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Updated November 14, 2008

John O'Reilly, of Cavan , Ireland at the age of fifteen (15), emigrated to America in the year of 1775. He arrived in the Fort Pitt area ( Pittsburgh ) of the Colony of Pennsylvania as a bonded servant to a wealthy landowner, Mr. James Robinson, who had paid his passage to America. When the debt was satisfied, he purchased land in what is now the Woods Run Section of Pittsburgh and became a farmer for the rest of his life. He had two sons, John and Phillip who were street paving contractors. They used river cobble stones for paving and many of the streets of Pittsburgh still have those cobble stone streets. In their adult life they changed the family surname from O'Reilly to Riley. The exact date of that change is not known.

Baltezar Embs was an Inn Keeper in Baughman am Rhine, Germany
and his son Ferdinand married Jacobina Barber. Their son, Joseph B. Embs emigrated to American in 1882 landing at the Port of New York. He traveled by train to East Liverpool, Ohio where he worked in a glass factory as a glass blower. Later he moved to Grapeville, PA at the invitation of the owners of Westmorland Glass Company, George and Charles West. He went to work at Westmorland Glass Company as a glass blower. In 1892 he married Caroline Wehrle who had emigrated from Auld Simmonsweld, Germany to America in 1889. They settled in the town of Grapeville PA. before moving to a farm in the Lincoln Heights section of Jeannette, Pa. in 1903.

After my father retired in 1960 his four sons requested that he accumulate data to start a family tree. He acceded to our request and assembled family data from his memory, from family records, from his siblings and from then living relatives. On his death in 1973 the project came to a halt. Shortly thereafter my youngest brother, Paul, undertook to complete the project but that ended with his death.

In the year 2000 I started to work on the project for my family of brothers, our wives, our children, our grand children and great grandchildren. My son, Kevin, decided to assist me and he has done the lions share of searching for data on the internet and visiting the cemeteries for recorded data and photos of grave sites.

I sincerely appreciate the assistance of my father, my brother and my son for their time and effort in compiling this Family Tree.

Our known family history began in Cavan, Ireland with John O'Reilly in 1760 and in Baughman am Rhine with Beltazer Embs in 1800 and the search will continue as there is much yet to be discovered.


Wilfrid Raymond Riley

2641 Oak Drive
Clayton, IN 46118
United States
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