- Oct 12, 2008It appears that Charles Riley was baptised on St. Helena in 1859
according to Carol Archibald at Wits U.
Charles arrived in Mafeking about 1880, was unsuccessful in business
there - perhaps colour prejudice - and went to the Bechuanaland
Protectorate by 1882. There he had a colourful and fairly well
documented history and died at Maun in 1941 having married twice and
produced 4 sons and a daughter.
I have never seen that baptismal record - it may state who his parents
It may be that his ancestor was another Charles Riley of the St. Helena
Artillery who was invalided out and remained on the island. He had a
relationship with Mary Sam, a slave of Major, later Lt-Col Hodson. They
married on Aug 18 1821 and she was subsequently emancipated. There were
several children of this union - Susannah,b 1819, who married Richard
Laurence on 28 Feb 1835, Hannah b, 29 Jul 1823, Edward Haily b.14 May
1827 [my birthday also], Mary b 2 Apr 1831 and John b 28 May 1834.
It may be that Charles  is directly descended from Edward Riley
or John, perhaps a son.
Can any kind person confirm that link?
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