I have been trying to unscramble the Gailey/Gealy/Galey et al families of Colonial-era Pennsylvania for a number of years. Here are very brief summaries of those early families. I have an idea that most, if not all, of them came to PA from Ulster, and that they originated on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, though I can't prove any of the Bute-Ulster connections.
The intent of this posting is to get all these names in one place so we can determine who is working on what families, to identify other connections to families that are not currently being researched, and to establish connections to early families outside of PA.
Glenn S. Gealy
*James Gealy (abt 1727-??); arrived in Cumberland Co. PA about 1745 from Ulster; descendants moved to Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango Co. PA (this is my family)
*James Gaily (abt 1760-1832) m. Sarah ___ and Judith ___; Allegheny Co. PA; possibly a son of James above; children included Susanna (m. John) Bigar, Judith Ann, Lemuel Beers or Seers, Alexander, Barbara (m. Joseph) Dawson, Jane (m. __ ) Murray, and James
*James Gailey (abt 1755 - 1838) m. Letitia Smith; born in Ireland; lived in Indiana Co. PA
*Benjamin Galey (abt 1725-1777) m. Martha (?) Whiteside; Little Britain Twp, Lancaster Co. PA; arrived in PA prior to 1751; son Samuel moved to KY, then Montgomery Co. Indiana
*John Gealy (1771-mid 1850s) m. Elizabeth Shields; Lawrence Co. PA; probably born in Ireland
*John Gayley - 1790 census, Honeybrook Twp, Chester Co. PA
*William Galey - 1790 census, N. Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland Co. PA; daughter may have married a Christy
*James Gaily (1805-??) m. Sarah Moorhead; Westmoreland Co.PA; dau. Rosanna (1828) m. Daniel Wm Hawk
*Andrew Gailey (~1755-1845); Penn Twp, Perry Co. PA; sons Robert and Alexander (descendants in Garnet Co. KS.)
*William Gailey Sr (?? - 1814); reportedly born in Ireland; lived in Beaver Co. PA; possibly a brother of John (1771)
*Joseph Gailey m. Elizabeth; Beaver Co. PA early 1800s
*Joseph Gaily/Gealey; Cumberland Co. PA in mid 1700s
*Samuel Gaily/Gealey; Cumberland Co. PA in mid 1700s
*Robert Galley; Cumberland Co. PA, 1779
*James Gailey; Northumberland Co.PA, 1770s
*Christian Galley; Philadelphia buisnessman, mid 1700s
*Peter Galley; Lancaster Co, Fayette Co, late 1700s.