George Washington Stiles and Mary Jane Cunningham
George Washington Stiles
George Washington Stiles was born at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in July of 1835. According to US census information, both of his parents were U.S. born, his father in Massachusetts and his mother in Ohio.
According to the 1900 census his family returned to the U.S. in 1844. In 1857 George was living in the Boston area and on August 17 of that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, as a blacksmith. The 1860 census, enumerated September 5th of 1860, shows that George was stationed at Fort Defiance, in the New Mexico Territory. He probably was there to witness the Navajo attack, which occurred in April of that year.
George mustered out of the Army on August 17, 1863, in Williamsburg, Virginia. He would get as far as Chicago, where he would put down roots, for a time.