Rev Benjamin Franklin Riley Rev Benjamin Franklin Riley  ‎(I11352)‎
Prefix: Rev
Given Names: Benjamin Franklin
Surname: Riley
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Birth: 1849 37 32 Pineville, Monroe, Alabama, USA
Death: 14 December 1925 ‎(Age 76)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA

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Birth 1849 37 32 Pineville, Monroe, Alabama, USA


Show Details Source: Alabama Notes, Vol. 3
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. 2001
Citation Details:  Pg. 49

Show Details Source: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
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Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
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Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
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Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
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Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

Graduation Due West, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA

Agency: Erskine College

Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Graduation Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Agency: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Graduation Upland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA

Agency: Crozer Theological Seminary

Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Occupation Minister Alabama, USA


Show Details Source: History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography , Volume 3
Publication: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company 1921
Citation Details:  Pg. 69

Show Details Source: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Occupation Minister Georgia, USA


Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Number of Children Emma Shaw - 8


Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/

OrdinationBaptist ministry
1872 ‎(Age 23)‎ Pineville, Monroe, Alabama, USA


Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/

Marriage 1 June 1876 ‎(Age 27)‎ Emma Shaw - Conecuh, Alabama, USA


Show Details Source: Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957

  Text: Groom's Name: Benjamin F. Riley
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Bride's Name: Emmer Shaw
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Marriage Date: 01 Jun 1876
Marriage Place: Conecuh Co., Alabama
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Indexing Project ‎(Batch)‎ Number: M74458-2
System Origin: Alabama-EASy
Source Film Number: 1631605
Reference Number: p102 #422
Collection: Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957

Occupation between September 1888 and 1893 ‎(Age 39)‎ President Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA

Agency: Howard College ‎(now Samford University)‎

Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html

Honorary Degree 1890 ‎(Age 41)‎ Doctor of Divinity - Erskine College Due West, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA


Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html

Occupation between 1893 and 1900 ‎(Age 44)‎ Professor of the English Language and Literature Athens, Clarke, Georgia, USA

Agency: University of Georgia

Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html

Show Details Source: University of Georgia Catalogue - 1893-1894
Publication: Atlanta, GA The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company 1894
Citation Details:  Pg. 11

Show Details Source: The Pandora, Vol. 8 - University of Georgia
Publication: Athens, GA May 1895
Citation Details:  Pg. 13

Show Details Source: The Twenty-Sixth Annual Report from the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia
Publication: Atlanta, GA Geo. W. Harrison, State Printer (The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co.) 1898
Citation Details:  Pg. 41

Occupation between 1881 and 1923 ‎(Age 32)‎ Author


Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html

Show Details Source: Report of the Alabama History Commission to the Governor of Alabama, Vol. 1 ‎(1900)‎
Publication: Montgomery, AL Brown Printing Co., Printers and Binders 1901
Citation Details:  Pg. 312
  Text: Dr. B. F. Riley, Houston, Texas, has for a long time been an active student of Alabama history. His work appears in the substantial form of a History of Conecuh County ‎(1881)‎, Alabama as it is ‎(1887)‎, and a History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1895)‎. During recent years, however, his work as a teacher, and minister of the Baptist Church have largely absorbed his energies. He has no Alabama manuscripts, or rare printed books.


Show Details Note: The History of Conecuh County, Alabama ‎(1881)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=M4QdAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAg
Alabama As It Is ‎(1888)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=QHQlAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ

History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1893)‎

Innocents Abroad, or What Europe Saw In Us ‎(with Charles M. Snelling)‎

History of the Baptists in the Southern States East of the Mississippi ‎(1898)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=saTVAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

History of the Baptists of Texas ‎(1907)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=NEbSAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBQ

A Southerner's Plea for Brotherhood ‎(pp. 610-611)‎ - The American Missionary ‎(DEC 1910)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=A9zNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA576-IA2&dq=%22b.+f.+riley%22&hl=en&ei=NqOWTILwGYL6lweV2o2oCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22b.%20f.%20riley%22&f=false

The White Man's Burden: A Discussion of the Interracial Question with Special Reference to the Responsibility of the White Race to the Negro Problem ‎(1910)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=oz4TAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw

Makers and Romance of Alabama History ‎(1914)‎

The Life and Times of Booker T. Washington ‎(1916)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=v9lCAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBA

The Baptists in the Building of the Nation ‎(1922)‎

Memorial History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1923)‎

Occupation 1881 ‎(Age 32)‎ Pastor Opelika, Lee, Alabama, USA

Agency: Opelika Baptist Church

Source: History of Conecuh County, Alabama
Publication: Columbus, GA Thos. Gilbert, Steam Printer and Book-Binder 1881

