John Addison Biles
Last Change: 7 April 2017
Prior generations in America are speculative.
John Biles - Gen 5
Henry Biles - Gen 6
Alexander Patterson Biles - Gen 7
Rosanna (Place) Biles - Gen 7
Captain Jacob Place Biles (1816 - 1890)
2. Jacob’s birth: 29 January 1816 in Middle Smithfield Township, Northampton (now Monroe) County, Pennsylvania.
Jacob’s death: 25 April 1890 (age 74 yrs, 2 mo., 26 days), at home at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; interred there in the Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry. (Note: one account has Jacob dying on the same date at “the Neck” in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.)
3. Other biographical notes on Jacob:
2. In 1825 (abt age 9) moved with his parents from Northampton County to Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
3. After marriage (1839) Jacob and Mary resided in an old house low on the hill overlooking Homets Ferry. There was also a barn on the property that just down the road towards Homet’s Ferry, which was later destroyed by fire. The remains of their initial child was interred by a walnut tree not far from the house. In the following years Jacob cleared the land across the road and up the hill from this initial residence, and that’s where he built a new house, which was complete and occupied in 1850 (This new house is where John Addison Biles grew up and raised his own family.). When vacant, the old house frame was moved from below the road to the new house site, where it was attached off the back left corner of the new house (as viewed from the road) for use as a summer kitchen.
4. From 17 September 1842 to 1845 served as a Captain in the Union Light Infantry, 4th Volunteer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Division of the Pennsylvania Militia.
5. Jacob was an extensive land owner and one of the finest farmers in Bradford County – everything neat and well kept. Was a devote Christian and, for a time, was a member of the Methodist-Episcopal Church, but severed his relationship with that church for some reason and did not join another congregation. Though he had limited formal education, Jacob was an avid reader and encouraged his children’s education.
6. The following note was found in 1950 in a scrapbook owned by Bessie (Biles) Heath (Para 4.C.10.a., below) and, before that, by her grandmother, Harriet (Adams) Quick:
“The Union Church at
This church was dedicated January 18, 1882. The Choir Leader was Chandler Baldwin Strunk. The organists were the Misses: Dell Biles, Allie Irvine, and M. L. Butts. The Secretary, S. S. Butts, reported:
The cost of the Building, Charter, etc. to be: $2,525.
The cost of the furniture and bell: $675.
Making the total cost: $3,200.
Item 8, Gifts, included: Mr. And Mrs Jacop P. Biles and family and friends have done themselves honor, and this neighborhood a great favor, by their almost princely gift – a new superior church bell. Long may they live to hear it call a happy Christians community to the house of prayer.”
Of further interest, the song books were a gift of Jacob’s wife, Mary Bunnell. The Union Church at Lime Hill was subsequently destroyed by fire.
7. The Biles Bell (photos): Was hung in a yoke beside the new house’s (exterior) cellar entrance. Later in the possession of Margaret (Biles) Bryant.
8. Jacob kept a pet peacock that routinely perched high on the roof of his barn and, just as routinely, made a great racket. One day, according to Clarence Emery Biles, the peacock was vocalizing while Jacob was trying to have a conversation with a friend, so Jacob threw a stick at it to quiet the noise. The stick struck the Peacock and killed it.
4. Jacob’s marriage:
A. To whom: Mary M. Bunnell
1. Mary’s parents: John and Mary (Place) Bunnell of “the Neck,” Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
2. Mary’s birth: 24 February 1822 at Russell Hill (“the Neck”), Vosburg Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
Mary’s death: Thursday, 22 August 1889, age 67, at home near Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Pennsylvania; interred there in Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry.
3. Other biographical notes on Mary:
Mary probably did not know how to read or write; she affixed an “X” for her signature of record on a deed she and Jacob executed 17 June 1885.
As a young woman Mary would visit families on horseback to do spinning. Apparently was well liked, but “she married young – it was said she would only have her cousin, Jake.”
According to her obituary, Mary had had three bouts with paralysis (probably strokes), but survived them all by six years and died from other causes. In 1885 (from the account of her son, Elmore’s death) she had not been able to walk or even sit up in bed for three years. Emma Catherine Biles [Mary’s granddaughter] said: “Grandma went out to where they were shearing sheep on a hot day in late spring – she had an attack of some kind and they carried her to the house on a stone boat [heavy, horse-drawn sled used to clear stones from fields] – the beginning of a long invalid time – ten years or so – I do not remember when grandma was not an invalid. Dad [James] and family lived down there winters before Leafy was born. Grandma’s one hand was paralyzed and she would cover it – sometimes she sat by the window and looked toward the water box and woodshed. Grandpa took care of Grandma a lot, but if she became bad, Aunt Helen came over to mud her, etc. – Uncle Allen figured he had to live alone a lot.”
