Biography of Henry Giles
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Giles, Henry, father of William E., born in Orange County, N. came to Horseheads in 1846, and was a contractor and builder by occupation. In 1833 he married MaryLeach, who bore him eight children, namely: Amos, Henry A., William E., Uriah S., Edmund M., Mary, Lewis, and Julia. The latter died in infancy. William E. Giles, born in Southport, February 12, 1841, was educated in the public schools, and by cccupation is a printer, but is now a salesman for L. T. Holmes. August 22, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred Forty-first Infantry New York Volunteers, was promoted from corporal through several positions to orderly-sergeant, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. In 1859, when eighteen years old, in company with his brother Henry A., he published the first Horseheads JournaL He learned his trade with S. C. Taber in the Philosopher office at Horseheads and was also engaged for a time in the Gazette office and in the Advertiser office of Elmira. August 23, 1865, he married Mary E. Brown, of Elmira. Mr. GILES resides on Madison avenue.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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