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From what are we made? Voyles' were: farmers,hunters,sailors,ministers,poets painters,soldiers,explorers,scientists and most of all Dreamers! When the first Voyles' stepped foot in America they were following a dream. A hope of a new life in the Americas with what few possessions they had in one hand and the Bible in the other hand. Everywhere they went they carried the message of the Good News with them. This legacy which was handed down to us through all the generations of the Voyles' followed this bright pathway. Often I am sure we have strayed off into the darkness only to be called back to this Pathway of Light,that was given to us through the prayers,hopes and dreams of our predecessors........<(((< Kateira-6/18/99 <(((<
As told by Debbie Chatham: In about 1755 Jacob Voils and his four sons, William, Thomas, James, and John, came to America from Wales. Research is beginning to indicate Pembrokeshire as the exact point of origin. Jacob is supposed to have landed in the port of Charleston, South Carolina. Another fact which is still being researched. Apparently the family incurred some unexpected debt on the trip and William, a boy of fourteen, was indentured to the Ship's Captain for four years to pay off the debt. It is said that William was so upset with his father for indenturing him that when his service to the Captain was over he did not come back to South Carolina but settled, instead, in North Carolina. So far the earliest government records I have found for William are DAR records and National Archive records listing him as being a soldier in the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. Just a couple of weeks ago I also recieved a copy of a pay voucher for my ancestor Thomas Voyles. He is listed as recieving pay from the State of North Carolina for services during the Revolutionary War. At some time all of William's brothers followed him to North Carolina. I have found them listed on land records and various other government records in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Cabarrus County, North Carolina, (which was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1792) from about 1779 to about 1788. It is around that time that the brothers started moving away. By the time of the first Federal Census in 1790, William and Thomas were in Mecklenburg County, but their two other brothers, James and John were not. James moved his family to Rowan County, North Carolina and John moved his family to South Carolina.
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Grandfather Arnie Voyles and his son, my dad Scott - Ca. 1915

Voyles Family Coat of Arms

Thomas Voils pay voucher - dated 8/28/1782
The voucher reads as follows: "State of North Carolina, Salisbury district No. 1514 agreeable to an act of the general assembly paper in Wake County the 14th of July 1781 Thomas Voyles was allowed three pounds three shillings speccl for Militia Service by the board of auditors Aug 28, 1782 by order of David Wilson Will Carey Kinsey Trotter C B "

Note the change in the the surname. Here we see Voils changed to Voyles as is witnessed by the pay voucher. Yet you can clearly see in the picture below of the land grant map, just three years prior they were using the old spelling Voils. The name change evidently occurred in the first generation after coming to America.Then changed to Viles with Thomas Voils son Levi Viles and then back to Voyles with Levi's son Calvin Voyles' generation .... <(((< Kateira<(((<

Map of Thomas Voils land grant-dated 5/29/1779
Jacob Voils' great grandson Calvin Voyles was my great-great grandfather. He was a Baptist minister and the founder of several Baptist churches. Unfortunately to my knowledge there are no known photographs of him. However I do have this excerpt from the History of the Friendship Baptist Church...

Elder Calvin Voyles was the first Pastor at Friendship Baptist Church. He served on three occassions. 1st--1866-1867,2nd--1875-1876,3rd--1890. Was a good preacher to get a church started,because he served as 1st pastor to several churches. Brother Voyles was born on Dec.25,1824, in Breckinridge(now Hancock)County. He was the son of Levi Voyles and Bathsheba (Phillips), the daughter of John and Barsheba Philips, who were married in Daviess County, Kentucky, on Feb.2,1821. Levi Voyles was born in 1796 in Clearwater,N.C. and died in 1870 in Hancock Co.,Kentucky.Bathsheba was born in 1802. At the age of 14 in 1839 he professed his faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, but was not baptised until Jan. 18,1841 at West Point Church Brother Calvin Voyles was immersed as a Christian believer, by Pastor Jasper Bristow.Brother Voyles was licensed to preach the gospel in 1849. In April of 1851, this same church set him apart to the work of the gospel ministry.The 1859 minutes of the Panther Creek Association show him to be one of the messengers from and the pastor of the old Panther Creek Church, together with Brethern D.B. Voyles and James McBride.The church had 38 members. On Feb.27,1845,Brother Voyles was united in marriage to Miss Catherine"Kat" Obenchain on a Daviess County license. Rev. Jasper Bristow officiated at the ceremony which took place at the home of William Obenchain, the bride's father and located near the Daviess-Hancock County line. Her parents were William Obenchain(b.August 3,1795-d.March 1869) and Susanna (Snider)Obenchain (b.April 3,1791-d.Feb.4,1868, united in marriage in Botetourt County,Virginia, on Sept7,1816. He was a native of Pennsylvania and she was a native of Maryland. Brother and Mrs. Voyles became parents of thirteen children. They were as follows:Levi N. Voyles (b. March 27,1846 - d.July 21,1921; Elizabeth Jane Voyles(b. Dec.4,1848 - d. June 1923); Lewis Hardin Voyles (b. 1852 - d. August 22,1912); Mary F. Voyles(b. c. 1860); Andrew P. Voyles(b.c. 1863) Eliza Voyles(b.c. 1865) ;Sarah L Voyles(b.c. 1864) Marquis Lafayette Voyles,b.September 16,1960-d.October 21,1947;Susan M. Voyles(b. Jan.13,1850-d. Dec.1915,Artelia Voyles, Fedelia Voyles and John William Voyles. Lewis and Marquis , like their father, became Baptist ministers.Marquis Voyles was noted for his photographic memory. He memorized in totality the whole Bible and was written up in Ripley's Believe It or Not because of this unusual ability. He mainly served in the state of Arkansas. Upon his death Calvin Voyles was interred in the Roseville Cemetery in Hancock County.The burial place of his wife is unknown. His obituary in the Blackford minutes states that he had: "Limited education,Strong intellect. And was a faithful servant and good minister of Jesus Christ." Rev. Calvin Voyles served the following churches in Kentucky: Friendship as stated above;Pleasant Grove 1878-1881,1888-1889;Cane Run(Fairview) 1880-1882;Oak Grove 1890; Macedonia 1889; Mt Eden 1878-1879,1884-1885,1890;Pleasant Valley 1880;Richland 1881-1883;Pisgah 1881; Hickory Grove 1882- 1884;Little Valley 1885; Roseville 1885;Hopewell 1889-1890 and Bethleham1891-1892.

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