Pages from the Bible of John Fredrick Riley

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Date: 1850 to 1915
Location: Missouri, USAmap
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This is a source page for the John Fredrick Riley Family Bible.


John Fredrick Riley Family Bible

  • These page are in the possession of David Sloat. I was given these pages by my maternal grandmother in the 1960s. These pages apparently were passed down to her from her uncle.
  • Like many family Bibles of the time, there were pages included between the old and new testament for the purpose of recording Births, Deaths and Marriages. These pages include these three, and there is also a page that appears to be one of the blank pages at the end of the Bible upon which J. F. Riley wrote a poem after the death of his wife Elizabeth Ann. Just under the poem there follows a memorial to J. F. Riley from one of his sons, Joseph Hardy Riley.
  • Based on the name "J F Riley" at the top right of the Births page, and as the first Marriage entered is his, this Bible was most likely purchased by or given as a gift to J F Riley as a wedding present. There are entries after his death, so someone in the family continued entering names and dates until the last entry dated 1914 for Joseph Hardy Riley.
  • As is obvious, the pages suffered some water damage, which makes reading some of the entries a challenge. By comparing the legible parts with the notes my grandmother Josie Best gave me, I have tried to provide accurate transcriptions below.

Bible page Births

Bible Page "Births"

(I will be entering the transcription later)

Bible page Marriages

Bible Page "Marriages"

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Bible page Deaths

Bible Page "Deaths"

(I will be entering the transcription later)

Bible page Poem

Bible Page "Poem"

Typed copy of original hand-written poems on the reverse side of the "Deaths" Bible page from the Riley family. The top poem was written by J F Riley (John Frederick Riley) lamenting the death of his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Patten) Riley. The following longer poem was written by Joseph Hardie Riley lamenting the death of his father, J F Riley.

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