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Joel Voiles

Joel has records under Voiles and Viles, I believe in Iowa.  
He also had a nephew Joel Gordon Voiles, and it is hard to 
distinguish the two in the records for Iowa.

Joel was first married to Charlotte E. Taylor, she died Dec. 22, 1856 
Aged 22 years 11 months 20 days m on 12 Aug 1847 Decatur Co., Indiana.
Charlotte is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Benton County, Iowa. 
Her stone reads Aged 22 years 11 months 20 days, wife of Joel G. Viles. 
She is the daughter of Daughter of Benjamin & Nancy Taylor

Joel Gordon Voiles/Viles and his 2nd wife Elizabeth Parker Viles. 
Joel's correct name is Joel Gordon Voiles. He is the son of 
Benjamin Reece Voiles and Polly Loyd

This is a letter from Joel's half brother Jesse Creth Voiles 
to his brother Jacob Michael Voiles in Decatur Co., Indiana.  
Jesse was living in Missouri when he wrote this letter:

Melissa Jane Voiles was born October 1, 1834 AD
Giles V. Voiles was born May 11, 1826
Joel Gordon Voiles was born February 27, 1827
James S. Voiles was born Oct. 1828 (James Shelton Voiles) b Oct. 28, 1828
Polly Ann Voiles was born April 30th 1830
Celia Emily Voiles was born November 1831
Joseph H. Voiles was born January 27, 1833
Malinda E. Voiles was born November 9, 1834
John Milton Voiles was born December 23, 1836
Ester Albi Voiles was born April 24, 1840
Benjamin Reece Voiles was born May 20, 1842
William Henry Voiles was born January 6, 1844 (my great great grandfather)
Jacob Michael Voiles was born January 16, 1846
Jesse Creth Voiles was born January 29, 1848
George Washington Voiles was born August 18, 1850
Phebe Ann Voiles was born March 23, 1853


Reece Voiles was born December 1802
Polly Voiles was born May 12, 1805
Orpha Voiles was born October 30th 1818


Polly Voiles departed this life November 24, 1840
Reece Voiles departed this life June 12, 1854
Reece Voiles and Orpha Michael were married May 20th 1841

this is a trew record as it was in the old Bible, you will see that 
some of them have not the day of the month that they were born on. 
Mother's death was never put on the Bible, she died April 1863 if 
I am not mistaken.

Dear Brothers and Sister, this leaves us well as comon and we hope 
these few lines may find you the same. Your letter with one that 
we got from John the same day brought grate sorrow to us the death 
of our dear sister. The last time I saw her I left her a crying 
because I was coming west. She looked as much like living a long 
life as any of us, but alas I shal never see her any more in this 
world had I new she was so nere her death I would have come and 
saw her rite and tell me where she is berryed at and who preached 
her funeral. I saw a letter that Reece got from William he said 
her funeral was preached before she was berried. Well Jacob you 
said that times were hard out there I believe that is the cry 
everywhere everything is low here except cattle they bring a good 
price hogs are worth 3 dollars per hundred corn 15, 20 cents 
oats 15. I will close this time write soon 
J. C. Voiles to Jacob M. Voiles and family.

Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990

Name: Joel Gordon Viles
Gender: Male
Death Date: 27 Dec 1899
Death Place: Shellsburg Twp., Benton, Iowa
Age: 76
Birth Date: 1823
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B75168-9
System Origin: Iowa-EASy
Source Film Number: 987632

Submitted by Juanita Arnold September 29, 2012

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