Josiah Tilton was born on 28 February 1778 in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He died on 20 August 1860 in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
Father: Josiah Tilton
Mother: Sarah True
While his father moved away to Maine, Josiah remained in Deerfield. He was a farmer by trade and was married on 07 March 1800, in Deerfield, to Sarah Dearborn, daughter of Jeremiah and Hannah (Locke) Dearborn.
They lived in Deerfield where they had thirteen children:
1. George Perley Tilton (1800-1883)
2. Harriet (Tilton) Staples (1802-1887)
3. Mary Jane (Tilton) Butler (1804-1878)
4. Irene Tilton (1806-1889)
5. Samuel Dearborn Tilton (1807-1881)
6. Albert Freeman Tilton Jr., Reverend (1809-1850)
7. Sarah True Tilton (1811-1834)
8. Josiah Holton Tilton, Reverend (1814-1905)
9. Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton, Reverend (1816-1893)
10. Judith Tilton (1819-____) twin to Julia Dearborn Tilton
11. Julia Dearborn Tilton (1819-1860) twin to Judith Tilton
12. Frances Tilton (about 1821-Died Young)
13. Asa Tilton (about 1821-Died Young)
Josiah was a farmer, also a tanner and shoemaker.
During the War of 1812, Josiah enlisted as a minuteman but never went.
Josiah died on 20 August 1860 in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
His widow Sarah died in 16 Apr 1864, Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
Josiah made his will 20 April 1859; he named his son Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton Executor in his will; Witnesses: Stephen Brown, David Gerrish, E. Freeman Gerrish.
Probate Date: 12 September 1860, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
The following comes from a history of the Tilton family written by Josiah's son Jeremiah:
"He was medium flesh, rather solidly built, square shouldered, straight, very erect till his last years. His eyes were gray and keen, his hair auburn brown straight, his nose Yankee, that is, prominent and indicative of character. He was very active, in politics a Whig, a good citizen, in church matters, he first joined the Congregational church but became dissatisfied about baptism and joined the Baptist church. He left this church on account of their introducing musical instruments and never regularly attended church thereafter - he dissented and the church excluded him."
Josiah married Sarah Dearborn on March 7, 1800 in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
1. Information from: http://www.ryanwadleigh.com/tilton.html#josiah3
2. New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947
3. New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947
4. New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982
5. Census Records: 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860