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Thomas George  RILEY

Thomas George RILEY

Male 1845 - 1902  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Thomas George RILEY  [1, 2, 3
    Born Dec 1845  , Stark County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Burial May have been born in Canton, Ohio. See Whitley County G.S. lists of Patriots.
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    Guardianship: Thomas George Riley was appointed Guardian of William A. Riley on April 9, 1866 by the court of Allen County, Indiana. See Book 1, Page 444, File box 335. On 28 December 1875 the court appointed Eli W. Brown filed a Letter of Guardianship for William A and Alice M. Riley in the Whitley County Court.

    Andrew must have died about 1858--as stated in the "History of Cass County" discussed elsewhere. Catherine must have died in early 1866 (January through April) or possibly earlier, likely 1865, This assumes Thomas would have elected to become Guardian relatively soon after her death. 
    Military Source: National Parks Service website, Civil War Soldiers: Thomas Reiley (alternate spelling of Thomas Riley) served with the 5th Indiana Cavalry, Company D, on the Union side. Rank at enlistment was Private. Rank at discharge was Private. NPS Film Number M540, Roll 63.

    Record of Pension Office, War Department form: Offers partial military record.
    Physical description of Thomas George Riley: Age-17 years; Height-5'-8"; Complexion-dark; Eyes=brown; Hair=dark; Born-Stark, Ohio; and Occupation--farmer.
    Certificate from Adjutant General's Office: Thomas enlisted as a Private of Company D, 5th Cavalry, 90th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers at indianapolis, Indiana on 1 August 1862. The enlistment period was three years.

    He was mustered out on June 16, 1865 at Pulaski, Tennessee.
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    SERVICE.--Operations against Morgan in Kentucky December 22, 1862, to January 2, 1863 (Cos. "C," "F," "I"). Action Burkesville Road, near Green's Chapel, December 25, 1862 (Cos. "C," "F," "I"). Scout duty from Glasgow, Ky., toward the Cumberland River until April 17, 1863. Expedition to the Cumberland River April 18-22. Skirmish at Cumberland River April 18. Celina April 19. Scouting in the vicinity of Glasgow until June 22. Marrow Bone Creek, Tenn., May 18. Near Edmonton, Ky., June 7. Expedition from Glasgow to Burkesville and Tennessee State line June 8-10. Kettle Creek June 9. Moved to Tompkinsville June 22. Pursuit of Morgan July 4-26. Buffington Island, Ohio, July 19. March from Louisville to Glasgow July 27-August 8. Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee August 16-October 17. Occupation of Knoxville, Tenn., September 2. Rheatown September 12. Kingsport September 18. Bristol, Va., September 19. Zollicoffer September 20-21. Jonesborough September 21. Hall's Ford, Watauga River, September 22. Carter's Depot and Blountsville September 22. Blue Springs October 10. Henderson's Mill October 11. Rheatown October 11. Blountsville October 14. Bristol October 15. Warm Springs October 20 and 26. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 5. Log Mountain December 3. Walker's Ford, Clinch River, December 5. Bean's Station December 14 Blain's Cross Roads December 16-19. Clinch River December 21. Morristown Road January 16, 1864. Kimbrough's Mills January 16. Operations about Dandridge January 16-17 and January 26-28. Near Fair Garden January 27. March to Knoxville, thence to Cumberland Gap January 29-February 10. March to Mt. Sterling, Ky., February 17-26. Duty at Mt. Sterling, Paris and Nicholasville, Ky., until May 1. March to Tunnel Hill, Ga., May 1-12. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May to September. Varnell's Station May 7 and 9. Demonstration on Dalton May 9-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Cassville May 19. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Mt. Zion Church May 27-28. Stoneman's Hill May 29. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Allatoona June 23-25 and 30. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Mitchell's Cross Roads July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Campbellton July 10. Marietta July 19. Stoneman's Raid to Macon July 27-August 6. Clinton and Macon July 30. Sunshine Church, Hillsbore, July 30-31 (most of Regiment captured). Dismounted men on guard duty at Decatur and Atlanta until September 13. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., and guard duty there until January, 1865. March to Pulaski, Tenn., January 17-February 12. Post duty at Pulaski and operations against guerrillas in that vicinity until June. Expedition from Pulaski to New Market, Ala., May 5-13. Mustered out June 16, 1865.
    Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 40 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 230.
    ===

