William Stewart Pile

Maleabout 1840–16 April 1900

Brief Life History of William Stewart

When William Stewart Pile was born about 1840, in Illinois, United States, his father, William Bird Pile, was 30 and his mother, Hannah Boone Pennington, was 21. He married Mary McDonald Walker on 3 October 1867, in McDonough, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Scotland Township, McDonough, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Industry, McDonough, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 16 April 1900, in Wellington, Sumner, Kansas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Sumner, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Stewart Pile
about 1840–1900
Mary McDonald Walker
Marriage: 3 October 1867
Milton Bird Pile
Clarence E Pile
Angelina Pile
Shelby Daniel Pile
Walter Clyde Pile
John Monroe Pile

Sources (12)

  • William Pyles, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Stewart Pile - Government record: birth-name: William Pile
  • William S. Pile, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 October 1867McDonough, Illinois, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Siblings (16)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 12

    Historical Boundaries: 1852: McDonough, Illinois, United States


    Age 14

    Bleeding Kansas was a time period between the years 1854 and 1861 with a series of violent confrontations over whether slavery would be legal in Kansas Territory.

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 16

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    English (Devon and London): variant of Pyle .

    French: from Old French pile ‘mortar, trough’ (from Latin pila), denoting a trough used for crushing or pounding various materials, such as lime, and in some cases the surname may have arisen as a metonymic occupational name for someone engaged in such work.

    French: topographic name from Old French pile ‘pillar, column’ (from Latin pila), or a habitational name from any of the minor places in northern France named with this word.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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