“Ever Widening Circle”


A lot of exciting things are happening in my research – Many things in the works also!

My last main area of research is coming to a full circle – with the help of Sheri Church & Polly Goodwin we are narrowing down the Allen mystery (believe we are close to proving it all) I have a Mr. Harold Hill that is doing a DNA test for us to prove one way or the other on the Zelote’s Allen lines – I believe it is either Zelotes (Zelots) or Henry his brother – but regardless – with DNA I have been able to prove the Allen line we do descend from originally – I am involved with many DNA projects to get to the bottom of it all!

On another note – Sheri & Polly and I have also been working on the 1850-1870 time frame – My last main area of research missing for my father’s sided and has been my biggest issue and road block.

I have most of them in Chemung NY in 1850 and then in 1870 in Shiawassee Michiganwhat happened in the 20 years between? I needed that final area – where they all ended up together and Sheri has found it! She has spent weeks narrowing it all down for me and called me today with the good news! We have been all working together and sharing documents and ideas to each other and have been able to put the LAST piece of the puzzle together!

One other good thing is the majority of my Maternal lines are done – I have work to still do on them but know the majority of lineages and with the help of Rhonda Yamauchi I have been able to well document my Maternal lineage – Got some work to do on further generations (some blanks still) but have both my Mother’s lines now proven~

I have several family members that are working on these lines also (Big Thank You to Kathy Rible also) so will be able to start focusing back on the 1900 time frame for my father’s lines to really get it all done – I can see the end finally (main root lines – lots of work still to be done but got the root lines)

Next year I will start traveling to this areas and recording all I can while I can – the research can only be done so far – I have to start visiting areas to get the full picture – My research has truly become an “Ever Widening Circle”

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Keeney & McArthur puzzle – might be solved?


Keeney - McArthur Lineages

Keeney – McArthur Lineages

Info below donated by Cheryl (Sheri)  ChurchBiographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton counties, Nebraska, comprising a condensed history of the state, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the same, a brief descriptive history of each of the counties mentioned, and numerous biographical sketches of the citizens of such counties .. - Goodspeed Brothers

Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton counties, Nebraska, comprising a condensed history of the state, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the same, a brief descriptive history of each of the counties mentioned, and numerous biographical sketches of the citizens of such counties .. – Goodspeed Brothers

PG 500: O. J. Riley, a prominent grocer of Harvard, Neb., and a substantial and influential citizen of that place, was born in Bradford County, Pa., April 29, 1844, being a son of Joseph and Jane (Dodge) Riley, the former a native of New England, and the latter of Bradford County, Pa.  Joseph Riley was a son of Maj. Riley, of Connecticut, and Mrs. Riley v/as a daughter of Loren Dodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Riley a family of six children were born, of whom James O. was the second, five of the family being now alive. The father, who was a carpenter by trade, died in October, 1883, his wife dying in the month of January, 1887. When the subject of this sketch was eight years old his parents removed to Corning, Steuben County, N. Y., where his youth was spent. He learned the carpenter’s trade under his father, and followed this calling for a number of years.
At the age of seventeen he went to Tioga, Pa., from which place, about one year later, or in August, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Forty fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, remaining with this company until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Hilton Head, Fredericksburg, South Mountain and Antietam, the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Petersburg and Jackson, in all of which he discharged his duties in a very creditable manner. From the war he returned to Tioga, Pa., but shortly after removed to Hornellsville, N. Y. , where he resided two years, employed in the repair shops of the New York & Erie Railroad. In 1868 he removed to Alton, Iowa, but after conducting a meat market there for one year he returned to York State and learned the painter’s trade while a resident of Wellsville. In 1872 he again came West, and this time settled in the State of Nebraska, residing one year in Lincoln, a short time in Harvard, and then took up a homestead claim fourteen miles northwest of Harvard, in Hamilton County, where he resided seven years, giving his attention to farming. Upon returning to Harvard, in 1881, he engaged in the grocery business, which occupation has since received his attention. His establishment is one of the leading groceries of the place, and he commands a large share of public favor.
He was married in Tioga County, Pa., August 16, 1860, to Miss Maggie L. Keeney, a daughter of Jesse and Sophronia M. (McArthur) Keeney, the former a native of Schenectady County, N. Y., born June 17, 1807, and the latter born in Vermont, .
The father of Mrs. Riley was the son of Thomas and Anna (Parshall) Keeney, and the mother was a daughter of Alexander and Rebecca (Wares) McArthur. Her parents were married in 1830, and had ten children, of whom she was the sixth, nine being now alive. The father died April 17, 1879, but the mother is still living, her home being in Mason City, Custer County, Neb. Mr. Riley is a member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the 32°, and he is also a member of the G. A. R. , the K. of P. and the A. O. U. W., being also a member of the Select Knights in the last named order. He has always been a stanch member of the Republican party, is an honorable, upright man, and is one of Clay County’s very best citizens. He possesses an extensive acquaintance, and by all who know him he is highly esteemed and respected.
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