About Aodh "Hugh" Riley, Gent.
Aodh "Hugh" Riley, Gent.
- Birth: 1653, Piscataway Parish, Prince George's, Maryland
- Death: circa 1736, Rockville, Montgomery, Maryland
- Parents: Maolmordha "Miles" Riley, Mary Hull
- Wives:Margaret Plummer, Mary Moore, Rebecca Penson
Hugh Riley Sr. was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland, formerly known as Calvert County. Hugh married Margaret Plummer, and they settled in Calvert County. Hugh Sr. also married twice more, to Mary Moore-Faulkner, then Rebecca Penson, however, this narrative is concerned with the children of Hugh Sr. and Margaret.
Although old Maryland records show that Hugh Riley Sr., was a carpenter by trade, he also occupied himself as a planter(farmer) and as a land surveyor. And, over the years in his lifetime, he acquired the skills necessary and sufficient wealth to enable him to become a successful land speculator.
Commencing about 1688 according to records available, he began to acquire numerous tracts of land by Patents or deeds. In Colonial times, Maryland law required a person who bought or leased a tract of land to give it a name. Consequently, in every instance of a Patent or deed, one will find the name of the tract mentioned in the record. Some of the many tracts owned by Hugh Riley, just to name a few, were "Riley's Folly", "Ryley's Range", "Hugh's Labor", "Hogyard", "Poplar Thicket", "Green Spring", and etc. an index of the many land transactions entered into by him in the form of patents or indentures(deeds) and selected extracts of those recorded documents can be found in appendix D.
Mr. Donald Ray Barnes, a Certified Genealogist, wrote about Hugh Riley Sr., in his article entitled "Hugh Riley and His Descendants" and printed in an issue of the Prince George's County Genealogica Society Bulletin in 1979.
Comment: as of April 2014, dates seem to need work.
- Mary Moore Married: ABT 1673
- Rebecca Penson Married: ABT 1675
- Margaret Plummer b: ABT 1672 Married: ABT 1688
Children of 1st wife
- 1. Hannah Riley
- 2. Pharoah Riley
- 3. Hugh Riley
- 4. Elizabeth Riley
Children of Margaret Plummer & Hugh Riley:
- Eliphaz Riley b: 1688 in Prince George's County, MD
- Lydia Jane Riley b: ABT 1690. Married Swearingen.
- Thomas Riley
- Samuel Riley
- Brian. Married Mary Dove, the widow Cook
1. from WFT James Lindsey Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Riley, the "gentleman"
The focus of this genealogical record will be the descendants of Hugh Riley, son of Miles.
Hugh is the direct descendant (sic: ancestor) of the Alabama Riley's. Hugh was born in 1652. He married Margaret Plummer, daughter of Thomas Plummer of Ann Arundle (sic: Arundel) County, Maryland, which became Prince George's County. Records indicate six children.
Hugh is on record on May 1, 1668 as owning land in the area of what is now Washington, D.C. There is a reference to this land being near the Duddington Manor Plantation, a landmark of then Bowie, Maryland. At one time, Hugh owned 5365 acres of land in the Prince George's county area (H1 in the appendix.) One such tract named Hogyard, or sometimes referred to as Hopyard. This tract is located in what is now Washington D.C. The tract, present day, is approximately five blocks east of the Capital of the United States. Hugh sold this tract to a London Businessman. Shortly afterwards, Hugh's son, Eliphaz, repurchased the tract. I referred to Hugh as "gentleman" because that is what he listed as his occupation on the land list for Maryland settlers during 1701 to 1730. Previous to this, he listed himself as farmer (H2). I guess when you have 5365 acres of land you can afford to become a "gentleman".
Hugh died in 1738.
Most of Hugh Sr.'s children settled in the Prince George's area. Eliphaz remained in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Soloman may have accompanied his nephews to North Carolina. Records are conflicting as to his history. It is thought that Soloman may have been a nickname for Samuel. The brothers have the same birth year. They could also have been twins. I find different death dates for each.
Jane Lydia married Thomas Swearingen and settled in Berkley, VA. Her children would later go on to West Virginia.
Eliphaz is the ancestor of the Alabama Riley's. Hugh Riley (Sr.) b 1652/3-d. 10 Dec. 1736(2) Miles(1)
•ID: I35226 •Name: Hugh Riley •Given Name: Hugh •Surname: Riley •Sex: M •_UID: F9F0ECDD4326CF40893056A38B444661528D •Change Date: 14 Nov 2008 •Note: Notes: Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Winter 1987, Vol. 28, #1-p. 37 Plummer Family of Maryland and Indiana Quakers Will of Thomas Plummer of Prince Geo. Co., 1694/5, Anne Arundel Co. Early Families of So. MD, Vol. II- Elise Greenup Jourdan, Knoxville, Tenn., Sep. 1993, The Plummer Family, p. 2- Will of Thomas Ploumer of Anne Arundel Co.; writen 12 Jul 1694; probate 26 Feb 1694-"To eld. dau. Margaret, wife of Hugh Reily, 5 shillings because of advances already made."
Samuell Reyly 33B.202 I PG £13.15.2 Apr 12 1712 Appraisers: Samuell Magruder, William Beall. Approvers: Hugh Riley.
Rebecca Riely 36.80 PG £307.9.0 Jun 1748 Jul 11 1748 Appraisers: ------ Magruder, William Beall. Next of kin: Thomas Elder, John Mitchell. Executors: Hugh Riley and Pharaoh.
William Huchison 2.1 A £73.7.1 May 26 1719 Received from: <snip>, Hugh Riley on account of Jesse Doyne. Payments to: <snip>. Executor: James Stoddert.
PEACH, JOSEPH, SR., Prince George's Co., schoolmaster. 26 Jan, 1760; 30 Oct, 1764 <snip> To son William Peach, tract of land called "Strip," which I bought of Mary Clagett and Elipheaz Riley; tract called "Balance." <snip> Wit: Jacob Green, Daniel Clarke, Wm. Nichols. 32.303
Hugh is the ancestor of the Alabama Riley's. He was born in 1652, married Margaret Plummer, daughter of Thomas Plummer of Ann Arundel County, MD. Hugh and Margaret settled in Calvert County, which became Prince George's County. Records indicate they had six children. Hugh is on record as of May 1, 1668 as owning land in the area of what is now Washington, DC. There is reference to this land being near the Duddington Manor Plantation, a landmark of then Bowie, Prince George's, MD. At one time, Hugh owned 5365 acres of land in the Prince George's County. One such tract named Hog Yard, sometimes referred to as Hop Yard. This tract is located in what is now Washington, DC. The tract, present day, is approximately five blocks east of the Capital building. Hugh sold this tract to a London businessman. Shortly afterwards, Hugh's son, Eliphaz, repurchased the tract.
Aodh "Hugh" Riley, Gent.'s Timeline
Prince George's, Maryland
Piscataway, MD, USA
Province of Maryland
Prince George's County, Province of Maryland
Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Province of Maryland