|Squire Lebbeus Niles (William8,
Born: August 11, 1854, Town of Masonville, Delaware Co. NY.
Died: March 17, 1903, probably Walton, Delaware Co., NY, age 48
Married: 1878 Eva Howes, born March 29, 1856.
Known child of Squire Niles and Eva Howes
The following recollections are taken from notes from Lena J.
(Teed) Niles, who researched the Niles and related families for
over 25 years.:
Eva Howes was the daughter of Jessie Fields
Howes, and his wife Susan Jenkins, of Trout Creek, N.Y. The ancestry
of Eva Howes traces back to Moody Howes, who early came to Southeast,
in Putnam Co., N.Y., from Barnstable Co., Mass., and through him
to five persons who came on the Mayflower. Also a Gov. of Mass.
Both Squire and Eva Howes Niles taught school
for a few years after their marriage. It is said that Squire was
quite a strong man, good at wrestling, etc., and could handle
some of the fully grown young men who then attended country schools.
He once taught in the Crary district on Sands Creek, near Hancock,
called a tough district.
Squire Niles lived on the farm on Bullock
Hill, for a couple years after his father's death. Afterward,
took a course at the Eastman Shool of Business, at Poughkeepsie.
Then operated a hotel in Walton for a short time. Eva died in
Walton when their son Frank was 13 yrs. of age. Squire died four
years later, also in Walton.
Jesse Fields Howes and wife Susan had 12
or 13 children. It is said Eva Howes was brought up by and lived
with her Jenkins grandparents, who lived on an adjacent hill,
near Trout Creek. Many teachers in the Howes family.
Eva (Howes) Niles was a very bright, gifted
person, with nice features. She painted many pictures which were
distributed among her relatives, and pieced a number of nice quilts.
She was thrifty, a good cook, and a person with many friends.
From will of father, William Niles:
I give devise and bequeath to my Squire Niles the following named
property subject however to the payment of the above or before mentioned
legacies, within three years after my decease without interest numbers???
otherwise before stated, at the end of which time they shall all
be considered due and payable unless otherwise stated herein before
as in the case of my wife and my child and grandchildren under age,
viz. The farm on which I now reside, containing about one hundred
and eighty three acres of land twenty cows, one horse, one set double
harness one pair bobs one platform spring wagon our mowing machine,
our horse rake and all other farming utensils and herein before
mentioned of which I may be possessed.
Eva A. (Howes) Niles, d. October 2, 1899, age 43 yrs., of Walton
(Index, Surrogate's Office, Delhi, N.Y.).
Link to Edmund Howes Biography.
Edmund was the father of Jessie F. Howes and grandfather of Eva Howes.
1880 Federal Census - Town of Tompkins:
|Niles, Squire L.
1900 Federal Census - Town of Walton:
|Niles, Squire L.
|Niles, Frank J.
Joseph B. Wade, Deposit, N.Y., appointed guardian of her son,
Frank, age about 13 yrs. Joseph's wife Mary Eliza (Hathaway) was
perhaps a relative of Harriet Hathaway, first wife of Squire's father
Photo of Squire Niles - taken while in Poughkeepsie
at the Eastman School of Business.