The Ancestors

Of

John Addison Biles

 

Special thanks to Bryan W. Biles of Altus Oklahoma, whose 1969 book How Green Was Our Valley (published privately) was the source for much of the information on this page.

 

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Alexander Biles, Jr. (1620 - 1682)

 

Generation 2

 

1.  Alexander’s parents: Alexander and Ann Speare

 

2.  Alexander’s birth: 1620 in Dorset County, England

 

Alexander’s death: Interred at All Saints Parish, Dorchester on 30 June 1682.

 

3.  Other biographical notes on Alexander:

 

Employed as a vial monger (dealer in bottles and bottled products).

 

4.  Alexander’s marriage:

 

A.  To whom: Dorothy Strong

 

1.  Dorothy’s parents: Reverend William Strong.

 

2.  Dorothy’s birth: 1620 in Dorset County, England.

 

Dorothy’s death: 10 March 1692 at Dorchester, Dorset County, England.

 

3.  Other biographical notes on Dorothy: 

 

B.  Marriage date & location: 1643.

 

C.  Children: 7 total (those mentioned in the 1692 will of Dorothy (Strong) Biles listed below; order uncertain)

 

1. William Biles: Also see generation 9 of the Ancestors of John Addison Biles.

 

Oldest child.  Born 18 September 1644 at Dorchester, Dorset County, England.  Like his father, employed there as a vial monger (dealer in bottles and bottled products).  Was a Quaker; emigrated from England to America (Philadelphia) in 1679 with his family and youngest brother, Charles.  Settled on the west side of the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Mentioned in his mother’s will in 1692 as being “in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.”

 

2. Jonathan Biles:

 

Born about 1646 in All Saints Parish, Dorchester, Dorset County, England.  Was still alive in 1727.  Emigrated with his family from England to America in 1681 (not with his brothers, William and Charles), settling in the vicinity of Beverly, Massachusetts.  For this reason (proximity), Jonathan Biles was probably not the grandfather of Henry Biles.

 

Jonathan was employed as a carpenter.  He took the Freeman oath 26 September 1678.  Married (1st) Elizabeth Patch on 15 November 1674. in England.  Was mentioned in his mother’s will in 1692 as being “in New England or elsewhere” with the following children: 

 

a. Richard Biles: Born 1675.  Died 1774; will dated 2 April 1762 and proved 2 April 1771.  Employed as a mariner, then a weaver and husbandman.  Initially resided at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Then resided at Gloucester until 1727, when he moved back to Beverly.  Married Mary Davis on 22 January 1695/96 (still married in 1727) and had the following children:

 

(1. Charles Biles: Born 20 December 1700.  Died 172?.  Employed as a mariner (a captain).  Had a negro servant named Robin.  Resided at Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Will dated 30 January 1781; proved 1782.  Married Hannah Eveleth (d. 1785; will dated 10 Sep 1782; proved 7 Jun 1785) and had the following children:

 

(a. Hannah Biles: Born 13 April 1728.  Married Job Stanwood on 14 September 1749.

 

(b. Abigail Biles: Born August 1730.  Married Jonathan Trask on 1 February 1753.  They were still married in 1785.

 

(c. Charles Biles, Jr.: Born 21 January 1732.  In 1785 resided “far from the probate court.”

 

(d. Susanna Biles: Married (1st) Caleb Lincoln on 17 December 1757.  Married (2nd) Levi Roberts before 1781.  They were still married in 1785.

 

(e. Sarah Biles: Married Richard Littlehole before 1781.  They were still married in 1785.

 

(f. Nathaniel Biles: Born at Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Married, as her 1st husband, Sarah Proctor (d. 13 May 1779) of Ipswich on 27 March 1766 and had the following children:

 

(1) Charles Biles: Born 1774.  Died 1785.

 

(2) Joseph Proctor Biles: Born about 1777.  Died 1785.

