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Stiles family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stiles, Benjamin Edward, 1794-1855.
Creator: Stiles, Hugh Greville, 1887-1955.
Creator: Stiles, Joseph, 1758-1838.
Creator: Stiles, Samuel, approximately 1737-1808.
Title: Stiles family papers
Dates: 1825-1919
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 oversize box)
Identification: MS 1296

Biographical/Historical Note

The family of Samuel Stiles (circa 1737-1808) moved to Georgia around 1758. During the American Revolution, the Stiles secured gun powder and ammunition from Bermuda for the colonists. Samuel Stiles' son, Joseph Stiles (1758-1838), had a son named Benjamin Edward Stiles (1794-1855). Hugh Greville Stiles (1887-1955) was the son of William Henry Stiles IV and a direct descendant of Samuel Stiles. During World War I, he was a Lieutenant with the 82nd Division out of Atlanta; in World War II, he was a Captain in the Transportation Corps. He and his wife, Elinor palmer Stiles, resided in Savannah, where he worked with the South States Phosphorus and Fertilizer company. He later became a shipping clerk at Smith and Kelly.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers concerning Samuel Stiles, Joseph Stiles, Benjamin Edward Stiles, and Hugh Greville Stiles. Included are photographs, correspondence, estate papers, clippings, and maps. The majority of the papers concern World War I.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Letters (correspondence)
Maps (documents)
Stiles, Benjamin Edward, 1794-1855.
Stiles, Hugh Greville, 1887-1955.
Stiles, Joseph, 1758-1838.
Stiles, Samuel, approximately 1737-1808.
World War, 1914-1918.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from daughter of H.G. Stiles.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Stiles family papers, MS 1296, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Charles O. Golson, Jr., 1977.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Family correspondence and papers

Inventory of Joseph Stiles' estate, 1839 July, 2.0 p.

Richard Danell to Benjamin E. Stiles. Hamilton, Bermuda, 1840 September 16, 3.0 p.
Regarding the wills of Mr. Stiles' father Joseph and aunt Jane Stiles.

Richard Danell to Benjamin E. Stiles. Hamilton, Bermuda, 1841 May 29, 2.0 p.
Includes handwritten copies of letters of September 16 and November 26, 1840. All are Mr. Danell's explanations of Mr. Stiles' legal affairs as heir to Joseph Stiles' estate and thus to his grandfather Samuel Stiles' estates.

Partial listing of land sold at the "Executory Sale", undated, 2.0 p.
Probably Joseph Stiles' estates.


2Stiles' family home

Photographs. Savannah, undated
Margaret Vernon Stiles wrote the following note on the picture: "Stiles House between Ann and Zubly Streets. Built before 1790, destroyed by fire in the 1880s." Includes other information on the history of the house, previous owners, etc.


3Miscellaneous family papers

"The American Patriots Song" written by W.W. Stiles, undated, 2.0 p.

"Gods Gift" by E.H. Palmer, undated, 2.0 p.

Hugh G. Stiles to unknown recipient (probably his wife Elinor Palmer Stiles). France, 1918 August 20, 1.0 p.

Elinor P. Stiles to Vera Palmer. Savannah, 1918 October 15, 14.0 p.
Copies of letters which Elinor sent to her sister, Vera, re Hugh Stiles, World War I, and family. Also included is a short story entitled "Unto the Third and Fourth Generation."

Hugh G. Stiles to unknown recipient France, 1918 November 21, 1.0 p.

Hugh G. Stiles to unknown recipient France, 1918 December 12, 1.0 p.
Telegram. Merry Christmas.

Rough draft of a speech on pacifism, and world "liberty." Savannah, 1919 January 17, 5.0 p.

H.G. Stiles to Mrs. H.G. Stiles. Bourguignon, France, 1919 February 10, 1.0 p.
Postcard. Personal news.

H.G. Stiles to Jack Cay. France, 1919 April 11, 1.0 p.
Postcard. Personal news.

Two unused postcards of Bordeaux, France, undated


5World War I papers

Vaccination register for Hugh Stiles, 1919 March 6, 1.0 p.

Elinor palmer Stiles' employee card from Savannah Morning News. Savannah, 1918 August 31, 1.0 p.
2 copies.

"Troopships" by B.B. Brown. New York, New York, 1918, 16.0 p.
pamphlet. Regarding construction of, life on, and military importance of the troopship.


6World War I military papers

Depot Quartermaster to Lt. Hugh G. Stiles. Washington, D.C., 1918 April 12, 1.0 p.
Confirmation of monthly payments to Mrs. H.G. Stiles.

A.B. Hoff to Mrs. Hugh G. Stiles. New York, New York, 1919 April 18, 1.0 p.
Also enclosed is the "Censorship Circular" explaining codes used in sending telegrams.

Partial description of the activities of the Horse Detachment of the 307th Ammunition Train, 4.0 p.
Missing all but the first few pages.

Orders from General Headquarters of the World War I American Expeditionary Forces. France, 1918 December 19 and 1918 December 26, 2.0 p. , copies.
Congratulations on the victory in the Meuse-Argonne battle.

Lt. Col. J.B. Barnes to the Commanding General, 157th Field Artillery Brigade. France, 1919 April 6, 4.0 p. , photocopy.
Account of the service of the 157th during the Meuse0Argonne battle.

"History of the Horse Battalion 307th Ammunition Train", undated, 2.0 p.
Regarding activities during the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives.


7World War I photographs

Photograph of Hugh G. Stiles. Savannah, undated

Photograph of fishermen in a river in Europe, undated


8Papers concerning the 82nd Division
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

News clippings. Various places, various dates, 53.0 p. View online.
Regarding the 82nd Division out of Atlanta, and its activities during World War I.


9Papers concerning the end of World War I

"The States and Stripes, the Official newspaper of the A.E.F." France, 1918 June 28 and 1919 January 24
2 editions. Regarding World War I.

"The Hatchet, Published on the High Seas", 1918 June 16-24
Printed sheets. This was probably printed to keep the enlisted men abreast of the events at home.



1299Sewing pattern for the uniforms of the U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers. Garey's Ferry, 1839 May ( 1.0 p. )
This was sent to Captain John Mackay.



13100W.O'D. Rockwell's tracing of the John McKinnon 1825 map of Savannah, 1909 May ( 1.0 p. )



14101French War Department map of Bar-Le-Duc, France. Revised in, 1911 ( 1.0 p., )



15102Road map of France, 1916 ( 1.0 p. )



16103Road map of the French, German, and Luxembourg joint borders (Ardennes Forest). France, 1917 November 17 ( 1.0 p. )


17Road map of Dijon, France ( 1.0 p. )
A-1296-001 Racing armband View online.
A-1296-002 Racing number View online.