When Rev Thomas Niles was born on 28 September 1728, in Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Rev John Niles IV, was 47 and his mother, Mary Ann Ely, was 38. He married Mary Anne "Anna" Woodman on 1 February 1774, in Rumney, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died in May 1782, in Rumney, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Rumney, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.
English: variant of Nile (see Neal ), with post-medieval excrescent -s.
German: possibly a variant of Neils . The surname Niles is very rare in Germany.
History: John Niles from England is known to have been in Dorchester, MA, as early as 1634, before putting down roots in Braintree, MA, where his grandson Samuel was a Congregational minister for many years.
Notes for REV. THOMAS NILES: Thomas graduated from Yale college in 1758, studied theology, and was licensed to preach by the Hartford South Association of Ministers , 8/20/1761. He was settled, 10/21 …
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