d. Franklin, Mass. May 4, 1750, Deborah Wing, dau. Samuel and Dorothy: b. Falmouth, Mass. d. ______; mar. 2d, Rochester, Mass.; Mrs. Deborah (Wing) Claghorn, dau. John and Experience; b. Rochester, Mass., Dec 17, 1719; d.______; mar. 3d______, Priscilla.
22 Hannah ______ Asa Ray and Comfort Haskell.
23 Margaret ______Harrington.
24 Deborah ______ Sylvanus Scott.
26 John ______ 1754, d. Oct 15, 1819
27 Roger (Roger-Roger-Roger), son Roger and ______; b. ______, RI; mar Cumberland, RI Aug 15, 1779, Ruth Cole, dau John b. ______; d. Franklin, Mass, May 2, 1815, a widow. (Another account says she died in Bellingham about 1840. Roger disappeared very suddenly leaving his family).; Ch. 2
121 Chloe, b. ______; mar ______ Farrington of Franklin.
*122 Ezekiel b. Aug 3, 1782
122 Ezekiel (Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger). Son Roger and Ruth (Cole); b. Cumberland, RI Aug 3, 1782; d. Westboro, Mass Dec 17, 1754; mar Hopkinton, Mass Dec 24, 1804, Lois Walker; b. Mar 3, 1783; d. Westboro, Mass Feb 19, 1875; ch 9
448 Gibbs, b. May 6, 1806
449 Elliott, b. Jan 28, 1808
450 Ellison, b. July 26, 1810
451 Philander, b. Oct 30, 1812
452 Louisa, b. Oct 28, 1814
453 Harriet, b. Mar 27, 1817
454 Benj P. b. Jan 28, 1822
*455 George R. b. Nov 17, 1828
456 Esther A. b. Mar 19, 1828
455 George R. (Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), son Ezekiel and Lois (Walker); b. Holliston, Mass., Nov 17, 1825; d. Poplar Bluffs, MO., Nov 17, 1892; mar. 2d. Carlinsville, IL Sept 6, 1852, Rosetta Kathern Champinay, b. ______, NY, May 17, 1832; d. Puxico, MO Feb 25, 1891; ______ch.
1016 Philander _______; d. Carlinsville, ILL, Oct 8, 1881.
1017 Charles, b. March 23, 1854; d. May 3, 1855.
1018 Edgar O. b. April 15, 1856.
1019 John G. b. Feb 27, 1858; d. Puxico Oct 9, 1876.
1020 Mary Lois, b. Sep 7, 1860.
1021 George B. b. April 27, 1862; d. Mound City, May 5, 1862.
1022 Rosetta C. b. April 3, 1865, d.do. Aug 24, 1882.
*1023 Robert S. b. June 2, 1860.
1023 Robert Southerland Braley (Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), son. George and Rosetta (Champinay); b. Carlinsville, Ill., June 2, 1869; d, m/d/1943 mar. October 11, 1893, Lucy Jane (McVey), b. 1865 d. 1944 (Rose Hill Memorial Park (Graceland ((6) L-185 #3 Lucy Jane Braley (1865-1944) - Find A Grave Memorial) dau Jerry M. Clark and Nancy (McCabe); b. Culbert Co., Alabama, October 29, 1865 – ch.
*Benjamin F. Turley, b. Jan 26,1861 (city) d. Oct 24,1950 Tulsa, OK Married Annie (maiden) (city) b. Mar 12,1882 d. m/d/y Tulsa, OK children
*Olivia Turley married *3517 Lawrence Russell Braley on m/d/y.
*3517 Lawrence Russell Braley (Robert S-George-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Moorehouse, Mo. March 7. 1898. D. m/d/y Mar. Oliva b. 1902 d.1987 (middle name) Turley children 8
*3517 Lawrence Russell Braley (Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger); b. Moorehouse, Mo. March 7, 1898. d. m/d/1971 (Rose Hill Memorial Park (Section: Graceland (6) L-185 #1) (Laurance Russell Braley (1898-1971) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 77154604) mar Ida R., b., do January 24,1902, d. m/d/1919
The following is compiled by Robert Milven Braley Jr. in 2021.
*3517 Lawrence Russell Braley (Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger); b. Moorehouse, Mo. March 7, 1898. d.1971 (Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma) mar Dora Olivia (Turley) Braley) b. 1902 d. 1987 (age 84-85) (Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma) Plot Section Graceland (6) L-185 #5) (Dora Olivia Braley (1902-1987) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 72154600)
3517-3 Raymond Dean Braley (Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) Braley, b. Dec 13,1937 Tulsa, OK d. October 5, 2015, married Margaret Marie Lamunyon Braley b. August 5, 1926, Elkart, ID, d. January 19, 2010, Hapeville, Georgia
3517-3-1 Paul Dean Braley (Raymond-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. January 18,1952, Atlanta, Georgia mar Sharon S. Hensley Braley b. November 28, 1949, d. December 14, 2018, Hapeville, Georgia mar November 23, 1985, Ch.2
3517-3-1-1 Jeff Hensley b. April 13, 1973
3517-3-1-2 Tammy Hensley b. July 8, 1975
3517-3-1-2 Helen Marie Braley Bass (Raymond-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. May 23,1953, Atlanta, Georgia mar David Allen Bass b. December 7, 1952, d. August 2014 Ch.2
3517-3-1-2-1 Stuart Allen Bass b. September 22, 1975, 3517-3-1-2-2 Leslie Marie Bass b. October 26, 1976,
3517-3-1-3 Ruth Anne Braley Barr (Raymond-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. August 3, 1954, Atlanta, Georgia mar m/d/y John Auston Barr b. September 23, 1949, d. August 2014 Ch.2
3517-3-1-3-1 Anne Barr Cruz b. November 4, 1978. 3517-3-1-3-2 Angela Barr Hays b. July 15, 1984.
