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Rev George N Riley
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Birth: Aug. 27, 1792
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1882
Allen County
Ohio, USA

In Memoriam Rev. George Riley was born in Medford, Burlington county, N.J. 27 Aug 1792 and died in Sugar Creek Twp, Allen county, OH. He was married to Miss Meribah Peacock in Mount Holly, N.J. 19 Nov 1826. To them were born nine children, five sons and four daughters. Four sons and two daughters, with their aged mother still survive.

When a young man, Father Riley, came to Lebanon, O.H. where he spent three years; then went to what is now Upper Sandusky, remaining one year assisting Rev. J.B. Finley, in his mission among the Wyandot Indians. In the summer of 1835, he removed with his family to Springfield, OH and in the fall of the same year, came to Allen county, and has lived on the farm where he died the balance of his life.

He was one of the pioneers of this county; has lived to see three generations of men come and go; to see this county pass victoriously through three great wars; and to see the state of his adoption pass from birth to become one of the foremost States in the union, and all this beautiful land transformed from a wilderness to be the pleasant homes of a prosperous people.

He united with the Methodist Episcopal church 67 years ago (1815) and licensed to exhort (make urgent appeals or preach) while yet in New Jersey, was licensed to preach by the "Quarterly Conference of Lima Circuit, Mount Vernon District, Michigan Annual Conference, Aug 24 1839, Elmore Yocum, P.E." "Ordained for the office and work of a deacon in the M.E. Church at the session at the Delaware Annual Conference held in Lima, O.H. Oct 28, 1856 at the hands of Bishop Beverly Waugh.

Father Riley was one of nature's noblemen. His face bore the impress of moral excellence. Twenty-one years ago I passed him on the street, an entire stranger, and said to myself: "There is the face of a man I could trust." He was a man of excellent mental qualities. Reasoning was his stronghold. I visited him a little over a year ago, and found him busy writing essays on Mental Philosophy. He was quite familiar with the writings upon this line of thought, equally at home with the leading theological works of his church. He loved the word of God. He seemed to feel that the "merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the exchange there of than fine gold." He was a man of constant prayer. To pray without ceasing was the rule of his life. He exercised unusual faith. Like Abraham it was counted unto him for righteousness. His testament is marked with his own hand as having been read at the family alter twenty-eight times. So this good man departs in a full age as a "shock of corn that cometh in its season."

The funeral services were held in the little church near his home, where with his neighbors and friends he had so long worshiped God, conducted by the writer, assisted by the Rev. R. Raunch. Appropiate remarks were also made by Rev. A.R. Krebs and Rev. J. (John) Beiler. A.C. Barnes (Rev?)

(Lima Democratic Times Sat Nov 11, 1882 pg 8)

"The attribution of the lengthy obituary is incorrect. It was actually in THE LIMA WEEKLY GAZETTE, Nov. 8, 1882. The title quoted did NOT begin publication until 1884." Quote from Anna Selfridge, #46903030 
Family links: 
  Meribah Springer Peacock Riley (1805 - 1885)*
  Leslie Peacock Riley (1827 - 1897)*
  Eleanor E Riley (1829 - ____)*
  Joseph Fletcher Riley (1832 - 1863)*
  Elizabeth E Riley Dunann (1836 - 1921)*
  George N Riley (1838 - 1893)*
  Mary F Riley (1839 - 1920)*
  Samuel James Riley (1840 - 1912)*
  Sarah Jane Riley (1848 - 1866)*
  Jennie Riley (1848 - 1866)*
*Calculated relationship
89y. 2m. 6d
Note: age doesn't add up with birth date.
There is a small unreadable marker that is George N Riley, Sr's. He was originally buried at Westley Chaplel and his daughter Elizabeth Dunann had the grave moved to Woodlawn Cemetery Jan. 6, 1886, along with the worn marker. She also had her sister moved there.
Woodlawn Cemetery
Allen County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Sec 9 Lot 55
Created by: C Weisenborn
Record added: Jul 06, 2010
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Rev George N Riley
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Rev George N Riley
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Rev George N Riley
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