After 15 years of American Files family genealogy, I have found 3 distinct lines.That is, I cannot connect them so far, at least.There are the Maine Files, descendants of William Files, b. England 1726.There are the Southern and Western Files, descendants of John Files, sole survivor of the West Virginia "Files Massacre" of 1753.And there are my family of Canada/NY Files which I cannot connect to either of the above.
My great great great grandparents Noel (born about 1818) and Lucinda Files (born about 1821) emigrated from an unknown place in Canada to Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence Co., NY between 1844 and 1847.There was a Vilas family of shoemakers and tanners already in Oswegatchie who may have been related.Their children Caroline b. 1838, David b. 1840, and Noel Adney b. 1844 were all born in Canada.Calvin Files, my great great grandfather was born in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence Co., NY in Oct. 1846.A sister Emma was born in 1855 or 1856 in NY.
Calvin served as a drummer boy in the Civil War and later married a Jenny Molay or Maloy.
Please let me know if you have any information on this family.I have been stuck for many years because I do not know where in Canada they originated.
I would also be interested in hearing if anyone knows of other Files lines in the U.S., besides the three I mentioned above.