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Biographical Sketch of William F. Riley

William F. Riley, is a well known banker of Topeka but he laid the foundation of his prosperity as a farmer and stock raiser in Wabaunsee County. He had been a resident of the state since 1883, and his family is one that had performed its full share of services in the development of the Sunnflower Commonwealth during the last thirty-three years. Born in Muskingum County, Ohio, January 10, 1871, William F. Riley is the youngest of eight children. His parents were John and Christiann (McDonald) Riley. During his residence in Ohio his father followed sheep raising and farming. On account of the health of his family he came to Kansas with them in 1883, locating near Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. There he acquired 640 acres of land. The price he paid ranged from $3 to $16 an acre. Thereafter he devoted himself to farming and the raising of cattle, but after three years moved to Mission Creek Township and located on the property now owned by his son William. In 1898 John Riley came into Topeka and died at his home in that city in September, 1910. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in politics a republican. In every way his life was a credit to his adopted state. He was public spirited, contributing liberally to the support of all landable public enterprises, was honest as the day is long, and his influence in the community was always for good. William F. Riley was twelve years of age when brought to Kansas. He had as a boy the advantages of the common schools, but wisely...

Herbert G. Riley

Blacksmith 1st Class, Naval A. S.; of Orange County; son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Riley. Husband of Mrs. Mary Riley. Entered service Dec. 10, 1917, at Hillsboro. Sent to Bay Shore, L. I. Sailed for France Feb. 5, 1918, on French ship “La Touraine.” Was in France and Italy in Naval Air Service. Returned to USA Dec. 16, 1918. Mustered out at Hampton Roads, Va., July 30,...

Enoch Riley

Private, 1st Class, Co. H, 30th Div., 120th Reg. Inf.; of Alamance County; son of G. H. and Laura Elizabeth Riley. Entered service September, 1917, at Haw River, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France, May 11, 1918. Was in all battles of the 120th Inf. Returned to USA April 2, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, April 8,...

Biography of Rev. J. W. Riley

Rev. J. W. Riley, Pastor Missionary Baptist Church, Mattoon; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Nov. 9, 1823; his ancestral line, traced through five preceding generations have been ministers in the Baptist Church; his father’s family furnished six ministers to the society, himself and five sons. From an historical record gathered from time to time, it was ascertained that the family of near relatives have furnished thirteen ministers of the Gospel; ten of these are Baptists, two Methodists and one Christian. His father, Rev. J. W. Riley, Sr., founded the first Missionary Baptist Church in all this section; this was at Bloomfield, Edgar Co., as early as 1835. Out of that grew the Bloomfield Baptist Association, which is today one of the largest in the State. His early life was spent upon the farm and in attendance upon school; at the age of 15 years, he became a member of the church, and soon after began to take part in its public exercises; he was ordained to the ministry April 26, 1845. He was married in 1843, to Olive J. Crouch, a native of Clermont Co., Ohio; she died April 4, 1855. His second marriage occurred Sept. 7, 1856, to Sarah A. Vance, of Licking Co., Ohio; she was educated at Granville College, Ohio. From first wedlock he reared five children – three sons and two daughters; from second, two sons. He came to Mattoon in November, 1864, and most of the time since has been Pastor of the Church. About the year 1866 or 1867, his health having become impaired, be went South and spent some time recruiting;...

Decision Rendered Mary Ann Riley

Office Of The Assistant Attorney-General Washington, D. C., August 31, 1905 The Secretary Of The Interior SIR: I received by reference of June 19, 1905, the record in the case of Mary Ann Riley and others, applicants for enrollment as Cherokee freedmen, with request for my opinion “whether the applicants in said case are entitled to enrollment.” The applicants are Mary Ann Riley, born about 1820; her daughter, Mary Hazelrig, nee Riley, born about 1855, for herself and minor children, William A., Jesse, Lacy, Alexander, Joseph E., James M. T., James L., and Fred; Mary Brown, nee Hazelrig, for herself and minor children, Robert Lee and George R. The Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes found that: Mary Ann Riley and Mary Hazelrig are mother and daughter, and were the slaves of a Cherokee citizen at the commencement of the rebellion; that they were taken out of the Cherokee Nation during said rebellion and did not return thereto and establish a residence therein within the time specified in the decree of the Court of Claims, rendered February 8, 1890, in the case of Moses Whitmire, trustee, etc., v. The Cherokee Nation et al., for the return of Cherokee freedmen to said nation. The other applicants herein are children and grandchildren of the applicant, Mary Hazelrig, were born since 1866, and possess no rights to enrollment other than as descendants of the said Mary Hazelrig. None of the applicants herein can be identified on the Cherokee authenticated tribal roll of 1880, or the Cherokee census roll of 1896. The applications should be denied. It is so ordered. The applicant, Mrs....

Biographical Sketch of N. B. Riley

N. B. RILEY was born in Logan County, Ky., September 14, 1841, and is a son of John and Mary (Murphy) Riley. The parents were natives of South Carolina, and came to Cumberland County in an early day. In 1841 they moved to Logan County; there the father died in 1882, the mother in 1857. Our subject was the youngest of eight children; his education was received in the common schools of the county; he remained at home until twenty-six, and then, commencing life for him-self, settled down on the home farm. In 1872 he came to Todd County and settled on his present farm, where he now owns about 600 acres, of which there are about 500 acres in cultivation. He is also paying some attention to stock-raising. In March, 1883, he became a partner with Mr. C. E. Haddox in Allensville. The firm now carry a stock of about $8,000 worth of groceries, hardware and agricultural implements. They are also commission merchants, handling about 50,000 bushels of grain per year. Mr. Riley was married in 1867 to Miss Isabella Page, a daughter of Wilson Page, of Logan County. This union has resulted in one daughter and four sons. September 6, 1861, subject enlisted in the Eighth Kentucky Regiment, C. S. A. He went out as Lieutenant, and in September, 1862, was promoted to the rank of Captain. He was captured at the battle of Fort Donelson, sent to Johnson’s Island, and was detained there six months. He was then exchanged, and re-entered the service. He was honorably discharged in April, 1864. He was elected Magistrate in 1882,...

Biographical Sketch of John W. Riley

JOHN W. RILEY. This gentleman, who is a son of James Riley and Mary A. (Rose) Riley, was born in Logan County, Ky., June 18, 1855. He was reared on his father’s farm in his native county, where his parents are still living; was educated in the Browder Institute, and is now devoting himself to the pursuits of agriculture with marked success. He came to Todd County in 1878, and the following year purchased of John L. Atkins the farm on which he now lives; his farm, one of the best stock farms in the county, consists of 254 acres of improved land, situated on the Allensville and Elkton road, midway between those towns. Mr. Riley is one of those aggressive, public-spirited young farmers who has only to be known to be appreciated. He is not only giving attention to general farming, but is doing much toward the improvement of the stock of his county. In 1875, in Logan County, Mr. Riley was married to Miss Eddie A. Rutherford, daughter of Ham and Permelia Rutherford, (nee Adams). Mrs. R. was born in Logan County, November 22, 1855. Her parents are now residents of Logan County. The marriage of Mr. Riley has resulted in the birth of two children: Norma, born August 30, 1876; Napoleon Riley, born February 22, 1881. Both Mr. and Mrs. Riley are members of the Allensville Christian Church. In politics Mr. R. is a Democrat, and is the Collector of Tax for the Allensville & Elk-ton Turnpike...
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