Occupation 1881 ‎(Age 32)‎ Pastor Opelika, Lee, Alabama, USA

Agency: Opelika Baptist Church

Source: History of Conecuh County, Alabama
Publication: Columbus, GA Thos. Gilbert, Steam Printer and Book-Binder 1881

Religious Organization between 1882 and 1 October 1883 ‎(Age 33)‎ District Superintendent of Alabama and Western Florida - American Bible Society


Show Details Source: Annual Reports of the American Bible Society ‎(1880-1884)‎
Publication: New York American Bible Society
Citation Details:  Pg. 47 ‎(1882)‎, 43-45 ‎(1883)‎, 42 ‎(1884)‎
  Text: 1883
GENERAL VIEW OF THE WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. Alabama.—Rev. B. F. Riley, of Evergreen, Ala., was appointed District Superintendent for Alabama and Western Florida, and entered upon his work at the beginning of the fiscal year. The following extracts are from his first annual report:

When in April, 1882, the superintendency of the Bible work was assumed in Alabama and Western Florida, it was largely in a disorganized condition. This was owing to the fact that during the greater part of the previous year there was no District Superintendent in this field. The late Rev. Thos. J. Rutledge had resigned during the fiscal year, and many of the auxiliaries construed his withdrawal into an abandonment of the work by the American Bible Society. During much of this period only four colporteurs were employed in Alabama and Western Florida. Now there are thirteen colporteurs at work in this field.

During the year just closed most of the auxiliaries of this district have been visited and re-organized.

The work has been beset with discouragements of different kinds. First of all was the difficulty which always arises from the revival of a suspended interest. Then in many sections the people had suffered from a series of financial reverses, because of the failure of crops. Numerous demands were being made for weekly collections by the ecclesiastical bodies connected with the several denominations, and but for the broad beneficence of the American Bible Society the work in this section must have been suspended. The following is a statement of the

PERSONAL LABOURS OK THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT.

Auxiliary societies visited 43

Branch " " 3

Anniversaries attended . 27

New auxiliaries, branches, and committees formed . 4

Ecclesiastical bodies visited ...... 8

Sermons and addresses delivered for the Bible cause . 163

Official letters sent 992

" documents distributed 2,108

Miles traveled on official duty 13,627

Of the auxiliaries visited, twenty are either now engaged in the canvass of their fields, or propose soon to enter upon the work.

Among the chief encouragements in this District is the great eagerness with which the coloured people receive the Bible. Special instructions have been given to each colporteur and agent to seek out the homes of this class of our population, and to furnish them with Scriptures where there was any possibility of their being read.

Aside from the work done directly by the American Bible Society in its Fourth Re-supply of the country, a most thorough canvass of localities has been secured by local agents familiar with the ground, and a more decided and uniform interest has been awakened in the Bible cause.

Books sent into Alabama, 33,668 copies, of which 22,359 were donations.

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1884

Rev. B. F. Riley, who had the supervision of the work in Alabama and Western Florida, retired from the service of the Society, Oct. 1st, 1883, and Rev. R.S. Holcombe was appointed to succeed him.

Religious Organization 1886 ‎(Age 37)‎ Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention


Show Details Source: American Baptist Year-Book - 1883-1887

Citation Details:  Pg. 13 ‎(1886)‎

Fraternal Membership between 1894 and 1895 ‎(Age 45)‎ The Non-Fraternity Club - Honorary Member Athens, Clarke, Georgia, USA


Show Details Source: The Pandora, Vol. 8 - University of Georgia
Publication: Athens, GA May 1895
Citation Details:  Pg. 86

Religious Organization 1898 ‎(Age 49)‎ Vice-President, Georgia State Baptist Convention


Show Details Source: The American Baptist Year-Books ‎(1898-1901)‎
Publication: The American Baptist Publication Society Philadelphia, PA
Citation Details:  Pg. 31 ‎(1898)‎

Religious Organization 1898 ‎(Age 49)‎ Manager - American Baptist Historical Society


Show Details Source: The American Baptist Year-Books ‎(1898-1901)‎
Publication: The American Baptist Publication Society Philadelphia, PA
Citation Details:  Pg. 15 ‎(1898)‎

Honorary Degrees 1903 ‎(Age 54)‎ Doctor of Divinity - Baylor University Waco, McLennan, Texas, USA


