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John Miles, Sr.

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Grace St. Cem, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Miles, Jr. and Catherine Miles
Husband of Elizabeth Miles and Mary Alsop
Father of Elizabeth Andrews; John Miles, Jr.; Mary Kenney; Samuel Miles; Lt. Richard Miles and 3 others
Brother of Annah Street
Half brother of Martha Pardee; Mary Ince Hanford; Richard Miles; Samuel Miles and Frances Miles

Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About John Miles, Sr.

Wives: (1) Elizabeth Harriman (daughter of John); married April 11, 1665 (five children) and (2) Mary Alsop (daughter of Joseph Alsop) on November 2, 1680.

The drawing to the left depicts the old tavern as it likely looked at the time that John Harriman’s son-in-law, John Miles, ran the tavern starting in 1703, and from that point the place was known as the Miles Tavern. In 1701, New Haven became co-capital of Connecticut and the General Assembly came to the tavern for board and drink. In 1754, Isaac Beers continued as innkeeper here, and the place was then known as the Beers Tavern. In 1778, Beers opened a bookstore and kept a general store here. He rented the upstairs rooms to students and other ordinary people.


  1. Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 717, 1182


John Miles was the son of RICHARD MILES, who immigrated from England in 1637 and eventually became a prominent citizen of New Haven. John married on 11 Apr. 1665, Elizabeth, daughter of JOHN HARRIMAN, also a prominent New Haven settler and my ancestor. John & Elizabeth were the parents of five children, one of them, LIEUT. RICHARD MILES, being my ancestor. John married second on 2 Nov. 1680, Mary, daughter of Joseph Alsop, and granddaughter of my ancestors, JOHN & TEMPERANCE (GILBERT) ALSOP. His will was written 28 Nov. 1700. Connecticut Society of Colonial Wars Pedigree, p. 1206

"John Miles (1644-1704) New Haven, Conn. Chosen Ensign for New Haven Trainband, June 1673, and confirmed Ensign, Oct. 1673; at a meeting of the Council, Sept. 9, 1675, he was ordered to stay at Westfield with twenty-six men in his charge; Lieutenant by Nov. 1675; appointed 7th in command of Connecticut Forces, Nov. 1675; appointed Captain in command of New Haven County Dragoons, for service against the French and Indians, Apr. 1690; appointed Captain of New Haven Trainband, May 1690; appointed Captain of one hundred and fifty men raised for the Relief of Albany, Feb. 21, 1693. Deputy for New Haven to Connecticut General Court, Oct. 1690, May 1691." Authorities: Conn. Col. Records, Vol. II, pp. 214, 365, 386; Vol. IV, pp. 21, 25, 33, 42, 88; New Haven Town Records, Vol. II, p. 311.

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John Miles, Sr.'s Timeline

October 1644
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
October 1644
New Haven, New Haven Co., Conn.
October 1644
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
December 21, 1666
Age 22
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
January 9, 1667
Age 22
New Haven, New Haven Co., Conn.
March 10, 1669
Age 24
New Haven, New Haven Co., Conn.
March 23, 1671
Age 26
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, American Colonies
March 21, 1672
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut