Iley W. Riley

12 September 1915–25 July 1995 (Age 79)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Iley W.

When Iley W. Riley was born on 12 September 1915, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Arthur Allen Riley, was 25 and his mother, Lela Ann Moore, was 27. He had at least 1 daughter with Phyllis Sarah Mann. He lived in Pike, Kentucky, United States in 1935 and Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 25 July 1995, in Kentucky, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Boyd Cemetery, Cadiz, Trigg, Kentucky, United States.

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Arthur Allen Riley
Lela Ann Moore
Sylvan B Riley
Iley W. Riley
Valma Riley
Helen F. Riley
Allen M Riley
Vernita L Riley

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    Sylvan B Riley



    Valma Riley


    Helen F. Riley


    Allen M Riley


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World Events (8)

1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 11

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.
1931 · The Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks

Age 16

The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed in 1931. The dam was built to generate hydroelectric power to the Osage Power Plant. The building of the dam created Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and over 1,000 miles of shoreline.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 21

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.

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)

  • Illy W Riley in household of Sylvan B Riley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ilie W Riley in household of Auther A Riley, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ila Riley in household of Auther Riley, "United States Census, 1920"

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