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Dave's Ancestors - Ryley (Riley) Family

The Ryley (Riley) Family.


The family name is sometimes Riley on earlier documents but since it settled to become Ryley on later documents, I will use this spelling unless quoting directly.




 

Generation 1

Ryley Family Tree Diagram. Ryley family tree diagram.
Rupert Ryley (1737 - 1806),
[husband of Elizabeth Brett].

 

Generation 2.

Ryley Family Tree Diagram. Ryley family tree diagram.

Children of Rupert Ryley and Elizabeth Brett:

Benjamin Ryley (1775 - 1834),
[baptised on 15th June 1875 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married to Elizabeth Day (1780 - ) on 21st February 1798 at St Martin, Birmingham].
William Ryley (1776 - ),
[baptised on 31st October 1876 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; husband of Mary, (surname unknown as yet).]
Elizabeth Ryley (1778 - ),
[baptised on 29th December 1878 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married John Lewis Donlon on 20th June 1801].
Ann Paston Ryley (1782 - ),
[baptised on 12th February 1882 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married Hugh Allan on 2nd June 1800 at St Peter, Wolverhampton.]
Rupert Ryley (1790 to 1790)
[baptised on 12th July 1890, buried on 27th December 1790 at St Peter, Wolverhampton].

Generation 3.

Ryley Family Tree Diagram. Ryley family tree diagram.

Children of Benjamin Ryley and Elizabeth Day:

Mary Ryley (1801 - ),
[Born on 22nd August 1801, baptised on 4th September 1801 at St Peter, Liverpool].
William Ryley (1803 - ),
[Born on 25th June 1803, baptised on 29th June 1803 at St Nicholas, Liverpool; married to Ann Wainwright on 30th December 1826 at St Philip, Liverpool.]
Benjamin Day Ryley (1805 - ),
[Born on 20th April 1805, baptised on 9th April 1806 at St Nicholas, Liverpool; married to Diana Banham on 2nd March 1841 at Plumstead, Kent.]
Elizabeth Ryley (1807 - ),
[Born on 13th February 1807, baptised on 15th March 1807 at St Nicholas, Liverpool; Wife of Robert Nixon (1804 - 1890).]
Rupert Ryley (1808 - ),
[Born on 16th September 1808, baptised on 10th January 1809 at St Nicholas, Liverpoo;; married to Jane Evans pn 2nd October 1836 at St George, Everton.]
Mary Ann Ryley (1811 - ),
[Born on 2nd September 1811, baptised on 17th September 1811 at St Nicholas, Liverpool].
Sarah Ryley (1813 - ),
[Baptised on 17th February 1813 at St Nicholas, Liverpool].
Catherine Ryley (1815 to 1815),
[Baptised on 9th April 1815 at St Nicholas, Liverpool; buried on 24th November 1815 at St John, Liverpool].
Martha Ryley (1817 - ),
[Baptised on 4th May 1817 at St John, Liverpool; married to John Taylor Stringfellow on 16th October 1843 at St Pauls, Liverpool].
Catherine Ryley (1818 - ),
[Baptised on 10th January 1818 at St Peter, Liverpool; married to William Bellis on 12th August 1840 at St Peter, Chester; widowed, and then married to Martin Thomas Russell on 15th November 1853 at St Anne, Liverpool].
James Ryley (1818 - ),
[Baptised on 28th February 1820 at St Peter, Liverpool].
George Brett Ryley (1823 - ),
[Baptised on 21st July 1823 at St Peter, Liverpool; married to Eunice Green on 27th June 1842 at St Philip, Liverpool].

 

Generation 4.

Ryley Family Tree Diagram. Ryley family tree diagram.

Children of Elizabeth Ryley and Robert Nixon:

Robert Benjamin Nixon (1829),
[Baptised on 4th March 1829 at St Peter, Liverpool].
Elizabeth Ryley Nixon (1831 to 1907)
[Baptised on 22nd February 1835, St John the Baptist, Toxteth; wife of William Henry Rigby (1825 to 1879)]
Benjamin Day Nixon (1836 - ),
[Baptised on 22nd February 1835 at St John the Baptist, Toxteth].
Elizabeth Nixon (1836 - ),
[Baptised on 16th November 1836 at St Peter, Liverpool].
Margaret Nixon (1837 - ),
[Born in 1837, buried, (as Margaret Darracott, wife of William Henry Darracott), on 26th August 1869, Toxteth Cemetery].
William Henry Nixon (1839 to 1840),
[Born on January 1839, baptised on 5th March 1839 at St Peter, Liverpool; Died on 18th November 1840; Buried on 24th November 1840, St John, Liverpool].
William Nixon (1841 to 1842),
[Baptised on 24th December 1841 at St Thomas, Liverpool; Died on 9th January 1842; Buried on 21st January 1842 at St John, Liverpool].
Susannah Martha Nixon (1842 - ),
[Born on 18th December 1842; Baptised on 18th April 1843 at St Peter, Liverpool.]
Sarah Jane Nixon (1845 - ),
[Born in 1845 (June Quarter); Married to Robert Jones on 12th July 1863 at St Michael in the Hamlet.]
Rupert James Nixon (1848 - ),
[Born in 1848; Buried on 10th February 1852 at St John, Liverpool.]
William Nixon (1852 - ),
[Born about 1852; Married to Ellen Sharples Hickson on 3rd October 1875 at St Cleopas, Toxteth.]




