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Descendants of SALMON (Solomon) CURTIS RILEY & SARAH NEWHOUSE of New York

Generation No. 1

      1. Solomon Curtis2 Riley (Unknown1) was born 1811 in Pennsylvania or New York1, and died May 26, 1872 in Portland, Chautauqua Co, NY2. He married Sarah Newhouse June 21, 1835 in New York3, daughter of John Newhouse and Sarah Whelp. She was born January 29, 1816 in New York City, New York4, and died 1884 in Portland, Chautauqua Co, NY.

Notes for Solomon Curtis Riley:
Numerous Records sometimes refer to Solomon as Salmon. His middle name was apparently Curtis.

Solomon's mother was Anna Riley, of Portland NY and New York City, according to land deeds.. She sold land to Solomon in 1842 in Portland, and is enumerated in the 1850 NY census in Portland. She was later from Westmoreland, Oneida Co., NY, according to another land deed.
City Directories:

1 - Longworth's New York City Directory, 1842-3:

SALMON RILEY, 23 Bowery, home - Mott St. Sells stoves

2 - Doggett's New York City Directory, 1842-3
SALMON C. RILEY - 23 Bowery, sells stoves, home: 87 Mott St.
RILEY AND MYERS - stoves, 23 Bowery

(Note: in the NYC directory for 1831, there is a James Riley, carter, living at 137 Mott St)

3 - Longworth's New York City Directory, 1841

CURTIS RILEY, painter, 640 Water
SALMON RILEY, machinist, 640 Water

(John Newhouse's office is listed as 136 Water)


1850 - Solomon Riley is not found in the Federal Census for NY, either in the Index or in Chautauqua County, even though History of Portland shows him as having a grocery concern there in 1845.

1855 New York STATE Census:

Dwelling #3

S.C. Riley Age 44, Born in Pennsylvania, Occupation: Merchant. Years lived here: 7
Sarah Riley Age 38, Born in New York City. Years lived here: 7
John G. Riley, Age 19, Son, Born NY City, Occupation: Unreadable. Years Lived here: 7
Redmond Riley, Age 15, Son, Born NY City. Years lived here: 7
Sarah W. Riley, Age 13, Daughter, Born NY City. Years lived here: 7
Christianna Riley, Age 11, Daughter, Born NY City. Years lived here: 7
S. Curtis Riley, Jr. Age 9, Son. Born NY City. Years lived here: 7
Abram W. Riley, Age 7, Son. Born Chautauqua County. Years lived here: 7
Millard F. Riley, Age 5. Son. Born NY City. Years lived here:4
Addison O. Riley, Age 3, Son. Born Chautauqua County. Years lived here: 3
US Census for 1860 shows:

Census taken August 16, 1860 in Portland, Chautauqua County, New York

Solomon C. Riley, age 50, occupation: hotel keeper. Born in PA.
Sarah Riley, age 47, occupation: landlady. Born in NY.
Redmond (Redman), age 20, occupation: Farm Work. Born in NY
Sarah, age 18, occupation: housework. Born in NY
Christiana, age 16, occupation: housework.
Solomon C., age 14.
Abram, age 12
Millard F. age 10.
Addison, age 8.

page 263 of census film)
Living next door to Solomon Riley: Amos and Lucy Barton

New York STATE census record for 1865:
Portland, Chautauqua County, page 72

Riley S. C. age 54 male born Oneida Co., NY married once and now
md no occupation given owns land.
(wife) Sarah age 48 female born NYC - has had 10 children- married once and now married
Son - John age 27 male born NYC single
son Curtis age 18 male born NYC single
son Millard age 15 male born NYC single
son Addison O. age 13 male born Chautauqua Co.


US Census for 1870:
Page 618
Portland, Chautauqua County, New York
Salmon (sic) C. Riley, age 56, born in NY. Farmer.
(Census taker did not check box for "parents foreign born"
Sarah, age 53. Born in NYOccupation: keeping house
(Census taker did not check box for "parents foreign born")
John, age 34, born in NY
Curtis, age 23, born in NY

(Page 618 of census film)
(Solomon's age does not coincide with his known birth year - possibly the handwriting in the census was misread and was actually a 58, not a 54.


US Census for 1880

No Solomon C. Riley was found in the 1880 census. It is assumed he died between 1870 and 1880. (See further research re: his grave site in Portland, NY. Also, his wife Sarah is enumerated in the 1880 census with her sons John and Curtis.


