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Old 27-11-09, 11:19
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Name - "official" name and what they were known as
Emma Sarah Riley. Daughter Emma was known as Em
Date and place of birth
17 JUL 1848 - according to her baptism record. No trace of her birth reached the GRO Merry has found this, indexed as Raily!
Names of parents
James Riley and Eliza Jane nee Couzens
Date and place of baptism - if applicable
21 AUG 1853 at St Mary's, Portsea, Hants, together with an elder and a younger sister, both of whom subsequently died
Details of each of his or her marriages - if any
16 Nov 1873, at the parish church, Portsmouth - which I think was St Thomas & I know I checked, but haven't noted! - to William Hawkins
Occupation(s) - if any
Chairwoman (sic) in the 1871 census
Military service - if any
None
Addresses where they lived
1851 Oxford St Portsea
1853 - 1873 5 St Mary St, Portsea
1881 Spring Gardens View, Portsea - next door to the in laws
1890 34 Brighton St
1891 34 Brighton St
1901 - 1937 10 Landport St
Landport St, both Portsea
Date, place and cause of death
28/04/1937 at 10 Landport Street, aged 89. Death registered by daughter, Beatrice.
Date and place of burial / cremation.
Kingston Cemetery
Details of will / administration of their estate - if applicable
Memorial inscription - if any
A grandchild thinks there would have been a stone, but a lot of them have been cleared

Had at least nine siblings. Only three survived to adulthood. When asked, said "you don't want to know about the past"

Emma herself had nine children, one of whom died. This is not remembered by the family and possible was a Walter who died as a baby.

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Did she get married, Phoenix?
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Old 27-11-09, 12:02
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I'm just not quick enough at this game, am I?

Born, married, lived and died on Portsea Island. I don't know whether she ever stepped on mainland Britain at all.
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What about this?

Births Sep 1848
RAILY Emma Sarah Portsea I 7 133

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Merry, how DARE you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 27-11-09, 12:47
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If you knew how I had searched for her - especially when I did not know her year of birth - even under the variants of her mother's name!

What is really gutting is that some of the pr entries I have extracted use RAILEY as a name. (Am now trying to say the name with a Portsea/Irish accent. The family was supposed to have come over during the potato famine, but her grandfather was apprenticed in the dockyard some forty years before she was born)
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I was checking some old notes for Emma's birth. I last looked for her in 1978




Feels very old
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Hi I am related to Emma Riley . My father has always maintained through the hearsay of the family that there were Irish roots. Have you found anything? Regards
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Hello China
Welcome to the forum, and sorry I missed this post.
One of Dad's cousins always said that the family came over at the time of the potato famine. THIS IS WRONG.
I imagine that the family did come from Ireland, but I have no idea when or where from.
Emma's grandfather died in 1843, unfortunately. But in 1841 the census says he was born in Hampshire and he was apprenticed to a fireman in Portsmouth Dockyard in 1808.
Can I ask how you are related? A direct descendant of Emma, or one of her three surviving siblings? PM me if you don't want the details public.
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