[This document, by David Ross Stiles, found at Ancestry.com's Parker/Stiles family tree.]
Sgt John Sr STILES (b. February 01, 1757, d. September 17, 1833)
John Sr STILES was born February 01, 1757 in VA, and died September 17, 1833 in Haywood, NC (bur. Addie's Cemetery,
Haywood, NC.. He married (1) Sarah. He married (2) Lucy BEASLEY on January 27, 1820.
About 1774, probably in Georgia, John Stiles married twenty-year-old Sarah, whose maiden name is unknown. They raised
at least ten children.
John enlisted in the Continental Line in Savannah, GA on March 4, 1776. He served thirteen month in Captain John
Green's Sixth Company under Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Habersham of the Georgia Battalion. He achieved the rank of
sergeant before he was discharged on April 4, 1777.
Around 1780 John and Sarah settled in Burke County, NC.
By 1790 John's family had moved to the Morgan District of Lincoln Co. Listed on the 1790 census with John and Sarah was
Ben Stiles. Between 1794 and 1800, John moved to Buncombe Co., NC ,where in 1798 he bought land on both sides of
Scotts Creek in present day Sylva, NC. This land became part of the newly formed counties of Haywood, formed from
Buncombe in 1808 and Macon, formed from Haywood in 1828.
In 1851 Jackson County was formed from Haywood and Macon Counties.
On April 16, 1816, John paid $500 to lease land for life from his sons Benjamin and Charles. Two and one half years later,
on October 17, 1818, Sarah Stiles died and was buried at Dills Cemetery in Sylva, NC. On January 27, 1819, in Haywood
County, John married Lucy Beasley, a 43-year-old widow with three children. His son Charles, a Methodist minister,
performed the wedding ceremony.
John continued to lived in the Scotts Creek community until his death in 1833.
On Dec 27, 1830, at the age of 73, John testified in the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Haywood County that he
had fought in the Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. He was granted a pension of $8 per month beginning Jan
12, 1832. On May 13, 1833 he dictated his last will and testament, signing his name with an "X".
Four months later, on Sep 17, 1833, John died and was buried beside his first wife Sarah in Dills Cemetery.
John and Sarah's descendants have migrated from North Carolina to every state in the union.
-- David Ross Stiles
"Appalachian Ancestors", written by Stephen & Sandra Nipper Ratledge;
"Stiles Family History", written by Mary Elizabeth Stiles;
John Stiles Revolutionary War records; and North Carolina census records.
Other sources for information and verification of information: Robert Randle Stiles, Kenosha, WI. and Carolyn Collier,
1 February 1757 - 17 September 1833
Virginia Haywood (now Jackson) Co NC
The Last Will and Testament of John Stiles:
"In the name of God, Amen. John Stiles of the County of Haywood and State of North Carolina having heretofore distributed
to my sons and daughters, the children of my first wife, the whole of my estate except a small remnant which I reserve to
myself giving to each one as I thought best for their profit - being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, I
now will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Lucy Stiles (my second wife) all my estate except which I now hold, both
personal and real that remaineth after settling my just debts at my Decease and further I do hereby appoint my said well
beloved wife Lucy Stiles sole executrix of this my last will and testament given under my hand this 13th day of May in the
year of our Lord 1833. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named John Stiles to be his Last Will and
Testament in the presents of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in presents of the testator. Attest Benjamin
C. Hatfield and Thomas (x) Stiles. Signed John (x) Stiles."
Dills Cemetery, Sylva, Jackson Co
NC. Photo posted by "kemu";