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Reily and Platt: Two Louisiana Family Histories


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These two books, bound in one volume, tell the story of the author’s maternal grandparents, Olive Anna Reily and John Warren Platt Jr., and their families. After Olive married John Warren, she and her new Platt family continued a close relationship with their Reily relatives. These are family histories, not just dates of birth, marriage, and death, from the earliest ancestors of each family to arrive in America to Olive and John Warren’s joint descendants. Also included are details about John Warren’s siblings and their descendants. The book has 13 family charts for ease in tracing long genealogical lines. Most dates and places cite sources of information. There are more than 75 images, including maps, illustrations, photographs, personal letters, and reprints of old newspaper articles.


Book One: Olive Anna Reily and Ancestors. Robert Reily came to South Carolina from Cavan County, Ireland. In 1764, he had a grant of 100 acres along the Black and Santee Rivers. His wife, Ann Warburton, arrived in 1753 with her mother, Margaret Warburton, and other Irish Quakers. Their only proven son, Samuel Reily, married Martha Nelson MacDonald; had a very large family; and moved them all to Mississippi Territory. Samuel and Martha’s son, John Young Reily, married Mary McKneely. Their son, Samuel Warburton Reily, married Charlotte Boatner, and they had four sons who survived childhood. Charlotte died shortly after she and Samuel moved to Morehouse Parish, LA. He then married Annie Stevens, and together they had four children. The first three died in early childhood. The remaining child, Olive Anna Reily, married John Warren Platt Jr. of Bay St. Louis and New Orleans in 1905. They had four children and lived in Monroe, LA.


Book Two: John Warren Platt Jr., Ancestors, Siblings and Descendants. Richard Platt and his wife, Mary Wood, arrived with their family in New Haven, CT, in 1638. The Platts soon moved to Long Island, married other early arrivals, and became one of Long Island’s founding families. The Platts and their wives have long family lines in America, many of which are outlined in the book. Detailed stories start with Dr. Eliphalet Platt (1797–1868) and his wife, Mary Ann Dibble Platt, of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY. She was a member of the eighth generation of Dibbles in America. Their son, John Warren Platt Sr., moved to New Orleans in 1855 and became what one newspaper of the day called a “renowned wholesale and family grocer.” This bad-tempered but commercially successful man married Halmaida Bremond of Bay St. Louis and New Orleans. Most of the time, they lived in Bay St. Louis and he commuted to New Orleans. The couple had nine children; two died young and two never married. The remaining five were Mary Julia, who married Porter Leach; Louis, who married Beulah Barnett; Joseph Bremond, who married Ethel Renick Adams; Katherine, who married Julian Keller Byrne; and John Warren Jr., who married Olive Reily. Information concerning John Warren Jr.’s siblings and their families, many of whom remained in Louisiana or the Mississippi Gulf coast area, includes most descendants down to the present generation. The last part of the book is dedicated to the story of John Warren Platt Jr. and Olive Reily and their descendants.


About the Author: Ann Platt Dubuisson was born in Opelousas, attended Newcomb College, and graduated from the University of Colorado and the University of Kentucky School of Law. She practiced law for many years with her late husband and others in Lexington, KY, concentrating her practice in the area of equine law, primarily concerning Thoroughbred horses. She is now retired and devotes her free time to studies of early Kentucky history and French colonial Mississippi Valley history, especially as it relates to her own family.


About the Editor: Susan D. Owens, Tales for Telling, LLC, is a writer and professional editor. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Susan has lived in Lexington, KY, since 2003.


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