Oct 232016
 
Newspaper Stories - Walter Stiles

Newspaper Stories – Walter Stiles

When my Grandmother Stila M. (Harlan) Gleason passed away on May 7, 2002, not only did we lose the family matriarch but we lost the our family historian.  I had been dabbling with the family tree for a couple of years and but hadn’t really delved into researching and documenting the life stories of individuals.  I decided someone should document our family’s history to preserve it for future generations and so began my adventurous  journey, as an amateur genealogist, the search for Uncle Walter Stiles and the discovery of an interesting life.

Walter Stiles

Walter Stiles was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October of 1867, the second child and son of George Washington and Mary Jane (Cunningham) Stiles.   Walter’s father was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and his mother in New York.

George W. Stiles - Moves West - Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

George W. Stiles – Moves West – Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

The family remained in Illinois until the late 1870s and then headed West to Dickinson County, Kansas.  The family would remain in Dickinson County until 1889, when George Sr. headed west to Washington and Idaho.  The family, including wife Mary, along with Walter, Albert and daughter Emma, would soon follow.  Oldest son George Jr., remained in Kansas, until 1891.  The family had settled in Idaho; when George Jr. and his family joined them.

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Jun 302016
 

William Henry Gleason and Louisa Emeline Dunning

L-R top row: Roxie Isabell, Mabel Josephine, Bessie E., Violet Alice Bottom row: George Alfred, William H. "Hank." Charles Henry (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

l-r top row: Roxie Isabell, Mabel Josephine, Elizabeth Eveline “Bessie”, Violet Alice l-r seated: George Alfred, William H. “Hank.” Charles Henry “Charlie” (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

 

William Henry Gleason

William Henry “Hank” Gleason was born July 26, 1857, in Putnam County Missouri, to George H. and Mary Ann (Griffin) Gleason.  Hank’s 4x great-grandfather, Thomas Leeson\Gleason, settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1652.    Mary Ann’s family roots also go back to the early 1700s, in Connecticut.

Hank’s parents stayed in Missouri all of adult their lives, Mary Ann died in 1893 and is buried in the Torrey Cemetery at Putnam County, George passed in 1907, while visiting family in Oklahoma.  He is buried in the Liberal Cemetery, Seward County, Kansas.

Louisa Emeline (Dunning) Gleason - ca. 1880 (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

Louisa Emeline (Dunning) Gleason – ca. 1880 (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

Louisa Emeline Dunning

Louisa Emeline Dunning was born August 30, 1861, in Moscow, Freeborn County, Minnesota, to James Arthur and Helen Adelia (Gates) Dunning.  The Dunning family arrived in America in 1642 and Louisa’s great-grandfather, Silas Dunning, fought in the Revolutionary War (Ancestor # A035062).  The Gates family were also early settlers in America.  Louisa’s father died in 1889, at Florissant, Colorado and her mother remarried and moved to Elberton, Whitman County, Washington, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Marriage

By 1880, Hank was living in Rush, Rooks County, Kansas, the 1880 US census, enumerated in June, lists his occupation as farmer and he was living alone.  Louisa was also living in Rush, with her parents and siblings.  An interesting note is in the 1880 census, Hank, for the first time, lists the birth place of his father as Scotland.  There are two possible reasons, one may be to distinguish his origins from the Irish Gleason’s, who came over during the potato famine.  The other may be he was just trying to impress the young lady, who caught his eye.  Either way, there is a birth record for his father, George, in Oxford Massachusetts.  (both my son and I have done our DNA and we are matches to the Gleason line from England, who settled in Massachusetts)

On March 29, 1881, Hank and Louisa were married, in Rooks County, Kansas, where four of their children would be born, two daughters dying in infancy. Continue reading »

Jun 192016
 
Stiles Homestead - Upper Fords Creek (photo courtesy www.tallpinecabin.com)

Stiles Homestead – Upper Fords Creek (photo courtesy www.tallpinecabin.com)

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. Continue reading »

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