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MILES, Joseph

Male 1794 - 1861  (67 years)


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  • Name MILES, Joseph 
    Born 1794  Ash, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 8 Oct 1794  Ash, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 928 
    _UID 03DCAA27C9D3417BA0E51373778104172627 
    Died 15 Jan 1861  Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I928  Edgoose
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2017 

    Father MILES, Joseph,   b. 1769, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1832, Stoke next Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother ROBINSON, Ann,   d. 1800, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 4 May 1794  Normandy, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WILLIS, Mary,   b. Between 1792 and 1793, Farnham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1817  Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. MILES, Lucy,   b. 1817, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900, West Ham Registration District, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. MILES, Jane,   b. 1818, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1818, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. MILES, Joseph,   b. 1820, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Marylebone Registration District, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. MILES, Ann,   b. 1822, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1902, East Grinstead Registration District, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. MILES, Mary,   b. 1824, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     6. MILES, Elizabeth,   b. 1826, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878, Farnham Registration District, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     7. MILES, Jane,   b. 1829, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866, East London Registration District, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     8. MILES, Reuben,   b. 1831, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1905, Guildford Registration District, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F721  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • JOSEPH MILES 1794-1861

      According to the IGI the Joseph MILES who married Mary WILLIS at Aldershot, Hampshire, on 1 March 1817 was baptised at Ash, Surrey, on 8 October 1794.

      From the 1841 census of Aldershot Workhouse, Aldershot, Hampshire:
      *Joseph MILES, governor, aged 45, not born in Hampshire;
      Mary MILES, matron, aged 45, not born in Hampshire;
      Ann MILES, aged 20, born in Hampshire;
      Elizabeth MILES, aged 15, born in Hampshire;
      Jane MILES, aged 10, born in Hampshire;
      Reuben MILES, aged 10, born in Hampshire;
      (HO107/394/3)

      He was the Town Crier of Aldershot for the last four years of his life.

      From the 1851 census of Aldershot, Hampshire:
      *Joseph MILES, head, aged 57, carrier, born at Ash, Surrey;
      Mary MILES, wife, aged 58, born at Farnham, Surrey.
      (HO107/1595/83/29)

      The death of Joseph MILES was registered in 1861.
      (GRO March Q 1861 Farnham 2a 48)

      "DEATH OF THE TOWN CRIER. - We regret to announce the death on Wednesday last of a well-known public character in Aldershot, Mr. Joseph MILES, the town crier. This sad event appears to have been the result of an accident. On Thursday evening, about half-past 5 o'clock, he was returning home, apparently in his usual health, and had arrived within twenty yards of his cottage door, when, from some cause or other, his foot slipped, and he fell over a railing into a deep ditch beneath, his head and neck receiving severe injury from the concussion. He was speedily extricated from the ditch, and conveyed to his cottage. Dr. SHOOLBRAID was at once sent for, and rendered every possible asssistance, but without avail; the spinal cord appeared to be injured; and, at 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning MILES expired. He has, for about forty years, filled the office of hayward in the parish, but, during the last four years, he has been better known as the town crier, acquitting himself well in that capacity, and mingling an amount of originality with his calling that made him universal favourite in the neighbourhood. A short time ago a new bell was presented to him by the townspeople, and a comic and joyous procession took place on the occasion. Who would have thought that the notes of triumph then heard for the old bellman would soon be changed to plaintive elegy, and that both the old and new bells would ere long be in mourning for their master! But so it is; the aged crier has joined his kindred dust; and calumny must be silent over his frailties, of whatever kind they were, while posterity preserves a memory of him, in connection with his office, amongst the traditions of old Aldershot. MILES was 66 years of age; he was the father of five children, all of whom are now grown up and married; and he leaves a widow far advanced in years."
      (Aldershot Military Gazette, Saturday, 19th January 1861)
      (British Newspaper Archive)

      "INQUEST. - On Saturday last an inquest was held at the 'Florence Nightingale,' by T. PAIN Esq. on the body of Mr. Joseph MILES, whose death was noticed last week. The evidence confirmed the previous impression that MILES came by his death accidentally, the principal witness, Charlotte KERCHER, stating that, about half-past five o'clock on Tuesday evening, the 15th. inst. she was passing along the road close to the bridge over the watercourse near Miles's house, when she saw the deceased pass off the road on to the footpath, reel, and fall over the rail, upon his head. No one was near him at the time. She called out, and ran after the picket, and shortly afterwards MILES was extricated. - Dr. SHOOLBRAID who attended the deceased, described him as almost lifeless when he was called to see him. He applied the usual restorative, and after some time MILES appeared to improve a little. He last saw him alive at 12 o'clock on the night of the accident, MILES dying about 10 o'clock on the following morning, just as he (Dr. SHOOLBRAID) reached the door. He had since examined the body. There was a cut upon the left side of the head, and a few bruises. He was of the opinion that the deceased, who appeared completely paralysed, died from the concussion and injury received to the spinal cord. - The jury returned a verdict of 'Accidental Death."
      (Aldershot Military Gazette, Satuday, 26 January 1861)
      (British Newspaper Archive)

      "MILES Joseph. 27 September [1862]. The Will of Joseph MILES late of Aldershot in the County of Southampton Yeoman deceased who died 15 January 1861 at Aldershot aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oaths of Reuben MILES of Send in the County of Surrey Labourer the Son and John BAILEY of 30 White-street Little Moorfields in the City of London Policeman the Executors.
      Effects 20."
      (National Probate Calendar 1862)
      Note: John BAILEY was the husband of Joseph MILES' daughter Jane (1829-1866)

      The Will of Joseph MILES:
      "This is the last Will and Testament of me Joseph MILES of the Parish of Aldershott in the County of Southampton
      I give and bequeath to my wife the whole of the rents of my Property situate in the parish of Aldershott aforesaid consisting of six tenements and garden with the newly erected tenement together with my household furniture for her own use during her life by paying therefrom all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expences and also to receive all money due to me at the time of my decease but shall not be allowed to sell or Mortgage my property or any part thereof in any way whatever
      I give and bequeath to my son Reuben MILES my live and dead stock after the decease of my wife
      I hereby order and direct that my two Executors hereinafter named shall proceed immediately to sell the whole of my property except my household furniture and that the proceeds of such sale shall be equally divided amongst my six children viz Lucy MILES Joseph MILES deceased his share to be equally divided between his two children Ann KNOWLES Elizabeth PHARA Reuben MILES and Jane BAILEY and in case one or more of my five children now living should die previous to the execution of this my will then their share also shall be equally divided amongst their children
      Reuben MILES shall have my household furniture in addition to his share as above stated
      I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Reuben MILES and my son in Law John BAILEY Executors of this my last will and Testament to which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five - Joseph MILES - Set Signed sealed delivered by the said Joseph MILES as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses - Reuben ATTFIELD - William COLLINS.
      Proved at London 27th Septr 1862 by the oaths of Reuben MILES the son and John BAILEY the Executors to whom admon was granted".

      (revised 29.01.2013)