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mid 1700's, to Bourbon Co., Ky.

Looking for ancestors and info on EDWARD RILEY (b mid 1700's). Child: AMELIA ("Millie") RILEY (b. abt. 1778 in VA, d. 1870). Amelia mar ELLISON LADD 29 Jun 1804 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Ky. Their ch: PATSY MARIAH RILEY (9 Nov 1805 KY -- 15 Sep 1885, mar 7 Mar 1823 JOHN CURTIS), MARGARET RILEY (12 Mar 1808 KY), EDWARD RILEY (13 Feb 1810 Ross Co., OH -- 28 June 1895), JACOB RILEY (9 Nov 1812 OH), JOEL JACKSON RILEY (9 Nov 1812 OH -- 10 Aug 1876 OH), JAMES ELLISON RILEY (29 May 1815 OH), AMOS M. RILEY (2 Sep 1818 OH -- 30 Sep 1879 OH), ELIZABETH RILEY (aft 1820 OH) and MARY ANN RILEY (14 May 1820 OH).
Sharon Bertsch
203 Pine St. N.
P O Box 153
Avon, SD 57315-0153

ca 1838 Orange Co., NC ?

I am seeking info on DAVID RILEY (b abt 1838, maybe in Orange Co. NC). Enlisted 11 Mar 1862 in Co. G, 3rd Regt., NC Light Artillery, Confederate States Army at Hillsborough by Capt. Cameron. He was transferred in Nov 1863 to Co. E, 13th Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery. He was paroled by the yankees at Greensboro, NC on 27 Apr 1865. He mar LEATHY A. CRABTREE in Hillsborough in 1854. Leathy's parents were CLEM and CHARITY CRABTREE. I am seeking info on David Riley's past before joining the Confederate Army.
Calvin Riley
219 W 1st Avenue

Denver, CO 80223

who accompanied Daniel Boone to Ky.

I am seeking info on the Riley that was with Daniel Boone when he was exploring Kentucky. I believe his name was JOHN RILEY. Boone went back to Virginia but Riley stayed at a fort in southeast Kentucky. I'm sure that is where the Riley's of Kentucky got started. I am FRANK RILEY son of STEVE RILEY, grandson of ROBIN RILEY and great grandson of SQUIRE RILEY, all of Southeast Ky. That is as far back as I can go. I'm not related to the Riley's of South Carolina, as far as I know, that is where I live now.
Frank Riley
10 Cutter Lane
Salem SC 29676


Looking for info on the family of ELI RILEY (b early 1800's). His son was listed in the 1850 MS census as born in KY. Thanks for any help or advice! Eli married ELIZABETH; their ch: THOMAS JEFFERSON RILEY (b 1810 in KY), mar CELETIE EMBREE 4 June 1833 in Lowndes Co., MS, dau of JONATHAN EMBREE and NANCY WOODWARD. She was born 1813.
Michael Packard
120 Lawrence Dr
Columbus, MS 39702

of Md.

Looking for info about GEORGE W. RILEY (17 Sep 1804 in MD - 20 Feb 1889 in Montgomery Co., OH). Bur Pyrmont Cem, Montgomery Co., OH. mar 24 Oct 1831 in Warren Co., OH. SARAH CLEVENGER (20 Sept 1809 in Warren Co., OH - 28 Mar 1872 in Montgomery Co., OH), dau of HOPE CLEVENGER & unknown male; ch: JOHN LEWIS RILEY (1829-aft 1914), HOPE RILEY (1830-bef 1914) RECY RILEY (1832-bef 1914) JOSEPH RILEY 1834-bef 1914) LUCY RILEY (1837-bef 1914) CORNELIUS RILEY (1839-bef 1914 mar FANNIE A. ???), JACOB RILEY (1841-1915 mar JULIA ANN BEANE) GEORGE RILEY (1843-bef 1914), MARTHA A. RILEY (1844-1917 mar SAMUEL BEANE, JR.) AMANDA RILEY (1847-bef 1914) DAVID RILEY (1849-aft 1914) and JULIUS SEYMOUR RILEY (1851-bef 1914)
Mickey Armstrong Raymer
3390 Gandy Blvd. N. #547
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

1836 -- 1911

I am looking for any info regarding ROBERT HARVEY RILEY (1836 - 1911). He was born in Laurens County, SC and died in Ashley County, AR. He was mar three times. One of his sons by 2nd wife was THOMAS MORGAN RILEY (1894 - 1969), who was my grandfather. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Also searching for infor on JAMES COOPER RILEY (1826 in Laurens Co., SC), the half brother of Robert Harvey.
Robert W. Riley
11417 W. Emerald Ln.
Avondale, AZ 85323

1888 Dale Co. Al.

Looking for MOLLIE RILEY (b. 1888 Dale Co., AL.) married WILLIAM F. EVERETT in Dale Co., AL. May 3, 1916.
Nellie Voorhees
3315 Lively Lane
Houston, Texas 77080-1213

