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Terrance RileyReillyReilley

Also Known As: "Terence Riley"
Birthplace: Ireland
Death: Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Hallagher
Father of James Riley; Patrick RileyReilly; Terrance RileyReilly; Barney RileyReilly and Ann RileyReilly

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U.S. Census

1860: Kildare,Juneau Co., Wi... pg. 130, Roll #309: Riley, Terence 55 Farmer (born in Ireland) Ann 40 " James 21 farm laborer " Patrick 15 " " Terence 14 " " Barney 11 attending sch. " Ann 5 (born in ILLINOIS)

1870: Kildare, Juneau Co.,Wi...pg. 14,line 39,Roll #434: Riley, Terance 50 Farmer (born in Ireland) ELIGIBLE TO VOTE Ann 50 Keep. hs. " Patrick 25 laborer " Ann 15 (born in Wisconsin)

1880: Westford, Richland Co., Wi... pg.6, Roll 1445 Riley, Ann 70 Keep. hs. (widowed) Ann 22 Housekeeper (born in Wisconsin)

Terence Riley and family arrived in the United States somewhere around 1850, according to later census information. Son Barney, born in either 1848 or 1849 in Ireland, was followed by a six year gap, with daughter Ann born in Illinois or Wisconsin in 1854 or 1855. We know they were in Wisconsin by the 1860 Census - they could have been in Illinois in 1850 census.

In the 1988 book, JUNEAU COUNTY, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, I found the following information: Kildare Township was organized by the Sauk County Board as the town of Dells in 1851; In 1854 it changed to Lindon; in 1857 it changed to Kildare, from the Irish home of many settlers. The first church was St. Bridget's, 1851, near Lyndon Station. The railroad was constructed through Juneau in 1855-1857.

The JOURNAL OF THE BREIFNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY contained an article on the Churches of Kilmore, which Diocese included the area of RedHills, where Terence Riley's son James said he was born, in RedHills, Cavan, Ulster, Ireland. During the late 17th and early 18th centuries Catholics were forbidden to practice their faith under the "Penal Laws", but usually they were unimpeded. However, they were so reduced to poverty that they were unable to build chapels, so often Mass was said in the open on large rectangular stones called Mass rocks. In 1778 the law was repealed and it became easier to get sites for churches.Pg. 426 gives this history of Killoughter (Redhills) St Brigid's: Mass Rock: Shannow Wood 1790 - Thatched chapel at Killoughter cross 1839 - St.Brigid's built 1948-1951 - St. Brigid's re-built "There were two types of single cell barn church very common in the diocese in the late 18th-early 19th century. The first had the main altar in the centre of one of the side-walls, with two doors in the other side wall or in the gables and two galleries, one in each gable. The best example of this type of church still surviving in the dioscese is the old disused Holy Trinity church at Kildoagh in the parish of Templeport. The second type of single cell church had the altar at one gable with the main door and a gallery in the other.

Belturbet church (St. Mary's) was built in 1838 and would have been the next closest church. Prior to the church there was a chapel in Weaver's Row.

Excerpt from the "Topigraphical Dictionary of Ireland, published 1837: Annagh, or Belturbet, a parish on the road from Ballyconnell to Cavan, containing 12,269 inhabitants...The principal seats are Castle Saunderson, the residence of A. Saunderson, Esq.; Erne Hill, of G.M. Knipe, Esq., Clover Hill of J. Saunderson, Esq.; and RedHill, of

White, Esq.... This parish is divided into the two R.C. districts of Annagh West and Annagh East, or Kiloughter, the former containing a chapel at Drumalee, and the latter at REDHILL. Belturbet, an incorporated market town, is pleasantly situated on the river Erne., 12 miles N.N.W. from Cavan.