Death Certificate of Solomon's son, Millard Fillmore Riley, (1927) shows that Millard's parents were Solomon C. Riley and Sarah Newhouse, and that both were born in London, England. The informant was Millard's son, Millard Fillmore Riley Jr. It is assumed that Millard was in error re: the birth places of Solomon and Sarah, given the census records information.

Death Certificate of Solomon's son Addison, (died 1923 in Portland) says that Solomon was born in Ireland. Informant was a Mrs. Fay.

Death Certificate of Solomon's son Curtis states Solomon was born in NY.
Death Certificate of Solomon's daughter Sarah states Solomon was born in Ireland.

Two census records state Solomon was born in Pennsylvania and two census records state he was born in NY.

1. "Index of Conveyances Recorded in the Office of Register of the City and County of New York, published 1858. Grantors.
(found in the New York State Library)
Grantor: Salmon C. Riley Grantee: John Newhouse Date of Instrument: May 19, 1846, Recorded May 22, 1846
Lib: 474 Page: 607

2. "Index of Conveyances Recorded in the Office of Register of the City and County of New York, published 1858. Grantees.
(found in the New York State Library)
Grantor: Aaron L. Gomez Grantee: Salmon C. Riley Date of Instrument: May 28, 1945, Recorded Aug 18, 1845
Lib: 465 Page: 357



Page 207

In 1835 Joseph Lockwood and David Somerman built the store building on the southeast corner at Centerville now occupied by the family of Asahel Pek, deceased, and occupied it as a store for about one year, when the goods were bought by Horace Lockwood and the trade continued for a year later. Lockwood sold to Harmon Smith, who sold to A. Abrams. S.C. Riley opened a store in 1845: S.C. Riley and Amos Barton in 1846; Amos Barton and Brothers in 1850; Amos Barton in 1851; Curtis Wilbur in 1849; R. D. Fuller in 1850; P. Mericle and S.C. Riley in 1855 , followed by A. Andrews and others.

Page 233:

"Special Town Meetings have been held as follows:"

"March 9, 1864 at the house of S.C. Riley, with reference to tax for bounty for veteran soldiers re-enlisting - war of 1861.

Page 277
In 1864, December 19th, another call for men was made (for the Civil War). The quote for Portland was seventeen. The question was again submitted to the citizens at a special town meeting at the house of S. C. Riley, January 7th, 1865, whether a tax should be assess upon the town sufficient to relieve the citizens from the effects of a draft. The vote cast was two hundred and seventy-six. For tax, one hundred and eighty-two: opposed, ninety-four; and the men obtained outside of town.

Page 189
"TAVERNS: CONEY'S TAVERN, 1922 - JOHN R. CONEY opened a tavern in the house now standingon the "coney farm" northwest part lot 19 T 5 in 1822, which he kept until 1835. In 1834 he built the tabern house at Centerville, and occupied it the next year. In 1849 he sold to CURTIS WILBUR. It was afterward occupied by CALEB GRISWOLD, S. C. RILEY, and M. G. BARGER. Town meetings have been held in this house since it was opened. It was discontinued in 1863.
Town Meeting Minutes - kindly given by Pat Kurtz, Town Clerk of Portland during phone conversation between L.G.Greene and her on June 9, 1997. She has copies of all of the Town Meeting Minutes, and is a historian.

Feb 7th 1865, Solomon C. Riley held the town meeting again.

At special meeting held at the house of Solomon Riley to decide whether the town to raise a tax to procure volunteers as substitutes to fill the last call of the President for the 300,000 men.

Feb 21, 1865 Another meeting held at his home:
Redmond Riley was elected Constable for the year 1865 according to the meeting minutes . (Name looks like Piemond)

April 28, 1865.
Then, we the undersigned comprising the Board of said town do hereby certify that we have this day appointed Amos G. Mead Constable in the place of Redmond Riley, who was elected Constable at the annual town meeting last February and has moved away and did not qualify.

