The following Riley's appear in the 1880 Census in Pohocco, Saunders County, NE (West of Omaha):
HOH-James, age 42, born in PA (both parents born PA)
Wife-Ellen, age 38, born IL (both parents born PA)
(Her maiden name may be O'Neill.)
Mother (of James)-Silly Riley, age 71, born VT
Nelie E, age 17, born IA
Sarah S, age 14, born IA
Jessie C, age 10, born NE
James E, age 8, born NE
John W, age 6, born NE
Essneth E, age 4, born NE
Noble G, age 2, born NE
Emmel T, age 7m, born NE
James probably came from the Rock Lake area of Wayne County, PA. His father could be Cornelius Riley.
This John W may be John William Riley, husband of Mary LeStrange (b1878, daughter of Patrick LeStrange of Ireland). Some of their children were born in NE, before going back East to PA and NY:
Austin, who was a teacher and died of a ruptured appendix. He is buried in Rock Lake, PA.
Cornelius, died of typhoid fever in Omaha, NE.
James, died of Typhoid fever in Omaha, NE
Andrew worked on the railroad and is buried in Rock Lake, PA
Joseph Thomas, born about 1883 in Omaha, NE. He died at 88, about 1971 and is buried near Scranton, in Peckville?, PA. He was a railroad conductor. He married his first wife, Mary Ann "Molly" McLaughlin (1878-1916, daughter of John McLaughlin and Sarah Hughs) in Rock Lake, PA in 1905. She died in childbirth, as did the child. Their one surviving daughter was Mildred Marie (Riley) Ivey (1907-2000). She married Joseph Harrison Ivey (1910-1981). Both mother, Mary Anne and child are buried in Rock Lake, PA. The family lived in New York City and Lakewood, PA.
Joseph Thomas Riley married his second wife, Catherine Kane in 1920. Their one child, John William "Jack" was killed at the age of 21 in a plane crash in California during WWII.
John William and Mary have a son James that could have been named after John William's father; another son, Cornelius that could have been named after John William's grandfather(?). Also, if this is right, John William's parents lived in Illinois and Iowa prior to coming to Nebraska.
I would love to hear from anyone familiar with these Rileys.
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