    United States Pension Agency Certificate 613465 indicates Thomas Riley died on May 26, 1902 . This document may be misleading in that May 26th could be the termination of benefits. Other documents indicate death occurred on April 26th 1902.

    Newspaper article indicates Tom fought with General Butler during the battle of New Orleans . 
    Occupation Farmer. Railroader, Ticket Taker, Railroad Engineer: 1880--Farmer: 
    Religion Catholic 
    Died 26 Apr 1902  Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 28 Apr 1902  Greenhill Cemetary, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Catholic section, 1-5-34
    Notes 
    • Letter from Mary Doyle states "Grandpa Riley was born in Ireland according to Colletta Welborn ." Also, a reference to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee ?? Letter also indicates Thomas was born in Stark County, Ohio. Has a brother in Logansport, Indiana with three children, named Harvey, Maude and Kate. May have used the name O'Reilly. Widow's Application for Accrued Pension: Affiant Frank H. Fries states he "seen him buried " two days after his death on May 28, 1902. (Date of actual burial.)


      Source: 1880 federal census. Thomas resided in Lake Twp, Allen County, with Rosa and 2 children. Thomas indicates both his parents were born in Ireland; and William and Mary were born in Indiana.

      US National Homes for disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938. Thomas' record states he contracted heart disease about 1884 in Stark County, Ohio. This indicates he resided in Stark County about this time.

      Thomas moved to Marion, Indiana in 1899.

      The 1900 census indicates he lived in Franklin Township, Marion City. Note that in the 1900 census there is a G.P and Sarah Riley, ages 78 and 77, living several homes away. GP's father was born in North Carolina, while Sarah's family were from New Jersey. Could these be a relative?



      Source: 1880 census, Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana 1900 census, Franklin Township, Marion City, Grant County, Indiana. States father and mother were born in Ohio.

      Source: 1900 Federal Census: Gives name of following person as Andrew Riley, born in Pennsylvania, age 64. States Thomas’ age as 50. (actual age of Thomas was 55.) Appears too young to be the father of Thomas.) Census was taken in the military hospital in Grant County.
    Person ID I31  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 May 2012 

    Father Andrew RILEY (REILLY),   b. Abt 1815, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1858  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Catharine HOOVER,   b. Abt 1819, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Apr 1866  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 28 Aug 1844  , Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Source: Marriages, 1831-1870, Fayette County, Indiana records, Book E, OS Page 157
      Part I, Grooms, Part II, Brides.
      Compiled by Ruth M. Sie
      Book E, Page 157
    _UID E912AB18DDD44B609BCA449EDFA11A4F4AE4 
    Documents
    Deed of Conveyance
Andrew and Catharine Reilly
Issued in 1855--Allen County property
    Deed of Conveyance Andrew and Catharine Reilly Issued in 1855--Allen County property
    Deed of Conveyance--November 31, 1855\
    Andrew Reilly and Catharine Reilly to George W. Chapman

    Catharine Riley and Andrew Riley her husband of Huntington County, in the state of Indiana Conveys and Warrants to George W. Chapman of Huntington County in the state of Indiana for the sum of fifteen hundred dollars the following Real Estate in Allen County in the state of Indiana to wit. a part of the section of land granted by the United States to Ann Hackley by Treaty with the Miami Nation of Indians AD 1826 and designated as follows. Beginning at the North corner of a tract of land owned by John (Yesks ?) in 1854 in said records in Said County of Allen running thence South Sixty five degrees and fifteen minutes East nineteen chains & twenty three links to the centre of the State road leading from Fort Wayne to (Seo ?) thence on the line of Said Road north forty Two degrees and forty five minutes East Twenty Two chains and fifty Eight Links to the corner thence north thirty seven degrees thirty minutes West thirty five chains and eight links to a corner on the land of the Saint Joseph River thence down the banks of said River by the meanderings of the River to a point opposite the place of beginning thence south sixty five degrees fifteen inutes East to the exact place of beginning Conlaining one hundred and Ten Acres of land more or less. In testimony whench the said Catharine Reilly and Andrew Reilly have hereunto set their hand and seals this 21st day of November 1855.

