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Richard Dexter Genealogy, 1642-1904

Being a history of the descendants of Richard Dexter of Malden, Massachusetts, from the notes of John Haven Dexter and original researches. Richard Dexter, who was admitted an inhabitant of Boston (New England), Feb. 28, 1642, came from within ten miles of the town of Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland, and belonged to a branch of that family of Dexter who were descendants of Richard de Excester, the Lord Justice of Ireland. He, with his wife Bridget, and three or more children, fled to England from the great Irish Massacre of the Protestants which commenced Oct. 27, 1641. When Richard Dexter and family left England and by what vessel, we are unable to state, but he could not have remained there long, as we know he was living at Boston prior to Feb. 28, 1642.

Muster Roll of Captain Hiram Burnham’s Company

Muster Roll of Captain Hiram Burnham’s Company of Light Infantry in the Detachment of drafted Militia of Maine, called into actual service by the State, for the protection of its Northeastern Frontier, from the third day of March, 1839, the time of its rendezvous at Calais, Maine, to the sixth day of April, 1839, when discharged or mustered.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, NY

In this volume will be found a record of many whose lives are worthy the imitation of coming generations. It tells how some, commencing life in poverty, by industry and economy have accumulated wealth. It tells how others, with limited advantages for securing an education, have become learned men and women, with an influence extending throughout the length and breadth of the land. It tells of men who have risen from the lower walks of life to eminence as statesmen, and whose names have become famous. It tells of those in every walk in life who have striven to succeed, and records how that success has usually crowned their efforts. It tells also of many, very many, who, not seeking the applause of the world, have pursued “the even tenor of their way,” content to have it said of them, as Christ said of the woman performing a deed of mercy – “They have done what they could.” It tells how that many in the pride and strength of young manhood left the plow and the anvil, the lawyer’s office and the counting-room, left every trade and profession, and at their country’s call went forth valiantly “to do or die,” and how through their efforts the Union was restored and peace once more reigned in the land. In the life of every man and of every woman is a lesson that should not be lost upon those who follow after. Genealogists will appreciate this volume from the fact that it contains so much that would never find its way into public records, and which would otherwise be inaccessible. Great...

Slave Narrative of Annie Hawkins

Person Interviewed: Annie Hawkins Location: Colbert, Oklahoma Age: 90 I calls myself 90, but I don’t know jest how old I really am but I was a good sized gal when we moved from Georgia to Texas. We come on a big boat and one night the stars fell. Talk about being scared! We all run and hid and hollered and prayed. We thought the end of the world had come. I never had no whitefolks that was good to me. We all worked jest like dogs and had about half enough to eat and got whupped for everything. Our days was a constant misery to us. I know lots of niggers that was slaves had a good time but we never did. Seems hard that I can’t say anything good for any of ’em but I sho’ can’t. When I was small my job was to tote cool water to the field to the hands. It kept me busy going back and forth and I had to be sho’ my old Mistress had a cool drink when she wanted it, too. Mother and my sister and me worked in the field all day and come in time to clear away the things and cook supper. When we was through in the kitchen we would spin fer a long time. Mother would spin and we would card. My old Master was Dave Giles, the meanest man that ever lived. He didn’t have many slaves, My mammy, and me, and my sister, Uncle Bill, and Truman. He had owned my grandma but he give her a bad whupping and she...

Biography of Fry W. Giles

Fry W. Giles, one of the founders of Topeka and its pioneer banker, was born at Littleton, New Hampshire, in 1819. In the fall of 1854 he left New England for Kansas, and on December 4th of that year arrived at the place where Topeka now stands. He was secretary of the association that laid out the city, and it is said named the new town. In March, 1855, he was appointed its first postmaster. During the early settlement of the county he kept a private record of real estate transfers, which was later made the legal records of Shawnee County by act of the Legislature. In 1857 he was elected county recorder and clerk, and in 1864 he opened the first bank at Topeka. Two years later he took a partner and the business was conducted for some time under the firm name of F. W. Giles & Co. When the Topeka National Bank was founded he became the first prosident of that institution. Mr. Giles was the author of a work entitled “Thirty Years in Topeka,” which was published in 1886. In this work he relates many interesting incidents that occurred during that period –incidents that otherwise might have been forgotten. He died on June 9,...

