Nehemiah BRILEY (Nehemiah Briley's son...George W. Briley's son....Robert Lee Briley's daughter....Gloria Briley Mayfield)
The following bio was taken from pages 123-124 of the book entitled "Rusk County History" compiled and edited and used with permission of the Rusk County Historical Commission.
Transcribed by Gloria Riley
Submitted by Gloria Briley Mayfield, Rusk County TX Coordinator
Nehemiah Briley was born September 22, 1812, one of the seven children of John Briley, and a grandson of George Briley, all of Anson County, North Carolina, where George Briley had lived since the 1770's. Nehemiah married Nancy Garris, daughter of William Garris, as is proven by the will of her uncle, James Garris. The late Mrs. R. T. Mullins quoted her mother, Cora Finley Hays, as telling of Nancy's lovely trousseau, made from fabrics sent from her relatives in Ireland, as "a white wedding gown and a blue silk embroidered with tiny pink rosebuds for her second day dress."
The first five children of the Brileys were born in Anson County. Census records show, however, that the next two were born in Alabama before they moved to Meriwether County, Georgia, before 1850, where they joined two of his brothers, one of whom had married Nancy's sister, Jane Garris. The rest of the children were born and most of them married in Meriwether County. The children were Frances Ann, who married Leonard Worthy Keeling; William, who died in the Confederate Army; Moina, who married (1) ? Magouirk and (2) George Ridley; Mary Jane, who married John Riley Finley; Nehemiah, Jr., who died in the Confederate Army; Benjamin C. Briley, who married Nancy Delaney Farley; Martha Elizabeth, who married Thomas C. Threadgill as his second wife; Louisa Marian, who married Littleberry D. Hudson; Mattie Carolina, first wife of Thomas C. Threadgill; John Henry, who married Louella Josephine James; and George Briley, who married Ida F. Ash.
The Keelings were the first of his family known to have arrived in Rusk County, since they were here in 1870. Most of the others came in 1876. Moina and George Ridley returned to Meriwether County before 1880, but the John Magouirk in the Leonard W. Keeling household in 1880 was probably her son by her first marriage. John Henry Briley came to Rusk County in the early 1890's but returned to Meriwether County after a year. His granddaughter, Grace Hartley, was the longtime food editor of the Atlanta Journal.
Nancy Garris Briley died July 2, 1880, and Nehemiah Briley lived until July 28, 1890. They are buried at Shiloh Cemetery in Rusk County, as are their daughters, Frances Ann Keeling, Martha Threadgill, Mattie Threadgill, and Louisa Marian Hudson, and numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren.
Written by Mrs. W. E. Langford