Edward Rogers Tilloson Family

Edward Rogers Tillotson and Elizabeth Brown Sanderson


Edward Rogers Tillotson was the son of Zadock Tillotson and Susan Caroline Rogers. Edward was a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson. Edward was born November 15, 1823 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He married twice. He first married Augusta Schooley November 28, 1844. Augusta was the daughter of Stephen Schooley. I assume Augusta died shortly after their marriage. Edward married Elizabeth "Betsey" Brown Sanderson on October 2, 1846. Betsey was the daughter of Eri Sanderson and Amy Wait. Betsey was born July 31, 1824 in Grand Isle, Vermont.

Picture of Elizabeth Brown Sanderson

Elizabeth "Betsey" Brown Sanderson,
wife of Edward Rogers Tillotson.

Edward and Betsey had the following children, all born in Dane, Dane County, Wisconsin. Several of the daughters married sons of Anthony and Nancy Martin of Vermont.

The family portrait at the top of this page dates to about 1867. All of Edward and Betsey's children appear except for Zadock who had already died. From left-to-right in each row:

Betsey died January 11, 1892 in Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska. She is buried there. Edward died in 1895 in North Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska. He is also buried in Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska. His obituary reads as follow:

A very large number of relatives and friends of the late E. R. Tillotson were present at the funeral services at the M. E. Church, Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Elder Hoops of Lincoln, immediately after which the remains were taken to Alma cemetery. The death of Mr. Tillotson occurred at the home of Jerry Martin in North Alma, Monday, and was due to heart failure and old age. Mr. Tillotson was among the earliest settlers of the county, having voted here twenty-four years ago. He died in his seventy-second year and leaves a family of grown children.

Grant E. Tillotson, writing to to E. Ward Tillotson in a letter dated February 12, 1933 says:

"Zadoc has descendants in Ohio." and "Zadoc's Edward went to Kansas or Nebraska and left no son but a large family of daughters."

In a similar letter to my grandmother Eva Josephine Tillotson Burns or her sister Jennie May Tillotson Vandenberg, Grant E. Tillotson wrote:

"Zadock's Edward went to Kansas or Nebraska, to Nebraska I think and so far as I know left no son but a large family of daughters. We never had any direct communication with them."

Of course, Edward did have three sons. While Zadock died as a child, Alonzo lived to adulthood and had ten children. This serves to indicate that there wasn't much contact between Edward and the remaining family in Ohio once he moved West.


The portrait of Betsey Brown Sanderson is from E. Ward Tillotson's manuscript The Tillotson Family in America.

My thanks to Gerry Anderson who provided the other pictures and some of the information about Caroline Susan Tillotson and her children.

John Woods and Mary Colgan-Bennetts provided information about the descendants of Alice Leola Tillotson and Robert Newton Woods.

John Reed provided information about the children of William (Jayne) Hammond.

Patty Meitzler provided information about Ezra Tillotson.

K. M. Enz and Derk Akerson provided information and photos about the descendants of Joseph Martin and Harriet Tillotson.


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Last modified by pib on September 22, 2009.