|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1824|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1900|
Franklin James Tillotson was the grandson of Samuel Tillotson and Sarah Partridge, and the second son of Daniel Tillotson and Tryphena Hulet. He married Jane Ann Sexton in Brunswick on December 16, 1847. [Jane Ann was the daughter of Henry Youmans Sexton and Roxa Adams, and the step-daughter of Minerva Peat]. After their marriage Franklin and Jane Ann lived in Brunswick for a few years and had two children while living there: James and Eveline.
Franklin and Jane Ann moved their family to Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan in 1852. Franklin was a farmer. He also was a wool dealer. He became the first postmaster of Elsie, Michigan in 1857. He held that post until 1861. Elsie itself was named for Elsie Amelia Tillotson, Franklin's and Jane Ann's third child. Elsie was the first white child born in what later became the town of Elsie. Franklin and Jane Ann had at least six more children while living in Elsie: Elsie, Harriet, Celia, Sarah, Milo, and Hattie.
In November, 1865, Franklin and Jane Ann relocated their family to Will County, Illinois, settling on a farm near Goodenow. Their last child, Carrie, was born there in 1867.
After a few years Franklin's health began to deteriorate and he felt unable to work a large farm. In 1876, they moved their family into the nearby town of Crete.
The death of his son, James Francis Tillotson, in 1893, hit Franklin very hard. His health gradually declined. In the winter of 1897 he suffered a severe illness (possibly a heart attack) from which he only partially recovered. In February 1900 he fell ill with influenza. A few weeks later, on March 12, he suffered a mild stroke and, ten days later, another stroke incapacitated him permanently. Franklin held on a few months longer, suffering intensely, and wasting away to a mere shell of his former self.
Jane Ann (Sexton) Tillotson died April 14, 1904, in Crete, and is buried in the Family plot.
Daniel Tillotson (1796 - 1863)
Tryphena Hulet Tillotson (1797 - 1829)
Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson (1828 - 1904)*
James Francis Tillotson (1849 - 1893)*
Eveline Marie Tillotson Darling (1851 - 1907)*
Elsie Amelia Tillotson Barber (1853 - 1918)*
Celia Eliza Tillotson Broadfoot (1858 - 1933)*
Sarah Orillia Tillotson Hopkins (1860 - 1918)*
Harriet Minette Tillotson Stockton (1864 - 1923)*
Plot: Tillotson Family Plot
Maintained by: Philip R. Burns
Originally Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Feb 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24715005