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Wildey Research

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Date: 9 Mar 2021
Location: Dutchess County, New York, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Wildey Wildy
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Wildey Family

This page is research for the Wildey (aka Wiley, Wildy, Willey) family that moved from Dutchess County, New York to Greene County, Michigan.

Primary Brick Wall

Ancestor: John Wildey born about 1777 in New York
Note that the citations were not created for these as they were originally on the John Wildey profile and I didn't want them appearing with his proven sources. Each note has the relevant link, though, and a citation can be created from that information (if not already in the Resource section of Katherine Willson's week.

18th Century Dutchess County Records

There were also several Wildey's in the early "Eighteenth Century Records of a portion of Dutchess County, NY" Dutchess County records]: Griffin, James, John, & Richard.[1]
Wildey in Dutchess County
Index image 2,444 of 2,837. Note: "Wyly" had a duplicate of John and Richard on a Tax-List
  • Wildy Griffin, Taxes, 1771, 1772
  • Wildy, James; Taxes 1772-1775
  • Wildy (Wildey, Willdy), John; Taxes 1754-1763, 1765-1775, 1777-1779
  • Wildy, John, Jr.; 1761-1763, 1765, 1766
  • Also Richard and Griffin
The John Wildey entry in the estate portion was John witnessing the will of Nathaniel Baker, of Rumbout Precinct, in 1772.


There were two John Wilde's buried at a young age in the Quaker Burial Ground in Fishkill, New York. A third John Wilde was listed in the index, but I haven't found it yet.
  1. John W. Wilde d. 29 Nov 1817 ae. 25y 9m 2d. (Using date calculator: born 27 Feb 1792). I'm not sure of the relationship but there are not that many Wilde/Wildey families listed in local records.
  2. Wilde, John, son of James Wilde, Jr. & Polly Warren, his wife, d. 21 May 1813, ae. 10y 8m 10d. (Using date calculator, born: 11 Sep 1802)
    • His parents were buried in the Old Baptist Burial ground in Fishkill Plains, New York.
    • James Wilde d. 26 Oct 1842, ae 61y 8m 7d (born: 19 Feb 1781)
    • Polly (Warren) Wilde, wife of James Wilde, d. 17 Feb 1868, ae 88y 11m 15d (born: 2 Mar 1779)
    • Buried with the parents: Eliza Wiley, wife of Reverend John Warren, Jr. d 2 Jan 1852, ae 37y 4 m 8d (born: 25 Aug 1814)
  3. Also buried in the Quaker Burial Ground in Fishkill, New York:
    • William Wilde, Sr. b. 17 Jul 1756, d. 29 Oct 1825, ae 69y 3m 12d
This may need to be moved to a Space page and a One Name Study started. (Silva-1055 11:49, 9 March 2021 (UTC))

Census Records

On image 7 of 13 in North East, Dutchess, NY (the county he married in) there are three "Wiley" families, headed by Jonas, John, and Jonas "Wiley." This may be worth pursuing to continue looking for John in 1810. There seems to be a distinct "Wiley" family that were buried in Poughquag, NY in the Quaker burial ground. As the name is recorded by several counties as being an alternate to Wildley, they are still worth considering.(Silva-1055 12:17, 9 March 2021 (UTC))
There are no Wildey surnames in the 1810 census in Cairo, Michigan. In Dutchess County, New York (Ancestry link) there were six:
  1. Jonas Wiley, age 26-44
  2. Richard Wiley, age 45+
  3. William Wilde, age 16-25
  4. James Wilde, age 45+
  5. James Wilde, age 26-44
  6. William Wilde, age 45+
(Silva-1055 05:16, 9 March 2021 (UTC))

First Baptist Church in Bangall

The First Baptist Church was established in in Bangall in 1755. The original members had emigrated from Massachusetts. Elder Comer Bullock rode a circuit that included Rhinebeck, Kinderhook, Hudson, Oswego, and a number of other places.[2] A second church was built in 1860 when the residents realized that a planned railroad line would go through the church.[2]

Land Ownership

In Michigan there were land purchases by Wildey men in Jackson, Calhoun, Van Buren, and Luce counties. None were for a John Wildey. (Silva-1055 14:54, 9 March 2021 (UTC))


There is a possible probate document filed in Wyoming County, New York on 26 August 1850. It is for a John Wilder with publish instructions to all possible heirs. (Silva-1055 13:02, 8 March 2021 (UTC))
In the 18th Century Records... there were several Wildeys' mentioned
  1. John Every died 1789 and mentioned Rebecca & Mary Wiley as daughters (pp. 16 & 17)
  2. Reuben Wildey was the Executor for the will of Hugh Wilde in 1793. (p. 7)
In 1802 James R. Wildly, William Wildly and Jonas Wildy, of the town of North East in Dutchess County, were set as administrators of the probate of Richard Wildy, who died intestate.[3]
On 9 Oct 1850 there is a plea for administration of the estate of William Wildey. Samuel, his brother, claimed the widow waived her rights to the estate and he wished to handle the estate.[4]
There is an extensive Will for a Jacob Wildey in Westchester County, NY (which is south of Dutchess County) that may explain some of the other relationships/names showing up in NY records. To-Do Cite and document an abstract

Wildey in Crum Elbow, New York

There are a few early Wildey's in the "Records of Crum Elbow Precinct..." in Dutchess County, New York. In the Index (Image 2161) are several Wildeys "Wilde see also Wildy, Wilely"
Records of Crum Elbow


  1. Reese, William Willis and Helen Wilkinson Reynolds. "Eighteenth Century Records: of the portion of Dutchess County New York..." (NY: Dutchess County Historical Society, 1938).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bangall, New York, on Wikipedia, as viewed 9 March 2021.
  3. "New York, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999," database with images, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2021), entry for Richard Wildey, 1802; citing New York County, District and Probate Courts.
  4. "New York, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999," database with images, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2021), entry for the estate of William Wildley, deceased, 1850; citing New York County, District and Probate Courts.

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