Elizabeth E. Riley

about 1817–
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Elizabeth E.

Elizabeth E. Riley was born about 1817, in Pennsylvania, United States. She married Thomas E Elwood in 1847, in Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Pymatuning, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Fairfield Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1860.

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Thomas E Elwood
Elizabeth E. Riley
Marriage: 1847
Louisa Elwood

Spouse and Children

Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States


    Louisa Elwood


World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 29

Iowa is the 29th state.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 40

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: variant spelling of Reilly .2 English: habitational name from Ryley in Lancashire, so named from Old English ryge ‘rye’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. There is a Riley with the same meaning in Devon, but it does not seem to have contributed to the surname, which is more common in northern England.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Elisabeth Elwood in household of Thomas Elwood, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elizabeth Elwood in household of Thomas Elwood, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Elizabeth E. Riley - birth: about 1817; Pennsylvania, United States

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