Re: Giles Slocum Mystery
I don't know where the name Bailey came from but heard that it was found in a book located in a Philadelphia (?) library, written in by some unknown person.There are people on the web who think there were two, or even three original settlers named Giles, and I think they are all totally confused.
Giles was not a son of Anthony but of Philip Slocum and Charity Bickham. He was in Portsmouth, R.I. about 1638 and would have been about 15 years of age. He did not own property at that time, but was tending a farm for some other person, perhaps a Cook (Cooke) relative. He did own some livestock which he tended on that farm. If he had been a son of Anthony, why would he live approximately 20-30 miles away, tending a farm in Portsmouth, when he should be helping his supposed father in Taunton, Ma.?
When his mother died, he was the executor to her estate and went back to England to get things settled. While there, he married Joan Cook (Cooke) and returned to Portsmouth at about the age of 20 where he eventually purchased land, which incidently, abuts the Cook (Cooke) property.
There is a cemetary located at what is now known as the Glenn Farm, in Portsmouth, R.I. , where his son, Giles 2 and his wife are buried. This cemetary is located on what was Cook property. I have been there several times, and the last time, was convinced that Giles #1 and Joan are also buried there. There are two large, unmarked slate stones that I believe are theirs. The Quakers were not allowed to have carved stones until a certain date in the 1700's. Giles # 2 has a carved stone. Why wouldn't Giles #2 want to be buried with his parents ?
In talking with the head of the Newport Historical Society, he tends to agree with me that this is very possible. Many of the early settlers had their own private cemetaries,on land which they owned, and I happen to live right next to one that contains about 30 unmarked stones and two that are carved in the mid 1700's.
Anthony owned land in Taunton as did Giles at one point. There is nothing in the Taunton records showing that any of the land owned by them was interconnected, either by sale, or gift. Giles also owned land here in Dartmouth, Ma., and it is said that Anthony also did. There is no record in the Dartmouth Town Hall showing that Anthony, did in fact, own land here. Giles supposedly moved to Dartmouth, very briefly, but returned to Portsmouth.Peleg, his 6th child, did live on the land, given to him by his father...this being my line.
Anthony was originally thought to have been killed in King Philips war, and in fact, it was rumored that he was killed on a bridge here in Dartmouth, but this all turned out false. He had moved to North Carolina where he was found years later. There is nothing in Anthony's will (or anything else) that mentions the name Giles.
Anthony's son John and Joseph along with his daughter went to North Carolina with their dad, and what I am now trying to find out is information and genealogy of Anthony's daughter, name unknown who is said to have married a person with the last name of Gilbert.I believe his son Edward stayed in Taunton.
If you want to chat some more about this, click on my name above for my e-mail address and contact me directly. I have lots of bits and pieces on Giles #1, if I can locate them all, for I have not organized all my papers yet.
Hope this might help you.