- On 14 September 1778 William Chiles, and Agnes his wife, of Berkeley Parish in Spotsylvania County, sold land in that parish. Two years later, on 21 Spetember 1780, William and Agnes Chiles sold 262 acres of land in Spotsylvania County for ? 2000. It was probably soon after this that they moved to South Carolina.
The family moved from Virginia to South Carolina in the early 1780s, and settled at the area which came to be known as Chiles Crossroads near the present village of Bradley in Greenwood County.
William bought 400 acres of land in December 1791 along Hard Labor Creek. This land, located about a mile east of the present town of Bradley, was purchased by William Chiles from the Estate of Gen. Andrew Williamson. The original Chiles homestead was built here, but was later dismantled, moved, and rebuilt along State Highway 10, about a mile south of Bradley. The Chiles Family Cemetery is located near the original homesite. In the center of the cemetery stands a memorial marker to William Chiles enclosed by an iron fence which was erected by family members, but was badly damaged by a tree falling on it in a windstorm. In 1999 the site had become rough and overgrown, and stood in an area recently lumbered and covered with slash. Nevertheless, several dozen fieldstones remained to mark gravesites, and tiny white periwinkles formed a groundcover throughout this large family cemetery.
1790 Census - Edgefield Co, SC; p.64; Wm Childs; 03-01-03-00-20
1800 Census - Abbeville Co, SC; p.7; William Childs 00121-00111-0-18
The boundary line between Edgefield and Abbeville Counties was ill defined in 1790 (surveyed in 1793). Many households in Abbeville in 1800 are found in the 1790 Edgefield census.
DAR Patriots Index , Centennial Ed. p 557, list William Chiles married to Agnes White as having been born Jan 1736 in Va. dying 9-1-1804 in SC. Rank PVT, VA
William Chiles wrote his will on 4 May 1804 at Edgefield District, South Carolina and died within the next five months; the will was recorded on 8 October 1804.
The will of William Chiles reads as follows:
In the name of God Amen I William Chiles of South Carolina in Abbeville District Being old and Weak in body but perfect in Mind and Memory Do make Constitute and Appoint this my Last will and testament in manner and form following to Witt, that my burial be left to the Discretion of My Children and that all my Just Debts be first paid
Item, I Do hereby Ratify and Confirm all the Gifts that I have already Giving to my Children which they had in their possession.
Item, I Give and bequeath to my Son John, part of a Tract of Land of four hundred acres Granted to Patrick Gipson begining at an Ash Corner on a branch Runing through Sd tract Bounded SW side by Land of Reubin Chiles Runing Down Sd Branch to the Old Line thence Agreeable to the Original plat Excepting a Small part Downed by Reubin Chiles mill pond with all that Apertains to Sd tract to him his heirs and assigns for Ever. Also, I give and bequeath to my Son John Seventy Acres of Land bounded on Sd tract Granted to patrick Gipson as Aforesaid, Also bounded on Lands formerly held by William Smith [?] the aforsd. ash Corner to him and his heirs and Asigns for Ever
Item, also I give and Bequeth to my Son Reubin one Acre of Land on the old Road adjoining to Reubin Chiiles own land to his heirs for Ever.
Item, I Give and bequeath to my Son William the plantation or track of Land Whereon i now Live with all the Appurtenance belonging to the Same Containing part of Severall tracks of Land Agreeable to a plat made by Abner Perrin DS Containing by Ray Survey three Hundred and fifty five Acres Exceting one Acre Bequeath to my Son Reubin to him and his heirs for Ever I Also give and bequeath to my Son William two Negros to Witt Named Moses and Dafnny Also one feather Bed and furniture after my Decase to him and his heirs for Ever.
It is Also my will and Desire that after my Decease the Higher bider at the Discretion of my Executors and to be Equally Divied among my Children to Witt namely Reubin, Thomas, John, William, Elisabeth, Salley, Eunice and Whereas the Land which I have formerly Giving to my Son Thomas is not as valuable As the Lands giving to my other Sons it is my will and I Do Direct that he Shall be paid thirty pound Sterling out of my Estate when it Shall be Sold as above Directed Over and Above his Equall part as above Mentioned.
Item, I also Give to my Son Thomas one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs for Ever, and Lastly I do nominate and Apoint my Four Sons namely Reubin, Thomas, John, and William Executors of this my last will and Testamen hereby Revokeing all Other Wills heretofore Made by me in Testamony where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this fourth of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and four.
Signed Seald and published by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us
Interlined before Signed the words from thence to the ash Corner
William Chiles Senr.
Note: Fendall Chiles is sometimes listed as a child of this couple; his birth-date may precede this marriage date.
Source: Mark Freeman http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~markfreeman/chiles.html
Name: William CHILES
Cemetery: Fam cem
Location: Abbeville SC 56
Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.1, p. Serial: 11999; Volume: 8
Name: William Chiles
SAR Membership: 42926
Birth Date: Jan 1736
Birth Place: Spotsylvania, Virginia
Death Date: Sep 1804
Death Place: Abbeville, South Carolina
Father: Henry Chiles
Mother: Mary Carr (Should be Mercy Webb)
Spouse: Agnes White
Children: Thomas Chiles