Cortland County
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Wiles Family

COENRADT WILES 1771 - 1853

Coenradt Wiles would have been born about 1771 (figuring back from the 1850 N.Y. census which shows him 79 years old). This also shows he was born in New York. We know that he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Wiles (or Weyl) because of the deposition he gave when his mother applied for a Revolutionary War Pension. We also know from probate records of his will that he was the father of Henry C. Wiles, our ancestor.

His parents were married at Stone Arabia, in Montgomery County, New York, and when his father enlisted in the Revolutionary War he was said to be residing at Freysbush in Montgomery County, New York. It would therefore seem most likely that Coenradt would have been born in Montgomery County, New York.

The only other information we have about Coenradt's early years is the recollections that he and his mother and his brother, Adam had recorded in depositions attached to his mothers application for a Revolutionary War Pension. (See Coenradt's deposition at the end of this file.)

According to records from the Dutch Reformed church of the Town of Otego, New York, Henry, the son of Coonrid Wiles and Margaret, was baptized on April 12, 1807 by Rev. Schermerhorn. This is the only information we have to indicate that Conrad had a first wife named Margaret.

The 1810 N.Y. census for Delaware County shows the following in the household of Coenradt Wiles:

        Males under 10     3    (could be Henry C, John and l other

Male 26 - 45 l     (could be Coenradt at 39)

Male over 45 l    ???

Female 26 - 45 l    (apparently Conrad's first wife, Margaret)

There is a Henry Wiles living nearby listed on the same census so apparently sometime between about 1778 (when Henry completed his Revolutionary War duty) and 1810, both families moved from Montgomery County to Delaware County, New York. So far, we have not been able to find either family on the 1790 or 1800 New York census'.

We have the property records that show where Conrad bought about 45 acres from his father, Henry, in lot 23 of Wallaces Patent near the town of Otego, New York on 15 April 1819. That same year, Conrad sold 34 square rods of this land to Cornilius Miracle. We did not find where he eventually sold the rest of the land when he moved to Cortland County.

In the History of Otego it states that "Conradt Wiles, brother of "Jose" and "Hans", once lived in a log house where is now the stone house". From talking to the Otego Town Historian, we know that this is the stone house located on the west edge of lot 23, which agrees with the above property records. (Incidentally, the map that was issued with the Otego History calls this lot 22 which we believe is in error.) This same history shows that on April 30, 1822, Coenradt Wiles was elected as one of the Overseers of Highways for the town of Huntsville. This same history also shows that Conrad Wiles bought 1 gallon of Rum and 1 dozen buttons, for a total cost of $1.25 from T. R. Austin in 1811 or 1812.

The 1820 N.Y. Census for Delaware County,Franklin shows the following in the household of Coenradt Wiles:

        Male over 45 l     (fits Conrad at 49)

Female over 45     l     (wife Margaret or Hannah?)

Slave 14 - 26 l     (where were the kids?)

Coenradt Wiles does not appear in the 1825 Cortland County Census. It therefore appears that they did not move to Cortland County until sometime between 1825 and 1830.

The 1830 N.Y. Census for Cortland County, Freetown shows the following in the household of Coenradt Wiles:

        Male 10 - 15 l

Male 20 - 30 l     (fits John at 26)

Male 50 - 60 l     (fits Conrad at 59)

Female 15 - 20     2

Female 50 - 60 1     (fits Hannah at 57)

Female 80 - 90 l     (fits Elizabeth at 82)

The 1835 Cortland County Census for Freetown contains the following information for Coenradt Wiles:

        Total Males 2

Total Females 2

Males eligible to vote 2

Unmarried Females under 16       2*

Acres of improved land 60

Neat Cattle owned 18

Horses owned 5

Sheep owned 14

Hogs owned 8

Yards fulled cloth made 10

Yards flannel or woolen made 30
This would indicate that the only females in the household were under 16 and unmarried. Where were Hannah and Elizabeth? Was this after first wife, Margaret, died and before Conrad married Hannah

Cortland County Property Records show that Conrad bought land in Lot 5 of Freetown in 1835. They also show that he leased more land in this same lot from William Wiles in 1840. We found an 1855 map that showed where Conrad's son John lived and, since John inherited all of Conrad's property, we assume that this is also where Conrad lived. The building site was located on the north side of what is now Highway 41, about 1/2 mile west of the border between Freetown and Cincinnatus.

