FAMILY OF BENJAMIN L. STILES; CONNECTICUT STILES LINE
DNA TESTING PROVES WE AREN’T MASSACHUSETTS LINE
While there is only two Connecticut DNA samples, our very probable one and one other, Connecticut Stiles family member tested with the FTDNA Company since last November -- the results are still conclusive that my family’s Stiles line is NOT the Massachusetts one. We don’t have enough Conn. samples to prove a match, however to the family of Ezra Stiles of Yale.
Since there are almost just known Mass. & Conn. Stiles families who populate Upstate NY in the very early 1800’s this whittles down the possibilities that the other present Stiles line, the Massachusetts one, is NOT my family.
Other possibilities than a Connecticut connection are a New Jersey line or a bastard one. However the New Jersey line didn’t have many members in upstate in 1804 if any. They did have a lot of members in that area later on (by the 1850’s). Though we could have a bastard line, the possibilities for that are still remote.
However, I ALSO found a Will & Testament abstract (NEHGS Website database) that had Benjamin Stiles listed as an heir most likely and it was written by (agreed by SFA Historians) most likely by his maternal grandfather (Jacob Schraft). This was for Milford in Otsego when my Ben was 4 years of age.
After years of research, it can now be agreed that Benjamin L. Stiles was of the Connecticut Stiles line, descendants of John Stiles who arrived here aboard the ship Abigail in 1635.A summary of my research until October 28 of 2005 can be seen at this Stiles website (under the post “Benjamin L. Stiles – Research Explained – Since 1999” by Diane S.)
In that post the point was made that in the obituary of Benjamin Stiles, which was printed in the Illinois newspaper “Iroquois County Times,” on March 22, or 1884, he was said to have been born in “Greenville, Vermont”.
This disproves that he was born in Ireland as one other Stiles family poster has asserted. This Stiles researcher also stated that Benjamin had arrived in the US around 1840.Since Ben’s eldest son Wilfred was born in 1827 in Fredonia, New York, according to Wilfred’s obit, that is probably impossible.
In my post of 2005, I had also discussed the exact location of Benjamin’s birth and the reasons for my concluding after much research -- that it was most likely in New York where this took place.
For instance, Standish Stiles who was a brother of Wilfred (1850 Federal Census, Illinois; Page 17, Image 9) stated in the 1880 FC that his father (Benjamin Stiles) was born in NY:
Brother Standish Stiles (Wilfred’s) Image Source:
Father born in NY (Benjamin) Mother born NY, self in Illinois in 1845. This is much later than Standish's older siblings Mary Stiles Druce and Wilfred who were born in NY.
Previous source: FC;Year: 1880; Census Place: Watseka, Iroquois, Illinois; Roll: T9_214;Page: 251.1000; Enumeration District: 135; Image: 0283.
By this time according to the Obituary of Wilfred Stiles (1836) the family had relocated from Fredonia to Illinois. ("Watseka Republican," Newspaper; 1904).
Some of what is known about Benjamin in Chautauqua where Fredonia is located:
The Reverend David Brown (of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredonia) performed the marriage for Benjamin Stiles and my 3-great grandma in 1823. They were listed in church records as Ben Styles and ---- (Betsey) Moore. According to newspaper "New York Censor" (Fredonia)of March 24, 1824, Benjamin Stiles married Betsey Moore on March 18 of that year.
According to his obituary printed on April 6, 1904 in the Watseka (Illinois) Republican Newspaper, Wilfred Stiles, son of Ben Stiles, was born in Fredonia on December 29, 1827.
The Fredonia "(New York) Censor" Newspaper ran an obituary on Oct. 2, 1839 for: "Standish R. Stiles died at Abingdon IL on August 29, 1839. He was son of Benjamin Stiles, formerly of Fredonia."
The 1830 Federal Census Record for the County of Chautauqua (Pomfret, page 422, Roll: M19_86) lists our Benjamin Stiles, as do both the 1825 & 1835 New York State Census Records
Some of what is known about his father Avery Stiles
He was listed in the 1825 & 1835 N.Y. State Census Records, Hanover Township; also the 1830 Federal Census Record. This location is in Chautauqua County New York.Thought there are other Stiles families in Chautauqua around (albeit somewhat later) than this time period, the other families are known to have other children without a Benjamin born in 1804.
There are also other Stiles families known to be in the surrounding areas around this time period.There is even another Benjamin in a local county. This other Benjamin was a Revolutionary War Hero and was much older than our Benjamin who was, born in 1804.
There is only one other Avery Stiles listed by the genealogy group Stiles Family of America.He was younger than this Avery, and too young to have been Ben’s father.This other Avery was not even born when “our” Avery was listed in census records.As it was, Avery Stiles having been listed in the Federal Census Years 1800, 1810 & 1820 in New York as well as later.
The almost certainly the same Avery (by head of household age designation & family age designations) was as stated above, listed in the 1825 & 1835 NY State Census Records. This fact matched only one man named Avery Stiles by known sources.
This was Avery Winthrop Stiles, listed in the Stiles Family Of America book by Henry Reed Stiles (page 237, family 23 #305).He was the son in turn of an Eli Stiles known to be of the Connecticut Stiles family line.
In turn, Avery Winthrop Stiles was listed in the book as having moved to Canada and did not have either a wife or children’s names listed after him. Upstate New York, especially Chautauqua Counties are located next to Canada.This was indeed also a probable location match.
NEW FINDS SEAL ISSUE OF BIRTH
Re: Birth Record Needed for Dunkirk; Ben L. Stiles
Posted by: DIANE STILES (ID *****9430) Date: August 25, 2007 at 16:10:14
Chautauqua is quite the family project then!
Lois has helped me out and I also appreciated your input.
By the way, I found a wonderful piece of information that proved fairly well that I was right (along with Leon Noble Stiles of the SFA who shared my opinion about my Stiles line).
This was the point that (my 3great) Ben L. Stiles, the subject of the post that I had put here -- was born in New York and probably in Western Upstate.
I found a Will & Testament abstract (NEHGS Website database) that had Benjamin Stiles listed as an heir most likely and it was written by (as Leon said) most likely by his maternal grandfather. This was for Milford in Otsego when my Ben was 4 years of age.
I was absolutely thrilled to say the least. This is especially since I have been searching for Ben's parents since 1999. He could have easily been born in Chautauqua with that information but more likely Niagara or Otsego.
The maternal grandfather's name was Jacob Schraft. We didn't have any idea what Ben's mother's maiden name was.
His father was found to have been probably an Avery Stiles who was listed in the SFA book for the Connecticut Stiles line. The book didn't list his wife. It said he disappeared to Canada. I think you are the one who said that the Avery we found in the FCs was probably the same one from the Henry Reed Stiles book too -- as did Leon previously.
Anyway, we found Avery all over Western Upstate. Avery was in the 1810 FC listed for Plainfield in Otsego. He was listed there as A. Stiles but this was one of 5 listings for Avery for those early 1800's FCs all in W. Upstate. Leon knew that was Avery.
The Schraft will was written and probated in 1808 in Milford. Avery Stiles, Ben's father was found in 1810 in Plainfield also in Otsego. Ben was 4 years old, very early age to find him as.
More than just coincidence this time
In conclusion, this issue appears at this time to be a done deal.