William Riley Dean

14 April 1878–2 April 1953 (Age 74)
Bainbridge, Decatur, Georgia, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Dean was born on 14 April 1878, his father, James Richard Dean, was 27 and his mother, Sarah Maranda Horne, was 24. He married Lula Mae Logue on 8 May 1900, in Decatur, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Decatur, Georgia, United States for about 20 years. He died on 2 April 1953, in Bainbridge, Decatur, Georgia, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Prosperity, Brantley, Georgia, United States.

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William Riley Dean
Lula Mae Logue
Marriage: 8 May 1900
James Melvin Dean
William Roy Dean
Henry Lamar Dean
Gordon Elbert Dean
Alton Dean
Verlon Dean
Myrtle Lee Dean
Ruby Dean
Lloyd Deane
Lloyd Herman Dean
Barney Dean
Dewey Dean

Spouse and Children

8 May 1900
Decatur, Georgia, United States


    James Melvin Dean


    William Roy Dean


    Henry Lamar Dean




+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Sarah Maranda Horne




    Emma Dean



    Sarah Malissa Dean


    James Irvin Dean



+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1893 · The Last Public Hanging in Georgia

Age 15

The last public hanging in Georgia was on September 28, 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire.2 English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon .3 Irish: variant of Deane .

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

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Sources (3)

  • W Riley Deane, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Riley W Dean, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William B Dean, "United States Census, 1910"

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