Robert Wilson Riley

27 August 1780–1 April 1841 (Age 60)

The Life of Robert Wilson

When Robert Wilson Riley was born on 27 August 1780, in Ireland, his father, William Riley, was 31 and his mother, Eleanor Carter, was 29. He married Nancy Heskett about 1819, in Franklin, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 1 April 1841, in Knox, Ohio, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Green Valley, Wayne Township, Knox, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Wilson Riley
Nancy Heskett
Marriage: about 1819
Lewis Grayson Riley
Lucas Sullivan Riley
Luther Calvin Riley
Sarah A Riley
Lucius Robert Riley I
Lyman Hesket Riley

Spouse and Children

about 1819
Franklin, Ohio, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 1

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1783 · A Free America

Age 3

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

Age 18

Battle of Antrim.

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)

  • Robert Riley, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Robert W. Riley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Robert in entry for L. G. Riley and Sarah Spracklin, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

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