John Willard Riley

29 March 1851–10 November 1894 (Age 43)
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England

The Life Summary of John Willard

When John Willard Riley was born on 29 March 1851, in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, his father, James Riley, was 27 and his mother, Mary Riley, was 26. He married Emily Jane Frew on 8 January 1879, in Hooper, Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Hooper, Weber, Utah, United States in 1880. He died on 10 November 1894, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Willard Riley
Emily Jane Frew
Marriage: 8 January 1879
James Hyrum Riley
Ada Jane Riley
John Leon Riley
Verna Harriet Riley
Riley (Twin)
Riley (Twin)

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 January 1879Hooper, Weber, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 3
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
    1858 · Halle Orchestra Give First Performance
    Age 7
    The Hallé Orchestra named after Charles Hallé became a permanent orchestra when they played for the first time on January 30, 1858, in the Free Trade Hall. The orchestra fell on hard times in 1861 and performed only two concerts. From 1899-1911 Hans Richter directed the orchestra.
    Age 12
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Story Highlight

    John Willard Riley (29 March 1851 – 10 November 1894)

    Sudden Death John W. Riley, the well-known depot policeman, died very suddenly of neuralgin of the heart, at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 10th, He was in his usual health and ate a hearty meal at supper …

    Sources (16)

    • John W Riley in household of James Riley, "United States Census, 1870"
    • John Willard Riley in entry for Verna Harriett Riley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • John W Riley in household of James Riley, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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