1814 Va.

Looking for living descendants of GEORGE WADE RILEY (b. 1814 VA) and LOUISA ARNOLD. We would like to hold a reunion for these descendants. Known ch: JOHN ELLIOTT RILEY, SALINA RILEY (mar BENJAMIN ROMINE), SALLIE RILEY (mar JOHN BALL) and THERESA RILEY (mar AMOS KELLY). Most of these families are from Roane Co., WV.
Carole Riley Kameswaran
10 Brewster Court
Pennington, NJ 08534

1876 -- 1952

I am searching for my great grandfather, JOHN FRANKLIN RILEY (13 Apr 1876 --16 June 1952) I know his parents names were ANDREW and MARY RILEY. He mar EMILY CORA JOHNSON on February 5, 1902 They had four children: HALLIE BURNISE RILEY (13 Feb 1903--6 Feb 17 1920) NORA LAVERNE RILEY (20 Nov 1905--9 Oct 1911) HELEN ESTER RILEY (July 17, 1907-------1973) FANNIE MARY RILEY (June 5, 1911--May 13, 1967). I know they resided in Tennessee and Arkansas and perhaps Mississippi. Any help you can give me is appreciated.
Pam Parks
311 Lake Farm Road
Smyrna, TN 37167

d 1944 Glen Burnie, Md.

I am looking for info on WILLIAM SPENCER RILEY, apparently from Va. or Md.; mar VIRGINIA ALLISON. Their ch: WILLIAM FRANKLIN RILEY (1924), CATHRINE RILEY, CLARA RILEY, ALBERT (TONY) RILEY, RUTH RILEY and SHIRLEY RILEY. William Spencer d 1944 in Glen Burnie, Md. and is bur at Glen Burnie Cemetery on Ritchie Hwy. I am the widow of William Franklin who recently passed away. I would like to be able to give our ch some of their family history.
Betty Riley

bef 1750 Va.

My grandfather (7 times removed) was RICHARD RILEY Sr. (b bef 1750..believed to have died 1778 in Charlestown, Frederick Co., Va.); mar MARGARET MUNK (b. abt 1755 -- 25 Jan 1829 in Beallsville, Oh.); ch: RICHARD Jr., (25 Sep 1778 in Charlestown, Fredrick Co., Va.). Family info says Richard Sr. died on the same day Richard Jr. was born. I have excellent records stored on PAF files on Richard, the son, down to myself. However, the fathers ancestry is a blank wall. His widow died in January 1829 in Oh. where the son settled. Unverified reports say the father was in the military. In addition there are reports of the widow's legal action to claim large land holdings which were denied (I have NOT seen any old legal papers). I'm wondering if Richard Sr. could have been a Royalist and on the wrong side in the revolution? This could be the reason so little is known about him.
Jerry Bell
375 North Elm Street
Colville, Wa. 99114

Manchester, England to US --Confederate Soldier

I am searching for an ancestor, ARTHUR RILEY, who fought in the Confederate States Army. He emigrated to USA from the UK (Manchester? or possibly Burnley, Lancashire). I have a picture of him dated 1896 and a letter written by him to his mother (Martha ???) unknown date but he mentions fighting for "..the Confederates." I also have a 'medal' owned by him and seen on his person in the photo. He was mar to ELIZABETH A., who is mentioned in his probate record. The front of the picture is etched; "Falls River, Massach." I would be most pleased to hear from anyone with anything that may be of interest or relevance here!
Dave Newton

1864 FL.

Looking for info on LAURA M. RILEY (Mar 1864, FL.) mar CHARLES WILLIAM SANDERS (Jul 1836 AL.) abt 1884-85, probably in AR. They had 7 ch: JAMES S. SANDERS (Oct 1886), ALICE MISSOURI SANDERS (10 Feb 1892), WILLIAM LEE SANDERS (Jan 1895), ROSA M. SANDERS ( Apr 1897), EVA SANDERS (July 1899), HERBERT SANDERS (abt 1903), and JODIE SANDERS (abt 1905). Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Frank A. Davis
15606 Seattle
Houston, TX 77040

1798 --1878

I have been unable to find anything on my gg grandparents, ALLEN RILEY and his wife DORCAS MEDLOCK (1798, Ga. -- abt 1878). Family records show their child (my g grandmother) LOUISIANA RILEY, (1827, Ga. -- 1856). Allen got land in 1819 in Autauga Co. Al. on Military Land Warrant and Dorcas got a federal homestead 1840 in Montgomery Co. Al. My grandmother Louisiana first mar JOHN W. ARMSTRONG 1844 Montgomery, Al. They had 2 ch: MARY FRANCES ARMSTRONG (1846) and HUGH P. ARMSTRONG (1848). After death of John W. Louisiana mar WILLIAM JAMES CHANCEY in 1854. They had a dau: MARY IDELLA CHANCEY (1855 Pike Co, AL. -- 1931, bur Quinlan, Hunt Co. Tx. IOOF Cemetery). Mary Idella mar JOHN C. CALDWELL CALHOUN WOLFE and had 11 ch, one being my father. Any help on these Riley's will be very appreciated. Without full names, I am getting nowhere.
Carolyn Strickland

