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1753 Elijah Miles was born on January 16 in New Milford, Connecticut, son of Justus Miles and Hannah Olmstead. [1]

1761 Isaac Hicks left £200 to his granddaughter, Fannie Cornell, in his will written 20 January 1761. [2]

1779 On 6 March, Frances Cornell, and Elijah Miles, were issued a marriage license in New York. [3] [4]

1779 "May 11--Elijah Miles, Captain in DeLanceys Brig, and Frances Cornwell of Hempstead, married at Hempstead" at St. George's Episcopal Church in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. [5] They were married by the Rev. Mr. Cutting of Hempstead. [6]

Elijah Miles was a Captain in the 3rd battalion of Delancy's brigade. [7]

1779 Captain Elijah Miles of the 3rd battalion of Delancy's brigade offered Reward of Two Guineas for the capture and return of a deserter from his company. [8]

March 10, '79, Riv. Two Guineas Reward. Deserted from Capt. Miles's company, 3d battalion of Delancy's brigade, Daniel Wingfield--had on a short blue coat, red trousers, large round hat, and is supposed to be gone on board some privateer. Whoever takes him up and secures him in the Provost till I can be acquainted with it, at the quarters of the battalion, Lloyd's Neck, shall receive two guineas reward.
Elijah Miles.

1781 Son Isaac Hicks Miles was born of February 25 in Herricks on Lond Island. He died on March 20 the same year. [9]

1782 Daughter Sally Miles was born on February 21 in Flat Bush on Long Island. [10]

1776-1783 Muster Roll of a Company Commanded by Captain Elijah Miles belonging to the third Battalion of the Brigade whereof Oliver DeLancey Esqr is Brigadier General, Taken at Satauket August 24th 1777, [11] [12]

MILITARY: LGL-Land Grants of Loyalists by Dept. of Transportation, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. LMR-Loyalist Muster Rolls. Listed in Muster Rolls, 24 Dec 1776 at Lloyds Neck, New York. Both Elijah and his brother, Samuel, are mentioned. [13] Got his rank as Col. from the Sunbury County Militia. The Kings Loyal Americans 1788-1829; Elijah Miles, CT, Capt. 2 De L was listed as traveling on the ship Pal.

Colonel in Militia. Judge in Court of Common Loyalists. Captain of Oliver DeLancey's Brigade, 3rd Battalion from 1777. When the Brigade was reorganized, his company was transferred to the 2nd Battalion. He came to New Brunswick in 1783, age 29, from CT. Disembarked at River St. John, ship name Palliser. Justice of The Peace. He was one of the first vestrymen of the Church of England in Maugerville, 1784 [14]. Also a farmer, living in 1831 in Maugerville. He was a member of the House of Assembly from Sunbury Co. He was one of the first Officers of the Royal New Brunswick.

Purchased and lived on Lots 86, 87, 88, and 89 in Maugerville. This latter lot being bounded on the lower side by the Church Glebe. It is known that Elijah moved from the low land near the river to land higher and back a long distance from the river following the drowning of his 2 year old son. The second home is still standing today (1998).

Evelyn Miles Krase wrote that Elijah was a "Captain in De Lancey's 3rd Battalion. In 1783 with Loyalist troops to N.B. where were given lands by Crown. Judge of Court of Common Pleas. Colonel in Militia." [15]

1784 Son James Cornwell Miles was born on February 17 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [16]

1785 Elijah Miles, and others, were named to a jury in Maugerville to enquire whether the conditions named in the Letters Patent of the Township of Sunbury had been fulfilled. [17]

1786 Son James died on April 28 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [18]

1787 Son James Augustus Miles was born on June 10 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [19]

1789 Son Treadway Thomas Odber Miles was born on April 20 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [20]

1790 Abstracts of old Series I, Sunbury County Petitions 1765-1823:1790 Proprietors of Oromocto Island: John Mersereau, J.P.; Joseph Clark, J.P.; Elijah Miles, J.P.; Samuel Byrne, J.P.; Gerh. Clowes, J.P.; Jacob Barker, Jr.; Oliver Peabody; Nicholas Rideout; R. Carman; Asa Perley. D. Peyster; Richard Flloyd. Dominicus Sewell; Evan Munroe,; Israel Perley, Benjamin Brawn; Thos. Barker, Jr.; Joseph Bobe, state that the Island was granted in the general grant of Maugerville, they desire their title as proprietors of said Island.

