Person:Robert Wylie (10)

Robert Wylie, of New River, VA
  • HRobert Wylie, of New River, VA1720 - 1799
  • WSarah GratlinEst 1725 -
m. Abt 1745
  1. William WylieAbt 1745 - 1810
  2. John Wylie, Sr.1754 - 1809
  3. Andrew Wiley1756 - 1849
  4. Robert Wiley, Jr.1760 - 1845
  5. Thomas Wiley1762 - 1860
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Name Robert Wylie, of New River, VA
Alt Name Robert Wiley
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1720/25 Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Marriage Abt 1745 to Sarah Gratlin
Death? 1799 Monroe County, Virginia

Robert Wylie was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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May sometimes be confused with Robert Wiley of Jackson River, Bath County, Virginia.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • 1750, October 4th--David Stuart, 400, on New River Creek, transferred Robert Willey

Records in Greenbrier County, VA

  • 1783-1786 - RALPH GATES, FRANCIS BEST, JOHN WILEY, ROBERT WILEY, Sr., ROBERT WILEY, Jr., and WM. WILEY were listed as heads of household, Greenbrier Co., [W]VA.
  • 1786 Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia
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John Wiley
Robert Wiley, Jr.
Robert Wiley, Sr.
William Wiley
  1. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable primary source).

    Robert Wiley Sr. was a war veteran and a West Virginia Pioneer. He was born in 1725 in Armagh, Ireland and immigrated to america in the mid 18th Century. He married a fellow native of Ireland Sarah Gratlin. It was around 1740 when he had the first of three sons William (Sandra Horvath's 5th great-grandfather). Robert aligned himself with fellow Irishmen in Augusta County, Virginia Colony when he joined the militia in 1774 under Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore. Dunmore was known for declaring a state of war with the hostile Indian nations and ordered up an elite volunteer militia force for the campaign. During the American Revolution Dunmore would fight against these very men that he served with. The Wiley's troubles with the Indians were just begining. Wiley and his son Robert jr. fought in Lord Dunmore's War at the Battle of Point Pleasant. It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Along the Ohio River near modern Point Pleasant, West Virginia, American Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Country. After a long and furious battle, Cornstalk retreated. After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Country and compelled Cornstalk to agree to a treaty, ending the war.
    After the war Wiley took his family to the frontier in Greenbrier County, Virginia over the Blue Ridge Mountains in what is today Monroe County, West Virginia. Robert Wiley Sr. and his sons Robert Jr., William, and John were listed as heads of household in the 1783-1786 Greenbrier County , VA tax lists. In 1797 Greenbrier County, Virginia land records associated with Henry Banks indicates that "Rob" Wiley lived on the east side of New River adjacent to James Pines who's offspring would later intermarry. A year later, Robert Wiley lists James Swinney, James Pine and two other neighbors in his will. Robert Wiley left $64.00 for the use of a daughter of William Little of County Armagh, Ireland. This led some researchers to speculate that Robert Wiley was born in Armagh, Ireland and immigrated to America sometime between about 1745 and 1783. The location of the Wiley family in Ireland is unknown. Robert died in Monroe County, Virginia in 1799.

    Sources: A History of Monroe County, West Virginia by Oren F. Morton, published 1916, page 419 "Wylie," Monroe Co. Will Book 1, p 1, dated 26 Dec 1798, Virginia Land Office Grants No. 37, 1796-1798, p. 402, Reel 103- On microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; VA State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369, Virginia's Colonial Soldiers By Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck p150 (Dunmore's War service record), Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776 By William Armstrong Crozier, page 79. The Draper Manuscript Collection - William Preston Papers Series QQ Vol 1-4.

  2.   Sanders, William; Barty Wyatt; and Jerry Nelson. A New River heritage. (Parsons, West Virginia: McClain Print. Co., c1991-1994)
    pgs. 120-121.

    Robert (Wiley) and his wife, Sarah (immigrated from County Armaugh, Ireland), had two sons, William and James, who served in the War of 1812. They settled on the New River at the present Virginia, West Virginia line at Wiley’s Falls. William took land on the east side, and James on the west side of the river at a time when Indians still roved the area. William had an Indian wife from the Shawnee tribe, and they raised several children, including James Wiley, who married Annie Sweeney whose mother was an Indian named Wenomah, in 1795. James and Annie had several children, one of which was Rachel Kelly, born in 1816, who married Augustus William James Caperton, in 1833..

    Rachel and Augustus Caperton had two daughers, Albertina Augeletta (1837) and Serepta Rosella (1834). Serepta Caperton married William Henderson Gore. This couple was extensive landowners in the Bent Mountain area..

    Augustus Caperton and his brother, Lewis Alexander, married two of the Wiley sisters. Rachel Wiley was the wife of Augustus W. J. Caperton. Susan Wiley was the wife of Lewis Alexander Caperton.....

    Susan Wiley and Lewis A. Caperton raised their niece, Laura, and gave her the Caperton home at their death. Laura married James (”Jimmy”) Johnston. Their only daughter, Polly, sold the place to Conley Snidow, who, in turn, sold the house to Gene Wiley to tear down and remove..

    The two Caperton wives were sisters to Absolem Wiley, the grandfather of Tennys Cheatwood and Gene Wiley.

    - Note: from another researcher on the story of the Indian woman "Wenomah": Wenomah is a myth propagated by an attention seeking woman who bent the ear of William Sanders at the right time. There is no proof of this. Historically unlikely. And as Robert Wiley's descendant, I've taken a DNA test and have no Native American markers. So it's a fabrication.

  3.   Morton, Oren Frederic. A history of Monroe County, West Virginia. (Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1916)
    pg. 419.


    Robert (d. 1799) (Sarah) left $64 for the use of a daughter of William Little of County Armaugh, Ireland, and other legacies totaling $491.-36. Children: John, Thomas, Robert, William. One son married Happy Gatliff. Henry (Mary) Willey, of Brush Cr. would seem to be another member, as he was a brother to Robert, William, Abigail. The styles Wylie, Wiley, and Willie were for a while and much confused.