Eliza O'Reilly

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Eliza Maria O'Reilly, known as Lena, was born in around 1833 in Jamaica in the West Indies.

She married Richard Churm on the 15th May 1851 in the Cathedral in Manchester.

Together they had eight children:

  • Kate H. Churm (~1853)
  • Harry R. Churm (~1855)
  • Alfred R. Churm (~1857) - a braid salesman in 1881
  • William Joseph Churm (22 June 1859)
  • Fanny E. Churm (~1863)
  • Arthur C. Churm (~1865) - clerk in cotton in 1881
  • Jessie Churm (~1870)
  • Frank Churm (~1872)

In the 1861 census she is living at 17 New York Street, Chorlton On Medlock, Manchester.

At the time of the 1871 census the Churm family is living at 40 Clifford Street, Chorlton On Medlock, Manchester, Lancashire and Richard is a salesman of cotton goods.

By the time of the 1881 census Eliza has died, and Richard is working as a Cotton Salesman and is living at 62 Ducie Grove in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Lancashire, England (in the south-west of Manchester).


An IGI  Entry states:

  • Richard Churm married Eliza Maria O'Reilly,
  • 15th May 1851,
  • Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire,England



We know Eliza was born in Jamaica, but not where she was Christened. Some unconfirmed possible records:

  • Elizabeth Maria Ryley, Born:26 Nov 1832, Christened:3 March 1833, Saint Andrew, Holborn, London, England. Father: John Ryley, Mother: Maria.
  • Elizabeth Riley, Christened: 31 March 1833 Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Father: John Riley.  Mother: Elizabeth.