Meletiah Tillotson was the daughter of Samuel Tillotson and Sarah Partridge, and the sister of my great-great-great-grandfather Daniel Tillotson. Meletiah was born in Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts on October 27, 1809. She was known as "Millie" to her family. Meletiah married Lucius Warner on November 11, 1828 in Liverpool, Medina County, Ohio. Lucius was born to William and Clarissa Warner on April 2, 1805 in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut.
William and Clarissa Warner moved their family to Liverpool, Medina County, Ohio in 1816. Lucius had two siblings, Lorenzo and Joseph. Lorenzo Warner was a physician who had also studied to be an Episcopal clergyman. Later he became a Methodist minister and was famous for his eloquent preaching.
Meletiah and Lucius had three children, all born in Liverpool, Medina County, Ohio:
An unnamed daughter was born October 19, 1829. She died a month later on November 22, 1829 in Liverpool.
William Warner was born July 11, 1834 and died two years later on September 11, 1836.
Mary E. Warner was born May 15, 1836. She married Alfred Curtinious Armstrong on February 11, 1856 in Medina County, Ohio. Alfred was born April 19, 1834. They had four children:
Nina Armstrong was born in 1856. She married Lewis Aspinwall Murfey on November 1, 1881. Lewis was born to Gardner Murfey and Julia Latham on February 25, 1855.
Nina and Lewis had four children:
Latham Warner Murfey was born February 8, 1892 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He married Helen Elizabeth Dickey, daughter of Daniel Dickey and Helen Hamilton. Latham died January 3, 1968 in Cleveland.
Gardner Armstrong Murfey was born in 1884. He married Netta Wanamaker. Gardner died September 13, 1929.
Alfred Armstrong Murfey was born in 1888. He married Matilda Peterson. Alfred died March 3, 1978.
Martha Murfey died as an infant.
Lewis Aspinwall Murfey died December 10, 1930.
James Jackson Murfey , a descendant of Lewis and Nina, offers a descendancy report for John Murfey, ancestor of Lewis Aspinwall Murfey. This includes information about the descendants of Lewis and Nina to the present.
Alfred Warner Armstrong was born in 1861 and died in 1910. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery.
William Lucius Armstrong was born in 1867 and died in 1924. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery.
Marian Warner Armstrong. Her name also appears as Marion. She married a man named Lockwood. They lived in Hartford, Connecticut.
Alfred C. Armstrong died November 15, 1893 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California. After his death Mary moved to Hartford, Connecticut to live with her daughter Marian Armstrong Lockwood. Mary E. Warner Armstrong died December 29, 1918 at Marian's home in Hartford, Connecticut. She was brought back to Cleveland for burial on New Year's Day. Both Alfred C. Armstrong and Mary E. Warner are buried in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Lucius Warner was a farmer. He had attended the district school in pioneer days. Perhaps both he and Meletiah were students of Meletiah's sister Sarah. Lucius was a Republican. He attended the Episcopalian church in Liverpool until that church closed. He then attended the Methodist Episcopal Church in Brunswick. Lucius owned part of the property on which his father had settled.
Meletiah taught school before she married Lucius Warner. Meletiah was a good housekeeper and careful manager who helped Lucius achieve success with his farm.
William Kidder recounts an interesting incident from Millie's youth.
As a teenager Milly once carded, spun and wove some tow cloth. She made a piece a yard wide and six yards long. She took her cloth the 20 miles to Cleveland on horseback where she traded it for six yards of pink calico to make herself a dress. At this time most clothing was made from linen or wool or the combination of the two known as linsey-woolsey. The home dyed fabrics were generally of subdued colors such as dark brown, dull yellow, gray, black, or blue. Milly was undoubtedly very proud of the dress she made from the colorful calico she had traded for but it brought her a rebuke from her minister for wearing such gaudy colors.
The book Women of the Western Reserve (p. 716) recounts this incident as follows:
Meletiah Tillotson was a little maiden only six years old when she came with her parents to Brunswick. In her girlhood she carded, spun and wove some tow cloth, yard wide, took six yards of it to Cleveland on horseback, a distance of twenty miles, and traded it for six yards of pink calico for a dress for herself. She become the wife of Lucius Warner.
Women of the Western Reserve (p. 609) also says this about Meletiah:
Meletiah Tillotson was born in 1809 and came to Bruswick (sic) when six years of age. Before her marriage she taught school. In 1828 she was married to Lucius Warner and move to the farm in Liverpool which was ever after their home. She was an excellent housekeeper and careful manager, and did her part toward earning their large property.