Further details of Dave's direct Ryley ancestors


The following sections contain details transcribed from documents such as census, birth, marriage and death certificates, parish records, newspapers, etc.

Unless otherwise stated, we have transcribed directly from the original document or from a scanned or photographic image of the original document.



 

Rupert Ryley of Wolverhampton


In Brief:


In more detail:


Birth
Possibly 9th September 1737. His father was William Ryley. This is the only baptism I can find in the Wolverhampton area that would seem at all likely, but there is no other proof. It would mean that Rupert was 38 when he married.


Rupert's Marriage:
St Peter, Wolverhampton

Rupert Ryley, of the parish, married Elizabeth Brett, of the parish, spinster, by license on 25th February 1775.
Witnesses were Benjamin Brett and Joseph Meready (Mcready?).

Rupert's children:


Benjamin Ryley
(1775 - 1834), [baptised on 15th June 1875 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married to Elizabeth Day (1780 - 1844), on 21st February 1798 at St Martin, Birmingham]
William Ryley (1776 - ),
[baptised on 31st October 1876 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; husband of Mary, (surname unknown)].
Elizabeth Ryley (1778 - ),
[baptised on 29th December 1878 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married to John Lewis Donlon on 20th June 1801 at St Peter, Wolverhampton.]
Ann Paston Ryley (1782 - ),
[baptised on 12th February 1882 at St Peter, Wolverhampton; married to Hugh Allan on 2nd June 1800 at St Peter, Wolverhampton.]
Rupert Ryley (1790 - 1790)
[baptised 12th July 1890, buried 27th December 1790, St Peter, Wolverhampton.]

Rupert's Profession:

Rupert was a "cock founder", (a manfacturer of brass fittings for plumbing), of Bilston Street, Wolverhampton.
[1781 Pearson & Rollason: Directory of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Bilston & Willenhall.]

Rupert's Death:

Rupert died on 22nd July 1806.
"Died: On Tuesday night last, Mr Rupert Riley of Wolverhampton, long a respected inhabitant of that town." [Staffordshire Advertiser, 26th July 1806.]
He was buried at St Peter, Wolverhampton on 2nd August 1806.

Probate

Administration was granted to Benjamin Ryley, son of Rupert Ryley of Wolverhampton, cock founder, deceased, on 25th August 1806.
"25th August 1806. Sum sworn: under £300. Rupert Riley late of Wolverhampton Staffs. Cock founder. To Benjam Riley (sic) of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer. Son "




 

Benjamin Ryley (1775 to 1834).


In Brief:


In detail:


Birth and Baptism:
Benjamin was born in 1775 and he was baptised on 15th June 1775 at St Peter, Wolverhampton.


Benjamin's Marriage:
21st February 1798 at St Martin, Birmingham.

Benjamin Ryley, of the parish, married Elizabeth Day, of the parish, spinster, by banns.
Witnesses were Sarah Nicholls and Daniel Darby.

Benjamin and Elizabeth's children:
The baptism records allow us to trace Benjamin's movements during the period 1801 to 1823:


Map showing location of School Lane, Liverpool at nls maps Map showing location of School Lane, Liverpool at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of School Lane, Liverpool. Google map showing the position of School Lane, Liverpool.
Mary Ryley (1801 - ) was born on 22nd August 1801 and baptised on 4th September 1801 at St Peter, Liverpool.
The family was living in School Lane.

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Google map showing the position of Kent Street, Liverpool. Google map showing the position of Kent Street, Liverpool.
William Ryley (1803 - ) was born on 25th June 1803 and baptised on 29th June 1803 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was living in Kent Street.

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Google map showing the location of Pitt Street. Google map showing location of Pitt Street.
Benjamin Ryley (1805 - ) was born on 20th April 1805 and baptised on 9th April 1806 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was living in Pitt Street.

