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ANDREW JACKSON RILEY; Martin's Mill, Texas

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ANDREW JACKSON RILEY; Martin's Mill, Texas

Posted: 21 Jul 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 14 Jun 2006 9:15AM GMT
Surnames: RILEY, SIDES, PARSONS, JENNINGS, THOMAS
Information transcribed from "The Southland" Vol. XII. No 1, Waco, Texas; established March, 1892. Furnished by Sibyl Creasey.

The Rileys are Irish. The grandfather, Martin Q. Riley and his wife came directly from Ireland to South Carolina in the latter part of the 18th century. He lived and partly reared a family in that state, but in the year 1812 by an unfortunate accident lost his life. In the same year June 5, David Love Riley was born in the South Carolina home. He was reared there and when of suitable age married Miss Colon Sides, having in the mean time moved from South Carolina to Alabama. Miss Sides was of German extraction. The family came from Germany to North Carolina in a very early day. Both families, the Rileys and the Sides were farmers. David and his wife became the parents of 12 children, ten of whom lived to be grown. October 5, 1850, he, having sold his farm in Alabama, started for Texas by wagon. There were two families besides some young men in the company. They were on the road 55 days, and, be it to their credit, they rested and worshipped (sic) every Sunday. After a tedious but pleasurable journey the landed in Van Zandt county, Nov. 29, 1850. There were no wagon roads, no bridges, none of the conveniences enjoyed now and but few people. Settlements were scarce and wide apart. Their nearest neighbor was six miles away. The country was wild. Deer, turkey, bear, panther, and the like filled the forests and beautiful birds of rare plumage were found everywhere. The freedom of frontier life was enjoyed and many pleasures were experienced not now understood by those who look back on it from a distance. A. J. (Uncle Andy) was born in the Alabama home, Dec. 23, 1840. He was therefore 10 years of age, when they came to Texas. He had attended school some, while in Alabama, but most of his education and experiences have been acquired in Texas, during a residence of 54 years. He grew up on the farm, fished and hunted and enjoyed the free air and the immense crops grown from the rich Van Zandt lands. On January 17, 1866, he led Miss Sallie Thomas to Hymen's Altar. They reared a family of 5 children having lost another in infancy, F. B., A. L., T. S., J. M., Ollie, (Mrs. Parsons) April 14, 1898, Mrs. Riley died. December 23, 1890 (?), he married Mrs. Margaret Jennings who still survives. Mr. Riley has been a farmer all his life and since the age of 10, has lived in Van Zandt county. He now lives on (sic) a home he settled 33 years ago, is comfortable and enjoys the respect of all the people. He is a consistent christian (sic) and stands on his integrity. He has found no place that in his judgment is equal to Van Zandt county. He also believes there is a great future for this country with proper effort on the part of her citizens. Rich lands, good water, excellent timber, fine climate and its conservative and high class citizenship. Mr. Riley is in the enjoyment of life in its highest and best sense. His wife is also an old Texan and remembers much of the early history of the county. They are devoted to each other. Both are christians (sic) and exemplary in their christian (sic) life. Brother Riley is of a Baptist family, and is a brother to D. L. Riley of Canton, well known in Baptist doings and Baptist councils. Uncle Andy, as he is known, is noted far and wide for his goodness of heart. He furnishes a good example for imitation.

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