Hi Ellen, Are these Riley's that you are researching?. I am from the Boatswain and West lines and William, Thomas and Ellen appear frequently on the family tree. And there are Rileys who branch off the Boatswain tree. Also, the approximate years and where they lived can help other readers give more accurate answers. That said, the info about the the relative who almost became a lawyer is pretty unique and my father did have such an uncle on his mother's side (Boatswain).