Ralph LEY (my 5th great-grandfather) was born in Mevagissey, Cornwall, UK in about 1761. He married Martha MILLS on 16 February 1786 – again, in Mevagissey. Ralph and Martha had six children: Nicholas, another Ralph (my 4th great-grandfather), William, another William, Mary, and An.
Since son Ralph, grandson Nicholas, and great-grandson Ralph grew up to become coastguards – and Mevagissey is a coastal town - it is likely that Ralph senior was a coastguard, too. The family also included mariners, fishermen, and naval pensioners.
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