I posted this information earlier in response to a query on another message board. Just in case it may help someone else, I decided to post same here.
Wiley and Reuben, plus John, Thomas Robert and Jeremiah II are believed to be brothers and sons of Jeremiah and Mary “Mollie” (Dills) Giles. William, shown on the 1840 Spartanburg, SC census, is a nephew through their brother John.
According to records, Wiley Giles was the father and Martha was most likely the mother of Benjamin Franklin Jiles. A couple of Wiley’s brother’s male descendants have done the DNA and matched. I have tried for several years now to find a direct male descendant of B.F. to test. I have also looked for a direct female line from Sarah and/or her sister to test for proof of the Indian blood. No luck yet, but maybe someone with enough family interest will eventually come forward and test.
Sarah was the daughter of John Whitfield and Lucy unknown. Her known siblings were Elizabeth, Drecilla (sp?), Sarah E., Sterling, John, others unknown I have traced each of her siblings. Sarah’s death and burial place has yet to be documented by me. Although unproven, she most likely died between 1881 and 1885 in Polk or Bartow Co., GA. No Dawes # or record for her has been located. If there is Indian heritage, as many descendants have been told, I have concluded it must come through Lucy. I have not found Lucy’s maiden name or parents.
I am following the descendants of each of Benjamin Franklin Jiles 12 known children, Wm. F., Starling L., Aljain J., Thomas Jefferson, Sarah, Morgan, Lillie, Etta, Pompy Lee, Gordon, Selma, and Josie, separately. I have photos of seven of the children and other family members including the ones you mentioned.
Many different tales have been told and passed down through the years. However entertaining some of the stories may be, none have yet to be proven. According to Civil War records Benjamin Franklin was 20 or 21 when he joined the Confederate Army. Had he deserted, it is doubtful he would have received his pensions.
B.F. Giles served as a Private in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was wounded (gunshot to right hand) during the Battle of the Wilderness in VA. After spending a number of days in the C.S.A. General Hospital in Farmville, VA, receiving treatment for infection of ring and middle finger, he was given a 60 day furlough. (records in file). While trying to make his way back home to GA, his wound became infected. A widow woman took him in and while he was there, Federal soldiers over took him. A Federal surgeon (SEE Pension Application in file for complete details) amputated his right arm, below the elbow. Stated in the application papers, B.F. was born Dec 15, 1840 and enlisted in 1861. Other records indicate he was born Dec 15, 1844 and enlisted in 1864.
The Adjutant General’s Office on January 2, 1909, in a reply to the Louisiana Board of Pension Commissioners, Baton Rouge, “It is shown by the records that B.F. Giles, private, Company E, 60th Georgia Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisted February 20, 1864. He is reported on the roll for the period from May 1 to August 31, 1864, latest on file us [as typed] “Absent, wounded, 5 May, 1864, Wilderness, Va; Furloughed, absent without --- since August 1, 1864. No later record of him has been found.”
B.F. stated in his pension application he was discharged because of his wounds. The Battle of the Wilderness was fought in VA, May 5-7, 1864. He also states he was in Murray Co., GA at the time of surrender.
Benjamin F. Jiles filed for a GA Confederate Pension in Polk Co., GA, Nov 26, 1879 (copy in file) for loss of limb. He signed with his mark X. Witnesses, John A. Brooks, Josiah V. Philpot and Ellis W. Clements testified Benjamin was wounded in the right arm in the engagement of the Wilderness in VA and same arm was amputated below the elbow. He received payment in the amount of $40.00, Dec 2, 1879.
B.F. Jiles filed an Application for Relief by Soldiers Maimed or Disabled during the Late War, July 25, 1887, in Calhoun Co., AL (copy in file).
He married Elizabeth Ann Pinkerton, 8/17/1885, Polk Co., GA by Rev. Jack Davis, Bk C, Pg 24. She is buried beside him in the Old Saline Cemetery, Saline, Bienville Parish, LA.
Any corrections or addtions are always appreciated.