The source of the following is Herbert E Ryle's book titled, in brief, 'The Stephens/Ryle Book of the History & Descendants of Benjamin Stephens Sr & John Ryle Sr'.
John Ryle, Anson Co North Carolina, died in January, 1777. He is said to have been born in Culpeper Co Virginia.
This is unconfirmed to date. We know this John Ryle acquired lands in No Carolina in 1764, 1765 & 1766, but have been unable to find proof of where he lived prior to coming to Rocky River area in 1764.
John Ryle's father was James Ryle; he had at least 3 brothers, James, Larkin & Whitmill. James Ryle died at a young age & his widow married a Hogan, who was later killed by Indians at a place called Hogan's Creek (near present-day
Romney, West Va).
We know from the 1799 will of James Hogan, Anson Co NC, that 2 of his daughters, Elizabeth & Sarah, married James &
John Ryle Jr, respectively. These men were sons of John Ryle.
After the death of John Ryle, his sons sold the lands left to them in 5 separate transactions from September 14 1793 to April 23 1795. John Ryle Jr was the first; James
was the last to sell. (NOTE: HER's book says that nothing is known about John Ryle's widow. Subsequent research by
Elizabeth Ryle Ward descendant, Kimmel Kinion, revealed Elizabeth Ryle's birth year, her marriage & children & her death year, which was after 1786. Also, it showed that Elizabeth Ryle Ward never left Anson Co NC).
Elizabeth Harrington Ryle went to Boone Co Ky & lived with her son, James, until her death in 1785. It should be
noted here that no marriage record has been found for John &
Elizabeth Harrington in Anson Co NC.
The Ryle sons, James, John Jr, Larkin, Whitmill & sister, Mary, were all in Boone Co Ky by 1800.
In North Caroline, the Ryle family was closely tied to the Hogan, Roper, Randle & Kendall families. There is evidence that all these families moved to Kentucky also.
Families from Virginia in Boone Co were Marshalls,
Coopers, Lees, Millers, Stephens, Craigs, Hawkins, Rices,
Smiths, Bradys & Calverts, all connecting with Ryles.
When the Ryles arrived in Boone Co, they stayed at Tanner's Station on the Ohio River, now called Petersburg.
They stayed for at least a year before moving to Bellevue.
James Ryle finally moved in 1807 to the East Bend area near
present day Rabbit Hash, about a mile from where Benjamin Stephens Jr settled. John Ryle Jr settled on a place a mile
away. By mid-19th century there was quite community of Ryles and Stephens in the Rabbit Hash area between the Gunpowder Creek and the Ohio River.
By this time, it was difficult to think of the Ryles and Stephens as two separate families, as they are so intertwined. And, as is usual with families, descendants moved on to other places, such as Cass Co Mo; Henry Co Tenn;
Monroe Co Mo; Texas; and numerous other states.
In 1987 when my issue of HER's book was published, he had
over 2800 descendants traced. One of the lines not in his book was mine. And, as HER stated, there are many more. Since 1987 other Ryle cousins have been found due to the internet and we have, indeed, added many, many more. You are welcome to view my website which includes much of Mr Ryle's data. It would not be complete without his work.