Land Deed:
1839 - April 2 - Anna Riley, widow of New York City, purchased land from Wandiel (?) B. Bartholomew and Mancevia or Manervia (?), his wife, a parcel that had been part of the Holland Land Purchase.
1840 - August 15. - "Salmon" C. Riley "of the city of New York", purchased land in Portland in 1850 from John A. and Nancy Showerman (hard to read), who was also apparently the Clerk of Deeds ,
1842 July 2 - "Salmon" C. Riley of the City of New York sold land to in Portland -Anna Riley, widow, of the town of Portland 1850
1850 - March 4 - Curtis Wilbur and wife Martha sold land in Portland to Anna Riley, of the Town of Westmoreland of the County of Oneida NY
There is an Anna Riley listed in the 1850 census for Portland, Chautauqua County, NY. She is apparently staying at an inn in Portland, as the head of the household is an Innkeeper - she is aged 70 according to the census record, and it shows her as being born in Scotland. However, just above her name there are other inn guests who are shown as being born in Scotland, so it is possible the census taker just assumed everyone there was from Scotland. In 1850, Anna Riley sold land to a Curtis Wilber or Wilbur and his wife Martha. The land record shows she was a widow, from the town of Westmoreland, Oneida County NY. In the census, Curtis is living just a few doors away from the inn. Anna Riley originally bought land through the Holland Land Company in Portland in 1839.

This family appears to have many connections in Brooklyn. In checking the 1840 NY census index, it shows an Issac H. Wands also in Brooklyn. It is possible that Isaac Wands, a grocer, and Solomon Riley, a merchant knew each other - and must have been in close enough proximity to each other for their daughter (Martha Wands) and son (Millard F. Riley Sr.) to meet.
Estate of Salmon C. Riley, deceased.
At a Surrogates Court, held at Mayville in and for the County of Chautauqua, this 19th day of June 1872. Before Honorable G. Maples. Surrogate of said County. On the day and at the place aforesaid, Sarah Riley of the town of Portland in said county, appeared and presented a petition that letters of administration of the goods, chattels, and credits of Salmon C. Riley late of the town of Portland in said county, deceased, to be granted to the said petitioner.

Whereupon it was proved to the satisfaction of the said Surrogate, that the said deceased, at the time of his death, was a resident of Portland, in the county of Chautauqua. That he died at the town of Portland in the county of Chautauqua on the 26th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-two, and that he left no last will and testament, according to the knowledge and belief of the said petitioner; and that the said petitioner has no doubt that the said deceased died intestate, and that the probable value of the personal estate of the said deceased is about thirteen hundred dollars, and that the said petitioner is widow of the said deceased, and that he left the following kindred entitled to his estate, to wit:

Sarah Riley (Widow)
John Riley
Ann Eliza Barringer
Redmond Riley
Curtis Riley
Abram Riley
Addison Riley
all of Portland, Chautauqua County, NY, and
Millard F. Riley of Olean, Cattaraugus Co., NY

All heirs listed on Solomon's probate record are found in census records with him except for Ann Eliza Barringer, his oldest daughter. The probate record does not identify the name Christianna, found in his earlier census records and is probably deceased. Since the earliest census record found for Solomon is in 1855, Ann Eliza is probably already married and out of his home.

More About Solomon Curtis Riley:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY
Fact 1: Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY

Notes for Sarah Newhouse:
Obit from Dunkirk Newspaper
Riley, Sarah (Mrs) died 3 April 1884 in Portland, NY aged 66; Mother of Mrs. A.
R. VanBrocklin of Dunkirk. Appeared in Dunkirk Observer on 5 April 1884


1880 Federal Census - Portland, New York

Sarah Riley, age 63, widow. Born in New York. Stated both parents were born in Germany.
John Riley, age 45, son of Sarah, farm laborer - has epilepsy. Born in NY, stated both parents were born in NY (referring to Solomon and Sarah Riley).
Curtis Riley, age 38, son of Sarah, farm laborer. Born in NY, stated both parents were born in NY (referring to Solomon and Sarah Riley).

International Genealogical Index (Church of the Latter Day Saints)

Sarah Newhouse, Christened March 28, 1816, daughter of John Newhouse and Sarah Whelp. Record from the Dutch Reformed Church, Sugar Loaf, New Y ork City, NY/, taken from the Vosburgh Collection (transcribed church records)
From the Vosburgh Collection, Sugarloaf Dutch Reformed Church, renamed Madison Avenue Dutch Reformed Church, Records: Sarah Newhouse, dau of John Newhouse and Sarah Whelp. Born Jan 29, 1816. Baptized March 28, 1816.