Show Details Source: The Baylor bulletin, Volume 14, Issue 4
Publication: July 1911
Citation Details:  Pg. 21

Civic Organization between 1907 and 1909 ‎(Age 58)‎ Superintendent - Anti-Saloon League of Texas Texas, USA


Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html

Residence before 14 December 1925 ‎(Age 76)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA

Address:
1331 S. 21st Street



Show Details Source: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
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Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

Death 14 December 1925 ‎(Age 76)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA


Show Details Source: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
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Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

Burial 17 December 1925 ‎(3 days after death)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetery


Show Details Source: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
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Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

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Parents Family  (F4004)
Enoch George Riley
1811 - 1871
Sophronia Irving Autry
1816 - 1875
Thomas Mercer Riley
1840 - 1935
William George Riley
1843 - 1940
(Birth) Rev Benjamin Franklin Riley
1849 - 1925
Robert Irving Riley
1851 - 1934

Immediate Family  (F4006)
Emma Shaw
1853 - 1936
Oscar E. Riley
1878 - 1943
Benjamin Franklin Riley Jr
1879 -
Mary K. Riley
1881 -
‎(unknown)‎ Riley
1884 -
Lois E. Riley
1887 -
John Enoch Riley
1893 - 1966
Alice Grace Riley
1898 -
Elizabeth M. Riley
1898 -


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Note
Benjamin Franklin Riley served during one of the many precarious periods in Samford's history. When Howard College relocated to the East Lake community of Birmingham in 1887 it left behind its president and several trustees, not to mention the good will of some Alabama Baptists. Worst of all, the trustees discovered that an important section of the new campus site was not included in the donation of the East Lake Land Company, so they immediately had to purchase that additional property. Also, in spite of the land company's grand dreams, there was little in the rural area surrounding the new campus apart from Ruhama Baptist Church, which would serve as the spiritual home of the college through the 1950s, and the old school building of the defunct Ruhama Academy.

The economic bubble that led Howard College to Birmingham had burst and the school found itself once again in dire financial straits. Visions of a rich endowment and grand new facilities faded as the trustees realized the college's two temporary buildings would have to serve longer than expected. One trustee, a supporter of the relocation, proclaimed, "Well, if I had known that we were not to have buildings, I should never have voted for removal."

Historian Mitchell Bennett Garrett paints a vivid and unflattering picture of the campus in those early years in East Lake.

"At the college, the scene was anything but inviting. Two wooden buildings of hasty construction stood wide apart in a growth of old field pines. The surroundings were uncleared of underbrush, and the trees which had been felled more than a year before to make room for the buildings were still lying about the grounds. The remnants of the library were scattered and torn over the floor of an outhouse; pictures and broken furniture were piled in the corners of the limited hallways; the furniture of all the departments was old and rickety, the bedding inferior and worn."

Howard's trustees had the unenviable task of persuading someone to preside over that uninspiring scene. Three nominees declined the presidency before B. F. Riley agreed to lead the college in September 1888.

Riley, the son of a Pineville farmer, was Samford's first native Alabamian president. The graduate of Erskine College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Crozer Theological Seminary was a well-known pastor, editor of the Alabama Baptist newspaper and author of many books on Alabama history. After accepting the presidency, he acted quickly to stabilize and expand the college, refurbishing the old Ruhama Academy building, purchasing milk cows and planting a garden to supply the campus dining hall. He emphasized the moral as well as the academic and martial education offered by the college but, not surprisingly, seems to have focused most of his attention on staving-off financial catastrophe.

By 1889 college officials had grown so tired of Birmingham's failure to provide all it had promised that they openly investigated abandoning East Lake. Howard's financial outlook was so grim during this period that one financial agent resigned and his replacement remarked, "There are 75 men in this city who say they will give, but they all want to be the last, and how to make the whole 75 last is a mathematical problematical problem I have been unable to solve, after days and days of thinking."

In spite of the hard times, the college pressed ahead on construction of a brick multipurpose building. The new building, completed in 1891 and later known as "Old Main," was the architectural centerpiece of the new campus. New dormitories and other improvements followed soon after, but Howard's rural setting remained less than impressive. J. J. Finklea accompanied his son to college in 1891, and as the pair approached the

campus on foot the father asked, "My boy, how much farther? Are we not about at the place?" "Yes, Papa," his son replied, "this is the place." Finklea considered the tangle of pines and brush before him and said, "but I didn’t know, my boy, that you were camped here in the woods."

