Obituaries of Tillotsons, Sextons, and Related Families from Elsie, Michigan


These obituaries of Bennetts, Sextons, Tillotsons, and related folks were extracted from scrapbooks in the Elsie Historical Society's library. Most of the obituaries originally appeared in newspapers published in Elsie, but some may be from other newspapers. The clippings rarely indicate the newspaper of origin. I have left the original spelling intact. Also see the obituaries from Crete, Will County, Illinois.




Obituary for Franklin James Tillotson

Franklin Tillotson, a cousin of William Tillotson, and one of the pioneers of Duplain, died Aug. 7, at his home in Crete, Ill., in his 77th year. Deceased settled in Duplain in 1852, coming here from Brunswick, Ohio, where he was born. He removed to Ill. in 1865. Mr. Tillotson at one time owned the land upon which the north-east part of the village of Elsie now stands, and the family residence, a log house nearly similar to the one on A. C. Lee's place, stood near the present site of the Free Methodist church. He was the father of nine children, two sons and seven daughters. A widow and six of the daughters survive him.

(Franklin James Tillotson was my great-great-grandfather. William Thomas Tillotson was his first cousin. Also see Franklin's obituary from Crete, Illinois.)

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Obituary for Jane Ann Sexton

The following obituary taken from the "Crete Citizen" of Crete, Illinois, will be of interest to many of the pioneer settlers of Elsie. The lady referred to was a sister of Mrs. Caroline Bennett, Ellen Sexton, and Charles Sexton, of this place and a little more than a year ago spent several months here renewing her acquaintance with old friends and was surprised at the changes that had taken place in our village in the years of her absence.

Jane A. Sexton was born at Waterbury, Conn. March 1, 1828. While still a child she moved with her parents to Medina county Ohio. December 16, 1847 she was married to Franklin Tillotson. Two years later they moved to Michigan and began the work of clearing for themselves a home in the forest. Mr. Tillotson was the first postmaster here and the village of Elsie was named after one of his daughters. In 1865 they moved to Ill., where he died in 1900, and on April 14 1904, after an illness of almost eight weeks, the last ten days of which was the most intense suffering, Mrs. Jane A. Tillotson entered into rest.

(Jane Ann Sexton was my great-great-grandmother. Also see her obituary from Crete, Illinois.)

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Notice of death of Elsie Tillotson Barber

Miss Clara Bennett received a telegram Monday from Bowling Green, Ohio, announcing the death of Mrs. Elsie Barbour (sic), a cousin. It is said that the village of Elsie was named after Mrs. Barbour (sic), her father being one of the pioneers of this community, and it was while selecting the name they conceived the idea of using the name of a member of the family for the village to go by.

(Elsie Tillotson was the daughter of Franklin James Tillotson and Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson. Everyone in my family spelled the name "Barber." This is also the spelling which appears in all correspondence between children of Elsie Tillotson Barber to members of my family.)

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Obituaries for Mary Thomas Tillotson

Mary C. Thomas was born in New Haven Conn., August 14, 1805. Moved with her parents to Medina Co., in 1816, being pioneer settlers of that section. Was married to Leonard Tillotson, Feb. 27th, 1825; to them were born six children, William, Eliza, Charlotte, Jane, Elizabeth, and Leonard, of whom four are now living, Eliza and Leonard having passed on before. December 1, 1862, her busband died. In 1864 she, with her youngest son moved to Michigan; she lived with him until his death, which occurred Jan. 27, 1870. Since his death she has lived among the other children, being welcome to stay at each place as long as she pleased, but made her home with William, at whose house she died Jan. 18, 1890.


The Berea Advertiser, 07 Feb 1890, page 2, column 2.
Taken from the 28 Jan 1890 issue of the Elsie Sun.

Mary C. Thomas was born in New Haven, Conn., August 14, 1805; moved with her parents to Liverpool, Medina Co., Ohio, in 1816, being a pioneer settler of that section. She was married to Leonard Tillotson of Brunswick, Feb. 27, 1825; to them were born six children-- William, Eliza, Charlotte, Jane, Elizabeth and Leonard, of whom four are now living. Eliza and Leonard having passed on before. Dec. 1, 1862, her husband died. In 1864 she, with her youngest son, moved to Michigan; she lived with him until his death, which occurred Jan. 27, 1870. Since his death she has lived among the other children, being welcome to stay at each place as long as she pleased, but made her home with William, and at whose house she died, Jan. 18, 1890, aged 84 years, 5 months and 4 days. She was sick with the prevailing epidemic nearly a week, but was not confined to her bed but two days. The disease turned to pneumonia of which she died at a good old age.

(Mary Cossitt Thomas was the ancestor of many of the Tillotsons who lived in the Clinton County area. She was also a first cousin of my great-great-great-grandmother Roxa Adams, wife of Henry Youmans Sexton.)

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Obituary for William Thomas Tillotson

William T. Tillotson was born in Brunswick, Medina county, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1826. Here he lived until he attained his majority. In 1852 he came to Duplain, Mich., and the following year purchased the farm which has since been his home.

September 26, 1855, he was married to Mary E. Wooll. Soon afterward they joined the M. E. church together. To them were born five children -- three sons and two daughters; one son and one daughter preceded him home.

During these years Bro. Tillotson has been a true man of God -- faithful in his home, faithful in the church, always willing to take the heavy end of the burden.

Trusting God until the end, he died May 30, 1901, aged 74 years, 6 months, and 2 days.

