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Maolmordha 'Miles' Riley

Also Known As: "Miles", "Maolmordha", "Reiley", "Riley"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cavan, Ireland
Death: Died in Rappahannock, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Woodville, Rappahannock, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ferrall O'Riley and Mary Hull
Husband of Mary Nancy Riley
Father of Jane Canterbury; John Riley, Sr.; Aodh "Hugh" Riley, Gent.; Edward Riley and Thomas Riley
Brother of Garrett Riley; Thomas Riley and Elizabeth Riley

Managed by: Shirley Gail Neil
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About Maolmordha "Miles" Riley

1. From WFT Lindsey Thompson at lindseyt@gower.net

[Riley Eliphaz.FTW]

THE RILEY FAMILY:

The O'Reilly Coat of Arms, the severed hand

The Riley coat of Arms has two lions with a severed and blood-dripping hand between the two lions. It is said that the invading King told his two sons that the first son touching the new land would have his choice of lands. the two sons stood at the head of their boats as they approached land. Realizing that he was not going to reach land first, one of the brothers took his sword and chopped off his own hand at the wrist and hurled it to shore just before his brother touched shore. He, therefore, became the greater land holder of what was to become Ireland. Through Irish history, all those claiming descent from the brother who cut off his hand have displayed a bloody hand on their armor.

Miles Riley, b. 1614 - d. 1669(1)

Miles Riley was born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1614. As of this writing, I know nothing of Miles' parents or his place of birth, but it is known that he had two brothers, Garrett and Thomas. On January 2nd, 1634, Miles and his brother Garrett left County Cavan and booked passage on the merchant ship, Bonaventure, sailing from London, England. The ship was captained by James Ricrofte. The ship's manifest lists Miles's age as 20 years, and Garrett's as 24. they swore an oath of allegiance to the ship's captain, and sailed for the Virginia Colonies. It is suspected that they debarked at New Point Comfort in Virginia near the Potomac River and Maryland. Miles settled in Rappahannock County, Virginia. In 1663 in Rappahannock County, Miles applied for and was granted a King's Land Grant of 200 acres, and an additional 1,100 acres in 1665. He received these grants for paying the passage of about 20 new immigrants in 1662-1665. (Later Rappahannock County's name was changed, and is now known as Orange County, Virginia.) While Miles and Garrett were in the Colonies, a rebellion in Ireland broke out in 1641, and as a result, the English took ten years to regain control. As a concession to the Protestant Irish, Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell allowed the Irish to purchase land and houses about 1650. Miles's brother, Garrett, plied his trade as a carpenter in the Colonies, but apparently sold any free land grants he had and bought his passage back to Ireland. Evidently, Garrett had heard of this change in English policy. He purchased a six-room, thatched-roof house in the town of Kells, County Meath, Ireland. Garrett Reyley (riley) appears on the AValuation of Kells@, a sort of tax roll, or census, in the years 1655 and 1665. A third brother of Miles', Thomas Riley (or O rily), is listed in a land grant in the 1660's. He is not shown as arriving on the Bonaventure with Miles and Garrett, but may have been sponsored by Miles at a later time. His age was listed as 16 upon arrival in Virginia, in1654. He settled in Accomack County, Virginia. Descendants of Thomas settled in Accomack County, and some migrated up the peninsula to Sussex County, Delaware, while others went to Somerset/Worchester County, Maryland. A sister, Elizabeth Riley, also migrated from Ireland, but there are no records of her found. She is included here in the hopes that some connection can be made, and she will not be forgotten.

Miles is on record as having four sons. Their Irish names were respectively, Seaan, Emonn, Tomes, and Aodh. The English made the Irish people change their names to fit the English language, so their Anglicized names were John, Edward, Thomas, and Hugh. Miles' Irish name was Maolmordha. There is not record so far of Miles' wife at this time.

