The Stiles family is of Anglo-Saxon origin. They resided in the southeast part of England in the present counties of Kent, Essex, Sussex and Northampton, the portion originally conquered by hordes of Jutes, Engles and Saxons, 449-450. The name is taken from a place name and is spelled Stile, Style or Stiles. Some of the English families trace their lineage to William Style, Esq., county Suffolk, who died in 1500. The English family includes many nobles and distinguised men and various branches and from the earliest times have had coat-of-arms.
(I) Robert Stiles was undoubtedly born in England. He settled in Boxford, Mass. He is said to have emigrated from Yorkshire. He owned a farm of two hundred and fifty acres with buildings in Rowley village, which was afterwards called Boxford. His residence was near the present  East Parish village. He was taxpayer from 1660 to 1664, and in 1666-67 he drew more land. The town of Boxford was established in 1685. Robert Stiles was constable in 1688.
He married, Oct. 4, 1660, Elizabeth Frye, born in England, 1637, daughter of John and Anna Frye, of Andover, Mass. According to the Boxford records, Robert Stiles had a second wife, also named Elizabeth, who survived him. He died July 30, 1690. His wife Elizabeth administered the estate. She was admitted to the church, Feb. 21, 1703 at Boxford.
1. John, born at Rowley village, June or Jan. 30, 1661.
2. Elizabeth, March 16, 1662; married, July 8, 1700, and left a large family of children and descendants.
3. Sarah, Jan. 31 (probably 1664), died Feb. 7, 1664.
4. Abigail, Feb. 16, 1666; probably married as second wife, Zaccheus Curtis, who died in 1712.
5. Ebenezer, Feb. 20, 1669-70; married Dorothy Dalton.
6. Sarah, Oct. 20, 1672; admitted to the church in Boxford, June 27, 1703.
7. Robert, Nov. 15, 1673; married Ruth Bridges.
8. Eunice, married Robert Willis.
9. Timothy, Oct. 1, 1678; married Hannah Foster.
10. Samuel, mentioned below.
(II) Samuel, son of Robert Stiles, was born at Rowley, Mass., May 20, 1682. He removed to Lebanon, Conn., soon after May 14, 1714, the date of his last transaction of record at Rowley. He bought land in 1718 at Lebanon. His sons owned land in Windham, Conn., 1730-39.
He married (first) May 2, 1703, Elizabeth Cary, probably daughter of Arthur Cary. He married (second) Abigail Pendleton.
Children, of whom the first six were born at Boxford;
1. Moses, Feb. 10, 1704-05.
2. Tabitha, July 4, 1706.
3. Isaac, May 26, 1708.
4. Elizabeth, June 8, 1710.
5. Samuel, March 19, 1712.
6. Robert, April 6, 1714, mentioned below.
7. William, died in the revolutionary service.
8. John, married Lucy Johnson.
9. Israel, married Anna Johnson.
(III) Robert (2), son of Samuel Stiles, was born at Boxford, April 6, 1714, baptized May 14 following. He lived at Tolland, Conn. He married, June 30, 1743, Hannah, born Dec. 8, 1719, daughter of George and Hannah (Brown) Bradley. Her parents were married May 7, 1717.
Children, born at Tolland:
1. Tabitha, July 13, 1745.
2. John, mentioned below.
(IV) John, son of Robert (2) Stiles, was born at Tolland, Conn., Sept. 15, 1749. He married, Aug. 8, 1784, at East Windsor, Conn., Jemima Allis, of Bolton, Conn. Land was laid out to Jemima as a proprietor of Bolton, March 12, 1791, and Sept. 3, 1791. John and Jemima Stiles sold land at Bolton, April 17, 1800, by three conveyances of the same date. In 1808 they removed in the usual conveyance of the period - an ox-cart - to Martinsburg, Lewis county, N.Y, where he settled on a farm, and continued to follow farming until a few years before his death, Sept. 23, 1836, aged eighty-seven years. His wife died March 4, 1819, aged sixty-six years. Both are buried at Constableville, Lewis county, N.Y.
1. Jared, mentioned below.
2. Solomon, married Anna Woodruff.
3. David Allis, born at Bolton, Conn. April 19, 1792; married Nancy Wood.
5. Timothy, April 13m 1795; married Elizabeth Johnson.
(V) Jared, son of John Stiles, was born at Tolland, Conn., Sept. 15, 1785. He settled in Turin, Lewis county, N.Y., in 1803, and after eight years moved to Martinsburg and settled on the farm afterward owned by his son Dwight, now  owned by his grandson, Eleazer J. Stiles. He died there Sept. 15, 1867. He was a progressive and prosperous farmer and a useful citizen. In religion he was a Methodist.
He married, Sept. 11, 1803, Lois Warriner, born Nov. 21, 1786, at Wilbraham, Mass., died April 11, 1884.
1. Belinda, born Nov. 28, 1809, died March 20, 1875; married Jason Farr.
2. Jared, April 6, 1813, died Aug. 30, 1815.
3. Alfred, April 1815; married Harriet Squires.
4. Mary, July 20, 1817, died Sept. 28, 1834.
5. Anson, March 23, 1820, died May 2, 1820.
6. Dwight, mentioned below.
(VI) Dwight, son of Jared Stiles, was born at Martinsburg, April 22, 1825. He worked on his father's farm when a boy and attended the district schools. He continued with his father and eventually became the owner of the homestead. He continued the progressive and enterprising methods that had characterized his father; he made his dairy a specialty and became one of the most prominent and successful farmers of this section. His advice was frequently sought and cheefully given to other farmers and neighbors, and his example was widely folowed and his influence was remarkable. He was honored by his townsmen with many offices of trust and responsibility. In politics he was a Republican. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married, Jan. 1, 1851, Lucretia J., born in Martinsburg, June 10, 1828, daughter of Joseph and Eliza (Hubbard) Stanton.
Children, born at East Martinsburg:
1. Charles D., Oct. 20, 1851, died Oct. 4, 1875.
2. Augusts L., Jan. 4, 1854; married, Feb. 13, 1879, Charles A. Mills, of Lowville, son of Delos and Permelia Mills; child: Lilah Permelia, Dec. 5, 1888.
3. Eleazer J., mentioned below.
4. Ada A., Jan. 25, 1865; married Daniel W. Finnigan, children: Jesse Irene and Stiles D. Finnigan.
(VII) Eleazer J., son of Dwight Stiles, was born at East Martinsburg, Jan. 27, 1859. He attended the public schools of his native town and the Lowville Academy. He worked on the farm during his youth and remained with his father after he came of age. When his father died he succeeded to the homestead. Thiks farm is one of the model places of the county. It comprises two hundred acres and supports a herd of forty cows. Like his father and grandfather he has kept pace with the progress of agriculture and provided his farm with the most modern appliances and methods. He has served the town of Martinsburg as assessor. In politics he is a Republican, in religion a Methodist.
He married, Oct. 15, 1890, Mary M., born in New York, May 1873, daughter of Hiram Gowdy. Child: Dwight E., born Dec. 13, 1895, now  a student at Lowville Academy.
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