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III. BARTHOLOMEW KERLEY, CARLEY, or CARLYLE, as it was variously spelled by the town clerks, son of Capt. Henry Kerley, born about 1660, settled in Sudbury, was a proprietor of Leicester, but no record of his moving there. He had a wife, Hannah, and children, born in Sudbury:

1. James Carley, b. May 24, 1686, m. a Ruth Eyres in November, 1706                                                             2. Hannah Carley, b. Dec. 25, 1687.
3. Peter Carley, b. about 1690.
4. Joseph Carley, and probably others.
5. William Carley, baptized Sept. 29, 1717, Marlboro Church Records.
6. Mary Carley, baptized Sept. 19, 1719, Marlboro Church Records.

IV. PETER CARLEY, son of Bartholomew and Hannah, born about 1690, at Sudbury, or Stowe, or vicinity, lived at Leicester, died in 1746, intestate, his son Joseph administrator. Date of appraisal, Aug. 1746. The estate was nominal, having no real estate.

In a deed dated Oct. 27, 1736, to Wm. Brown, Jr., of

Leicester, from Peter Carley, of Leicester, a tract of land is conveyed that Peter states "was laid out to me upon ye account of a part of division upon right granted my father, Bartholomew Carley, in Leicester." This land, probably his homestead, was northerly of land laid out to Lieut. Thomas Newell, on Boble's brook, bounded by land of Edmund Taylor and by common lands, some 60 acres in the tract.

Ichabod Stratton, of Hardwick, was surety of Joseph Carley's bond. A branch of the Marlboro family settled at Bolton, Mass., and James Carley, of Bolton, died while a soldier at Cape Breton. There still Carleys in Mass. today.

V. JOSEPH CARLEY, son of Peter Carley, born in Leicester, Mass., Feb. 1718, lived at Leicester and Spencer, later moved to Hoosick, N.Y. where he died, Mar. 10, 1810, at 92 years of age. Feb 7, 1750, Joseph married Sarah Washburn, sister of Col. Seth and Elijah Washburn, Sr., of Natick, dau of Joseph Washburn (2) of Natick, Leicester, and Worcester, Washburns were in Duxbury and Bridgewater, Mass., as early as 1632, coming from Evesham, Worcestershire, England, an ancient town situate on the river Avon, where they traced their ancestry back to 1259, in English nobility. Washburn means literally swift flowing brook or small stream.


1. Sir Roger Washburne, of Little Washbourne, Co. Worcester, England, flourished in the latter half of the 13th century. He is mentioned in the Inquisition of 1259, and was living in 1299. Married Joan X.

2. Sir John, son of Sir Roger, known in his father's lifetime as John de Dufford. He was knight of the shire, and died before Michaelmas, 1319. He married Isabella X.

3. Sir Roger (2), son of Sir John, married, as early as 1316, Margaret X. He was Lord of Washbourne.

4. John (2), son of Sir Roger (2), was a younger son. He had an older brother, also John, who died without issue, and consequently the estate and manor of Washbourne was confirmed to the younger son by his father, Sir Roger. He married Isabelle X.

5. Peter, son of John (2) Washburne, married Isolde Hanley in the 29th year of the reign of Edward III. He had sons, John, and William.

6. John (3), son of Peter, married (1) Joan Musard, m. (2) Margaret Poher or Power, of Wichenford. He was knight of the shire, escheator, and vice-comes. He was the last of the name to own Stamford, and the first in Wichenford, and was living in July, in the 5th year of the reign of Henry V. Children: Isolde, by his 1st wife, and Norman, John and Elynor by his 2nd wife.

7. Norman, son of John (3), married Elizabeth Knivton. As son and heir he had a grant of the manor of Washbourne from his father in the 5th year of Henry VI. He died before 1449. Children: John, Eleanor, and other daughters.