A nationwide economic depression reduced Howard's enrollment in 1892 and Riley traveled around the state at his own expense to recruit students. Unfortunately, many of those he recruited required extra time in paying tuition, forcing the college to borrow funds for the year. Riley noted midway through the 1892-93 session that although the college had not succumbed to despair, "there has been an appreciation of an ever-increasing weight of responsibility, the appreciation of a burden growing heavier and heavier, and one which, in the nature of the case, is growing still more heavy as the session advances."

Riley held out hope that the people of Birmingham would help the college in its time of greatest need, especially since he calculated that Howard had contributed at least $60,000 to the growth of the city since the college's arrival in East Lake. But by early1893 a fundraising campaign in the city had netted only $500 of the $2,000 needed to continue operating the college. "The sources from which I have derived means to tide the college over the 'trying' periods of the past five years have now been exhausted," Riley lamented.

Riley himself seems to have been exhausted by the financial struggle. He proposed hiring a full-time field agent to represent the college in securing both students and endowment funds. Alternately, he said, the college could call on Baptist women in the state to raise money to build tenant houses on the campus. He thought the latter project could provide rent and a pool of prospective students as well as increase the value of campus property and harness the considerable influence of Baptist women. The Trustees did eventually follow Riley's advice about the full-time field agent, but by that time Riley had already moved on. He resigned at the end of the 1892-93 session in order to accept a position as professor of English literature at the University of Georgia.

In spite of the financial frustrations of this period and thanks to Riley's extensive recruiting efforts, the class of 1893 was the largest in the college's history. Howard's next president would make history as well, but with the addition of only five students.

Show Details Source: History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Citation Details:  http://www4.samford.edu/history/riley.html


Note
Born July 16, 1849 near Pineville, Alabama, clergyman, educator and author Benjamin Franklin Riley received the A.B. degree from Erskine College in 1871. He was ordained to the Baptist ministry at Pineville in 1872 and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at that time located in Greenville, S.C., and Crozer Theological Seminary. Accepting the citation for Riley was Mr. Harvey Y. Andress, right.

Married to Emma Shaw in 1876, he was the father of eight children. He accepted pastorates in several churches in Alabama and Georgia before becoming president of Howard College ‎(now Samford University)‎ near Birmingham in 1888, serving until 1893 when he took the chair of English and oratory at the University of Georgia, which he held until 1900 when he returned to pastoral work. He was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Texas from 1907 to 1909. He observed the detrimental effects of alcohol on black citizens and became an advocate of reform in race relations. While secretary of the Anti-Saloon League he wrote The White Man's Burden ‎(1910)‎ and later The Life and Times of Booker T. Washington ‎(1916)‎.

His most important work was in the field of education and authorship. A diligent writer, he contributed regularly to the religious press of his denomination and to other similar periodicals. In 1881 he published The History of Conecuh County, Alabama, and in 1888 Alabama As It Is. Riley�s other historical writings include History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1893)‎; History of the Baptists in the Southern States East of the Mississippi ‎(1898)‎; History of the Baptists of Texas ‎(1907)‎; Makers and Romance of Alabama History ‎(1914)‎; The Baptists in the Building of the Nation ‎(1922)‎; and Memorial History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1923)‎.

Erskine College recognized his accomplishments by conferring on him the Doctor of Divinity degree in 1890. The 1926 Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention included praise for his character, describing him as "an independent thinker ... lover of truth and justice ... friend of the lowly." He died in 1925.

Show Details Source: Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html


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15 NOV 1892

Prayer by Rev. Dr. B.F. Riley, of Jefferson county.

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16 NOV 1892

PRESENTATION OF GAVEL BY DR. B. F. RILEY, OF JEFFERSON COUNTY.

The President presented to the Senate on behalf of Dr. B. F. Riley, of Jefferson county, Alabama, a gavel in the following remarks:

"SENATORS—I hold in my hand a gavel presented to the Senate by Dr. B. F. Riley, which was cut by the donor from a tree at St. Stephens. Ala., growing within the ruins of the first capitol of Alabama."

On motion of Mr. Smith, the gavel was accepted by the Senate, and the President and Secretary were instructed to return to Dr. Riley in an appropriate manner the thanks of the Senate.SENATORS

_______________

15 FEB 1893

Prayer by Rev. Dr. B.F. Riley of Howard College.

Show Details Source: Journal of the Senate of the State of Alabama, Volume 1983, Part 2
Publication: 1893 Montgomery, AL The Brown Printing Co., State Printers and Binders
Citation Details:  Pg. 3, 10-11, 668


Note
No. 39.] AN ACT ‎[h. B. 308.

