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Thanks for you quick response. I suspect that we are not going to be able to find a relationship between my branch of the Riley's and yours unless we can clear up the mystery of E. William Riley. Two family members that have been researching the family since 1992 have accounted for virtually all descendents of E. William Riley. With that said, following are some names and dates that you might check:

E. William Riley, b. 1812 in South Carolina, d. 1862? E. William married

Elizabeth M. Land, b. 1821 in Georgia, d. 1899 in Santa Rosa County, Florida.


Harriet Riley b.Oct. 1, 1841, d. before 1921

William Lawrence Riley b. July 25, 1843, d. Aug. 26, 1907

Esther Laura Riley b. July 29, 1845, d. ?

Elias A. Riley b. Nov. 13, 1847, d. Jan. 31, 1924

B. S. Riley b. Feb. 26, 1950, d. before 1860

Owen Land Riley March 8, 1953 July 14, 1934

Frank Wyse (Half brother) b. 1862, d. ?

The family moved around a bit. Harriet was born in Georgia, and the other children were born in Calhoun and Jackson counties of Florida. It seems that a lot of the family ended up in Alabama and Mississippi. Harriet's second marriage was to a Mr. Land in Dale County, Alabama, and had two sons. Her third marriage was to a Thomas J. Creamer in Henry County, Alabama, and they had three children.

William Lawrence served in the 53rd Alabama Partisan Rangers. He enlisted in Dale County, Alabama in 1862 Several of his children ended up in Alabama.

Owen Land Riley was my great grandfather and he left Jackson County, Florida after and altercation with the law - this having to do with the troubles during reconstruction. He ended up on Mississippi. He married Ammer Nitus Hicks, b. Dec. 23, 1962. They were married on Jan. 9, 1881 in either Kemper or Winston County, MS. Following is a list of their children:

Milford D. Riley b. Oct. 3, 1881, d. Dec. 28, 1918

George Ashford Riley b. Dec. 6, 1883, d. Feb. 22, 1944

M. Elizabeth Riley b. July 23, 1885, d. Dec. 18, 1918

W. Tillman Riley b. Dec. 10, 1886, d. ?

A. Cleveland Riley b. April 30, 1889, d. Jan. 9, 1894

Laura R. Riley b. Sept. 21, 1890, d. ?

Clara A. Riley b. April 1, 1892, d. April 7, 1942

Viola Mae Riley b. Jan. 28, 1894, d. Jan. 1981

Elsie N. Riley b. Aug. 25, 1895, d. June 24, 1940

O. T. (Tommy) Riley b. Oct. 7, 1897, d. Jan. 28, 1898

Cora Lee Riley b. May 29, 1899, d. March 22, 1974

Thad E. Riley b. Jan. 25, 1901, d. Feb. 20, 1903

Joseph Baxter Riley b. May 10, 1903, d. Jan. 12, 1976

Florence Ella Mae Riley b. Sept. 9, 1906, d. Nov. 18, 1991

My grandfather was Milford Dennis Riley. He married Charlotte Lona Riley, b. Nov. 22l, 1889, in Paulding, Jasper County, Mississippi on June 24, 1906.

They had the following children:

Ida Lois Riley b. March 23, 1907, d. Nov. 4, 1977

Curtis D. Riley b. Sept. 22, 1909, d. Aug. 25, 1982

Jewel Riley b. Feb. 21, 1911

Minnie Mae Riley b. May 26, 1912

My father was Curtis D. Riley and he was born in Laurel, Mississippi.  We have run up against a brick wall with E. William Riley. There are three stories about his origins.

1) His birthplace was in South Carolina and he was born in 1812 and we believe that this is the correct version.

2) Three O'Riley brothers came from Ireland around 1790 and settled in Edgefield District of South Carolina. The brothers were named Ashford, Milford, and Alias. Alias had a son named William Pitt Riley. Things get pretty screwed up in this version, but there may be snatches of fact here and there.

3) William Riley (E. William Riley) married Elizabeth Maud Land in Ireland. They first came to Missouri, then to Alabama, and finally to Florida.

I think that the only thing that we know for certain is Version 1. The facts are so jumbled up in the other stories that it is difficult to check them out. I would appreciate your comments on the above, and if you think that there is any family connection.

Best Regards,

Curtis Riley