Jotham Sewall Viles

(8 December 1827 - 2 November 1890)
Jotham Sewall Viles|b. 8 Dec 1827\nd. 2 Nov 1890|p784.htm|Alfred Viles|b. 3 Apr 1797\nd. 6 Aug 1881|p820.htm|Thankful Norton|b. 1 Apr 1796\nd. 8 Jun 1868|p822.htm|Joseph Viles|b. 1770\nd. 12 Jul 1848|p1012.htm|Sarah Hancock|b. c 1772\nd. 5 May 1859|p1013.htm|Abner Norton|b. 19 Oct 1740|p953.htm|Hannah Claghorn||p955.htm|
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Descendants of Joseph Viles
Morford Ancestry
Descendents of Joseph Norton
     Jotham Sewall Viles was born on 8 Dec 1827 in New Vinyard, Somerset County, Maine.4,5,6 He was baptized in 1841 in Kennebec River, Kennebec County, Maine. "At the age of fourteen [he] was baptized in the Kenibeck [sic] River near Augusta and his home by Rev. Jotham Sewall, a Christian minister and fast friend of his father's family so much so that he had received his name."5 He lived in Starks, Somerset County, Maine, in Sep 1848 Marriage intention lists Jotham as "of Starks."7 On on 17 Sep 1848 an "Intention of Marriage" between Jotham Sewall and Mary Ann Leach was published in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, at the Unitarian Church. Jotham was "of Starks" and Mary Ann "of Augusta."8 He married Mary Ann Leach on 1 Oct 1848 in Augusta, Somerset County, Maine, according to a notice which appeared in the Maine Farmer on 12 October 1848.9,10 One may speculate that the young couple came west with Mary's parents, since Clarissa was born in Wisconsin in October or November of 1849. Perhaps they relocted to DeKalb County in the spring of 1850 with their friend Gilbert, lured by the possibility of a land purchase that never materialized; neither Sewall nor Gilbert reported any real estate holdings to the census taker, and no Illinois land purchases or patents have been located in searches of the state archives and various related websites. Perhaps they were simply renting out the land, or doing an unknown acquaintance a favor by keeping it for a season. Whatever the circumstance, by the end of the year they had returned to Walworth County. According to land records of Walworth County, Wisconsin, Jotham was living in Richmond on 31 Dec 1850 when he purchased 80 acres there from Henderson Hunt and his wife for $250. 16 acres at the southwest corner of the land were reserved for the Hunts' use (though for what purpose is not stated).11 The same day, Jotham Sewall Viles received from Gilbert (for $1), 79 acres in Sugar Creek, on which he assumed a $245.79 mortgage also payable to Henderson Hunt of Delavan. This is the land he apparently lived and farmed for the rest of the decade.12 The following March, Jotham Sewall Viles deeded the same land to Jotham's father Alfred Viles, reserving the same 16 acres. Alfred Viles assumed the mortgage on the land for $250.94. The deed was witnessed by Gilbert Adams and by Jotham's brother Zebulon, and included a separate certificate of acknowledgement by Mary, dated 22 Sep 1851.13 On 29 Jan 1853, Jotham Sewall Viles paid Nelson Crosby $200 for another 40 acres to the south of the original plot. Both were listed as being "of Sugar Creeek."14 On 14 Mar 1854, Jotham Sewall Viles purchased Lots 7 and 8 in Block 11 of Delavan for $500.15 Later that year, on 25 Oct 1854, Jotham Sewall Viles sold the Delavan lots to Cynthia A. Sanborn for $550, which probably realized little if any real profit. Cynthia also assumed a $225 mortgage on the land due the following May.16 He was head of household on the 1855 census of in Walworth County, Wisconsin with two males and five females of unspecified age. The males would be Jotham and John G. Mary Ann, Clarissa, and Serena would be three of the females. The other two, however, are unaccounted for..17 Jotham was widowed when Mary died shortly after the birth of her namesake daughter. The cause of death is unknown, but complications of childbirth are a likely factor. Mary's untimely death left behind a young father and five -- possibly six -- grieving children, but little in the way of documentation. She remains sadly anonymous. in Nov 1859 in La Grange, Walworth County, Wisconsin, leaving him with five, possibly six, young children, including the infant Mary.18,19 He married second Sarah Diana Frost, daughter of George Frost and Abigail Tanner, on 9 Jun 1860 in Tipton, Benton County, Iowa, From Elsie Viles Kearns' letter: "Your grandfather and grandmother were married at Tipton, Iowa by Rev. Carothers, a Presbyterian minister, she being at the time visiting at her sister's, my Aunt Phebe Frost McClellan, who lived ten miles from Tipton and half a mile from Stanwood, a station you pass thorugh on the N.W. RR."20,21,5,22,6 He and Sarah Diana Frost lived in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, circa Sep 1864.1 He was a member of the Methodist Church.23 He held the office of "Trustee" in the Methodist Church in 1868 in Eden Township, Benton County, Iowa.24 He J. S. Viles led a class at the Methodist Church in Eden on Sunday afternoons or evenings. Members of his class included J.S. & S.D. Viles, Hellen A. Viles, Chas. W. Lyon, and Serena M. Lyon. All were "of Canton" and were eventually "dropped." circa 1869 in Eden, Benton County, Iowa.25 He lived in Benton County, Iowa, on 18 Jan 1869.2 He was farmer and carpenter in 1875 in Eden Township, Benton County, Iowa.26 Jotham was widowed by Sarah's death on 28 Apr 1879 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, Notice appeared in the Vinton Eagle 7 May 1879.27,28,6 He married third Laura E. Scutt on 11 Nov 1879 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, Notice appeared in the Vinton Eagle on 19 November 1879.29,6 He was living in Iowa on 10 May 1883.30 Jotham was widowed by Laura's death on 7 Jul 1886 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa.31,6 He married fourth Laura Ann Taylor on 16 Feb 1889 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa.6 Jotham Sewall died in Benton County, Iowa, on 2 Nov 1890 at 62 apparently died intestate, most likely in Van Horn or Vinton. J.G. Viles was appointed administrator of his estate.19,32 He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa.33,34

