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[AR] Riley's - Chicot County, Arkansas

I am looking for any leads on the Riley family of Chicot County, Arkansas.

The patriarch of the family Roderick (Rodrick) Riley was supposedly born April 1836 in Virginia, but it has been said he had an accent that sounded very “African”, he married on July 7,1866 - Chicot County, Arkansas an Ellen Grant born January 1840 in Arkansas, who was the daughter of Reuben (b. 1804) and Peggy Grant (b. 1810), also from Virginia.

Roderick Riley (1836 - 1910?) was last known to have lived on Stuart Island, which is part of Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas. Roderick Riley may have a death certificate on record (Lake Village, Chicot County) as noted in a County register death index.

I'm very interested in a set of twins that were Roderick Riley's granddaughters, their names were, Arbella (Arabella) and Vanilla Riley b. April, 1889. They were thought to be the first set of known twins in my family, and the family has had a set of twins every generation since.

Arbella (Arabella) married Jeffery Johnson, September 14, 1912 in Pulaski Co., Arkansas, and it's possible that Vanilla Riley married Ev Baker, January 23, 1914 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. Their mother Jane Cottonham had her twins out of wedlock, but eventually married a Clarence Robinson, September 22, 1901 in Macon Lake, Chicot County, Arkansas.

I am not only interested in which of Roderick Riley's sons may have fathered these twins, but also what happened to them after they married and the whereabouts of any of their descendents.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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