Tillotson cemetery plot in Crete, Illinois

Tillotson obituaries from Crete, Will County, Illinois

These obituaries originally appeared in various newspapers from Will County, Illinois.

Obituary for Catherine Jane Burville

Catherine J. BURVILLE was born in New Canaan, NY, March 22, 1829, and died February 3, 1922, aged 92 years, 10 months and 11 days.

She moved from New Canaan to Brunswick, Ohio with her parents in 1833. She was married to Lorenzo Warner TILLOTSON April 21, 1852. They lived together fifty-three years. Mr. TILLOTSON died in 1905.

Mr. and Mrs. TILLOTSON came to Crete to live in March 1854, Mrs. TILLOTSON having lived here sixty-five years.

Mr. and Mrs. TILLOTSON were brought up in the Episcopalian faith; they usually attended church. Three services were held each Sabbath. When they came to Crete they attended the Methodist Church. She was a kind and indulgent mother, and always ready to help others when in trouble or sickness.

She leaves two sons and one daughter, a grand daughter and two great-grand daughters to mourn their loss.

Lorenzo Warner Tillotson was a cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.

Death Notice for Jane A. Tillotson

Mrs. Jane A. Tillotson, widow of the late Franklin Tillotson, died at her home on Vincennes street in this village this (Thursday) morning. Funeral will be held Saturday afternoon. Brief services will be held at the house at 1:30, with a more extended service at the Congregational church at 2 o'clock.

Obituary for Jane Ann Sexton

April 21. 1904.


Thursday, April 14, after an illness of almost eight weeks, Mrs. Jane A. Tillotson entered into rest. Death came as a blessed release from her suffering which was intense during the last few days of her life.

Jane A. Sexton was born at Waterbury, Conn., March 1, 1828. While still a child, her parents moved to Medina County, Ohio. There on Dec. 16, 1847, she was married to Franklin Tillotson. Two years after their marriage they moved to Michigan and began the work of clearing for themselves a home in the midst of the forests; the "home acres" at first consisting of only enough cleared land for the little log cabin and garden.

In 1865 they came to Ill., and in 1876 they moved to Crete. Mr. Tillotson was at this time in poor health, but the change proved beneficial and not until 1900 was he "called home."

Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson, two sons and seven daughters. Six daughters still live to hold dear the memory of the loved ones "gone before."

For 62 years Mrs. Tillotson was a consistent, faithful member of the church. At the age of 14 she joined the Freewill Baptist church and retained her membership with that denomination as long as she was in a community where there was an organization of the church of her choice. On moving to Crete in 1876 she became a member of the Congregational church and was faithful to her every obligation until the day she was called to join the "Church Triumphant."

As long as Mrs. Tillotson was able to attend church she was rarely missed from her accustomed place in God's house. Every interest of the church she made her interest, and on account of her quiet, unassuming helpfulness, she will be missed in many of the activities of the church. Her life was an inspiration to all who were closely associated with her, not because her sphere of influence was large or because of single distinguished acts, but because she had learned the simple lesson of standing in the place God had assigned to her and of doing her simple duty. As God gave her light to see that duty, she did it simply and unostentatiously, and many are the kindly deeds which she did of which the world knew nothing.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. K. Atkinson, Saturday afternoon, a short service at the later home on Vincennes street, and later a service at the Congregational church. The short sermon at the church was from a text which Mrs. Tillotson herself requested should be used, a text in which a few words summed up the consistent Christian service of almost three quarters of a century -- "She hath done what she could." She was laid to rest beside her husband, and we thought not of the gloom of the tomb, but of the joy of the resurrection and the happiness of the meeting on yonder shore where "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."

Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson was my great-great-grandmother.

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Obituary for Almira B. Tillotson

TILLOTSON.--On Friday morning, Dec. 14, 1888, at the residence of Frank Tillotson in Crete, Mrs. Almira B. Tillotson, aged 86 years, 10 months, and 10 days.

Almira B. was born in Peekskill, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1802. She moved with her parents to Medina county, Ohio, in early life. In 1838 she was married to Zadock Tillotson, a widower with five children, of whom is Lorenzo Tillotson of this place. Her husband died in 1859; no children having been born to them. In 1862 Almira came to Crete and took up her residence with her niece, Mrs. Myrick, with whom she lived 23 years. She has resided with Frank Tillotson for the last three years.

Mrs. Tillotson has always been a consistent member of the Congregational church, and bore her last illness with Christian fortitude and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. She suffered terribly the last six weeks, it being necessary for some one to be with her night and day during that time. The funeral services will be held in the Congregational church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and by request of deceased, Rev. J. F. Smith, her former pastor, will officiate.

Almira B. Tillotson was an aunt of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.

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Passing of Franklin James Tillotson

After nearly six months of severe suffering, Franklin Tillotson passed away at his home east of the village of Crete at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, Aug. 7th, aged 76 years, 4 months, and 4 days.

