An American Family History

Christina Fox Riley

The Foxes are Mayflower descendants: Samuel Fuller, Hannah Fuller Bonham, Hezekiah Bonham , Amariah Bonham, Christian Bonham Fox, Bonham Fox, Levi Fox, John Newton Fox

Christina Fox Riley was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania about 1795. Her parents were Bonham and Temperance Fox.  

She came with her family to Ohio about 1800 where they were early pioneers.

She married James Riley, Jr. on December 17, 1818 in Warren County, Ohio. James was born in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) on April 20, 1794. He was the son of James Riley, Sr. and Temperance Yerkes.

Christina and James' children included:
Eliza Ann Riley (1819, married Matthew Timberman), 
Levi Riley (1822, married Mary Matilda Dyer),
Mary Riley (1824, died as an infant),
Bonham F. Riley (1826, married Sarah Lindley),
Temperance Riley (1829, died as an infant),
Ruth Riley (1831, married Sheldon Arid Campbell),
Martha J. Riley Anderson (1833, married Isaac Willis Anderson), and
Ophelia Eleanor Riley(1836, married Samuel C. Bonnell). 

The family (James Riely) appeared in the 1850 census of Ross Township, Butler County, Ohio on page 284. The family consisted of James age 54, Christiann age 55, Levi age 28, Ruth age 20, Martha J. age 18, O. Eleanor age 16. Eliza Timberman age 30, Wm Henry Reily age 4, Jesse Blue age 13, and Hauson Hall age 20. Levi and James were farmers and Hauson was a laborer.

Christina died in March, 1860 and James died on June 4, 1882.,

Children of Temperance
and Bonham Fox
  • Levi Fox, Sr.
  • Mary Fox Green
  • Christina Fox Riley
  • David Fox
  • Jonathan Fox
  • Isaac P. Fox
  • The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.



    Warren County is in southwest Ohio and was formed in 1803 from Hamilton county. Lebanon is the county seat.

    from History of Butler County, Ohio

    James Riley is a native of Jefferson County, Virginia, where he was born on the 20th of April, 1794. He is the son of James Riley and Temperance Yircus. His father was in the Revolutionary War, and was a pensioner; he was also in the War of 1812. One of his sons was in the War of 1812.

    The present Mr. James Riley came to this county in 1821, and settled in Ross Township.He was married December 17, 1818, in Warren County [Ohio] to Christina Fox, daughter of Bonham Fox. She was a native of Pennsylvania.

    One of their children,
    Eliza Ann, was born Dec 6, 1819, before they left Warren Co., [Ohio].

    The next two are dead.
    Levia was born May 8, 1822, and died Jun 20, 1879, &
    Mary was born Oct 13, 1824, and died Oct 29, 1824.
    Bonham F., who was born Jul 25, 1826, is still living.
    Temperance was born Jan 2, 1829, & died Oct 10, 1830.

    The next three are all living.
    Ruth was born Mar 6, 1831;
    Martha J., Oct 21, 1833; and
    Ophelia E., May 17, 1836. 

    All of his children that are living are married. He has 12 grandchildren & two great-grandchildren. His wife died in Mar 1860. Mr. Riley has been a farmer all his life, but has now retired. His son-in-law, J. W. Anderson, carries on the farm.

    In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

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