To encourage immigration and the investment of capital in the State of Alabama.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly Amount of Alabama, That the sum of two thousand dollars appropriated. be, and the sum is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any fund in the State treasury, to purchase the copy right of Dr. B. F. Riley's work entitled "Alabama as It Is, or The Immigrants and Capitalists Guide Book to Alabama."

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the sum of fifteen Printing, hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to be paid out of any moneys in the State treasury not otherwise disposed of, to publish five thousand copies of the same, with the maps, designs, diagrams, and illustrating the resources of the State; ,, and it is made the duty of the Secretary of State to contract for and superintend said publication.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That it is made the duty of the said B. F. Riley to correct the proof of the same without compensation therefor.

Sec. 4 Be it further enacted, That upon the delivery Pavment for of the manuscript of said book to the Secretary of manuscript. State, the Auditor is hereby directed to draw a warrant upon the State Treasurer in honor of said B. F. Riley for the sum of two thousand dollars.

Approved February 28, 1887.‎

Show Details Source: Acts of the General Assembly of the state of Alabama - 1886-1887
Publication: 1887 Montgomery, AL W.D. Brown & Co., State Printers and Binders
Citation Details:  Pg. 79


Note
On the last evening two white speakers gave careful advice to the Negroes present. John H. Walker, president of the United Mine Workers of Illinois, told them that their hope lay in uniting with the working-class. They should join the labor unions whenever possible, and fight the battle of the workingman in the strike and at the polls. B. F. Riley of Birmingham, a white clergyman of high social position, assured the Negro that his hope lay with the upper class. His friend was the son of the white man who had owned and loved and cared for his black slaves. Such a man had nothing to fear from social equality, and was opposed to the ignorant demagogue who was declaiming against and mobbing the black race. The audience listened attentively to both doctrines, but gave no sign of its choice. Dr. Riley made an excellent point against the northerner who came south for commercial reasons, and at once joined in the popular anti-Negro clamor. "Such men," he said, "work harm for those of us who are striving to better Negro conditions, and we earnestly wish you would keep them at home."

Show Details Source: The Survey, Vol. 28 ‎(APR-SEP 1912)‎
Publication: 1912 New York The Charity Organization Society 105 East 22d Street
Citation Details:  Pg. 319


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He entered Howard College in 1887, and graduated there in 1893, receiving the degree of A.B. Dr. B. F. Riley was president of the college at this time.

He was married to Miss Julia Fancher in the Woodlawn Baptist church, Woodlawn, Alabama, by Dr. B. F. Riley, June 17th, 1890. This union has been blessed by four children. The oldest and youngest God saw fit to take to himself in infancy. The two living boys, Perrin Fancher, born November 26th, 1893, and Wm. Rupert, born September 30th, 1895, have attended the Baptist school at Newton, Alabama, and began their college education at Howard College, East Lake, Alabama, session 1915-1916.

Show Details Source: Baptist Biography, Vol. 1
Publication: Index Printer Company, Publishers Atlanta, GA
Citation Details:  Pg. 249


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Rev. B. F. Riley, D. D., of Birmingham, Ala., at great sacrifice is devoting his life to the welfare of the Negro. He is a serious, determined, warm-hearted Southern white man who believes in human brotherhood. A striking coincidence was the repetition of such phrases as "a man's chance" and lines of argument so like those presented by Dr. DeBerry, who preceded him, that when Dr. Riley began to read his address he paused to explain that they had not met and neither knew what the other planned to say. This is significant of the start that has been made toward mutual understanding in the South.

Show Details Source: The Congregationalist and Christian world, Volume 99

Citation Details:  Pg. 86


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CABINET OF

INDIAN AND MOUND-BUILDERS' RELICS.

RELICS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM

Dr. L. M. Clements Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Jos. H. Johnson, Talladega.

Charles E. Owen, Esq., Tuscaloosa.

A. B. McEachin, Esq., "

Rev. B. F. Riley, Monroeville.

Prof. W. S. Wyman, Tuscaloosa.

Show Details Source: Catalogue of the University of Alabama - 1873-1874

Citation Details:  Pg. 31


Note
The following are some of the replies to the " Open Letter " and the accompanying note.

B. F. Riley, D. D., President Howard College, East Lake, Alabama.

" I regard the neglect of our public roads a serious reflection upon our national advancement and boasted civilization. Our roads are a shame to our great country. You will prove a benefactor if you can set in motion any means for improving the prevailing road system in the United States. I most cordially commend your efforts in that direction."

