Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#52Ancestors (43) John Patrick Riley

This week's #52Ancestors is John Patrick RILEY, a paternal great-grandfather. He is the son of my last post about Thomas RILEY.

John Patrick was born in Lockport, Will, Illinois on 28 February 1872. In 1902, he married Rena Clara BLANCHARD. Together they had 11 children:

  • John Louis
  • Andrew
  • Virginia Mary
  • Edward
  • Elizabeth
  • Irene
  • Joseph Blanchard
  • Bernice Mary
  • James
  • Joan Rosemary
  • George Blanchard

John worked in the specialized construction trade of structural iron working. A number of the children were born in Chicago, where the family moved as John labored on some of Chicago's early skyscrapers.

John and Rena, c 1940

They made their way back to Lockport in the 1920's where they remained. They had many grandchildren to spoil as well.

John died on 4 June 1955. He is buried in a large family plot in South Lockport Cemetery in Lockport. He wife, sister Elizabeth, and several of his children are buried with him.

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