1793 Son Isaac Cornwell Miles was born on February 20 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [21]

1795 Son Elijah C. C. Miles was born on March 27 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [22]

1797 Son Edward Allison Miles was born on July 15 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. [23]

1799 Frances (Cornell) Miles died on August 7 in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick. The Saint John Gazette, on August 16, reported, "d. Maugerville, Wednesday 7th inst., age 42, Fanny w/o Col. Elijah Miles." [24]

1800 After the death of his first wife, Frances Cornell, Elijah married Elizabeth Ann Harding on 3 Aug 1800 in Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick. They had two children, George C. Miles, born 8 Jan 1802, and Fredrick William Miles, born 18 Jan 1805. Frederick William Miles was the 2nd husband of Elizabeth Delahoy and step-father of Frederick Billing Miles, who married the grandaughter of Frederick William's half-sister Sally.

1831 Elijah Miles died on 26 May, 1831 in Maugerville [25], age 79y [Actually 78 y] 4 m 10 d, and was buried at Maugerville Farm. [26]. Will dated 24 July 1826. Probate: Parish of Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada. Elijah's will proved 18 Jun 1831. Thomas O. Miles and George Miles executors. [Another source states that Elijah Miles, esq., was buried in St Marks cemetery in York County, New Brunswick. The tombstone gives his date of death and age 78 years.]

1831 "Miles, Elijah. Parish of Maugerville, Sunbury Co. Will proved 18 June 1831. Thomas O. Miles and George Miles executors." [27]

1848 Elijah Miles' widow Elizabeth died on 2 May 1848 in Maugerville, New Brunswick. The New Brunswick Courier reported on May 20, "d. Maugerville (Sunbury Co.) 2nd inst., Elizabeth Miles widow of late Colonel Elijah Miles, age 77." [28] Elizabeth was buried in St Marks cemetery in York County, New Brunswick. The tombstone gives her date of death, age 77 years and relationship, widow of Elijah Miles.

Research Notes:

A biography of Elijah Miles is included in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. [29]


Footnotes:

[1] D. M. Young, "Miles, Elijah," Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, Vol. 6 (University of Toronto/Université Laval, 1987), [CanadianBiographyOnline].

[2] William S. Pelletreau, Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's Office: City of New York, Vol. 6, 1760-1766 (New York: The New York Historical Society, 1898), 149, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[3] Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, ed., Names of Persons for whom Marriage Licenses were Issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784 (Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company 1860), 85, citing record Marriage Bonds, vol. xxvii, p. 57, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[4] John Cornell, Genealogy of the Cornell family: being an account of the descendants of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth R.I. (1902), 195, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[5] John Sylvanus Haight, Adventures for God: A History of St. George's Episcopal Church, Hempstead, Long Island (Birmingham, NY: Vail-Ballou Press, 1932), 187, [HathiTrust].

[6] Henry Onderdonk, Queens County in olden times (Jamaica NY: 1865), 65, [HathiTrust].

[7] Henry Onderdonk, Documents and letters intended to illustrate the revolutionary incidents of Queens county; with connecting narratives, explanatory notes, and additions (New York: Leavitt, Trow and company, 1846), 245-246, [HathiTrust].

[8] Henry Onderdonk, Documents and letters intended to illustrate the revolutionary incidents of Queens county; with connecting narratives, explanatory notes, and additions (New York: Leavitt, Trow and company, 1846), 215, [HathiTrust].

[9] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[10] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[11] British Military & Naval Records- Canadian Archives, RG 8, I, Vol.1880, p.2

[12] Ward Chipman Papers, Series I, Vol.25, p.42 film No. C-9818

[13] Esther Clark Wright, The Loyalists of New Brunswick (1955), [GoogleBooks].

[14] Maugerville Centennial Booklet pg. 6 pub. 1963

[15] Family Document, Evelyn Miles Krase Notes.

[16] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[17] W. O. Raymond, ed., "Old Townships on the River St. John," Collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society Vol. 2, no. 6 (1905), 302-357 at 354, [HathiTrust].

[18] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[19] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[20] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[21] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[22] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[23] "Miles Folder," Fredericton Archives, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Elijah Miles and Fanny Cornell Family Group Sheet.

[24] Daniel F. Johnson, New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers, Volume 1, Number 233, Saint John Gazette,16 Aug 1799, [NewBrunswickArchives].

[25] D. M. Young, "Miles, Elijah," Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, Vol. 6 (University of Toronto/Université Laval, 1987), [CanadianBiographyOnline].

[26] Newspaper, New Brunswick Courier, June 4, 1831.

[27] R. Wallace Hale, Early New Brunswick Probate Records, 1785-1835 (Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007), 310, [GoogleBooks].

[28] Daniel F. Johnson, New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers, Volume 12, Number 370, New Brunswick Courier, Saint John, 20 May 1848, [NewBrunswickArchives].

[29] D. M. Young, "Miles, Elijah," Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, Vol. 6 (University of Toronto/Université Laval, 1987), [CanadianBiographyOnline].