Martha (Chrisman) Riley

Martha (Chrisman) Riley

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Martha C. Riley formerly Chrisman
Born 1950s.
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Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - unknown)] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
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I am the daughter of John Chrisman and Dorothy Currier, the sister of Richard, Chad, James, and John Chrisman, and half-sister of Robert Moore. I grew up in Berea, Kentucky, practically next door to the Berea Cemetery. As children, we kids explored this fascinating space thoroughly. Many generations of my relatives are buried there. When I began tracing my family roots, I found that the traditional "tree" design did not work for us because so many of my grandmother's ancestors had married their cousins or second cousins.

I was surrounded by the rich heritage of traditional music and dance for which Berea is famous. I attended Berea College before transferring to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. I graduated with a degree in music education (1976) and taught elementary music in River Falls, Wisconsin. The next few years were spent at the University of Minnesota, where I earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in music education.

My university teaching career began at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (1982-1986). I then moved to Indiana and joined the music faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, where I taught for the next 29 years, earning the rank of Professor of Music along the way. My areas of specialization are folk music and dance, and my publications include "Singing Indiana History," "Share Indiana Music," "English Country Dances for Children," and "Backwoods Heritage," all written to help elementary teachers introduce and integrate traditional music and dance into their classrooms.

I met my husband, David Riley, the year I came to Indiana, and we were married in 1987 in the garden of what is still our home on the Tippecanoe River in Carroll County, Indiana. Our daughters were born in 1990 and 1992. We are Christians and members of Covenant Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. As I ease into retirement, I find myself busy directing the children's choir at my church, leading a bible study, raising money for widows and orphans in Sierra Leone, riding the motorcycle with my husband, and enjoying my activity as cemetery photographer for Wikitree's Global Cemetery Project, which brings me full circle back to my childhood interest in cemeteries.

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On 1 Jan 2019 at 15:46 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Martha,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

On 28 Jul 2018 at 16:21 GMT Shaun Doust wrote:

Hi Martha, please have a look at Combs-3180

I believe that it is the same person as Norton Davis Combs-2183 and you may want to consider doing a merge. I have also notified the other PM. Maybe you could get in touch, Sherrie Combs is new to Wikitree and can probably use the help with merging of the profile if it is the same person. thanx Shaun Doust

On 8 Apr 2018 at 18:56 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page: It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks!

On 4 Oct 2017 at 13:30 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Hi Martha

Thank you for helping take Southern Super Sweepers to 10th place & making WikiTree's 2017 Source-a-Thon a great success. Thanks so much for your contributions! We all helped rid some of WikiTree's unsourced profiles with a lot of hard work.

Dorothy and Mary, Team Leaders

On 27 Sep 2017 at 19:30 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Martha!

Please stop by our TEAM PAGE at: and re-read the instructions before Friday. We made some changes trying to keep up with discussions and decisions made recently.

A major change was made on how to report our individual sourcing achievements which can be found on our team page and here:

If you have any questions please post here or on our Team page. Also please let me know that you read this and/or our team page recently and are ready to go "Sweep up" the South of unsourced profiles !!!!

On 1 Sep 2017 at 23:47 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi again Martha! if your participating in this years "Source a Thon" please register by answering the g2g question below and mention you are with the Southern Super Sweepers Team!! Thanks, Dorothy

On 23 Aug 2017 at 14:46 GMT Carol (Chrisman) McIntyre wrote:

Hi Martha! Which DNA test did you use? Am looking into it but am not sure which will give best results?

On 26 Jul 2017 at 22:10 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

All Southern Sweepers team participates, please add your comments to keeping the current teams alive here:

Please add that your with the Southern Super Sweepers should you comment on that g2g question so I will know your thoughts on this as well.

Thanks, Dorothy B.

On 29 Sep 2016 at 12:58 GMT Robert Willis wrote:

Just wanted to add what a fantastic job Richard Schultheiss had done for the info on Joseph Willis, CKenzie and Merrill. Hope he has not fallen in ill health and can't reply.

Bob Willis

On 29 Sep 2016 at 12:53 GMT Robert Willis wrote:

Martha, I see a new profile manager for McKenzie Willis is in place, however Richard Schultheiss is still mgr for Joseph Willis. My Cousin George Willis had traced us back to William and Nancy the parents of McKenzie but did not know any thing about William. If Richard is correct , then Joseph is his father...and we can go from there? Do you agree? I know you were trying to merge your research with Richards but he would not reply?....guess you and I are related thru the Coyles? Bob Willis

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