Peter Piles first saw the light of day sometime between 1775 and 1780 in Orange County, North Carolina. He was born the son of Conrad and Margaret Piles who had come there sometime in the late 1760’s from Pennsylvania. Conrad Piles Sr. had come to Pennsylvania at an early date. There is evidence that he was born about 1738. The maiden name of Margaret, his wife, is not now known. An older brother of Peter Piles named Conrad Piles Jr. 1766-1849 was later a noted citizen of Fentress County, Tennessee and an ancestor of Sgt. Alvin York, the World War I hero.
Peter Piles grew to young manhood in Orange County. He was married, probably while the family was still in North Carolina, to Catharine Rich, a daughter of Thomas Rich and wife Susannah, whose maiden name was Noe.
Thomas Rich was killed in the Revolutionary War Battle of Camden in South Carolina in 1780. His daughter Catharine was born around that time.
The marriage of Peter Piles and Catharine Rich occurred around the year 1800. There is some evidence that Peter’s older brother Conrad had married Catharine’s older sister Mary. In some accounts she was known as “Pretty Mary”.
In the late 1790’s Conrad Piles Jr. moved his family to Grainger County, Tennessee. It is not known whether Conrad Sr. and Margaret also made this journey. Peter Piles is listed in an 1804 Tax List of Grainger County, so he probably moved there with or after his older brother.
Peter and Catharine Piles later removed west into neighboring Jackson County, Tennessee where they remained until about 1819. They then moved northward into southern Indiana, settling in Orange County.
Apparently all was not well between Catharine and Peter Piles, and they were divorced in Orange County, Indiana about 1825.
Catharine Piles remained single until she married John Hopper, a Revolutionary War Veteran, in Martin County, Indiana in 1842
Peter Piles remarried to Margaret Skaggs in 1826 and died in Orange County in 1847.
Margaret Ann Piles c.1810-1892 married John Green Hulett November 14, 1833.
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