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My name is Robert Friley III and I am the Webmaster of this site.

 

The origin of our branch of the Friley tree has long been debated.  I set about trying to unravel some of these mysteries several years ago along with a cousin, Linda Friley Bates.  We had little success.  After awhile the project dropped.  In 1997, I sent out inquires to Friley families in the Boyd County, Kentucky area that I found in telephone directories.  I had only one positive response, that from a Charles ‘Babe’ Friley from Catlettsburg, Kentucky.  He provided me with encouragement and later copies of pages from old city directories. It was not until the fall of 2007, that I picked up the project again.  During the lapse of working on the project, my Aunt ‘Boots’ (Hattie E. Friley) let me make copies of 2 old family albums and after her death her daughter Peggy Harris sent me several photos and old documents that were her mother’s.  These are now known within our family as the ‘Catlettsburg Collection’.  Where did the Friley name originate and why did so many Friley families migrate to Catlettsburg, Kentucky; a small city that bordered on the states of Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia (now West Virginia)?  Who are the ancestors of Robert Friley (The Elder) and his wife Serra?  Who were and are their decendants. I now believe that the direct link to most of the Friley and Fraley Families in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, North Carrolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Ohio and East Tennessee during the 18th and 19th centuries is one couple, Frederick and Chloe Friley. It was not until recently that original documents from Colonial times have been scanned and placed on the internet.  It was when the Virginia GenWeb Project got really going, that I was able to make any sense  for not finding family connections past my great-grandfather.  My Heritage, this website, has a system called smart matches that helps to match familes to other on-line databases.  It also can detect the appropriate spelling, ie. Fraley or Friley within families and the viewer can select the best match for his research. “James M. Vicars from Columbus, Ohio in May of 1986 released research that he had completed based on Virgina Manuscript Three.  His documentation list Frederick as Frederick Fraley.  The Virginia GenWeb documents have the early name as Frederick Friley.  Gradually, some changed their name from Friley to Fraley and sometimes both names were used in the same family cluster.  Thus two Family Genealogies were created; one with the surname Fraley and the other Friley, when in truth they are one and the same in most cases. 

This site also contains extensive information on the families of;  Robert Crockett Finch, William Henry Lewis, Percy Thomas Shingler, Jacob Beard and Joseph Willis.

This site was created using MyHeritage.com. This is a great system that allows anyone like you and me to create a site for their family and even publish their family tree on the Internet.
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