Rev Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton


Rev Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton

Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 5 Oct 1893 (aged 77)
Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
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Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton was born on 16 September 1816 in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He died on 05 October 1893 in Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire or in Littleton, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He is buried in the Park Cemetery, Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

Father: Josiah Tilton
Mother: Sarah Dearborn

Jeremiah was named after his maternal grandfather (Jeremiah Dearborn) who had died five months prior to his birth. Jeremiah was one of the youngest children in large family, who subsisted as farmers, tanners and shoemakers. The Tiltons were also quite religious: his mother was a fervent Congregationalist while his father became a Baptist and then a dissident to any denomination. But while Jeremiah's parents were not wealthy or highly educated, they put the education of their children as a high priority. From his youth it appears that Jeremiah was a gifted student. In 1825, there was a Jeremiah D. Tilton who received a one-dollar award for winning a juvenile literature contest. This may have been him. Jeremiah attended preparatory schools in Deerfield Parade, New Hampshire as well as Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He then attended the Limerick Academy in Limerick, Maine. This probably happened during the late 1830's. In the 1840 census, Jeremiah was most likely the male of his age group living in the household of his brother Josiah Tilton in Limerick.

Jeremiah must have moved back to Deerfield, New Hampshire in 1840, perhaps to come back and start a family or to give assistance to his elderly parents. In December of 1840, Jeremiah married Abigail Freese, the daughter of a prominent local politician and official. They settled in Deerfield where Jeremiah worked as a farmer, tanner and shoemaker. Jeremiah subsisted in this way for 10 years before he could begin to realize his higher ambitions. It is said that he felt called upon by the Word of God to preach the Gospel. This appears to be a romanticized version of the truth. Family pressure may also have had something to do with his decision as he had two older brothers who were already Baptist ministers. Jeremiah was finally licensed to preach by the Deerfield Baptist Church. Then in late 1850, Jeremiah moved his family back to Limerick, Maine where he began preaching. Jeremiah served as pastor for the Limerick Baptist Church from 1850 to 1854 where he was also ordained in February 1851. In November 1854, he moved his family to Sanbornton, New Hampshire, where he became pastor of the First Baptist Church there. It was while living in Sanbornton that Jeremiah's wife Abigail died in childbirth.

After the death of his wife, Jeremiah was probably in a difficult situation. He had 12 young children between the ages of infancy and 17 years and as a minister would probably not have had much money. Nearly two years later, in May 1860, Jeremiah married a second time to Martha Jackman, from Woodstock, New Hampshire. In 1861, Jeremiah gave up his son Albert Tilton for adoption to his widowed sister-in-law Rebecca Tilton in Waterville, Maine. (Rebecca had lost her husband and all three of her children to early deaths.) Jeremiah being a loving and giving man would probably have thought his son Albert would have a loving home with his sister-in-law, then in his own crowded home with 12 other children.) Then in 1864 after the death of Jeremiah's mother, his spinster sister Irene Tilton came to live with him and remained in his home until her death in 1889. The Tiltons stayed in Sanbornton until June of 1866, when Jeremiah became pastor of the Baptist Church at Milford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. They remained there until July 1873, when he became pastor of the Baker's River Baptist Church in Rumney, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

In May 1882, they moved back to Sanbornton, where Jeremiah once again served as pastor for the First Baptist Church. He retired in September 1885, ending a 35 year career as a pastor in four different Baptist churches. At that time, he moved once again to Milford, New Hampshire. Then in November 1891, he moved to Tilton, New Hampshire (which had been carved out of the southern half of Sanbornton), where he died at the age of 77. He was buried beside his first wife Abigail in the James Cemetery in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Five months later, Jeremiah's widow Martha died. Then in April of 1894, all of the family's graves were exhumed from the James Cemetery and reburied at the Park Cemetery in Tilton, New Hampshire.

Jeremiah married first Abigail Stearns Freese on 31 December 1839 or 1840, in Deerfield, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

They had twelve children.

Jeremiah married second Martha Jackman on 01 May 1860 in Sanbornton, Belknap County, New Hampshire or in Woodstock, Grafton County, New Hampshire. She was born on 18 April 1822 in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She died on 05 March 1894 in Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire. She is buried in the Park Cemetery, Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

They had three children.

Additional Research Notes Found by Sources:
2nd marriage of Jeremiah Dearborn Tilton to Martha Jackman was 01 May 1860, at Woodstock, Grafton County, New Hampshire.


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