name for this project comes from the fact that the Stiles Family in America
(our branch), originated in Milbrook, Bedfordshire,
England. They first settled in Dorchester, which was renamed, Windsor,
Connecticut in 1634/35. The book I am compiling that is associated with this
webpage is intitled, "How We Got Here From
"Here", is Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA, and the
"There", is Millbrook, in Bedfordshire, England.
In order to work on this project, I spent endless hours going down wrong
trails, checking out family legends, family stories, etc. I had a lot of fun
doing it though. It is and has been a never-ending work of love. I have
worked on this project on and off since about 1961. (I accomplished very
little in those early years, besides just accumulating information, and
creating a desire to find out more.) From the time I was a youngster, I had
heard stories from my father, and all these stories did was to whet my
appetite for more information concerning this family into which, I found myself.
My father told me, for instance, that we had a coat-of-arms, and that our
family came from England, and how they had homesteaded in Wisconsin, and
Minnesota, after coming from Vermont. He had related a story of the Bill
Stiles, that was killed in a bank robbery in Northfield, MN; while riding
with the Jesse James gang, and that this guy ,
according to stories he heard, was raised by my great-grandfather, and that
his real name was Bill Chadwell, and that he had
used my great-grandfather's name when he rode with Jesse James. I had heard
this story several times, but it became real, when I was in the US Air Force,
and another person saw the story in a magazine depicting true stories of the
wild west. (I have never found anything conclusive to ascertain whether this
family tie-in is true, other than several family members relating the same
story.) Lots of research followed, most of it rather slowly, some easier.
Thanks to lots of family members, good genealogy programs, and those people
that did research on various family lines before me, made putting together
this meager history/documentation, feasible and possible.
If you are reading this work, and are remotely interested in our families,
please feel free to use anything you find here. The only thing I ask, is that you will acknowledge where the information
was obtained. Thank you for reading. I
am Gordon Jefferson Stiles.