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John Riley/Reily

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Westmeath, Ireland
Death: March 26, 1882 (68)
Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Riley/Reily and Mary Riley/Reily
Husband of Elizabeth Riley/Reily
Brother of Thomas Riley/Reily; James Riley/Reily; Peter Riley/Reily; Ann Bailey; Catherine Rafferty and 1 other

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About John Riley/Reily


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Subject: My Rileys, & howdy.

Date: Sat, 21 Sep 1996 02:40:36 -0500 (EST)


As newcomer to list, I'll give brief recitation of my Rileys.

Actually, these are my wife's Rileys; I'm Polish/Ger :-)

According to tombstone inscriptions for 2 of children listed in 1st family, James & John, they were born in Co Westmeath, Ire. Spelling of surname Riley has been standardized; 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, Ire m Helena "Ellen" Gillmore b 1816, Ire. He d 6 Dec 1886 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 Ire m Elizabeth Unk b 1807 Co Westmeath Ire. 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 Ire m Julia Corcoran b 1810 Ire. 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 Ire m Almira Roach b 1820 Ire.

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 Ire m Edward Bailey b 1813 Ire.

They had issue:

1.5.1 John b 1837 NY m Margaret Unk.

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, 2 Edwards.)

1.5.8 Ann b 7 Apr 1854 Kenosha, Kenosha, WI.

1.6 Catherine b 1820 Ire 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, 2 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 Finned, Easkey Parish, Killala Diocese,

Co Sligo, Ire. 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 Ire.

According to biography of James Riley, family emigrated

from Ire c1836, settling 1st in NY City. In 1844, they

travelled up Hudson Riv to Albany, then via Erie Canal to Lake Ontario where they took passage on ship. Arriving in northern WI, they came by wagon to Kenosha. BTW, it may be obvious that my wife's line descends thru Catherine Rafferty, dtr of Catherine Riley & Patrick Rafferty, because I've got Tom O'Grady's birthplace nailed down. Just one of my goals, apart from expanding my research on Rileys, is to locate current mbrs of family still living in Ire. My wife & I have found O'Gradys descended from common ancestor & correspondence

is wonderful. Happy to be aboard, Tom

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John Riley/Reily's Timeline

June 24, 1813
Westmeath, Ireland
March 26, 1882
Age 68
Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States