The Descendants of

Charles William and Susan Melvina (McDaniel) Riley


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 I hope you enjoy your visit here. This site is dedicated to the descendants of Charles William Riley and Susan Melvina McDaniels. Two young people that met in Virginia, during the Civil War, fell in love and married in Abington, Washington County, Virginia.

 Charles had been a Merchant Seaman and was adjusting to a life on land. Susan was the oldest child of John M. McDaniel and a mother, whose name is unknown at this time. In 1860, Melvina, as she was enumerated on the Washington County Census, was the oldest child in a family of two brothers and one sister. Her father was listed, as widowed. Charles and Melvina or Susan, were soon married. Charles and Susan had the following children in Virginia; Paul George was born 22 November 1866, Sarah Catherine Virginia or "Sallie" was born the 15th of May 1869, Susan Frances was born the 31st of August 1871, James Charles was born the 7th of May 1873, and a son William, believed to have died very young,  had been born in 1874 in Virginia. Since they cannot be located on the 1870 Census and the last child, Joseph Marvin, was born the 7th of April 1875 in Greenfield, Dade, Missouri, it is not known for sure where William was born and died. In 1880, they are in Hunt County, Texas At some time after the 1880 Census, they moved to Hopkins County, to the small community of Miller Grove. There Charles was farming next to his son Paul's place in 1888, as listed on the tax rolls. Charles died the 22 of November of that same year, and was buried in the Miller Grove Cemetery..

In the 1900 Census, Susan was listed with her husband, Christopher Columbus Darrow, whom she married the 11th July, 1896. By the 1st of August 1903, they were divorced and Susan passed away in June of 1906. She is buried in Nelta Cemetery beside her grandson Harvey, a son of Paul and Nelson or "Nellie".

From Hopkins County, the children of Charles and William, departed to the many compass points within Texas and Oklahoma.

Charles William Riley's Obituary

Eulogy written by E.B. D. Johnson, circuit Methodist Minister in East Texas. E.B.D's son Claiborne, married Charles's first daughter Sally.

"C.W. Riley, the subject of this notice was born in England, Dec. 14th, 1843 and died Nov. 22, 1888. He embraced religion at the age of fourteen, traveled on the sea five years came to the United States and married by Rev. George R. Barr to Miss Susan M. McDaniel of Abingdon, Virginia. and soon after joined the M.P. Church and moved to Texas; was one of the pillars in the church at Millers Grove, Hopkins county, Texas in which he lived a constant Christian till his death. Brother Riley seemed to be always confident in the promise that 'All things work together for the good to them that love God.' Was much devoted to his church, to his family and friends. He was ever in his neighborhood sowing seeds of kindness and spreading sunshine wherever he went. We miss him sadly in all our church work, in Sunday School, in prayer-meeting and in the general interests of the community. He leaves a widow and four children to mourn their loss, but the sorrow not as those who have no hope, believing that their loss is his eternal gain, and that his battle in life ended in triumph and victory, his labors in eternal rest, apt that while they sail over life's tempestuous sea that he has made the voyage safely and now with the blood washed swells the anthem he is redeemed in glory."

Source; From: a Hopkins County Newspaper, which was clipped out and attached to the inside front cover of his bible in possession of Shirley Riley-Smith of AZ.

Marriage Information


1) ~18 Aug 1868~ (believed to be the recorded date. The marriage date is believed to be in early 1866)

Riley, Charles W.; age 25; single; born: England; reside: *WCVA; farmer; son of George S. and Jane Riley


McDaniel, Malvines; age 21; single; born and reside: WCVA; d/o John H. McDaniel & [blank] McDaniel

Minister: [blank] (Married by Rev. George R. Barr , according to his Obituary)

*WCVA - Washington County Virginia

1) Source: pg. 57 and 46, "Washington County Virginia Unrecorded Marriage Licenses 1850-1902" by William R. Wheeler � March 2003

Had Charles William Changed His Name ?

It was always the family tradition or at least "a story", that Charles William was born a Crockett or some such name and had served as an apprentice to an Irish Sea Captain, by the name of O'Riley. Having been treated as a son, Charles took the name Riley when he came to America and decided to stay. This story was fairly consistent amongst the many cousins in different branches of the family.

I have been unable to confirm that this ever occurred. As a matter of fact, in the marriage license that Charles had applied for, he stated his father's name was George Riley;

The possible source of this "myth", may have been from a book written in the early 1950s, by a DeJarnette. In it, it was stated that William B. White, married a Susan F. Riley, whose parents were Charles William Riley, born a Cochran, and Susan M. Riley.

 This is the only reference I have ever found to a possible name change, and it was most likely given to the DeJarnette author by some cousin that had heard this story. C.R.

My Branch of the Family Tree

Joseph Marvin Riley was the fourth son and sixth child born to Susan and Charles. Joseph was born April 4, 1875, in Greenfield, Dade, Missouri. He was the only child not to be born in Virginia.

Joseph married Laura Lye Bullard, Christmas Eve, December 24, 1899 in Rains County, Texas. To this marriage was born four children. They were Claude Lee, Nannie Sue, Charles Andrew and Harvey Clyde. Charles Andrew, the third born child, was my father. Laura Lye died March 2, 1910 in Cookville, Titus, Texas and was buried in Mineola, Wood, Texas.



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