Last Edited=December 31, 2006

Children of Jotham Sewall Viles and Mary Ann Leach

Children of Jotham Sewall Viles and Sarah Diana Frost

Child of Jotham Sewall Viles and Laura E. Scutt

Citations

  1. Unknown author, Elsie Matilda Viles Kearns to Archibald J. Kearns (n.p.: n.pub., 3 Sep 1915), p. 1.
  2. Unknown author, Last Will and Testament of Alfred Viles (n.p.: n.pub., 18 Jan 1869), p. 1.
  3. P. 22, Line 10, dwelling 141, family 140. household, 1860 United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County, unknown cd2. Heritage Quest CD digital scan of NARA. Unknown volume.
  4. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 1. The place of birth on this census record is listed as Missouri, but is almost certainly supposed to be Maine. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  5. Letter, unknown author to unknown recipient, 3 Sep 1915, p. 1.
  6. Donald Kearns, "The Merry (Marry) Wives of Jotham Sewall VILES," e-mail message from e-mail address (unknown address) to Viles Listserv (e-mail address), 31 August 2001. This email summarizes information received from his cousin Jack Kearns, "who has been researching our Viles' ancestry in great detail for a number of years."
  7. Unknown volume, Augusta Vital Records, (n.d.), Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center, Mission Viejo, Orange County, California.. Volume II, 1845-1871, p. 60..
  8. Unknown volume, Augusta Vital Records: Volume II, 1845-1871, p. 60, n.d., Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center.
  9. Elizabeth Keene and Benjamin Lewis Keene Young, compiler, Marriage Notices from the "Maine Farmer" (n.p.: n.pub.), 424. Hereinafter cited as Maine Farmer Marriage Notices.
  10. Unknown volume, Augusta Vital Records: Intention bears the footnote "Cert. iss. [certificate issued] Oct 02 1848.", n.d., Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center.
  11. Wisconsin Deeds 12: 420-1, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, microfilm 1435081, Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah. Warranty Deed from Henderson Hunt to Jotham S. Viles. Deed is dated 31 Dec 1850, but was recorded a week later..
  12. Wisconsin Deeds 14: 118, FHL microfilm 1435081. Warranty Deed from Gilbert Adams to Jotham Viles, recorded 12 January 1852..
  13. Wisconsin Deeds 16: 313-4, FHL microfilm 1435082. Warranty Deed from Jotham S. Viles to Alfred Viles. The deed was recorded 15 April 1853, long after its execution two years prior..
  14. Wisconsin Deeds 16: 59, FHL microfilm 1435082. Warranty Deed from Nelson Crosby to Jotham S. Viles.
  15. Wisconsin Deeds 18: 124-5, FHL microfilm 1435083. Warranty Deed from Otis Preston to Jotham S. Viles. Preston was trustee of Ellen Corbin and Amanda Hubbard, and held the lots in trust for them by deed from Amanda Corbin dated 28 June 1852, and recorded in vol 14 pp. 513-515..
  16. Wisconsin Deeds 19: 442-3, FHL microfilm 1435083. Warranty Deed from Jotham S. Viles to Cynthia A. Sanborn.
  17. J.S. Vials household, 1855 Wisconsin state census, Walworth County, population schedule, Family History Library microfilm no. 1032689 Salt Lake City, Utah, p. 74.
  18. Unknown author, Millard Cemetery Listing, Walworth County, Wisconsin (n.p.: n.pub., microfilmed 9 Sep 1994).
  19. Donald Kearns, "Wives of J.S. Viles," e-mail to Viles Listserv (e-mail address), 31 August 2001.
  20. Unknown author, LDS Ancestral File Record for Sarah Diana Frost (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
  21. Don Kearns, Don Kearns to DeAnna Burghart (email) (n.p.: n.pub., 8 Feb 2000), According to Don, "Within the year of his first wife's death Jotham married his second wife, Sarah Diana Frost, who was Elsie M. Viles and Ione Viles' mother." Don cites the marriage location as Tipton, Iowa..
