Mary Jane Tillotson was the daughter of Seth Tillotson and Mary Mildred Curtis. Mary Jane was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on April 2, 1847. She married Albert Theodore Howard on December 1, 1864. Albert was the son of Theodore B. Howard. Albert was born in Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin on December 2, 1833. The photo at the top of this page shows Mary Jane as a young woman.
Albert Theodore Howard.
Mary Jane and Albert had seven children, almost all born in different places. Albert obviously never lost his wanderlust.
Charles Albert Howard was born December 3, 1865 in Antioch, Lake County, Illinois.
Rupert Lee Howard was born November 18, 1869 in Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin.
Rosamond Mary Howard was born September 26, 1872 in Sioux County, Iowa.
Ina May Howard was born November 30, 1875 in Sheldon, O'Brien County, Iowa.
Burton Franklin Howard was born January 17, 1881 in Lyon County, Iowa.
Frederick Theodore Howard was born September 14, 1883 in Hull, Sioux County, Iowa.
Josephine June Howard was born June 3, 1887 in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa. She married Stephen Noah Utley on February 17, 1909 in Volga, Brookings County, South Dakota. Stephen was born December 30, 1887 in Grinnell, Iowa.
Josephine and Stephen had two children.
Verna Lucille Utley was born November 14, 1909 in Grinnell, Iowa. She married Edmund Emerson Littlefield on November 9, 1940 in Sturgis, Michigan. Verna and Edmund had three children. Verna died in May, 1982 in Michigan. Edmund died May 5, 2000 in Allegan, Michigan.
Edwin Theodore Utley was born September 17, 1913 in Davenport, Iowa. Edwin married Billie Maxine Pierson on December 15, 1942 at Kansas City, Missouri. Edwin and Billie had three children. Billie died June 23, 1993 in Vacaville, California. Edwin died January 6, 2004 in San Jose, California at the age of 90.
Stephen Noah Utley died August 25, 1930 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Josephine June Utley died September 18, 1979 in Whitehall, Michigan.
Albert Howard was a '49er, having driven an ox team from Wisconsin to California during the gold rush. Later he used his ox team to carry freight around Deadwood, South Dakota Territory.
Albert Theodore Howard died near Volga, Brookings County, South Dakota on September 2, 1907 (see his funeral card). His obituary reads as follows.
September 9, 1907 "Brookings Register"
OLD RESIDENT DEAD
A.T. Howard, a well known resident of the county and father of Rupert Howard of this city, died at his home near Volga Monday morning. His death was due to heart disease, from which he had been a sufferer for some years. He had been quite ill for several weeks before his death and the end was expected. Mr. Howard was a resident of Trenton Township, south of the city, and he moved near Volga a few months ago. The funeral was held from the home Tuesday afternoon. The deceased is survived by a wife and four sons and three daughters, all grown to manhood and womanhood. The family have the sincere sympathy of their friends in their bereavement.
Albert T. Howard was born December 21, 1833 at Conneaut, Ohio. At the age of six years, he moved with his family to Gramsville, PA. They lived there four years and then moved to Lake Co., Ill. In 1857 Mr. Howard joined a party and went to California overland with ox teams, returning in 1863 by way of Panama and New York. He was united in marriage to Mary J. Howard December 1, 1864 and in 1870 moved to Sioux county, Iowa where he located on a homestead. His death occurred September 2, 1907 at the age of 73 years and 9 months. The funeral services were conducted by Dr. E.P. Hall, pastor of the ME church, Brookings and the remains placed at rest in the Volga cemetery.
The deceased is survived by his widow and entire family of seven children as follows: C.A. Howard, Akon, IA; R.L. Howard, Brookings, Mrs. R.B. Moon, Oakton, S.W., Mrs. Geo. Brown, Volga, B.F. Howard, F.T. Howard and Miss Josie Howard who have resided with the parents three miles south of Volga and all were with the husband and father at the time of his death.
Mary Jane Tillotson Howard died in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota on June 13, 1924. Her funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on June 14, 1924, the day following her death. The service was held at the home of Ina Howard Brown, her fourth child of seven, in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota.
Mary Jane Tillotson Howard late in life.
This photo was used as the insert in her funeral program.
Mary Jane Tillotson Howard's casket at her funeral.
My thanks to Mark Utley for the photos and biographical information about Albert Theodore Howard and Mary Jane Tillotson, and their descendants.
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