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Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
(1948?)

Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history,   pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)


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These hardy pioneers came to Wisconsin in 1850 and located in
Dane county on section 2, in Springdale township, on the farm
where the subject of this sketch now resides. They were the
parents of three children, Robert, of the town  of Springdale,
William, and Lucinda (deceased). William was educated in the
public schools of New York state and came west with his parents
with whom he remained until the death of his father. He has
now a fine farm of two hundred acres. He was married in 1859
to Miss Margaret Bride, a native of Philadelphia, but a resident of
Springdale. They have six children, Robert, of Riley; Mary, mar-
ried to Charles Oranger of the village of Riley; James, of Winne-
bago City, Minnesota; John R., of Riley; Jenny, married William
Carden of Madison; Margaret, married Jesse Sutton of Nebraska.
Mrs. Riley died in February, 1890, aged fifty-three years. Mr.
Riley carries on the family traditions in his political affiliations,
as his father before him was a Republican, and in the stirring years
preceding the Civil War, was a strong abolitionist. He has retired
from the management of his large farm, his son John R. having
purchased the entire estate. John R., who was born December 12,
1873, was educated in the public schools, and chose farming as his
vocation. He was married April 12, 1904, to Miss Margaret Marks
of Riley, daughter of Patrick Marks of Madison; to this union
one child Wesley Malcolm was born, May 18, 1906.
Richard Riley and sons William and Robert moved to Wis-
consin from New York about 1850 homesteading in Springdale
township at Riley's Station.
William Riley married Margaret Bride, who was born in Phil-
adelphia in 1839; came to Wisconsin in 1856, married in 1859. To
this union were born:
Robert Riley, Nov. 3, 1859
Mary A. Riley, April 12, 1863, Died Aug. 12, 1933
James Bride Riley, Oct. 11, 1870
John R. Riley, Dec. 12, 1873
Jennie G. Riley, April 24, 1876, Died Jan. 30, 1947
Maggie B. Riley, Aug. 1, 1881
John R. Riley married Margaret Marks who was born Nov. 7,
1880. To this union were born:
Wesley J. Riley, May 18, 1906
Ellen M. Riley, April 15, 1909
Margaret L. Riley, May 27, 1918
Wesley J. Riley married Tressa Benesh of Lodi, June 30, 1928,
a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Benesh. To this union were born:
John R. Riley, Dec. 25, 1928
James A. Riley, Feb. 25, 1930
Thomas M. Riley, Dec. 23, 1934
Dennis W. Riley, May 6, 1944
Carol Margaret, Nov. 9, 1947


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