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Cynthia (Davidson) Riley (abt. 1828 - abt. 1916)

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Cynthia "Cythia Sytha Leytha" Riley formerly Davidson aka Morris
Born about in Perry, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about in Breathitt County, Kentuckymap
Wife of — married (to ) in Breathitt County, KYmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Kentuckymap
Davidson-5126 created 17 Aug 2015 | Last modified | Last edit: 30 Nov 2017
22:24: Susannah Rolfes edited the Biography for Cynthia (Davidson) Riley. [Thank Susannah for this]
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Cythia was born 11 March 1828 or circa 1832 in Perry County, Kentucky to Robert Davidson and Nancy Ann Combs. She is sometimes shown as Sytha or Leytha.

She married Wesley Morris in about 1849 in Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Their children were John b. 1844, Daniel b. 1854, and Robert Calvin b. 1856 (possibly others).

She remarried John Riley on April 20, 1859 (per the Morris Fork book) or August 10, 1859 (per Familysearch tree).

Per the Morris Fork book, their children were Ella, Allan, Harve, and Polly Ann Riley. Per the Familysearch tree, they had one child, Jeremiah b. 1876.

She died November 5, 1916. She is buried in Old Riley Cemetery, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Cythia is listed as #33 on the pedigree chart in the book Morris Fork Kentucky: Family Stories and Genealogies from Breathitt County and Eastern Kentucky. In the Davidson section, the entry names her as Sytha "Leytha" Davidson.


Morris, Leon. Morris Fork Kentucky: Family Stories and Genealogies from Breathitt County and Eastern Kentucky. Elkhart, Indiana, 1995.

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