Hello ... I am not at all aware of how the Ryland family and my family are related ... but upon seeing your message (from 2001, on the Genealogy Forum) I thought I would reach out and see if you and I might identify any shared history.
Information that I have on file:
My great grandmother's name was MARTHA JANE STANTON. She was born in Wilkes-Barr Pennsylvania (not sure where that town/city is located); father was Thomas Stanton and her mother was Rachel Ann ..... (don't have a maiden name).
At some point the family moved to Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and later moved to Thamesville, Ontario.
Martha Jane Stanton married George Nickle. One of their sons was named Samuel Clarence Nickle (who married Olga Simonson), and one of their daughters was named Agnes Alice Nickle ... who was my mother. Agnes married Robert Wesley Aylesworth, my father.
I have a letter on file dated November 17th, 1933, written from Detroit Michigan to Martha Jane Nickle. The letter was written by Edward P. Stanton. IN THAT LETTER, Edward P. Stanton refers to a Reverend H. H. Ryland, editor of "The Rylands", in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. An envelope is attached to this letter which speaks of The Ryland Reunions of 1935 (one in Sylvester, Elk Park PA on August 3rd and one in Andrew Cressona PA on August 31st).
Little is said to clarify how the Rylands and the Stantons were related, but this is clearly implied by the letter from Edward P. Stanton to Martha Jane Nickle.
Does any of this related to information on the Ryland family that you know of ... information that I might access to clarify that link AND the earlier history of the Stanton and Nickle families?
If you believe we may have some common background, or if you can simply point me in some possibly useful directins I would welcome hearing from you.
I ALSO HAVE ANOTHER FILE of information focused directly on the Ryland Family in Pennsylvania. One letter is from the Reverend H.H. Ryland to Martha Jane Nickle. In it he states: "John Ryland has at least two sons: Sylvester Ryland, born in 1763 and Andrew born in 1767. Well, Sylvester is my great-grandfather and Andrew Ryland is your great-grandfather. Or in other words, your great-great-grandfather was John Ryland, born in England in 1738." He does not appear to explain how Andrew is directly related to Martha Jane Nickle.
If you have additional information, this may help me to interpret the letters I have.
I also have copies of a small number of newletters entitled "The Rylands" from 1937, and some picutres of Ryland family members." I will provide more details if you think there may be a link here.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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