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Ninian Riley
Birth: May 18, 1726
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jan., 1814
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Ninian served in the French-Indian war in 1748. He was a lieutenant in a militia unit commanded by Captain George Beall, another grandson of famous Indian fighter Colonel Ninian Beall. Both Jeremiah and Ninian, along with Uncle Hugh, Jr., Jeremiah's son James and a Zachariah, relation unknown, signed the Maryland Oathof Allegiance in 1778 (JN3.) The Riley family was traditionally of the episcopal faith, being members of the Rock Creek Episcopal Church, St. Paul's Parish near what is now Washington, D.C.

Notes: Ninian had become a minister. In 1783, the brothers and their families loaded up and headed for North Carolina. The Baptist Church was well established in North Carolina and had advertised that land was abundant and cheap to fellow Baptists. So Jeremiah and Ninian's groups became Baptists, under sharp criticism from their Maryland neighbors. The group is listed in the book, Marylanders to Carolina, by Jenry Peden. The book journals and catalogs the many families' exodus from Maryland into the "wilderness."

Notes: Of the children of Ninian, Zachariah and Rachel apparently died very young. Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary and Ann married and possibly remained in Maryland, although they could have come to North Carolina with the rest. Garrard, Precious, John Wright, Ninian Jr. and James Taylor are known to have come to North Carolina.

Notes: The families traveled down the Great Wagon Road to Surry County, North Carolina in 1783. Jeremiah and his family settled the area of Hunting Creek where they owned 470 acres of land. The families became members of the Flat Rock Baptist Church in the Salisbury District of southwestern Surry. They lived in the Surry area until 1796 when many of the family members migrated to Kentucky. Ninian and family settled in Fayette and Clark counties. Jeremiah and sons, Edward and Erasmus, settled in Mercer County. Erasmus later went to Henry County. He then moved on to Hickman and Ballard counties where he died by 1851. Jeremiah Sr. died in Kentucky in July of 1804. Ninian died in Kentucky in 1814 and is buried near Lexington. Three sons of Ninian, Ninian Jr., James Taylor and John W. moved to Missouri with their families.

Notes: Father: Eliphaz Riley b: 1688 in Prince George County, Maryland
Mother: Elizabeth Burkettb: ABT 1688 in Scotland

Notes: Marriage 1 Elizabeth Taylor b: 1729 in MaconCounty, Illinois
Married: 1746 in Prince George County, Maryland
Zachariah Riley b: 1747 in Maryland
Sarah Riley b: 1749 in Maryland
Rachel Riley b: 21 DEC 1750 in Maryland
Preshus Riley b: 19 DEC 1753 in Maryland
Mary Riley b: 1758 in Maryland
Nancy Ann Riley b: 8 FEB 1760 in Maryland
Ninian Jr.Riley b: 10 APR 1762 in Maryland
James Taylor Riley b: 1764 in Maryland
Garrard Sr. Riley b: 20 MAY 1766 in Maryland
Ann Riley b: 8 FEB 1768 in Maryland
Lucy Riley b: 1770 in Maryland
Precious Riley b: 1772 in Maryland
John WrightRiley b: 1778 in Maryland

Family links: 
  Eliphaz Riley (1688 - 1760)
  Elizabeth Burkett Riley (1688 - 1759)
  Elizabeth Taylor Riley (1726 - 1812)*
  Zachariah Riley (1747 - ____)*
  Sarah Riley Johnson (1749 - ____)*
  Rachel Riley (1750 - ____)*
  Precious/Preshus/Preshea Riley Wood (1753 - ____)*
  Nancy Ann Riley Windsor (1760 - 1845)*
  Ninian Riley (1762 - 1829)*
  Mary Riley Allnutt (1764 - ____)*
  James Taylor Riley (1764 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Riley Johnson (1766 - ____)*
  Garrard Riley (1766 - 1830)*
  Lucy Riley Cass (1769 - 1809)*
  John Wright Riley (1778 - 1851)*
  Mary Riley Douglas*
  Christian Burkett Riley*
  James Riley*
  John M. Riley (1716 - 1767)*
  Ninian Riley (1726 - 1814)
  Jeremiah Riley (1730 - 1804)*
*Calculated relationship
Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Walnut Hill (Coletown)
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Oct 31, 2009
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- Deborah Barber
 Added: Sep. 3, 2015
For my 6th Great Grandfather, You are remembered with love and respect.
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 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
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