    Catharine X Reilly (Seal)
    (her mark)
    Andrew Reilly (Seal)


    State of Indiana )
    Huntington County)

    Before me Sarah J. Ginn an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County this 20th day of November 1855 Catharine Reilly and Andrew Reilly her husband acknowledge the execution of the annexed Deed witness my hand and nub.
    \
    Sarah S. Ginn
    Justice of the Peace
    (Seal)
    Satellite image of Roanoke, Huntington County, Indiana
    Satellite image of Roanoke, Huntington County, Indiana
    This map shows a current view of the property purchased by Catharine and described in the Roanoke Deed.
    Sandy Township Plat Map
Sandy Township, Stark County, Ohio in 1930
    Sandy Township Plat Map Sandy Township, Stark County, Ohio in 1930
    Deed of Conveyance:  
  Lot 18, Town of Magnolia, Stark County, Ohio
  3 December 1849
    Deed of Conveyance: Lot 18, Town of Magnolia, Stark County, Ohio 3 December 1849
    To all to whom their presents shall come, greeting: Know y that I William Harkness of Carroll County, Ohio for the consideration of four hundred dollars, received to my full satisfaction of Andrew Reiley, of Stark County, do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto him the said Andrew Reiley and to his heirs one lot of ground in the town of Magnolia in Stark County aforesaid which said lot is distinguished on the maps of said town, as recorded in the Recorder's Office for said County, by the number eighteen with the ~~~~~ \
    \
    To have and to hold the said lot of ground with the privileges and appurtenances , to him the said Andrew Reiley, his heirs and assigns forever to him and their own, proper use and ( ). And also him the said William Harness, does for himself heirs, Executors and administrators, covenants with the said Andrew Reiley, his heirs and assigns that at, and until the unsealing of these presents, was well ( ) of the premises, as a good and indefensible estate in fee simple, and have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner an form as is above written and that the same is free of all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore, he the s aid William Harkness, do by these presents find himself and his heirs forever to warrant and defend the above bargainee and grantee premises to him the said Andrew Reiley his heirs and assigns, against all claims and demands whatsoever. In witness where of I hereunto set my hand and seals the twenty fourth day of May Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty nine.
    Signed, sealed and delivered
    Witness
    ( ) Jas. M Lang
    A. Hamilton William Harkness, (seal)

    *******

    State of Ohio
    Stark County Before me a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid personally comes William Harkness, and acknowledges the above deed of conveyance to be his voluntary act and deed. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty nine..
    This Dec 3, 1849, and recorded the b.
    Andrew Hamilton (seal)
    George H___kd Recorder (_______ _________)
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet

    Family Rose FRIES,   b. 14 Feb 1851, Uhfeltz, Haut-Rin, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1928, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1868  Columbia City, Whitley County , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 6F9C9E735E1244B9B0A4A224EAC099EDD369 
    Notes 
    • Certificate #613465 from Bureau of Pensions, Department of the Interior: Thomas Riley state s he and Rosa were married on June 2, 1868 by Reverend Shaffer, from the St. Paul's Catholi c Church, in Columbia City, Indiana. Also, the clerks office in Columbia City, Indiana has r ecord of the marriage. Affiant further states that neither he nor Rosa were previously married. Dated March 24, 189 8. Rosa's name was given as Rosa Riley. Maiden name stated as Rosa Fries. Marriage License issued by Whitley County, in 1868; book 2A: Page 518.
    Children 
     1. Mary Matilda RILEY,   b. 28 Jun 1875, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1956  (Age 81 years)
     2. William Henry RILEY,   b. 2 Sep 1877, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1926, Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. Catherine (Kate) RILEY,   b. 5 Jun 1882, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1963, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Rosa M. RILEY,   b. 23 Apr 1886, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1963, Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Joseph Leo RILEY,   b. 5 Apr 1892, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1962, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. Child RILEY
     7. Child2 RILEY
    Photos
    The original St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City, Indiana.
    The original St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City, Indiana.
    Think back in time and imagine that Rosa and Thomas were leaving the church after their wedding ceremony in 1869--that the family no doubt worked on for may of the preceding weeks. These old steps conjure up wonderful thoughts of youth, happiness and eternal love.
    Thomas and Rose Ann Riley
    Thomas and Rose Ann Riley
    Copy of an original tintype (Dageurotype) now in the possession of Ron Snowden. Picture is estimated to be from the period of about 1880.
    Rose Ann (Fries) Riley, sitting next to son Joe Riley, wife Kate and grand daughter Velma Riley.  Photo was taken about 1926 in Indiana.
    Rose Ann (Fries) Riley, sitting next to son Joe Riley, wife Kate and grand daughter Velma Riley. Photo was taken about 1926 in Indiana.
    Aunt Rose (Riley), josephine, Grandma Riley, and Joe Reynolds
    Aunt Rose (Riley), josephine, Grandma Riley, and Joe Reynolds
    Joe and Kate Riley, with young Velma--standing next to Grandmother Rose Ann (Fries) Riley.  Location is uncertain, but could be Marion, Indiana,  Photo taken in 1927.
    Joe and Kate Riley, with young Velma--standing next to Grandmother Rose Ann (Fries) Riley. Location is uncertain, but could be Marion, Indiana, Photo taken in 1927.
    TGR-Rosa300dpi.JPG
    TGR-Rosa300dpi.JPG
    Headstones
    Headstone of Thomas and Rosa Riley
    Headstone of Thomas and Rosa Riley
    Located within the Greenhills Cemetery--Catholic Section--Columbia City, Indiana.
    Ron Snowden and John Fries
Visiting graves of Thomas and Rosa Riley
    Ron Snowden and John Fries Visiting graves of Thomas and Rosa Riley
    Thomas and Rosa are the great grandparents of Ron; and Thomas is the great uncle of John.
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Photograph of Thomas George Riley, Ca. 1873
    Photograph of Thomas George Riley, Ca. 1873
    Thomas may have been raised in a German Baptist/Dunker/Quaker home, but the presence of his mustache and kerchief in his jacket pocket tends to indicate by this time he was not practicing that faith. His wife Rosa's family were devout Catholics, which found the mustache and apparel decoration acceptable.
    Whitley County Courthouse Civil War Monument, located in Columbia City, Indiana
    Whitley County Courthouse Civil War Monument, located in Columbia City, Indiana
    Thomas served during the Civil War in Company D of the 5th Cavalry, of the 90th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. His name can be found on the rear of the monument with all the others from Whitley County.
    Name of Thomas George Riley carved on the back of the Civil War Monument; Whitley County Courthouse, Columbia City, Indiana.
    Name of Thomas George Riley carved on the back of the Civil War Monument; Whitley County Courthouse, Columbia City, Indiana.
    Civil War Monument in front of the Whitley County Courthouse
    Civil War Monument in front of the Whitley County Courthouse
    On the back of this monument are the names of soldiers serving in the Indiana Volunteers from Whitley County. Thomas George Riley and his brother-in-law Francis Havier Fries served, and both names are displayed.
    Whitley County, Indiana County Courthouse
    Whitley County, Indiana County Courthouse
    Thomas Riley served in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion, and to honour soldiers serving in the army from Whitley County the Commissioners constructed a stone memorial with each soldiers name engraved on the face of the monument.
    Thomas Riley 001.jpg
    Thomas Riley 001.jpg