The 1840 N.Y. Census lists the following in the household of Coenradt Wiles:

        Male 30 - 40l    (fits John at 36)

Male 60 - 70 l    (fits Conradt at 69)

Female 60 - 70 l    (fits Hannah at 67)

Female 90 - 100     l    (fits Elizabeth at 92)

The 1850 N.Y. census for Cortland County, Freetown lists the following in the household of Coenradt Wiles:

        Coenradt Wiles     79 NY     Farmer     $1200.

Hannah 77 NY    

John 46 NY    

Lawrence Harvey       25 NY    

Mary 2 NY    

Elizabeth Wiles 102 NY (Born Jan. 14th, 1748)

According to information furnished to Florence Muth by the Cortland County Historian, Conrad died May 10, 1853. For information concerning his will, see 5-1. The Cortland County Historian has not been able to find any record of where Conrad or his wife Hannah are buried.

The 102 year old Elizabeth Wiles listed in the 1850 census is Coenradt's mother. See 7-2 for more information on her.

The following information was given by Coonradt Wiles to be included with his Mother's application for Revolutionary War Pension in 1837.

State of New York
County of Cortland
        On the 11th day of March, 1837, personally appeared before me, the undernamed Justice of the peace in and for said county, Coonradt Wiles of the town of Freetown in said county of Cortland, and who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth, ln his oath, propose and say that he is the Son of Henry Wiles, that he was born on the 10th day of January 1771 - That he well recollects that his father Henry Wiles, going from home into the service of the United States according to the following statement- He often heard his father, at that time, talk it over, as well as his mother- heard them both tell over the story, at that day, many times, and has many times since, and verily believes the same to be true. That is to say- that his father, the said Henry Wiles, went as a volunteer he believes, in the company of Capt Gross, early in the spring of 1777, as be believes, that he went to Rome and its vicinity, and was there in the battle of Oriskany against the Indians and others of the enemy - that Gen. Herkimer commanded. That after leaving that place he went the same season, to Cherry Valley and was there keeping guard against the Indians & Tories - that he often went out on scouting parties - that he was gone all the season - but how many months he cannot tell.

        That he again went in the year 1778, as he thinks in the company of Capt. Ayle. That he went away in March - he knows it was before making sugar, and that he did not come home to stay until winter, after snowfall. He understood and believes he was gone nine months this tour- that he first went boating up the Mohawk River carrying men and provisions under Col. Willett - that he often heard his father say he also boated on Oneida Lake - that he then went to Saratoga and was there and in its vicinity during the remainder of his nine months - that he was part of the time boating on the North River - That he afterward went again in a later year when this deponent was about eleven years old, and was gone several weeks, and was in the battle of Johnston against the Indians- that this deponent remembers hearing his father tell of these things, both at the time, and since, a great number of times. He also recollects his father being absent, as related, as well as he does things that have occurred a week ago.

        During the fathers absence, as above related, his mother was in the habit of telling this deponent and her other children, much about their father, and of his expected return. She often heard from him when he was absent -

        That this deponent believes that, from the best information he has on the subject his father served for at least eighteen months in the whole.

        This deponent further says that from his earliest recollection he has ever understood and believed that his said father and mother were lawfully married as stated by his mother, that they were married by the Rev. Rosensants, a minister of Stone Roby in the county of Montgomery. That said minister has been dead, as deponent believes, more than forty years. He was a Presbyterian minister.

        That this deponent has one brother older than himself who died two years ago. That he had five younger brothers and three sisters younger than himself - That his father and mother always resided together until his death which took place on the 10th day of June 1821 - that he died at the house of this deponent as his parents then lived with this deponent and his mother has ever since the death of her said husband continued to live with this deponent in his family- and he knows she never since been married but has ever since remained a widow - and further saith not-

Coonradt Wiles

Sworn and subscribed this 11th day of March 1837 before me- And I certify that I am well acquainted with said deponent and his declaration and that he is a person of truth and berasity and his statement worthy of the fullest credit- He signs by making his mark for want of learning.

Garah Niles Justice of Peace

Information submitted by Merlyn Christensen

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Created 21 July 98

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