Funeral services occurred at M. E. church,m Saturday afternoon, conducted by pastor A. A. Stephens. Burial in Elsie cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We wish to hereby express our heart felt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father, also to those who sang, and those who furnished the beautiful flowers at the funeral.

Mrs. Wm. Tillotson
and Family.

(William Thomas Tillotson was a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.)

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Obituary for Mary Elizabeth Wooll Tillotson

OLDEST PIONEER OF
COMMUNITY PASSES ON

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Tillotson Had Watched Elsie Grow
From a Wilderness. Was a Charter Member
of the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Mary E. Tillotson, the oldest pioneer resident of this community, passed away last Saturday at the home of her son, Marion Tillotson, north of town. With the death of Mrs. Tillotson the community not only loses its oldest pioneer but a woman of irreproachable character and a disposition that made her a friend to all who knew her.

Mrs. Tillotson had been seriously ill for two weeks and the end was not unlooked for by the relatives and friends.

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Kingston and Hannah Wool (sic), was born in Lorain county, Ohio, Oct. 10th, 1835 and passed away March 5, 1921. When she was eighteen years of age, she with her parents came to Michigan and settled on the farm now owned by L. W. Curtis.

She was married Sept. 26th, 1855 to William Tillotson, and began housekeeping on the farm one-half mile north of Elsie, in a little log house. Elsie was then a wilderness, and they endured many of the privations which the early settlers of those days were subject to. In the year of 1874 the log cabin was replaced by the house now occupied by her son William. Mr. Tillotson passed away May 30th, 1901.

Five children came to bless this home: Marvin who died at the age of three years, Marion L., Myra L., Hattie C., who passed to the home beautiful twenty-one years ago, and William I.

She was a charter member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Elsie. She and her husband were active workers and did much in those early days to make the church the success it is today.

She loved her own home but was never too busy to be interested in the community life. For the past few years her strength has been failing and she has been patiently waiting for the Master to call her home.

To the three children she leaves the memory of a kind and loving mother who made home the most desirable place on earth. To the eight grand children and eleven great-grand children, a grandmother who was ever interested in all the different things that goes to make up the life of young people. To the neices (sic) and nephews, the happy days spent with Aunt Betsey who always made them welcome.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist Episcopal church which was attended by a great number of the relatives and friends of the deceased. The beautiful floral offerings stood as mute evidence of the great esteem in which she was held. Burial was made in the old Elsie cemetery.

(Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Wooll Tillotson was the wife of William Thomas Tillotson.)

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Obituary for Hattie Corlista Tillotson

Hattie Calista (sic) Tillotson was born May 6, 1868 at Elsie, Mich. She was married Dec. 21. 1893, to Levi Maynard. One child, a boy, was born to them, Sept. 30, 1894. She was converted in 1885. Died 20 minutes of four, Sunday, Feb. 18, 1900, aged 31 years, 9 months and 12 days.

O do not weep I am not dead by dying
A blessed, endless life has dawned for me.
Be comforted, my dear one! Cease thy crying.
Thou wouldst rejoice couldst thou my glory see.
Here dwelleth peace. Here shines eternal light.
No more the darkness falls, no more the night.
O, do not weep!

O, do not weep! Why should I longer tarry
In darksome land, where death and sin affright?
A nobler prize in this blest home I carry;
My palm is green. I wear the robes of light.
Why should thy tears bedew the graveyard sod?
Mine eyes behold with joy the face of God.
O, do not weep.

O, do not weep! See how the years are fleeting
Soon will thine angel bring thee also o'er.
Among the blessed will I give thee greeting,
Forever mine, where death can part no more.
Then raise thy tearful eyes from graveyard sod;
O, dearest, trustful, lift thine eyes to God,
And do not weep!

Funeral Notice for Hattie Corlista Tillotson

The funeral of Mrs. Hattie Tillotson Maynard, who died of cancer at Orion, Sunday, Feb. 18, was held Wednesday at the M. E. church and was largely attended. Deceased was born and reared here, was a graduate of the Elsie High Schools and will be missed and mourned by scores of friends and associates who have known her from childhood.

(Hattie Corlista Tillotson was the daughter of William Thomas Tillotson and Betsy Wooll. )

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Death Notice for Elijah Burwell

E. J. Burwell, who has been dangerously ill of pneumonia for some time died Tuesday, April 16. He was not far from forty years of age, and leaves a wife and five small children to face the world alone. The funeral is to be held Friday afternoon, one o'clock at the home a half mile north of Elsie, at two o'clock in the church.

Obituary for Elijah J. Burwell

Elijah J. Burwell was born in Canada, March 27, 1862, and died at his home in Elsie, April 16, 2901 (sic), aged 39 years and 20 days. He was married to Miss Myra L. Tillotson, November 26, 1891, who with five little children, a mother, brother, and sister remain to mourn his loss.

Card Of Thanks

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our husband and father. Also to those who sang and furnished the beautiful flowers at the funeral.

Mrs. E. J. Burwell
and children.

(Elijah J. Burwell was the husband of Myra Luella Tillotson, daughter of William Thomas Tillotson and Betsy Wooll. )

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Death notices for Caroline Maria Sexton

Ed Bennett and family, of Dewitt, were here to attend the funeral of his aunt, Caroline Bennett.

Henry Sexton, of Detroit, was here to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Caroline Bennett Monday.

