Henry Piley

about 1832–
New York, United States

The Life Summary of Henry

Henry Piley was born about 1832, in New York, United States. He married Rosa Emeline Morris on 30 September 1874, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States in 1880.

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Henry Piley
Rosa Emeline Morris
Marriage: 30 September 1874
Henry E. Piley
Frank H. Piley
Nellie Piley

Spouse and Children



World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War
Age 0
Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1848 · The California Gold Rush
Age 16
On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
Age 31
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Probably an English habitational name from places so called in Herefordshire and Shropshire, the former being named in Old English with the personal name Peoht + lēah ‘woodland’, ‘clearing in a wood’.

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

Sources (7)

  • Harry Piley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Harry Piley in entry for Rose Emily Piley, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Henry Piley in entry for Nellie Piley, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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