  1. John (4), son of Norman, probably born as early as
  2. 1434. He was commissioner. He married (1) Joan Mitton, of Weston, Co. Stafford. Married (2) Elizabeth Monington, of Butters, Co. Hereford, who was buried at Bosbury. His will was dated May 3, 1517, and he died May 6 following, and was buried in Wichenford church. Children of 1st wife: Robert, died in his father's lifetime, John, Wallace, who was executor of his father's will, and Francis. Children of 2nd wife: Anthony, of Bosbury, and Richard.
  1. John (5), son of John (4), was founder of what is known as the Bengeworth branch. He married Emme X, who lived
  2. at Bengeworth, a few miles distant from Little Washbourne. His will was dated Dec. 27, 1546, and he died soon afterward. His wife made her will May 1, 1547. Children: John, William, married Margaret Harward.

10. John (6), son of John (5), of Bengeworth, m. (1) in 1542, Jone Bushell; m. (2) in 1561, Jone Whitehead, who was buried in 1567. He was buried in 1593. Son John.

11. John (7), son of John (6), was of Bengeworth. He married, in 1596, Martha Stevens, whose will was proved in 1626. He was buried in 1624, and his will was dated Aug. 3, 1624. Children, by dates of baptism: John (8), July 2, 1597; Jane, Dec. 2, 1599; William, Nov. 9, 1601; and Jone, Apr. 11, 1604, buried 1636.

12. John (8) was in Duxbury, Mass., as early as 1632, was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, Mass., died before 1690. His son,

13. John (9) Washburn, son of John (8), came in the schooner ELIZABETH ANN from London, 1635, was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater; married, 1645, Elizabeth, dau of Experience Mitchell. His son,

14. Joseph Washburn, probably lived in Bridgewater. His son,

15. Joseph (2), was a blacksmith, settled in Bridgewater; moved to Kingston, or Plympton, Mass., as early as 1728; to Middletown, Conn., 1739-40; finally to Leicester, Mass., 1745, ancestor of the Washburns of Leicester, Natick, and Worcester, and father of

          16. Sarah Washburn, m. Joseph Carley, father of Ebenezer.           Joseph and Sarah had 10 children:

  1. Joseph Carley, b. Dec. 7, 1751, at Leicester. Drafted into the Continental Army in 1777 for 3 years, and forced to pay a fine, Joseph only served 3 months from Aug. 17, 1777, to Nov. 30, 1777. In service to the Northward, which I take to be Vermont, where his brother Ebenezer was. So perhaps he escaped to Canada as a Tory. Ebenezer always said that he had 2 brothers who were Tories and fled to Canada. Yet I find a Joseph Carley, Jr., who witnessed a will at Canajohary,
  2. N.Y., Oct. 13, 1812. He would have been 60 years old then, if it was the same Joseph. I do not know. He could have come back to America after the war, and after Ebenezer went out to Marathon, N.Y.
  3. 2. Hannah Carley, b. May 26, 1753, at Leicester.
    3. Sarah Carley, b. April 3, 1754, at Leicester.

  4. Peter Carley, b. Feb. 11, 1756, at Spencer, married,
  5. July 9, 1778, to Rebecca Dana of Natick; settled in Natick; moved to Hancock, 1789 or 1790. Peter served as a private, Capt. Joshua Fisk's Co., Co. Abner Perry's regiment, in July 1780, 6 days, an alarm at Rhode Island. Also same company, same regiment, 7 days in August, another alarm at Rhode Island. In May, 1778, he is on the muster rolls, near Valley Forge.

5. Cyrus or Silas Carley, b. Nov. 7, 1758, at Spencer. He marched to the Lexington alarm, Apr. 19, 1775, in Capt. Wm. Brigham's Co., Col. Jonathan Ward's regiment, 9 days service. There is a possibility that he also absconded to Canada, as the other Tory brother. Altho in 1784, when the district of Berlin was formed, near Hoosick, where his father lived, Silas Carley is listed among others as the men who went to form it. I do not know. Unless he also came home after the war was over. Perhaps he was Silas at home, and Cyrus in Canada. That could account for the two names.

