I would like to show you a copy of an email I sent to Ancestry.com member Donna Renkert:
I do think we are related, but it goes back pretty far, I believe. Here is what I know about my family:
By the way, my name is Paul Halley and I live in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
My father is John Halley, Jr. and his father was John Thomas Halley, Sr.; born in 1900 in Springfield, Mass. His father was Edward Halley, born in Topsail, Newfoundland in 1871; and his mother, we think, was born Miss Neville, daughter of Gregory Neville of Topsail. (my grandfather is listed as Gregory Neville's grandson in his will.) They emigrated to the U.S. in 1898, and we think that my great-grandmother may have died in childbirth.
I have found a WWI Canadian registration card which I believe is that of my great-grandfather Edward. He lists his father as James Halley of Topsail. There is a record of a James and an Edward "Hally" working on a roads project in Topsail back in 1847-48, alongside Gregory Neville, who we suspect of being my ancestor. I think that James is my ancestor and Edward "Hally" may be your ancestor.
Do you have any information which would corroborate this? I look forward to hearing from you.
She responded to me and said that she thought you had some of the same names in your research. I would love to hear what you have learned.
Looking forward to hearing from you!