History of Clay County, Indiana, Bowling Green and Washington Township by Charles Blanchard, published in 1884 has the following biography for William H. Miles on page 407: "WILLIAM H. MILES, wagon maker and a resident of Bowling Green is the fifth of seven children of Samuel and Hannah (Ghormley) Miles, and was born in Bowling Green, Clay County on November 3, 1833. He was reared here, receiving only a common school education. After attaining his majority, he engaged in the carpenter and joiner trade in Bowling Green continuing in that business until October 4, 1861, when he enlisted in Company A, Forty-third Indiana Infantry, and served three years, participating in the battle of Helena, Ark. Mr. Miles "veteranized" in the same company and regiment, and participated in the battle of the Little Missouri. Shortly after this battle, the regiment came home on a furlough, at the expiration of which it was stationed on duty at Indianapolis, remaining there until it was mustered out of the service at the close of the war. On his return to civil life, Mr. Miles resumed his trade at Bowling Green, continuing his work at it for about three years; then engaged in the saw-mill business for about three years, at the end of which time he engaged in the wagon-maker's trade, which he has followed ever since. On April 19, 1857, he was married to Melissa Moss, a native of Morgan County, Ind. and daughter of Henry and Jane Moss, the former a native of North Carolina, the latter of Virginia. To them have been born seven children, viz. Henry K. (deceased), Minnie J., William L., Edward E., Enos, Annie B. and Mary C. For three years, Mr. Miles was Postmaster at Bowling Green. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and liberal givers to and supporters of all charitable enterprises." On 10 May 1883 William H. Miles filed for an Invalid Army Pension for his service during the Civil War. He first enrolled as a private in Co. A 43rd Regt. Ind. Vol. Infantry on 4 October 1861 at Bowling Green, and served for a term of 3 years. Afterwards he enlisted as a veteran in said Company and Regt. as a Corporal and that on 1st day of March 1865 he was promoted and mustered as Second Lieutenant in said Company and was discharged 15 June 1865 at close of war. He cited several illnesses contracted during his tour of duty. He swore that for the first five years after his discharge he followed the trade of Carpenter and that since that time he has carried on the business of manufacturing the wood-work of wagons. He said that he was married to Melissa Ellen Moss in Bowling Green, Indiana on April 19, 1857 and named his living children and their birth dates on May 16, 1898. Following his death in 1908 his widow filed for a pension and drew it until she also died in 1912 (additional information contained in William H. Miles Pension records filed in National Archives, Washington, DC -- Certificate No. 31236). A son-in-law, C.C. Shaffer, 1656 W 8th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana wrote the pension office about this pension in 1925. RESIDENCE-CENSUS:The 7 June 1900 Clay Co., IN census for Washington Twp., P.O. Bowling Green (ED 25 p.5) listed William and Melissa Miles with their two unmarried children Minnie J. and Enos who were then living at home. BIRTH-DEATH:The birth dates for the children were recorded in the pension files. A family group sheet was found in the LDS family research center which gave the full names for Melissa and her children, marriage dates and spouse names, and death dates of the children. MILITARY-PENSION: On 12 June 1893 William H. Miles, age 59, a resident of Bowling Green made a sworn affidavit for his father-in-law Henry Moss who was trying to get an increase in pension for service in the Mexican War. William stated: " I am personally acquainted with Henry Moss the above named applicant. To my personal knowledge he was a Soldier in the Mexican War and in my judgment is seventy-six years of age and is troubled with Rheumatism and is broken down in health. He owns no real estate whatever and his personal property does not exceed one hundred dollars in value. He has no income from any source except his pension and a very few chores which he is able to do."