6. Jonathan Carley, b. Mar. 16, 1760, at Spencer, d. 1841 at Whitingham, Vt., where he lived. Johathan enlisted, Mar. 20, 1777, when he was 16 years of age, served all through the Rev. War as a matross in Col. John Crane's 3rd Artillery Regiment, his discharge signed by G. Washington himself, dated June 9, 1783, 6 yrs., 2 mo., 19 days. He served at White Plaines, Germantown, Monmouth, Yorktown, where he was said to have fixed the fuses to the last shells fired that finally compelled Cornwallis to surrender. At Monmouth he stood by his gun, loading and firing, until overcome by sunstroke, the blood gushing from his ears. In records at Camp in New Windsor, Jan. 12, 1780, he is described as 21 yrs. of age, 5 ft. 8 in., light complected. At the close of the war in 1783, he returned to his father's home in Hoosick, N.Y. He was issued a bounty land warrant for 200 acres in view of his services. In 1785 he married Elizabeth Kentfield, and settled in Pownal, Vt. In 1788 he moved to Whitingham, Vt., for the rest of his life, where he was known as a lieutenant in the militia. 6 children.

1. Betsy Carley, b. before 1788, in Pownal, m. Thomas Shumway, of Readsboro.
2. Rufus Carley, in Whitingham all his life, m. Sally Hosley.
1. Laura Carley, m. Ezra Bemis

1. Lestina Bemis, m. Lorenzo S. Blakeslee, his 2nd wife. 
1. Mrs. Mary Blakeslee Brown, b. in Rowe, Mass.

(D.A.R. Records)

3. Jonathan Carley, Jr., left town as a young man, m. 1837, Polly Green of Little Hoosick or Berlin, N.Y. Jonathan d. Jan. 17, 1857. 7 children.

1. Alfred Carley, died as a child.
2. Rufus W. Carley, b. July 26, 1840
3. Hattie Aurora Carley, b. Feb. 28, 1842
4. Alfred G. Carley, b. Jan. 14, 1847
5. Herbert H. Carley, b. Feb. 18, 1850, m. Callie S. Bowles, May
   31, 1847
6. Clara Amanda Carley, b. Dec. 4, 1853, m. Daniel Shepardson, Nov. 28, 1872
7. Eli Winthrop Carley, b. May 24, 1857, posthumous, after his father died.

4. Washburn Carley, in Whitingham all his life.
5. Joseph Carley, in Whitingham all his life.
6. Polly Carley, m. David Jillson, Jr.
7. Phebe Carley, b. Apr. 17, 1762, at Spencer
8. Mary Carley, b. May 23, 1764
9. Ebenezer Carley, b. Feb. 12, 1767, at Leicester

10. Elijah Carley, b. May 21, 1771, at Spencer; removed to Hancock at the same time as his brother Peter; married, Sept. 3, 1795, Agnes, dau of Hugh Grimes; removed to Dublin, N.H., then to Chelsea, Vt.

VI. EBENEZER CARLEY, son of Joseph and Sarah. His birthdate is given in the records as Feb. 12, 1767. Yet as he claims to have been with Ethan Allen at the taking of Fort Ticonderoga, and from 1776 on to 1781 is listed on Revolutionary War records, and his gravestone states he died July 18, 1814, at the age of 54, there seems to be some discrepancy here. Or else he was an awfully big boy and passed beyond his age.

Ebenezer was at the taking of Fort Ticonderoga, helped

remove the guns from there for the siege of Boston. Was with Washington at the Crossing of the Delaware, where he used to tell of the watchfires left burning in the night at the second crossing, to fool the British, before the Battle of Princeton. In 1777 he is back in Vermont again, fighting Indians, gave the alarm to Pittsford, Oct. 17, 1777, same day as Burgoyne's surrender. Jan. 23, 1778, he is on a muster roll return dated Camp near Valley Forge, and must have been with his brother Jonathan at Monmouth. In 1780 he is back in Vermont, a Corporal in the militia. Was called out to the Indian attack at Royalton. In 1781 he is a sergeant and has again joined his brother and Knox's artillery for the hurried trek to Yorktown and that last decisive battle.

