Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Samuel Hamilton Chiles

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Samuel Hamilton Chiles. 

Birth: Dec. 12, 1844, Jackson County, Missouri.
Death: Sept. 16, 1929, Buckner, Jackson County,Missouri.

Parents: James C. Chiles (1802 - 1883), Ruth Wilson Hamilton Chiles (1803 - 1870).

Wife: Martha Steele Hughes Chiles (1846 - 1932).

Children: Martha Hamilton Chiles Hifner (1867 - 1947). Cornelius C. Chiles (1868 - 1958). Charles Bishop Chiles (1871 - 1947). Annie S. Chiles Roth (1872 - 1953). Mary C. Chiles King (1874 - 1936). Hughes W. Chiles (1875 - 1915). Emma S. Chiles Stapp (1878 - 1931), Ruth B. Chiles Van Allen (1879 - 1960). Henry Chelsea Chiles (1881 - 1950), James Chiles (1883 - 1964).

Siblings: Mary Hamilton Chiles Irwin (1823 - 1916). Henry T. Chiles (1825 - 1898). James J. Chiles (1833 - 1873). Isabella Eille Chiles Shortridge (1837 - 1913). Susan S. Chiles Black (1839 - 1914). William Ballinger Chiles (1844 - 1900). Samuel Hamilton Chiles (1844 - 1929).

Burial: Buckner Hill Cemetery, Buckner, Jackson County, Missouri.

Samuel H. Chiles.

Samuel H. Chiles was only sixteen years of age when the war broke out. He enlisted as one of the Fort Osage Rangers and fought for three months under Rains in the State Guards service. His father then took him home and put him in school. But the military ardor of young Chiles had been aroused, and he ran away from 'home and enlisted in Shelby's brigade. He was soon transferred to Ruffner's battery, John B. Clark's brigade. Parsons' division. He was pleased with the artillery service and continued in it to the end. 

Mr. Chiles fought in the battles of Wilson Creek, Drywood, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Cane Hill, and Pririe Grove. He was in the battles of Pleasant Hill and Mansfield, in Louisiana, when^ Banks was driven back. His command then moved up against Steele, who was retreating from Camden to Little Rock. At the battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Mr. Chiles was wounded. Out of 26 men who served the battery, 20 were killed and 6 wounded. 

Mr. Chiles fell into the hands of the Federals, and for eleven months was a prisoner of war, most of the time at Rock Island, Ill., He was paroled after Lee surrendered; when released, he joined Shelby's expedition to Mexico. Mr. Chiles was about the youngest soldier in the Western armies. He was always ready for duty and never failed to be on hand when there was fighting to be done. 

Mr. Chiles remained but a short time in Mexico, and returned to his native place in Jackson County, Missouri, where he became a successful farmer and stock-raiser. In 1896 Mr. Chiles was chosen marshal of Jackson County. His administration of the office was satisfactory to the people, and he was reelected in 1898 for another term of two years.

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