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Tillie Smith
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Birth: unknown
Death: Apr., 1886
Hackettstown
Warren County
New Jersey, USA

Murder victim; folk figure. Said to be Centenary College's resident ghost and the namesake of its campus coffee shop, 19-year-old Tillie Smith was a poor country girl who had worked as a kitchen maid at the college during the 1880s. Born c.1866, in April 1886 she was found murdered in a field behind the school. James J. Titus, a 29-year-old janitor and fellow employee, was arrested and convicted of rape and murder after a sensational trial. Initially sentenced to the gallows, in May 1877 the condemned man confessed that he had accidentally killed Tillie during a quarrel. Claiming that she had seduced him into having an affair, the 29-year-old husband and father said that he had grabbed her by the throat in a desperate attempt to quiet her talk of being pregnant and threats to reveal their relationship. His death sentence was subsequently commuted, and he served 19 years in prison. Returning to Hackettstown, he died there in 1952 at the age of 95. Titus's conviction, which was largely based on circumstantial evidence, remains controversial. Tillie's ghost, which reportedly materializes on occasion, is said to walk the college halls, moaning and causing lights to flicker. (bio by: Nikita Barlow) 
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Hackettstown
Warren County
New Jersey, USA
 
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Jul 05, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6576874
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