Obituaries for Caroline Maria Sexton

Caroline M. Sexton was born in Woolcut (sic), Conn., Feb 19 1835, and died at her home near Elsie, Michigan, March 17, 1904, aged 69 years and 27 days. When two years of age, she moved with her parents to Ohio, and in 1850 to Michigan. November 1, 1855 she was married to Albert Bennett. To them were born three daughters, Nellie M. Caswell, Eva Tillotson, and Clara Bennett. Her first great sorrow came Nov. 30, 1901, when the death summons came to her husband. She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, and esteemed by her neighbors and all who knew her. She was converted in early life and joined the Free Baptist church with her parents in Elsie. In 1876 she was transferred by letter to the Methodist church, and so making her husband's church home her own. She maintained a consistent life and character until called to her heavenly home. Besides her children and their families, she leaves two brothers and two sisters, and very many friends.

The funeral took place Monday, at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Weldon. Burial in the Elsie cemetery.

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Mrs. Caroline M. Bennett died at her home in Elsie last Thursday aged 69 years.

Her maiden name was Caroline M. Sexton and was born in Woolcutt, (sic) Conn., Feb. 19, 1835. When two years of age she moved with her parents to Ohio and in 1850 to Mich. Nov. 1, 1855, she was married to Albert Bennett, who died Nov. 20, 1901, and to them were born three daughters, Mrs. Nellie Caswell of Reed City, Mrs. Eva Tillotson and Miss Clara Bennett of Elsie.

The funeral services were held March 21 from the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. I. T. Weldon.

(Caroline Maria Sexton was the daughter of Henry Youmans Sexton and Minerva Peat. The two living brothers mentioned in her obituary would have been Charles Sexton (d. 1905) and William Henry Sexton (d. 1908). The two living sisters would have been Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson (d. April 14, 1904, just a few weeks after Caroline) and Ellen Eliza Sexton (d. 1926). Albert Sexton had died in the 1830s as an infant, while Mary Minerva Sexton died in 1880. Mary E. Sexton, the oldest half-sister of Caroline, evidently was dead by this time as well.)

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Obituary for Albert C. Bennett

The subject of this sketch, was born in Brunswick, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1831. He was converted at the age of 20 years and moined (sic) the M. E. Church at that place. He came to Duplain in 1852, and settled on the farm where he died.

Nov. 1, 1855, he was married to Caroline Sexton and to them were born three children. With his wife he united with the M. E. Church at Elsie in 1875. He fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 30, 1900, aged 69 years, 2 months, and 12 dys.

(Albert C. Bennett was the husband of Caroline Maria Sexton. He was the son of Oliver Roby Bennett and Elizabeth Ford.)

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Notice of death of Charles Sexton

Mellie Sexton and Alice Meacher, of Gaylord, are here to attend the funeral of their father, Charles Sexton, who died Dec. 24. Obituary next week.

Obituary for Charles Sexton

Another Duplain Pioneer Gone

Charles Sexton, an honored pioneer of this township, died at his home in Elsie, December 24, 1905 aged 76 years.

Mr. Sexton was born in Waterbury, Conn., December 22, 1829. He moved with his parents to Liverpool, Ohio, when quite young and later to Brunswick where he lived until autumn of 1850 when he came to Duplain, which was then a wilderness.

He married Nancy Lewis Oct. 7, 1852. They began life together on the farm he now owns one mile east of Elsie, which was at that time dense wood. Eight children came to bless their home, of whm (sic) three are living, Mrs. Alice Meacher and Melvin M. of Gaylord, and Ernest J. of Elsie. In their later years they left the farm for their village home where Mrs. Sexton passed away in 1900. June 4, 1903, Mr. Sexton married Mrs. Martha Wooley, of Elsie, and for two and one half years they have tenderly cared for each other. Mr. Sexton was converted in early youth, and all his life has lived a christian. He was one of the earliest members of the Elsie F. B. church, of whom only two now remain. He served the church in nearly all of its varied offices, having been deacon many years. For more than thirty years, he was chorister with his wife as first soprano.

(Charles Sexton was the brother of Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson and the son of Henry Youmans Sexton and Roxa Adams Sexton.)

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Obituaries for Nancy M. Lewis

Nancy M. Lewis was born in Ellisburg, N. Y., Nov. 19, 1884 (sic), and when she was three years old her parents removed to Brunswick, Ohio, where she lived and attended school until 1852, when she was married to Chas. Sexton. She came to Duplain the same year where she has since lived in the Elsie school district, until called to her heavenly home. Eight children were born of this union, of whom one daughter and two sons remain to mourn a mother's loss.

In 1855 she was baptized and joined the Freewill Baptist church, where she remained faithful to the church and her Saviour until her death, which occurred Dec. 14, 1900, aged 68 years, and 25 days.

Funeral services occured (sic) at the F. B. church, two o'clock p. m., Sunday, conducted by Rec. A. A. Stevens. Interment in Elsie cemetery.

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Nancy M. Lewis was born in Ellisburg, N. Y., Nov. 19, 1834, and when she was three years old her parents removed to Brunswick, Ohio, where she lived and attended school in the Elsie school district, until called to her marriage in 1852 by Chas. Sexton. Eight children were born to this union, of whom one daughter and two sons remain to mourn a mother's loss. These children were all born in Duplain, Michigan, the parents having moved to Michigan shortly after their marriage. Her death occurred Dec. 14, 1900. Rev. A.A.Stevens conducted the funeral services at the P. B. Church on Sunday. Interment in Elsie Cemetery.

