Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Patrick Henry Riley



Patrick Henry Riley was born in April 1859 in Quebec, Canada, to John and Catherine Riely. He married Anne Elizabeth Green on September 24, 1885 in Kennebec, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada. Anne Elizabeth Green was born in May 1866 in Canada, to Robert and Catherine Green. Patrick, Ann and William came to the United States in 1890 from Canada.


Patrick and Anne had the following children:

  1. William P. Riley was born March 1890 in Canada. He died March 17, 1920 in Garfield Township, Mackinac County, Michigan.

  2. Robert N. Riley was born February 2/22, 1892 in Brant Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. Winsor Jay Riley was born April 11, 1894 in Brant Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. He died October 30, 1966 in Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin.

  4. John N. Riley was born June 27, 1896 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. In June 1917, John was living in Eugadine, Mackinaw County, Michigan.

  5. Fredrick Riley was born December 16, 1898 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


In 1896, Patrick and Ann owned a 40 acre parcel of land in Section 36 on the corner of Grabowski and Chapin Roads. On the property was a sawmill. In 1896, much of the surrounding wooded properties, especially on Grabowski and Steele Roads, were owned by agents, making the sawmill very important for the area..


Patrick and Ann's neighbors were: H.M. Schmidt, Fred Pagel, Roderick McPhee, Joseph Tribfelner Jr., and W. L. Webber.


By 1916, Patrick, Ann and their family immigrated back to Canada and lived in Mulvihill, Manitoba, Canada. In 1921, Patrick is widowed and living in Woodland, Manitoba, Canada with his sons, Robert N. and Fredrick Riley.




SOURCES: 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1900, 1910 U.S. Census; 1921 Canadian Census; Patrick and Ann Green Riley marriage record; Fredrick Riley's birth record; John Riley's birth record; Winsor J. and Robert N. Riley's U.S. Consular Registration Applications; Winsor J. and Robert N.Riley's WWI draft registration;William P. Riley's death record; Winsor Riley's SS death record.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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