Walter Chiles I was first elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1640, representing Charles City County 1. He represented Charles City County from 1640 through 1643 2. Subsequently he purchased land and a home in Jamestown 3 and was elected to represent James City County in 1645, 1646, 1649, and 1653 4,5. In 1653, Chiles was elected Speaker of the House of Burgesses, but he served for only one day because of the strenuous objections of Virginia Governor Richard Bennett.
Walter Chiles I satisfied the criteria as a qualifying ancestor for the Society of Colonial Wars based on his service as a Burgess. He satisfies the criteria as a qualifying ancestor for the Jamestown Society based on his service as a Burgess, and based on his ownership of land on Jamestown Island before 1700, documented below.
Lineage: Walter Chiles I, father of Walter Chiles II
Walter Chiles II was the son of Walter Chiles I ( - 1653) and Elizabeth _________.
A deed was recorded 20 May 1670 for Mr. Walter Chiles for 70 acres "in James Citty Island called Black Poynt". The deed states that this land was granted to his father, Walter Chiles, and was due Walter Chiles II "as sonne & heyr" 6. This deed proves that Walter Chiles's father was Walter Chiles, and that both men owned Black Point on Jamestown Island at some time during their lives.
The name of the mother of Walter Chiles II is established by a deed recorded 1 Mar 1638 for 400 acres in Charles City 7, including 200 acres "for the per. advs. of himself, his wife Elizabeth, his sons: William & Walter."
In her history of the Chiles family, Davis 8 cites multiple documents and other historical references that show a continuous record to connect the Walter Chiles's, father and son, of the 1638 deed, and the Walter Chiles's, father and son, of the 1670 deed, proving that the mother of Walter Chiles II was Elizabeth.
1 Davis, Virginia Lee Hutcheson. Tidewater Virginis Families: Generations Beyond. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1998, p. 54
2 Stanard, William G and Mary. The Colonial Virginia Register. Albany: Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers, 1902, p. 65
3 Davis, op. cit., p. 55
4Ibid., p. 54
5 Stanard, op. cit., p. 66-70
6 Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. II (1666-1695). Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1977: p. 112
7 Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. I (1623-1666). Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1977: p. 104-105
8 Davis, Virginia Lee Hutcheson. Tidewater Virginia Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1989, pages 215-220