Robert Thurman Riley

1 April 1888–1 November 1969 (Age 81)
Amsterdam, Botetourt, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Robert Thurman

When Robert Thurman Riley was born on 1 April 1888, in Amsterdam, Botetourt, Virginia, United States, his father, Henry Thomas Riley, was 41 and his mother, Frances Catherine "Mittie" Leonard, was 38. He married Carmen Penelope Switzer on 10 April 1912, in Botetourt, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Roanoke, Virginia, United States in 1920 and Richmond, Virginia, United States in 1930. He died on 1 November 1969, in Big Lick, Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 81.

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Robert Thurman Riley
Carmen Penelope Switzer
Marriage: 10 April 1912
Araminta Virginia Riley
Rodney B. Riley
Robert Thurman Riley Jr
Rosley Herman Riley
Samuel Switzer Riley
Hugh Woodrum Riley

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  • Marriage
    10 April 1912Botetourt, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act
    Age 2
    This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
    1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument
    Age 6
    On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.
    1910 · The BSA is Made
    Age 22
    Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

    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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    Sources (28)

    • Robert Thurman Riley, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
    • Robert Riley in household of Henry Riley, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Robert Thurman Riley in entry for Albert Leon Briggs and Isabelle Carmen Riley, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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