Show Details Source: Road making as a branch of instruction in colleges
Publication: Boston, MA Albert A. Pope, Publisher 1892
Citation Details:  Pg. 10

Occupation The History of Conecuh County, Alabama ‎(1881)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=M4QdAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAg

Alabama As It Is ‎(1888)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=QHQlAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ

History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1893)‎

Innocents Abroad, or What Europe Saw In Us ‎(with Charles M. Snelling)‎

History of the Baptists in the Southern States East of the Mississippi ‎(1898)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=saTVAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

History of the Baptists of Texas ‎(1907)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=NEbSAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBQ

A Southerner's Plea for Brotherhood ‎(pp. 610-611)‎ - The American Missionary ‎(DEC 1910)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=A9zNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA576-IA2&dq=%22b.+f.+riley%22&hl=en&ei=NqOWTILwGYL6lweV2o2oCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22b.%20f.%20riley%22&f=false

The White Man's Burden: A Discussion of the Interracial Question with Special Reference to the Responsibility of the White Race to the Negro Problem ‎(1910)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=oz4TAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw

Makers and Romance of Alabama History ‎(1914)‎

The Life and Times of Booker T. Washington ‎(1916)‎ - http://books.google.com/books?id=v9lCAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22benjamin+franklin+riley%22&hl=en&ei=MpaWTOyLD4W0lQeYy82nCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBA

The Baptists in the Building of the Nation ‎(1922)‎

Memorial History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1923)‎

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Alabama Notes, Vol. 3
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. 2001
Citation Details:  Pg. 49
Birth Alabama Notes, Vol. 3
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. 2001
Citation Details:  Pg. 49
Birth Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Graduation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Graduation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Graduation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Occupation History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography , Volume 3
Publication: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company 1921
Citation Details:  Pg. 69
Occupation Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
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Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
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Father's Name: Enoch Riley
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
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Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Occupation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Occupation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Number of Children Erskine College news
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Number of Children Erskine College news
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Number of Children Erskine College news
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Ordination Erskine College news
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Marriage Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
  Text: Groom's Name: Benjamin F. Riley
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Bride's Name: Emmer Shaw
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System Origin: Alabama-EASy
Source Film Number: 1631605
Reference Number: p102 #422
Collection: Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
Marriage Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
  Text: Groom's Name: Benjamin F. Riley
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Bride's Name: Emmer Shaw
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System Origin: Alabama-EASy
Source Film Number: 1631605
Reference Number: p102 #422
Collection: Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
Marriage Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
  Text: Groom's Name: Benjamin F. Riley
Groom's Birth Date:
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Bride's Name: Emmer Shaw
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Indexing Project ‎(Batch)‎ Number: M74458-2
System Origin: Alabama-EASy
Source Film Number: 1631605
Reference Number: p102 #422
Collection: Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
Occupation History of Conecuh County, Alabama
Publication: Columbus, GA Thos. Gilbert, Steam Printer and Book-Binder 1881
Occupation History of Conecuh County, Alabama
Publication: Columbus, GA Thos. Gilbert, Steam Printer and Book-Binder 1881
Event Annual Reports of the American Bible Society ‎(1880-1884)‎
Publication: New York American Bible Society
Citation Details:  Pg. 47 ‎(1882)‎, 43-45 ‎(1883)‎, 42 ‎(1884)‎
  Text: 1883
GENERAL VIEW OF THE WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. Alabama.—Rev. B. F. Riley, of Evergreen, Ala., was appointed District Superintendent for Alabama and Western Florida, and entered upon his work at the beginning of the fiscal year. The following extracts are from his first annual report:

When in April, 1882, the superintendency of the Bible work was assumed in Alabama and Western Florida, it was largely in a disorganized condition. This was owing to the fact that during the greater part of the previous year there was no District Superintendent in this field. The late Rev. Thos. J. Rutledge had resigned during the fiscal year, and many of the auxiliaries construed his withdrawal into an abandonment of the work by the American Bible Society. During much of this period only four colporteurs were employed in Alabama and Western Florida. Now there are thirteen colporteurs at work in this field.

During the year just closed most of the auxiliaries of this district have been visited and re-organized.

The work has been beset with discouragements of different kinds. First of all was the difficulty which always arises from the revival of a suspended interest. Then in many sections the people had suffered from a series of financial reverses, because of the failure of crops. Numerous demands were being made for weekly collections by the ecclesiastical bodies connected with the several denominations, and but for the broad beneficence of the American Bible Society the work in this section must have been suspended. The following is a statement of the

PERSONAL LABOURS OK THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT.

