Walter Chiles, Jr

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Walter Chiles, Jr

Death 15 Nov 1671 (aged 40–41)
Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, USA
Burial James City County, Virginia, USA
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NOTE: The early genealogical literature concerning Walter Chiles mistakenly concluded that Walter Chiles I (1608-1653) and his son, Walter Chiles, Jr. [aka II] (1630-1671), were a single entity (1608-1671) which has led to much confusion in the genealogical literature. This has been proven to be incorrect and is confirmed by several accepted sources including, "A Timeline for Structures at Jamestown Related to the Chiles Family" by Lee Pelham Cotton, 2006. (Lee Pelham Cotton was a Park Ranger for the National Park Service when he wrote this article.)

Walter Chiles II was born about 1630 in England and as a youngster accompanied his parents, Walter and Elizabeth (__?__) Chiles I, when they emigrated to Jamestown, Virginia between the dates, 24 July 1637 and 01 March 1638. (See FAG memorial of Walter Chiles I for an explanation of these dates.) It is reported that the family emigrated to Virginia aboard a ship owned and outfitted by Walter Chiles I. The name of this ship is uncertain but has been purported to have been the "Fame of Virginia" (See FAG memorial of Walter Chiles I for a discussion of this ship.) William Chiles, the younger brother of Walter Chiles II, also accompanied his parents on the voyage to Virginia and both sons were listed as headrights in 1638 for their father (Ref: Nugent, Nell M., "Cavaliers and Pioneers", 1934, pp103-4). No further record is found of William Chiles. He probably either died shortly after arriving in Virginia or returned to England.

In the genealogical literature there is confusion as to whether Walter Chiles I or his son, Walter Chiles II, was referred to as Lieutenant Colonel. Which ever case, it was probably an honorary title. Walter Chiles II inherited his father's estate in 1653. The estate included the "Kemp House" in Jamestown (the first brick dwelling in America) which Walter Chiles I purchased from Governor Sir William Berkeley in 1649 for 26,000 pounds of tobacco. Elizabeth Chiles, Walter Chiles II's mother who retained her dower interest, continued to live in the "Kemp House" after the death of her husband. Walter Chiles I also owned 70 acres of land at Black Point, located near the easternmost tip of Jamestown Island which also was inherited by his son, Walter II. (Cavaliers and Pioneers, by Nugent, Vol. 2, p. 112). "Black Point" was the first part of Jamestown Island viewed when sailing up the James River. The more than 1600 acres owned by Walter Chiles I located along the Appomattox River in Charles City County were included in the estate as well. In November 1855, Walter II of James City sold 813 acres in Charles City Co., VA along the Appomattox River for a valuable sum of tobacco. This is the same land patented by Walter Chiles I and re-patented by his son, Walter Chiles II (Beverly Fleet "Virginia Colonial Abstracts", Vol. 10, p24).

Walter Chiles II married first, Mary Page, daughter of wealthy York Co., VA merchant, Colonel John Page, the Councillor (Ref: "Virginia Carolorum, The Colony Under the Rule of Charles the First and Second A. D. 1625 — A. D. 1685" by Edward Duffield Neill, 1886, p232). The couple lived in the "Kemp House" with Elizabeth Chiles, the widow of Walter Chiles I who retained her dower interest, for a while before building their own 38 X 24 foot house sometime in the 1650s. While living in the "Kemp House", after his marriage to Mary Page, Walter II added on to the house, increasing its size by 37 feet (Ambler Manuscripts, #24, Library of Congress, Personal Papers, V.S.L., Acc. No.33142). Their own house was also of brick construction and was located directly in front of "Kemp House" on Jamestown Island. This new house most probably consisted of two rooms, heated by a fireplace in the west gable (Ref: "A Timeline for Structures at Jamestown Related to the Chiles Family" by Lee Pelham Cotton, 2006. (Lee Pelham Cotton was a Park Ranger for the National Park Service when he wrote this article.)

Mary (Page) Chiles' death date is unknown but she died before her parents and did not live to see her children grown. Her widower husband, Walter Chiles II, married secondly Susanna (__?__) whose maiden name is in question. It has been suggested to have been "Brooks" in the genealogical literature without supporting documentation (Ref: Joanne Webb Chiles Eakin, "Walter Chiles of Jamestown", 1983, p.10 [Out of print]). The "Jamestowne Society" presently does not recognize nor accept a maiden name for Susanna Chiles, second wife of Walter Chiles II. Walter Chiles II died on 15 Nov 1671 (date accepted by the "Jamestowne Society") and like his father, there is speculation that Walter II's short life was related to the very unhealthy conditions he experience from residing on Jamestown Island. Susanna Chiles wed secondly about August 1672 to Reverend James Wadding, the rector of the church at Jamestown. They sold the lot containing the "Kemp House" and the house built adjacent to it by Walter Chiles II and his 1st wife, Mary Page, on 20 Nov 1673 for seven thousand pounds of tobacco, a surprisingly small sum (Ambler Manuscript, #24, Library of Congress, Personal Papers, V.S.L., Acc. No.33142). Following the sale, they moved to Gloucester Co., VA where James Wadding was rector of Petsworth Parish until 1677. The purchaser of the houses from the Rev. James and Susanna (Chiles) Waddings was Col. John Page, the father of Walter Chiles II's first wife, Mary Page. As mentioned above, he was a York Co., VA merchant and resident of Bruton Parish at Middle Plantation (the site of present-day Williamsburg), where he dwelt in a brick house he had built in 1662. Sometime before September 1676, Col. John Page razed the "Kemp House" and built a new structure.

