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Lt. Col. Walter Chiles, 2nd

Also Known As: "Colonel Chiles"
Birthplace: Bristol, City of Bristol, England
Death: after July 6, 1653
Jamestown, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Chiles, I and Elizabeth Maury Chiles
Husband of Elizabeth Chiles
Father of Walter Chiles, of James City and William Chiles
Brother of Margaret Chiles; William Chiles; Richard Chiles; Humphrie Chiles and Mary Chiles

Occupation: Cloth Worker, Church Warden, Jamestown Parish, House of Burgesses, 1642-1643, 8th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
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About Lt. Col. Walter Chiles, 2nd

Walter Chiles (1609 to after July 6, 1653)

Contributed by Daphne Gentry and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography link

Walter Chiles was a member of the House of Burgesses (serving intermittently through the 1640s), a member of the governor's Council (1651), and Speaker of the House of Burgesses (1653). The son of a merchant in Bristol, England, Chiles fitted out his own ship and settled in Virginia by 1638.


Chiles was probably the son of Walter Chiles (also Childs or Childes) and was born in Bristol, England, where his father was a textile merchant. His mother's name is uncertain. Baptized in the church of Saint Mary Redcliffe, in Bristol, on March 20, 1609, Chiles entered the textile trade there, married a woman named Elizabeth, whose maiden name may have been Sanders, and had at least two sons.

From Wikipedia....

Lieutenant Colonel Walter Chiles (died 1653) was a Virginia politician and merchant. He moved to Virginia around 1638, and served as a burgess off and on from 1642 to 1653, representing Charles City County and later James City County. He also served on the Governor's council in 1651, but was removed the following year because of his involvement in illegal trading with the Netherlands. He was elected Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses at the July 1653 session, but the governor forced his resignation the following day. Walter Chiles's son, Walter Chiles III, married Mary Page, daughter of Col. John Page, a merchant and member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Colonel Walter Chiles came to America with very little, an assistant to the purser on the ship "Blessing". Through hard work and dedication to the colony, he became a wealthy man, held in high esteem by his fellow colonists. He excelled in business, as well as politics. He came to Virginia as a young man with his father, was the eldest son.

Record of Examination No. 301, 24 July 1637 shows the first mention of Walter Chiles of Bristol, a clothworker, aged 29 who signed his own name to the document. It is speculated that "cloth worker" was his occupation prior to leaving England.

1642 (March) Walker Austin, Rice Hoe, Joseph Johnson, and Walter Chiles are given permission by the Va. House of Burgesses to "undertake the discovery of of a new river west and southerly from the Appomattox." From : A HISTORY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA 1400 - 1800 By: Danny Dixon

Walter was a ship owner and sea captain between 1640 and 1660 in Virginia.

In 1649, Governor William Berkeley, sold the home known as the "Kemp House" in Jamestown to Walter Chiles for the sum of 26,000 pounds of tobacco. It was the first brick house in America, erected by Richard Kemp and Sir William Berkely. Chiles added thirty feet to it. (Wm. and Mary Quarterly and Cradle of the Republic)

He served in the House of Burgesses in 1645, 46, 49, 52, 53 in Virginia, also elected speaker between 1658 and 1660, and 1663. (Hennings Statutes, 1, 1322-338). In 1660-61 he was appointed Councillor to act with Sir William Berkely and others during recess of the Assembly. Chiles, Walter, Jr.: Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses for James City Co.

On his death his second wife Susannah received a grant of "200 acres in James City Co."

His grandson John Tyler was great-grandfather of President John Tyler.

Sources Chiles Family Homepage General register of the Society of Colonial Wars, 1899-1902; constitution of the General society; New York 1902; Walter Chiles of Jamestown The Henry & Sarah Ballinger Chiles Family The Chiles Family in Virginia Author(s): W. B. Cridlin Source: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan., 1911), pp.104-106 Published by: Virginia Historical Society Stable URL:

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Lt. Col. Walter Chiles, 2nd's Timeline

Bristol, City of Bristol, England
March 20, 1630
Age 21
Middlesex, England
Age 27
Age 28
Middlesex, England
July 6, 1653
Age 44
Jamestown, Virginia
Age 44
Age 44
Jamestown,James City Co,Va
April 1837
Age 44
Cloth Worker