William T Riley

8 June 1935–27 June 1964 (Age 29)
Owsley, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William T

When William T Riley was born on 8 June 1935, in Owsley, Kentucky, United States, his father, Pewatt Riley, was 19 and his mother, Nannie B Beard, was 25. He died on 27 June 1964, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Ohio, United States.

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Pewatt Riley
Nannie B Beard
Raymond Riley
William T Riley
Cora Mae Riley
Rita Hazel Riley

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    Nannie B Beard




World Events (3)

1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 1

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 2

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Age 6

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • William T Riley, "Ohio, Cincinnati, Vine Street Hill Cemetery Index of Burials, 1851-1986"
  • William Riley, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William T Riley, "Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999"

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