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 Janice Meredith <I>Holt</I> Giles

Janice Meredith Holt Giles

Franklin County, Arkansas, USA
Death 1 Jun 1979 (aged 74)
Knifley, Adair County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Knifley, Adair County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 78550270 · View Source
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Janice Holt was born in Arkansas in 1905. As a child she moved to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) where her parents were teachers. She grew up with books and music and became an accomplished young woman.
When her first marriage ended, Janice and her daughter came to Louisville, Kentucky, where Janice worked for Dr. Lewis Sherrill, Dean of Presbyterian Seminary.
On a trip to visit family in 1943, Janice happened to share a bus ride with Henry Giles, a soldier on his way to a new assignment. In two days on the bus they became such good friends that they were soon corresponding daily. After Henry was sent overseas he proposed to Janice via mail and, although they never saw each other in the interim, they were married as soon as Henry returned from active duty in 1945.
After a year or so in Louisville, the couple settled at Knifley, Adair Co., Ky, Henry's home, where Janice wrote and Henry farmed. Eventually Henry also began to write.
The story of how they built their log house and the necessity of moving it after the Green River Dam was built is chronicled in two books by the Gileses: A LITTLE BETTER THAN PLUMB and AROUND OUR HOUSE.
Preservation of this house and the literary heritage left by Janice and Henry is the focus of the Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles Society.

Books by Janice Holt Giles


The Enduring Hills, 1950
Miss Willie, 1951
Tara's Healing, 1951
The Kentuckians, 1953
The Plum Thicket, 1954
Hill Man (writing as John Garth), 1954, (re-issued under Giles's name, Spring 2000)
Hannah Fowler, 1956
The Believers, 1957
Land Beyond the Mountains, 1958
Johnny Osage, 1960
Savanna, 1961
Voyage to Santa Fe, 1962
Run Me a River, 1964
The Great Adventure, 1966
Shady Grove, 1967
Six-Horse Hitch, 1968
Act of Contrition (written in the 1950s, but unpublished until 2001)

Collection of Fiction and Nonfiction:
Wellspring, 1975

40 Acres and No Mule, 1952
The Damned Engineers, 1970
The Kinta Years, 1973

Books by Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles

Harbin's Ridge, 1951

A Little Better Than Plumb, 1963
The GI Journal of Sergeant Giles, 1965
Around Our House, 1971

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 78550270
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Janice Meredith Holt Giles (28 Mar 1905–1 Jun 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78550270, citing Caldwell Chapel Cemetery, Knifley, Adair County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by brich1967 (contributor 47543655) .