Giles Family History
Giles known locations: Tennesse, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Giles family history has been traced back to Holloway Giles in the Eastern Region of Tennessee. On the eastern border of Tennesse are the Great Smoky Mountains, fertile valleys and rivers. Holloway was born in Tennesse or North Carolina in 1783. The boundaries of North Carolina and Tennesse changed in 1783. Many eastern counties were formed before Tennessee became a state in 1796. Holloway can be placed in Cocke and Monroe County, Tennesse. Holloway married Elizabeth Coleman . Elizabeth Coleman was born in 1800 in North Carolina. Her father was Jessee Coleman. Holloway and Elizabeth had eleven known children, Timothy born 1818, Jessee born 1820, John born 1823, William born 1825, Nica born 1828, Meadow born 1829, Holloway born 1832, Tilman born 1836, Tolever born 1837, Lucinda born 1839 and Thomas Jefferson Russell Giles born 1841. All eleven children were born in Tennesse.
In 1820, Holloway and Elizabeth are living in Cocke County, Tennesse. On September 23, 1844, Jessee Giles married Rose Stephens in Monroe County, Tennesse. They were married by Thomas J. Russell, Minister of the Gospel. In 1850, Holloway is living in Monroe County, Tennesse with his wife Elizabeth and seven children, Nica 22, Meadow 21, Holeway 18, Tillman 15, Toliver 13, Lucinda 11, and Thomas 9. Living next door to Holloway and Elizabeth Giles is ther son, John Giles. John is living with his wife Mary and their son William age two. Mary his wife was born about 1824 or 1830 in Tennesse. John Giles married Mary J. McNabb on March 24, 1847 in Monroe County, Tennesse. Tragically, in 1848, only one year after John's marriage to Mary, John Giles died. John and Jessee's brother, William Giles married Elizabeth Gunn on October 27, 1848. Living not too far away from Holloway and John Giles in 1850, is Jessee and Rosanah Giles and their three children, Lurana 5, Thomas 2, and Mary 8 months. On January 8, 1857 in Monroe County, Jessee Giles married Lydia Perkins. They were married by M.F. Johnson, J.P. One month later, Jessee's brother Tilman Giles married Martha Tate on Febuary 4, 1857. In 1860, Holloway 77, Elizabeth 60, and three of their children, Lucinda 20, Thomas 20 and another Lucinda 15 are living in Monroe County. In 1860 in Monroe County, Jessee is living with his new wife, Lyda age 24. Living with Jessee and Lyda are Lurina 15, Thomas 13, Mary 11 and John 9, all from Jessee's previous marriage to Rose Stephens. Also, living with Jessee and Lyda are their two sons Issac Bartlett age 2 and Marion Hollis age 1. Holloway Giles' son Meadow and his family are also living in Monroe County 1860. Meadow, his wife E.J. a son William M. age 2 and a daughter M.E. Holloway 's son William Giles and his family are living not to far away in Rhea County, Tennesse. William and his wife Elizabeth and their children, Penelope A. 10, Elisha k. 8, Henry S. 6, Susan M. 5, and Adaline A. age 3. On September 19, 1867 in Monroe County, Jessee married Susan Lankford. In 1870 in Monroe county, living with Jessee and Susan are Thomas 21, Mary 19, Issac 12, and Marion 11. William and Elizabeth Giles and their children, Penelopy 20, Elisha 18, Henry 16, Susan 14, Modena 12, Rhoda 10, Sarah 8, William 1 are still living in Rhea County in 1870. William is a farmer with an estate valued at five hundred dollars. Elisha and Henry are both farm laborers. Sometime after the census of 1870 and before his death on September 11, 1870, Thomas Jefferson Russell Giles married Martha Best Sloan. Ten years later on the 1880 census of Monroe County, Susan is not listed as living with Jessee Giles. Living with Jessee are Issac 20, Martha A. 15, a sister Lucinda 37, and his mother Elizabeth 79. Elizabeth's husband, Holloway must have passed away sometime after the 1860 census was taken. In 1880, living next door to Jessee Giles is Hannibal and Nicey McSpadden. Nicey McSpadden is Jessee's sister Nica Giles. In 1901, at the age of seventy three, Nica Giles passed away. In 1910, Lucinda Giles, sister of Jessee and Nica, is living with Hannibal McSpadden her brother