Elizabeth Ryley (1807 - ), was born on 13th February 1807 and baptised on 15th March 1807 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was still living in Pitt Street

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Google map showing the position of Argyle Street, Liverpool. Google map showing the position of Argyle Street, Liverpool.
Rupert Ryley (1808 - ), was born on 16th September 1808 and baptised on 10th January 1809 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was living in 'Arguile' Street (presumably Argyle Street).

Map showing location of Harrington Street, (later Caryl Street) at nls maps Map showing location of Harrington Street, (later Caryl Street), at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Harrington Street, (later Caryl Street). Google map showing the position of Harrington Street, (later Caryl Street).
Mary Ann Ryley (1811 - ) was born on 2nd September 1811 and baptised on 17th September 1811 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was living in Harrington Street.
NB There was, and is, another Harrington Street, in Liverpool City Centre. However, the Harrington Street in Toxteth Park, is in the immediate locality of Dwerryhouse Street and Parliament Street, where the family lived over the next few years.

Sarah Ryley (1813 - ) was baptised on 17th February 1813 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
The family was still living in Harrington Street.

Map showing location of Dwerry House Street at nls maps Map showing location of Dwerry House Street at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Dwerry House Street. Google map showing the position of Dwerry House Street.
Catherine Ryley (1815 to 1815) was baptised on 9th April 1815 at St Nicholas, Liverpool. Sadly, she was buried on 24th November 1815 at St John, Liverpool.
The family was living in Dwerry House Street. (Dwerryhouse Street on later maps.)

Martha Ryley (1817 - ) was baptised on 4th May 1817 at St John, Liverpool.
The family was still living in Dwerry House Street.

Catherine Ryley (1818 - ) was baptised on 10th January 1818 at St Peter, Liverpool.
The family was still living in Dwerry House Street.

James Ryley (1818 - ) was baptised on 28th February 1820 at St Peter, Liverpool.
The family was still living in Dwerry House Street.

Map showing location of Parliament Street at nls maps Map showing location of Parliament Street at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Parliament Street. Google map showing the position of Parliament Street.
George Brett Ryley (1823 - ) was baptised on 21st July 1823 at St Peter, Liverpool.
The family was now living in Parliament Street.



Profession

On most documents, Benjamin is simply described as an engineer, but at his daughter, Catherine's, second marriage, to Martin Thomas Russell, in 1853, he is described as a civil engineer. He was listed as an engineer at 3 Dwerry House Street in Baines Directory of 1824 and 1825, (which was already out of date since, by 1823, he had moved to Parliament Street, a desirable address in those days)..
In an article from the Liverpool Mercury of 10th June 1825 he is listed as one of 24 to form a committee of management for the newly formed Liverpool Mechanics Institute.

Benjamin's Death:

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Google map showing the position of Titchfield Street, Liverpool. Google map showing the position of Titchfield Street, Liverpool.
Benjamin died in 1834 aged 59.
He was buried on 12th February 1834 at St John, Liverpool.
He was living in Titchfield Street at the time of his death.

Probate 1834:

17th April before J. Jones Surrogate.
Admon of Benjamin Ryley, late of Lancaster, Civil Engineer, deceased, was granted unto Elizabeth Ryley, Widow, his relict. Sworn under £50.

Benjamin's wife, Elizabeth, kept her family together after Benjamin's death:


1841 census:
Mile End, Liverpool

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Google map showing the position of Mile End, Liverpool. Google map showing the position of Mile End, Liverpool.
Elizabeth Ryley, age 60, Widowed, not born in same county.
Rupert Ryley, age 25, Engineer J (journeyman?), born Lancashire.
James Ryley, age 20, Engineer Ap, born Lancashire.
George Ryley, age 15, Millwright Ap, born Lancashire.
Jane Ryley, age 25, born Lancashire.
Martha Ryley, age 20, born Lancashire.
Benjamin Ryley, age 3, born Lancashire.
Elizabeth Ryley, age 2, born Lancashire.
Mary Ryley, age 3 weeks, born Lancashire.
also
Ann Foulks, age 25, born Lancashire.
Samuel Foulks, age 4, born Lancashire.
Elizabeth Foulks, age 1, born Lancashire.

Rupert, James, George and Martha were Elizabeth's children. Jane (née Evans) was Rupert's wife.
The children, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Mary belonged to Rupert and Jane who had married in 1836.
I am not sure the Foulks family are related.

Elizabeth possibly died in the first quarter of 1843. (To be researched further.)




 

Elizabeth Ryley (1807 to 1875?).



In Brief:


In detail:


Birth:
13th February 1807.

Link to Pitt Street at nls maps Link to Pitt Street at nls maps
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Google map showing the location of Pitt Street. Google map showing location of Pitt Street.
From the parish baptism register. Elizabeth's parents were living in Pitt Street, Liverpool.

Baptism:
15th March 1807 at St Nicholas, Liverpool.

