- According to Louis Giles (S231), "John Giles, planter, emigrated to Maryland asa a freeman sometime prior to May 1666 when he assigned the fifty acres due to him to John Gray and Joseph Marley and settled in Anne Arundel County near the West River. It is unknown whether Giles arrived in Maryland as a Quaker; however it is likely that he was converted to the faith by the flourishing community of Friends along the West River Meeting as early as 1668 when the birth of his daughter Elizabeth was recorded" (3). Skordas also has a John Giles who immigrated bef. 1666.
The rest of his children are recorded in the Meeting minutes as well. His son John Giles Jr. sold all of his land at West River to John Galloway in 1723, so the family fades out of Anne Arundel family history at that point (see S231 for more on the descent in Harford County), though some of John Giles Sr.'s children (incld. Artridge and John) had married into local families at that point. He moved farther south to the north side of the Patapsco, living between the Middle and North Branch, an area where he owned most--over 1500 acres--of the land (Giles, S231, p. 4).
He is included on the Quaker Ancestors page.
On this family, see:
1. Giles, Louis F., "The Giles Family of Harford County," MGSB 35 (1) (Winter 1994) 3-21.
2. Giles, Louis F., III, "The Giles Family of Old Somerset," MGSB 27 (2) (Spring 1987) 226-232.
It might be worth noting that there is also a John Giles family on the Eastern Shore. Richard Giles, son of John Giles of the Isle of Wight, m. 4 Feb. 1725 to Phebe Martin, widow. His son John Giles married Ann Mulliken, dau. of Samuel and Ann Mullikin. See Peden and Wright, (Westminster, 2000), vol. 7, 134-36.