B. Marriage date & location: 15 August 1839 at Russell Hill, Vosburg Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
1. Unnamed, still-born son:
Born about 1842. Remains interred in an unmarked grave by a walnut tree below the road at the west end of the corn crib, not far from their house, which at that time was below the road.
Born 11 January 1844 at
a. Edith Evelyn Hoover: (photos) (more info) Born 19/18 August 1875 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died there at home on 13 May 1923 (age 47); interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry. Married (1st) Ira Vanderpool (d. before Jul 1895); no children. Following Ira’s death, Edith married (2nd), as his 2nd wife, Grant Andrew Neiley (photos) (more info) (b. 27 Jul 1865, d. 28 Feb 1907 from complications of liver disease; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry), son of Robert and Julia (Moyer) Neiley, on 24 July 1895 at Homets Ferry. From his 1st marriage on 10 December 1891 to Fannie Fowler, daughter of Eliza A. (?) Fowler (more info) (and sister of Jewett C. Fowler of Watsontown) of Liberty Corners, Grant Neiley had the following son:
Jewett F. Neiley: Born 5 October 1893.
Raised from age 6 months by his maternal grandmother, Eliza A. Fowler,
at Liberty Corners,
(a. Jewett F. Neiley, Jr.: In 1970 resided in New York.
Grant Andrew and Edith Evelyn (Hover) (Vanderpool) Neiley, who resided at and managed Allen Hover’s farm at Homets Ferry. In 1906 Grant was severely injured operating his mill and had to use crutches to walk the remaining 11 months of his life. Grant and Edith had the following children:
(2. Allen Roy Neiley “Roy”: (SSN: 181-07-8742) Born 26/25 March 1896 (also seen: 15 Mar 1896) at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 18 June 1970/74 at Homets Ferry. Lost his right hand from combat injuries during World War I. Married Florence (NMI) Dodge (photos) (more info) (b. 21 Sep 1898 in Wyalusing Twp, d. 4 May 1991, SSN: 167-50-3047), daughter of Myron (b. 1870, d. 1930) and Bertha L. (Page) Dodge (b. 1877, d. 1948) of Sugar Run, Bradford County, on 29 November 1919/20 at the Methodist Church in Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Roy and Florence resided at RD #2/5 Wyalusing and had the following children:
(a. Eleanor Elizabeth Neiley: Born 4 May
1920 at Homets Ferry,
(1) William Gilbert Brewster, Jr.: Born
1942. Worked for Jones & Meade, a construction
(a) Richard Lee Brewster: Born 1962-63.
(b) Thomas “Tom” William Brewster: Born 1964.
William Gilbert Brewster, Jr. married (2nd) Darlene Dickenson and had at least the following daughter:
(d) Sandra Brewster.
(2) Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brewster: Born 1945 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Married Edward James McGaire in 1964 and resided at Rome, Pennsylvania. Resided at Wysox when son, Raymond, was born. Betty and Edward had the following son:
(a) Raymond Evert McGuire: Born 1965.
(3) Nancy Lou Brewster: Born 1948.
(4) Dale Richard Brewster: Born 1951. Married (?) and had the following children:
(a) Richard Brewster: Born about 1965.
(b) Thomas Brewster: Born about 1966
(c) Tammy Brewster: Born about 1967
(b. Doris Aline Neiley: (more info)
November 1921/23 at Homets
Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County Pennsylvania. Died 2 August 1999 at
(1) Roy Charles Preston: Born 1941.
(2) Shirley Jean Preston: Born 1943. Married (1st) Theodore Wilson, son of Albert Wilson, Sr. of Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, at Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and resided there. Theodore and Shirley had the following daughter:
(a) Karen Sue Wilson: (more info) Born 1962. Married (?) Jayne and had the following daughter:
(b) Debbie Wilson: Married Dennis Clair, son of James and Margaret (?) Clair of Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1981 resided at Warrenton, Virginia when the following son was born:
[1. Christopher James Clair: (more info) Born 1981 (8 lbs, 7 oz; 21”).
