John Merritt Tilford ran the Tilford Bros Garage in Bayvile for all of his adult life with several of his brothers. He and his family also started the first bus/taxi service in Bayville. He was one of the original founding members of the Bayville Fire Dept, and a Bayville Trustee.
His siblings were: Walter Edward Tilford (1888-1951) Wilbur Russell Tilford (1897-1968) Evelyn Tilford (1894-1968) Rozina Tilford West (1885-1941)
His Children: John Merritt Tilford, Jr. (1926- ) Joan Elizabeth Tilford Stapleton (1928-2003)