Dear Yvonne -
I really don't know all that much about the Lusk family, and especially I don't know about Jonathan Riley, so I'm hoping you can straighten me out.
My Great Grandmother Becky Lusk Darr said her father's name was Jonathan.When I sent for Jonathan's Civil War papers, I found a marriage license for Grandma Becky (which was not included in the marriage books of Wayne County, Illinois) and a set of guardianship papers - so I know she was right, and I know that that particular Jonathan was her father.
Jonathan Riley was included in the guardianship paper - but I have no proof at all that he was YOUR Jonathan Riley.
Here is a transcriptof the guardianship paper:
Letters of Guardianship - State of Illinois, Wayne Co
In the County Court, July term 1871
The people of the State of Illinois, to
David Holmes of said county, Greeting:
Whereas, at the July term of the County Court of said County, A. D. 1871, holden at Fairfield, you were, by order of said Court, duly entered of record on the 20th day of said month, duly appointed Guardian for
Rebecca E Lusk aged 17 years on June 25, 1871
John R. Lusk aged 13 years on April 17, 1871
Trusting in your fidelity, therefore, the said Court does by these presents constitute and appoint you to be Guardian unto said minors, and authorize and empower you to take and have care of their persons and the custody and management of their property frugally, and without waste or destruction, to improva and account for the same in all things according to law.
witness Oliver Holmes, Clerk of the said Court, and the Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed, at Fairfield, this 20th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.
(signed) Oliver Holmes - Clerk of the County Court
So there is that bit.This paper gives John Riley a birthdate of April 17, 1858.
Jonathan B Lusk is on the 1860 census for Warrick County, Indiana:
1860 Indiana, Warrick, Skelton 008
Jonathan Lusk 27 farmer Ky
Nancy 24 Ind
John Riley 3
The wife is Nancy J Conner - marriage date 20 Oct 1862:
Lusk, Jonathan B to Conner Nancy Jane 20 Oct 1852 by Mitchel Bryan JP - Warrick County Marriage Book 2
Nancy and Jonathan got divorced in 1862:
Warrick County Civil Order Book 5 - March 1860-Aug 1866
p. 259 Lusk, Nancy v Jonathan Mar 1862
Jonathan remarried in 1866:
Lusk, Jonathan to Burnett Elizabeth 3 March 1866 by Henry Kelly JP - Warrick County Marriage Book 3
Nancy remarried, but I haven't been able to find a license for her.The daughter of Grandma Becky's half-sister Annie said she married a Schmidt or Smith.
Sometime between 1866 and 1871, Jonathan moved to Wayne County, Illinois (his mother, brother, one sister were there - and his other sister moved there shortly afterwards.)
I haven't found Jonathan, Nancy or the children on the 1870 census.
It is possible that Jonathan's second wife remarried as well - another marriage license - between Elizabeth Lusk and (Humphrey, I think) Bullock - was included in the Civil War file. (marriage date 7 Feb 1869).So either they divorced, or Jonathan had died by then.
Jonathan is buried in Old Yohe Cemetery in Wayne County, Illinois - but there are no dates on the stone.
And that is ALL I know.When I sent this information to Kari, she thought it added up to Jonathan B being the father of the Jonathan Riley who married Delpha (sorry I got the spelling wrong) McLain, and so that's the way I put it in my genealogy records.But there is no real proof.
Jonathan's family came from Virginia by way of Kentucky - and his grandfather was captured by the Shawnee Indians for a while, which is why I thought maybe Jonathan Riley was part Shawnee.But that wouldn't work if he was full-blooded Choctaw.
I'm not sure who Nancy Conner's father was, but I think he was one of the Conners of Indiana who lived in Spencer County in the early 1800s.There were Conners who were Indian, but I don't know about these people.
When Kari told me about Jonathan Riley being adopted, I assumed he was the natural son of Jonathan B and Nancy, and that he was adopted AFTER they divorced and Jonathan B died.But if he was full-blooded, he MUST have been adopted by Jonathan B and Nancy.
One sort of interesting thing is that Jonathan B's sister had a son she called Jonathan B Riley Conner (she was married to a Conner at the time - she eventually was married 3 times), born about 1850.
According to Kari, Jonathan Riley died 19 March 1895, but I don't know where.
I can tell you more about Jonathan and his family if you want.