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Obituary for Harry L. Sexton

Dr. Harry L. Sexton was born Nov. 22, 1862, and lived with his parents on the farm one mile east of Elsie during his minority, attending school in Elsie and Ovid, and one year at Hillsdale college. In the fall of 1883 he went to Cleveland, Ohio. He experienced religion about 1886, joining the Franklin Avenue M. E. church, afterwards being transferred to Trinity M. E. church. He was an active worker both in the church and Sabbath school, acting in the capacity of teacher and chorister. In 1889 he entered the Cleveland Medical College, from which he graduated in 1892. He began the practice of medicine in that city in the summer of 1892, which he continued until his last sickness from which he died April 13, 1899, aged 36 years, 4 months, and 22 days.

The remains were brought to Elsie Saturday and the funeral services held Sunday at the F B church, conducted by Rev. A. F. Bryant. What was to be the happiest day of his life (he was to have been married last Sunday) was to the relatives and friends the saddest in their experience.

(Harry L. Sexton was the son of Charles Sexton and Nancy Lewis.)

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Obituary for William Henry Sexton

(missing line(s)) The older residents of this place are acquainted, died at his home in Detroit Monday, May 18. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Sexton was 69 years of age leaves a wife and daughter, Mrs. Maud Sheir (sic), also three grandchildren. His sister, Miss Ellen Sexton, of this place, has been with him for some time helping to care for him during his illness.

(William Henry Sexton was the son of Henry Youmans Sexton and Minerva Peat. The married name of William's daughter, Maud Minerva Sexton, is misspelled Sheir in this obituary -- the name is correctly spelled Shier. Maud was married to Carlton Seelye Shier.)

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Death notice for Helen Meacher, daughter of Alice Sexton and George Meacher

News just received from Gaylord announces the death of the little two year old daughter of George and Alice Meacher. When the writer spent a few days a year and a half ago "among the hills of Otsego county," little "Helen," then aged nine months, weighed less then ten pounds. Though so wee and frail she was such a happy winsome little creature as to endear herself to every one who knew her, more, if that were possible, than such "little ones" usually do.

'Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.'

E. E. S. -- Coleridge

(The above notice was probably written by Ellen Eliza Sexton. Helen Meacher was the granddaughter of Charles Sexton and Nancy Lewis.)

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Obituary for Alice Sexton

Alice Sexton, only daughter of Charles and Nancy Sexton, was born on the farm home near Elsie, August 18, 1850, and passed away at Otisville, April 12, 1918.

She was united in marriage to Frank Meacher, August 5, 1877. To this union were born five children, Alferd H., Harry J., Edith Elgin, and Helen Caroline, the latter dying at the tender age of two years. Mrs. Meacher was converted when thirteen years of age under the ministry of Rev. Ira Allen and united with the Elsie Baptist church. Later removing to Gaylord, they united with the Baptist church at that place.

About two years ago they moved to a farm in the vicinity of Otisville and she and her husband united with the church at Danson. During all these years she has been an earnest christian, "the light-before shining more and more as she neared the Golden City." On the day before her going, in her Bible reading, her eyes lighted upon verse 24 of the 22nd Psalm; turning to her husband she said, "That is my verse."

Since thirty years ago last October she has not been able to walk, but her hands have ever been busy for her loved ones, and not a murmur has escaped her. Her life has been a beautiful example of cheeriness and unselfish patience.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, who has so tenderly cared for her, and her three children, Alferd of Miami, Fla., Harry of Chicago, and Mrs. Edith Jorgensen of Otisville; two brothers, Melvin Sexton of Gaylord and Ernest Sexton of Elsie, besides a host of other friends.

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Obituary for Ellen Eliza Sexton

Ellen Sexton
Passes Away

Came to Duplain Township With Parents in 1850. Was a Member of Baptist Church 68 Years

Miss Ellen Sexton, one of the oldest and best known residents of this community passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Tillotson, west of town, with whom she had made her home.

Miss Sexton was a member of the Baptist church here, having joined the organization more than sixty eight years ago. The following obituary was written by herself a short time before her death.

"Ellen Eliza, youngest daughter of Henry Y. and Minerva Sexton, was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, December 24, 1843.

She came with her family to Duplain Clinton county, Michigan, in October 1850. The land on which they settled, soon as a clearing could be made, and a log house erected, was an unbroken wilderness pre-empted by the Sextons.

One mile east of what is now the Bank corner of Elsie, there was then no road, not even one the Meredian.

"Converted in early life in the little red school house; baptised in the spring of 1858 by Rev. G. W. Lewis, she united with the Free Will Baptist church, of which church she was a member until her death, and which she faithfully attended as long as her health permitted.

"With the exception of 14 years spent in New York state, her life was spent in Michigan. For a number of years she made her home with nephews and neices. On Feb. 2, 1924, she was taken ill and for 25 months had been cared for by two neices, Miss Clara Bennett and Mrs. Eva Tillotson."

She passed away at 2:30 o'clock on Saturday, March 6, 1926 at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 10 days. There remain several nephews and nieces and a large circle of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Elsie Baptist church with Rev. E. D. Wright officiating.

(Ellen Eliza Sexton was the youngest daughter of Henry Youmans Sexton and Minerva Peat. Ellen was also the half-sister of Jane Ann Sexton, wife of Franklin James Tillotson. Ellen's obituary provides another glimpse at early life in Elsie.)

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Obituary for Nellie Minerva Bennett

Mrs. John L. Caswell

Nellie Minerva Bennett, second daughter of Albert and Caroline Bennett, was born November 2nd 1862, at Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan and passed away at her home in Eden, Beulah Michigan April 4th, 1923 aged 60 years 5 months and 2 days.