Jean (Preston) Wilson married (2nd) (?) Jayne, and in 1981 resided
(3) Donna Marie
Preston: (more info)
Born 1944. Graduated from
(4) Patricia “Pat”
“Patsy” Ann Preston: (more info)
Born 1947. Graduated from
(5) Mary Jane Preston: Born 1954.
(6) John Edward Preston: Born 1961.
(c. Marian/Marion/Maria Bertha Neiley: Adopted at age 2. Born 1925 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 1999. Married (1st) Robert “Swampy” Richard Kilmer (more info) (b. 4 Jan 1926, d. 1 Nov 1986, age 60, at University Hospital, Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY; SSN: 112-16-8887) on 13 May 1944 (with Rev. R. Paul Freed officiating) and resided at Binghamton, New York. Robert was a veteran of World War II, and was subsequently employed by Montrose Publishing. Marion and Robert had the following children:
(1) Tanna/Tana Lee Kilmer: Born 1944 at Binghamton, Broome County, New York. Married Stewart “Stu” T. Boa of Binghamton and resided there. Tanna and Stu had the following children:
(2) Kathleen/Katherine “Kathy” Bertha/Florence Kilmer: Twin. Born 1946. Employed as a nurse. Married Ronald “Ronnie” Wakeman/Wightman of Binghamton and resided at Conklin, New York. Kathleen and Ronald had the following children:
(a) Kristine “Chrissy” Wakeman: “Mrs. Southern Tier”
(b) Carrie Wakeman.
(3) Infant: Twin. Born 14 June 1946. Died 14 June 1946.
(4) Frank Eugene Kilmer: Born 1951 (also seen: 1952). Married Margaret “Peggy” Jones in 1974 and resided at Conklin, New York. Frank and Peggy had the following children:
(a) Andrew Matthew Kilmer: Born 1976.
(b) Melinda Loren Kilmer: Born 1979.
(c) Devin Jared Kilmer: Born 1984.
Robert Richard and Marian Bertha (Neiley) Kilmer were divorced in mid-1956. Robert married (2nd) Patricia Foote and resided at Conklin, New York. Robert and Patricia had the following children:
(d) Suzette Kilmer: Resided at Hallstead.
(e) Wade Kilmer: Married Kerry (?) and resided at Binghamton, Broome County, New York.
Marian Bertha (Neiley) Kilmer married (2nd)
Raymond Vanderpool; subsequently annulled.
She married (3rd) LaVerne James Hatfield “Jim” in the summer
of 1965/61 and resided near Conklin, New York.
Subsequently resided at
(5) Kimberly “Kim” Susan Hatfield: Born 1961. Married (1st) Danny Holte at Harpersville; subsequently separated after having the following children:
(a) Jamie Marie Holte: Twin. Born 1980.
(b) Christy Holte: Twin. Born 1980.
Kimberly Susan (Hatfield) Holt married (2nd) James Donald Hoskins and resided at Conklin, New York. James and Kim had the following son:
(c) James Donald Hoskins, Jr.: (photos) Born 1992.
(d. Allen “Al” Roy Neiley, Jr.: Born 1928 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 1999. Married Francelia/Francena/Francela “Fran” May Burlington (b. 1929), daughter of Cecil Minty and Lyndel (Cole) Burlington of Herrickville, Pennsylvania, in 1947 at the Methodist Church at Herricksville, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and had the following children:
(1) Allen Roy “George” Neiley, III: (photos) Born 1948 (Of interest, the Biles Reunion Record vaguely records this birth among the 1952 births with a question mark.). Married (1st) Judy Shook and had the following daughter:
(a) Bridget Neiley.
Allen Roy Neiley, III married (2nd) Norene Catharine Donahue (photos).
(2) Lyndel Diane Neiley: Born 1954. Married Michael “Mike” (?) and had the following children:
(3) James “Jim” Alton Neiley: Born 1955. Married Mary (?) and had the following children:
(4) Cheryl “Sherry” Susan Neiley: Born 1956. Married (?) and resided near Washington, D.C.
