Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 321
Lawrence Reiley has been a resident of this county since 1847, when he
located on section 34 in the town of Mitchell, which has ever since been
his home. He is a native of the Emerald Isle born August 10, 1717 in
County Meath, and is a son of John and Mary O'Reiley. The mother died
in the Old Country, and the father came to America and made his home
with his son where he died.
Lawrence Reiley was reared and educated in his native country and on
reaching manhood wedded Miss Margaret Farley. The date of the
celebration of their marriage was May 1 1844. Mrs. Reiley was a native
of the same town and county as her husband, and a daughter of Patrick
and Margaret (Ward) Farley.
On the 6th of May 1846, Mr. Reiley sailed from Liverpool for New York
arriving in the latter place June 12th. He first worked in brick yards
on the Hudson River but in the fall went to work in the iron works at
West Point. In 1847 he came West on a steamer to Milwaukee coming from
that point to Sheboygan County where on July 8, 1847 he entered four
eighties there in Mitchell and one in Scott Township. The latter was
taken for his brother, but the former has been his home since. The land
was in its natural state covered with heavy forests but our pioneer was
not daunted by the outlook. With a will to succeed and energy to
execute he was made out of the wilderness a beautiful farm now under a
good state of cultivation and with the necessary buildings thereon.
Mr. and Mrs. Reiley have been blessed with a large family, they have
seven children living and having lost six. John married Catherine
Gorgan and resides in the town of Scott. Michael wedded Mary Martin and
is a resident of the same town. Mary became the wife of John F. Murray,
of Scott. Thomas chose Agnes Murray for a companion and resides in Ft.
Howard. Margaret is the wife of John Henry of the town of Mitchell:
Ann became the wife of John Kelly of Lyndon; Lawrence died at the age of
fifteen years; Elizabeth died at the age of eighteen years; Catherine
died when eleven years old; Philip died aged nine; Rose Ellen died at
five years of age; Rosa died at the age of two years and Jamie the
youngest is at home.
In his political views, Mr. Reiley is a reliable Democrat and in
religious faith he and his wife are consistent members of the Catholic
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