have had such great luck doing this and have "met" some very nice people so i am going to try again..i think an ancester named luke riley arrived in the area of shawnee peak/newry around 1790 and there was a small community named riley plantation...he maybe the ancester that came from ireland...but i can't get any info on him or who his children might have been...any info would be so greatly apperciated...thanks in advance

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Comment by Chris Dunham on February 1, 2012 at 4:45am

Luke Reily died 1 Dec. 1844, aged 74 years. His gravestone states that he "removed from Ireland in 1789." His first wife was named Ann. She died 29 July 1836. Luke married second (marriage intentions were certified in Bethel and Newry in April 1838) Mrs. Persis (Russell) Virgin.


Luke and Ann had ten children, all recorded in Newry. The first two were born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, the rest in Maine.


James, b. 17 July 1803

Maria, b. 28 Aug. 1804

Edward, b. 13 Oct. 1806

Hugh, b. 14 Oct. 1808

Nancy, b. 24 Feb. 1810

Anne, b. 5 June 1811

Thomas, b. 4 Oct. 1812

Helen, b. 10 Mar. 1817

Thomas, b. 19 Oct. 1818

Franklin, b. 14 Apr. 1820

Comment by sue hooper on February 1, 2012 at 5:12am

many many thanks again chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Randall Griffin on August 12, 2012 at 4:21pm

Thank you!  My line is descended from Hugh Riley (1808-1864).  He moved to Boston c 1850 later to Medford Mass.  He married Lucy Ann Hunt c 1832. They had 5 children: Elizabeth, James, Thomas, Frederic, & Albert.  Luke's farm was subdivided into Starwood development in 2006.


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