Hollie Clyde Giles

Entered service Y. M. C. A., Jan. 1, 1918. Sailed overseas Aug. 15, 1918. Arrived in France Sept. 2, 1918. Assigned to Motor Transport Duty, visiting various battle fronts and canteens in the interest of the soldiers. Some of the fronts he served at were Soissons, Rheims, Chateau Thierry, Toul Sector and others; the last duty performed was to drive a Packard Twin-Six, which belonged to Lt. Col. Goodrich, from Genoa, Italy to Paris, by the way of Monte Carlo and Nice, crossing the Alps Mountains; driving time thirty-one hours; one thousand seven hundred and fifteen kilometers. Landed in New York May 20, 1919. Mustered out May 21, 1919. Now holds responsible position with the Ford Motor Co., which he held before entering the service at Charlotte,...

Harris, Giles P. – Obituary

Giles P. Harris Expires Sunday, Resident of Valley for 53 years; Funeral to be held Wednesday. Giles P. Harris, age 60, who has been a resident of the Kittitas valley for 53 years died at the Ellensburg General hospital Sunday evening. Mr. Harris was born in Gilestown, Iowa, March 10, 1871. When he was small, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Harris, moved to California and about two years later moved to Oregon where they remained until they moved to Ellensburg in 1878. His father took the homestead on what is now known as the George Snodgrass place. In his …Mr. Harris farmed and operated a horse press hay bailer. He married Lottie Ferguson November 7, 1895. Mr. Harris had worked as a carpenter for John Moon and George Jones for [?] of years. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. E. G. Werner of Seattle, and Mrs. Lola Pederson of Ellensburg. There are six brothers, John, Jim, and Paul of California, Charles of Idaho, Hubert of Seattle, and Robert of Ellensburg, and two sisters, Mrs. Clem See of Nevada and Mrs. Lilly Campbell of Canada. There is also one grandson, Harold [?]. Funeral services will be held from the Honeycutt chapel at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, and interment will be at the Odd Fellow cemetery. The obit was on the binding portion of the newspapers so some words could not be read indicated [?]. Giles’ mother was Susan Beardon. Both his father and mother were born in TN. I thought it was odd that Giles and Lottie were buried way across the...

Giles, Ralph Luke – Obituary

Ralph Luke Giles, 80, died Aug. 6, 2009, at his home, surrounded by family members. Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Ernie Collard will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ralph was born on April 25, 1929, to Douglas and Jennie Luke Giles in Heber City, Utah. After high school graduation, he attended Brigham Young University where he met the love of his life, Norma Simmons. Ralph and Norma were married in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple on June 9, 1949. They moved to Baker City not too long after their wedding. Ralph’s mother worried a little about Ralph marrying a “big city” girl and moving to that “big city.” Ralph and Norma were blessed with three daughters, Lisa, Lori, and Leslie. Ralph worked for Leo Adler, Levinger Rexall Drug, and Bohn’s Clothing. Ralph loved the customer service aspect of his work and always had a kind word for everyone. After retiring, Ralph and Norma volunteered as Cub Scout Day Camp Leaders and at the Oregon Trail Regional Museum. Ralph was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the Lord and was always eager to serve wherever he was needed, family members said. Ralph served as a counselor in the Bishopric with his good friend Bill Gwilliam for several years. Ralph’s interests and hobbies centered around his family and friends. He loved to visit and chat with people. He...

Biography of William Andrew Jackson Giles

William Andrew Jackson Giles, attorney-at-law of Concord, N.H., was born in this city, July 11, 1861. His parents, John B. Giles, a native of Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland, and Ellen M. Driscoll Giles, of Cardiff, Wales, emigrated to America in 1852. William A. J. Giles acquired his early education in the public schools of Penacook and Concord, and completed his school course at Boscawen Academy in 1881. The next year he began the study of law with the late John Y. Mugridge and Chief Justice William L. Foster, at the same time acting as reporter for the Boston Traveller, Concord Journal, and 1889. In March, the year following, he was admitted to the bar; and he has since been in successful practice. As an illustration of his professional ability it may be mentioned that as plaintiff in a suit brought by certificate holders against the Order of the Helping Hand, tried before Judge Hammond, of Boston, he won his case, although the opposing counsel were ex-Governor Long, Mr. Brackett, and Samuel J. Elder. Before the legislature of 1893 Mr. Giles drew up bills for the Employers’ Liability Act, for establishing a bureau of labor statistics, and a fifty-eight hour act, besides other legal documents, all of which were stubbornly fought by the ablest lawyers of the State. On February 14, 1895, he was married to Mabel E. Welch, of this city. Fraternally, he is a member of Kearsarge Lodge, No. 48, K. of P., officiating as Chancellor and Commander of the same; also a member of Uniform Rank, K. of P.; and of the Ancient Order of American Foresters; and...

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