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Alley Family with ancestors: Penn, Van Riper,

Updated May 22, 2006

The home page is dedicated to HORACE and ANNA ALLEY, all who passed before them and all who are descended from them.

Many thanks to those who have provided the data incorporated into this collected body of information; Ted, Linda, Ginny, Karen, Randy, Arthur, Ralph, Beth, Cathie, and particularly to Doris, Catherine, Cedric and Carolyn.

Horace Alley's grandmother was Mary Catherine PENN through whom comes the family oral history and claim of direct descendancy from William Penn, the Founder of Pennsylvania. To date there are no American born descendents documented. However, William's son, William ("The Wanderer", "The Wastrel")is the focus of numerous claims that there are illigitimate offspring.

Mary Penn's husband, Edward H. Brown (born c.1840, died c.1862), has yet to be located in the records and is believed to have been shot for going AWOL during the Civil War.

The identity of a storied "Native American grandmother" has never been found despite learning that several internet "collateral cousins"* also report that same oral history in their family.

The failure to confirm or deny the factual basis for oral histories gives this genealogical search that much more intrigue.

* A collateral cousin is a person (usually known only on the internet through genealogic research) who shares a common ancestor

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