THE WORLD OF SAMUEL MEEKER, MERCHANT OF PHILADELPHIA, AND GILBERT STUART, AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTIST

Sunday, March 22, 2009

David, descendant of Samuel Miles

David McCann with the Gilbert Stuart portrait of Samuel Miles that was pulled out of storage at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Not all GS works are constantly on display. The photo below shows David involved in his mission to study the social history of his ancestors Samuel and wife Catherine Wister Miles.
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Colonel Samuel Miles; Gilbert Stuart c 1800
in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art



The genius of Gilbert Stuart, acknowledged during his lifetime & today as well, was his ability to nail the likeness of the sitter onto the canvas.


From Lawrence Park:

Born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He served in the French and Indian wars and in 1761 settled in Philadelphia as a wine merchant, becoming also a large landholder in Chester County, where he founded the town of Milesburg. He was a member of the Assembly in 1772-1776, and was appointed brigadier-general of the Pennsylvania forces in 1776 after having been taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island in the previous August. He was exchanged in 1778 and became successively Judge of the High Court of Errors and Appeals, member of the city council of Philadelphia, alderman and mayor. His autobiography, written in 1802, was published in 1873 in the "American Historical Record," Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, c. 1800. Panel, 29x 23 1/2 inches. This bust portrait shows him turned half-way to the right, with his grayish-blue eyes directed at the spectator. His thin locks, sparse on top, but long at the back of his head, are grayish-white. He wears a black coat, white neckcloth and lace jabot. The order of the Society of the Cincinnati is suspended from his left coat lapel. The background is in tones of olive, shading to almost black towards the left. At the right is a draped curtain of brownish-plum.

Presented in 1909 by Miss Elizabeth F. McKean to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washinton, D.C.
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David McCann notes about Mile's captivity by the British; "In correspondence from General William Howe, Colonel Miles was granted a two-week parole provided, under the strictest of regulations, he did nothing to further the patriot cause. ...in December, 1777 he [Miles] made good use of [this] time as he was reunited with Catherine [see entry before this one, Catherine Miles] at their Spring Mill home. John Wister Miles was born on September 9, 1778. The John Miles branch of the family would lead to me; hence John’s birth takes on greater significance. His Majesty’s Government of King George III is to be thanked for its benevolence. "
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25 comments:

Maureen said...

Aren't genetics amazing? Look at how much they resemble each other.

emikk said...

Not only do we get to see great art, we also get fascinating history as well! Great blogg Beth!

Anonymous said...

Col Samuel Miles was my 5th greatgrandfather it is really nice to see pictures of my ancetor's
LaDonna

Anonymous said...

My Sister Ladonna sent me the url to your site here.
We are just beginning to gather info on the Miles. We decend from Samuel Miles Grandson of Col. Samuel Miles. I'd like to here what other info you have on the family if you would write to me at mercerd@charter.net I would appreciate it.

Beth Ahrens-Kley said...

Dear LaDonna and sister,
Thankyou for writing. Has David written you? He can send you more information...I will write him to.

Ralph Seeley said...

I am interested in the business dealings of Col. Miles in the period 1795-1802. I would appreciate any information.
Ralph Seeley

Skein Lane said...

Colonel Samuel Miles is also my great 5x's grandfather. While I have always had an interest in family history, it's only recently that I became aware of Colonel Samuel. Commenter LaDonna and I come down the same family branch...our grandparents were siblings. I would be interested in any other family history, i.e. photos that you have. Do you photos of John Wister Miles or his son Samuel Miles? Thank you.

Nancy said...

Col. Samuel Miles was my 5th great grandfather as well. I am just getting into the Miles side of my family genealogy so if anyone has information to share i would really appreciate it. My Great Grandfather was Anna Margaret Linnard Miles, born January 14th 1852. I have a fair bit of info on the family and would love to share with anyone. Nancy Malcolm James

Kim said...

Samuel Miles with my 7th great grandfather....small world :)

VMiles said...

Colonel Samuel Miles was my 5th great grandfather. Any suggestions for finding genealogical information on his father, James; grandfather, Richard; and greatgrandfather, James; would be appreciated.

Carolyn said...

