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This unusual name recorded in the spellings of Willey, Wiley, Wyley, Wylie, and Wyly, is of English locational origin. It derives from the places so called in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey. The first five of these villages share the same meaning. This is from the Old English pre 7th "wilig", meaning "willow" and "leah", either a fenced clearing in a wood, or in some places a "water meadow". The village of "Willey" in Surrey derives its name from a different source. This is from "weoh", meaning a pagan temple, plus "leah", which in this case clearly means a clearing in a wood...

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Thomas Wiley born possibly in Ulster or Belfast Ireland in 1741 served in the Dunsmore War. And was married to Jenny Sellards. She was captured by Indians and all their children murdered. She was able to escape and had more children with Thomas. Her daughter Mary Jane was my ggg grandmother.

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