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Surnames: Riley, Smith
Submitter: John & Andrea Rootham
Date: November 18, 2007

We would appreciate help in finding information about g-g-grandparents, Barney & Elizabeth Riley who are said to have lived in Vernon County, MO from 1895 on. Barney was born 1824 in Ohio. His wife Elizabeth Nation was born 1832 in Indiana. They removed from Linn Co. Iowa to Linn Co. Missouri sometime around 1877; are shown there on the 1880 census then according to their daughter Mary Ann Riley Smith's obituary, they moved to Platte County, MO, then onto Moundsville, Vernon Co. MO by 1895. I am including Mary Ann's obituary here for your information. As it documents, Mary Ann Riley Smith lived the rest of her life in Nevada, MO. Any information about whether Barney & Elizabeth Riley are buried in Vernon County, would be greatly appreciated.

January 1, 1935 - Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri ,Newspaper
This Estimable Christian Woman Had Been a Resident of the This County Since 1885
Funeral Service to Be Held Thursday Afternoon

Mrs. Mary Ann Smith, wife of A. M. Smith of this city, and a resident of Vernon county since 1885, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home, 336, North Cedar street, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Smith had not been well for many years but her condition was considered critical. A week ago she suffered an attack of asthma but seemingly improved until Sunday night when pneumonia developed.

Mrs. Smith who was before her marriage Mary Ann Riley, was born December 22, 1866, near Cedar Rapids, Ia, the daughter of Barney and Elizabeth Riley. When she was eleven years old her parents moved to Missouri and located in Platte county where they lived until 1885, when they came to Vernon county and located on a farm near Moundville. On May 24, 1888, Mary Ann Riley was married to A. M. Smith and they began housekeeping on what is known as the Chambers farm, south of Nevada. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and five of them survive their mother. Seven years ago, Mrs. Smith took the responsibility of another family when her son's wife, Mrs. C. L. Smith, died leaving three children, the youngest of them eleven days old. Mrs. Smith had been a faithful member of the Christian church for many years and she was also a member of the Royal Neighbors.

Surviving Mrs. Smith are her husband, three daughters, Miss Hattie Smith, Miss Pearl Smith, and Mrs. L. L. Stratton of Nevada and C. L. Smith of Kansas City, and four grandchildren, Eleanor Arlene, Betty Jane, and Bobby Lee Smith of the home address, and Martha Ann Stratton. She also leaves two brothers, John Riley of Glyndon, Minn, and James Riley of Uncas, Okla.

Mrs. Smith's body was taken to the Ferry Funerall Home. The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the First Christian church and will be conducted by the Rev. Huell Warren, pastor. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park.

Sincerely John & Andrea Rootham, Glyndon, MN

Surnames: Riley, Smith
Submitter: Linda Hammond
Date: October 26, 2007

I'm trying to find Denzel Mills lives in Nevada, Mo. until his death.

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