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James Harley in Wilmington, Delaware
Posted by: Thomas Harley (ID *****6013) Date: June 28, 2012 at 13:55:19
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According to family folklore, James Harley, was born (abt 1820) in the United States and lived in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a cobbler (i.e., a shoemaker) who worked for the DuPonts. He came under pressure from the DuPonts to change his political party affiliation, and he refused, so he lost his business, and in about 1840 he moved to Philadelphia to find work. James Harley married Ellen Freil. Ellen and her children appear in the 1870 and subsequent censuses living in Philadelphia. I can find no record of James or his father Edward, who was born in Ireland. Does anyone have any information about either James or Edward?

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