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John Thomas Giles

Male 1873 - 1939  (66 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has more than 100 ancestors and 15 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Thomas Giles 
    Born 30 Jan 1873  Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Dec 1939  McGill, White Pine, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 10 Dec 1939  Ely, White Pine, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 18 Oct 1950 
    FamilySearch ID KWCV-ZQ7 
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    Person ID I251  mytree
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2014 

    Father Joseph Sinkler Giles,   b. 5 Apr 1833, Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1921, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Sarah Huntsman,   b. 3 Jun 1841, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1881, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1860  Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Armina Wilson,   b. 19 Mar 1877, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1948, Ely, White Pine, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1896  Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frank Elwin Giles,   b. 7 Sep 1898, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1899, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Claud Giles,   b. 13 Dec 1899, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1975, Ely, White Pine, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Elva Jeanne Giles,   b. 14 Aug 1903, Millard, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 2002, Sparks, Washoe, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
     4. Joseph Clayton Giles,   b. 11 Jan 1906, Starr Valley, Elko, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1980  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Dolly Kathleen Giles,   b. 11 Jul 1908, Town Creek, Elko, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1979  (Age 70 years)
    +6. Earl Giles,   b. 18 Jan 1911, Town Creek, Elko, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1990  (Age 79 years)
    +7. Perry Giles,   b. 1 Sep 1915, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1977, Republic, Ferry, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +8. Madge Giles,   b. 13 Jun 1918, Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 2007, Yerington, Lyon, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jan 1873 - Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Nov 1896 - Holden, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Dec 1939 - McGill, White Pine, Nevada, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Dec 1939 - Ely, White Pine, Nevada, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • LIFE SKETCH OF JOHN THOMAS GILES AND LUCY ARMINA WILSON

      No written history of my paternal grandparents is available, so I, Earline Giles Kvist,
      their granddaughter will attempt a short sketch of my own memories, and those of my parents,
      Earl and Erma Giles.

      Grandpa John Thomas Giles was born in Fillmore, Utah, 30 Jan 1872, the eighth child of Joseph Sinkler Giles and Jane Moore. Grandma Giles was born to Frank Wilson and Lucy Rachel Felshaw, in Holden, Millard County, Utah, on 19 March, 1877. Joseph Sinkler was born in West Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on 5 April, 1833.
      John and Armina were married in Holden, Millard County, Utah, 20 November 1896.

      Family stories tell us that Grandfather Joseph Sinkler was a very religious man, once he
      was introduced to the gospel, and our Grandfather, John Thomas, was a little rebellious and at the tender age of fifteen years, he left home to be on his own, after the death of his beloved mother. She passed away after the birth of her thirteenth child, Jacob, on April 5, 1881, in Holden, Utah. The baby died the same day.

      Grandfather Joseph Sinkler remarried, and John Thomas soon left his boyhood home.

      John Thomas met and married Lucy Armina Wilson. He was twenty four years old, and she was just nineteen. Their first child , Frank Elwin, died at just fifteen months of age. He was
      born and died in Holden, Utah.

      They moved around the west a lot in the next few years, according to the birthplaces of their children. Claud was born in 1899 in Holden, then Elva Jeanne came along in 1903, in
      Annabelle, Sevier County, Utah, which is just outside of Richfield, Utah. Joseph Clayton was
      born in Star Valley, Elko County, Nevada in 1906. Dolly Kathleen and Earl were born in TownCreek, Nevada in 1908 and 1911. Perry and Madge came to them back in Holden, in 1915 and 1918. That completed their family.

      The family settled on a little ranch about seventeen miles from McGill, Nevada. They had a log cabin home with two big rooms, and a small bedroom. The bathroom was up the hill.
      They raised their seven children in that humble home and welcomed them back with their own
      families after they were married and on their own.

      The children attended school in McGill for elementary, which went to the 8th grade. My Dad only finished the eighth grade, like most of the boys of that time. They were needed to work on the ranch. Times were very hard, and they had to live off their own industry.

      The kitchen had a great big iron cookstove with a hot water tank on one end. The sink had only cold running water, so water must be heated every single day, winter or summer. There
      was no electricity there, so light was by coal oil lamps. My grandmother was such a hard worker, along with her husband and children. She churned her own butter, and baked the best homemade bread . I can still remember to taste of that bread after 70 plus years.
      She baked nearly every day to feed her growing family. She also made great pies and cakes with fruits she had canned on that big stove in the middle of the summer. Imagine the heat in that little house in July. She also had to iron with heavy iron flat irons which were heated on top of the stove. She had two of them, so one was heating while the other was in use.
      They were really heavy.

