Delia Riley


The Life of Delia

Delia Riley was born in 1850, in Ireland. She had at least 5 sons and 3 daughters with Samuel Shaver. She lived in Saugatuck, Allegan, Michigan, United States in 1880 and Saugatuck, Saugatuck, Allegan, Michigan Territory, United States in 1900.

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Samuel Shaver
Delia Riley
Sidney Shaver
Sydney Shaver
Delia L. Shaver
Frank Shaver
George Edward Shaver
Delia Shaver
Pearley Shaver
Charles Shaver

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World Events (8)

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 4

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 31

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.

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)

  • Adelia Shaver in household of Samuel Shaver, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Delia Shaver in household of Saml Shaver, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Delia Riley in entry for George E. Shaver and Cecile Freeland Daggett, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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