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From: "Phil Buckley" <>
Subject: Matthew RAYHILL
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 17:37:01 -0800
Re: Pete Schermerhorn's inquiry about surnames Rayhill and Rehill
MacLysaght does not list Rayhill, but does list Rehill stating "See
Reighill: O' Raghaill, now often O' Reighill. A Fermanagh name also called
Reckle there. Rehill, Reehill and Rahill are variants found in Cos.
Longford and Cavan. These are probably etymologically the same as the Kerry
name Ryle, but they have no genealogical connection to the Kerry sept.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 3:27 PM
Subject: [CoTipperary] Matthew RAYHILL
> Well, folks,
> I'm finally going to ask my first genealogy question !!! (Of course, it's
> not for me <gr>). I'll try to short-circuit the background, but it
> involves a
> letter I wrote to someone who was looking for a Rayhill near Burncourt. I
> suggested Rehill. Then someone saw my letter (apparently, it was on the
> list) and wondered if there is a connection between Rehill and Rayhill. I
> out the Irish name and meaning for Rehill, but I don't have any Irish
> or surname books - such as Lysaght (sp.?) - to find if this is an
> spelling for that family name.
> Anyway, here is the information I was given:
>>>> Yes, I would greatly appreciate your forwarding of my query. My
> name was Matthew Rayhill. He was born circa 1760 somewhere in Ireland and
> was allegedly conscripted by the Royal Army to serve in the American
> Revolution under General John Burgoyne's command.
> Allegedly, when the British retreated the colonies by ship, they left him
> behind. Apparently, he signed an oath of allegience to America and later
> received a land grantaround Greenbrier County, VA (now WV)...only in
> America! His wife was Esther Stull and he died around 1820.
> Any information would be appreciated. <<<
> Pete Schermerhorn, in the glorious Berkshire hills of western
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