Saturday, February 4, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ GYLES of Salem, Massachusetts


Edward GYLES is of unknown ancestry, and it is unknown exactly when he arrived in New England.  In The Great Migration Begins, Anderson guesses that he was in Salem by about 1633.  Edward Giles was also known as Edmond or Edmund, and GYLES had many spellings in the old records.

Apparently Edward Gyles was married first to an unknown woman and had two children, Hannah and Matthew.  Hannah (about 1620 – 1687) is my 9th great grandmother, who married her step brother, Thomas Verry on 6 May 1650 in Gloucester.  They were married by Deputy Governor Endicott.

There is no marriage record,  but on 6 October 1635 “Edward Gyles was fined 40s, for knowing his wife carnally before marriage”.  [Massachusetts Bay Court Records Volume 1: page 163].  We know that his wife was the widow Bridget Verry from her will, where she names her children.  See the article in The American Genealogist, Volume 60, page 174 or my blog post last week for more about my 10th Great Grandmother Bridget ( ----) Verry Gyles.    I descend from Bridget’s son, Thomas VERRY (see above).  Edward and Bridget had another five VERRY children together.

 Some GYLES resources:

Great Migration Begins, Volume II, pages 764- 766

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ VERRY of Gloucester, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 28, 2017,

My GYLES genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Gyles, born about 1610 in England, died between 17 December 1649 (when he sold land) and 10 December 1656 (when Bridget appears as “widow” in a probate record); married first to unknown (at least two children); married second to Bridget Unknown, widow of Thomas Verry.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Hannah Gyles, daughter of Edward Gyles and his first unknown wife, born about 1627, died 25 August 1687 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married on 6 May 1650 to Thomas Verry, her step brother, son of Thomas Verry and Bridget Unknown.  He died 28 March 1694.  Nine children.

Lineage A:

Generation 3:  Hannah Verry m. Bartholomew Foster
Generation 4:  Benjamin Foster m. Susanna Andrews
Generation 5:  Lucy Foster m. William Younger
Generation 6:  Levi Younger m. Mary Wotten
Generation 7:  Levi Younger m. Catherine Plummer Jones
Generation 8: Mary Esther Younger m. George Emerson
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grand parents)

Lineage B:

Generation 3:  Abigail Verry m. Ralph Andrews
Generation 4:  Susanna Andrews m. Benjamin Foster (see above)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ GYLES of Salem, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 4, 2017,  ( accessed [access date]). 

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