John Seth Tillotson, son of John Tillotson and Adeline Demontank Hitchcock, was born September 25, 1833 in New Marlborough, Massachusetts. His middle name was "Seth" to my family, but it appears as Samuel (in a death notice) and Sanford in a letter about his war pension.
John married twice. He first married Helen M. Lovejoy in 1854 in Springfield, Wisconsin. They had eight children:
Cora Fanny Tillotson was born September 23, 1856 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. She married Cyrus Franklin Clay. They had three children:
Norma Sybil Clay was born June 2, 1893 in Detroit, Dickinson, Kansas She married Roy Champion Hughes on July 21, 1926.
Paul Lovejoy Clay was born March 26, 1896 in Okeene, Oklahoma.
Nelle Isabel Clay was born June 25, 1899 in Okeene, Oklahoma. She married Paul Mcgee. They had one child:
Norma Jean Mcgee was born May 6, 1922. She married Franklin Edward Scholte on June 28, 1947. They had one child:
Paul Edward Scholte.
Nelle Isabel Clay died June 27, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mary Josephine Tillotson was born in 1858.
Ruby Adaline Tillotson was born in 1861.
Jennie Belle Tillotson was born July 7, 1864 in Waunakee, Dane, Wisconsin. She married George Milton Pierce on June 6, 1888 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. George was born to Moses Wheeler Pierce and Etta Carr on May 12, 1849 in Palmyra, Wisconsin.
George and Jennie had three children:
Ruby Ina Pierce was born April 17, 1889 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Glenn F. Pierce was born August 16, 1895 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He died in Wisconsin in February 1965.
Ward Elton Pierce was born February 3, 1900 in Sparta, Wisconsin. Ward Elton Pierce died in Hampton Roads, Virginia in a U. S. Navy plane accident.
George Milton Pierce died December 31, 1903 in Sparta, Wisconsin. Jennie Belle Tillotson died November 7, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Frank A Tillotson was born September 10, 1866 in Madison, Wisconsin. His birth name was John Franklin Tillotson, but he changed it because he didn't like it. The middle initial "A" (no period) stood for nothing. Frank married Pearl L. Dayhuff on March 27, 1892 in Hillsboro, Traill County, North Dakota. Pearl was the daughter of Peter Dahuff, a Civil War Veteran and a single amputee, and Martha Jane Stevens. Pearl was born on a farm in northern Wisconsin on December 29, 1873.
Frank and Pearl had two children:
Vivian Arold Tillotson was born February 7, 1893 in Clifford, North Dakota. (His middle name also appears as Aroed and Arnold, but Vivian wrote it Arold.) He married Bertha Nichols on November 9, 1919 in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. Vivian and Bertha had one child:
Robert Alexander Tillotson was born in 1921. He served as a pilot during World War II. After the War Robert was recreational director at an army hospital.
During World War I Vivian was inducted at Jamestown on February 9, 1918 and sent to Vancouver Barracks, Washington. He served in Headquarters Company, 441st Aero Construction Squadron, until July 2, 1918; in the 14th Spruce Squadron, Vancouver Barracks, Washington, to his discharge. He was promoted to Corporal on May 14, 1918; to Sergeant on June 22, 1918; to 1st Sergeant on July 3, 1918; and to Master Signal Electrician on July 17, 1918. Vivian was discharged at Vancouver Barracks, Washington on Feb. 19, 1919 as a Master Signal Electrician.
Both Vivian and his sister Doris were talented musicians. Vivian's best known composition was probably the "Danger Rag" which he published in 1912. Vivian led his own orchestra during the 1920, and various avatars of his group played venues in Oregon and Washington Venues throughout the 1930s. On at least one occasion Vivian and his orchestra provided the shipboard entertainment on a cruise to the Orient.
Vivian and Bertha divorced. Later Vivian married again.
Vivian Arold Tillotson died in Portland, Oregon on March 29 or 30, 1937.
Doris Lucille Tillotson was born May 11, 1898 in Clifford, North Dakota. She married Corbin Ara Waldron, who was born January 7, 1899 in Independence, Iowa. They had two children:
Corbin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fargo College in 1922 and a Law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1927. After moving to Minot, he founded the firm of Waldron, Kenner, Halvorson, and Sturdevant. Corbin practiced law for forty one years. During that time he served as President of the Ward County and Minot Bar Association.
Corbin penned six books under his pen name of "Dakota Cal".
Corbin's poetry was highly regarded. In 1957 he was named Poet Laureate of North Dakota by the State Legislature.
Corbin also composed several hymns and melodies. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church He served on the Board of Trustees of the Minot Presbyterian Church and the Board of Directors of the Minot YMCA.
Corbin Ara Waldron died in April, 1978 in Minot, North Dakota.
Frank ran a livery stable in Hope, Steele County, North Dakota for a number of years. Later he worked in real estate, sheep raising, and farming.
Frank Tillotson died May 15, 1936 in Rochester, Minnesota. Pearl lived to be 99 and resided with Doris and Corbin Waldron for over 40 years after Frank's death. Pearl died in Minot, North Dakota.
Nellie Ollie Tillotson was born in 1870.
Fred Chandler Tillotson was born in 1872.
Bernice Tillotson was born in 1874.
Helen M. Lovejoy died in 1878 in Wisconsin. John later married Nellie Crowley. John and Nellie had one daughter:
Flossie Tillotson was born February 27, 1891. She married Louis Lenz on January 14, 1908 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was the son of John Lenz and Katherine Stoll. Flossie Tillotson and Louis Lenz had four children:
Joseph Lenz married Catherine Noel. They had one child:
Dona Lenz married Charles Boodle. They had four children:
Nancy Kay Boodle.
Edward Lenz married Dorothy Cole. They had three children:
Judith Ann Lenz.
Florence Lenz married Fred Skemp. They had ten children:
Rita Skemp married James Grenisen. They had two children:
Maureen E. Grenisen.
Jean Ann Skemp.
Francis Lenz married Beverly Dohlby.
John S. Tillotson died June 10, 1903 in Mandan, North Dakota.
Jerry Lenz provided information about the descendants of John S. Tillotson and Nellie Crowley. Dave Waldron provided information about his family.
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