(5) John Mark Neiley: Born 1959. Married (?) and had the following daughter:
Allen and Francelia were divorced in the 1960s, and Allen resided at Camptown, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
(e. Richard “Dick” Myron Neiley: Born 1929 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Employed in the logging industry with Charles Preston and his sons (one of whom, Herbert Preston, married Dick's sister, Doris, above). Married Betty Jane Lattimer (b. 1931 in Luzerne Co., PA) in 1952 at Silvara (N. of Laceyville), Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania (also seen: M. S. Auburn Twp, Susquehanna Co., PA), who had the following son:
(1) Gary Lee (?) Neiley (photos) Born 1951; subsequently adopted by Richard Neiley. Graduated from Wyalusing High School, Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Married Linda Denise Welles (photos) (b. ), daughter of John Roset and Amelia Katherine (Wells) Welles (d. ) of Wyalusing, in 1974 at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. Linda was also a graduate of Wyalusing High School and knew Gary throughout their elementary and high school years. Both were very active in Boy Scouts of America. Gary and Linda had the following children:
(a) Robert “Rob” Todd Neiley: Twin. Born 1978. Graduated from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. In 2010 resided in Washington, where he was employed as Plant Manager at the Saint-Globain facility, Pallyup, Washington, a manufacturer of aeronautical components for the Boeing Corporation. Married Julie Eleanor Calhoon, whose father was a Peace Corps member and mother a native Fijian, in 2005 in a national park in Washington State. Robert and Julie had the following son:
[1. Karn Savú Neiley: Born 2009. Of interest, Savú means waterfall in Fijian.
(b) Richard “Rich” John Neiley: Twin. Born 1978. Resided in Pennsylvania. Married Rebecca “Becky” Nonnemacher in 2002 at the farm residence of Richard's maternal grandparents (currently the Grovedale Winery), Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and had the following children:
[1. Ashlyn Senaca Neiley: Born 2007 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tuckhannock, Pennsylvania.
[2. Aidan Fisher Neiley: Born 2009 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tuckhannock, Pennsylvania.
(c) Susan "Sue" Roset Neiley: Born 1982. Married Joshua "Josh" Philip Kilmer in 2005 at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Josh was employed by in the insurance industry. Susan and Josh had the following children:
[1. Elizabeth "Liz"/"Lizzy" Roset Kilmer: Born 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania.
[2. Noah Michael Kilmer: Born 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania.
Following their marriage, Richard and Betty (Lattimer) Neily resided on the old Neiley family farm in Pennsylvania. For a period of time Betty was employed as a notary public and tax collector, and with Richard had the following daughter:
(2) Cindy Lee Neiley: (photos) Born 1953. Has an interest in her family's history. Married Vernon “Vern” Lee Cole (b. 1951) in 1974 in Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. For a period of time resided very close to the Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry. Subsequently resided in Pennsylvania. Cindy and Vernon had the following children:
(a) Jennifer Lynn Cole: Born 1975. She and (?) had the following children:
[1. Giavanni (Cole) Sutton: Daughter. Adopted by Tracy Sutton.
[2. Armani (Cole) Sutton: Daughter. Adopted by Tracy Sutton.
Jennifer Lynn Cole married Tracy Sutton and had the following son:
[3. Stryker Sutton: Son.
(b) Kelly Marie Cole: Born 1977. Married Nathan John White in North Carolina. In 2012 resided in Pennsylvania. Kelly and Nathan had the following children:
[1. Katherine Grace White.
[2. Sophie Marie White.
(c) Kara Lee Cole: Born 1979. Employed as a laboratory technician. In 2012 resided in Pennsylvania.
(d) Aaron Nathan (?) Cole: Born 1986; adopted at age 20 months. Aaron and (?) had the following son, who resided with Aaron:
(f. James “Jim”
Rex Neiley: (more info) Born 30 September 1930 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township,
Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died at
home Thursday, 10 September 2009, age 78; interred Camptown Cemetery. Graduated 1948 from
(1) Connie Louise “Lou” Neiley: Born 1953 when her parents resided at RD #2, Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Married (1st) John Allen in 1972, but they were subsequently divorced; no children. Married (2nd) Rusty Eddy and resided in Pennsylvania.
(2) Pamela “Pam” Sue Neiley: Born 1963. Married Mark Thompson and resided in Pennsylvania. Pam and Mark had the following children:
(a) Kara Thompson.
(b) Kodi Thompson.
(c) Kolton Thompson.
(3) Penny Marie Neiley: Born 1965. Resided in Pennsylvania.
