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The Colonial Riley Families of the Tidewater Frontier

Updated June 11, 2006

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Copyright 1999, Library of Congress Call Number: CS71.R572 1999

SYNOPSIS:† The earliest known Riley immigrants to the Chesapeake Bay Area were the three brothers--Garrett, Miles, and Thomas--who arrived in Northern Virginia in 1635. The oldest surviving Riley Colonial Records and Land Grants of Maryland and Virginia, which were written and dated in the late 1600s and early 1700s, are those of the immigrants or their descendents. Male Christian names used by some of the early Rileys were Biblical names, such as Samuel, Pharoah, Jeremiah, and Eliphaz. However, traditional Irish given names passed down by the O'Reillys (Anglicized as Reyley or Riley) in Ireland, were Brian (Briain), Farrell (Ferghail), Hugh (Aodh), Miles (Maolmordha), and John (SeaŠn). The Anglicized versions of these given names were used extensively in the early Riley generations. Many of the Rileys of the Tidewater Frontier moved in and out of the Colonies now known as Maryland and Virginia and were related. In addition to the three Rileys immigrants mentioned by name above, there were other early Rileys who came to the Colonies. Altogether, eight different Riley lines are discussed in the book. They and their descendents are discussed by the writer from the time of arrival of their immigrants to approximately 1850. After 1850, all of the Riley lines have multiplied so greatly that tracing their living descendents to the present day is an impossible task. From 1850 to the present, the writer discusses only his own branch of Rileys. Such a comprehensive analysis of the early Riley families of Colonial Maryland and Virginia has never been attempted prior to this publication, and the writer hopes that his book and its documentation will benefit all persons who can claim descent from an early Riley family of the Tidewater Frontier.

This book is printed in two hard-bound volumes and consists of 1,904 pages.


BOOK CONTENTS

FRONTISPIECE
LIST OF MAPS
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


VOLUME I--THE COLONIAL RILEY FAMILIES OF THE
TIDEWATER FRONTIER

CHAPTER 1--THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF THE IRISH NATION

CHAPTER 2--A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE IRISH O'REILLYS
AND THE ENGLISH RYLAYS

CHAPTER 3--THE LINEAGE AND DESCENT OF THE O'REILLYS IN
IRELAND AND COLONIAL AMERICA

CHAPTER 4--THE TIDEWATER FRONTIER COLONIES AND THE
EARLIEST RILEY IMMIGRANTS

CHAPTER 5--HUGH RILEY, SR., OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY,
MARYLAND, AND DESCENDENTS

CHAPTER 6--THOMAS RILEY, SR., OF ACCOMACK COUNTY,
VIRGINIA, AND DESCENDENTS

CHAPTER 7--JOHN RILEY, SR., OF CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND,
AND DESCENDENTS

CHAPTER 8--WILLIAM AND JOHN RILEY, OF PENNSYLVANIA
AND BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, AND DESCENDENTS,
AND OTHER RILEYS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA

CHAPTER 9--HENRY S. RILEY OF HARRISON COUNTY, INDIANA,
AND MEADE COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AND DESCENDENTS

CHAPTER 10--THE LONG-LOST MANUSCRIPT OF NANCY (RILEY)
CLARKE-SALT

EPILOGUE--SUMMARY AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE WRITER

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX--CHAPTERS 1 THROUGH 10 ONLY


LIST OF MAPS

MAP 1--THE "FOUR-FIFTHS" OF IRELAND

MAP 2--COUNTY CAVAN, TRADITIONAL HOME OF THE O'REILLYS

MAP 3--A FEUDAL MAP OF LANCASHIRE

MAP 4--THE WALLED TOWN OF KELLS, COUNTY MEATH, IN 1655

MAP 5--THE TIDEWATER FRONTIER

MAP 6--THE PROCLAMATION LINE, 1763

MAP 7--MAIN ROADS TO KENTUCKY, 1795-1812

MAP 8--WHERE THE RILEYS LIVED IN SURRY COUNTY (NOW YADKIN),
NORTH CAROLINA

MAP 9--THE EASTERN SHORE PENINSULA OF MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA

MAP 10--UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA

MAP 11--OLD SALEM (NOW CLAYTON), OHIO

MAP 12--THE COUNTIES IN INDIANA AND KENTUCKY WHERE
HENRY S. RILEY AND DESCENDENTS RESIDED


†VOLUME II -- DOCUMENTATION IN SUPPORT OF THE
COLONIAL RILEY FAMILIES OF THE TIDEWATER FRONTIER


 
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