3517-4-1-1 Kimberly Joann Cotter b. May 9,1968 Burbank, Cal., mar Howard Paul Wright, son of Eddie and Margret Wright, on Apr 4,1987 Los Vegas, NV 3517-4-1-2 Michael Patrick Cotter b. April 29,1969 Santa Monica, Cal 3517-4-1-3 Kathe Marie Cotter b. Jan 30,1972 Granada Hills, Cal
3517-4-2 Robert Milven Braley Jr. (Robert-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) Ch 1 1mar Karen Lynn (Hobbs) Braley, b. 1958 in Reno, Nevada div 1987 in Anchorage, Alaska. 2mar Susan (S) Braley b. 1951 on 1992, Palmer, Alaska div 1993 in Anchorage, Alaska. 3mar Janet Jay (Lambert) Braley, b. August 13,1944 Massillon, Stark County, Ohio d. March 23, 2001, Palmer, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska on June 11, 1993 (Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia Janet Jay Lambert Braley (1944-2001) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 132330894) in Palmer, Alaska.
*3517-4-2-1 Scott Anthony Braley (Robert-Robert-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Nov 11,1982, Mar Bonnie Jun 30, 2007, Wasilla, AK Ch 0
3517-4-3 James Russell Braley (Robert-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Apr 4, 1955, Yuba City, Cal. mar Debbie m/d/y, Santa Monica, Cal
3517-4-3-1 Christina Braley, b.
3517-4-3-2 ? b.
3517-4-4 Carol Ann Braley Scott (Robert-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Sep 30,1956 mar Greg Scott b. m/d/y Santa Monica, Cal
3517-4-4-1 Eric Scott, b m/d/y, city married m/d/y, city
3517-4-4-2 Jessie Scott, b. m/d/y, city married m/d/y, city
*3517-5 David Edward Braley, (Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. January 25,1924 Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma d. Aug 25, 2017 (age 93) Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, USA Garden of Memories, Salinas, Monterey County, California, USA, Section 8, Row 12, Plot 1736 (David E Braley (1924-2017) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 182841428) (, married Dorothy Meda Sims Braley b. Nov 1,1926 Compton, Newton County, Arkansas d. May 3, 2003 (age 76) Salinas, Monterey County, California, USA. Garden of Memories, Salinas, Monterey County, California, USA, Section 8, Row 12, Plot 1736, Dorothy Meda Sims Braley (1926-2003) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 13927879) (mar Sep 27,1947, Salinas, Cal children 3
3517-5-1 Terry Allen Braley (David-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. May 1, 1953
3517-5-2 Gary Keith Braley (David-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger)b. Dec 2,1955 Salinas, Monterey County, California, USA, d. April 17, 2017 (age 61) Redding, Shasta County, California, USA Cremated ( Gary Keith Braley (1955-2017) - Find A Grave Memorial) (Memorial ID 182858387)
3517-5-3 Wayne Braley (David-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b.
*3517-6 Marvin Franklin Braley, (Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. Feb 7,1930 (town) d. m/d/y Stockton, Cal. Married Joyce Farmer Braley b. m/d/y (town) d. m/d/y Chouteau, OK married on m/d/y (City State) children 3
*3517-6-1 Rick Braley (Marvin-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) (middle name) Braley b. m/d/y (city, state) Married (first middle last) m/d/y (city, state) divorced m/d/y (any children). 2nd Married (First name, middle name, last name date married m/d/y children - including adopted or step.
*3517-6-2 Randall Dean Braley (Marvin-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. August 7, 1954, French Camp, California Mar Teri Leah Thornberry August 7, 1983, Reno, NV divorced m/d/1989, Tracy, California children 2.
3517-6-2-1 Leah Allison Braley. (Randall-Marvin-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. March 19, 1984, Hayward, California
3517-6-2-2 Leslie Elizabeth Braley (Randall-Marvin-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. August 16, 1986, Stockton, California
3517-6-3 Lynette Braley Miller (Marvin-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. m/d/y (city state); Tom Miller b. m/d/y married on m/d/y Children 2
3517-6-3-1 Jared Miller, b. m/d/y
3517-6-3-2 name Miller, b. m/d/y
*3517-7 John Allen Braley, (Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. August 30,1932 d. April 17,1971 Parkview Cemetery, Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA Plot 0-30/26/3 (John Allen Braley (1932-1971) - Find A Grave Memorial) (memorial ID 203171278) mar Adelia Marie Archer b. August 16, 1936 (city state) d. m/d/y married on m/d/1955 children 5
*3517-7-1 Carrie Faye Braley, (John-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. April 16,1956.
*3517-7-2 Shirley Jean Braley, (John-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Dec 3, 1957.
*3517-7-3 Margie Ann Braley Gaffaney (John-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger) b. Oct 26,1958 mar Gaffney
*3517-7-4 Johnnie Dee Braley, (John-Lawrence-Robert S-Geo.- Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. Oct 16, 1959.
*3517-8 Mary Annabelle Braley Locke, (Lawrence-Robert S-Geo-Ezekiel-Roger-Roger-Roger-Roger), b. m/d/y mar Leroy Locke on m/d/y
3517-8-1 Doug Locke, b.1956
3517-8-2 Roger Locke, b.1957
3517-8-3 Ronda Locke, b.1958
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