REQUESTS    We are starting to try to include, each month, features  in four areas and would love to get contributions from everybody.  I would guess the length would be one to a few paragraphs in general. The four areas are:

  • Descendants of a Stiles whether the person’s name is Stiles or not
  • Genealogy or DNA stories
  • Immigrants
  • Places
  • Other categories?

Discovering the past from clues: Old leather wallet in the SFA library.

This wallet was found in the oldest boxes at the Stiles Family of America Library in Penn Yan, NY.   It is about  6¼ by 3¾ inches

Wallet frontWallet back

It was found with a torn page from HRS book, part of page 52 in Henry Reed Stiles’s Book on the CT family,  in the inside of the Wallet.   Mr. Samuel Stiles is embossed on one side and 1737 on the other as can be seen above.

Wallet paper in side

From the description above, we conclude there were two wallets that are very similar and as we see below probably were  purchased by the same person.  The one referred to above belonged to Lt. Samuel, Jr.  Born  1705-6.  His wallet has Lt. Samuel Stiles embossed on one side and 1736 on the other.   He had a son Samuel, III, his namesake, baptized May 15, 1737 Died 1757 at age 20. Info from HRS pg. 53.  The one in the SFA collection must be the latter’s.  We don’t know where the other one is now.  The information in HRS notes above indicate that Henry Reed Stiles had it at the time of the printing of his book.

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