She was united in marriage with John L. Caswell November 20th, 1884. This union was blessed with children -- Ina who passed away in 1907, Lenn whose present home is in Elberta, and Fern, who lives in Detroit.

She was converted to God in girlhood and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church of Elsie. In 1908 the family moved to their present home and shortly afterwards she joined the Congregational church of Eden.

She was a kind loving wife and mother beloved by all who knew her. During the last few years her crippled condition has prevented her from taking as active a part in the church and social activities of the neighborhood as she would have liked, but her first thought was always for others. A place has been left vacant in the home which never can be filled but we know that our loss has been her gain as she has passed on to a far happier home.

Besides the bereaved husband, children and grand children, she leaves to mourn their loss two sisters Miss Clara Bennett and Mrs. Eva Tillotson, both of Elsie, Michigan.

The funeral services were held at the Congregational church of Eden, Friday afternoon April 6th, 1923, Rev. Mills officiating. She was buried in the Benzonia cemetery.

(Nellie was the daughter of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett. For more information about Nellie and her descendants, see Wayne L. Caswell's genealogy pages. )

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Death of Wayne Albert "Wynne" Tillotson

Thursday, February 19, 1908

Heart-Rending Accident

It becomes the Sun's sad duty this week to record one of the most heart-rending accidents that has ever occurred in this vicinity, and by which Wynne, the little three year old son of Marion Tillotson lost his life. Monday last while engaged in household duties at her son's home, Mrs. Betsey Tillotson, grandmother of the little boy, set a pail of scalding water on the floor and stepped away leaving it for a moment. The little fellow was playing, and fell into the pail, overturning it and receiving terrible burns. Dr. Brown was summoned and everything possible was done for the little sufferer but all proved unavailing, and Tuesday night he died.

Words are of little avail to comfort the stricken family in their heart breaking sorrow, but they have the deep and earnest sympathy of all in the community. The funeral will be held Friday at the M. E. church at 2 o'clock.

(Wynne was the son of Marion Tillotson and Eva Jane Bennett.)

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Obituary of Hiram Bennett

The death of Hiram Bennett, of Elsie, occurred Sunday morning, August 11, 1889. He had been a resident of Duplain since 1855, and been in infirm health for quite a long time. He was born in Orleans Co., New York, August 13, 1821, and would have been 68 years of age Tuesday. Many of the old residents of Fairfield and Duplain attended the funeral at the late residence, on Monday, where G. L. Mount tried to speak words of encouragement and truth to relatives, neighbors and fellow travelers to the eternal world. He leaves a wife, one son, one daughter, several brothers and many relatives to mourn his loss. Mrs. Eleanor Bennett desired to express her heartfelt thanks to her neighbors, the Odd Fellows, and many friends who came to her assistance in her hour of need, and rendered acceptable help and needed encouragement and sympathy in her bereavement.

(Hiram Bennett was the brother of Albert C. Bennett and David Humes Bennett. Hiram was the husband of Eleanor Rockwell Bennett.)

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Obituary of Eleanor Rockwell Bennett

OLD PIONEER
"Aunt" Eleanor Bennett
Died January 27, 1910

Eleanor Rockwell, daughter of Marick and Margaret Rockwell, was born in Hinkley, Medina County, Ohio, November 19, 1829 and entered into her rest from her old home north of Elsie, January 27, 1910, aged 80 years, 2 months and 8 days. In the spring of 1850 she came to this place with her sister and husband, Rev. and Mrs. Ebenezer Nethaway. During a revival held in the old red schoolhouse the winter of 1853, she was converted and was taken into the M.E. Church by Rev. Eli Westlake and for 57 years has been an earnest, faithful Christian. She returned to Ohio in the spring of 1853 and came back with her parents in the spring of 1855.

That fall she was united in marriage to Hiram H. Bennett, going at once to the new farm which has ever since been her home except the 10 years spent in Elsie. She was one of the first teachers in this district as also the one south of the village.

She joined the Rebekahs 42 years ago, being a charter member. In times of sickness and sorrow "Aunt Eleanor" was ever to be depended upon as a kind neighbor, a true friend; no labor was too hard, no sacrifice too great for her to make. In the church she was a real mother in Israel. For 14 years she served as class leader and those who were favored with her care will never forget her earnest exhortations and prayers and while for a number of years the infirmity of age kept her much at home, her interest was ever the same. With her as with all true women her home was her sanctuary. She was an efficient helpmeet to her husband and a tender mother to her two children.

Two months ago she fell and broke her hip, since which time she suffered most intensely but through it all her faith has triumphed.

There remain, of those in her childhood home, to mourn the loss of this dear one, a brother and sister, Andrew Rockwell, of Homestead, and Mrs. Martha Nethaway, of Ovid. Also one son, Oliver Bennett of Kansas City; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Nooney with her husband, T.C. Nooney with whom she made her home since the death of Mr. Bennett in 1889; one granddaughter, Mrs. Dora Lowrey and her husband George Lowrey, and one grandson, little Eugene Lowrey.

These have most tenderly ministered to the mother during these weeks of suffering. She will be greatly missed by them and a host of other friends. Truly our loss is her gain.

Funeral services were held in the M.E. church of this place, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Owen J. Golden, using for his text John 11:26, "The Master is come and calleth for you." All that remained with us was laid to rest beside her husband in the old cemetery.

(Eleanor Rockwell Bennett was the wife of Hiram H. Bennett, brother of Albert C. Bennett and David Humes Bennett. )

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Obituary of Martha Rockwell Nethaway

Mrs. N. E. Nethaway Dead

Funeral services were held in Ovid Thursday for Mrs. N. E. Nethaway at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Johnson.