(3. Helen Marguerite Neiley “Marguerite”: Born 21 December 1899. Died 28 January 1929. Married, as his 1st wife, Thomas “Tom” Nelson Brown (b. 20 Oct 1893, d. Jan 1976, SSN: 192-28-5166), son of Nelson and Emma J. (Jennings) Brown (more info) (d. 11 Nov 1977, age 79), on 16 September 1919 and had the following children:
(a. Thomas “Tommy” Nelson Brown, Jr.: Married Elizabeth Smith and resided on the Frank Vaughn farm. In 1955 had at least 2 children. In 1958 they resided at Elmira, Broome County, New York.
(b. Frances Brown: Married Gerald K. Potter and resided at Binghamton, Broome County, New York. Frances and Gerald had at least 2 children.
(c. Alfred Brown:
Married Hilda Ruth Decker (a twin) and in 1958 resided at
(d. Robert G. Brown: Died 14 September 1981. In 1958 resided at Elmira, Broome County, New York.
(e. Mary Brown: Married
Andrew J. Pickney and resided on
(1) Joseph Pickney: Born 1952.
Thomas Brown, Sr. married (2nd) Marguerite Hines and had the following children: (order uncertain)
(f. James E. Brown: (more info) Born about 1934 in Wyalusing
(1) Debra Brown.
(2) Virginia Brown.
(3) James E. Brown, Jr.
(g. Daughter: Married Bernard Greene and resided at Elmira, Broome County, New York.
(h. Daughter: Married Richard Brown and resided at Canton.
(i. William Brown: In 1958 resided at
(j. Keith Brown: In 1958 resided at
(k. Gerald Brown: In 1958 resided at
(4. Russell Roland Neiley: (more info) SSN: 071-09-1920.
Born 17 March 1903. Died 20 July
1974. Married (1st) Mary L.
Churchill, daughter of David Churchill of
(a. Russell Roland
Neiley, Jr.: Born 1927. Served in the
(b. Velma Yvonne Neiley: Born 1935.
Russell Neiley married (2nd) Gertrude (Vosburg) (?)
(5. Glen/Glenn Thomas Neiley: (more info) SSN: 167-18-6314.
Born 28 June 1905. Died 15 July
1978, age 72, in Florida. Resided at
(a. Jean Neiley: Married (?) Chandler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had at least 2 children.
Edith Evelyn (Hover) (Vanderpool) Neiley married (3rd) Edmund Woodward Dodge (more info) (b. 1861 in Wilmot Twp, Bradford Co., NY, d. 1 Jul 1948 at Elmira, Broome Co., NY)(Para 3.b. of gen 3 of the Dodge Annex), son of Wallace and Orice (Ely) Dodge and her son, Allen’s father-in-law, on 2/12 April 1910 and had the following son:
(6. Arvin “Andy”
Woodrow Dodge: (SSN: 185-05-8913) Born 20 July 1913 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing
Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Died 10 May 1976, age 62, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Bradford County,
Pennsylvania after a long illness; interment in Wysox Cemetery, Wysox, Bradford
County, Pennsylvania. Resided on
(a. Arvin Woodrow Dodge, Jr.: Married Jean Leasure and resided in Pennsylvania. Arvin and Jean had the following son:
(1) Scott Dodge: Born 1963.
(2) Robert Dodge: Born 1966.
(3) Barry Dodge: Born 1970.
(b. Lois Dodge: Married
Peter Kenney and resided at
(c. Andrea Dodge:
Married Ronald Jayne and resided in
(d. Edmund Dodge:
(e. Stephen Clearwater
Dodge: Resided at Sayre,
Arvin Woodrow Dodge, Sr. married (2nd), as her 2nd husband, Sophia A. (Biles) Hobbie, widow of Ralph William Hobbie. See Paragraph 4.C.2.g.(2.(a.(1) and paragraph 4.C.13.b.(4.(a. of the descendants of Alexander Patterson Biles. They cared for Arvin’s mother, Edith E. (Hover) (Vanderpool) Neiley, in her old age.
Following Helen’s death (1908), Jared Allen Hover Married (2nd), as her 3rd husband, Jennie (Rickets) (Strunk) Neff (just before Para. 4.C.2.i of the Alexander Patterson Biles page); no children.
Born 3 September 1845
near Homets Ferry in
a. Mary Augusta/Auguste Biles: (photos) Born 21 May 1871. Died 2/21 June 1891 from complications of whooping cough; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry. Married John W. Coe in February 1891 and had the following child:
(1. Infant: Apparently died at birth.
b. Jacob Judson Biles: (photos) (more info) Born 15 June 1875. Died Monday, 11 February 1895, age 19, from complications of a high fever for 40 days; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry.