England to New Brunswick, Canada

I have been doing my family tree and I just found out that my great grandmother was SARAH RILEY from England who married SAMUEL FRANKLIN. they had a child, NEILLY FRANKLIN (6 May 1883) who is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. If you could help me find more info, please let me know.
Quebec, Canada

1753 Va.

My grandmother was MARGARET ELIZABETH RILEY (23 Sep 1866 Pike Co., Oh.- 3 Mar 1951 Mt. Vernon, Utica Co., Oh.), dau of GEORGE S. RILEY (13 Sep 1821 5 Nov 1905) mar HANNAH FULL. Maggie's grandfather was MATSON RILEY (15 Sep 1779 Prince William, Va.- 18 Sept 1868, Jackson, WV), mar MARY DYE (b. abt 1779); Matson was a son of ROBERT RILEY (1753) in Prince William, Va.
Winifred Rathbun

ca 1848 Jefferson Co., AL. to Marietta, Tx.

Searching for info on my great grandfather, JOSEPH FRANKLIN RILEY, especially his parents. Joseph was born in Birmingham, AL. abt 1848. He mar NANNIE JANE HAWKINS and they resided in Marietta, TX. Their ch included JOSEPH ARTHUR RILEY, born in Marietta, TX (29 Nov 1878 --19 Apr 1954). Joseph Arthur mar ETTA MAE PARRACK. Their ch included SAM RILEY, OLA RILEY, MARY RILEY, RAY RILEY, FRED ARTHUR RILEY, CORRINE RILEY and HARLEY RILEY.
Diana Riley Brown
39692 Blacow Road
Fremont, CA 94538

ca 1803 PA -- 1845 Randolph, In.

I'm searching for the parents of ANDREW RILEY (b. abt. 1803 in PA, d. 1845 in Randolph, IN); married MARGARET SLEEK (SLICK) (b. abt 1807 in PA.) They were the parents of REUBEN ALEXANDER RILEY (1819 Bedford, Pa. -- 7 Nov 1893, Greenfield, IN). Some of my documentation says Reuben was fifth in a family of 14 children. Some say he was born abt. 1827 instead of 1819. He married ELIZABETH MARINE 20 Feb 1844 in Unionport, IN. One of their children was the famous poet JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY (b. Oct 1849 in Greenfield, In. -- 22 Jul 1916, Indianapolis, IN). I am trying to make a connection between ANDREW RILEY and SARAH RILEY ALPAUGH (b. abt 1770 in NJ). Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Kim Albach-Pierce
517 N. State Rd. 129
Milan, IN 47031


I'm searching for info on ENOCH RILEY who mar 29 Nov 1881 MARY PEARSE in Tuscawara Co., New Philadelphia, Oh. Their son ISAAC RILEY is my gg grandfather.
Jeanine Riley Cooke
2056 Michigan Ave.
Orofino, Id.83544

1817 Oh. ca 1892, Lemoore, Ca.

I am looking for info on WILLIAM H. RILEY (born 1817 in Oh.); first wife was RUTH BROWN. After her death he married MARY ALLENBERRY. I believe he died in Lemoore, Kings Co. Ca. in 1892.
David R. Brown
7860 S. 1900 E.
So. Weber, UT 84405

1890 Crittenden Co., Ky. -- 1945

Looking for information on my Grandfather HENRY RILEY (1890 Marion, Crittenden Co., Ky. -- 1945); married LORA MAE KINNON in Marion, KY in the early 1900's.
Martie Walker Bell

1827 NC to New Castle, In.

I am searching for information on PETER RILEY (1827) in NC. He moved to Indiana and is on the 1880 census in New Castle, IN. Hard to read wife's name, I think it is LAINE. Their ch: LAVERN RILEY, JOHN RILEY, HARVEY RILEY, WESTLEY RILEY, JOBES RILEY, EMILY RILEY and WARNER RILEY. Warner is my great grandfather (1865 In. --1910, In.); he mar. EVA ORR 6 Jan 1894 in New Castle IN. On the marriage certificate, he is listed as WILLIAM RILEY. They had 7 ch: FLOSSIE RILEY, twin (died at birth not named), FLORENCE RILEY, MELVIN RILEY, LAURA RILEY, BLANCHE RILEY and an infant (not named). Eva and Laura died in Jan 1911. The children were sent to the Sailors and Soldiers Orphanage in Knightstown, IN. Any info on this line of Riley's would be greatly appreciated.
Terri Burnett
3513 South Beacon Street
Muncie, In, 47302

1879 Wellborn, FL.

I am trying to locate Rileys from Abbeville, SC. My wife's dad was QUILLIAN NOVA RILEY (25 Jan 1911 Alachua Co., FL.), dau of JOHN EDWARD RILEY (b 16 Jul 1879 Wellborn, Fl.). Searching for his family and ancestors.
Wayne Peace
11201 S.W. 24 Ave.
Gainesville, FL. 32607


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