John RILEY (later somehow morphed into RALEY) d. in St. Mary's Co. MD and had a daughter Mary RILEY who m. William BRIGHT (among other "Riley" children.)
Mary RILEY, d/o John RILEY, married 1st to a Wm.BRIGHT 1st and Thomas COOPER 2nd.
They were Catholic and connected to the FORD family.
I believe Mary RILEY BRIGHT and her 1st husband William BRIGHT's 2 "known" daughters "FRANCIS BRIGHT" (female) and "ELIZABETH BRIGHT" were possibly the SAME 2 women later seen in land records as Mary BRIGHT and LYDIA/LYDIAN BRIGHT.
I cannot prove this yet-- but I am following the land trail and the land records go back to the WILLIAMS family and HARRISON,etc.
I believer "Lydia BRIGHT" who owned "Fox Catched" land in 1754 that had belonged to Robt. NUGENT in 1753 and again later in 1758 (possibly back in his hands Foxes Den?) was the same lady as "Elizabeth BRIGHT" who was daughter of Mary RILEY and William BRIGHT.
***CANNOT PROVE THIS YET--STILL IN THE "THEORY STAGE"***
Mike Marshall kindly sent me some links to important MD land records that are very helpful from the MD Archives.
Also, according to L. Reno, Lydia BRIGHT and Mary BRIGHT also owned part of "Cold Wells" land in the 1750's in St. Mary's Co. MD which was the land of Thomas SUITE, Sr. (my ancestor) through his marriage to Christian DENT who was d/o Capt. John DENT (a Staunch PROTESTANT) who d. there in 1712.
I have to currently disagree with others that suggest that Mary & Lydia BRIGHT were children of my ancestress, Christian DENT who m. Thomas SUITE, Sr., because these BRIGHT women were apparently Catholics -- and with the known DENT family history of staunch Protestantism in St. Mary's & Charles Co. MD --I just do not believe that scenario works for Lydia and Mary BRIGHT to be daughters of Christian DENT.
I DO think; however, that Mary & Lydia BRIGHT were most probably daughters of Mary RILEY and William BRIGHT who were formally known as "Francis" (a female) and "Elizabeth BRIGHT" of St. Mary's Co. MD.
So far I feel the land trail is helping sort this out.
The land that Rober NUGENT owned had came from Benjamin WILLIAMS.
Benjamin WILLIAMS(**IMPORTANT**who was son-in-law of Henry REILEIGH/RALEY/RILEY who d. 1754 in St. Mary's Co. MD-- through his 1st wife (NOT Ann who was his LAST WIFE! This lady apparently died BEFORE her father died in 1754)-- and these REILEIGH/WILLIAMS people were connected to a Wm. HARRISON. Benjamin WILLIAMS was m. LAST to an "Ann" when he died who must have been a 2nd wife and was not the d/o Henry REILEIGH in my opinion!
**AGAIN-- I TRULY BELIEVE HENRY REILEIGH was descended from John RILEY (of Brittain's Bay, St. Mary's Co. MD)
Was Brittain's Bay the same as "Bretton's Bay?
The DENT (later SUITE) land apparently came from a Dr. John Harrison that ended up in the SUITE family (and then, after Benjamin Suit d. 1810, ended back up in the Keech and Harrison families after 1818).
Early, a man named William HARRISON was connected to the Williams/Nugent/Bright land.
(Confusing-- many Harrison and Williams in this vicinity!)
Was Wm. HARRISON realted to your John HARRISON?
Also, look at the RILEY and REILEIGH spellings to find more records.
Mike Marshall's website on Charles Co. MD history is very helpful!
Henry REILEIGH (aka RALEY and RILEY in records) d. Mar 1754
in St. Mary's Co. MD.
He had a daughter who d. before he did who married Benjamin WILLIAMS who was part of the land trail of the land that Lydia BRIGHT and Robert NUGENT had.
I am trying to figure out all these people and their connection to Thomas SUITE who d. 1771.
Mary BRIGHT d. in the 1780's and was apparently still unmarried- and left everything to the children of Dent Suite, Jr. (described as cousin) and Joseph HARRISON who was son of her "friend" Nathan HARRISON.
(Then, to confuse us more-- Benjamin SUIT had a daughter Victoria SUITE who m. ANOTHER Joseph HARRISON.) Their daughter, Penelope, m. John CHAPLER/CHAPPELAR HARRISON who was son of the other Joseph HARRISON who was in Mary BRIGHT's will. (Can be found on Mike Marshall's website--google it for url).
Lydia BRIGHT was not named in Mary BRIGHT's will in the 1780's in St. Mary's Co. MD.
We do know from records that Lydia Bright was still in the St. Mary's Co. MD debt book in 1761 but not in Thomas SUITE's 1771 will.
So, Lydia BRIGHT either married, died, or moved between 1761-1771.
I have found no estate or will for her.
I do not yet know "how" Henry REILEIGH (aka RILEY & RALEY) who d. 1754 in St. Mary's Co. MD was connects to the earlier John RILEY who was father of Mary RILEY BRIGHT COOPER (wid. of Wm. Bright and m. 2nd to Thomas COOPER); but he HAD TO BE related! No question about it!
They were connected to the same people and families, especially Cole, Ford, Heard, and were Catholic.
