Marion Leonard Tillotson (1860-1943) was the son of William Thomas Tillotson and Mary Elizabeth Wooll. Marion was born on September 23, 1860 in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. On January 14, 1886 he married Eva Jane Bennett (1866-1941), daughter of Albert C. Bennett and Caroline Maria Sexton.
Married: -On Thursday the 14 inst. At the residence of the bride's parents, Miss Eva Bennett, to Mr. Marion Tillotson. About 12 o'clock the relatives and invited guests were assembled in the parlor, ranged on three sides of the room about 38 in all. The officiating clergyman, the Rev. Mr. Nelson, taking his placed in front, near the center of the room. Miss Hattie Tillotson and Mr. G. E. Sexton the bridesmaid and groomsman, followed by the bridal couple, were then conducted into the room taking seats in front of the minister, who advanced and performed the usual marriage ceremony, and introduced them in their new relations to the company. After the usual greetings the guests were marshalled to the dining room, where a sumptuous feast, fit for a king or queen had been prepared. All showing their appreciation of the same by their cheerful countenances, as well as diligence in the business of the hour. A very pleasant time was enjoyed by all present. The older persons to have worn their most cheerful faces, while the bright sunshine of innocent youth with smiles mantoled (sic) the faces of the younger portion and nothing transpired to mar the enjoyment of the occasion. There were many presents bestowed upon the happy couple. As the sun was nearing the western horizon, the company began to disperse to their several homes, manifestly well pleased with the enjoyments of the day.
The SUN extends its best wishes for the lifelong happiness and prosperity of the happy couple, and acknowledges the receipt of a well filled basket containing a generous portion of delicacies from the wedding feast. We are also under obligations to Mr. H. H. Bennett, uncle of the bride, who delivered the same.
Marion Leonard Tillotson.
Marion was a farmer by trade. He also delivered the mail on horseback from time to time.
Marion Tillotson at harvest time.
Marion Tillotson's Thresher,
damaged in an accident.
Marion and Eva made their home in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.
Marion and Eva Tillotson's home in Elsie, Michigan.
Marion and Eva's four children were all born in Elsie, Michigan:
Fred Howard Tillotson was born October 16, 1888 and died in 1918. He married Rosa Hicks. They had one daughter:
Lucille Ruth Tillotson was born June 28, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan. Lucille never married. She was a schoolteacher in Washington State.
Fred Howard Tillotson.
Marion, Eva, and Fred Tillotson.
Lucille Ruth Tillotson
Fred Howard Tillotson and his daughter
Lucille Ruth Tillotson
Left to right: Marion Tillotson, Betsy Wooll Tillotson, Lucille Tillotson (baby), Fred Tillotson.
Don U. Tillotson was born March 18, 1892 and died a few months later on September 21, 1893. Don's middle initial sometimes appears as "J."
Mabel Rose Tillotson was born December 22, 1898. She married Ernest Tompkins. They had three children:
Richard Wynne Tompkins was born January 5, 1933 in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan. He was married twice. He and his first wife Irene had three children. Richard and his second wife Barbara adopted several children and had many foster children.
Richard worked as a fireman in the Traverse City fire department for twenty-five years as a firefighter and later as fire marshall and inspector. President Nixon awarded him a commendation in 1970 for saving a boy's life in the course of his duties.
Richard served as a Cub Scout master from 1966 to 1973, and a Boy Scout Master from 1974 to 1983.
Richard and his wife Barbara spent four years traveling the United States and volunteering at various State and National Parks.
Richard Tompkins died June 11, 2011 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
Ernest Tompkins and Mabel Tillotson
The wedding notice for Mabel and Ernest reads as follows.
On Wednesday, June 18, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Tillotson, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Mable (sic) Rose to Corporal Earnest (sic) Tompkins of Owosso, Rev. O. W. Carr officiating.
The bride was dressed in Georgete Crepe over white silk, and was attended by Miss Hilda Carter, who wore a dress of pink silk. The groom was attended by Harold Taphouse, of Owosso; and little Lucille Tillotson acted as ring bearer, carrying the ring in a pretty rose.
The house was prettily decorated in pink and white, and cut flowers, roses, and carnations.