Then home again to Clarendon, Vermont, where he married Joanna Swift, born 1754, died Nov. 13, 1831. They are listed as of Clarendon in the first U.S. Census, in 1790, as having 2 boys under 16, 3 girls under 10. but as these boys do not show up in later censuses, they must have either died, or struck out for themselves when the family left Clarendon. They moved to Unadilla, N.Y., then to Marathon, N.Y. about 1799, the second white family to settle there.

He was a captain of militia. At a training it was said that Capt. Carley and one other officer were the only ones to wear a cocked hat, with a sword and sash as sign of their authority. About 250 would turn out for a training session. Gingerbread, blackberry pies, and whiskey vied in equal quantities for their attention.

Ebenezer planted the first apple orchard seen for miles around. People used to come to wonder at its blossoming beauty in season. Had a sawmill, and a gristmill, later the Marathon Flouring Mills. Present Marathon has grown up on the Carley farm, on the west side of the river.

Children listed in Ebenezer's will are:

1. Alanson Carley, b. June 6, 1797, in Unadilla, N.Y., d. Apr. 8, 1879, m. Feb. 1818, Sally Courtwright, dau of Thomas and Esther Courtwright of Union, Broome Co. N.Y., by May 15, 1799, d. Oct. 5, 1872. Alanson was a very notable citizen, becoming justice of the peace, supervisor, sheriff, state assemblyman, was active in building the Syracuse and Binghamton Railroad, built the station at Marathon with his own funds, donating the land as well as the railhead. It was in the contract that trains always had to stop at Marathon, a tradition maintained so long as passenger trains ran over this line. He was a leading merchant, a director of the 1st National Bank of Cortland. There was a Carley and Brink store, then it was Carley and Peck, later Carley alone, then Carley and Adams. Alanson and Son ran the successful flour and feed mill founded  by his father, Ebenezer. He built the Hotel Lynde, Formerly the Carley House, in 1854. Later known as the Rogers House. Before the first building was entirely enclosed, it was blown down by sever gale winds. However, it was rebuilt satisfactorily on the second try.

There is an apocryphal story told of either Alanson or his father, Ebenezer. Coming into the town one day, hot and tired and dusty, in his shirt sleeves, he attempted to go into the hotel diningroom for dinner. He was turned away with the admonition that only gentlemen with coats on were allowed within those sacred precincts. He went away, to return in a few minutes an plunk himself down at a table. "I've just bought your damned hotel," he grunted angrily. "Now we'll see who sits where!"

Alanson was postmaster at Marathon during the Civil War. One of a number of loyal public spirited citizens who pledged themselves to support the families of volunteers during their absence, his pledge strictly fulfilled.

Alanson and Sally had 12 children:

1. Louisa Carley, b. Dec. 27, 1818, d. Mar. 10, 1839.

2. Ezekial Clark Carley, b. June 23, 1820, d. Sept. 26, 1894, 74 years. His wife, Sarah Root, d. Jan. 21, 1905, at 80 yrs.
1. Gaylord, son of E. Clark Carley, d. Dec. 8, 1844, 15 days.
2. Eleanor, dau. of E. Clark Carley, d. May 26, 1862, 8 yrs., 11 months, 12 days.In 1853 E. Clark Carley built the 1st store on West Main St. in Marathon. 2 years later, Alanson and C.C. Adams bought him out.
3. Nancy Carley, b. Apr. 12, 1822, m. 1840, Dr. E.H. Barnes, she d. June 9, 1846.
4. Polly Ann Carley, b. Sept. 8, 1823, d. Apr. 10, 1842.
5. Mersena Carley, b. Mar. 5, 1825, d. Jan. 4, 1874, m. 1847, Dr. Barnes after her sister Nancy, his 1st wife, died.

