Noah Miles II &
Matilda Pierce

Noah Miles II & Matilda Pierce

Noah Miles II (1817-1895)

  • 2nd Great grandfather of David Pierce Rodriguez
  • Farmer
  • American Civil War Veteran:
    Enlistment 09 Aug 1861 - 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Athens (Comp. D)
  • Birth: 05 Aug 1817 | Cayuga County, New York, USA
  • Death: 19 Nov 1895 | Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio, USA
  • Buried: Garden Cemetery, Shade, Ohio
  • Father: Stephen Miles, III
  • Mother: Rhoda Hartman
  • Descendant of King Edward III of England
  • Descendant of Emperor Charlemagne


Matilda Pierce (1823-1880)Matilda Pierce

  • 2nd Great grandmother of David Pierce Rodriguez
  • Birth: 1823 | Ohio, USA
  • Death: 30 Nov 1880 | Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio, USA
  • Both father and mother are unknown

Noah Miles II was born August 5, 1817 in New York. He was the son of, War of 1812 veteran, Stephen Miles III and Rhoda Hartman and grandson of, American Revolution veteran, Noah Miles I. Sometime around his grandfather Noah's death in 1822, his parents moved the family from Dutchess County, New York to Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio. 

Noah married Matilda Pierce on July 3, 1838 in Athens County. Matilda was born in Ohio in 1823. Not much else is known about Matilda Pierce. It is rumored within the Miles family that she was related to President Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, in office from 1853 to 1857. No genealogical evidence has yet been found to confirm this.

On July 3, 1838, he married Matilda Pierce in Athens County, Ohio. To Noah and Matilda were born at least six children. Almira was born about 1843, Mary about 1845, and Oscar born October 2, 1848. The last three known children were Emily born about 1853, Simeon born June, 1855 and Malvira born about 1857.

In 1850, they can be found living in Adams County, Illinois, but that stay was short lived. The 1860 census lists them as once more living in Lodi Township, where Noah's occupation is listed as a farmer.  

National Colors 18th OVI

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter. On August 9, 1861, Noah enlisted for three years in the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Athens, Ohio. He served in Company D.

Brothers David Hartman Miles (Captain, 18 OVI, Company F), Noah Miles, and Ranslier Miles along with their youngest brother John Miles’ son, Benjamin, and David's two sons, Osmer and Clarence, all fought for the Union Army in the American Civil War.

Noah was placed in Company D and spent the entire time with that company. When his term of service was up, he re-enlisted on October 20, 1864 and was transferred to Company A of the reformed 18th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry.

The Civil War ended on on April 9, 1865 when Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia. Noah was "mustered out", officially released from military service, on October 9, 1865  in Augusta, Georgia. Papers show he was returned to Columbus, Ohio on the 22nd of October and released. 

The Grand Army of the Republic BadgeThe Miles men all survived the war, except for David's sons Osmer and Clarence Miles. At Camp Haycraft, Bacon Creek, Kentucky, Osmer contracted one of the diseases that was ravaging the 18th as well as all the other units in the area. Camp Haycraft was a particularly unhealthy area. Men from the 18th developed Measles, Rubella, Diphtheria, and Chickenpox. Osmer died at the age of 22 on March 10, 1862, several weeks after the rest of the unit had moved to more healthy locations. Clarence Miles had enlisted as a Private in Company K of the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was either wounded or contracted a disease and died at home on December 1, 1863. Both Osmer Miles and Clarence Miles are buried next to each other, in the Jerseyville Cemetery in Shade, Athens County, Ohio.

After the War, Noah became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Athens County. The GAR was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War.

Matilda Miles, died in Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio on November 30, 1880. Noah died fifteen years later, in Columbus, Ohio, on November 19, 1895, at the age of 78.  He is buried in Garden Cemetery in Shade, Athens County, Ohio.