 

Sarah (Proctor) Biles married (2nd) Captain Ebenezer Lord of Ipswich.

 

(2. Mary Biles: Born 21 October 1702.  Married (?) Tatelow before 1762.

 

(3. John Biles: Born 9 June 1704 at Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Died by 1762.  Married Sarah Patch on 3 August 1730, who in 1788 resided with her son-in-law, John Pedrick.  John and Sarah resided at Beverly, Massachusetts and had the following children:

 

(a. John Biles, Jr.: Born 10 January 1732/33.  Died after 1788.  Employed as a cordwainer.  Married Mary Leach on 1 November 1753 and resided at Beverly, Massachusetts.  John and Mary had the following children:

 

(1) Mary Biles: Born 24 March 1755.

 

(2) John Biles, III: Born 5 January 1759.

 

(3) Sarah Biles: Born 18 February 1762.  Died 17 August 1836.

 

(4) Samuel Biles: Born 16 June 1764.

 

(5) Hannah Biles: Born 30 August 1767.  Died 31 October 1836.

 

(6) Alexander Biles: Born 20 September 1770.  Married Elizabeth Pedrick on 3 December 1797.

 

(7) James Biles: Born 14 May 1773.

 

(b. Eunice Biles: Born 9 July 1735.  Married Joseph Pedrick of Marblehead on 10 July 1763 and resided at Beverly, Massachusetts.

 

(4. Martha Biles: Born 13 March 1706.  Died before 1762.  Married John Baker on 30 May 1731.

 

(5. Sarah Biles: Born 15 April 1710.  Married Daniel Clark on 5 November 1732.  They were still married in 1762.

 

(6. Elizabeth Biles: Born 17 June 1713.  Married James Patch on 6 May 1734.  They were still married in 1762.

 

(7. Alexander Biles: Born 2 May 1716.

 

(8. Jonathan Biles: Born 5 May 1719 at Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Resided at Beverly, Massachusetts until at least 1763.  Married his cousin, Elizabeth Biles, paragraph i.(2., below, on 19 April 1742 and had the following children:

 

(a. Jonathan Biles, Jr.: Baptized 26 September 1742 at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Died 4 January 1776.  Employed as a fisherman.  Married Hannah Ellingwood on 24 August 1768 and had the following children:

 

(1) Benjamin Biles: Born 18 September 1769.

 

(2) Anna Biles: Born 25 August 1771.

 

(3) Asa Biles: Baptized 9 May 1773.

 

(4) Thomas Biles: Born 24 February 1775.

 

(b. Benjamin Biles #1: Born 9 March 1744.  Died young.

 

(c. Deborah Biles: Born 20 September 1745.  Married Thomas Ober, Jr. on 20 September 1767.

 

(d. Lucy Biles: Born 19 February 1746.  Married Jacob Ayers of Mancester on 11 January 1768.

 

(e. Benjamin Biles #2: Born January 1747.  Died young.

 

(f. Benjamin Biles #3: Born 12 February 1748/49.

 

(g. Mary Biles: Baptized 20 January 1751.

 

(h. Elizabeth Biles: Baptized 14 June 1752.

 

(i. Israel Biles: Baptized 15 December 1754.  Married Margaret Thissel on 7 July 1776.

 

(j. Martha Biles: Baptized 18 September 1763.

 

(k. Priscilla Biles: Baptized 18 September 1763.

 

(l. Nicholas Biles: Baptized 18 September 1763 at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Married Lydia Dike on 25 June 1786 and resided at Beverly.  Nicholas and Lydia had the following children:

 

(1) Israel Biles: Born 29 May 1793.

 

(2) Ichabod Biles: Born 15 November 1795.

 

In 1788 widow Hannah (Ellingwood) Biles probably resided at Salem, New Hampshire.

 

b. Rebecca Biles: Baptized 21 April 1678.  Married (?).

 

c. Alexander Biles: Baptized May 1679.