More About Sarah Newhouse:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY
Fact 1: Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY

Marriage Notes for Solomon Riley and Sarah Newhouse:
The marriage record identifies Solomon as SALMON C. RILEY
Index to the New York Herald Newspaper:
June 25, 1835 Marriage notice of Solomon Riley and Sarah Newhouse.

Sent by the New York Historical Society to LG Greene on Nov 12, 2000:
Notice in the "Morning Herald" (later named the New York Herald) dated June 25, 1835, Page 3, Column 2, a marriage notice:
"On Sunday evening last, by the Rev Joseph Law, Mr. Salmon C. Riley to Miss Sarah Newhouse".
Children of Solomon Riley and Sarah Newhouse are:
  2 i.   John G.3 Riley, born Abt. 1836 in New York City, New York5; died 1896 in Dewittville, Chautauqua Co. New York.
  Notes for John G. Riley:
According to the 1880 census, John was living with his mother Sarah Newhouse Riley and had epilepsy.

John Riley Burial: 01/02/1896 Age: 60 Portland Taken Away.

(This is probably the same John Riley who was son of Solomon & Sarah Newhouse Riley - the age at burial coincides with the age of John identified in the census records.

  More About John G. Riley:
Burial: January 2, 1896, Chautauqua Co. Poor House Cemetery, Dewittville, NY

+ 3 ii.   Ann Eliza Riley, born 1837 in New York City, New York; died March 27, 1907 in Westfield, Chautauqua Co, NY.
+ 4 iii.   Redmond Riley, born Abt. 1840 in New York City, New York; died November 26, 1876 in Portland, Chautauqua Co. NY.
+ 5 iv.   Sarah W. Riley, born March 10, 1842 in New York City, New York; died July 8, 1916 in Dunkirk, Chautauqua Co, NY.
+ 6 v.   Christiana Riley, born Abt. 1844 in New York City, New York.
  7 vi.   Solomon Curtis Riley, Jr., born 1846 in New York City, New York5; died February 10, 1912 in Portland, NY6,7.
  Notes for Solomon Curtis Riley, Jr.:
Solomon Jr. apparently never married. Buried beside his brother Addison.
He was apparently referred to as Curtis, both in census records and on his death certificate.

Death Certificate:

Portland, Chautauqua Co. NY (no address given)
Male, White, Single
Date of Death: Feb 10, 1912
Date of Birth: Unknown
Age: 66
Occupation: None
Name of Father: S. C. Riley, born in New York
Name of Mother: Sarah Newhouse, born in New York
Cause of Death: Mitral Regurgitation - 5 years duration
Contributory: Dropsey
Physician: A. Dean
Place of Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland
Informant: A. N. Riley of Westfield, NY

Note by L. Greene - A. N. Riley was Abram N. Riley, brother of Curtis Riley

  More About Solomon Curtis Riley, Jr.:
Fact 1: buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY
Fact 2: Apparently was known as Curtis

+ 8 vii.   Abram W. Riley, born June 28, 1848 in Chautauqua County, New York; died April 10, 1937 in Westfield, Chautauqua, New York.
+ 9 viii.   Millard Fillmore Riley, born March 30, 1850 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York; died January 15, 1927 in Olean, Cattaraugus, New York.
  10 ix.   Addison O. Riley, born May 3, 1852 in Portland, Chautauqua County, New York8; died January 22, 1923 in Portland, Chautauqua, New York9. He married unknown.
  Notes for Addison O. Riley:
Addison never married.
Death certificate:
Portland, Chautauqua county, New York
Addison G. (or C.) Riley
Date of Birth: May 3, 1852
Birthplace: Portland
Date of Death: Jan 22, 1923
Cause of Death: LaGrippe
Age at death: 70 years, 8 months, 19 days
Occupation: Laborer - farm
Birthplace: Portland
Name of Father: S. C. Riley Birthplace: Ireland
Name of Father: Sarah Newhouse Birthplace: New York City
Length of Residence: 70 years
Marital Status: Divorced
Informant: Mrs. C. A. Fay


1910 Federal Census Record, Portland, Chautauqua Co NY
Page 145

ADISON O. RILEY, age 54, born in NY, stated both parents born in NY. Fruit Farmer
(Also appears to have stated he was widowed, although his death certificate stated he was divorced.)
CURTIS RILEY, brother to Adison, age 70, born in NY, stated both parents born in NY, does odd jobs.

  More About Addison O. Riley:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland NY

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