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Rolley Riley and Edmund Golden, Wise Co., 1857
Posted by: james riley (ID *****7793) Date: August 25, 2008 at 21:46:27
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My gggrandfather, Rolley Riley, and my ggggrandfather, Edmund Golden, moved from Clay County, Ill. to Wise Co., Texas, in 1857. They are included on the 1860 Prairie Point, Wise Co. census along with others who made the move from Illinois with them. Both Rileys and Goldens left Texas around 1867 because of post-Civil War tensions and Indian raids.

I would appreciate any information or suggestions for research regarding the following:

1. Location of their farms in Wise County. I understand Prairie Point township covered a large area.

2. Many citizens were hauled into court in Decatur and five were hanged for Union sympathies. Six of Edmund Golden's sons served in the Union army and it likely Rolley Riley also had Northern sympathies. Is there a way to get the list of those tried but not hanged. I have the names of those who were hanged.

3. I understand some of those not found guilty were forced into militia service. R. Riley is listed in 1864 as 4th
Sgt., Company B, First Frontier District, commanded by Major William Quayle. I believe this company was headquarted in Decatur and that about 75 percent of the men were from Wise County. This could be (and probably is)Rolley Rilwy who had militia experience in Illinois.

I would appreciate any information or suggestions. I have quite a lot to share if anyone is interested.

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