Franklin Tillotson was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, April 3, 1824. He was married to Jane A. Sexton on Dec. 16. 1847, and to them were born nine children, seven daughters and two sons; of these, six daughters are still living. In 1852 they moved to Duplain, Mich., and in 1865 to Illinois, locating on a farm near Goodenow, where they lived until 1876. They then came to Crete, which has since been their home. Mr. Tillotson's health gradually failed after the death of his son June 10, 1893. He had a severe sickness in the winter of 1897 from which he only partially recovered. His final sickness began Feb. 16 last in the form of lagrippe. On the 12th of March he had a slight stroke of paralysis, followed ten days later by paralysis of the brain, which added to the heart trouble from which he had already suffered so long, and which resulted in his death Aug. 7, 1900. His intense suffering had reduced him almost beyond recognition. Mr. Tillotson was a kind and indulgent husband and father, a good citizen, an obliging neighbor, and he will be missed by many of his former associates. An aged widow, six daughters, and several grandchildren survive him and mourn his loss.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, services being conducted in the Congregational church by Rev. T. V. Davies. A quartette consisting of Misses Farnam and Messrs. Trowbridge and Bordwell sang several appropriate hymns during the services. Interment in the family lot in the Crete cemetery.

Franklin James Tillotson was my great-great-grandfather.

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Funeral of Hiram A. Tillotson

Despite the very threatening weather, a great crowd of people assembled at the Crete M. E. church last Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral services over the remains of Hiram Tillotson, the boy who was drowned in the Faithorn reservoir Thursday evening of last week. Long before the funeral cortege reached the church the seats were all taken except those reserved for the family and relatives, and even the foyer and aisles were filled. When the services began there were 200 to 300 people unable to gain admittance and stood about the church on the outside.

Rev. L. M. Bussey, pastor of the church, exhorted the congregation from the text, "Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye know not the Son of Man cometh." Rev. Joseph Caldwell assised in the service and delivered a fitting eulogy of the boy in whose memory the people were assembled. The church choir sang appropriate selections, among them being Hiram's favorite, "He Knows It All."

The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful. Among the set pieces was a broken wheel composed of pink roses and lilies of the valley, the offering of the boys composing the P. of C. Club, of which Hiram was president. Another was a floral pillow from the pupils of the Crete school, with the word "Schoolmate" in relief in blue violets. The banks of flowers surrounding the casket were touching expressions of the love felt for Hiram and of deep sorrow at his untimely death.

In spite of the fact that it began to rain as the funeral cortege started from the church, most of those present followed the remains to the cemetery, where the last words were spoken amid a drenching shower.

The pall bearers were old schoolmates of Hiram's, namely: Warren Blim, John Diersen, Jr., Leland Moore, Leslie Adams, Burt Starr, and Stuart Rice.

Members of the boys' club of which Hiram was president carried the floral tributes, as follows: Russell Smith, Frank McPherson, Herbert Merritt, Chas. Blim, Jr., Charles Trowbridge, Spencer Blim, Carl Horn, Otto Yaeger, Ellis Adams.

Hiram Tillotson was the son of Myron Tillotson and Minnie Bielefeldt.

Obituary for Lorenzo W. Tillotson

After a long and at times painful illness Lorenzo W. Tillotson, a resident of Crete for nearly fifty years, died at his home on Vincennes street at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, May 17th, 1905, aged 77 years 8 months and 28 days.

Lorenzo Warner Tillotson was born at Lee, Mass., Aug. 25th, 1827. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Brunswick, Ohio where his early life was spent. In 1852 he was united in marriage to Catherine J. Burville of Hickley (sic) Ohio, who survives him. Five children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy. The survivors are Myron J. and Gertrude L. Tillotson of Crete and Adelbert D. Tillotson of Steger. In 1856 Mr. Tillotson moved to Crete where, with the exception of three years spent at Madison, Wis., he resided until his death.

Mr. Tillotson had a wide acquaintance throughout Will County and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. In his home town he was known as a good citizen, an obliging neighbor and a true friend. In his home he was a devoted husband and a kind parent.

During the past winter Mr. Tillotson suffered intensely with rheumatism, and was confined to the house for days at a time. He was also afflicted with kidney trouble, and a week ago was prostrated by this dread disease. He never lost hope, however, and an hour before his death insisted on being dressed and going out doors. He passed away peacefully, his wife and daughter at his side.

In 1867 Mr. Tillotson was elected to the office of township constable, and continued in that office until 1905, a period of 32 years (sic). He was also deputy sheriff for Eastern Will County from 1872 to 1897. He was recognized as a first-class officer, and was never known to shirk a duty or to deal unjustly with any one in the performance of his duty.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon, May 19th. There will be a brief service at the house at 1:30, and memorial services at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Joseph Caldwell will officiate.

Lorenzo Warner Tillotson was the son of Zadock Tillotson and Susan Caroline Rogers. Lorenzo was a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.

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My thanks to Joan Cool for providing the obituary of Catherine Burville Tillotson, and to Howard Piepenbrink and Carol Triebold for the other obituaries.

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