Guide to the Papers of the Stiles Family 1770-1851 MG 1202
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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. October 2003. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
The Stiles Family of Morris and Sussex Counties, New Jersey descends from the Connecticut branch of that family. It is from this branch of the family that Jonathan Stiles was born in 1689. He moved from his native Connecticut between the years 1726 and 1730, and relocated to Hanover Township, New Jersey.
Ebenezer Stiles, the son of Jonathan Stiles (1689-1758) and his second wife, Elizabeth Taylor, was born in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1726. As a child, he moved to Hanover Township, New Jersey, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a blacksmith by trade, but his business would expand until he owned a very extensive ironworks. He and his first wife, Polly, had eight children: Rebecca (b. 1756), Hannah (b. 1760), Daniel (b. 1761), Charity (b. 1764), Jemima (b. 1766), Ebenezer (b. 1767), Moses (1771-1854), and Mary. On May 4, 1778, Stiles married his second wife, Abigail Gobill, at the First Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Ebenezer Stiles died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, on November 22, 1814, and is buried in the graveyard at the First Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey.
Moses Stiles, the son of Ebenezer Stiles and his wife, Polly, was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on April 2, 1771. He made his living as a farmer and clockmaker, and lived in Hanover Township, New Jersey. He was married to Hannah Weaver until they separated in 1825; they parted ways because Hannah’s husband, Henry Weaver, was found to be still alive at the time Stiles had married her. Moses Stiles and Hannah Weaver had five children together: Maria, John, William, Sally, and Ebenezer. On November 22, 1825, Stiles married Sarah Allen in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. They had two children, Sarah Jane (b. 1830), and Mary (d. 1845). Moses Stiles died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, on August 22, 1854.
This collection contains the papers of the Stiles Family, dating from 1770 to 1851. The papers include land deeds, land survey maps, bonds, and other documents belonging to Ebenezer Stiles, Moses Stiles, as well as other relatives, including David Cooper, the Viel Family, and Jonas Phillips.
This collection is organized by family member. For each family member, the papers are arranged by type of document and then in chronological order.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.
Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.
The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.
For genealogical material in print on the Stiles Family, see:
Stiles, Henry Reed. The Stiles Family in America: Genealogies of the Connecticut Family. Jersey City, New Jersey: Doan and Pilson, 1895.
For collections related to the Stiles Family, see:
This collection was transferred in 1984 from Manuscript Group 1, Alphabetical Series Manuscript Collection. It is not known how The New Jersey Historical Society originally obtained the collection.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1202, Stiles Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.