      She also made quilts with the wool from Grandpas’ sheep. She would wash it and card it
      after Grandpa sheared their wool. She sewed the little blocks together by hand until she got a new treadle sewing machine. What a time saver that was. She and my mother made some quilts together, and I still have two of them, although they are very ragged, her work is still here.

      I spoke to Aunt Madge by phone this week, and she gave me a little more information on
      Grandfather John Thomas Giles.

      She was only two years old when the family left Holden and moved to McGill, Nevada,
      where Grandpa was employed by Kennecott Copper as a horse caregiver and driver for the company. They would haul the ore from the pit at Ruth to the concentrator in McGill by horse and wagon teams. Grandpa was in charge of about five teams. One day he saw a man whipping his horse, and he grabbed the whip away, and said “You never whip a horse or touch a woman,
      or you will answer to God.” The fellows working with him said, “You won’t answer to God, you’ll answer to John Giles.”

      The family lived with the sheriff in McGill until their rental house was built and ready for them to move into. They lived in McGill for several years, until Grandpa became ill, and then they homesteaded the ranch where the children were raised.

      Dad told me of an incident in his youth which showed me the tender side of Grandpa
      Giles. The boys would go to work in the summer for the sheepherders in the valley. Dad was
      about sixteen, and he had been in the mountains all summer, away from home. They had to walk
      back to the ranch, and as he came up the last little hill before reaching the ranch, his Dad spotted him coming, and ran to meet his boy. They shared a big bear hug, and tears of joy at being to-
      gether again. The Giles Clan was a very close-knit family.

      John Thomas Giles was born with a natural gift for music. He could play any instrument
      that he could put his hands on. He would play in the band for the dances that were common in
      McGill and Ely. He played piano, fiddle and harmonica.. Grandma Giles would stand beside him and hold the harmonica. He was also a great step dancer. Mother said he was the best.

      When Gae was little, he used to put her up on the big round dining table, and dance around the table with her. Aunt Madge told me that he did the same thing with me, as soon as I
      could walk, up on the table I would go to dance with Grandpa. I have no memory of this, but I was so happy to hear about it. Aunt Madge said it made the ladies clear the table in a hurry so the dancing could begin.

      My childhood memory of him was kind of scary. He was not too well, and we would chase in and out of the house, playing tag or some other noisy game with our cousins. He
      would holler, “Don’t slam the door.”, and we paid but little heed to his words in our childish
      exuberance. I wish I had known him better, for I know now that he was a very good man, a
      hard working good father and husband.

      He raised lots of animals, horses, cows, pigs, chickens and ducks. They had a nice duck pond fairly near to the house. They had a large garden also, and so there was always plenty of food at Grandmas’ table. She made wonderful gooseberry pies and jam.

      Once Grandpa put me on his great, big white work horse. He was so big, and I cried till
      they put me down. That was the only time in my life I was ever on a horse. I am afraid of them
      to this very day.

      Grandpa had a tiny little room that was up the hill a little ways from the house. No one was allowed in there, but we, as curious children will, would peek in the window. He had a small cot and a stack of old papers and magazines inside. It was his quiet, private place, and
      off limits to every one but him.

      Grandma had a gas powered wringer washing machine on her back porch. I fell on the
      fan type blades on the washer when I was just a tiny girl, and it split my head open, just above the right eyebrow. My little green dress was covered in blood, and off we went to McGill to the
      doctors office for stitches. I still have a small scar.

      My memories of the days at the ranch are very precious to me. I remember being loved by a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins. Jack Cobb was the eldest, Then Gae and Bonnie Giles, Harvey Cobb was the fourth and I was the fifth. I don’t have the birthdates of all the other cousins, but Larry Giles, Janice Munson, JoAnne Giles, Leon Giles, Carolyn Giles were among
      the next group to join the Giles Clan. Then came Tom Giles, Marilyn Giles, David and Dennis
      Giles, Linda Giles, Roger Giles, Pat and Ward Munson, followed b y Dorothy Giles, and then
      Nancy, Victor and Victoria Giles. Twenty two grandchildren were born into the family, but not all of them were privileged to know their grandparents. Being one of the eldest has been a real blessing to me, as I knew them all. My aunts and uncles have always been very dear to me, even
      though I would contact them only once a year at Christmas, I thought of them a great deal in my walks down memory lane.

      These dear Grandparents welcomed all of us into their humble home, and gave us a great
      example of family togetherness and love. I will never forget those dinners at the ranch with so many people that became so dear to me throughout my life.

      After the death of Grandpa Giles, Grandma moved into McGill . Gae used to do work for
      her, and when I get more information, I will share it with you.

      Linda has also been working on a Giles Family History story, and that will be coming in the future.