in law. The McSpadden family has deep roots in eastern Tennesse and and Virginia. Hannibal McSpadden's father was Samuel Keyes McSpadden. Samuel K. McSpadden was born January 30, 1798. Samuel's parents Samuel McSpadden and Sarah Keys/Keyes. Samuel was born October 10, 1756 near Lexington, Rockbridge County, VA. Sarah Keys may have been the widow of Roger Keys and the daughter of William Adair. Samuel and Sarah had nine children. After the death of Sarah, Samuel married Nancy Harris and had eleven more children. His home is still standing at Strawberry Plains, Jefferson County, Tennesse. Samuel's parents were Thomas and Nancy. Thomas McSpadden was born about 1730. He came to America possibly with the Lyle family from Ireland. They were originally of Scottish descent. He purchased land in the Borden Tract in what is now Rockbridge County, VA. In 1750, he was one of the founding members of the TimberRidge Presbyterian Church just north of Lexingon which still stands today. Samuel first married a Jane Henderson, who was born 1821. He later married a Patsy , who was born about 1805. Samuel Keyes McSpadden was living in Monroe County, Tennesse in 1850 with his wife, Patsy 45, Hannibal 23, Arnold 21, Thomas 13, Nice 12, Nancy 7 Constantine 6, Lauretta Davis 22, and Lucretia age 2. It is not known when Jessee Giles passed away. He may have been buried in New Providence Cemetery in Tellico Plains, in Monroe County, Tennesse.
Sometime after 1880, Marion Hollis Giles, son of Jessee and Lyda, made the migration westward to Texas. Marion married Maggie Emma Truitt. Marion and Maggie had six children. After the death of his wife and daughter, Marion moved into the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory / Oklahoma. Marion never remarried after the death of his first wife, Maggie. M.H. Giles had a grocery store in Cartwright, Oklahoma. The store was more of a general store in that it carried a wide variety of merchandise to meet the needs of the settlers. Then they later moved to Platter, Oklahoma, where he had a grocery store there. Marion was of Baptist faith. He lived through some hard times in Oklahoma's history, World War I, the national prohibition, and the dust bowl years of the 1930's in Oklahoma. Marion Hollis Giles died in Platter in 1942 at the ripe old age of about ninety. He died during the middle of World War II. He is buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma. Buried next to him is his son, Floyd and his wife, Florence Giles. Buried in the same cemetery is his daughter Ethel Giles Carrell and other son Angus Giles.
On Septmeber 11, 1928, Tilman Giles died at the age of about ninety-two. He is buried in Cane Creek Cemetery at Ball Play in Monroe County, Tennesse.
Jessee Giles of Monroe County, Tennesse was born about 1820. He is the son of Holloway and Elizabeth Giles also of Monore County, Tennesse. At the age of about twenty-four, Jesse married Rose Stephens on September 23, 1844 in Monroe County. Rose or Rosanna was also born about 1820 in Tenn. They are listed on the 1850 census of Monroe county along with three children, Lurana age 5, Thomas age 2, and Mary J. age 8. They are living near Jessee's father, Holloway Giles and his brother, John Giles. Living next door to Jessee and Rosanah is Joel D. Stepehns, which is probably a brother to Rosanah. Joel is listed as a thirty-four year old Miller born in Tennesse. He is married to a thirty-two year old, Margarett from Tennesse. They have seven children, William 13, Mary 12, David 9, John 7, Margarett 5, Mellvil 3, Thomas 1, all listed on the 1850 census.
In 1860, Jessee Giles is listed with a new wife, Lyda and three additional children, John age 9, Issac B age 2, and Marion Hollis Giles age 1. Due to the age difference between John and Issac, John is probably the son of the first wife Rose and Issac and Marion are the children of the second wife, Lyda. The Civil war broke out in 1861, Jesse would have been about forty-one. It is not know if he it fought on either side. Nor is it known yet, if Jesse or any of his other children made the move to Texas, with his youngest son Marion Giles in the early 1900's.