Martha Anna Rockwell was born in Hinckly, Medina County, Ohio, March 22, 1825. Her early life was spent in Ohio where on August 26, 1847, she was married to Ebenezer Nethaway. In June 1876 they moved to Ovid, where they spent many years of their life. They came to Michigan in 1850, locating at Elsie. At that time it was necessary to make the trip from Pontiac by horse and wagons. Ovid was then a wilderness.

Mr. Nethaway died in 1891, and since then she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Johnson.

Mrs. Nethaway joined the M. E. Church when 13 years old and for 52 years had been a member of the Grace M. E. Church of Ovid. She was a charter member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Ovid auxiliary. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. C. H. Preston of Elsie, and Mrs. C. A. Johnson of Ovid, and one son, Harry Nethaway of Ovid. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive. Burial was made in the Elsie cemetery.

(Martha Rockwell Nethaway was the sister of Eleanor Rockwell Bennett. Martha's husband officiated at many weddings of my relatives in Clinton County, Michigan.)

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Obituary of Elizabeth Ann Tillotson Munson

Elizabeth Ann Tillotson, youngest daughter of Leonard and Mary Tillotson, was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, Nov. 25, 1837, and died in Fairfield, Shiawassee County, Michigan, Feb. 18, 1899.

She was married to Charles G. Munson Apr. 2, 1863, in Michigan. To them were born four children -- Ezra, Harry, Bertie, and Milo. Bertie preceded his mother to the spirit land in infancy, twenty-eight years ago. The other three sons, a loving husband, and sister-in-law Jane, two sisters, Mrs. Jane Linzee and Mrs. Charlotte Darling and one brother, William Tillotson are left to mourn her loss. All her children were with her during her last sickness except for her son Ezra, of Indianapolis, Ind. The funeral services were held from the house Monday, Feb. 20, Rev. H. D. Skinner officiating.

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Obituary of Charles Green Munson

Charles G. Munson died at his home in Fairfield, Jan. 3, 1907. His death though not unexpected came as a shock to the family, he had been failing in health for some time as a result of diabetes. About a week ago he was obliged to take his bed but did not suffer intensely. He was born in Brunswick, Medina Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1832 and at the time of his death was 74. He moved to Michigan during Franklin Pierce's administration, and was one of Fairfield's pioneers.

April 2, 1863 he united in marriage to Elizabeth Tillotson and soon began house keeping in the log house that still stands a few rods west of the house in which they both passed away. Providence saw fit to remove his companion eight years ago, since that time his son Milo and wife have resided with him. Also his sister Jane Munson made her home with him and in her affliction has ever found his comforting words of welcome, a cheerful help.

(Charles Green Munson was the husband of Elizabeth Ann Tillotson.)

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Obituary of Ezra W. Munson

Ezra Munson Is
Buried Here On
Friday, July 31.

Ezra W. Munson, oldest son of Charles and Elizabeth Munson was born at Fairfield Michigan, June 23 1864 and departed this life July 28, 1931 at Indianapolis, Ind. aged 67 years 1 month and 5 days. He was united in marriage to Anna Wool, Oct. 10, 1894. And after five years spent in Indianapolis, they moved back to Michigan making his home in Grand Rapids, where Anna passed away, Nov. 24, 1904. In September 1907, he was united in marriage to Stella Snyder of Indianapolis, Ind. Ezra was a contractor and builder and followed his chosen profession with success. He was a kind and loving son, brother, companion and friend, and will be greatly missed by all. His wife and two brothers, Harry and Milo are left to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the old homestead, July 31, 1931, Elder Peden of Flint, oficiating (sic). Interment in River Side Cemetery.

(Ezra W. Munson was the son of Elizabeth Ann Tillotson and Charles Green Munson. )

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Obituary of Jane Postreme Munson

Jane Postreme Munson was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio Aug. 7, 1838. Died Jan. 23, 1907 in Fairfield Michigan.

Death has again entered the Munson family and taken the last of one generation. In the early 60's the family consisting of mother, three sons, and one daughter moved to Michigan. The death messenger has gradually entered the family until it has taken them all. Poor Aunt Jane, we speak thus, as she has for years been an object of pity, for when in her teens she was stricken with rheumatic fever and since that time has been a cripple. For forty years she has been obliged to walk on crutches and could not raise a cup of water to her lips.

Less than one week ago her lungs became conjested, grip followed, her frail body proved too weak to endure the suffering and on Wednesday she slowly passed away.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Young of Burton. Scripture lesson from the twenty third Psalm.

Remains were laid by the side of her mother in the Elsie cemetery.

(Jane Postreme Munson was the sister of Charles Green Munson. Jane never married. She lived with Charles and later other relatives until her death. "Grip" is an old term for influenza. Jane's scrapbook, a copy of which is owned by the Elsie Historical Society, provided the many of the wedding and death notices about my nineteenth century relatives in Clinton County, Michigan.)

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Obituary of Anna Wooll Munson

Mrs. Anna J. Munson

Mrs. Ezra J. (sic) Munson died last Thursday, Nov. 24 at Grand Rapids. Mrs. Munson whose maiden name was Anna S. Wooll was born in Elsie, Dec. 19, 1864. She was married Oct. 10, 1894 to Ezra W. Munson of Fairfield, Shiawassee County.

They went immediately to Indianapolis, Ind., beginning their home life together in that city where they resided five years. For three years their home has been in Grand Rapids where she passed away. She was converted in early life and was united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Elsie and remained a member until transferred by letter to the church in her home city.

