MORTUARY MATTERS Death of Mrs. Abigail Riley -- The Daily Calendar.
Most of the older residents of this city and vicinity will learn with sincere regret of the death of Mrs. Abigail Riley, widow of Justin Riley, who until about eighteen years ago resided at Brighton, in this county. Mrs. Riley, since 1870, had resided in Chicago with her daughter, the wife of General Charles Fitz Simmons, at whose home in that city she died yesterday morning at the age of 87 years. Mrs. Riley was born at Westerloo, Albany county, in this state, in the year 1801, and moved with her father, John Hagaman, and his family, to this county in 1815. They settled near the Pinnacle, where she was married to Justin Riley, brother of General A. W. Riley, of this city. Soon after her marriage she and her husband located at East Brighton, a short distance beyond the present city line, where she continued to reside until her removal to Chicago. In 1857 her husband died. Of the ten children who were born to her, the seven who yet survive are: Mrs. Sarah A Corwin, of this city; Mrs. B. A. Dryer, of Blissfield, Mich.; Mrs. L. A. Coddington, of Lincoln, Ill.; Mrs. Augusta M Fitz Simons and Mrs. Gertrude E. Kelly, of Chicago, Ill.; William L Riley, of El Dorado, Kan.; and Mrs. May Riley-Smith, of New York city. Mrs. Riley was a member of the Brick Church, in this city. Her remains will be brought here for interment, and the funeral services will be conducted in this city at the residence of Stephen M. Corwin, 27 Meigs street, Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. *note the date of death of husband, Justin Riley, is incorrect in this obituary. .pdf
I Abigail Riley of the City of Chicago, at present renting with my daughter in the County of Logan and State of Illinois, do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revolking all former Wills by me at any time made --- that is to say --- First. I direct that all my just debts, including funeral expenses and expenses of administration be paid by my executrixes hereinafter named in due course of administration, - Second. I give to my daughters Augusta Fitzsimons and Lovina W. Coddington in trust, not exceeding Eight hundred dollars and not less than Six hundred dollars to be expended them in the erection of a suitable monument over my grave in the Mt Hope Cemetery. and the removal thereto of deceased members of my family. which I direct to be done as soon as may be after my decease -- Third. I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah A. Corwin the right of burial for herself and members of her family in my lot in Mt Hope Cemetery - and the like right to my other children who may wish to be buried there. -- Fourth. I give to my daughters' Augusta Fitzsimons and Lovina W. Coddington the sum of One Thousand Dollars each to be paid to them out of my Estate. and not charged to either of them in the settlement or distribution thereof. Fifth. I give unto Nellie May Dryer the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars to be paid to her in due course of administration. -- Sixth. After the expenditure of the sum of money first above authorized and mentioned and the payment of the legacies also above mentioned -- I give devise and bequeath the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal or mixed of any and every kind whatsoever (except my lot in Mt Hope Cemetery) to my children share and share alike -- the child or children of any deceased child taking the parents portion. --- Seventh. If among my papers after my decease, any note or notes were found endorsed to any or either of my children - then as to such note or notes so found endorsed it is my Will that the same shall be delivered, and the money due thereon payable to such child or children named as such assignee and the amount thereof shall not be charged in settlement by my Executrixes as soon as may be conveniently done after proof of this my last Will and Testament. --- Eighth. I hereby appoint my daughters Augusta Fitzsimons and Lovina W. Coddington the Executrixes of this my last Will and Testament without Bonds. -- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of May A.D. 1883. Abigail Riley (seal) The foregoing instrument in writing was signed by Abigail Riley in our presence and in the presence of each other on the day it bears date and she then and there declared the same to be her last Will and Testament and requested us to attest it as such. H.C. Maltby. S. A Foley. Anna Still. Proved and admitted to record in open Court May 9th 1888. J.C. Knickerbocker Probate Judge I Abigail Riley, do make add and declare what follows here to be a codicil to my last Will and Testament above written, to be taken held and construed apart thereof to wit -- It is my Will, that the fifth section thereof wherein I have given to Nellie May Dryer the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars shall be and is hereby and so changed, that said sum shall be divided to wit Nellie May Cranburn the sum of Fifty dollars: Hattie Bartholomew the sum of Fifty dollars and Mary E. Buck the sum of Fifty dollars --- In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of September A.D. 1885. Abigail Riley (seal) Witnesses to the Codicil in the presence of the testatrix and in the presence of each other, to whom she declared the same to be a part of her last Will E. B. Maltby W. O Jones Proved and admitted ot record in open Court May 9th 1888. J. C. Knickerbbocker. Probate Judge I, Abigail Riley do make and declare what follow here to be a Codicil to my last Will and Testamaent and to take the place of the Codicil last above written I hereby cancel and abrogate all that part relating to giving any bequests or legacies to Nelly May Campburn, Hattie Bartholomew and Mary E Buck or either of them. I also declare article (5) Five of my Will changed and canceled as relates to giving Nellie May Campburn or Nellie May Dryer any bequest whatever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and this 23 day of February A. S. 1886. Abigail Riley (seal) Witnesses to the second codicil just above written and signed in the presence testatrix and in the presence of each other to whom she declared th esame to be a part of her last Will. Edson J Harkness Delia O'Gorman Proved and admitted to record in open Court May 9th 1888. J. C. Knickerbocker Probate Judge
Abigail is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA