Russell Bird Wiley

1831–26 December 1872 (Age 41)
Giles, Virginia, United States

The Life of Russell Bird

When Russell Bird Wiley was born in 1831, in Giles, Virginia, United States, his father, Absolem Edward "Ned" Wiley, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phipps, was 23. He married Matilda Elizabeth Ratliff on 29 March 1854, in Monroe, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Mercer, Virginia, United States in 1860. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 26 December 1872, in Mercer, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in United States.

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Family Time Line

Russell Bird Wiley
Matilda Elizabeth Ratliff
Marriage: 29 March 1854
Mary Jane Wiley
James G. Wiley
George W. Wiley
Charles Wiley
Marion Scott Wiley
Amanda E Wiley
Henderson Wiley
Laura Wiley
George Wiley

Spouse and Children


    Matilda Elizabeth Ratliff


29 March 1854
Monroe, West Virginia, United States


    Mary Jane Wiley


    James G. Wiley


    George W. Wiley


    Charles Wiley


    Marion Scott Wiley


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Absolem Edward "Ned" Wiley


    Elizabeth "Betsy" Phipps





    Sophia Adeline Wiley


    Joseph Wiley


    Lewis C Wiley



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 5

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 13

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

1 Northern Irish and Scottish: variant of Wylie .2 Possibly also English, a habitational name from Wylye in Wiltshire, named for the Wylye river ( see Wilton ).3 English: possibly a variant of Willey .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rupel M Wiley in household of Absolem Wiley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Russell B Wiley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Russell B Wiley, "West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971"

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