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Both are Republicans in politics, but have
never sought any public office, and in fact
take but little interest in political matters.
Benjamin belongs to the A. 0. U. W., and
Joseph to the Masons, Knights of Honor and
American Legion of Honor, and both to the
Hebrew order, B'nai B'rith.
In April, 1873, Benjamin married Miss
Carrie Malsch of Colorado county, this State,
but a native of Germany, having been brought
by her parents to America when small and
reared in Texas. March 16, 1881, Joseph
married Miss Sarah Levine of Galveston, she
being a native of New York but of German
ancestry. Each of the brothers has children.
each has an elegant home in Rockdale and a
host of friends.
1Wj,1kILLIAM L. GILES, a successfui
farmer of Travis county, is a son of
Edward S. Giles, who was born in
Sumner county, Tennessee, August 6, 1798.
In 1831 the latter moved to Ilardeman
county, same State, and in 1849 settled three
miles below Austin, Texas, but subsequently
moved to Duval. He finally made his home
with our subject, where he died July 7, 1877.
In political matters, he affiliated with the
Democratic party, served as Justice of the
Peace in Tennessee some time, and was frequently
solicited to become a candidate for
the Legislature, but always refused. Socially,
he was a Master Mason; and religiously, was
and Elder in the Presbyterian Church for
many years. His parents were Josiah and
Caroline Giles. The father, a native of
North Carolina, moved to Tennessee when it
was yet a part of North Carolina, settling in
Sumner county, where he died in 1828. He
served as a Captain under General Jackson
in the war of 1812, and participated in the
battles of Talledaga and Horse Shoe ellenl.
The Giles family caIme to Amnerica from
Ireland in Colonial times, locating i, Virginia
and North Carolina, and many memnbers
of tile family served in the Revolutionary
war. The mother of our subject, inee
Nancy Jackson, was born in Fauquier county,
Virginia, April 20, 1798, a daughter of
Stephen Jackson, a native also of that State.
He was a wheelwright by occupation, and in
an early day located on the Ohio river at
Shawneetown, Gallatin county, Illinois,
where he died in 1856. The Jackson fainily
are of Irish descent. Josiah Jackson. a
brother of the mother of our subject, wvas
Presiding Elder of a conference in Illinois.
Mrs. Edward Giles located in middle Tennessee
when quite young, near where her
husband's father lived. Mr. and Mrs. Giles
were married in 1825, and were the parents
of eight children, viz.: Mary M., widow of
Wade Henry, and resides three miles from
Austin; Lizzie, wife of N. R. Land, of Corn
Hill, Wiiliamson county; William L., our
subject; Lewis L., who was killed at Mun--
fordville, Kentucky, with Colonel Terry,
December 17,1861,; Val C., of Austin; and
Calvin Lycurgus and Eliza, deceased when
William L. Giles, the subject of this
sketch, was born in Hardeman county, Tennessee,
December 22, 1831, and received a
good education. He remained with his
parents until 1854, after which he clerked in
a mercantile house until 1857, and in that
year was appointed Deputy Tax Collector
and Assessor of Travis county, Texas. He
continued that occupation until the breaking
out of the late war, when he enlisted in the
Sixth Texas Infantry. Mr. Giles was captured
at the battle of Arkansas Post, taken to
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