October 1997

-- ** --

BORN: About 1846 05 or 1848 06 in Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York 05 06
DIED: January 5, 1902 of cancer at age 54 23
PARENTS: Bridget Maloney and Patrick Thornton 05 06
RELIGION: Catholic
MARRIAGE: John Riley ( ) . He is the son of Catherine Maloney and Owen Riley. He married Mary Jane ? after Anna's death. 23

Patrick RILEY He was paralyzed from the waist down.
Catherine Esther (Katie) RILEY July 26, 1874 Dec. 10, 1916 John McCooey 8
James RILEY 1877 1942
Daniel RILEY 1879 1948 Anna Shaw 0
Owen RILEY Sep. 9, 1882 24 May 1969 24 Margaret Duquette 0
Dora RILEY Grover Cleveland's 2nd Election day-Nov. 5, 1888 Sep. 1971 Laurence Voggetzer 1
Maud RILEY Grover Cleveland's 2nd Election day-Nov. 5, 1888 Ed Geroux 1

RESIDENCES: Beekmantown, New York 05 06

NOTES: " John Riley's wife, Anastasia, died very young, of what would be called cancer today. She had her right arm amputated to no avail.
" The family was quite young, especially the twins, when he made a second, but disastrous marriage in so much as the family never accepted the marriage in the right spirit, and made the step-mother's life miserable. The marriage was legally dissolved and Mary Jane went to live with her sister, Mrs. Ed Loughan on Martagh Hill. She died there in extreme poverty and is buried in the Loughan plot in St. Joseph's cemetery in West Chazy.
" John Riley was the son of Owen Riley and Catherine Maloney. He has a brother, Owen, who was killed in the Civil War, a sister, Mary, who married Frank Parris and they had two girls, Maud married Oliver O'Dell who was electrocuted by a live wire while at work. She then married Eli Seymour, chief of the Fire Dept.; and Mabel, who never married. Also two sisters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank Shannon) and Margaret who married Ed Cruze of Burlington." 23
"Patrick - the oldest of the family, was crippled from youth, paralyzed from his waist down, went to local schools on horseback, became an excellent penman, writing legal documents and wedding invitations with flourishing, shaded writing. He learned the cigar making trade as well as the shoe making trade. He owned and operated several small grocery stores. During the very unpopular Volsted Act he operated the Farmers' Cafe on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh. The grocery line was very limited but the bootleg products went very well. He was raided a couple of times but never for long. The lawyers and cops both agreed that his services were needed. He had jail sentences a couple of times, but when this happened, his sisters would be very careful to take him a hot dinner every night on a tray covered with a spanking white towel, and Pat had diabetes for the evening. He had a charming personality and was extremely well liked by everybody who knew him." 23

SOURCES: 05 1850 Census Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York
06 1860 Census Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York
23 McCooey's and Their Footprints by Anne M. McCooey Parkinson Genac, 1976
24 Social Security Death Index