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Anne Myles (Humphrey)

Also Known As: "Palmes"
Birthplace: Fordingham, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. Gen. John Humphrey and Elizabeth Humphrey
Wife of John Myles; William Palmes and Rev. John Myles
Mother of Hannah Mason (Myles); Jonathan Palmes; Ann Lange; Elizabeth Edwards and Susannah Avery
Half sister of Thomas Humphrey

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About Anne Myles

Anne Humphrey

  • Baptized: Dec 17 1625 - Fordingham, Dorset, England
  • Death: Dec 17 1693 - Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
  • Parents: John Humphrey, Esq., Elizabeth Pelham
  • Husbands: William Palmes, John Myles
  • Children: Susannah (Palmes) Avery, Elizabeth (Palmes) Griffin, Ann (Palmes) Lange, Jonathan Palmes, Hannah (Myles) Mason


From Hylbom Family Ancestry Project

Anne [Humphrey] married [2nd to] John Myles, who emigrated from Wales to Massachusetts in about 1662.  Anne was born in England and presumably came to Massachusetts with her father in the 1630s.  Whether Anne returned to England with her father in the 1640s and subsequently returned to Massachusetts with John Myles in the 1600s, or whether she may have remained in Massachusetts and met and married John Myles there, is not known with certainty.  However, the available evidence suggests that she did not return to England and that Anne Humphrey and John Myles must have met and married in New England.

Regarding Anne, daughter of John Humphrey, Lewis states that “she married William Palmer of Ardfinan, Ireland, and afterward, the Rev. John Miles, of Swanzcy” and that he had in his possession a deed signed by her, and sealed with the arms of the house of Lincoln (due to her connection to her step-mother, her father’s third wife, Lady Susan Clinton, otherwise Fiennes).  The date of her second marriage to John Myles is not known, but presumably it was after 1662 when John Myles emigrated from Wales to Massachusetts and before about 1668, based on the birth date of their daughter Hannah Myles (1669).

From Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families:

Anne Humphrey, daughter of John Humphrey by his wife Elizabeth Pelham, married (1st) William Palmes, Gent. of Ardfinan co. Tipperary, Ireland. They had one son, Johnathan, and three daughters, Susannah, (wife of Samuel Avery), Elizabeth (wife of Griffin Edwards), and Anne (wife of Nicholas Lange).

From History of Swansea

From 1675 to 1680 Myles was at Boston establishing a Baptist Church; but after the rebuilt Swansea had for three years called to him. he returned to it, and there in 1683 died. His wife Anne outlived him; his son John (a Harvard scholar) was Swansea's first town-clerk; and curious to relate, Samuel, the preacher's son or grandson, became the second Episcopal rector of King's Chapel, Boston. The descendants of this stock (who often spelled the name Miles) are to be found in many honorable positions."

(Note. It has come to light (1914), that Anne Myles, the second wife of John Myles, was the daughter of John Humphrey, the early Massachusetts Magistrate, and that her (SIC: step) mother, Mrs. John Humphrey, was Lady Susan Clinton, daughter of Thomas Clinton, third Earl of Lincoln, and a sister of Theophiius Clinton, fourth Earl of Lincoln. This I have from the Commissioner of Public Records of Massachusetts, Henry E. Woods. Ed.)


Anne (Humphrey Palmes) Miles is a descendant of Magna Carta surety baron William de Mowbray through her mother Elizabeth Pelham.

1848 Meeting House of the First Baptist Church (21 Baptist Street, Swansea, Massachusetts) – This is the fifth building occupied by the congregation. The adjacent cemetery dates to 1731

  • THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 114
  • The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years (Google eBook) Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall Genealogical Publishing Com, 1999 - Reference - 214 pages. Page 99. "18. Anne Humphrey, only surviving child of Elizabeth [Pelham] No. 17, bp Fordingham 17 Dec 1625, m. (1) William Palmes; m. (2) Rev. John Miles of Swansea."
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Google eBook) Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1985 - Reference - 1009 pages. Page 507.
    • "MYLES, John ( - 1683) & Anne/Anna [Humphrey] [Palmes / [Palmer?] ( - 1693); w William; (see below); in Wales? b 1646; Salem / Swansea.
    • MYLES, John & 2/wf Anne [Humphrey] [Palmer] ( - 1695) (see above); b 15 Jan 1680; Swansea
  • Humphreys, F: The Humphreys Family in America, page 90.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing
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Anne Myles's Timeline

December 17, 1625
Dorchester, Dorset, England
December 17, 1625
Dorchester, Dorset, England
Age 24
Age 33
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts
August 14, 1665
Age 39
Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
January 5, 1673
Age 47
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)