James Monroe Biles married (2nd) Theresa C. McKernan (photos) (more info) (b. 13 May 1853, d. 24 Jul 1932 from complications of a stroke; interred 26 Jul), daughter of Peter and Mary “Polly” (Stevens) McKernan (Polly Stevens being the daughter of Seth and Polly (Lee) Stevens (generation 4 of the Stevens Annex) and, thus, sister of Emma Stevens), on 6 September 1879. James and Theresa had the following children:
10 May 1881. Died 8 June 1960; interred
As an adult and after her parents had passed away, Emma lived with her unmarried sister, Anna, in her parents’ home on RD #2 (Lime Hill) in Wyalusing Township. By all accounts Emma was always a little strange and reserved, if not shy. Whenever visitors were present, Emma would normally be either out of the area entirely or away from others, occasionally coming forward to whisper something into Anna’s ear, then retreating again. As a minimum, it’s clear Emma was never a social, outgoing person. Another point of interest about Emma: when possible, she always posed for photos in a side profile.
d. Helen Biles: (photos) Born 5 October 1883. Died 22 January 1893 from complications of a burst appendix.
e. Lafayette “Leaf” “Leafy” Judson Biles: (photos) Born 11 April 1886. Died 13 October 1949; interred Camptown Cemetery. Employed as a farrier (shoes horses) and blacksmith. Initially operated a blacksmith’s shop in the garage beside the house on his father’s farm. Later, for many years Leafy had a blacksmith shop in the nearby village of Camptown. During World War II Leafy was associated with the Merchant Marine, doing metal work aboard ships. It was at that time that he kept a black, 1931 Model A Ford sedan in the garage on the farm that he had initially used as a work shop.
Married (1st) Arminda Caroline/Carolyn “Callie” Patton (b. 13 Sep 1889, d. 12 Apr 1914), daughter of neighbors Edward “Ed” C. and Mary (Hankinson) Patton, on 13/23 December 1913; no children. Following Callie’s early death, Leafy married (2nd) Frances Sarah Cannon (b. 19 Dec 1893, d. 26/2 May 1922; interred Camptown Cemetery), daughter of Charles F. and Ella (Ward) Cannon, on 7 November 1917 and had the following daughter:
(1. Helen Elsie Biles: (photos) (more info) Born 12:30 PM on 26 August 1918 at Camptown, Bradford
County, Pennsylvania; 8 ½ pounds. Died
14 April 1934 (age 16) while learning to drive a car; failed to negotiate a
curve and drowned when the car left the road and sank in an adjacent body of
Leafy Biles married (3rd) (?) Deane/Dean. Little is known of her. (Note: one report has this as Leafy’s first marriage).
f. Martin “Mart” Biles: (photos) Born 12 August 1887. Died 7 May 1910; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry.
26 August 1893 at Lime Hill, RD #2 Wyalusing,
Thinking it to be more dignified, Ann unofficially changed her name from Ann Biles to Anna Blanche Biles and as an adult always signed her name Anna B. Biles. Even some Bible records refer to Ann as Anna. Thus, she became officially and unofficially: Anna Biles.
Marlin (Bryant) Drake remembered how her “Aunt Anna” and “Aunt Emma” lived together in a relatively small house (photo) on Lime Hill, Bradford County, Pennsylvania that had no electricity or other relatively modern conveniences. Their toilet was an outhouse and their water supply was hand-pumped into their pantry/food storage and preparation area. They also had a massive, wood-fired stove in the middle of their main living area that was used to cook, as well as heat the house. Marlin also remembered being amazed and in awe of how Anna could read and speak Latin flawlessly and with ease.
Anna had 2 cars: a 1930 Model A coup with rumble seat, and a 1937 Packard coup.
Emma died, and because Anna’s health was too poor to live alone, she moved to
James and Theresa (McKernan) Biles also raised, from age 3, the following child of Theresa’s sister, Emma:
Born 31 January 1895 at Lopez, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Wesley and Emma (McKernan) Steafather (d. 1898)(pronounced: steefather, a derivative of steifather), who were the sister and brother-in-law of Theresa (McKernan) Biles, wife of James Monroe Biles. Grace died 18 November 1972, age 77, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; funeral in Mansfield, Pennsylvania; interment in Oakwood Cemetery in Durhare, where her parents were interred).
