Henry A. Miles and Ann Eliza Read, natives of Nelson County, procured their marriage bond June 4, 1855, and were married the next day. My next sentence was going to be, ‘I have not found much about their early life’, when I came upon a list of marriages performed at St. Thomas Church in 1855! Not only does it give the date of the marriage, June 5th, but the name of parents and witnesses.
Henry Miles, son of John and Sarah Miles, about 45 years old, married to Ann Eliza Read, 17 years, daughter of William and Annie Read. Witnesses Jack Lancaster and Emily Willett.
Let’s backtrack just a bit. Henry’s father, John Miles was born in Maryland June 6, 1775 and moved with his family to Nelson County Kentucky in the late 1700’s. He married Sarah Howard in Nelson County February 8, 1802.
Know all men by these presents that we, John Miles and John Johnston, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to which payment well and truly to be made. We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 8th day of February 1802.
The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Miles and Sarah Howard, both above the age of twenty-one years, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
John Miles, John Johnston
Witness. Frederick W. S. Grayson
John Miles, also known as John Barton Miles, died July 29, 1833. Could this possibly have been from cholera? June and July of 1833 were the dreaded months when that disease ran rampant in Kentucky. He left no will, an indication that perhaps he died suddenly. He was buried in St. Thomas Cemetery. His gravestone is quite spectacular. The upper portion is richly carved with flowers, an urn in the center with a dove carrying an olive leaf perched on top.
Sarah Howard Miles lived another 23 years, passing away November 15, 1860.
This is one of the inserts in the walkway to the church, telling its history through the years. Could Sarah Howard have been the daughter of Thomas and Ann Howard, who in 1795 constructed a log house where St. Thomas Church is now located, and where neighbors joined together for worship before the church was built?
In the 1860 census for Nelson County, and five years after their marriage, Henry is listed as 43 and Ann Eliza is 20. Two children lived with the couple, Sallie M., 4, and Kate A., 1. Susan Miles, 80, possibly Henry’s mother, also lived with the family – she was born in Maryland. Henry’s mother was Sarah, but the census taker could have mistaken the name; she could also be another relative.
According to a gravestone in St. Thomas Cemetery in the rural area of the county just south of Bardstown, another daughter was born in the early years of their marriage. Catherine A. was born October 1, 1857 and died December 23rd of that year. In 1868 daughter Mary Sue lived for seven days.
Catherine A., born October 1, 1857, died December 23, 1857. Mary Sue, born April 20, 1868, died April 27, 1868. Katie, born November 20, 1858, died March 27, 1870. Maggie D., born June 11, 1874, died December 2, 1879. Children of H. A. & A. E. Miles.
Two other daughters died in the 1870’s. Even though the two infants had a gravestone they are included on this stone for their older sisters.
This one, for daughter Kate, who lived to be twelve, is an individual stone. Henry and Ann Eliza must have grieved for these little girls who died far too soon.
In the 1870 census the family consists of Henry, 52; Ann Eliza, 32; Sallie M., 14; Fannie, 9; Lillie, 7; Josie, 5; Eliza, 3; and Annie, 1. In 1880 Annie is listed as Hadenia, and two other children were born – William Henry, 8, the only son; and Mamie or Manie, 3.
Henry Miles’ will is dated June 17, 1889 and was probated September 9th of that year. His illness must have been sudden and swift.
Will of Henry A. Miles
Nelson County Will Book 19, Page 266
In the name of God, amen.
I, Henry A. Miles, of Nelson County, Kentucky, do make this my will.
I give to my beloved wife Ann Eliza Miles all my real and personal estate, cash, notes and shares in action for the period of her natural life, subject to the payment of my just debts; the farm to be a home for her and the children of our marriage; at her death to pass to our children in such portions as held by the law of descent and distribution. I also appoint her my executrix and guardian of our children and request that no security be required of her by the Court.
Witness my hand this June 17th, 1889.
H. A. Miles
Witness, C. T. Atkinson, Rowan Kurtz
State of Kentucky, Nelson County Court
September Term, September 9th, 1889
A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of H. A. Miles, deceased, late of Nelson County, Kentucky, was this day produced in open Court and duly proven by the oath of C. T. Atkinson, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who also proved the attestation of Rowan Kurtz, the other subscribing witness thereto, whereupon it is ordered that said paper be recorded as the last will and testament of H. A. Miles, deceased, which is done.
Att. W. J. Dalniazzo, Clerk
Ann Eliza Read Miles lived another twenty-one years after her husband died. At the time of his death there were at least eight children aged 12 through 33; some of the girls may have married by that date. She bore at least thirteen children and lived to be eighty years old.
William Henry Miles married Mary Emma Wilson December 20, 1896, at St. Patrick Church in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Son William Henry Miles is also buried at St. Thomas.
Mary Emma is buried at the side of her husband.
Philip E. Miles was brother to Henry A. Miles
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