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By Steven R. Butler

The Miles Family
William B. Miles | John W. Miles | Charles W. "Charlie" Miles


THE MILES FAMILY

A combination of DNA test results and documentary evidence confirms that I am a descendant of William B. Miles of Coffee and Franklin counties, Tennessee, and his wife, Mary Farrar, their only known son, John W. Miles, and his wife, Margaret Hodge, and their son, Charles W. Miles, who had an extramarital relationship with my grandmother, Alice May Tate Butler, which resulted in the birth of my father, Raymond J. Butler, who was adopted, either knowingly or unknowingly, by my grandmother's husband, Herman H. Butler, and therefore given the surname Butler, instead of Miles.

As of this date (January 2021), no documents have been found to confirm the identities of the parents of William B. Miles, but I believe that his father was most likely John Miles, son of Thomas W. Miles, a Revolutionary War veteran who was born in Virginia, lived in North Carolina for several years, and then, in 1798, removed to Tennessee. This conclusion is based on the fact that I am a DNA match to at least four living individuals whose descent from three of the four other sons of Thomas W. Miles (Hartwell, Patterson, and Thomas W. Jr.) can be verified by documentary sources such as census records, deeds, probate records, etc. Since Thomas W. Miles is the 4th Great-Grandfather of each of those four matches, it is obvious that he was my 4th Great-Grandfather too, and I have proceeded to write this family history accordingly. I plan to keep trying, however, to find some documentary evidence to cooroborate what the DNA tells us.

From all appearances, my Miles ancestors were English, who settled first in Virginia. Their descendants then moved to North Carolina, and then from there to Middle Tennessee, and then to North Central Texas.


The Miles Family
William B. Miles | John W. Miles | Charles W. "Charlie" Miles


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