Elizabeth's parents are described as Benjamin Ryley, engineer, of Pitt Street and Elizabeth Day, his wife.

Elizabeth's Marriage:
24th July 1825 at St James Church, Toxteth. (Parish of Walton on the Hill).

Link to St James, Toxteth at nls maps Link to St James, Toxteth at nls maps
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Google map showing St James, Toxteth - now St James in the City, Liverpool. Google map showing St James, Toxteth.
Robert Nixon, mariner, a minor, of the parish, married Elizabeth Ryley, spinster, minor, also of the parish.
They were married with consent of the father of said Elizabeth.
Witnesses were S. Dahlgren, William Ryley, Anne Wainwright, Amelia Langton.
[William Ryley was Elizabeth's older brother. He married Anne Wainwright on 30th December 1826].

1841 census:
Caffo Place, New Gore Street, Toxteth Park.

Map showing location of Caffo Place, Toxteth at nls maps Map showing location of Caffo Place, Toxteth at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Caffo Place, Toxteth Park. Google map showing the position of Caffo Place, Toxteth Park.
(Caffo Place was one of a string of courts off New Gore Street, the southern part of which later became Albert Street and then Darnley Street).
Robert Nixon age 30, mariner, born Lancashire.
Elizabeth Nixon, age 30, born Lancashire.
Robert Benjamin Nixon, age 12, born Lancashire.
Elizabeth Nixon, age 10, born Lancashire.
Benjamin Nixon, age 8, born Lancashire.
Margaret Nixon, age 5, born Lancashire.
William Nixon, age 3, born Lancashire.

1851 census:
Court 15, No 6, Albert Street (formerly New Gore Street), Toxteth Park.

Map showing location of Court 15, No6, Albert Street (formerly New Gore Street), Toxteth Park at nls maps Map showing location of Court 15, No6, Albert Street (formerly New Gore Street), Toxteth Park at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Albert Street, Toxteth Park. Google map showing the position of Albert Street, Toxteth Park.
Robert Nixon, age 45, mariner, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Elizabeth Nixon, age 40, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Benjamin Nixon, age 15, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Margaret Nixon, age 14, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Susannah Nixon, age 8, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Sarah Nixon, age 6, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
William Nixon, age 43, Robert's brother, mariner, born Lancashire, Liverpool.

1861 census:
17 Rice Street, Toxteth Park.

Map showing location of Rice Street, Toxteth Park at nls maps Map showing location of Rice Street, Toxteth Park at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Rice Street (later Carey Street), Toxteth Park Map showing the position of Rice Street (later Carey Street), Toxteth Park.
Robert Nixon, age 55, rigger, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
Elizabeth Nixon, age 50, rigger's wife, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
William Nixon, age 9, born Lancashire, Liverpool.
James McKittrick, age 19, lodger, apprentice boiler maker, born Lancashire, Liverpool..

1871 census:
1 Abstinence Street, Toxteth Park.

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Link to Abstinence Street, Toxteth Park on Old-Maps.co.uk Link to Abstinence Street, Toxteth Park on Old-Maps.co.uk
Google map showing the position of Abstinence Street, Toxteth Park. Google map showing the position of Abstinence Street, Toxteth Park.
Robert Nixon, age 66, rigger, born Liverpool.
Elizabeth Nixon, age 61, born Liverpool.
Sarah Jones, age 26, Robert's daughter, wife of a labourer, born Liverpool.
Robert Jones, age 27, Robert's son in law, labourer, born Liverpool.
Robert Danecott, age 16, Robert's grandson, rigger, born Liverpool.
Robert Nixon, age 20, Robert's grandson, rigger, born Liverpool.
John Jones, age 12, lodger, born Liverpool.

Elizabeth's Death:
Possibly 1875.

An Elizabeth Nixon, of Mann Street, is buried at Toxteth Park cemetery, in the same plot as a Robert Nixon, who was buried in 1890 aged 86.
The age given for this Elizabeth Nixon on both the cemetery records and the index of deaths is 52. This would be 16 years too young for 'our' Elizabeth, but I've yet to find an alternative possibility, so further investigation is needed.

Elizabeth's widower, Robert, was at 244 Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park for the 1881 census, living with his daughter Sarah and husband, Robert Jones.

Map showing location of Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park at nls maps Map showing location of Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park at nls maps
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Google map showing the position of Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park. Google map showing the position of Beaufort Street, Toxteth Park
Robert Jones, age 35, labourer, born Liverpool.
Sarah J. Jones, age 34, (Robert Nixon's daughter), born Liverpool.
Robert Nixon, age 82, mariner, born Liverpool.
William Moffatt, age 25, lodger, Railway Guard, born Wigton, Cumberland.