 

d. Elizabeth Biles: Born 27 March 1681.  Married Isaac Hull, Jr. on 11 January 1709.

 

e. Mary Biles: Baptized 29 May 1681.  Married Nathaniel Roberts of Gloucester on 6 April 1707.

 

f. Jonathan Biles, Jr.: Born 1 May 1683.  Died 28 April 1706.

 

g. Sarah Biles: Born 31 August 1688.  Employed as a fisherman.  Married Samuel Harris of Beverly, Massachusetts on 7 December 1712.

 

h. Nicholas Biles: Born 16 November 1693 at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Died 22 June 1725 at Canso.  Inherited his father’s house and some land his father owned.  Employed as a fisherman and husbandman.  Married Elizabeth Morgan (d. 7 Aug 1782, age 86) on 2 January 1716/17, who survived Nicholas, Jr., when she boarded with Sarah Byles.  Nicholas and Elizabeth had the following son:

 

(1. Nicholas Biles, Jr.: Born 2 August 1724.  Died before 15 March 1756.  Married, as her 1st husband, Susanna Preston on 12 November 1751 and had the following daughter:

 

(a. Susanna Biles: Born 27 November 1753.  Married William Woodbury, IV on 2 February 1772.

 

i. William Biles: Born 4 May 1696 at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Married Priscilla Morgan on 15 December 1715 and had the following children:

 

(1. Lydia Biles: Born 13 December 1716.  Was still alive in 1777.  Married Samuel Morgan in January 1740.

 

(2. Elizabeth Biles: Born 18 June 1718.  Was still alive in 1777.  Married her 1st cousin, Jonathan Biles, paragraph a.(8., above.

 

(3. Anna Biles: Born 15 January 1720.  Was still alive in 1777.

 

(4. Nicholas Biles: Born 15 March 1722.

 

(5. Jonathan Biles: Born 1 January 1723/24.

 

(6. Israel Biles: Born 7 October 1725.

 

(7. William Biles, Jr.: Born 30 March 1729.  His mother was referred to as “Sarah.”

 

(8. Benjamin Biles: Baptized 12 January 1735.  His mother is referred to as “Anne.”

  

Following the death of his 1st wife, Jonathan Biles (Para 3., above) married (2nd) Margaret Clares on 3 May 1716.

 

3. John Biles:

 

Mention in his mother’s will in 1692 as being “at London” and having the following daughter:

 

a. Elizabeth.

 

4. Rebecca Biles:

 

Mention in her mother’s will in 1692 as being “of   England.”  Baptized at Trinity, Dorchester, England on 23 July 1654.  Married Robert Scutt (d. before 1692) and had at least the following children:

 

a. William Scutt: Apparently afflicted with kidney stones.

 

b. Rebecca Scutt: Living in 1692.

 

c. Elizabeth Scutt:  Living in 1692.

 

5. Thomas Biles:

 

Died prior to 1692.  Married Marie/Mary Mitchell (referred to as “daughter Mary Biles, widow” in Dorothy (Strong) Biles’ 1692 will) on 13 June 1672 and had the following children:

 

a. Marie Biles:  Born 28 July 1673.

 

b. Thomas Biles, Jr.:  Born 25 June 1675.

 

c. Rebecca Biles:  Born 28 July 1678.

 

d. Sarah Biles:  Baptized 25 February 1676/7 at All Saints Parish, Dorchester, Dorset County, England.  Died there as an infant; interred 19 March 1676/7.

 

6. Charles Henry Biles: Also see generation 9 of the Ancestors of John Addison Biles.

 

Youngest child.  Born 12 August 1665 at Dorchester, Dorset County, England.  Was a Quaker; emigrated from England to America (Philadelphia) in 1679 with his older brother, William.  Resided in the Delaware River basin of western New Jersey.  Like his father, employed as a vial monger (dealer in bottles and bottled products).  Mentioned in his mother’s will in 1692 as being “in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.”

 

 

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