More on Sussex and Kent Cayleys

I have now added more people to the website page on Cayleys associated with the Weald area of Sussex and Kent. This takes things as far as I can at the moment, but I would welcome any information from others. As I have stressed on the webpage, some of the family relationships and details about individuals are very tentative and may need to be revised  in the light of further data.

There are other Sussex and Kent families with the Cayley surname, and I may add information on them at a later date.

You can see what I have done at Sussex and Kent Cayleys of the 16th to 18th centuries.


More Sussex and Kent Cayleys

I have added more Cayleys to the page Sussex and Kent Cayleys of the 16th to 18th centuries. This continues to be work in progress. My next additions should bring the page well into the 18th century. As stressed on the page, much of the attempt to reconstruct family relationships is tentative, so, if further information comes to light, changes may be needed.

Sussex and Kent Cayleys

I have started adding more information about Sussex and Kent Cayleys of the 16th to 18th centuries. A number of the family relationships are uncertain, and I have tried to make some moderately intelligent surmises on the basis of what we can find in parish registers. This is work in progress. You can see where I have got to at Sussex and Kent Cayleys of the 16th to 18th centuries.

Sussex and Kent research

There was a group of Cayleys living in the Weald area of Sussex and West Kent in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. With the help of an Australian Cayley descended from them, I have been able to establish most family linkages back to the late 18th century but not beyond. In medieval times, the Cayleys from whom the Yorkshire Cayley baronets descended had lands in Sussex, and I have long suspected that these later Cayleys were from the same family.

One of my new year resolutions is to see how far back I can take the ancestral lines of Sussex Cayleys. I have now started systematically pulling together raw data from parish registers and other sources available online. Wish me luck – and if you feel like doing some online research yourself, and sharing the results with me, please do!

A longer term ambition is to do the same for Caley/Cayley families of East Anglia. It is proven that not all the medieval Cayleys moved from East Anglia to Yorkshire, and some held influential positions in East Anglia in late medieval times, though exact family relationships are not clear. Again I suspect that at least some more recent Caleys/Cayleys were descended from medieval ancestors of the Yorkshire baronets. As someone who indulged in chocolates produced by the Caley firm of Norwich when a child, I would love to establish the link!

More information on Cayleys of Sussex origin

With the help of Roger Cayley, an Australian Cayley who came to England in the spring of this year and did some research in the parish registers of Maresfield, Sussex, I have been able to add very substantially to the information on Cayleys of Sussex origin, many of whose descendants now live in Australia and the United States, and to link in families I had not been otherwise able to connect with any certainty. You can see the results in the now very-much-extended page on the Cayley-Bradbury line. There are still some uncertainties, so if anyone can contribute more, or offer any corrections, please get in touch!

I would love to be able to link these Cayleys firmly in to the earlier Sussex Cayleys. And ultimately to the medieval Cayleys who held some lands in Sussex and from whom the Cayley baronets descend. But that may not be possible.