Grace’s mother died when she was 3 years old, and her aunt Theresa (McKernan) Biles, who had played a significant role in raising her husband’s children from his 1st marriage, prevailed over the reported objections of James Monroe Biles to take in young Grace and raise her to maturity. According to Grace, her relationship with James was never warm and welcoming, so, as soon as she graduated from Camptown High School in 1913 she left his household. Grace worked briefly for her older “brother,” “Leafy” Biles (Para. e., above), when he resided at Camptown, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, but left there as soon as possible, putting herself through the 2-year teacher’s course at Mansfield Normal School (later Mansfield University) by sewing/dress-making for people in and around Mansfield; she apparently got no help from James M. Biles. She taught school for several years at Mill Creek, Tioga County, New York, and later owned and operated a small restaurant at Milan (just south of Athens on Rt 220), Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she met Earl Denver Young (photos) (more info) (b. 28 Jan 1898 at Roulette, Potter Co., PA, d. Fri, 9 Nov 1984 (age 86 yrs, 9 mo., 11 days) at the home of his daughter, Mirabel, RD #3 Mansfield, Richmond Township, Tioga County, PA, interred Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield) (SSN: 183-09-0222), who was employed as a mechanic on road projects at the time on Route 220, which connects Milan to communities north and south. At that time Earl operated concrete finishing machines.
subsequently married Earl on 11 August 1923 at Athens, Pennsylvania with
Justice of the Peace Ward W. Watrous officiating, and they resided in the
Mansfield, Pennsylvania area for many years.
Earl was employed throughout his life as a welder and road worker, often
having to reside away from home. During
the mid 1920s Grace contemplated moving her family west to be closer to her
father and siblings in
For obvious reasons, Grace considered Emma and Anna Biles to be her older sisters. She didn’t remember her mother well, since she was just 3 years old when Emma (McKernan) Steafather died. Her father moved with her two brothers to California shortly thereafter. One brother, Grover Steafather, did drive east and visited with Grace and her family once, and Grace and Earl drove their family to California once to visit them when their daughter, Mirabell was a small baby (of interest: following that trip Earl got his 1st driver’s license). Other than those meetings, Grace had no subsequent contact with her father and siblings.
Approximately 1960, after their children were grown and when Anna Biles was too old to live alone (Emma, her older sister, had died a few years before) and maintain what had been her parent’s house on RD #1 in Wyalusing Township, Grace and Earl Young moved into that house with Anna and made a lot of upgrades to the property (modern furnace, electricity, water system, indoor plumbing). Earl continued to live there until 2 days before his death.
Earl and Grace (Steafather) Young were members of the Camptown United Methodist Church. They had the following children, who are detailed further at generation 1 of the Young Annex.
(1. Charles Nevin Young: Born 1924.
(2. Mirabel Ann Young: Born 26 December 1925.
(3. Bruce Anson Young: Born 1933.
(4. Joan Marie Young: Born 4 June 1935.
4. Aaron Biles: (photos)
Born 10 September 1847 near
Homets Ferry in
5. Mary "Molly" “Mame” Biles: (photos)
Born 26/16 December 1848/49 near Homets Ferry in Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died there 7 November 1862 (age 13 yrs, 10mo., 12 days) from complications of diphtheria; interred Biles Cemetery.
6. Sarah/Sara Biles: (photos)
Born 10 May 1851 near
Homets Ferry in
7. Emily Amanda Biles: (photos)
Born 14 May 1853 near
Homets Ferry in
8. Anna “Annie” Eliza Biles: (photos)
Born 31 October 1855
near Homets Ferry in
9. John Addison Biles:
(photos) (more info)
Twin; two minutes older than his brother, Jacob. Born 16 February 1858 near Homets Ferry,
10. Jacob Madison Biles, MD: (photos)
Twin; two minutes
younger than his brother, John. Born 16
February 1858 near Homets Ferry,
After his younger
brother, “Dick” died unexpectedly (Jun 1885), Jacob followed in his footsteps
by studying medicine at the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati. He spent the first winter in Cincinnati while
his family stayed with his in-laws. He
stayed home 1 winter, then returned to
a. Bessie Marguerite Biles: (photos) (more info) Born 4 August 1884 at Homet’s Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died Tuesday, 5 July 1966 at Tioga General Hospital, Waverly; interred Oak Hall Cemetery, Towanda, Bradford County. Married Frederick “Fred” C. Heath (b. 18 Jun 1876 at Mercer, PA, d. 4 Jul 1933), son of David Heath, on 11 September 1905/06 (1906 in one Bible) and resided at 111 5th Street, Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Fred and Bessie had the following children:
(1. Harriett Heath: (photos) Born 6 December 1906 at Homet’s Ferry, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 1 January 1907; age 1 month.
