This Letter was in the belongings of .....John Allen Farley 1888-1992...Farley name
Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
The name Farley, believe it or not, is not Irish, it is English. What do you think about that?
We stem from one of the oldest, and most select families in England. In fact we can track our ancestry way back before the year 1000 AD if we so choose.
Our ancestor was William DeFalaise, the 27th Lord of the Castle Falaise in Normandy. William was a direct descendant in a long unbroken line of Norman Noblemen who themselves were the descendants of the Vikings who raided the coasts of France between 400-800 AD. William was a courter Favorite of Duke William of Normandy. He accompanied Williams in the Last invasion of Britain in 1066, from which the Duke got the name of William the Conquerer. Following William's quest of the Saxons. The Duke gave our ancestors 29 Manors and Lordships in the county of Devon, these in Summersetshire. DeFalaise built his castle and named it Farley which is the anglicize version of
DeFalaise. Thus we got the name.
The direct descendants of William DeFalaise, that is father to son etc. finally played out in 1570. The last direct descendant of William was a girl, who married a man named Huntington, their child also a girl, married a kinsman named Fabyan Farley, who was the 6th son of Reginald Farley of Towthrope,
By this marriage the name Farley was carried on in England, however our interest now shifts to Reginald Farley. He had 5 other sons, George, Michael
and Roger being the ones who interest us. George and Michael are believed to be the ancestors of the New England Branch of the Farley Family. Roger is
the ancestor of the Virginia Branch of the Farley Family.
Now reflecting back to Reginald Farley he to was a direct descendent of William DeFalaise although not in the direct line of succession. It no doubt of his being the 2nd son etc. Those accounting for the fact that he was not the Farley in control of all the Manor etc.