William Harley

about 1786–1872 (Age 86)
Shropshire, England

The Life Summary of William

William Harley was born about 1786, in Shropshire, England. He married Christiana Snetsinger on 26 April 1817, in Cornwall, Stormont, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Charlottenburg, Glengarry, Canada West, British Colonial America for about 10 years. He died in 1872, at the age of 86.

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William Harley
about 1786–1872
Christiana Snetsinger
about 1786–
Marriage: 26 April 1817
Mary Ann Harley
William Harley
Robert George Harley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 April 1817Cornwall, Stormont, Ontario, Canada
  • Children


    World Events (2)

    1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia
    Age 1
    The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.
    1789 · The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
    Age 3
    "Former slave Olaudah Equiano settled in London and published his autobiography titled ""The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano."" Equiano learned to read and write and converted to Christianity. His autobiography is one of the oldest published works by an African-American writer."

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from either of two places called Harley (Shropshire, Yorkshire). The Shropshire placename derives from Old English hær ‘rock, heap of stones’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Yorkshire placename derives from Old English hara ‘hare’ or hær + hlāw ‘mound, hill’, later replaced by lēah.Irish (Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarghaile ‘descendant of Earghal’, a variant of the personal name Fearghal without the initial F-. This name has also become Herley and Hurley . Compare Arrell and Harrell .Scottish (Fife): habitational name from any of several places called Harlaw in Midlothian, Peeblesshire, and Berwickshire, named in Older Scots with hare ‘gray’ + law ‘hill’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (4)

    • William Harley in entry for Robert Harley and Annie Conroy, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
    • Legacy NFS Source: William Harley - Government record: birth: about 1786; England, United Kingdom
    • William Harley, "Canada, Ontario Census, 1861"

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