REDHILLS= The Village ANNAGH= The Parish TULLAGHGARVEY= The Barony CAVAN=The County ULSTER= The Province

CAVAN,(County of), an inland county of the province of Ulster, population 228,050 in 1831. According to Ptolemy, this tract was occupied by the Erdini, designated in the Irish language Ernaigh, traces of which name are yet preserved in that of Lough Erne and the river Erne. This district formed the ancient principality of Breghne, Brefine, Breifne, Breffny or Brenny, as it has been variously spelt, which had recognized limits from time immemorial, and was divided into the two principalities of Upper or East Breifne and Lower or West Breifne, the former composed almost entirely of the present county of Cavan and the latter of that of Leitrim. east Breifne was often called Breifne O'Reilly, from its brinces or chiefs having from remote ages borne that name. They were tributary to the O'Nial of Tiroen long before the arrival of the English......The O'Reilly's were (in 1584) a warlike sept, particularly distinguished for their cavalry, and not living in towns, but in small castles scattered over the country. In order to lessed their influence, and thus reduce them to the English law, it was resolved to divide the country into baronies and settle the proprietorship of each exclusively on a separate branch of the families of the former propritors......The whole territory was partitioned into seven baronies of which two were assigned to Sir John O'Reilly free of all contributions; a third was alloted to his brother, Philip O'Reilly, a fourth to his uncle Edmond, and a fifth to the sons of Hugh O'Reilly (surnamed the Prior). The other two were possessed by the septs of MacKernon and MacGauran, remotely situated on the border of O'Rorke's country.

REDHILLS: a village, in that part of the parish of Annagh which is the barony of Tulaghgarvey, county of Cavan and province of Ulster, 2 miles N.E. from Belturbet, on the road to Ballyhaine: the population is returned with the parish. It takes its name from the peculiarly red colour of the soil, which arises from its being strongly impregnated with iron: the roads near it alre all of a deep red colour. Here is a R.C. chapel belonging to the district of Annagh E., or Killoughter. KILLOUGHTER: A parish in the baroy of Tullaghgarvey, 6 miles N.N.E. from Belturbet on the road from that place to Cootehill; containing 6130 inhabitants.......The living is a perpetual curacy, formed out of the parish of Annagh in 1813.....The R.C. parish is coextensive with that of the Established Church, and has a chapel at Red Hill. (St. Bridget's)

1995 Breifne Journal, pg 553- 565 on the Great Famine In an article on the local relief committees during the Great Famine, according to the Relief Commission Papers in the National Archives, Dublin, Professor Cullen stated that the Famine was less a national disaster than a social and regional one. some areas of Cavan coped well, while others did not. There was no relief committee activity in Tullygarvey barony, where RedHills was located. "From Redhills in late January (1847), Rev. William Ashe wrote that, out of a population of 7,000, not more than 300 were employed in the public works: 'They are perishing daily' and have no one to look after them but the curate above (himself) whose house is surrounded from morning til night. The Roman Catholic clergeyman of this parish will gladly unite with me in any measures of relief ". (Rev. Wm. Ashe, Killoghter Glebe, Redhills. (n.a.). 28 Jan 1847. The Temporary Relief (popularly called the Soup Kitchens) Act replaced the ill-fated public works scheme in April, 1847. In Cavan union (Poor law union) Redhills had 50.95% of its population receiving food. Population decline in County Cavan was 28% for the decade between 1841-1851.

THE CENSUS OF IRELAND GENERAL ALPHABETICAL INDEX TO THE TOWNLANDS AND TOWNS, PARISHES AND BARONIES OF IRELAND (#941.5 Ir 4 - Searc127 at Salt Lake City Mormon Library by Ann Carroll) FOR THE YEAR 1851 (PG 778- Copy in Riley, Terrence paper file) does not reveal any names of individuals.

