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This famous surname can be either English or Irish. It is found in both countries in several and overlapping spellings including Riley, Ryley, Reily, Reely and Reilly, as well as the pure Gaelic McReilly, O'Reilly and O'Ralilly. It has two possible and quite distinct origins. In England the surname is usually locational, from the village of Riley Green near Blackburn or possibly Riley Hill, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire. Various publications also mention a place called Riley in Devonshire, but if such a place ever existed, that no longer seems to be the case. The meaning of the name is probably "Rye Farm" from the Olde English pre 7th century "rygh - leah", but other translations are possible such as Reed Farm...

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Patrick O Reilly. D.O.B: about 1786 Meath, Eire. Occupation. Farmer. Catherine O Reilly. D.O.B: about 1796 Eire


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James riley 1820-1894


Dear Sir/Madam, I am trying to find out why John Riley left Ireland. He married Mary Brannan in England. I am trying to establish why one of his children, my grandfather Mark, changed his name to Armstrong. I have not found out yet if he was christened Armstrong or changed it. Mark Armstrong was killed on the Somme in 1916 but his son Mark Armstrong arrived in Australia during the depression. I really would like to know why John left, however, if possible. Understandably, this may be an impossible ask. Thank you for any help you can give me though. His details are below. . BIRTH ABT 1838 • Murrisk, Mayo, Ireland DEATH 16 MAY 1890 • Yorkshire, England 3rd great-grandfather Many thanks Di Armstrong

Paul C Bartlett

My tree involves a confusion of Rileys. One I am sure of was Joseph Riley who married Hannah Odell in Guilford County, North Carolina, 1819. They subsequently moved west to Ohio, possibly, and then to Indiana, where Joseph died about 1838. Hannah raised a large family of Riley kids, somewhere between 10 and 13 children. One of the potential Riley associates of Joseph back in North Carolina was a William, who was said in the History of Henry County, Indiana (1884) to have immigrated to Guilford County, N.C. from Germany. Can anyone shed light on Rileys coming from Germany in the 1780s or so?


John O. Riley / 13 FEB 1818 / 7 SEP 1889 Parents are Philip Riley & Honora Higgins of Province of Ulster, Cavan County, Ireland

Christine Eakin

Seven generations back, my ancestor Samuel Eakin (1760-1851) married Mary Nancy Riley/Reilly (1774-1821) in 1794 in Ireland. She was born in Straid Townland, Banagher Parish, Tirkeeran Portion. They left for the U.S. in 1796 and settled in Venango Co, Pennsylvania. That’s all the information I have on her. They had a son also Samuel Eakin (1807-1888) who married a Margaret Ferguson Campbell (1808-1876) from Ireland.


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