Thank you Dorothy for taking notice and for the response. The Christian names in your post
coincide with those in my lines, also the location, my ancestors from Southeast Fermanagh
- Aghavea, Lisnaskea, Newtownbutler............
I have posted the following for you to compare notes or anyone else on the list who may
be able to help.
My great-grandmother Elizabeth Riley (it is actually spelled Riely consistantly on the
birth certs of her children) was born c.1856. According to the 1911 Census (from number of
years married), she and James McGerr were married c.1875. They lived in Eschacorran and
had eleven children. She was a seamstress for Sarah Jordan. Elizabeth died in 1918 from a
cerebral hemmorage at 62 years of age and is buried with her husband in the Aghavea
1) I don't know where Elizabeth was born but suspect Cavan as Riley and it's
varients (a sept of Breifneof) are numerous there. Monaghan too, has been considered, but
no luck as yet - her parents names unknown. The unusual spelling as Reily may be my
biggest clue just as easily as it could be a pitfall.
2) Even Robert from UlsterAncestry has been unable to find a record of marriage for
James and Elizabeth.
She proceeded James in death by 26 years (he lived to be 95). Today there is only one
elderly family member left who had known James (in his later years). Little is known about
Elizabeth since she had passed away so early on. I wonder what live was like for
Elizabeth, what she wore, what were her hopes and dreams.........
Stories such as Viola's about what a wedding would have been like help fill in gaps.
From: "dorothy j brown" <
Subject: FER-GOLD Riley
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 08:04:48 -0400
Genevieve: You mentioned Elizabeth RILEY in your post. I am looking for Mary
Anne Riley who married my grgrgrandfather John COULSON prob in Fermanagh
date ?? Their son William, my grgrandfather, born 1823 in Newtownbutler.
There were other children Jane, Robert, John, Henry . Would there be any
connection? thanks for any info. DB