James Riley

27 April 1823–7 June 1905 (Age 82)
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England

The Life Summary of James

When James Riley was born on 27 April 1823, in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, his father, John Riley, was 36 and his mother, Ann Barnes, was 30. He married Harriet Emmett on 14 January 1844, in St Peter's Church, Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Weber, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 7 June 1905, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Riley
Harriet Emmett
Marriage: 14 January 1844
Sarah Ann Riley
George Heber Riley
John Willard Riley
Mary Annie Emmett Riley
Harriett Marinda Riley
Olive Jane Riley
Elizabeth Alice Riley
James Evan Riley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 January 1844St Peter's Church, Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 2
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1825 · Museum of Lancashire
    Age 2
    The Museum of Lancashire is located in the former courthouse of Preston in Lancashire, England. The building was designed by Thomas Rickman. Some the exhibits include Lancashire through the years, at work, at play, goes to war, and law and order. All depict different times and events in Lancashire county. The museum closed in 2015 and is now only opened for scheduled appointments.
    Age 23
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    James Sanderson Letter to his Wife's Uncle and Aunt (Abraham Shaw Jr. and Margaret Thornber) - more complete transcription

    (This story will continue to be updated as time permits with additional details and research descriptions.) San Bernardino Nov 8th 1853 Dear Uncle and Aunt, I now take this opportunity of writing …

    Sources (44)

    • James Riley in household of John Riley, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • James Riley in entry for Harriet Riley, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
    • James Riley in household of John Riley, "England and Wales Census, 1841"

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