    Documents
    1900 Federal Census, taken at the National Military Hospital near Marion, Indiana
    1900 Federal Census, taken at the National Military Hospital near Marion, Indiana
    Thomas is listed twice in the 1900 Federal census: here at the Military Hospital, and again at his home with his family. There is an Andrew Riley shown with Thomas on the form, but his age is listed as too young to be his Father. Further research is justified though.
    1880 Federal Census, Lake township, Allen County, Indiana
    1880 Federal Census, Lake township, Allen County, Indiana
    Thomas is listed as age 30, as a Rairoader, born in Ohio/Ohio/Ohio. His father, Andrew, is known to have been first a marble cutter, then a railroad contractor--likely causing Thomas to seek employment with the railroad.
    Declaration for Invalid Pension--7 July 1890
    Declaration for Invalid Pension--7 July 1890
    Thomas was granted an invalid pension, based upon his health in 1890. He suffered from chronic constipation; indigestion; paralysis of the left arm, shoulder and side to the left knee; rheumatism of shoulders and hips; and kidney afflictions.
    1900 Federal Census of the National Military Hospital
    1900 Federal Census of the National Military Hospital
    Located in Marion, Indiana--Thomas is listed twice in the 1900 census; once at the National Military Hospital, and once at his home with his family. Note that Andrew Riley is listed above Thomas, although it is doubtful this is Thomas' father because he reportedly died about 1859 according to the History of Cass County, Indiana. (But, it is an interesting coincidence.)
    1880 Federal Cess, Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
    1880 Federal Cess, Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
    Riley, Thomas age 30, Rail Roader Ohio/Ireland/Ireland
    Riley Rosa age 24. At home Germany/Germany/Germany
    Riley, Mary M age 4, At home Indiana/Ohio/Germany
    Riley, Wm. H. age 2, At home Indiana/Ohio/Germany
    (Note that immigration documents list Rosa's place of birth as France. Also, the mother of Thomas--Catharine Hoover--was born in Fayette County, Indiana.)
    Military discharge papers of Thomas Reiley, documenting service during the Civil War.  Thomas fought on the Union side.
    Military discharge papers of Thomas Reiley, documenting service during the Civil War. Thomas fought on the Union side.
    Medical Record
Thomas George Riley
US National Home for Disabled Volunteers
    Medical Record Thomas George Riley US National Home for Disabled Volunteers
    Provides general information
    Enlistment--August 21 1862
    Date of discharge--June 15, 186_
    Pulaski, Tennessee was location of discharge
    Medical disability was Heart Disease
    Disease contracted about 1884 in Stark County, Ohio
    Wife was Rosie Rile
    Residence--2005 W. D Street, Marion, Indiana
    Born in Ohio

    Histories
    Civil War Service Record of Company D, 90th Regiment, Fifth Cavalry, Indiana Volunteers
    Civil War Service Record of Company D, 90th Regiment, Fifth Cavalry, Indiana Volunteers
    Service record shows the action Company D saw during the Civil Ward. Thomas George and his brother Patrick both enlisted together, with Thomas surviving the action but Patrick was killed near Knoxville, Tennessee.
    Newspaper article on the Civil War Memorial
Whitley County, Indiana
    Newspaper article on the Civil War Memorial Whitley County, Indiana
    Thomas Riley's name is engraved on one of the stones of this monument.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] 1850 Federal Census, Sandy, Lake Twp, Stark County, Ohio, USA.

    2. [S400] 1900 Federal Census--Franklin Township, Marion City, Grant County, Indiana.

    3. [S729] 1880 Federal Census--Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana, USA.

    4. [S151] 1860 Federal Census, Aboite Township, Allen County, Indiana--Ft. Wayne post office.

    5. [S728] 1880 Federal Census--Boynton, Tazewell County, Illinois, USA.

    6. [S89] Indiana Marriages, 1800-1941, Indiana, WPA.