OFFLEY FAMILY TREE
I do not remember how I started doing my family research. However, once I started (1987) I could not stop. I first started looking for only Offleys that were Black. I had to change my thinking. In the Federal Census, some were listed as mullato. I discovered that we came out of Maryland. Babies were born in every state leading from Maryland to Massachusetts. New Bedford, Massachusetts is where all the history took place. Even Frederick Douglass settled in New Bedford, MA. I collected information on all and any Offley. Sir Francis Bernard, who was the last Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was married to an Offley. I can walk to where they lived on the Jamaica Way in Boston, MA. They have 2 sons that are buried in downtown Boston, MA. I found two relatives that fought in the Civil War (54th regiment). One (James Henry Gooding) wrote a letter to then President Lincoln. He asked why the black soldiers were not receiving equal pay. There is a Greensbury Washington Offley, who educated himself and became a very popular minister. He states, in his published writings that he was a slave. I went to Maryland to do some research and found that he was born FREE. He settled in Connecticut and in 1857 moved to New Bedford,Massachusetts. He was the owner of a lot of acres, which was unusual for a Black person in those days. I am still working on the Offley family tree and it is time for me to do the family DNA. I have made contact with the Offleys in England. It just so happens, that the Offleys originated from England.