It is very difficult to access Irish records, as many were destroyed in 1920. Additionally, the history of Ireland reveals that under the English rule, the Penal Laws of the late seventeenth century and the early eighteenth century curtailed all economic, social political and religious liberties of Catholics in Ireland. The Catholic church servived because there was no concerted and sustained attempt to make the practice of Catholicism illegal and because the clergy continued to have the support of the people. However, the penal laws resulted in a weakened docesan structure. The clergy were trained in continental colleges. By the mid-18th Century, each parish had a priest and some a curate. By 1782, the clergy were again legally recognised and churches and schools built. Prior to that, many communities had had mass celebrated in the open air or in houses. Ulster had more "mass-rocks" than the rest of the country; Cavan had thirty-six. An official report of the state of the diocese of Kilmore in 1794 states that "It is not easy to given an exact figure for the number of catholics. In some parishes there are three hundred families, in others four hundred and sometines, but rearely six hundred. VERY OFTEN FAMILIES MOVE FROM PLACE TO PLACE BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF THEIR SLENDER POSSESSIONS WHICH THEY HOLD AT THE WHIM OF HERETICS." (Maguire, Denis: Relatio Status of Denis Maguire, 18 Nov. 1794) Maguire further observed that "some parish priests keep diligently baptismal and marriage registers - for they have been told to do so. Registers of the dead are hardly ever kept." The encouragement of the keeping of registers seems often to have fallen on deaf ears.

There is a great deal of information in County Cavan, Ireland about the Reilly "sept". The O'Reilly's were the ruling family in that part of Breifne now represented by the county of Cavan and the chiefs of the name were distinguished patrons of men of learning, poets and scribes. The family is fortunate in the extent to which its traditions, consisting of genealogies, anecdotes and annals have been preserved. In 1959, Professor James Carney of the Dublin Institute for Advanced studies edited and translated a valuable history of the family which was compiled in the 18th century from earlier sources. In Irish, the ancient family was called O'Raghalliagh. A copy is in the possession of Patricia Alves in 1998.

The problem is in connecting the family of Terence Riley, who immigrated to America in aboout 1850. Exactly how he fits in the family tree is the challenge! The genealogical history only goes through the 1600's - so about 100-150 years needs to be breached! A copy from the Registry of Freeholders in the County of Cavan from the 1st of January 1825 to the 1 of January 1826, xeroxed by Ann Carroll at Salt Lake City Library, shows in the Barony of Tullygarvey, page 46, a number of freeholders named Reilly whose landlord was Mr. Francis Whyte. The topographical directory listed a Mr. Whyte as having the Manor at Redhills. The sheets are listed as Search 141 in file of Terence Reilly.

There is a James Reilly listed in Townland of Corcashill whose landlord was Mr. Whyte in 1828. In the 1860 (Census? check with Ann Carroll) a James O'Reilly is listed in Corcashel as a tenant of the Rev. E.B.Venables. James Reilly seems to have been the oldest son of Terence of Wisconsin, and eldest sons were named after paternal grandfathers- maybe?? (11/97)c

In the Breifne Journal, 1985, pgs 395 -ff, an article on the O'Reilllys of Annagh, states that Ellen, daughter of Edmund Magaghran of Corcanidos, married Bryan Reilly of Killafanda near Redhills, co. Cavan, and had a son named Luke. This would have been in the mid-1700's. Ours??

500 BC "In a glade on Shantemon Hill there are five boulders standing in a row on the grass. These were named after the mythical legendary Irish giant-slayer Finn MacCumhaill. The stones are supposed to have been erected during the Bronze Age (1750 -500 BC), but the purpose of these stones is unknown, lost in time." http://www.foundmark.com/Ireland/Northeast/Cavan/Cvhomepage.html OR: "In Cavan County, lies SHANTEMON HILL, 4 miles (6km) NE of Cavan. It contains a row of pillars on its N. slope, marking the inauguration place of O'Reillys, ancient Lords of east Breifne." (photos- doc# 213-214) Excerpts from Annals of the Four Masters:

