Minnie Bailey Giles
Minnie Giles is one of Eros Gray Bailey's older sisters. I found an obituary for her in the Danville, Bee.
Mrs. Giles, 69 Succumbs Today April 20, 1964
Chatham Mrs. Minnie Bailey Giles, 69, of Chatham Route 2, died this morning at 7:30 in Memorial Hospital in Danville where she was admitted yesterday.
A native of Pittsylvania County, Mrs Giles was born October 13, 1894, a daughter of the late Robert Lee Bailey and Henrietta Jefferson Bailey. She was married to the late Jerry S. Giles, who died a number of years ago.
She was a member of Marion Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Leland S. Giles of Newport News, Maynard P. Giles of Richmond, the Rev. Ray Giles of Greenville, NC, Billy L. Giles of Chatham Route 2 and Bobby D. Giles of Charlotte NC; four daughters Mrs. Verna Mitchell and Mrs Hazel Shepherd of Newport News, Mrs Anne Perry of Norfolk and Mrs. Helen Powell of Danville, two brother Eros Bailey of Hurt, Virginia and Syl Bailey of Rice; three sisters Mrs Hettie Ella Motley of Chatham, Mrs Hettie Bennet of Martinsville and Mrs. Melba Church of Richmond.
This obituary is fantastic for many reasons. First it states that she is the sister of Eros Bailey of Hurt. That is my grandfather and second, it states that her mother was Henrietta Jeffeson. Finally a link that I can use for proof that Henrietta Jefferson is Eros Gray Bailey's mother. I have a marriage license for Robert and Henrietta but no link to my grandfather.
Also a puzzler, there are two Hetties named as her sisters. In the 1900 census there is one Hettie age 3 and there is a Luella age 9. Could Luella be Mrs. Hettie Ella Motley? Could Hettie Bennett be the young daugher age 3. Also there is a Melba Church. Could she have been born after 1910?
If anyone has any information on the sisters, please write. I would be very interested to find out any information you may have on my grandfather's family.