NOTE: As noted above, the Rev. James Wadding and his wife, Susanna Chiles Wadding, moved to Gloucester County, where he was the minister of Petsworth Parish. This was the time of Bacon's Rebellion. Wadding was a loyalist and refused to take the oath of allegiance exacted by Bacon, and encouraged others to refuse. Thereupon, Bacon "committed him to the Guarde, telling him that it was his place to preach in the church, not in the camp. In the first, he may say what he pleased, but in the last, he (Wadding) was to say no more than what should please him (Bacon): unless he could fight to better purpose than he could preach." Not long after this, Bacon was taken very sick with the fever and Rev. Wadding was the minister who attended him in his last illness. Bacon died October 26, 1676 at Major Pate's house on Poropotank Creek in Gloucester County.

Walter Chiles II served as churchwarden of James City Parish [Church of England] (Ref. "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia" by William Meade, 1910) and served as a justice of James City County in 1664. He also served in the House of Burgesses, sessions 1658, 1659, 1660 and 1663. (Hening, William Waller, "Statutes at Large: being a collection of all the laws of Virginia from the first session of the legislature in the year 1619", Vol. I, 1969, pp258, 322)

On Apr. 4, 1671, the Council Journal records a General Court meeting at James City. Walter Chiles II appeared on behalf of his sons, John and Henry Chiles, patenting 1500 acres in Westmoreland County, VA. (Ref: McIlwaine, H.R., "Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia", 1622-1632 (Richmond, Virginia, 1924), p245.

The will of Walter Chiles I has not been found, but it known that he made a will from a 20 Nov 1673 deed drawn up by Susanna Chiles Wadding, the widow of Walter Chiles II, to sell the "Kemp House", as noted above, to Col. John Page, the father of Walter Chiles II's first wife, Mary Page. To identify the "Kemp House" that had been bought by her father-in-law, Walter Chiles I, and passed down to her husband, Walter Chiles II, now deceased, the deed identified Walter Chiles I, the father, as having died "in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty three". This also confirms that it was Walter Chiles I who originally purchased the house in Jamestown (Ref. Amblar Manuscript No. 24, Library of Congress, Personal Papers, V.S.L., Acc. No.33142).

The children of Walter and Mary (Page) Chiles II were (Walter's 1st marriage):
1) Elizabeth Chiles - She was probably named after her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (__?__) Chiles, wife of Walter Chiles I. She married Henry Tyler before 1683 and was the great-grandmother of John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States (POTUS).
2) John Chiles- He was probably named after his maternal grandfather, Col. John Page, father of Mary (Page) Chiles. John was a wealthy man by the standards of the time, and he was closely connected to leaders of the colony. In 1700-02 he was part owner, with William Byrd II (1674-1744) and William Randolph II (1681-1742), of the sloop "Westover". In 1702 he was mace bearer of the House of Burgesses. He moved to what is now King William County and owned substantial land, securing patents to 1245 acres there in 1690-91. John was a Justice in King William Co., VA in 1714 and was dead by 1724, since Eleanor, his second wife, d/o Henry Webber, had married Edward Hickman by that date.
NOTE: In his will of March 5, 1687, Col. John Page mentions his grandson John Chiles, as well as his "grandsonne John Tyler, sonne of my grand-daughter Elizabeth Tyler." Elizabeth Chiles had married Henry Tyler of Middle Plantation, and thus became the ancestress of President John Tyler. (Ref: See source #1 below).

The child of Walter and Susanna (__?__) Chiles II (Walter's 2nd marriage) was Henry Chiles. There is no evidence as to his exact birth date but it was before 1671 and probably in the "Kemp House" at James Cittie (Jamestown). Henry spent at least part of his youth in Gloucester Co., VA as his mother, Susanna Chiles Wadding, and his stepfather, Reverend James Wadding, moved there in 1673. Rev. Waddling remained rector of Petsworth Parish until 1677. Henry Chiles married twice and had a daughter named Anne Chiles by his second wife, Mary (__?__). Anne Chiles married Henry Terrell on 08 Nov 1734 at Caroline Co., VA (References. "The Colonial Genealogist", Vol XI, Nos. 1&2, 39-40 Issue, 1982, p8; "Richmond, William and Timothy Terrell, Colonial Virginians", Compiled by Celeste Jane Terrell Barnhill, 1934, pp128/29.). Henry and Anne (Chiles) Terrell's daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Terrell (1738-1773) married Zachariah Moorman (1732-1787) on 12 Jan 1755 at Caroline Co., VA. Zachariah Moorman is recognized by both the SAR and DAR as a patriot of the American Revolutionary War. NOTE: This scenario is accepted by the "Jamestowne Society".

Henry Chiles died before 27 Feb 1719 in Hanover Co., VA.

Like his father, Walter Chiles I, both Walter Chiles II and his second wife, Susanna (__?__) Chiles, are qualifying ancestors for membership in the "Jamestowne Society". The explanation for Susanna Chiles being a qualifying ancestor for membership is her documented ownership of land on Jamestown Island.

1) "A Timeline for Structures at Jamestown Related to the Chiles Family" by Lee Pelham Cotton, 2006. (Lee Pelham Cotton was a Park Ranger for the National Park Service when he wrote this article.)
2) "Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine", Vol. I (Adams-Clopton), 1982, pp734-736, 742, 745.

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