Robert NUGENT was apparently also Catholic and some of his children migrated to KY with the Catholic migration.
Robert NUGENT's wife was Ann who was d/o John FADERY/VAUDREY who d. 1724/1725 in St. Mary's Co. and this is proven by her father's will.
The record that says Thomas Nugent "immigrated" in 1737 is erroneous in my opinion-- BECAUSE his father-in-law's will and estate in 1724/1725 PROVE he was here before that time.
I think he was related to Edward/Edmund NUGENT who had land in St. Mary's Co. in the late 1690's.
But WILLIAMS are connected to SUITE for many years in MD
and trying to figure out WILLIAMS is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Can you tell me abou the John WILLIAMS you mention?
Henry RILEY/RALEY/REILEIGH apaprently had a brother Michael.
Henry is listed as RALEY in some records mainly around 1750-1754 in other people's estates in St. Mary's Co. MD, but his own will spells his surname as Reileigh:
This is a very helpful record!
(Excerpt--go to url for entire record)*
Liber 29, folio 96
19 April 1751
REILEIGH, HENRY, [St. Mary's Co.]
To Elizabeth Williams, d. o. Benjamin Williams...
To Mary Beel...
To bros. Michael, John, & William Reiligh...
To Joseph Beel...
To Michael Reiligh, the note I have of William Lucas...
To extrx., Margaret Reed, for life, the use of the rest of my e. r. & p., & on her d., to John Reiligh, s. o. Michael Reileigh.
Negro boy Jess is to be free at age 21.
Witn: James Aspby, George Leigh, John Curlett.
4 March 1754, worn to by Leigh & Curlett.
I ALSO have another MYSTERY that may connect to these same RALEY/RILEY/SUIT family, but later and in SC:
In 1800 in St. Mary's Co. MD, a man named Benjamin BANNER lived next to Benjamin SUIT (Suit d. 1810 in ST. Mary's).
Benjamin BANNER was s/o Peter BANNER and Elizabeth WOOD (who was d/o Samuel WOOD and Ann BRISCOE whose 1st husb. was John DAVIS who d. 1717 in St. Mary's Co. MD.)
Benjamin BANNER's sister was also my ancestress-- as Anna BANNER married my ancestor, James SUIT/SUITE (James d. 1811-1813 in St. Mary's Co. MD)
Benjamin BANNER and Ann BANNER SUITE's father, Peter BANNER got land grants in Barnwell Co. SC after the Revolution.
Peter BANNERd. there testate in 1799.
His son, Benjamin BANNER and daughter Ann BANNER SUITE/SUIT, wife of James SUITE/SUIT were both still living in St. Mary's Co. MD in the 1800 federal census.
After Peter BANNER died in SC in 1799, his son, Benjamin BANNER and his new wife, Ann DAVIS (m. 1797 in St. Mary's MD) moved to Barnwell Co. SC to get his inheritance between 1800-1810 census.
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin BANNER moved from St. Mary's Co., MD to Barnwell Co. SC with another man named Hanson BENNETT who also m. a DAVIS woman named Elizabeth DAVIS -also in 1797- (also in St. Mary's MD) --
Both the Hanson BENNETT and Benjamin BANNER families can be found in the 1810 Barnwell Co., SC federal census. (Formerly Orangeburg.)
Later, Benjamin BANNER is in a land record with Owen RILEY and it mentions BELE land! See below.
I believe these suranmes are THE SAME people in the Henry REILEIGH will in my opinion. Can't prove it yet-- but I feel this genealogy may be traced back to to MD.
A man named Zachariah BELL (BELE/BEALL?)had children who (*for some unknown reason) were entitled to part of the PETER BANNER land.
It seems BELL may have possibly been the MD family of BEALL.
I had previously queried on this forum to inquire about Frances "Fanny" BELL/BEALL who was one of the children entitled to some of the BANNER land--here is a copy of the reply I was sent:
Re: Zacariah Bell and children of SC ca. 1790 - 1810
Posted by: Sandra Norris (ID *****1179) Date: March 28, 2009 at 10:03:35
In Reply to: Zacariah Bell and children of SC ca. 1790 - 1810 by B. Treon of 14997
Fanny Bell married William Couey. They were in Laurens Co. Ga. in 1813. They gave power of attorney to John Couey to sell land in Barnwell Dist. S.C., on Duck Branch bought by Zachariah Bell from Benj. Banner. Also sold 100 acres to William Loper on Big Duck Branch, granted to Peter Banner and then DEEDED TO JOHN AND FANNY BELL. This included "the plantation where Zachariah Bell Sr., deceased, lived and built a mill."
(In the late 1700's--Barnwell/Orangeburg SC)-
Was ZACHARIAH "BELL" related to Joseph BEALL who was married to Mary REILEIGH/RILEY/RALEY who was probable d/o Henry REILEIGH in the 1754 will?
RE: (Land record ALSO in Barnwell SC)
(Sorry, I forgot to jot down the URL where I found the following records* but it was in Barnwell, SC.)
H-84 Benjamin BANNER to WILLIAM OWENS, 16 May 1812, land granted Peter Bamer 1793, bound said OWENS, Owen RILEY, estate of BELE. wit: Owens RILEY, Benja ALLEN. Ann BANNER dower.
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