She was possessed of traits of character that won her friends wherever she went and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

A husband, father, mother, three sisters, and many other relatives remain to cherish her memory. Funeral services were held in Elsie, Nov. 27, conducted by the pastor.

(Anna S. Wooll was the wife of Ezra Munson, son of Elizabeth Ann Tilloson and Charles Green Munson.)

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Obituary for Fred Darling

Fred Darling Dies

Fred Raymond Darling was born in Fairfield, Shiawassee county, Nov. 25, 1856 and spent his entire life in Michigan. He was the third child of Oscar and Charlotte Darling.

He was married to Miss Addie Cuningham (sic), November 4, 1885.

To this union were born four children, three of whom preceeded him to the Spirit World, Blanche living at home. He had lived in Detroit for many years. He passed away at his home Feb. 5, 1934 at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 10 days.

Burrial (sic) in Riverside, with Rev. L. A. Fisher as minister.

(Fred Darling was the son of Charlotte Maria Tillotson and Oscar Wales Darling.)

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Death Notice for Annette Luella Darling Johnson

1902 Mrs. Wilbur Johnson

Annette L. Darling, whose death occurred Aug. 5th, was born Nov. 7, 1861. She died at Mancelona August fifth last, while in her forty-first year. She was married to Wilbur Johnson at Duplain, June 26, 1881, who with five children, a mother, three sisters and a brother survive her. She was an ardent member of the Methodist Church and was greatly loved in the community where she lived.

(Annette Luella Darling was the daughter of Charlotte Maria Tillotson and Oscar Wales Darling and the sister of Fred Darling.)

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Death Notice for Joseph Cunningham

Joseph Cunningham died at the home of his son-in-law, Fred Darling, Saturday. He was born in Ireland in 1819 and would have been 85 years of age had he lived until next May. When he was ten years old he came with his parents to Canada, and in 1885, he came to live with his daughter Mrs. Fred Darling in Fairfield township. His wife died in 1884. Four of his children are living. The funeral occurred Monday, Rev. Wilford Noble officiating. He was buried in Riverside cemetery.

(Joseph Cunningham was the father-in-law of Fred Darling, son of Charlotte Maria Tillotson and Oscar Wales Darling.)

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Death Notice for Ephraim F. Bennett

Ephraim F. Bennett, eldest son of Oliver and Betsey Bennett, was born Feb. 12, 1817, in Orleans County, New York. At the age of nine years he moved with this parents to Brunswick, OH. In 1842 he was united in marriage with Catherine W. Squires who with their two children Rhoda E. Ferris and Edward R. survives him. They moved to Michigan in 1853 on to the farm on which he has resided until called by death, Nov. 17, 1901.

(Ephraim F. Bennett was the brother of Hiram Bennett, Albert C. Bennett, and David Humes Bennett.)

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Death Notice for Rhoda Bennett Ferris

Mrs. Rhoda Ferris died at her home in Fairfield Nov. 30. She leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Ford Bennett and two sons, Ernest and Jay. Her husband died nearly two years ago.

(Rhoda Bennett Ferris was the daughter of Ephraim F. Bennett.)

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Death Notice for Julia Bennett

Mrs. Julia Bennett
Dies in Calif.

Former Well Known Resident of This
Place Passes Away at Home of Son
in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Julia Bennett, age 79 years and for many years a well known resident of this community, passed away at the home of her son in Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday, July 4, (1925) according to word received here.

Although Mrs. Bennett had been in poor health for several years, her condition had not been serious until but a few days before her death.

Mrs. Bennett, in company with her granddaughters, Misses Athena and Elizabeth Bennett moved to California September 9, 1924.

(Julia Bennett was the second wife of Almon Bennett and the mother of Dow Bennett.)

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Death Notice for Nora Starkweather Bennett

Mrs. Dow W. Bennett Dead

Nora M., wife of Dow W. Bennett, passed away at her home in Fairfield township Wednesday, March 5. Mrs. Bennett had been in very poor health for the past eight years. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, March 9, Rev. O. W. Carr officiating. Burial at Riverside cemetery.

Besides the husband three children, Almon, age 17, Athena, age 15, and Elizabeth age 19 months, a mother, Mrs. T. C. Nooney, and a sister, Mrs. J. N. White of Edmunton, Canada, are left to mourn their loss.

(Nora Starkweather was the wife of Dow W. Bennett and the mother of Almon, Athena, and Elizabeth Bennett.)

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Obituary for Almon Bennett

Almon Bennett son of Dow and Nora Bennett was born in Shiawassee Co., Mich., May 1st 1901 and passed away December 10th (1923) at Phoenix Arizona.

Almon had been in poor health for a number of months before going west, and it was hoped that a change of Climate would benefit him. His father sacrificing all home ties returned with him to the West leaving Almond's (sic) two sisters in the care of their grand mother, their mother having passed on a few years previously.

In the immediate family he leaves to mourn his departure, his father, Dow Bennett of Los Angeles California, his grand mother, Mrs. Julius (sic) Bennett and two sisters, Athena and Elizabeth of Elsie. Also many relatives and friends who appreciated the kindly nature and splendid qualities of his young life.