(2. Ralph Raymond Heath
“Raymond”: Born 11 November 1907 at Towanda, Bradford County,
Pennsylvania. Died 10 June 1978. In 1965 was working for IBM (as a plumber) in
Endicott, Broome County, New York.
Resided at Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania when he died at age 70
on 10 June 1978. Married (1st)
(perhaps Louise) Allen. Married (2nd)
Jane Armstrong Davis and had 3 children.
Married (3rd) Mrs. Dorothy Marcy of Towanda,
(3. Mary Marguerite Heath: Born 15 October 1908 at Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 22 December 1995 at Owego, Tioga County, New York; funeral 27 December 1995 at Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. In 1993 had moved to Vestal, New York. Never married.
(4. Earl Paul Heath: Born 31 January 1911 a Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 1959. Married (1st) Evelyn (?). Perhaps married (2nd) Louise (?).
(5. Anna Mabel Heath
“Mabel”: (more info)
(SSN: 171-01-3931) Born 16 August 1920 (also seen: 7 Jul 1915) at Towanda,
(a. Earl Brady Houseknecht: Born 1942 at Elmira, Broome County, New York. Married (1st) Carol Elizabeth “Betty” Callaghan/Callahan and resided in New York. Later resided at Nichols. Earl and Carol had the following children:
(1) William “Bill” Henry Houseknecht: Born 1966. Married Anita Kraust and had the following children:
(a) Ashley Houseknecht: Born 1988.
(b) Joshua Houseknecht: Born 1989.
(c) Michelle Houseknecht: Born 1990.
Bill and Anita (Kraust) Houseknecht were divorced about 1992. In 2009 Bill resided with Laurie (?).
(2) Dale Wilson Houseknecht: Born 1969. Married Amy Hoyt. No children as of 1992.
Earl and Carol were subsequently divorced. Earl married (2nd) Darlene/Betty (Miller) Farlis and resided at Owego, New York. Darlene had the following children from her 1st marriage to (?) Farlis:
(3) Tommy Farlis.
(4) David Farlis.
(5) Dale Farlis.
(6) Tiny Farlis.
(7) Tammy Farlis.
(b. James “Jim” Richard
Houseknecht: Born 1947 at Elmira, Broome County, New
York. Employed as a teacher at
(1) James Gerald Houseknecht: Born 1970.
Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology,
(2) Jennifer Jo Houseknecht: Born 1973.
Majored in sports therapy at
(c. Mary Ann Houseknecht: (more info) Born 1949 at Elmira, Broome County, New York. Married Stanley Brown, son of Hugh Brown, in 1968 at Tioga Center, New York and resided in Pennsylvania. Mary and Stanley were subsequently divorced. Mary Ann and Stanley had the following daughters:
(1) Tina Jill Brown: Born 1969. Married Robert Lewis in 1992.
(2) Stacy Marie Brown: Born 1971. Married Scott Teel in 2009.
b. Roy Biles: (photos) Born 22/21 May 1889. Died 23 May 1889; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry.
c. Eva Biles: (photos) Born 27 March 1890. Died 30 October 1890; interred Biles Cemetery on the hill above Homets Ferry.
d. Raymond D. Biles: (photos) (more info) Born 14 January 1897/96 at Meshoppen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. Died unmarried on 17 October 1918 at St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania while assigned to the US Army Motor Transport Service during World War I (inscription on gov’t gravestone in Biles Cemetery: Co D 1 Regt SAC B SAT C 1897 – 1918 WWI). Graduated 1917 from Camptown High School, Camptown, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
11. Martin Luther Biles: (photos)
Born 28 November
1860/59 (Biles Cem Book says 1859; so does Helen Hoover’s Bible) near Homets
12. Elmore “Dick” Llewellyn Biles, MD: (photos) (more info)
Born 17 August 1863
near Homets Ferry,
13. Albert “Bubbie” Sidney Biles: (photos)
Born 25 July 1866 near
WARNING: This page is a working draft of the results of ongoing research; all information on or linked to this page is subject to change. Do not assume the information displayed here is accurate. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for its use or interpretation. Please help us identify inaccurate, incomplete, or inappropriate information and malfunctioning links by clicking here or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.