Named as Ninian Riley's father in the Nancy Riley Clarke Diary. THREE VANDEREN SISTERS OF OWEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, by David C. McMurtry, 1990, cites a list of passengers of the BON ADVENTURE, which left the port of London, England on January 2, 1634.


•ID: I61090 •Name: Miles Riley •Given Name: Miles •Surname: Riley •Sex: M •_UID: DAA0DF0FA2DD864B808E42C73193372FF956 •Change Date: 14 Nov 2008 •Note: Notes: The Anciet Enloe Family original author continues: At this writing, I know nothing of Miles' parents or his place of birth, but it is known that he had two brothers, Garrett and Thomas. On January 2nd, 1634, Miles and his brother Garrett left county Cavan and booked passage on the merchant ship Bonaventure sailing from London, England. The ship was captained by James Ricrofte. The ship's manifest lists Miles' age as 20 years, and Garrett's as 24. They swore an oath of allegiance to the ship's captain, and sailed for the Virginia Colonies, the Potomac River and Maryland. Miles settled in Rappahannock County,Virginia. In 1663 in Rappahannock County, Miles applied for and was granted a Kings Land Grant of 200 acres, and an additional 1,100 acres in 1665. He received these grants for paying the passage of about 20 new immigrants in 1662/65. (Later Rappahannock County's name was changed, and is now known as Orange County, Virginia.) War, the Irish Confederates Rebellion vs England broke out in 1641, and as a result the English took ten years to regain control. As a concession to the Protestant Irish, Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell allowed the Irish to purchase land and houses about 1650. Miles' brother, Garrett, plied his trade as a carpenter in the Colonies, but apparently sold any free land grants he had, and bought his passage back to Ireland. Evidently, Garrett had heard of this change in English policy. He purchased a six-room, thatched-roof house in the town of Kells, County Meath, Ireland. "Garrett Reyley" (Riley) appears on the "Avaluation of Kells", a sort of tax roll, or census, in the years1655 and 1665.

Regarding Thomas, he is not shown as arriving on the Bonaventure with Miles and Garrett, but may have been sponsored by Miles at a later time. His age was listed as 16 upon arrival in Virginia, in 1654. He settled in Accomack County Virginia. Descendants of Thomas settled in Accomack County, and some migrated up the peninsula to Sussex County, Delaware, while others went to Somerset/Worcester County, Maryland. A sister, Elizabeth Riley, also migrated from Ireland, but there are no records of her found. She is included here in the hopes that some connection can be made, and that she will not be forgotten. Their Irish names were respectively, Seaan, Emonn, Tomes, and Aodh. The English made the Irish people change their names to fit the English language, so their Anglicized names were John, Edward, Thomas, and Hugh. Miles' Irish name was Maolmordha. There is no record so far of Miles' wife at this time. Reference for above: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=gedoth&ti=0&f0=815898&f1=21916

e-mail of 4/1/2001 from "Lynn" Robert, I was reading the messages(on the Riley forum) and wanted to comment on the passage of Elizabeth and Thomas. In a book titled "the Complete Book of Emmigrants, 1607-1660" There is a listing for an Elizabeth Riley sailing on the "Transport" July 4, 1634 London to Virginia listed her as 18 yrs old. In the same book it shows a Thomas Riley, age 16 on the "Dorset" sailing September 30, 1634 from London to Bermuda. •Birth: ABT 1614 in Cavin, Ireland •Death: 1669

Father: Mr. Riley

Marriage 1 Mary Hull •Married: Children 1. Hugh Riley b: 1652 in Piscataway, Charles, MD


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Maolmordha "Miles" Riley's Timeline

1614
1614
Cavan, Ireland
1639
1639
Age 25
Virginia, Colonial America
1645
1645
Age 31
Saint Marys,,Maryland,USA
1653
1653
Age 39
Prince George's, Maryland
1669
1669
Age 55
Rappahannock, Virginia, USA
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Woodville, Rappahannock, Virginia, United States