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Obituary for Ebenezer Nethaway

Ebenezer Nethaway was born Sept. 30, 1809 at Huntington, Long Island. He lived with his parents until the 13th year of his age when his mother died and he was sent to live in New Jersey with a farmer. At the age of 17 he went to Enfield, Tompkins Co., New York, and served three years as an apprentice to a carpenter and joiner. After this he traveled for five years in different parts of the United States. In March 1833, he shipped from New Orleans as carpenter and seaman on board a merchant vessel and after a stormy voyage of 45 days landed in Havre de Grace in France. Here the ship was unladen and taking 152 passengers, sailed for New York where she arrived June 30, 1833. From New York he made his way westward and in May, 1834 settled in Brunswick, Medina Co., OH. In 1836 he was married to Miss M. A. Hyde with whom he lived about six years when she was called to her reward. The next summer he married Miss Eliza M. Hyde, but was soon called to mourn the loss of his second companion. In Aug., 1847, he was married to Miss Martha F. Rockwell, of Hinckley, OH., his present companion.

He was converted in the summer of 1834 and joined the M. E. Church the 17th of June that year, and has served the church in the capacity of private member, Leader, Exhorter, Local Preacher, Deacon, Elder, Steward, and Trustee up to the present. He has always, through storm and sunshine been enable (sic) to beat his onward march, by the grace of God toward the land of Canaan, with a bright prospect in view of coming off more than conqueror through faith.

The above account of himself was written March 11, 1879 at the request of one of the members of his family.

Mr. Nethaway came with his family to Michigan in 1850, and settled at Elsie. 24 years ago he came to Ovid where for about 18 years he acted as agent for several leading fire insurance companies; but his eye-sight failing he was obliged to give up work, and has for nearly six years been confined to the house. He has often said during this time "Well, I have taken care of myself since I was 13 and done some hard work in my life, but this is the hardest work I ever did." His natural activity and love for reading made the loss of his sight especially trying to him; but during all the years of his blindness he was never known to murmur, but often said, "I shall soon be where I can see." During these years many other tedious hours were spent in repeating lines from the best authors, and passages from the Bible, with both of which his mind was well stored.

At the last he was confined to his bed a little more than four weeks, during which time he was a constant sufferer but the God in whom he trusted provided his comfort still, and was even when speech failed, the feeble hand pointing upward, told them that he was more than conqueror through faith, as he had written twelve years before that he expected to be. He passed away quietly on the evening of the 31st of August just one month before his 82nd birthday. Rev. P. J. Maveety preached his funeral sermon in the M. E. Church at Elsie, Sept. 3, and he was buried in the family lot in the cemetery at that place.

(Ebenezer Nethaway presided at the weddings of several of my nineteenth century relatives. Ebenezer was the brother-in-law of Eleanor Rockwell Bennett. )

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Obituary. - Mrs. Artimesia Fuller

Artimesia Hyde was born in Brunswick, Medina Co, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1826, passed to eternal rest Oct. 1st, 1906.

She was married to Curtis R. Fuller Mar. 31, 1845, to which union was born nine children - six sons, three daughters, four dying in childhood - Chas. The eldest dying in middle life.

Brother and sister Fuller moved from Ohio to Mich. In 1852 and soon after united with the little F.B. vine of Elsie of which they remained worthy members till death called them to their reward - the husband preceding the wife eleven years. Three sons and a daughter are left waiting on this side of the river: Myron, of Chicago, Emory, of Mason, and Mrs. Addie Vincent, of Elsie; also four grand-children, two brothers and a host of other relatives and friends mourn her departure.

Sister Fuller has been a great though patient sufferer for the past two years; she was a faithful worker in the church of which she was a member, always ready to put the work of the church first and the church feel cause for mourning with the relatives the loss of this faithful member.

Her last thoughts were for her children and a plea for them to meet her in heaven.

She fell asleep in Jesus at 10 o'clock Monday A.M. Oct. 1st, 1906, aged 79 years 11 months and two days. Her work done and well done she was gathered like a sheaf fully ripe into the garner of her Lord.

The funeral services were held Tuesday P.M. at the Baptist church conducted by the pastor, Rev I.B. Buffum. Relatives from away who were present were: Myron Fuller and wife, of Chicago, Emory Fuller and wife, of Mason, Miles Vincent and wife, of Detroit, and Harry Bennett, of Bannister.

(Artemesia Hyde Fuller was the wife of Curtis Fuller. Their son Emory Fuller married Etta Linzee, daughter of Jane Minerva Tillotson and Belden Colton Linzee. The Fullers were lifelong friends of my great-great-grandmother's brother Charles Sexton. Charles moved to Michigan in 1852 in the company of the Fullers and the Allens.)

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Obituary. - Catherine Squires Bennett

Following a week's illness, caused by a stroke of paralysis, Mrs. Catherine Bennett passed away at the home of her son, E. R. Bennett, in St. Johns, Mich., Feb. 8, 1915, aged 91 years. Her maiden name was Catherine Squires. She was born in New York state in 1823. On the night of Oct. 15, 1832 when she was nine years old, she came to Cleveland by boat, with her mother and three other children. Her father had driven a span of fine horses from New York State to Brunswick previously, and was here to welcome his family when they came. Catherine Squires married Ford Bennett, and their home was in Brunswick for several years, when they moved to Shiawassee county, Michigan. After her husband passed away in 1901, she went to live with her son, E. R. Bennett, at St. Johns. Burial was made in Fairfield cemetery.

(Catherine Squires Bennett was the wife of Ephraim Ford Bennett. This obituary was written by Emma Morton Tillotson in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.)

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I copied some of the obituaries myself from scrapbooks located in the Elsie Historical Society. Others were provided by Wayne L. Caswell, Paul Lowrey, Mrs. Elizabeth Hess, William L. Kidder, and Janis G.


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