  22. Josephine C. Frost, The Frost Genealogy and Descendents of William Frost of Oyster Bay, New York (Brooklyn, NY: Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1912), p. 110.
  23. Unknown author, Methodist-Episcopal Church Records, Garrison (IA) Circuit (n.p.: n.pub., 1865-1907), Alphabetical List of Members in Full Connection.
  24. Unknown name of person unknown record type, Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center, Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, Chronological Record of Official Members.
  25. Unknown name of person unknown record type, Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center, Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, Class Records.
  26. Unknown author, Directory: Benton County Businesses; From the A.T. Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875 (n.p.: n.pub., 4 July 2004), listed as "Carpenter, (Sec. 15)." Elsewhere listed as "Far. and Carpenter," nativity Somerset Co., ME, arrived in IA 1864..
  27. Geraldine Dyson, compiler, Index of Death Notices Gleaned from the Vinton Eagle, January 10, 1855 through March 3, 1880 (n.p.: n.pub., 1974), microfilm no. 0987657, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah,unpaginated.
  28. Josephine C. Frost, Frost Genealogy.
  29. Geraldine Dyson, compiler, Index of Marriage Notices Gleaned from the Vinton Eagle, January 10, 1855 through March 3, 1880 (n.p.: n.pub., 1974), microfilm no. 0987657, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah,unpaginated.
  30. Unknown author, unknown title (n.p.: n.pub., 10 May 1883).
  31. JoAnn Ayers, Re: Jotham S. Viles (n.p.: n.pub., 30 March 2002).
  32. JoAnn Ayers, "Re: Jotham S. Viles," e-mail to DeAnna Burghart, 30 March 2002.
  33. Letter, Don Kearns to unknown recipient, 8 Feb 2000.
  34. Letter, unknown author to unknown recipient, 3 Sep 1915, p. 2.
  35. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 2. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  36. Unknown author, "Inscription in Hymnal of Archie J. Kearns," e-mail message to e-mail address owner (2000) Don Kearns, Inside the front cover of this hymnal is this inscription:

    Presented to
    Elsie Viles
    By her Sister Nellie
    It was Given
    to Nellie By
    her Father J.S. Viles
    Presented to him by his Parents

    Elsie is known to be a half-sister of Serena..
  37. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 3. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  38. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 4. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  39. Unknown name of person unknown record type, Mission Viejo, CA LDS Family History Center, Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, p. 10. The stone is listed in Mr. Kraege's work as "Frank A. Miles, son of J.S. & M.A," however subsequent examination by John Stevenson of the Walworth County Genealogical Society stated that the stones, though worn, were definitely "Viles." No date of birth or age was provided on Frank's marker. "J.S. & M.A." are presumed to be Jotham Sewell and Mary Ann. To date, however, no other evidence of Frank's existence has been unearthed..
  40. Unknown author, "Viles Hymnal," e-mail to e-mail address owner (2000) Don Kearns.
  41. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 5. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  42. P. 50, family 432, dwelling 432, line 6. household, 1860, United States Census, Wisconsin, Walworth County.
  43. P. 99, family 721, dwelling 721, line 15. household, 1870 United States Census, Iowa, Benton County, unknown cd2. NARA. Unknown volume.
  44. P. 99, family 721, dwelling 721, line 16. household, 1870, United States Census, Iowa, Benton County.