Ancestors of Eleanor Stiles

Eleanor Stiles was the daughter of John Stiles and Deliverance Towne.  She was born in Feb 1703 in Boxford.  Her birth is listed in town records and while there are some conflicting reports regarding her marriage, it is said that John Stiles mentions daughter Eleanor Presson in his will.  I have not yet found a copy of the will.

John Stiles and Deliverance Towne are mentioned in the Descendants of Roger Preston of Ipswich, but much of the information regarding the Stiles family below comes from the Stiles Family in America:  Genealogies of the Massachusetts Family, Descendants of Robert Stiles of Rowley, MA by Mary A. Stiles (Paul) Guild.

John Stiles, (b. 1661 in Rowley Village (now Boxford, MA) – d. bef May 1753) m. Nov 1684 to Deliverance Towne (b. 1664 Topsfield – d. abt 1705).  In addition to Eleanor they had the following children:  Deliverance, Ruth, John, Elizabeth Marcy, and Mehitable.  Deliverance was a twin, daughter of Jacob Towne and Catherine Symonds.  Jacob was the son of William Towne and Joanna Blessing and brother of Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Etsy who were both executed in Salem in 1692 on charges of witchcraft.  John remarried to Mary French about 1727.

John’s father was Robert Stiles (b. ENGLAND – d. Jul 1690) who m. Oct 1660 to Elizabeth Frye (b. ENGLAND – d. 1713).  In addition to John they had the following children:  Elizabeth, Sarah, Abigail, Ebenezer, Sarah, Robert, Timothy, and perhaps Eunice and Samuel.  Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Ann Frye.

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