Darius Francis Tillotson was the son of Daniel Tillotson and Olive Turner, and the half-brother of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson. Darius was born December 6, 1834 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on the family farm which his father Daniel had inherited from Samuel Tillotson. Darius was a farmer, a Methodist, and a Democrat.
Darius was married twice. He first married Louise Orinda Peck on December 6, 1860. She was born to Willys Peck and Sally M. Potter on August 7, 1834 in Brunswick. Darius and Louise had one child:
Louise died on October 14, 1874. Darius later married Emma Augusta Morton on September 6, 1876 in Medina County, Ohio. Emma was the daughter of John Wesley Morton and Harriet Abigail Hall. Darius and Emma had no children.
Emma Morton Tillotson and Darius Francis Tillotson.
Emma founded the Brunswick Association which hosted a yearly reunion of people who lived or formerly lived in Brunswick. From 1904 until her death in 1916, Emma acted as historian for the society. At each yearly reunion she read a compilation of memorials she composed about residents and former residents. The Medina Sentinel newspaper starting publishing Emma's memorials in 1905. After she died, Mrs. E. C. Miner took over the duties of historian.
Emma Augusta Morton died on October 24, 1916. Mrs. E. C. Miner wrote the following appreciation which originally appeared in the Medina Sentinel on August 17, 1917.
Emma Augusta Morton, oldest child of John W. and Harriet Hall Morton, was born Jan. 7, 1844 and entered into rest Oct. 25, 1916, aged 72 years, 9 months, and 18 days.
Her childhood was full of the experiences common the earlier life of the country and out of it she came into a womanhood well rounded and capable in many directions. After the education of the home schools she studied for a time in Baldwin University, the better to fit herself for teaching. As a teacher she spent some twenty terms in the schools of Brunswick, Strongsville and in Richfield, Lucas county. Needless to say she was successful and has been held in esteem by her pupils. One of the keen delights of her later years had been attendance at the annual reunion of some of these schools and she always maintained an active and intelligent interest in school affairs.
Miss Morton was united in marriage with Darius F. Tillotson, Sept. 6, 1876, with whom she had passed a wedded life of more than forty years. Some little celebration of this fortieth anniversary had been hoped for, but when the time came she was quite ill and it was regretfully omitted.
It is somewhat difficult to sum up briefly the characteristics of such a life as Mrs. Tillotson led in this place for these forty years. First and foremost, she was a Christian and an active force in the church to which she pledged her allegiance in early life. From the first she was a teacher in the Sunday School, for ten years its superintendent and at the time of her death was still treasurer of its missionary funds. She was a charter member of the Women's Foreign Missionary society, at one time its president and for many years its secretary, holding the latter office to the end. She was also an active member of the Home Missionary society and Ladies Aid society and as long as health permitted a most regular attendant upon all the services of the church and always a most generous contributor to its support and benevolences.
Mrs. Tillotson was vitally interested in all that concerned the life of the community, a charter member of the Grange, and its chaplain at the time of her death, also chaplain of the Pomona Grange, a helpful friend and neighbor, quick to respond to the call of need, giving not merely sympathy but the ready hand of service, even after failing health would have excused her.
Her gift of expression brought her work of another kind and her pen was always at the command of others. For many years the historian of Brunswick, her early reports at the reunion have been large features of the annual program. It is doubtful whether any one else can ever fully take her place, for she had accumulated a great fund of material concerning the early history of Brunswick and its pioneer residents and handled it as one only can who has known and loved the place and people.
The best papers and magazines were hers in abundance, keen interest in the topics of the day and a spirit of Christian friendliness that is now not too prevalent.
Mrs. Tillotson leaves to mourn her loss her husband, son Grant and his wife, one brother, Frank W. Morton of Swanton, O., two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Morton Hier and Mrs. Mary Morton Root, passed away before her. It is no small thing to spend a life of almost 73 years in such a manner as this life has been spent to be so much alive in so many directions, and to be able to hold on to the varied interests to the end.
For more than five years a great deal of suffering and ill health had come to Mrs. Tillotson, but she faced it bravely and at the earliest possible moment was in her place with the workers, when the most would have counted themselves unable to serve at all. Even to the end her Christian faith was unfaltering, so that in the last hours, after intelligible speech was denied her, she tried to voice the language of her heart in a hymn.
Such a life as this is a large life, whenever and wherever it is lived, and must surely find itself today at the entrance to wondrous new experiences in the presence of the King.
-- And Old Friend --
The funeral of Mrs. Emma Tillotson was held Friday morning at the home, conducted by Rev. C. M. Gay. Charles Damon and daughter sang three beautiful hymns. The floral pieces were beautiful. The deceased was a great lover of flowers and her bed of dahlias was always admired by passers by. The burial was in our cemetery near the front entrance. She will be missed so much in the church and its societies and also the Grange at home and at the Pomona.
Mrs. Tillotson had been Historian of this society for eleven years and she saved each copy.
Darius Francis Tillotson died on March 10, 1925 in the old house on his farm. Darius is buried next to both of his wives in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.
Emma Morton Tillotson.
Emma Morton Tillotson.
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