1. Edwin H. Barnes, b. May 13, 1848, m. Apr. 29, 1879, Ella Butler.

6. Eleanor Carley, b. July 14, 1827, d. July 23, 1857, married Harlow Washington Wheeler
7. Hester Carely, b. Feb. 10, 1829, d. Feb. 10, 1830.
8. Esther A. Carley, b. Dec. 4, 1830, d. May 12, 1909, m. Jan. 24, 1853, Daniel Delos Hunt, b. Mar. 12, 1828, d. Apr. 6, 1890, son of Dr. Samuel M. Hunt, who was the 1st white child born in Marathon. His grandfather, Dr. Japheth Hunt, a Rev. War surgeon, settled in

Marathon in 1796, the 1st white family to settle there. This was bounty lands, given to Rev. War veterans for their services in the recent war. This was probably also why Ebenezer Carley came here. Esther inherited Ebenezer's homestead, where her father had built a grand new house on the site of the old one. This is still standing today. Daniel Delos Hunt was a leading merchant, built the Mansard Block in 1869.

                    1. J. Warren Hunt

2. Corrie L. Hunt, b. 1859, m. 1880, Carleton M. Chapman, who was in business with Daniel.

1. Anna Louise Chapman, b. Mar. 17, 1885, m. John D. Hanson, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1. Esther Dorothy Hanson, b. Apr. 13, 1910.

  •                          2 Ruth Hanson
  • 9. Albertis Alanson Carley, b. Jan. 6, 1833, m. Oct. 22, 1884, Anna (Brocket) Feeter.

    A.A. was a town supervisor in 1880, was in partnership with his father Alanson in the Marathon Flouring Mills.

    10. Sally, or Sarah Carley, b. June 10, 1835, d. Dec. 6, 1836.

    11. Sarah Jane Carley, b. Mar. 3, 1837, m. Oct. 6, 1856, C.C. Adams, of Marathon.

    1. A. Carley Adams, b. Oct. 16, 1857
    m. (1) Lottie Hoag

    1. Sarah Carley Adams, b. Apr. 3, 1881, d. Nov. 9, 1964.
    m. (2) Rose Mae Hall

    2. Charlotte Adams, b. June 13, 1894, m. Feb. 5, 1914, John Walter Aspinwall

    1. Marie Aspinwall, b. July 14, 1915, m. Aug. 9, 1938, Walter Howard Gussenhoven, of Montevidio, Uruguay

    1. James Ricardo twins, b. Sept.
    2. Joan Howard 9, 1939 in Buencs Aires. S. A.
    3. John Walter twins, b. Nov. 20
    4. Jean Carley 1946, in Mexico City.

    John m. Dec. 19, 1970, in Washington, D.C. Lavillon Elise Morrison 2. Phyllis Aspinwall, b. June 30, 1917, m. Apr. 6, 1944, John Fisher

    Hammerle, of New York City

    1. Brooke Hammerly, b. June 8, 1945, m. Sept. 1970, Roger Neidlingler II, of Washington, D.C.

    2. Jill Hammerly, b. Feb. 22, 1947

    3. Carley Hammerly, b. July 5, 1950, Boston, Mass.

    4. Frank Hammerle, b. Oct. 14, 1951, Waltham, Mass.

        1. Eleanor Adams, b. Mar. 28, 1901, m. Wayne B. Manchester, lives in Bonita Springs, Florida. No children.

    2. Helen Adams, b. Sept. 15, 1861, d. Apr. 3, 1943. Never married.

                                  3. Mary B. Adams, m. Frank McKee
                                     1. Frances McKee, m. Robert Gilliespie
                                     1. Louise Gilliespie, m. Gerry Krause
                                     1. Gerry Krause
                                     2. Susie Krause
                                     2. Louise McKee, m. Paul Warfield
                                     1. Mary Frances Warfield, m. X.
                                     2. David Warfield, m. X.

    12. C. Clay Carley, b. July 23, 1844, d. 1924.

    m. (1) 1869, Mercie A. Tarbell, b. 1846, d. Aug. 11, 1888

    1. Leon Alanson Carley, b. Nov. 19, 1871

    A lawyer, Syracuse and New York City, later Montclair, N.J. and Caldwell, N.J. corporation law his speciality. He later wrote a book on psychology.

    m. Sept. 5, 1901, at Homer, N.Y., Mrs. Jennie Hortense (Olney) Newton. Her father, Rev. Eugene Olney, was for years pastor 1st Congregational Church, Homer, N.Y.

