While a resident of the Kershaw District, SC he served as a private in the SC Militia as follows: (1) from the last of September, 1780, 6 months in Capt. John Watts’ Co. of volunteer mounted infantry, Col. John Marshall’s Regiment, and was in the engagement at Ratliffe’s Old Field; (2) from March 1781, 6 months in Capt. William Nettles’ mounted company, Maj. Thomas Thompson, and was in the battles of Parker’s Ferry at Edisto Swamp and Eutaw Springs [60 British and 10 Tory prisoners were taken and Raley’s company took the prisoners to General Greene's Camp at the High Hills] ; (3) from March 1, 1782, 4 months as a mounted volunteer under Capt. William Deason at Georgetown; and (4) from January 1783, 3 months under Capt. Douglas Starkes at Orangeburg. He was allowed a pension for his service in accordance with the Act of 1832. His widow Sarah Owens Raley was also allowed a widow's pension following his death.