Leonard Tillotson's daughter Jane Minerva Tillotson was born August 14, 1834 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. Jane was the sister of William Thomas Tillotson and a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson.
Jane married Daniel H. Francis in Brunswick on November 2, 1852. He was the son of Darius Francis and Lyntha Stow. Daniel died of ague (a malaria-like fever) less than two years later on July 25, 1854. Jane and Daniel had no children together.
Daniel H. Francis
Jane later married Belden Colton Linzee on September 17, 1862 in Nelson, Portage County, Ohio. Belden was born at Nelson, Portage County, Ohio on September 20, 1834. He was the son of William H. Linzee and Mary Elizabeth Colton.
Jane and Belden moved to Clinton County, Michigan in 1864. They had one child who was born there:
Henrietta Irene "Etta" Linzee (1865-1952) was born in Ovid, Clinton County, Michigan on March 7, 1865. She married Emory Albert Fuller on May 7, 1884 in Ovid. He was born on November 5, 1864 in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. Emory was the son of Curtis Russell Fuller and Artemesia Ashley Hyde. Curtis and Artemesia's fiftieth wedding anniversary merited the following mention in the local Elsie newspaper:
Curtis Fuller and wife, Artemesia Hyde, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 1, 1895. They were married in Brunswick, Ohio, in 1845.
A more detailed article describes the anniversary celebration and also notes the participation of Charles Sexton.
50th Wedding Anniversary of Curtis and Artimesia Fuller
At the residence of Brother Curtis Fuller and wife, of Elsie, Mich., on the first day of April, 1895, gathered nearly one hundred of their friends and relatives to congratulate them on their safe arrival at the fiftieth mile-stone of wedded life.
At the noon hour they were all invited to Van Deusen's hall, where two long tables stood loaded with the good things of life. After all had been abundantly satisfied with the material comforts they returned to the home of brother and Sister Fuller where the following program was carried out: Song by the choir; prayer by Pastor Whitaker; song by the choir; select reading and recitation by Miss Carrie Kelley.
Brother and sister Fuller then followed with feeling remarks, thanking their children and many friends for their gifts and for the occasion.
Brother Charles Sexton from a full heart spoke of the associations of friendship for the last fifty years, he and his wife having been acquainted with brother and sister Fuller since their youth. He very feelingly referred to the fact of their religious associations - first in the log and red frame school houses of Medina county, Ohio, and then after their 16-day trip with ox-teams together to the wilds of Michigan, they had worshiped together in the school houses and churches of Elsie, without a jar or discord in this half century. The remarks of Bro. Sexton left a profound impression of the stability of Christian friendship.
After further music and good cheer in general, brother Myron Fuller announced that he was ready to "take" the good looking crowd. They were all willing to be "taken" of course and proceeded to the front yard where the camera was ready and the final impressions of the happy day were taken to hang on the walls of our homes, as the occasion itself hangs on memory's walls, never to be obliterated while memory has a being. But like all good things the occasion had to come to an end, and with kind and loving words and wishes for brother and sister Fuller the crowd dispersed.
Below is the very appropriate reading and recitation of Miss Kelley.
Fifty years when reviewed and applied to life and personal experience, comprise a conscious knowledge of the most important period in the history of the country. The man whose mature years reach back a half century, can tell of the time when the igniting spark that enkindled the tinder was forced by friction from the flint and the heat and life of the burning coal was preserved by burial beneath the ashes of the fireplace. Fifty years ago friction matches were not in common se; there was however a kind of match that were common; born with the human family and received a heavenly anointing in the garden.
In Brunswick, Ohio, in 1845, sitting on a primitive hearth beside the glowing embers of an old-fashioned fireplace, a match was made (such as are said to be made in heaven) between Curtis Fuller and Artemesia Hyde. Joined together in youth they have traveled hand in hand for fifty years until they reached the golden goal of life's journey. Here a halt is made and the friends gather with them to commemorate the anniversary of their married life, bringing their offerings of love and affection. To this couple have been born nine children, four of them having been taken from them in infancy. Four boys and one girl they have seen grow to manhood and womanhood, living Christian lives and worshiping the God they worship. But recently God thought best to remove the oldest son from this earth to walk with him in golden streets of Paradise. It is pleasant for them to contemplate that those whom they supported in the weak days of childhood will be ready with willing hearts and strong hands to sustain and support them in their waning strength and ultimate decline.
Golden weddings are rare occasions. Although this one is mingled with sorrow, we hope it will be a source of pleasure and enjoyment to all.
(Also see the obituary for Artemesia Hyde Fuller.)
Etta Linzee and Emory Fuller had one child, a daughter:
Norma Altha Fuller. She married Perry Empey Mason on December 17, 1921. Perry was born on June 25, 1899 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois to Albert Eugene Mason and Netta Viola Empey. Norma and Perry had two children. Perry died January 9, 1964. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University offers a biography of Perry E. Mason .
Emory Fuller died in Berkeley, Alameda County, California on May 16, 1943. Etta Linzee died in Berkeley in December 1952. Both are buried in Ovid, Clinton County, Michigan.
Jane Minerva Tillotson Linzee
Henriette Irene "Etta" Linzee
Henriette Irene "Etta" Linzee and Emory Albert Fuller.
The Linzee Family
Left to right: Henrietta Irene Linzee Fuller, Jane Minerva Tillotson Linzee, Emory Albert Fuller, Belden Colton Linzee.
Jane died of dropsy (edema) in Ovid, Clinton County, Michigan on July 10, 1913. Belden died at Flint, Genessee County, Michigan in 1918. He is buried in Ovid.
See these pages by William Kidder for more information:
Portions of the biographical information courtesy William L. Kidder.
He also provided the text of the article about the golden wedding anniverary
of Curtis Fuller and Artemsia Hyde.
Photos courtesy William L. Kidder and Elden J. Johnson.
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