12th cent. “Breffney” is an old place-name for the Gaelic lordship of parts of southern Ulster (now Co. Cavan) during the medieval and early modern period (Duffy 1995:17). It refers to a far older Gaelic division of the territory, whereas Co. Cavan is a product of the post 1640s English plantation activities and other political maneuverings involved in the formation of the post-plantation province of Ulster (Gillespie 1995:10). The present Cavan diocese of Kilmore approximately occupies the ancient territory of Breifne as it stood in the 12th century (Moody and Martin 1967:57). http://www.shef.ac.uk/uni/union/susoc/assem/2tarzia3.html

1169 Cavan was originally part of the ancient kingdom of Breifne, now considered part of greater Ulster. This part of Breifne was ruled by the O'Reillys whose base was the town of Cavan. The O'Reillys retained control over the county for several centuries after the arrival of the Normans in Ireland in 1169. This was due to the skill of the O'Reilly cavalry and also to the difficulty of the Cavan terrain with its forests, bogs and lakes.

M1390.4 "Manus O'Rourke, who had been imprisoned by O'Reilly in the castle of Lough Oughter, made his escape from it, and went to the castle of Lough-an Scuir; but the Clann-Murtough, being informed of this by his betrayers, they slew him as he was coming ashore out of a cot." Annals of the Four Masters, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T000004.html

M1390.5 "A peace was concluded between O'Rourke and O'Reilly; and O'Reilly received great rewards for banishing and expelling from him the enemies of O'Rourke. Owen O'Rourke and the son of Cathal Reagh were delivered up as hostages for the payment of these considerations." Annals of the Four Masters, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T000004.html

1584 The boundries of the county of Cavan were established by the English in 1584, and the county devided into baronies. Most of these baronies were given to different branches of the O'Reilly, with two baronies controlled by the McKernons and McGowans (often anglicized as Smith). During the late sixteenth century the O'Reillys and their Cavan alies joined the rebellion of O'Neill against the English. -------------------------------

From Cavan Geneology Web site: "You will have to reserve the name Shantemon in the Parish of Castleterra until I see it again. It seems to be the hill on which the O'Reillys were inaugurated Chiefs of Breifny, though I was always under the impression that Tully-Mongan was the hill. In the O'Reilly Pedigree I meet the following passage-

"When Malmore (Myles) was at Sean-Tuimin with the nobles of Breifny around him to create him Chief, Torlogh, the son of Fergal, came to offer opposition, but had to desert, etc."

I think it better to anglicise the name Shantummin, but the authorities must first be compared before that spelling be adopted. " J. O'Donovan

Carminis maceronici Specimen Rioghthaoiseach na ruathar ngarbh O'Raghallaigh na ruadh arm Do chluintear aoibh a orghuth Os Muintir Mhaoil mhin Mhordha

A potent prince o'er Eastern Breifny reigns O'Reilly, red-armed ranger of the plains Whose warlike voice and bright, majestic face Command Malmora's proud and might race

Shane O'Dugan

From: "Genealogy Notes of County Cavan on the Web:

1842 1 'Young men, I pray, and maidens gay, Unite both one ,and all all, A gallant band of' Youth so grand Their actions to recall;

Each brilliant muse will not refuse , To Guide my slender quill; Your aid I claim to sound the fame Of the youths of Sweet Redhill.

In Cavan town of' high renown Their praises I'll unfold; In Belturbet town and Clones Their credit I'll uphold,

And then straightaway through Ballybay, In Shercock and Cootehill My voice I'll raise to sound the praise Of the Youths of Sweet Redhill.

In unity they all agree No matter they go; Those heroes brave no boon they crave From either friend or foe;

At Gannon’s Cross they fear no loss Their Glasses there to fill, And the reckoning pay without delay Those youths of Sweet Redhill.

At market and fair you can meet them there Possessed of manly pride: They dance and sing till the taprooms ring With their cailins by their side;

To each fair lass they’ll toast a glass And pay the landlord's bill; May heaven smile upon Erin’s isle And the youths of Sweet Redhill.