The 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) in the American Civil War

From Dyer's Compendium, 1909

18th Regiment Infantry (3 Months). Companies "A," "C" and "E" enrolled at Ironton, Ohio, April 22, 1861; Company "B" at Marietta April 27; Company "D" at McArthur April 18; Company "F" at Gallipolis April 22; Company "I" at Jackson April 24; Company "K" at Beverly April 23, 1861. Regiment organized at Parkersburg and organization perfected May 29, 1861. Companies sent to different points on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and guard railroad and trains between Parkersburg and Clarksburg, W. Va., till August. Mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, August 28, 1861, expiration of term. 18th Regiment Infantry (3 Years). Organized at Athens, Ohio, August 16 to September 28, 1861. Moved to Camp Dennison, Ohio, and organization there completed November 4, 1861. Moved to Louisville, Ky., November 6, thence to Elizabethtown, Ky., November 15. Attached to 8th Brigade, Army of the Ohio to December, 1861. 8th Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Ohio, to July, 1862. Unattached, Railroad Guard, Army Ohio, to September, 1862. 29th Brigade, 8th Division, Army Ohio, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Center 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 14th Army Corps, to October, 1863. 2nd Brigade, st Division, 14th Army Corps, to November, 1863. Engineer Brigade, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864.
Battle of Chickamauga - Lithograph by Kurzand Allison (1890)SERVICE. -- Duty at Elizabethtown and Bacon Creek, Ky., November, 1861, to February, 1862. Advance on Bowling Green, Ky., February 10-15, and on Nashville, Tenn., February 18-25. Occupation of Nashville, Tenn., February 25-March 18. Reconnoissance to Shelbyville, Tullahoma and McMinnville March 25-28. To Fayetteville April 7. Expedition to Huntsville, Ala., April 10-11. Capture of Huntsville April 11. Advance on and capture of Decatur April 11-14. Operations near Athens, Limestone Bridge, Mooresville and Elk River May 1-2. Near Pulaski and near Bridgeport May 1. Moved to Fayetteville May 31. Negley's Expedition to Chattanooga June 1-15. At Battle Creek till July 11. Guard duty along Tennessee & Alabama Railroad from Tullahoma to McMinnville till September. Short Mountain Road and McMinnville August 29 (Cos. "A" and "I"). Retreat to Nashville, Tenn. Siege of Nashville September 12-November 7. Near Lavergne October 7. Duty at Nashville till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stones River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga Campaign August 16-September 22. Davis Cross Roads or Dug Gap September 11. Battle of Chickamauga September 19 21. Rossville Gap September 21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Brown's Ferry October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Engaged in Engineer duty at Chattanooga till October 20, 1864. Mustered out November 9, 1864.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 72 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 107 Enlisted men by disease. Total 184.

Battle of Missionary Ridge - Lithograph by McCormick Harvesting18th Regiment Veteran Infantry. Organized at Chattanooga, Tenn., by consolidation of the Veteran detachments of the 1st, 2nd, 18th, 24th and 35th Ohio Infantry October 31, 1864. Attached to Post of Chattanooga, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Separate Division, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865. District of Augusta, Ga., to October, 1865.
SERVICE. -- Occupation of Nashville, Tenn., during Hood's investment December 1-15. Battles of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Duty at Chattanooga January 10 to April, 1865, and at Fort Phelps till July. Guard and provost duty at Augusta, Ga., till October. Mustered out at Augusta, Ga., October 9, and discharged at Columbus, Ohio, October 22, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 19 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 53 Enlisted men by disease. Total 74.

Children of Noah Miles II & Matilda Pierce

Noah Miles II and Matilda Pierce had at least 8 children together:

  1. Elizabeth Agnes Miles (1838–1924)
  2. Mary Araminta Miles (1845–Unk.)
  3. Almira Miles (1847–Unk.)
  4. Oscar Miles (1848–Unk.)
  5. Emily Miles (1853–Unk.)
  6. Simeon Stephen Miles (1855–1925)
  7. MalvinaMiles (1857–Unk.)
  8. Louella Hannah Miles (Unk.-Unk.)

Simeon Stephen Miles (1855-1925)

  • Great grandfather of David Pierce Rodriguez
  • Birth: 5 Jun 1855 | Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Death: 22 November 1925 | Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA (Age: 70)
  • Farmer
  • Day laborer (1900 U.S. Census)
  • Stonemason (1910 U.S. Census)
  • Birthplace: Ohio, USA