Charlotte Maria Tillotson was born April 19, 1831 to Leonard Tillotson and Mary Cossitt Thomas. Charlotte was a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.
Charlotte married twice. She first married Abraham W. Dickey on April 10, 1849 in Medina County, Ohio. The Reverend Varnum Noyes presided. Charlotte and Abraham had no children. Abraham died not long after they were married.
Charlotte married Oscar Wales Darling on October 15, 1852 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. The Reverend Jacob A. Brown presided at the wedding. Oscar was born on April 27, 1826 in Louisville, St. Lawrence County, New York to Orren Darling and Sophia Wood. (Elsie cemetery records give 1829 as his year of birth.)
Oscar Wales Darling.
Orren Darling was born in Vermont on November 3, 1796. His first name also appears as Orrin, Orin, and Oran. Oran is used on his gravestone, Orren in his official death record, and Orren is the spelling used in the names of his descendants. Orren's wife Sophia Wood was born in Orange, Vermont on June 3, 1803 to Buckminster Wood and Polly Brooks. Sophia Wood descended from Captain John Wood, born about 1678, and his wife Elizabeth Buckminster. They resided in Framingham, Massachusetts. Elizabeth was the great-granddaughter of Thomas Buckminster who came to Boston from England in 1640, and Thomas's wife Joan. Orren Darling and Sophia Wood were married in Orange in 1821. They moved to New York shortly after their marriage. Sophia died in Olmstead, Ohio on October 13, 1854. Orren Darling died in Michigan on November 10, 1879.
Charlotte and Oscar had six children:
Dilla Eveline Darling was born August 31, 1855 (Elsie cemetery records say 1853) in Columbia, Lorain County, Ohio. Her name also appears as Della, but Dilla is the correct spelling. She was known to later generations as "Grandma Dill." Dilla married Allen Bradshaw. He was born in 1851.
Left to right: Corah, Dilla, and Allen Bradshaw.
Dilla and Allen had one child:
Corah Edith Bradshaw was born August 9, 1879 in Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan. She married Samuel S. Gibson in May, 1902. Samuel was born May 18, 1847 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
The wedding notice for Corah and Samuel reads as follows.
A pleasant wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bradshaw, May 9th, at three o'clock p.m. The contracting parties were Miss Cora (sic) M. Bradshaw and Samuel S. Gibson. They were attended by Miss Fern Bennett as bridesmaid and Orrin Brainard as best man. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Skinner of Elsie. Beneath an arch of white roses hung a silver bell. Presents were many and beautiful.
I do not know why Corah's middle initial is given as "M" in the wedding notice.
Corah and Samuel had one daughter:
Frances Mildred Gibson was born February 27, 1901 in Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan. She married Arthur Carl Kopkau who was born in Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan on December 25, 1899. Arthur was the son of Frederick Wilhelm Kopkau and Augusta Saskofski, immigrants from Prussia. Frances and Arthur lived in Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan.
Arthur died in December, 1965. Frances died in Meridian, Ingham County, Michigan on July 1, 1980.
Left to right:
Corah Bradshaw Gibson,
Dilla Darling Bradshaw,
Frances Gibson (age 2),
Charlotte Maria Tillotson Darling.
Allen Bradshaw died in 1908 and is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. Dilla Eveline Darling died in 1934 and is also buried in Elsie.
Ida May Darling was born September 14, 1855 (or 1857) in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. She married Charles Edward Bennett on November 20, 1878 in Fairfield, Shiaswasee County, Michigan. Charles was the son of Mary Emeline Tillotson and David Humes Bennett, so Ida and Charles were second cousins. They had no children. Charles E. Bennett died on January 6, 1923 and is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. Ida May Darling died in 1937 and is buried in Elsie.
Fred Raymond Darling was born November 25, 1858 (the Elsie cemetery records say 1856) in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan. He married Adda (Addie) Cunningham, daughter of Joseph Cunningham (see Joseph's obituary). Addie was born January 11, 1865. Fred and Addie had four children:
Clarence Oscar Darling was born November 9, 1888 in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan. He died a couple of months later on January 25, 1889. He is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.
Blanche Elizabeth Darling was born February 19, 1891 in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan.
Grant Arthur Darling was born in 1894 and died in 1920. He is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.
Hilda Fern Darling was born August 6, 1899 in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan. She died in 1925. Hilda is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.
Fred Raymond Darling died in February, 1934 and is buried in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan (see his obituary). Addie Cunningham Darling died December 23, 1945 and is also buried in Elsie.
The following biography of Fred Darling appeared in Portrait and Biographical Album of Clinton and Shiawassee Counties. Mich. published by Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1891.
Fred R. Darling. When a young man shows his mettle by assuming the care and responsibilities of a family in early boyhood and successfully carries through his undertaking, one naturally expects that he will attain prominence in everything that he endeavors to do. Our subject, who is a farmer and stock-raiser on section 21, Fairfield Township, Shiaswassee County, was born November 25, 1858, and is the son of Oscar and Charlotte (Tillotson) Darling, natives of New York and Ohio respectively.