With grief I now recall to mind. Each well remembered scene, The harvest mirth, .and the Christmas glee, And the dances on the green;

And the pleasant shades of Cloverhill Where the birds sing clear and shrill. And the friends with whom I used to rove Round sporting sweet Redhill.

Farewell to the Killoughter boys Who always proved so kind. And likewise to the blooming girl I now must leave behind,

And may the blood that freely flows Within my veins be still If I prove false to my sweetheart She's the pride of sweet Redhill.

But ere I go with grief and woe I will cast one look of pride On the home of my ancestors Where my parents lived and died.

May angels guard the old churchyard Where hallowed graves they fill: For them I'll pray both night and day When I'm far from sweet Redhill.

But fortune says that I must go And leave my native land To seek a better livelihood Upon a forighn strand,

And when I reach Columbia’s shore I’ll sit and use my quill And my love I’ll send to each kind friend That lives round sweet Redhill.

Perhaps from a different author but in the same time period:

Farewell ! my country. a long farewell, My bitter anguish no tongue can tell. For I must fly o’er the ocean wide From the home I loved by Lough Sheelin’s.side.

II Fond memories come till my heart grows sad, And vengeful thoughts till my . brain goes mad. When I think of Ellen. my gentle bride, In the churchyard lone by Lough Sheelin’s Side.

III When first I wooed her so fair and young With her artless air and her guileless tongue, All other maidens she far outvied On the lonely banks by Lough Sheelin’s side.

IV At the village dance on the Shamrock plain To blind O’leary’s enchanting strain No foot like her’s could so nimbly play None smile so sweetly or laugh so gay.

VI Ah! proud was I of my girl so tall And envied most by the young men all When I brought her blushing a bashful bride To my cottage home by Lough Sheelin’s side.

VI But oh! our joy was too full to last; The landlord came our young hopes to blast; In vain we pleaded for mercy - no! He turned us out in the blinding snow.

VII And none dare open for us their door Or else his vengence would reach them sure; My Ellen fainted - in my arms died- While the snow fell fast on the mountain side.

I said one prayer for my lifeless love, And raised my hands to Heaven above. "Oh, God of justice", I wildly cried, Avenge the death of' my murdered bride."

We buried her down in the churchyard low, Where in the springtime the daisies blow. I shed no tear for the fount had dried On that woeful night by Lough Sheelin’s side.

Farewell! my country; farewell for aye! The ship will soon bear me away, But , oh, my fond heart will still abide In my Ellen’s grave by Lough Sheelin’s side.

There are a few other indications, however, that would appear to support the theory that the song may have been composed as early as the period I have mentioned. For example the poet refers to "the dances on the green. This refers to the widespread practice of open air dancing in rural Ireland at crossroads or other suitable places where often a dancing "deck" was used, Just as the celebration of "patterns" at holy wells or on certain saints' feast days was. during the I9th century, due to alleged abuses, discouraged in many districts by the Church. Similarly open air dancing, although surviving until quite recently in some areas in other places suffered a fate similar to that of the "pattern". Again none of the older people could remember actually seeing dancing on Redhills green though they had heard that it was formerly customary for dances to be held there For example, my maternal grandmother, who was born in 1863. stated that her father and mother, both of whom were natives of the Redhills area, had seen dances taking place there when they were young. We have mentioned that there was a tradition that the poet of The Youths ()f Sweet Redhill had composed other songs. In one of the school manuscripts in the Library of the Folklore Department in University College, Dublin, there is a song entitled The Shades of Cloverhill. It was written at the height of O’Connell’s Repeal campaign in 1842 to commemorate the successful attempt organized in the Redhills district to prevent the eviction of a certain Francis Lawlor, a tenant on the Saunderson estate. The Heart of Brefine 1843 The population of Cavan was 243,000 on the eve of the Great Famine, the population is now 55,000. Its estimated that in the five year period between 1845 and 1850, 25,000 died of starvation and disease alone. Among departures from Liverpool the most represented county of origin is Cavan, due perhaps to assisted emigration.” The Search For Missing Friends.