She was always ready to help those who tried to help themselves, and gave freely of her abundance to the poor. Three children were born to them, of which only Mary survived. She married Alfred Armstrong. Her home has been for several years in Pasadena, Cal.
Mrs. Warner was a widow several years. When she had passed four score she fell, breaking her hip, and rendering her a great sufferer for the remainder of her days.
Lucius Warner died on October 5, 1875 in Liverpool, Medina County, Ohio. Meletiah died on February 18, 1892 at the age of 82.
Meletiah Tillotson was born in Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts October 27, 1809.
Aunt Millie, as she was familiarly known by all, was one of the first settlers of Brunswick. Her father emigrated to this part of the country in Nov. 1815, with his wife and ten children, all of whom have passed over the river of death. Mrs. Elizabeth Whiting, the youngest, died at home in Springville, Utah, Feb. 4, 1892.
In coming to this country the Tillotson family travelled in true pioneer style. Their earthly possessions were put up on two wagons, one drawn by horses and the other by oxen. It took six weeks to make the journey.
The subject of this sketch was married to Lucius Warner in November, 1828. To them were born three children, two of whom died in infancy, and one daughter, Mrs. A. C. Armstrong, now in California, lives to mourn the death of her mother. Lucius Warner died in 1875 leaving his aged wife to finish the remainder of the journey of life alone. She was a member of an Episcopal church that was organized at an early day by Roger Searl. When this church ceased to exist she began attending the M. E. church at Brunswick and continued to do so as long as she was able. On Feb 18, 1892 she died, aged 82 years. She spent her last days with her niece, Mrs. Cornelia Stranahan, who tenderly cared for her. 76 years of her life was lived in the neighborhood where she died, and she was the last one of the pioneers who came in 1815. She lived to see the wilderness blossom as the rose. Her work is done, and the Lord has called her to the glad home of eternal youth, where no one ever grows old or weary, and where death, sorrow, pain and weeping never enter, for God Himself shall wipe away all tears.
Mrs. Clarissa Warner, wife of Wm. Warner, deceased, died in Liverpool, Medina county, Ohio, March 10th, 1873, aged 86. Her husband passed on just eight months before her, and as there was just eight months difference in their ages, they were just equal in age at the time of her death. They came to Medina county before it was organized and settled on the farm where they died. What is now Medina County was then an unbroken wilderness when they settled within it. They were pioneers, and knew something of the hardships and privations incident to the settlement of a new county.
Wm. Warner was quiet, industrious, economical and honest; a man of few words, slow to promise, quick to perform -- a model farmer.
Clarissa Warner was a woman of great energy. Whatever she found to do, she did with her might. Anything that a farmer's wife ought to do she could do. She could make bread or pumpkin pies, or doughnuts; roast a pig, or turkey; knit, card, spin, and weave; exhibit butter, or a carpet, or flannel at the county fairs; and oh! What Christmas dinners our mother used to prepare! We shall never see the like. She left, in the old red house, crockery taken from the first crate brought into Liverpool. In the days of her strength she went with her husband to Medina, on foot, took cotton yarn from the store, carried it home, and wove it into sheeting one hundred yards, and that is the way Wm. Warner got blue broadcloth for a pair of military pants. Somebody remembers winding quills about that time.
Aunt Clara was attentive to the sick. She could dress an infant for the cradle or a corpse for the coffin.
She was a great reader and a good reader. It has been said that a very learned man was once reading aloud from a paper, learned men, you know, are not always good readers, and she took the paper from his hand saying, "do let me read that." She was well versed in history and spiced her reading occasionally with a novel.
During the late rebellion (i.e., the United States Civil War -- Pib) she knit a pair of socks, wrote upon a bit of paper her name, age, post office address, and a brief prayer that they might be a comfort to some one suffering in the cause of our country. The socks fell into the hand of a soldier in a military hospital, who saw the writing and wrote Mrs. W. a beautiful letter of thanks for the comfort he had received from one so aged.
Mrs. W. was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, but was liberal and charitable in her views and feelings. Ministers of all Protestant denominations were entertained by her and her companion. Revs. Poe, McMahon, and Begelow, also right Rev. Bishops Chase and Melivaine were occasionally their guests. Hosts and guests are all in heaven now.
Mrs. Warner died suddenly, but peacefully. Three sons survive, all old men, who, according to the common course of nature, will soon enter the spirit world. May be family be reuinited in heaven.
Obituary for Meletiah Tillotson and reminiscences of the Warners from Jane Munson's scrapbook located in the Elsie Historical Society..
My thanks to William L. Kidder and James Jackson Murfey for some of the biographical information above.
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