John William Edward Myles and Sarena Dillon

John William Edward MYLES was born 17 March 1844 to Isaac Abner MYLES and Samantha Bickham Clower MYLES.

John was married 7 Sept 1865, at 21, to Sarena (Serena) “Rene” A. MILLER, b. 1846 MS. She was the daughter of Thomas MILLER and Maritty (Maritta) DILLON..

John and Sarena had the following children:

  • Newton R. b. 15 August 1866, Franklinton area, LA, died 7 Sept 1868 at the age of 2.
  • Nancy “Nora” Lenora b. 18 Nov 1867.
  • Isaac Thomas b. 7 March 1869 m. Lucy
  • Lucy Virginia b. 1871 Jan 28 married James Leon HENNESY
  • Samantha R. b. 10 Feb 1873
  • Margaret Maritta “Ritta” b. abt. 1875 according to the 1880 census
  • George b. 1877 Louisiana
  • John b. 1880-1887
  • Malissa b. c. 1884 married Henry Buchanan Crow
  • Lillie L. b. 1880 according to the 1880 census
  • Effie b. c. 1887 Louisiana married William J. Carpenter

Edward MYLES is given by his descendants as having been a farmer and county surveyor. In the 1880 census he is shown as being a schoolteacher.

In “LOUISIANA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED Volume Two Bible Records 1961: Pages 1 – 60 Bible of Samanthy Lewis” Edward MYLES is given as having married Sarena MILLER, not Lucy MILLER as per some of the initial info I’d been given. This fits in with Jean Kearns having written of Edward’s spouse being Rene. Rene would be a nickname of Sarena.

Notes on children in bible:

Newton R. 1st child of Ed MYLES and Serena
Nancy Lenora, 2nd child of Ed and Serena called Nora
3rd child of same, Isaac Thomas — Ambus’ father
4th child was Lucy.
5th child was Samantha
6th child was Margaret Maritta, called “Ritta”

Joint statement of Lillie MYLES, Malissa Myles CROW and Olivia Bickham NETTERVILLE (1st 2 daughters of Ed Myles, and last, dau. of Abner Clower BICKHAM).

“Four little ones of Ed and Serena in order: a crippled boy — Lillie, single — John — Malissa married CROW –Effie, now dead, married Will CARPENTER.”

Lillie is the Lyly L. seen in the 1880 census.

Edward may be seen in the Washington Parish 1888 Voter Registration Record. I have thus far located the family in the following censuses:

1870 Washington Parish
pg. 277
76/81 STRINGFIELDS William and Lavinia and family
77/82 KEMP Isaac and Samantha and family
78/83 ROBERTS Williams and Lucy and family
79/84 MYLES Edward 26 farmer personal value $165 b. LA
Serena 22 b. MS
Leonora 3 b. LA
Thomas 1
80/85 BRUMFIELD Daniel and Sarah and family
etc.
pg. 228
91/96 MILLER Simon 46 or 46 farmer RE $1000 personal $900 b. MS
Serena 36 b. MS
William 17
rebecca 18
Hughe 15
Jeptha? 13
Simon 11
Morgan 7 b. LA
? 3 male
Lerena 1
etc
pg. 231
40/40 KNIGHT William 46 farmer RE value: $100 personal $500 b. LA
Martha 58 b. MS
Sarah 13 b. LA
James 11
Clarinda 10
George 3
Manas 5
Morgan 5
41/41 NOBLES Franklin 29 farmer b. MS
Frances 25 female farm laborer
41/41 RICHARDSON Sylvester 30 and family
etc.
pg. 249B
9/9 POPE 10/10 WHITE Martin and Caroline
11/11 BREELAND Elijah 40 farmer $300 b. MS
Mora 42 b. MS
Franklin 13 b. LA
Leroy 12 b. LA
Mende? 10 b.MS
Lisha 6 b. LA
Warren 5 b. LA
Lorena 1 b. LA
BROWN Bella 30 farm laborer b. MS
12/12 THOMAS Benjmain and family
etc.
pg. 295
33/33 KENNEDY Henry 64? Farmer RE $200 personal value $500 b. MS
Nancy 55 b. MS
Joseph 15 b. MS
Uriah 13 b. MS
James 12 b. MS
Jefferson 9 b. LA