Marion H. Giles and Maggie E. Truitt
Marion was born in September of 1859 in Monroe, County Tennesse. Marion Hollis Giles married Maggie Emma Truitt. It is not known if they married in Tennesse or Texas. Nor is the accurate spelling of MaggieÂ’s last name known. Maggie was born November 22, 1866 in Texas, Georgia or Missouri. In the 1910 census, Maggie's two sons, Angus and Floyd list their mother as being born in Missouri. In the 1920 census, Angus lists his mother as being born in Texas. Also, in the 1920 census, Floyd lists his mother as being born in Georgia.
Marion and Maggie had six children. Maggie was about eighteen when they had their first child, a daughter, Lydia A. Giles was born in April of 1884, location unknown. Their second child, Ethel Carol Giles was born October 5, 1886, location unknown. Their thirdchild, a son, Jessie Giles was born December 1889, location unknown. Their fourth child,Eva Belle Giles was born September 24, 1891, in Texas. Their fifth child, Angus Giles was born May 19, 1892, in Texas. Their sixth child, Floyd Giles was born September 9, 1898, in Texas. About a year and a half later, Eva Belle passed away on January 13, 1900, at the young age of eight. A short year later, on February 16, 1901, Maggie passed away. Marion and MaggieÂ’s youngest child, Floyd was a tender age of two, when his mother passed away. Maggie and Emma both died in Paris, Texas in Lamar County. The cemetary is located on private land in the middle of a field. The death dates for Maggie and Eva Giles came from the cemetery. Ethel Carol was supposedly married about the age of 14 in Paris, Texas in Lamar County... the approximate date would have been abt 1900.
Sometime after MaggieÂ’s death in 1901, the Giles family settled in West Burns Run, the settlement was called Coffee's Bend. Lake Texoma did not exist at this time. It was built several years later. Marion, spelled M-a-r-r-a-n, and his two sons, Angus and Floyd were listed on the 1910 census of Oklahoma in Bryan County. They were enumerated on May 5, 1910 as living in part of township five in Bryan county. Marion is listed as a white male, age fifty, born in Tennesse. He is listed as being widowed and having four living children. Both his father and mother are listed as being born in Tennesse. His is listed as being a farmer of a general farm. The farm is listed as being a rented farm. (farm schedule 147) He was able to read, but not able to write. Both of his sons, were listed as farm laborers on a horse farm. Both had attended school at sometime after September 1, 1909. The girls were not listed on the 1910 census. However, both were probably married with families. Since, they would be in their mid twenties. Something Puzzling is the fact that only four of Marion's children were living in the 1910 census. Which means that someone else has passed away. Eva Belle passed away in 1900. It has to be either Lydia or Jessie. Facts currently point to Lydia.
Ethel, Floyd and Angus all owned land next to each other. They were all farmers. The main crops grown were peanuts and corn. Angus had fourteen children. All of Angus' children worked in the field. A standing comment was that Lona Giles, Angus' wife, would work all day in the field, break for lunch at the house, have another baby then be back to work in the fields that evening. Ethel and Floyd lost their land during the prohibition years due to back taxes. Angus was able to keep his land Angus' land is still in the family. His son and grandchildren are still owners of the land that he once owned.
When World War began in 1914, Marion would have been fifty-five. The war ended in 1918. January 1920 marks the beginning of the national prohibition. Marion may have been living in Sulphur Oklahoma in the 1920's. The 1920 Oklahoma census lists a M.H. Giles, white male age 61, born in Tennesse living in Sulphur Oklahoma (Murray County) on West Ardmore Ave.
Family members recall M.H. Giles had a grocery store in Cartwright, Oklahoma. Then they later moved to Platter, Oklahoma, where he had a grocery store there. Marion was of Baptist faith. He lived through the hard times of the dust bowl years of the 1930's in Oklahoma. Marion Hollis Giles died in Cartwright, Oklhaoma in 1942 at the ripe old age of about ninety. At the time of his death he was staying with his daughter Ethel. He died during the middle of World War II. He is buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma. Buried next to him is his son, Floyd and his wife, Florence Giles. Buried in the same cemetery is his daughter Ethel Giles Carrell and other son Angus Giles.
