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Eliphaz Riley [18751]
Elizabeth Burkett [18750]
(1688-Bef 1759)
Samuel Riley Sr. [18746]
(Cir 1720-After 1792)
Eleanor "Nelly" Wallace [17702]
Samuel Riley Jr. [17698]


Family Links

1. Nigodegiya "Ni-Go-Di-Ge-Yu" Doublehead [17685]

2. Gulustiya "Gu-Lu-Sti-Yu" Doublehead [17697]

Samuel Riley Jr. [17698]

  • Born: 1747, , , Maryland, USA
  • Marriage (1): Nigodegiya "Ni-Go-Di-Ge-Yu" Doublehead [17685]
  • Marriage (2): Gulustiya "Gu-Lu-Sti-Yu" Doublehead [17697]
  • Died: 1818, Blue Springs, Bradley, Tennessee, USA at age 71

bullet  Research Notes:

This Samuel became an Indian trader in the Tennessee area. He traded
mostly with the Cherokee people. Samuel married (at the same time) two daughters of one of the most famous/infamous (depending from what vantage point you observe him) Cherokee War Chief DOUBLEHEAD. From his union with his two wives, he produced a multitude of offspring.

Children of SAMUEL RILEY and NI-GO-DI-GE-YU are: 4
Children of SAMUEL RILEY and GU-LU-STI-YU are: 10
These 3 Riley girls married 3 KEY brothers. Elizabeth RILEY married Isaac KEY
Chief DOUBLEHEAD was a very prominent War Chief. He collected a multitude of scalps and, was the custom of many Native Americans (although it is politically incorrect to mention this now) ceremonially ate portions of the enemies he killed in battle. These were cruel times and the fight for the frontier was fierce, unrelenting, and without any quarter. Whites killed Native Americans and Native Americans killed whites. Neither side respected the gender nor age of their victims. In fact, Cherokee women and children were particular targets of the white settlers under the slogan "from nits grow lice".
I am of the belief that Samuel and both his wives were either killed in a massacre or died of disease. The three of them died in 1818 in the same place.

1817-19 Reservations: April 27, 1818, #68, south side of TN Riv opposite SW Point, in Right of Wife, 8 in fam
Blood: Non-Cherokee
Note:Bet. 1806 - 1807, "White Patron" of Gideon Blackburn's School
Will: October 26, 1825, Cherokee Court recognized Last Will & Testament A Record Book of The Proceedings of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation; "The court recognises the will of Samuel Riley, deceased, to be his last will and testament as authenticated by the deposition of R Richards, Phisicien [sic], who attended on said Sam'l Riley, dec'd, in his last sickness, given from under my hand at New Town this 25th of October, 1825.
[signed] John Martin C S C
Samuel Riley, along with James Chisolm and Thomas Norris Clark, were three white men who seized much of the property (mostly slaves) of Chief Doublehead after his assassination in 1807. Chisolm and Clard were business partners of Chief Doublehead; Riley may well have been his son-in-law.


Samuel married Nigodegiya "Ni-Go-Di-Ge-Yu" Doublehead [17685] [MRIN: 6232], daughter of Chief Chaqualatague Doublehead [2361] and Creat Priber [2362]. (Nigodegiya "Ni-Go-Di-Ge-Yu" Doublehead [17685] was born about 1766 in , , , USA.)


Samuel next married Gulustiya "Gu-Lu-Sti-Yu" Doublehead [17697] [MRIN: 6233], daughter of Chief Chaqualatague Doublehead [2361] and Creat Priber [2362]. (Gulustiya "Gu-Lu-Sti-Yu" Doublehead [17697] was born about 1768 in , , , USA.)


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