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A special THANK YOU to all that have contributed, Especially those that have shared
their research: Ann Spiro(Riley), Rodney Riley,(R.I.P Rod) George Adams, Rayleane Griffitts
(C/ Orchard),Barry Brown ++ Kerrieann Hohnberg (Riley in the arms of angels))
and Jacqueline Lewis (C/Bamford)...Much has been recorded in the following books , A Life
of New England Pioneers,. From Somerset to Saumarez,. A Tale of Sheperds,and Shears and
Ploughshares,.The Barrells of Durham,. Tin at Tingha,.and Abington,.No breach of copyright is
Appreciation to the staff at the " Micro Film Library", University of New England ,Armidale
Families of my
Dad Mum Father in-law Mother in-law Son in-law Sister in-law Brother in Law
RILEY, LITTLE, ADAMS, FRAZIER, BARRELL, BAMFORD Boston
are the most featured....and the fringes of there famlies make up Co.
In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To
put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to
feel that somehow they approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts
but,instead,breathing life into all who have gone before . We are the storytellers of
the tribe. All tribes have one.We have been called,as it were, by our
Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" So we do.in
finding them,we somehow find ourselves. How many times I have I cried as I stood
before your graves?
I have lost count.How many times have I told you my ancestors,"You have a wonderful
family; you would be proud of us." It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to
who I am and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetry about to be lost
forever to weeds and and indifference and saying," I can't let this happen." The
bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something
about it.It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish,how they
contributed to what we are today, to respect their hardships and losses,their never
giving in or giving up,their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
In our hearts there is the deep pride that the fathers fought and some
died to make and keep us a proud country,. and a deep understanding that they were
doing it for us ,. And it is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to
give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one ,as far back
as we can reach. That we might be born who we are.That we might remember them as we
do with love and careing and remembering each fact of their existence,because we are
they and they are the sum of who we are ..So I tell the story of my family .It is up
to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the
long line of family story tellers That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is
what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom
we had never known before.....(copied with thanks L.C)
To the servicemen and women from our families that served at home and abroard we
thank you for your contribution to our current way of life .. You are forever in our
hearts and always
Although we the original RILEY families started out in Parramatta in the 1790's,then went on to
Prospect, Richmond, Kurrajong and many settled around Wollombi in the late 1840's. most of them
moved up north in the late 1870's ,settling in the Warialda/Gravesend area. A handful of the
RILEY'S went further afield over the years to places like Bingara, Bundarra, Tamworth ,Uralla,
Armidale, Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Boggabri and Sydney.
One branch moved as far as Goomeri in Queensland. The descendants told me that RUBEN RILEY was
looking for "new blood " as the Riley families from Warialda and Wollombi had run out of unrelated
people to marry.
Some of the RILEY families married into BEVAN and PAYNE families ,and many are still in the
Wollombi / Cessnock area.
I wonder if many know about our connection of the surrounding districts of Wollombi and Singleton,
to the RILEY family from a century before.
Do you have a story to be added some photos of your family grand ma /pa they are
The road goes on forever...................
Opp,s have I made a Boo Boo??
If you would like something changed ,added.or deleted please feel free to contact me
through tribal pages..if you know me Email or Phone anytime..
Have a wonderful and interesting journey back in time ,your thoughts and
contributions are most welcome..Please sign the Guest Book.
In Loving Memory of my Mum and Dad, Letty and Jack Riley
Sacred to the Memory of my Sister Beryl
In Loving Memory of brother Lance, his wife Shon, and Nanna Bamford
Dedicated to Kerrieann and adding my brother Robert John [BOB] who
started our story ,and now with the help of our Family we hope to add to his wonderful work
R.I.P brother ..your tree will go on ...
In loving Memory of Mum and Dad Adams ,, Myrtle and Laurie (Percy)
loved by all that new them.