Elizabeth E. Riley

Femaleabout 1817–

Brief Life History of Elizabeth E.

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

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Thomas Ethan Elwood
Elizabeth E. Riley
Marriage: 1847
Louisa Elwood
about 1848–

Sources (3)

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

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1847Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (1)

    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

    English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name chiefly from High Ryley in Accrington (Lancashire) and Riley in Kirkburton, which was in the manor of Wakefield (Yorkshire). In some cases the name may derive from Riley Farm in Eyam (Derbyshire), Royley in Royton (Lancashire), or Rylah in Scarcliffe (Derbyshire). The placenames all come from Old English rȳge ‘rye’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

    Irish: from Ó Raghailligh ‘descendant of Raghailleach’, Old Irish Roghallach. This is the name of a chieftain family in Cavan, related to the O'Rourkes. In Anglicized form it has also been confused with Ó Raithile found in Munster, usually Anglicized as O'Rahilly or Rahilly . See O'Reilly .

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

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