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William Henry RILEY

1877 - 1926  (48 )


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  • Name William Henry RILEY  [1, 2
    Born 2 Sep 1877  Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Tombstone date of birth is 1879. WWI Draft Registration Card says 2 September 1877.
    Military WW1 Draft Card
    States address as 1526 West Nelson, Marion, Indiana
    Birth was 2 Sep 1877
    Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, dark hair 
    Occupation 1915--Laborer:  
    Buried 1926  Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Catholic section, 1-2-15
    Died 1 Jul 1926  Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Death by electrocution. Picked up a downed power line.
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from a letter from Mary Doyle of Indiana: "William Henry Riley born Sept. 2nd 1877--died July 1st 1926 your Dad's brother. His wife Sarah died before him. All was born in Columbia City Ind." Mary Doyle’s letter indicates William lived in Logansport, Indiana. He may have used the name O'Reilly.
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      Source: Velma Ruth Riley. Velma indicates William was killed by an electrical accident in about 1926. He left work, touching a live wire behind his place of employment.
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      Will (the name he went by) lived with his mother Rosa and siblings in 1918. Address at that time was 1526 West Nelson, Marion, Indiana.
    Person ID I47  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 29 Ene 2011 

    Father Thomas George RILEY,   b. Dic 1845, , Stark County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Abr 1902, Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 ) 
    Mother 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 ) 
    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.
    Fotos
    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
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    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

    Family Sarah Harriet WALTERS,   d. Ant. 1918 
    Married 21 Ene 1906  Marion, Grant County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Grant County Records,Volume III, Book 12
    _UID 081226B68A8A44A79DA479E284BB91319205 
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet

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    Headstone of William Henry Riley
    Headstone of William Henry Riley
    Will's grave is at the Green Hills Cemetery in Columbia City, Indiana. HIs wife, Sarah Stackhouse, preceded him in death and is buried in Cass County, Indiana.

    Historias
    Obituary of William Riley --  Marion  Leader Tribune, July 2, 1926.
    Obituary of William Riley -- Marion Leader Tribune, July 2, 1926.
    RILEY FUNERAL ON SATURDAY

    Funeral Services for William Riley, 43, former Marion man, who was accidentally electrocuted in South Bend Tuesday afternoon, will be held at the St. Paul's church of Marion at 8 o'clock Saturday morning with Father Durham in charge. Burial will be at the St. Paul of the Cross cemetery at Columbia City, where the electrocuted man was born.

    The body arrived in marion last night at 5:05, and was taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. J.E. Walters, 622 Wabash avenue.

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

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

    3. [S214] Hahn Anoka Cemetery indexing.

    4. [S34] interview with VELMA RUTH RILEY SNOWDEN.

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