"CORLEY (Eng.) One who came from Corley (Cranes' forest) or Coreley (slope frequented by cranes), in Shropshire and Warwickshire respectively."

From the Dictionary of American Family Names by Elsdon C. Smith, Harper & Brothers 1956

Shropshire County is in West England and Shrewsbury is the county seat.

The following is detailed information about my family, on my father's side, starting with my daughter, Christina, and going back several generations.



FIRST GENERATION
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1. Christina Marie CORLEY was born on 25 July 1986 in LaGrange, Ga.



SECOND GENERATION
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2. James Ralph CORLEY was born on 25 Jan 1952 in Manchester, Ga. He was married to Clarissa CORLEY on 30 March 1979.
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3. Clarissa CORLEY was born on 8 Oct 1955 in Olongapo City, Philippines.



THIRD GENERATION
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4. Bishop Franklin CORLEY was born on 17 Nov 1918. He died on 23 Dec 1988 and was buried in Memorial Gardens, Meriwether County, GA. He was married to Lois Genera CORLEY on 18 Jan 1940.
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5. Lois Genera CORLEY was born on 3 Jan 1923. She died on 15 Jan 1997 and was buried in Memorial Gardens, Meriwether County, GA.



FOURTH GENERATION
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6. William Samuel CORLEY was born on 25 July 1887 in Ga. He appeared on the census in 1910 in Talbot County, Ga. He was married to Louelliott CORLEY before 1914. He died on 23 November 1922 of TB in both lungs.
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7. Louelliott CORLEY died in 1958 in Meriwether County, Ga. She was buried in Manchester City Cemetery, Meriwether County, Ga.



FIFTH GENERATION

8. William J. S. CORLEY was born in Aug 1858 in Ga. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Upson County, Ga. He was a Carpenter in 1900 in Upson County, Ga. He appeared on the census in 1910 in Talbot County, Ga. He died on 23 Nov 1922 in Talbot County, Ga. He was married to Unknown before May 1881.

9. Unknown died after 1887.



SIXTH GENERATION

10. William H. CORLEY was born about 1824 in South Carolina. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Talbot County, Ga. He died before 1880. He was married to Jane A. before 1853.

11. Jane A. was born about 1834 in Ga. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Taylor County, Ga.



SEVENTH GENERATION

12. Isham CORLEY died on 7 May 1849 in Talbot County, Ga. He was married to Elizabeth before 1823.

13. Elizabeth was born on 4 May 1800 in South Carolina. She was Baptist after 1814. She was Mt. Zion Baptist Church member after 1838 in Talbot County, Ga. Last surviving member in the constitution of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She appeared on the census in 1850 in Talbot County, Ga. Lived next door to David and Nancy Corley. She appeared on the census in 1860 in Talbot County, Ga. She was buried in 1889 in Corley Family Cemetery, Talbot County, Ga. She died on 26 Oct 1889 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga.



EIGHTH GENERATION

14. David CORLEY was born about 1762 in North Carolina. He appeared on the census in 1830 in Talbot County, Ga. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Talbot County, Ga. He appeared on the census in 1850 Talbot County, Ga. He died between 1850 and 1860. He was buried in the Corley Family Cemetery, Talbot County, Ga.

15. Nancy was born about 1766 in South Carolina. She died between 1850 and 1860. She was buried in the Corley Family Cemetery, Talbot County, Ga.



NINTH GENERATION

16. Robert CORLEY was born in Virginia

17. Sarah PETTY



TENTH GENERATION

18. John CORLEY was born about 1700 in Hanover County, Virginia. He died in 1743 in Orange County, Virginia.



ELEVENTH GENERATION

20. Richard CORLEY was born about 1673.

21. Austin ???



TWELFTH GENERATION

22. Richard CORLEY was born before 1655. He died about 1708 in Hanover County, Virginia. He is the earliest Corley of record in North America.






Corley Coats of Arms
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