1880 Washington Parish Wards 1 and 2
pg. 159
158/158 BROWN Frances M. and family
159/159 MAGEE Richard and Matilda
160160 BACKHAM David and Marty and family
161/161 BURKHALTER Amy and family
162/162 STRINGFIELD William and Lavina and family
LEWIS, Tabitha
163/163 STRINGFIELD David and family
164/164 MILES William E. 37 school teacher b. LA parents b. LA
Serena 33 b.LA parents b. MS
Nancy L. 12 b. LA
Isaac T. 11 works on farm
Lucy V. 9
Samantha R. 8
Margaret M. 5
George W. 3
Lyly L. 5/12
pg. 159 B
165/165
MILLER William R. 27 farmer can’t read or right, b. MS parents b. MS
Sarah R. 26 can’t read or write b. LA parents b. MS
Selena 8 b. LA
Nancy 6
Teresa 3
Tener born Sept. stepdaughter
166/166 SLOCUM Handy (b) 21 laboring on farm b. LA parents b. LA
Sarah 17 b. LA parents b. LA
167/167 MILLER Simon A. 20 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Rebecca A. 21 b. MS father b. MS and mother b. LA
168/168 DAWSON (b) Samuel and Violet and family
169/169 MILLER Zeptha Y. 23 farmer b. MS parents b. MS can’t read or write
Clarkey R. wife 23 b. LA parents b. LA can’t read or write
Abner F. 3 b. LA
Clara M. 1 b. LA
170/170 MILLER Hugh L. 26 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Maranda Y. 29 b. LA father b. GA mother b. LA
Eugens H. 7 b. LA
Molly or Mally F. 5
Alice E. 3
Callee E. 9/14 Sept.
BULLOCK Lumeta or Lumenta 63 mother-in-law b. LA father b. SC mother b. GA
171/171 SLOCUM Green D. and Ellen and family
pg. 160
181/181 MILLER Wesley W. 22 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Cyntha AP 28
Willes C. 2
Ertha D. b. Dec
pg. 170
183/183 HARVEY Cinton
184/184 KEMP Isaac and Samantha and family
BICKHAM William
185/185 OGDON? Calvin H. and Sarena and family
MILLER Sarah mulatto or white 10 servant b. LA parents b. LA
pg. 164B
261/261 BICKHAM Alexander 69 b. LA parents b. GA and SC., and Rebecca
KENADY Hard 15 grandson works on farm b. LA father b. LA mother b.KY
Thomas E. 10 grandson works on farm
MILLER Eliza 25 servant b. MS parents b. MS
pg. 165
263/263 BRUMFIELD John W. and Samantha
264/264 BACKHAM Ab…? and Harriet and family
265/265 MILLER Thomas 60 farmer can’t read or write and neither can children but wife can b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Nancy 45 b. MS parents b. SC
Martha 19 b. MS
Sayborn 17 works on farm
Marion? 13 works on farm
ELizabeth 11
Margaret 18
Angeline 9
Rarford 8
Eli 8
James 5
Flora G. 2
pg. 166
294/294 ALFORD Seaborn and Laura
295/295 MILLER Fleet M. 63 farmer b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Elizabeth 62 b. MS parents b. LA
Smiley 34
296/296 BANKSTON Simpson and Catherine and family
pg. 166/166
305/305 MILLER Ranford L. 46 b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS and Angeline b. MS parents b. SC and family

Among those buried at the Hezekiah Magee Cemetery, Washington Parish, LA are:
Edward MYLES b. 17 March 1844, d. 4 August 1920 (Mason) husband of Sarena MILLER
MYLES Sarena A. Miller b. 25 October 1846, died 2 March 1924, wife of Edward MYLES, daughter of Thomas and Maritta Dillon Miller James

SOURCES:
LOUISIANA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED Volume Two Bible Records 1961: Pages 1 – 60 Bible of Samanthy Lewis
Census data
Hezekiah Magee cemetery data

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