Source of Information - Bryan County History; Article #F206 on Page 294 written by living family member. "M.H. Giles my great-great-grandfather and his wife Maggie Truitt, came to Colbert, Oklahoma, in 1906 or 1907 from Tennessee. They came by covered wagon while it was still Indian Territory. They settled in West Burns Run before it became Lake Texoma, the settlement was called Coffee's Bend. M.H. Giles had a grocery store in Cartwright, OK, where the Black Garter was. Then they later moved to Platter, Oklahoma, where he had a grocery store there. He was born in 1852 and died in Platter in 1942. He is buried in the Garden of Memory in the Colbert Cemetary. They were of the Baptist faith.
They had six children, 4 girls and 2 boys. One of those girls was my great grandmother Ethel, who was born October 5, 1886. In the late 1800's she married T.E. Carrell. She was about 14 years old at the time. They married in Paris, TX. They settled east of Cartwright close to the Sandy Creek. They were farmers and they were also of the Baptist faith. T.E. Carrell was born in the year of 1862 and died in 1943. Ethel Carrell died in 1948. Their house burned on December 13, 1947; they lost everything in the house."
Note*** both birth and death dates are confirmed by Bryan Co. Cemetaries, Vol. II on page 23. Marion Hollis is buried in Section IX (west to east); Row 6 next to his son Floyd E. Giles and his wife Florence.
Angus Giles born May 19, 1894 in Texas. As a young boy of sixteen, he was working as a farm laborer on a horse farm in Oklahoma. About the age of nineteen, Angus married a young woman named Mrytle. Angus and Mrytle had one son, Oscar E. Giles and two daughters, Fern and Maggie Giles. Oscar was born September 30, 1913 in Colbert, Oklahoma. Fern was born about 1916 in Oklahoma. Maggie was born about 1918 in Oklahoma. Angus, Mrytle, and their children are listed on the 1920 census of Oklahoma. Enumerated in January of 1920 in the Mulberry Precint, Township 5, Colbert Oklahoma in Bryan County. Angus is living next door to his brother Floyd. Angus is listed as a white male, age twenty-seven, born in Texas. Mrytle, his wife is listed as white female, age 27, born in Georgia. Angus owned his home in 1920. (He did not have it mortgaged.) He is listed as being able to both read and write. He lists his father as being born in Tennesse and his mother being born in Texas. He is listed as being a farmer of his own farm. (Farm Schedule 90) Myrtle is listed as being able to both read and write. She lists her parents as both being born in Georgia. Mrytle passes away in 1920. This was around the peak of the worldwide influenza epidemic. She is buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma.(near Angus Giles)
Angus married his second wife, Lona. Lona was born on March 22, 1901, location unknown. Angus and Lona were married sometime before 1921. The birth of their first child, Angus M. Giles, Jr was on November 27, 1921. Angus and Lona had several other children. Some could still be living. Angus was a farmer. He had several acres of land somewhere between Colbert and Cartwright in Bryan County. He died in 1969. Lona died several years later in August of 1987. They are buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma near several beloved family members.
Four known children surpassed Angus in death. Patricia Ann Giles died at the tender age of two in January of 1943. A few months later, the newborn Billy Lee Giles died at the age of 15 days old in April of 1943. When Billy passed away, Angus Jr. was stationed at Camp Carson in Colorado. Two short years later, Angus M. Giles, Jr died on June 30, 1945. He died overseas during World War II. He was the first body to be returned to the area from the European theater of operations, according to a newspaper clipping on the upcoming funeral arrangements in the Sherman Democrat. The funeral arrangements were conducted by a joint team from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The body was escorted to Denison by Tech. Sgt. James L. Corlett. Three of the children are buried near their parents in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma. Sadly, all three children and Angus' father passed away within a few short years, all during World War II. Oscar E. Giles, was the fourth child to pass away. Oscar died in Denison, Texas hospital following a long illness. The Rev. Ernest Potter, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church conducted the services. Oscar was buried in Cederlawn Memorial Park in Denison, Texas. Oscar was a member of the Baptist Church, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge and Knights Templar. In 1943, he was stationed at Camp Gruber in Oklahoma. He was a veteran of World War II.