General Notes about Cavan:

From Al Beagans Genealogy Notes of County Cavan, Parish of Anna (Annagh)...from John O'Donvans letters (Rootsweb.com/~/irl/cav): (1836): ....."Of the town Belturbet I find no record except that it was a castle built by Hugh Connallach O'Reilly, A.D. 15--. The ford which this castle commanded is called by O'Sullevan Bel-Tarbert and Latinised Os-Tarberti. The castle was called by the Irish Caislen Tairbeirt and the town is still named Belturbert by many of the country people in its vicinity. The ruins of the castle are still traceable near Beltrubet Distillery; are they marked on the map?.....The Hill of Mullach na Mallacht, on which the Clergy of Drumlane were wont to curse those who plundered their Churches or lands, has in latter times lost that very ugly name, it being now called Lisnamaine, but old Kennedy of Killycar remembers that it was called Mullach na Mallacht or Collis Maledictionum, though he accounts for the name by a story about a square (Squire) Columb and a blind fiddler. The following story taken from the O'Reilly Pedigree, will account for the name in a somewhat more plausible manner and throw light upon the ferocity or rapacity of Priors to the time of peace.

"The Dumb Prior O'Reilly was fostered by the O'Sherridans of the Island. It is said that he was a great bestower and that he continued on one occasion giving away money and horses for three days until at last he was struck dumb (from hard work! I suppose). But others say that he was styled dumb Prior as having lost his speech for quite a different reason; on one occasion he plundered and robbed Drumlane and the Coarb came to him and said that the plundering of that Church of Mogue never yet succeeded with any one and requested him to restore the booty, but the other would not; whereupon the Coarb went to the Chapel of St. Maodhog to put it in order, and soon after passed down to Mullach no Mallacht or Hill of the Curses and there pronounced the curse of St. Maodhog against the Prior, who in consquence whereof was struck dumb." O'Reilly Pedigree, page 279

This hill lies a mile and a half south of Belturbet.

Drummany is another place (a fort and Townland) in this Parish of Drumlane of the name of which the O'Reilly Pedigree affords a legendary explanation;- "Mahon O'Reilly was a good almsgiver, and after having bestowed a mantle upon a monk, he got a promise from him that he (Mahon) should never die without the priest. It is reported that he desired the Clergy of Drumlane to visit him frequently during his last illness which was long and protracted, but the clergy finding that he was not willing to pay them for their visits at length neglected him and he died without the priest. His body was carried towards Drumlane and when the funeral had arrived at the fort of Druim Manaigh (Dorsum Monachi) two monks made their appearance, of whom one was in vestments ready for Mass; the other came forward and opened the Aileatrum or Hearse, upon which Mahon revived, made his confession to the monk and died immediately after."

PRECINCT OF TULLAGHGARVY 1.3000 acres to Mulmorie Oge O'Reylie, gent.2.1000 acres to Mulmorie McPhilip O'Reilie, Esq.3.1000 acres to Hugh O'Reilie, Esq.4.150 acres to Terence Braddy, gent.5.300 acres to Morish McTully, gent.6.150 acres to Thomas Braddy, gent.7.150 acres to Connor McShane Roe [O'Bradie], gent.8.262 acres to Henry Betagh, gent.

The servitors being charged by us with backwardness in having done so little, answered for the most part that they had not taken out their patents until the end of Candlemass term last, and that by reason the British do yet retain natives (who ought to be their tenants) they are disabled to put things forward as otherwise they would, but they will go roundly in hand with their works this next spring as they have promised us. Signed, Arthur Chichester, G. Carew, Th. Ridgeway, R. Wingfelde, O1. Lambart. A Perfect Relation and Report of the Works, Buildings, and Fortifications done by the English, surveyed by us in most places, and the rest certified by the governors, sheriffs, and others employed by us in our journey in the Province of Ulster begun the 29th of July, 1611. (from letter of Sir John Davies concerning the Plantation of Ulster)

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