no image

James Cayley (bef. 1586 - aft. 1646)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
James Cayley aka Caley
Born before [location unknown]
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married 1609 in Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after [location unknown]
Profile last modified 18 Oct 2018 | Created 30 Jan 2018
This page has been accessed 139 times.


James was born before 1586. He was the son of William Cayley and Joan Gouldthorp. He lived in Thormanby, Yorkshire, England. In 1645 he was cited as a 'delinquent' by the Parliamentary authorities for his activities in support of the cause of King Charles I. The following year he made a composition with the Parliamentary administration, paying a fine of £36, after declaring in a petition that he had been drawn against his will into His Majesty's Quarters, had been extremely assessed by the Earl of Newcastle's officers, and forced to leave home for fear of imprisonment. It seems likely he suffered at the hands of both sides in the Civil War, but his sympathies, like those of others in the Cayley family, were royalist and all four of his sons are said to have died in the service of Charles I.[1][2] He passed away after 1646.


  1. Royalist Composition Papers, Yorkshire
  2. The Legards of Anlaby and Ganton, Col. Sir James Digby legard KCB, pub. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, London 1926
  • Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire with additions, ed J W Clay, vol.3 p.296, Pub. William Pollard & Co 1917
  • The Visitation of Warwickshire 1682-3, Harleian Society vol. LXII, 1911, p.108

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is James your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of James's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

James is 15 degrees from Thomas Edison, 27 degrees from Nikola Tesla and 19 degrees from George Westinghouse on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

C  >  Cayley  >  James Cayley

Categories: Thormanby, Yorkshire | Cayley Name Study