Floyd E. Giles and Florence M. Robinson
Floyd Giles born September 09, 1898 in Texas. As a young boy of twelve, he was working as a farm laborer on a horse farm in Oklahoma. Floyd was hard of hearing. As a child he may have been kicked in the head by a horse. About the age of twenty, Floyd married a young woman named Florence Marie Robinson. Floyd married Florence Marie Robinson of Finch, Oklahoma on January 23 of 1918, in Madill, Oklahoma. They had nine children. Floyd, Florence Marie, and their daughter, Ruthie are listed on the 1920 census of Oklahoma. Enumerated in January of 1920 in the Mulberry Precint, Township 5, Colbert Oklahoma in Bryan County. Floyd is living next door to his older brother Angus. Floyd is listed as a white male, age twenty-one, born in Texas. (Florence) "Marie", his wife is listed as white female, age 19, born in Oklahoma. Floyd owned his home in 1920. (He did not have it mortgaged.) He is listed as being able to both read and write. He lists his father as being born in Tennesse and his mother being born in Georgia. He is listed as being a farmer of his own farm. (Farm Schedule 91) Marie is listed as being able to both read and write. She lists her father as being born in Kansas and her mother as being born in Oklahoma. Floyd always wore overalls. He only wore a suit for funerals.
The major source of transportation for the family was by horse or wagon. Later in life in the 1920's, Floyd bought an old Model A car. He very rarely drove it. He preferred to ride a horse to his destination, saying that at least they go in the direction you point them. His daughter Ruthie's husband did most of the driving until one day when they got the car stuck in Sandy Creek. To get to Ruthie's house from Floyd and Florences, one had to cross the creek. Well one afternoon the car got stuck in the creek, Floyd left the car till the next morning when he could get help to pull it out. However, during the night it rained and the creek rose feeling the car with muddy water. Well, they got the car out of the creek but it never ran quite right after that incident.
Ilene, Boyd and Ruthie went to school at Mulberry aka Coffee Bend for a while. All of the kids graduated from the Platter school in Platter, Oklahoma. Floyd and Florence lived in a log house that had two big rooms. One of the large rooms was divided into three sections to make bedrooms. The house didn't have running water. Water had to be carried from ??? for all watering needs.
Older knowing family members, recall that the Giles family was a part of making southeastern Oklahoma what it is today. Family members recall that Floyd was a part of the two major changes to the area, the building of the Red River Bridge and the building of the Denison Dam which in turn created Lake Texoma. Family members say that Floyd was in the first wagon to cross the Red River Bridge. In addition, that same day that he hauled wood across the Red River in his wagon, he supposedly ate with Governor Alphia Bill Murray of Oklahoma. In addition, he was a part of the crew that built the Denison Dam and Lake Texoma, which were public works projects. Floyd worked on clearing land for the dam from Platter to Gainsville. The bulldozer would bulldoze the tree. Floyd would tie a chain around the tree then use his team of horses to move the tree into a pile. After making a pile of trees, he would then set fire to them. He would have to watch the fire to make sure it remained contained.
There was a known Nazi prison camp, the prisoners worked on building the dam until citizens of the area where available to work. The camp closed in 1946. Floyd once received a letter in the mail from a German who was believed to have been working on the dam project. The postmaster tore up the letter because Floyd didn't know how to read German.
Later in life, he moved to Oklahoma City and worked at the Packard Hide House. Floyd retired from the Packard Hide House, which was a slaughter house. His retirement years were spent at Lake Texoma in the Cartwright area. Dick Driskell owned some land that the government bought to build the dam. The government turned around and leased part of Driskell's land back to him. The lease was a one hundred year lease. In the mid 1960's, Dick Driskell then leased smaller portions of land to individuals to put houses upon. Floyd and Florence were one of the ones to purchase a lease. They had a one hundred year lease on a small section of land near the lake. They lived in a trailer house set deep in the woods with a large garden in front. Their son married the daughter of the couple living next door. That same son has a lake house which sits behind the houses of their parents. One might say Lake Texoma is a Giles family tradition.The monthly lease was for about 15 to 25 dollars. Floyd and Florence shopped around for a trailer to put on the land, had round septic tanks installed and a well for water dug. The trailer had propane installed for heat and a water cooler to keep it cool. The same land is still leased today.
Floyd passed away June 20, 1971. About nineteen years later, Florence passed away on February 13, 1990. They are buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Colbert, Oklahoma near several beloved family members.
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