    1. Mercie Lucile Carley, b. July 31, 1902
    2. Leon Alanson Carley, b. Nov. 21, 1906
    3. Mortimer Peary Carley, b. Dec. 21, 1909
    2. Daniel Arvine Carley, b. Dec. 8, 1873, d. Aug. 28, 1877.
         m. (2) 1889, Myra Annette (Eades) Glover, b.        1852, d. 1919.
    3. Oliver Glover Eades Carley, b. Sept. 27, 1892, 
         m. Mar 28, 1918, Anna Margaret Nelson

    1. Oliver Eades Carley, Jr., b. Sept. 19, 1921.
    m. June 25, 1949, Jane Louise Moore
    1. Deborah Hane Carley, b. Aug. 1,1950

    2. Michael Oliver Carley, b. Dec. 11, 1951

    3. Jeffrey Clay Carley, b. Mar. 6, 1965

    2. Charlotte Eleanor Carley, b. July 10, 1923, m. May 19, 1945, Melvin Henry Gilbert, b. Sept. 22, 1923, d. Jan. 1, 1970.

    1. Margaret Ann Gilbert, b. Apr. 27, 1948
    2. David Melvin Gilbert, b. Aug. 10, 1951
    3. Melinda Sue Gilbert, b. Feb. 28, 1956
    4. Douglas Alan Gilbert, b. Sept. 28, 1960

    2. Orrin Carley, b. Oct. 30, 1799, 2nd white child born in Marathon.

    3. Rachel Carley, married Silas Wilder
    4. Eleanor Carley, married John Smith
    5. Ellen Carley
    6. Hannah Carley, married Nathan Herring
    7. Hepsibath Carley
    8. Polly Carley, married Miles Ranson

    VII. ORRIN CARLEY, Sr., son of Ebenezer and Joanna, born Oct. 30, 1799, the 2nd white child born in Marathon, Cortland Co. N.Y. Married, July 5, 1822, Elizabeth Barnes, dau. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Reeves Barnes. She was born Nov. 30, 1802, at Lackawaxen, Pike Co., Penn., and died Aug. 17, 1883, at Nanticoke, Broome Co. N.Y. Her mother died about 1868 at the age of 93. My father could just remember her, when he was a small boy, immediately after the Civil War. She talked Penn. Dutch, my father said. Very broken. Orrin, Sr., died Nov. 5, 1883, and is buried beside his wife and hear his father, in the Marathon Cemetery.

    Lumbering was a great industry in those days in those parts. In the spring, taking advantage of the swollen rushing torrent of the June freshets, great rafts of logs, "arks" they were called, as much as 90 feet long, 6 to 7 ft. depth, could carry an enormous tonnage, perhaps of milled lumber, as well as the logs themselves, were floated down the Susquehanna to market. The law provided that sluices or slipways must be provided in all dams to allow passage of these log rafts.

    Orrin, Sr., was famed as a great walker. It was said he could almost walk a hound to death. So, where other men were content to take down one raft, Orrin would take two. One, he would tie up at night when the other rafters tied up for the night, then walk back with his great hound for company, and bring down the 2nd one while the other men slept.

    It was while so occupied that he met his future wife, Elizabeth Barnes. Her father, Jeremiah Barnes, had a mill, and mill dam. The rafters would tie up above such a dam for the night, so as to allow a good head of water to build up overnight while the mill was shut down, to carry them safely over in the morning. It was noted that Orrin tarried unduly at the mill-master's. And when, their rafts delivered, he and a friend returned home on horseback, "ride and tie", with one horse between the two of them, he managed it so that they stayed overnight at Barnes Mill. The next morning Orrin started his friend out first on the horse. He was so long catching up to his fellow traveler, he began to worry that something had happened to Orrin. but all he said, when he finally overtook him was, "That's the girl I'm going to marry." And he did come back the next year, and they were married.




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