Auxiliary societies visited 43

Branch " " 3

Anniversaries attended . 27

New auxiliaries, branches, and committees formed . 4

Ecclesiastical bodies visited ...... 8

Sermons and addresses delivered for the Bible cause . 163

Official letters sent 992

" documents distributed 2,108

Miles traveled on official duty 13,627

Of the auxiliaries visited, twenty are either now engaged in the canvass of their fields, or propose soon to enter upon the work.

Among the chief encouragements in this District is the great eagerness with which the coloured people receive the Bible. Special instructions have been given to each colporteur and agent to seek out the homes of this class of our population, and to furnish them with Scriptures where there was any possibility of their being read.

Aside from the work done directly by the American Bible Society in its Fourth Re-supply of the country, a most thorough canvass of localities has been secured by local agents familiar with the ground, and a more decided and uniform interest has been awakened in the Bible cause.

Books sent into Alabama, 33,668 copies, of which 22,359 were donations.

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1884

Rev. B. F. Riley, who had the supervision of the work in Alabama and Western Florida, retired from the service of the Society, Oct. 1st, 1883, and Rev. R.S. Holcombe was appointed to succeed him.
Event American Baptist Year-Book - 1883-1887
Citation Details:  Pg. 13 ‎(1886)‎
Occupation History of Samford University
Publication: http://www4.samford.edu/history/index.html
Event Erskine College news
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Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html
Occupation Erskine College news
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Occupation University of Georgia Catalogue - 1893-1894
Publication: Atlanta, GA The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company 1894
Citation Details:  Pg. 11
Occupation The Pandora, Vol. 8 - University of Georgia
Publication: Athens, GA May 1895
Citation Details:  Pg. 13
Occupation The Twenty-Sixth Annual Report from the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia
Publication: Atlanta, GA Geo. W. Harrison, State Printer (The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co.) 1898
Citation Details:  Pg. 41
Occupation Erskine College news
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Occupation Report of the Alabama History Commission to the Governor of Alabama, Vol. 1 ‎(1900)‎
Publication: Montgomery, AL Brown Printing Co., Printers and Binders 1901
Citation Details:  Pg. 312
  Text: Dr. B. F. Riley, Houston, Texas, has for a long time been an active student of Alabama history. His work appears in the substantial form of a History of Conecuh County ‎(1881)‎, Alabama as it is ‎(1887)‎, and a History of the Baptists of Alabama ‎(1895)‎. During recent years, however, his work as a teacher, and minister of the Baptist Church have largely absorbed his energies. He has no Alabama manuscripts, or rare printed books.
Event The Pandora, Vol. 8 - University of Georgia
Publication: Athens, GA May 1895
Citation Details:  Pg. 86
Event The American Baptist Year-Books ‎(1898-1901)‎
Publication: The American Baptist Publication Society Philadelphia, PA
Citation Details:  Pg. 31 ‎(1898)‎
Event The American Baptist Year-Books ‎(1898-1901)‎
Publication: The American Baptist Publication Society Philadelphia, PA
Citation Details:  Pg. 15 ‎(1898)‎
Event The Baylor bulletin, Volume 14, Issue 4
Publication: July 1911
Citation Details:  Pg. 21
Event Erskine College news
Publication: http://www.erskine.edu/news/
Citation Details:  http://www.erskine.edu/news/ahof2.html
Residence Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Name: Enoch Riley
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Death Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Name: Enoch Riley
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Burial Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Benjamin Franklin Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Death Date: 14 Dec 1925
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 75y 5m 28d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pineville, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Shaw Riley
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Name: Enoch Riley
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Birthplace: Edgefield District, S. C.
Mother's Name: Sopurenia Autrey
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Mother's Birthplace: Sparta, Ala.
Occupation: Minister & Author
Street Address:
Residence: 1331 S 21st St.
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetey
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 17 Dec 1925
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908276
Reference Number: cn 27576
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Residence Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Emma S. Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 16 Mar 1936
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Female
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 82y 2m 20d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1853
Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name: B. F. Riley, Dr.
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Name: Jno. Shaw
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Birthplace: N. C.
Mother's Name: Permellia Crosby
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Mother's Birthplace: N. C.
Occupation: At Home
Street Address: 1331 South 21st Street
Residence: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Cemetery: Elmwood
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 18 Mar 1936
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908540
Reference Number: cn 6832
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Residence Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Emma S. Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Death Date: 16 Mar 1936
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Female
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 82y 2m 20d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1853
Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name: B. F. Riley, Dr.
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Name: Jno. Shaw
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Father's Birthplace: N. C.
Mother's Name: Permellia Crosby
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Standardized)‎:
Mother's Birthplace: N. C.
Occupation: At Home
Street Address: 1331 South 21st Street
Residence: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Cemetery: Elmwood
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 18 Mar 1936
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908540
Reference Number: cn 6832
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Residence Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
  Text: Name: Emma S. Riley
Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Death Date: 16 Mar 1936
Death Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Female
Race ‎(Original)‎: White
Race ‎(Standardized)‎: White
Age at Death: 82y 2m 20d
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1853
Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name: B. F. Riley, Dr.
Spouse's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Name: Jno. Shaw
Father's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Father's Birthplace: N. C.
Mother's Name: Permellia Crosby
Mother's Titles & Terms ‎(Original)‎:
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Mother's Birthplace: N. C.
Occupation: At Home
Street Address: 1331 South 21st Street
Residence: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Cemetery: Elmwood
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 18 Mar 1936
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1908540
Reference Number: cn 6832
Collection: Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974