Our subject's father moved to Ohio in his early manhood, and here he met and married Charlotte Tillotson, their union taking place October 15, 1851. They began their married life together in Ohio and there remained for three years, when in 1854 they came to this State and located at the home occupied at present by the original of our sketch. The tract was at that time a dense forest, there being not even a road any place near. The father died on the farm August 6, 1876. Our subject was a youth of eighteen years at that time, but he soon came to the front and showed his ability to manage, seconded by the counsel of his mother. He is one in a family of five, namely: Dilla, Ida, our subject, Mary, and Annette. The eldest daughter married Allen Bradshaw and lives in Clinton County, this State; Ida became the wife of Charles Bennett and lives in Duplain, Clinton County; Mary is the wife of Hudson Goodrich and lives in Rose, Oakland County, this State. The youngest sister married Wilbur Johnson and lives in Antrim County.
Mr. Darling was married November 4, 1885, to a lady whose maiden name was Adda Cunningham, a daughter of Joseph and Jane (Culver) Cunningham. Mrs. Darling was born in Canada, as were her parents. Her natal day was January 11, 1865. The original of our sketch is the father of two children: Clarence O., who died January 25, 1889, and Blanche Elizabeth, who was born February 19, 1890. Our subject has a good farm of eighty acres, which formerly belonged to his father but which he has acquired by buying out the interests of the other heirs. Only a common-school education was enjoyed by Mr. Darling, but he is a bright progressive young man for whom native intelligence and ability does much. In politics he is a Republican but has never been an office-seeker.
The attention of the reader is invited to a view of the comfortable homestead owned and managed by Mr. Darling.
Darling Homestead in Shiawassee County.
This biography errs in stating that Joseph Cunningham was born in Canada. Actually he was born in Ireland. His wife Jane Culver was born in Canada.
Mary Estelle Darling was born on September 5, 1860 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. She married Hudson Goodrich on March 15, 1881. Hudson was born September 12, 1854 in Troy, Oakland County, Michigan to Fitz James Goodrich and Lucinda Valentine. Mary and Hudson lived in Rose Center, Oakland County, Michigan. They had no children.
Annette Luella Darling was born on November 7, 1861 in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan. She married Wilbur Johnson on June 26, 1881. Wilbur was born October 7, 1858 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Cyrus Sawyer Johnson and Mary Ann Culver. Annette and Wilbur had eight children, five of whom lived to adulthood.
A daughter was stillborn in 1882.
Another child died in infancy, but nothing further is known of this child.
Golda Johnson (Goldie) was born April 5, 1885 in Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan. She married Frank Richards on December 9, 1904. They had seven children. Frank died in September, 1943. Golda died in January, 1945.
Queenie May Johnson was born November 4, 1888 in Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan. She died January 20, 1911 while attending school at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti. She had intended to be a teacher.
Bond Johnson was born May 6, 1893 in Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan. He married Bertha Ludwig on April 25, 1915. Bertha was born in 1898. Bond and Bertha had two children. Bertha died in 1978. Bond died in January 20, 1982.
Clair Johnson was born September 10, 1895 in Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan. He married Gladys Wood on August 29, 1917. Gladys was born August 29, 1898 in Elk Rapids. They had three children, including Elden J. Johnson.
Carroll Johnson was born December 19, 1897 in Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan. He married Ruth Pearsall. They had ten children. There are over 40 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren in this line.
A son died in premature birth on July 30, 1902.
|Children of Wilbur Johnson and Annette Luella Darling.|
Annette Luella Darling Johnson died a few days after the death of her last premature child. See her death notice.
Wilbur Johnson suffered from Angina in his later years. He died November 13, 1929 after riding his bicycle to the doctor's office, suffering with chest pains. He died there. See Elden J. Johnson's Family of Timothy Johnson for much more information about this branch of the Johnson fanily.
An unnamed child was born on October 10, 1870 in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan. Presumably the child was stillborn or died soon after birth.
Oscar Wales Darling died on August 6, 1876 in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. Charlotte died on October 25, 1909 in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan. She is buried next to Oscar in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.
Biographical information about Wilbur Johnson and his descendants courtesy Elden J. Johnson.
Photos of Wylbur and Annette Darling's children, Corah Bradshaw, and Allen and Dilla Bradshaw's family courtesy Elden J. Johnson. Photo of four generations of Darling women courtesy Art Kopkau, who also identified some of the photos. Photos of Charlotte Maria Tillotson and Oscar Wales Darling courtesy Bill Tompkins.
I transcribed the wedding notice for Corah Bradshaw and Samuel Gibson from Jane Munson's scrapbook in the Elsie Historical Society.
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