BRILEY FAMILY HISTORY
MARTHA "MATTIE" LOUELLA BRILEY
1878 - Mattie was born in Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo. to Mary Jane Green & James Talbot/Talbert Briley.
1897 - Mattie married James Washington Monroe Henderson.
They became the parents of ten children including a set of twins (one of whom died in infancy).
1974 - Mattie died in Desloge, St. FranCoMo. at the age of 95. Buried Big River Cemetery, WashCoMo
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JAMES TALBOT (sometimes spelled TALBERT) BRILEY
b: 1853 in either Kentucky or Missouri
d: 1915 - buried in Germania Cemetery, St. Francois Co., Mo.
m: 25 Dec. 1873 Mary Jane GREEN at the residence of Benjamin Briley in St. Francois Co.
CHILDREN OF MARY JANE GREEN & JAMES BRILEY:
Caroline Lizaann - born 1 April 1875 Bonne Terre, St. Francois Co., Mo. Died: 1 July 1962 Desloge, St. Francois Co., Mo. - m: Mort Owens
Martha "Mattie" Louella - b: 1878 Bonne Terre, St.FranCoMo. - m: 1897 James Washington Monroe Henderson - d: 1974 Desloge, St.FranCoMo. age 95
Joseph William - born 14 July, 1883 St. Francois Co., Mo. - m: Pauline ?? - Died 2 July 1944 St. Louis, Mo. (Death Cert. gives birth place of father as Kentucky.) Buried Big River Cem., Irondale, Washington County, Mo.
Clarence - born 15 October 1886 Flat River, Mo. - m: Emma ?? - d: 22 April 1922 of pulmonary tuberculosis (death cert. gives birthplace of father as Kentucky)
Thomas Elexander - born 30 January1888 Flat River, St. Francois Co., Mo. Died: 14 Nov 1962
Elvins, St. Francois Co., Mo. Info from Thomas Briley's Draft Registration Card: Thomas Briley, age 29, Desloge, Mo., born: Jan 30, 1888, Natural born citizen, occupation: work in mill, Desloge Con. Lead Co., Dependents: wife, 4 children, mother, Married, Do you claim exemption from draft: ?yes? have family, Signed: Thomas Briley, Medium complexion, slender build, eyes: blue, hair: light, bald: no, disabilities: no, St. Francois Co., Missouri, June 1917
Jessie - born 25 October 1889/90. Married Ora Opal. Died 12 Apr. 1978. Buried Big River Cem.
Harvey Harvel - born 18 October 1893 St. Francois Co., Mo. - m: - Died: 14 July 1936 Flat River, St. Francois Co., Mo. Buried Big River Cem.
Stella Mae - born 17 January 1897 Bonne Terre, St. Francois Co., Mo. Married Robert Henderson. Died: 12 May 1971 Flat River, St. Francois Co., Mo.
Child - died in infancy - date unknown - buried Germania Cemetery
Child - died in infancy - date unknown - buried Germania Cemetery
Child - died in infancy -date unknown - buried Germania Cemetery
MRS. MARY JANE BRILEY ~ Obituary From: Melanie Rickmar
Mrs. Mary Jane Briley (nee Green), widow of the late James Briley, died early Tuesday morning November 6, 1934, at her home near Irondale, at the age of 78 years.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 11:00 a.m., at the residence. Burial was in Germania cemetery near Irondale with the C.Z. Boyer Undertaking Company in charge.
She was the mother of nine children, two of whom with the husband and father preceded her in death. She is survived by seven children, Joseph and Harvey Briley of Wortham; Jesse Briley of Doe Run; and Thos. Briley of Gumbo; Mrs. Caroline Owen of Irondale; Mrs. Mattie Henderson of Fredericktown, and Mrs. Stella Henderson, of Belgrade. Also two brothers, W.T. Green of Desloge and J.T. Green of Detroit, Mich.; and one sister, Mrs. Rosa Sago of Bismarck. Two brothers, A. B. and A. H. Green preceded her in death. She leaves several grandchildren, other friends, to whom the News offers sympathy.
LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Fri. Nov. 9, 1934
1825-1830 - born Ohio
1847 - married his first wife Catherine approx. 1847
1850 - There was a B. Briley living in St. Louis, Missouri. His age was 32 (birthdate would be 1818) & his occupation was laborer. Wife Catherine age 32, two daughters:
Mary - age 3 (born 1847)
Josephine - age 1(born 1849)
Although the census gave the birthplaces for the adults as Baden & Hanover there is the possibility that that is incorrect. I wonder if this may be my Benjamin with birthdate & places incorrectly given. Also in the 1850 census there was a George Briley born 1825 living in St. Louis.
1858 - estimated death date of 1st wife
1860 - Benjamin Briley was living in Bowles Township in Franklin County, Missouri in what appears to be a boarding house. It gives his age as 30 (birthdate would be 1830), birthplace as Ohio. He had two small sons with him:
James T. - age six, (born 1854) birthplace Kentucky
John F. - age four, (born 1856) birthplace Missouri.
1865 - Benjamin marries second wife Elizabeth House Armon, (b:Tenn) Perry T., St.FranCoMo - 9 July 1865
1870 - Benjamin & Eliza are residing in Perry Township. It gives Benjamin's age as 40 (birthdate would be 1830), occupation farmer, value of real estate 175, personal property 155, birthplace Ohio. His wife, Eliza, is age 39, birthplace Tennessee. There are two Briley children in the household. My great great grandfather, James T. & his brother John are not in the household & could not find them anywhere in St. Francois County in the 1870 census.
Catherine - age 14, (born 1856) born Missouri
Laura B. - age 2, (born 1868) birthplace Missouri
1880 - the Benjamin Briley family is still residing in Perry Township, St. Francois County. His age is given as 55 (birthdate would be 1825), occupation farmer, birthplace Ohio, birthplace of father & mother Ohio. Two children in household:
Laura - age 12, born Missouri (b: 1868)
Julia Ann - age 10, born Missouri (b: 1870)
1880 - Benjamin dies sometime after 1880. Also in the 1880 census there is a Wm. Briley living in St. Louis. Born 1825 in Ohio. Wife Nellie. Children Wm.(b:Ill) & Walter Briley (b:Mo) & step-son James Kruger (b:Ill) - There are more Brileys in Barton & Vernon counties, Missouri.
Children by wife #1:
Mary - 1847
Josephine - 1849
James Talbot/Talbert* - b: 1854 Ky. - m: 25 Dec. 1873 Mary Jane Green - d: 1915 - b: Germania Cem.
John F. - b: 1856 Mo.
Catherine - b: 1856 Mo.
Mary L. - b: m: Mr.Wood d: (in 1939 Mary Wood was living in Farmington.)
Children by wife #2 Elizabeth Armon:
Laura B. - b: 1868 Mo. - m: 30 Apr. 1885 Emmett M. Forshee - (found death cert. Emmett Forshee born 13 April 1865 in Mo., male, white, married, died St. Louis City Hosp. 6 June 1927) - in 1939 Laura Forshee was living in the state of Nebraska.
Julia Ann - b: 10 May 1870 near Germania west of Bonne Terre, Mo. - m: 30 Jan 1887 Thomas Van Parks & they resided on a farm near Chestnut Ridge - d: 16 June 1939 in Ste. GenCoMo - buried: Parkview Cem., Flat River (now called Park Hills), Mo. - death cert. gave maiden name of mother as House. She had no children.
1890 Census: Veteran Census
William Briley - St. Louis, Mo., 125 ?Convent? St. - 2nd Lieutenant, Co.E, 82nd, illegible, 1862 - 1863
For 30 years (1860 - 1880 censuses) the birth place of Ohio for Benjamin Briley seems to be consistent even if his birthdate isn't.
Some of the research on the Benjamin Briley family was done by Barbara Klinlesmith-Geisert. Also Ancestry.com.
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