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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON RILE, one of the best known citizens of Whitpain township, resides on the Skippack road between Centre Square and Blue Bell. He is the son of Thomas Rile, who was a well known farmer of that vicinity, He married Miss Fisher, daughter of Jacob Fisher, a prominent auctioneer, who was at one time a Democratic candidate for sheriff, but was not elected owing to a division in the party.

Mr. Rile was reared on the farm, acquiring his education in the schools of the vicinity. On reaching manhood he engaged with his uncle, Samuel D. Shearer, of Blue Bell, who married another daughter of Jacob Fisher, in the butchering business. He remained with him for a number of years, but has long been engaged in that occupation on his own account, having been very successful in it. He has a wholesale butchering trade in Philadelphia. Mr. Rile is a Democrat in politics, but has never sought or held office except the position of school director which he filled acceptably for several terms, being president of the board several years. He and his family attend Boehm’s Reformed church at Blue Bell.

Mr. Rile married Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of Ross Gordon, of near Montgomery Square, the family being of Scotch descent. They have six children, four sons and two daughters, as follows: Frank Hazelton, who travels in the interest of a prominent plumbing material firm; Ross Gordon, who is engaged in the butchering business with his father and in farming in the vicinity, and who married Miss Stiles Hemphill Rieger, they having one son, Gordon Cox; Raymond Petitt Hart, who is employed in Philadelphia; Edward Aaron, who is studying for a veterinary surgeon; Frances Ellen, the wife of Dr. Alfred E. Fretz, of Sellersville, Pennsylvania; and Lulu Margaret, residing with her parents.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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