Immediately after the ceremony a three course dinner was served to thirty eight guests. Those from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Tompkins, Mrs. Mary Boles and Miss Ruth Boles, Mrs. Myra Burwell, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taphouse and son Walter, all of Owosso; Mrs. C. M. Johnson, of St. Johns, Mr. and Mrs. F. Fleming and two daughters from Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. C. I. Youngs and Mrs. F. H. Tillotson and daughter, Miss Lucille of Detroit, Miss Fern Caswell of Beulah, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. M. Johnson, of Lansing, Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Klingensmith and daughter Eva of near Ovid, and Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Morrice of Morrice.
The bride and groom will reside on a farm north of Elsie and will be at home to their friends after July 15.
Wayne Albert Tillotson.
Marion Tillotson and Eva Jane Bennett.
Standing: Fred Tillotson.
Middle, left: Marion Leonard Tillotson.
Middle, right: Eva Jane Bennett Tillotson.
Bottom: Marion holds Wayne Albert "Wynne" Tillotson, Eva holds Mabel Tillotson.
Eva and Marion Tillotson with two of their grandchildren.
The grandchildren are Lucille Ruth Tillotson, daughter of Fred Tillotson, and Jean Marie Tompkins, daughter of Mabel Tillotson and Ernest Tompkins. Lucille is the older girl standing between Eva and Marion. Jean is sitting on Marion's lap.
The local Elsie newspaper reported on Marion and Eva's tenth wedding anniversary as follows.
January 17, 1898, Wedding Anniversary
It was a very pleasant surprise that was given Mrs. and Mrs. Marion Tillotson last Tuesday, Jan. 14th, it being the 10th anniversary of their wedding.
So carefully had the gathering been planned by the friends, that the first intimation that Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson had of the pleasure plotted against them was when the company of 46 relatives and friends came in upon them. They soon saw that it was an embassy of peace that was waiting upon them, and they quickly surrendered themselves to the pleasure of the occasion. Most heartily did the three generations represented by the company enter into the enjoyment of the occasion. In memory, the older ones lived over again the good old times of the pioneer days of long ago. The sum of years represented by those present of 60 years and above, footed up to more than 800 years. Three were present above 70 years of age; one of these, Mr. Ford Bennett, was 79; five were above 65 years and four above 60 years of age.
Twenty persons were present on this occasion who were present 10 years ago at the wedding; four of the company present 10 years ago have passed onward.
Eva's aunt Ellen Eliza Sexton wrote a poem congratulating Eva and Marion on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
To Marion and Eva
Now five and twenty years have passed
Since you your lot together cast.
A home lot it must be
On which you jointly filed a claim
Its title deed bears but one name
A good deed -- warrentee.
Home Products, you have raised a youth
To a good height, a well known truth.
His length -- above six feet;
Not "fast" in habits, but his pace
When he is on a four mile race
Is pretty hard to beat.
And Mable -- bless her -- soon you'll own
A daughter quite a woman grown,
So swiftly glide the years.
Where once dark tresses graced your brow
The locks -- we note -- are silvered now
Times handwork there appears.
And now today we're gathered here,
With all good wishes -- and to cheer
You, o'er lifes' busy way.
We hope for many years to come,
You may enjoy your own good home,
Just as you do today.
May years pass calmly on -- till each
A good old age -- at last may reach
May no hard times arise
While you together sojourn here --
Then may each gain a "title clear"
"To mansions in the skies."
Elsie, Jan. 14, 1911. E.E.S
Eva Jane Bennett Tillotson died July 24, 1941. Marion Tillotson died on February 7, 1943. Both are buried in the Riverside cemetery in Elsie, Michigan.
Photos courtesy Wayne L. Caswell, William Tompkins, William Kidder, Susan Linn, and Mary Porubsky.
Wedding notice for Mabel Rose Tillotson and Ernest Tompkins provided by Wayne L. Caswell. Wayne also provided the text of Ellen Sexton's silver anniversary poem for Marion and Eva.
I copied the wedding notice for Marion Tillotson and Eva Bennett and the report of their tenth wedding anniversary from a scrapbook in the Elsie Historical Society.
My thanks to Leonard C. Tillotson and William Tompkins for help in identifying some of the pictured individuals.
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