Sunday 26 June 2011 2.20am
Nice to hear from you - I am in New Zealand and have just returned from a holiday in Cairns, Australia, the ash cloud from the Chile volcano travelled over here and nearly put paid to me flying back.
The line of my Riley's are Jeremiah, born 1723, married Mary Harford, they lived at "Snowfields" Bermondsey which suggests they were moneyed, he later married Christian Healey.
Jeremiah and Mary had a son James born in 1764 who married Christian King (she was a widow of Robert King)- they lived at "Abbey House" 167 Bermondsey Street
My information gives that James went into partnership with the Brook Brothers of Huddersfield who also had an interest in banking and cotton spinning - the business was known as Riley, Brooks, and Riley - the business was later absorbed by by Coats Vyella and went international.
To add to this, James and Christian had a son James born in 1795 in Bermondsey, he married Sarah Ann Rich, they lived at "Oversland" in Dockhead
Place, Bermondsey. James was a wool-stapler and was killed in a hunting accident in France and was buried in Montmarte, Paris. Sarah then married James' business partner, Thomas Brook in 1830 in Bushey, Herefordshire, they lived in Ross-on-Wye. She died in 1860.
I have primarily been chasing this family again to find more history of the daughter of James Riley and Sarah Ann Rich - Lavinia Riley - who married Mortimer Maurice and it is the line of his mother Catherine Cromwell I need more information about.
However to find out more about the Riley's while doing so is a huge bonus and to also be able to help someone else while doing so is wonderful. I hope there is somnething here of interest and look forward to hearing from you again,