Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Common Name in the Family Tree: Grace Riley

Grace was the 17th most popular girl's name in the US in 2006, and the most popular (#1) name in the UK in 2007. It is also very popular as a middle name. To Christians, grace means free salvation from God. Grace is also the name of the prayer said before a meal. In Greek mythology, the three Graces were goddesses of charm, beauty, fertility, nature and creativity - they were normally Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne.

It was a popular name in Ezra's (Riley) family.  

He lived with his Aunt Grace Riley (born 1816) and was shown in her home in the 1841 and 1851 Census.

Grace had a brother, Ezra (born 1811) who had a daughter named Grace (born 1839).  Brother Ezra and his family was also living with Grace in the 1841 Census.  This Grace was also living with "our" Ezra's family in the 1871 Census in Wales.

"Our Ezra"  and Jane Roberts Riley had a daughter, Grace (born in 1857).  She was a milliner and lived with her father through the time of his death in 193.  She never married.

Thomas Roberts Riley and Elizabeth Maybury Riley also had a daughter, Grace.  Grace Amelia was born in 1894.

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