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    Default William Soley b abt 1795

    I am building my family tree and have a problem that, i hope, forum members maybe able to help me with.
    My 4th great grandfather is a William Soley who in 1841 is located in Tongland Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
    His partner is Julie Ann Moran who he later marries in 1846 in Kirkpatrick Durham. They have 6 children (possibly 7) all born before they married - Maria, Jane, Samuel, Emma, Catherine, William (my 3rd great grandfather) all with the Soley or Solley surname - the reason for this being that William was in the 3rd (Kings Own) Light Dragoons until sometime before 1851 and the army frowned upon marriage in the ranks but Julie must have been recognised as a common law wife (enough for 2 of the children at least to be baptized in church).
    My problem is trying to find William's ancestry - born between 1791 (on death cert) and 1801 (1841 census) or 1795 on 1851 census. I suspect that he could be from Middlesex because of the army connection. Julie seems to be from Ireland but her name varies from Morn to Moran to Morran - she says from Ramore Co. Kildare but Ramore is in Co. Cavan - so she is a bit of a mystery as well. I have yet to discover why William settled in Scotland after discharge from the army, but it could be through relatives - in the same area, Tongland nr Kirkcudbright, there is a Samuel Selly (turns out to be a mis-spell of Solley) b abt 1800 and a James Solly b1784 - so I need to discover Williams parentage to see if these others are related.
    My apologies for the ramble - but William has not been easy, but he is fascinating. Thank You for reading.

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    Jul 2019

    Default Re: William Soley b abt 1795

    Good Morning - I thought that perhaps after the passing of so many years a short update might be in order
    William Solley was born 1796 in Tongland Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland to James Soley, an ex soldier of the Kings own Dragoons (b1756 in Sandwich Kent) and Elizabeth Gibson (b1753 in Parton Kirkcudbrightshire). in !814 William to is now a soldier in the 3rd Light Dragoons (ex Kings Own) and recorded as a labourer, he is 5' 7 3/4" tall, Hazle (sic) eyes, fresh complexion, Dark brown hair, and round of face and enrolled in Workington on the 26th Nov 1814. whilst in service in Ireland he met Juliana (or Julia Anne) Morran the daughter of James and Janet Morran and b abt 1805 in the parish of Ramore (now Rathmore) in Co Kildare (no actual records of Julia or parents have been found in Irish records (so far). They had 8 children but didn't officially marry until 1846 after William was discharged in Kirkcudbrightshire.
    They lived a lowly life with William passing on 3rd Aug 1854 but Julia survived as a Laundress until 25 Apr 1872 in New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire. A recent search for her resting place has been unsuccessful, my hope is that she is with her husband in Balmaclellan. I would love to have met these people.

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