John Giles


Son of Edward Giles and Sarah ?, father of Ann Giles and husband of Ann Webb

John was baptised in Weedon Lois on 2nd February 1817. 

John married Ann Webb on 23rd December 1844 in Gayton Parish Church, Northamptonshire - See Appendix GL9.1 for John Giles for a copy of the certificate. John was then living in Lois Weedon. Witnesses at the wedding were Edward Giles, the father or younger brother of John, and Harriet Webb, the younger sister of Ann.  Both John and Ann signed the certificate as did Harriet.

 John and Annís children baptised in Weedon Lois were:

Emma Giles  13th June 1847.  According to the 1861 Cesus, Emma was living with her Uncle, William Webb, at Passenham Mill, Northamptonshire


John Webb Giles 18th February 1849.  In 1871, according to the Census, John was living with his mother, and was an agricultural labourer, aged 23.

In mid 1872 John married Elizabeth Morley in Cropwell Butler, Nottinghamshire.


In 1881, John was living in a house called Old Stratford in Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, aged 32, with his wife, Elizabeth, aged 39 and born in Cropwell Butler; John was a labourer.  Also present was their son John Allen Giles, aged 5, a Scholar, born in Passenham.


In 1891, the family were living in Stratford Road, Passenham, with son, John, aged 15, a Bodymaker (Coaches),  and a daughter, Gertrude, aged 5, born in Passenham and a scholar.  Also present was Johnís mother, Ann, aged 69, a lacemaker.


In 1901, John was living in a house called Old Stratford, Passenham, aged 52 a Foreman on a Farm,, with his wife Elizabeth, aged 57. Also still present were his mother Ann, aged 79, a lacemaker and Gertrude Maria aged 15, a Teacher in a school.


William Giles born on 10th January 1853 in Weedon Lois. William was working as a Signalman in Barnsley Yorkshire at the time of his marriage to Mary Ann Palmer (from Assington in Suffolk) on 18 April 1876.  The marriage took place in Ware, Hertfordshire. They had 8 children:


Walter Frederick Giles  born on 5th Feb 1877, Barnsley, Yorkshire


Lucy Giles born on 22nd  Dec 1878, Oakham Rutland   


Dora E Giles born about 1881, Oakham, Rutland    


Herbert Ernest Giles born on 8th Nov 1882, Oakham, Rutland


Ethel Agnes Giles born on 9th Mar 1885, Desborough,



Ernest Giles born on 17th Nov 1887, Desborough,



Nellie Giles  born on 17th Dec 1889, Desborough, Northamptonshire 


Lizzie Eva Giles born on 24th Mar 1892 Desborough, Northamptonshire  died Corby 25 Feb 1977


William and Mary Ann and the three eldest children were recorded in the 1881 census at Simper Street, Oakham Lordshold, Rutland. William's place of birth was shown as Weldon Northants not Weedon Northants which is incorrect. He was a Railway Signalman.


By the time of the 1891 census William, Mary Ann, Walter, Lucy, Herbert, Ethel, Ernest and Nellie were living at 26 Gas Street, Desborough.  He was still a signalman.  It is assumed that Dora died young.


In 1901 William, Mary Ann, Walter, Ernest, Nellie and Lizzie were living at 49 Rushton Road, Desborough and he was still a signalman.  Lucy was in Leicester, Ethel was visiting another house in Desborough and Ernest was visiting Brixworth.


William's wife Mary Ann died in 1919 and sometime between then and 1933 William  married Mary Ann's elder sister Harriett Palmer at Kettering Register Office.  By 1933, when he made his will, he was living at 5 St. Anthony's Hill, Desborough.


William died on 7 November 1945, aged 92, of a cerebral haemorrhage at 63 Laburnum Crescent, Kettering, the home of his daughter Nellie. 


Ann Giles18th May 1856


From an Account of the Executors of the will of William Webb, Uncle to the above children typed in about 1920, £1959.1.0 was left to each of them from his estate; Also to a Mrs Annie Anderson, Mrs Mary A Plant and Mrs Louisa Holloway

The 1851 Census records John aged 34, an Agricultural labourer born in Weedon Lois and Ann, aged 29 born in Gayton, Northamptonshire.  Emma, aged 3 and John aged 2 are also recorded.

On Annís birth certificate dated 21st March 1856, his occupation is still recorded as  Agricultural labourer, he signs with his mark and his address was Weedon Lois. On Annís marriage certificate of 7th June 1877, his profession was recorded as labourer.

His death, and subsequent burial in Lois Weedon on 18th September 1856, while his daughter Ann was still a baby, is recorded.

According to the 1861 Census, Ann, a widow, was aged 39, a lacemaker, with John, aged 12; William, aged 8 and Ann aged 5, all Scholars

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