To VMiles - Under the name of Skein Lane I posted that Colonel Samuel is my 5x's great grandfather as well. I have a little information re: his father and granfather. I am in touch with David, Nancy and LaDonna..all who have posted here. You can contact me at skeinlane@aol.com. Would love to hear from you. Which branch do you come from?

VMiles said...
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VMiles said...

Apologies for the previously deleted comment.

Carolyn - Based on limited genealogical information I have access to, I am a descendant of John Wistar Miles (1778-1830), son of Colonel Samuel Miles and wife Catherine. Having researched the Miles lineage for only the past several days has often been frustrating and confusing.

carolyn said...

To VMiles - I am also a direct descendant of John Wister Miles. His son Joseph Green Miles is my grandmother's grandpa. Which of John Wister Miles children is your branch? I have a lot of Miles family history info and I am happy to help if you would like more info.

Carolyn said...

To VMiles - whoops the hour is late and I mixed up the Josephs. As you pointed out in email Joseph Green Miles is your branch. My Joseph Miles is the son of Rev Samuel Miles (brother of Joseph Green Miles). Glad to be in touch!

Anonymous said...

My name is Art Miles. My father Rich Essington Miles is also a great 5x's grandfather of Col Samuel Miles. We've had handed down to us for 5 generations some portraits of John Wister Miles (son of Col Miles) and John's wife Catherine Essington Miles. The portraits were created by the famous painter Gilbert Stewart around 1823. I'd like to send a photo of the paintings but I'm not sure how to do that on this web page. Does anyone know how to do this? We also have a copy of the last will and testament of Col Miles!

Anonymous said...

My email is Art.Miles@yahoo.com
My dad's is REMiles7@aol.com
if you have any questions!

I forgot, I also have the John Wister Miles antique bedroom set at my home in Orlando!

Shana Miles said...

My Great x 6 Grandfather Is Samuel Miles and I have been Studying Our family line back as far as i can but I would love to learn more is there a way to contact David on this subject? if so email Shanam42@gmail.com
Thanks,
Shana Miles

David McCann said...

Good Morning to you Beth - ! And thank you for your ongoing efforts with the Gil;bert Stuart blog! To Shana - I am delighted to have forwarded information about Samuel - the nation's first faithless elector - interesting particularly as we once again grapple with the value of the Electoral College!

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon, Samuel Miles was my great great grandfather on my mother's side. HIs daughter Anna Margaret Linnard Miles, married to Soloman K Spears/Speers. I have spent quite a few years looking for information on their daughter Helen Pauline Spears Querrie Brisbois. She passed away when my mother was 8 and we have very little information on her or her siblings. THanks to anyone who can help me with this

Anonymous said...

Samuel Miles was my grandfather as well. im a direct decendent of the Potts family.abigal miles married david potts I believe who with Thomas potts came to putnum.. now Zanesville ohio. issac potts owned the forge in the valley,,Vally Forge,his home was washingtons headquarters. I am in possession of 1 of what was a brace of silver mounted flintlock pistols owned by col. Miles,passed down to me. im trying to locate the other which was sold by my aunt Ida Potts in the 1940"s. any help or interest or help would be loved ! JOE Morrison.Zanesville Oh. joebad7349@gmail.com

Carolyn Pugh said...

Just saw your post and it is most interesting. I now have a blog related to our Miles family history as well as a Facebook page "Pugh and Miles Family History". It would be wonderful to post a picture of the flintlock pistol and its history. Is that something you would be willing to do? I can be reached at skeinlane@aol.com. Here are the links to the blog and page.

http://fredpughfamily.wordpress.com/

can't grab the link for FB right now...but it is Pugh and Miles Family History. If you are on FB you can search for that page.

Thanks,
Carolyn Pugh
My direct ancestory is Reverend Samuel Miles

joe said...

to CAROLYN ,, I SENT A RESPONSE TO YOUR POST. I CAN BE REACHED AT Morrison.joe8156@yahoo.com on facebook or via gmail at joebad7349@gmail.com thanks !!

William Miles Dowd said...

Samuel Miles was my 4X great grandfather. His bio is a fascinating look at a man of many facets who was one of colonial times and early U.S. development.

Skein Lane said...

William Dowd....can you share your line from Samuel Miles? It's always so fascinating to see how so many of us are connected.
Carolyn Pugh

 
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