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Subject: My Rileys, and howdy.
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 1996 02:40:36 -0500 (EST)


As a newcomer to the list, I'll give a brief recitation of my RILEYs.
Actually, these are my wife's Rileys; I'm Polish/German. :-)

According to the tombstone inscriptions for two of the children listed in
the first family, James and John, they were born in County Westmeath,

The spelling of the surname RILEY has been standardized; the usual
variations RIELY, REILLY, etc. have all been encountered.

Here goes.

1. John RILEY m. Mary CRAGAN.

They had issue:

1.1 Thomas b. 1810, Ireland. m. Helena "Ellen" GILLMORE, b. 1816,
Ireland. He d. 6 Dec 1886 in Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha, WI.

They had issue:

1.1.1 Charles b. 1843 NY.
1.1.2 Thomas b. 1845 WI.
1.1.3 Margaret b. 5 Jun 1846 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
(Kenosha WI split in 1850 to become Kenosha Co.)
1.1.4 Richard b. 3 Jun 1848 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.1.5 James b. Jan 1850 WI.
1.1.6 John b. 23 Aug 1851 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

1.2 John b. 24 Jun 1813 Co. Westmeath Ireland. m. Elizabeth UNKNOWN.
b. 1807 Co. Westmeath Ireland.
He d. 26 Mar 1882 in Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
She d. 26 Sep 1884 in Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

They had no issue.

1.3 James b. 1815 Co. Westmeath Ireland. m. Julia CORCORAN
b. 1810 Ireland.
He d. 28 Jul 1892 in Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
She d. 4 Jan 1889 in Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

They had issue:

1.3.1 Mary b. 1841 NY.
1.3.2 Margaret b. 1843 NY.
1.3.3 Patrick b. 1845 WI.

1.4 Peter b. 1816 Ireland. m. Almira ROACH b. 1820 Ireland.

They had issue:

1.4.1 James b. 1842 NY
1.4.2 Sarah "Sally" Ann b. 1845 NY
1.4.3 Helen Mary b. 1846 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.4.4 Peter b. 9 Feb 1847 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.4.5 Ann Maria b. 1849 WI.
1.4.6 Edward b. 4 Nov 1851 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

1.5 Ann, b. 1818 Ireland. m. Edward BAILEY b. 1813 Ireland.

They had issue:

1.5.1 John b. 1837 NY. m. Margaret UNKNOWN.
1.5.2 Ellen b. 1839 NY
1.5.3 Margaret b. 1840 NY
1.5.4 Mary Ann b. 1842 NY
1.5.5 Thomas b. 1846 WI
1.5.6 Edward b. 29 May 1848 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.5.7 Edward b. 25 Oct 1852 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
(Yes, two Edwards.)
1.5.8 Ann b. 7 Apr 1854 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

1.6 Catherine b. 1820 Ireland. m. Patrick RAFFERTY.
She d. 21 Jan 1893 in Chicago, Cook, IL.

They had issue:

1.6.1 Bridget b. 1843 NY. m. Michael DALEY.
1.6.2 Mary Alice b. 1844 NY. m. L. O'BRIEN
1.6.3 John Jacob b. 7 Mar 1847 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.6.4 Elizabeth b. 3 Jan 1849 Kenosha, Racine, WI.
1.6.5 Michael b. 12 Jun 1850 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
1.6.6 Daniel b. 21 Sep 1851 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
1.6.7 Michael b. 6 Jun 1853 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
(Yes, two Michaels)
1.6.8 Catherine b. Jan 1857 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.
m. 24 Oct 1875 Thomas O'GRADY in Chicago, Cook, IL.,
b. Feb 1846 in Finned, Easkey Parish, Killala Diocese,
County Sligo, Ireland.
He d. 10 Aug 1913 in Chicago, Cook, IL.
She d. 18 Sep 1925 in Chicago, Cook, IL.
1.6.9 Patrick Henry b. 7 Nov 1859 Rosecrans, Lake, IL.
1.6.10 Margaret b. 15 Mar 1861 Rosecrans, Lake, IL.
m. 18 May 1892 Daniel EUSTACE in Chicago, Cook, IL.

1.7 Patrick, b. 1824 Ireland.

According to a biography of James RILEY that I found, the family emigrated
from Ireland c. 1836, settling first in New York City. In 1844, they
travelled up the Hudson River to Albany, thence via the Erie Canal to Lake
Ontario where they took passage on a ship. Arriving in northern Wisconsin,
they came by wagon to Kenosha.

BTW, it may be obvious that my wife's line descends through Catherine
RAFFERTY, daughter of Catherine RILEY and Patrick RAFFERTY, because I've
got Tom O'Grady's birthplace nailed down.

Just one of my goals, apart from expanding my research on the RILEYs, is to
locate current members of the family still living in Ireland. My wife and I
have found O'Gradys descended from a common ancestor and the correspondence
is wonderful.

Happy to be aboard,


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