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Guide to the Giles Family Papers
1750-1851
 MS 248

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Description is in English.

Biographical Note

Aquila Giles was born in Maryland in 1758 to Jacob and Joanna Paca Giles. His grandfather was the Maryland governor, William Paca. During the American Revolution he joined the Continental Army, eventually rising to the rank of Major under General Arthur St. Clair. He was taken prisoner and paroled in New York City, where he met and married Elizabeth Shipton in October of 1780. At the time of their meeting, Elizabeth was living at the home of her uncle, William Axtell, a Loyalist. The couple settled in Maryland and had 10 children, 8 of whom survived infancy.

In the early 1800s, Aquila Giles became involved in a legal dispute over land with the U.S. Government, which lasted for several years. Subsequent financial difficulties forced Elizabeth to return to England in 1812, with her youngest son, George Washington Giles. Aquila eventually won his lawsuit and was employed as a U.S. Army store keeper in 1817. Elizabeth Shipton and Aquila Giles both died in 1822.

George Washington Giles became a lawyer and married Elizabeth Ogden, the daughter of William Ogden and Susan Murray Ogden. John and Hannah Murray were Elizabeth Ogden Giles's uncle and aunt.