My grandfather was Dwight Wiles (known as Red Wiles) who I lived with every summer as a child and miss dearly.I knew William Wiles (a character) and Ruby Wiles (Ruby lived to least 100 years) as members of my family. Unfortunately, none of my family talked about the past. However, I have the family bible.The first entry is “John H. Wiles was born in the year of our Lord December the 8th “. Other entries are that John H. Wiles was married to Annie R. Butcher April 13th, 1884.It says John H. Wiles died but the entry is not finished with the date. From stories I did hear, John H. Wiles was a colorful character.
Other entries that might interest you (in chronological order)
BIRTHS Annie R.. Wiles born Oct. 19, 1862 Dennis E. Wiles born February 23, 1885 Bessie M. Wiles born December 2, 1886 William H. Wiles born July 17, 1888 Ruby C. Wiles born November 19, 1895 Hazel Alston Wiles born July 11, 1898 Dwight Marvin Wiles bornMay 18, 1900
DEATHS Bessie M. Wiles died February 26th, 1902 Dennis E. Wiles died October 8, 1910 Susannah Rachel Wiles died Februrary 28, 1930
I think that there were more children, but they died of typhoid.I think my grandfather mentioned a sibling,George Wiles who moved to Oregon and was never heard from again, possibly killed in a train accident while working.Ruby married, but her husband died soon after the marriage.I remember a Golde (sp?) Wiles, possibly a child of William Wiles. William Wiles married Phoebe ( I only knew her as Aunt Phoebe).Dwight Wiles married Merle Cathelland they had four children, three still living. One died as a baby.Two of the living children moved to Ohio. My grandfather had an interesting life with circumstances that could not happen now.
My grandfather and most of his relatives lived in or near Rowlesburg, West Virginia and elsewere in Preston, Parsons and possibly Tucker County. The city of Rowlesburg was pretty much decimated in a flood of the Cheat River in the late 1980’s, but fortunately, it was not the county seat, so some records may remain.I believe most of the family is buried on what I heard called the Wiles family farm.I have never been there since when I went to the funerals of my grandparents, the roads were too muddy to get up the mountain to the farm.
Did you know that red hair is a common characteristic of this branch of the Wiles family?Dwight, Ruby and one of my parents’ children had/have the characteristic shade ofWiles red hair.
This is probably more than you wanted to know.I would be interested in what youand others know.