I am in the final stages of writing a book on my Bralley family, who lived in Cecil County, MD and Chester County,PA before moving to the Virginia frontier in 1769. In order to understand the times they lived, I've devoted a great portion of my research to the Cecil County period and the posts I made (and I have many more to make) are really excerpts from my book. The Braly family that ended up in North Carolina might be related to my own family. We have never recognized a relationship, but our paths overlap on more than one occasion. The Hugh Braley you mentioned was probably a brother of John Braly, Register of Rowan County, NC, and their lineage has been extensively documented by David Braly of Prineville, Oregon in his books. It seemed that many of the frontier families had had relationships that lasted over several generations. My own 4th great grandfather, James Bralley, was born in Cecil County in 1764 and died in Wythe County, VA in 1854. Two of his female children married into the Ewing and Porter family, both of which had been neighbors of the family back in Cecil. They also seem to have moved in groups, whether these were kinship groups or not, I don't know. If you run across anything interesting, let me know, or post it to the forum, and I will do the same.