Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Father's Step Father, Chilton Lyles

In Remembrance of Chilton Lyles: My Step-Grandpa

Tuesday's Treasure:
This entry was  dated on  April 28, 1980. And on this day, I was speaking with my father. He was sharing  with me some things about his step father, Chilton Lyles.

My dad said, Mr. Lyles was from Troy, Kansas. And that his mother, (my father's mother, Jennie (Bartlett) Blakley Lyles) and his step father lived in the house where  my father's brother in law, Addison "Ad" Lankford use to live. It was a green house on Locust.

Mr. Lyles had some chickens etc...people stole some of them. The Lyles lived where the old Sears and Roebuck store use to be. My father's mother passed in her home. Mr. Lyles died on his farm in Troy, Kansas.
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Some research: The Chilton Lyles Family Connections
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I've been searching for info on Chilton Lyles. In the beginning, I couldn't find much on him. But, through the years, I've been coming across some things. According to the censuses, city directories and the Lyles children's' birth and or death records, I can assume the following.

Chilton Lyle was born about 1874 in Missouri. Another source states he was born about 1884. Another source states he was born in Kansas.  As I was searching, I noticed that his first name was spelled three ways; Chelton, Clinton or Chilton.

I believe he spelled his name Chilton. As for his surname it was spelled LYLE and LYLES. But, I'm not for sure which was the correct spelling.  I have come across his surname spelled as LYLES than LYLE.
This is Chelton / Chilton LYLES' name. I'm not for sure if it's his signature.
I don't know when Chilton married Jennie (Bartlett) Blakley. It could have been about 1919 or 1920. My father was about 7 or 8.  Jennie passed on in 1926. I have not located Chilton's death record. The last time he was listed in   Troy, Kansas' City directory on March 1, 1948. Perhaps 1948  or 1949 was the year he passed.
When Chilton passed away, my father said Mr. Lyles had a will. He left one of his guns to my father. However, he never received it.

I'm not for sure where Mr. Lyles  was laid to rest. He could have been buried in Troy, KS, Wathena, Kansas or White Cloud, Kansas. On the 1940 census he was living in Center, Doniphan, Kansas. Chilton was listed as single and was unable to work.

I'm not for sure, but I may have come across Chilton listed with his father, siblings or sons with the LYLES surname. I came across a Chilton LYLES with others in the same house in St. Joseph, Missouri as F. Chilton LYLES, Isaac LYLES,  and John LYLES. On another city directory, there was a Chilton LYLES,  Farris LYLES, Gilbert LYLES and John LYLES in the same household in Kansas City.

I hope to find more clues on my Lyles Family Connections. Also, I need to update some of my findings on  the Jennie (Bartlett) Blakley Lyles Family Connection. I have made some more discoveries.  I've over looked . My journey continues.

Tuesday's Treasure:
Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

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