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Show Details Source: A Pictorial History of the University of Georgia
Publication: 1984 University of Georgia Press Athens, GA
Citation Details:  Pg. 82-83


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Source: The Pandora, Vol. 8 - University of Georgia
Publication: Athens, GA May 1895

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Family with Parents
Father
Enoch George Riley ‎(I11348)‎
Birth 12 December 1811 40 Edgefield, South Carolina, USA
Death 29 November 1871 ‎(Age 59)‎
5 years
Mother
 
Sophronia Irving Autry ‎(I11349)‎
Birth 23 September 1816 Sparta, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
Death 29 January 1875 ‎(Age 58)‎
#1
Brother (Birth)
Thomas Mercer Riley ‎(I11354)‎
Birth 29 July 1840 28 23 Monroe, Alabama, USA
Death 2 March 1935 ‎(Age 94)‎ Beatrice, Monroe, Alabama, USA
3 years
#2
Brother (Birth)
William George Riley ‎(I11357)‎
Birth about 2 September 1843 31 26 Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
Death 22 July 1940 ‎(Age 96)‎ Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
5 years
#3
(Birth)
Rev Benjamin Franklin Riley ‎(I11352)‎
Birth 1849 37 32 Pineville, Monroe, Alabama, USA
Death 14 December 1925 ‎(Age 76)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA
3 years
#4
Brother (Birth)
Robert Irving Riley ‎(I11355)‎
Birth about 3 September 1851 39 34 Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
Death 4 October 1934 ‎(Age 83)‎ Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Family with Emma Shaw
Rev Benjamin Franklin Riley ‎(I11352)‎
Birth 1849 37 32 Pineville, Monroe, Alabama, USA
Death 14 December 1925 ‎(Age 76)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA
5 years
Wife
 
Emma Shaw ‎(I11353)‎
Birth 26 December 1853 Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
Burial 18 March 1936 ‎(on the date of death)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA

Marriage: 1 June 1876 -- Conecuh, Alabama, USA
19 months
#1
Son (Birth)
Oscar E. Riley ‎(I11361)‎
Birth about 1878 29 24
Death 16 February 1943 ‎(Age 65)‎ Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
1 year
#2
Son (Birth)
Benjamin Franklin Riley Jr ‎(I11518)‎
Birth about 1879 30 25 Alabama, USA
3 years
#3
Daughter (Birth)
Mary K. Riley ‎(I11519)‎
Birth October 1881 32 27 Alabama, USA
3 years
#4
Son (Birth)
‎(unknown)‎ Riley ‎(I11356)‎
Birth 5 July 1884 35 30 Evergreen, Conecuh, Alabama, USA
3 years
#5
Daughter (Birth)
Lois E. Riley ‎(I11520)‎
Birth May 1887 38 33 Alabama, USA
6 years
#6
Son (Birth)
John Enoch Riley ‎(I11516)‎
Birth October 1893 44 39
Death 6 October 1966 ‎(Age 73)‎ Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA
5 years
#7
Daughter (Birth)
Alice Grace Riley ‎(I11521)‎
Birth May 1898 49 44 Clarke, Georgia, USA
#8
Daughter (Birth)
Elizabeth M. Riley ‎(I11522)‎
Birth May 1898 49 44 Clarke, Georgia, USA