Tryphena Tillotson was the daughter of Daniel Tillotson and Olive Turner, and the half-sister of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson. Tryphena was born May 19, 1832 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. She married Bill Williams Freese, Jr. on May 22, 1848. He was the son of Bill Williams Freese and Sally Beaumont. Bill Williams Freese Sr. was an early settler in Medina County, arriving in 1817. His brothers Abram and John also moved to Medina County about that time. Their parents were John Freese and Desire Williams of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Together with his brothers Abram Freese and John Freese, Bill Williams Freese Sr. surveyed Medina County shortly before or after the War of 1812. This Freese family was of Dutch descent and among the first to settle Lunenburgh (later Athens), New York before moving to Berkshire County, Massachusetts. See my page about the Freese Family of Medina County, Ohio for more information.
Tryphena was a Free Will Baptist.
Bill Williams Freese, Jr., husband of Tryphena Tillotson Freese.
Tryphena Tillotson and Bill Williams Freese, Jr. had five children:
Clara Olive Freese was born February 11, 1850 in Olmstead, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She was married at least three times. She first married Franklin Darling Moon on December 23, 1866 in Medina County, Ohio. Franklin was born September 5, 1847 in Weymouth, Ohio to Sanford Moon and Elizabeth Hancock.
Clara and Franklin had one child:
Franklin Moon died October 8, 1872 in Washington, Washington County, Kansas.
Clara was married very briefly to John R. Rose on November 11, 1877, presumably in Kansas. I do not know if John Rose died, or if John and Clara were divorced.
Clara married Robert Foster Barber on June 5, 1879. Robert was much older than Clara, having been born August 7, 1826 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to Thomas Barber and Mary Foster or Mary Oliver. It is likely that Thomas was a descendant of John Barber and his wife Margaret who lived in Lopatcong, Sussex County, New Jersey in the early 1700s.
Robert Foster Barber was the younger brother of Thomas Washington Barber for whom Barber County, Kansas was named. Robert moved to Kansas from Preble County, Ohio in 1855 after having scouted the area around Lawrence, Kansas the previous year in the company of his brothers Oliver and Thomas W. Barber. Oliver and Thomas had moved some years previously to Richmond, Indiana from Ohio. In both Ohio and Indiana the Barber brothers had engaged in business together, manufacturing woolen goods.
Robert was with Thomas when he was shot to death in December 1855 for refusing to join a pro-slavery group. John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem entitled The Burial of Barber based upon this incident. The following description of the fatal encounter comes from Kansas, A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc., Vol. 1, ed. by Frank W. Blackmar, published by Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912.
Thomas W. Barber one of the free-state martyrs in Kansas, was a native of Pennsylvania and a son of Thomas and Mary (Oliver) Barber. In the early ‘30s he located at Richmond, Indiana, where he was engaged for some time in operating a woolen mill. Soon after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska bill, he removed to Kansas and settled on a claim some 7 miles southwest of Lawrence. Being a sober, honest, and industrious citizen, he made friends among his neighbors. Early in December, 1855, when the pro-slavery forces were threatening Lawrence, Mr. Barber decided to go to the assistance of the town. He had no family except a wife, who seems to have had a premonition of impending danger and begged him to remain at home, but he laughed at her fears and set out on horseback for Lawrence. On the morning of December 6, in company with his brother Robert and Thomas M. Pierson, he started for his home, unarmed, promising to return as soon as he had arranged matters at home so as to permit his absence. When about 4 miles from Lawrence, on the California road, they saw a party of 14 horsemen approaching, two of whom rode on in advance of the others for the purpose of holding a parley with Barber and his companions. These two men were George W. Clark, agent of the Pottawatomie Indians, and a merchant of Weston, Missouri by the name of Burns. They tried to induce the Barbers and Pierson to join them, and meeting with a positive refusal, one of them drew his revolver and fired twice, mortally wounding Thomas W. Barber. He concealed the fact that he was shot until they had ridden about a hundred yards, when he informed his brother, who at first thought such a thing impossible, but a few minutes later the wounded man was seen to reel in his saddle. His associates eased him to the ground, where a little later he breathed his last.
Oliver Barber, the brother of Thomas and Robert, moved to Douglas County, Kansas in 1856, built a home, and brought his family there in 1857. For many years Oliver prospered as a stock dealer. He later held many important state and county offices in Kansas.
Robert Foster Barber married Margaret E. Archibald in Preble County, Ohio on October 5, 1847. (That is the date in the Barber family Bible. Preble county records give the year as 1848.) Robert and Margaret had seven children.
James Walker Barber was born in Ohio on May 4, 1849. He married Aurilla A. McRill on August 6, 1874 in Douglas, Kansas. Aurilla was called "Rilla" by the family. James went by his middle name.
Mary Jain Barber was born in Ohio on December 20, 1850. The middle name was probably intended to be "Jane" but it appears as "Jain" in the Barber Family Bible. Mary was called "Jennie" by the family. She married Jacob C. Kirkpatrick on December 12, 1877. Jacob was born about 1855. Mary and Jacob had at least one son.
Archie R. Kirkpatrick was born November 2, 1878.
Jacob was a farmer and liveryman.
Alice Barber was born in Ohio on November 17, 1852. She married George Channon on September 28, 1876. Alice died November 15, 1930.
Oliver Foster Barber was born in Kansas on February 25, 1858. He died December 21, 1935 in Fresno, California.
Nicholas Mouver Barber was born in Kansas on March 14, 1860. He died June 29, 1865.
Anna Clara Barber was born in Kansas on November 3, 1862. She died July 6, 1865.
Harry Monroe Barber was born in Kansas on January 7, 1866. He died September 18, 1900.
Margaret Archibald Barber died September 2, 1877. Robert Foster Barber married Clara Olive Freese Rose on June 5, 1879. Clara and Robert had two children.
Ralph W. Barber was born May 12, 1881 in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. He married Pearl E. Nash on January 1, 1907. Pearl was born in 1881 to J. W. Nash and Anna M. Hawley. Ralph and Pearl had three children.
Hazel Marvilla Barber was born September 27, 1907. She was married twice. She first married Herbert (or Hubert) L. Perry on May 29, 1933. She later married Wayne H. Dickerman in October, 1942.
Ralph Nash Barber was born March 18, 1911. He married Margaret Olive Callan on October 16, 1937. Margaret was born October 3, 1915. Ralph and Margaret had one son. Ralph and Margaret divorced. Margaret died June 10, 1998. Ralph later married Helen Mae Amer Meeds on September 28, 1946. Ralph and Helen had one son. Ralph died October 13, 1979.
Ruth Ann Blanche Barber was born December 22, 1914. She married Robert J. Schroeder on June 22, 1940. They had at least one son.
Ralph was a railroad engineer. He died in Phoenix, Arizona.
Edith May Barber was born May 5, 1885. She married Arthur R. Clawson on April 29, 1908.
Robert Foster Barber died May 27, 1900 in Beebetown, Medina County, Ohio. Presumably he and Clara had moved their family back to Ohio from Kansas after 1890.
The next year Clara married Benjamin F. Hendershot, on October 20, 1901, in Medina County, Ohio. Benjamin was born in December, 1833 in Canandaigua, Orange County, New York to Israel Hendershot and Elizabeth Stead. Benjamin had been previously married to Nancy M. Brandow with whom he had nine children, all born in Ontario County, New York.
Benjamin was a farmer. He volunteered for service in the Civil War, enlisting as a private on December 29, 1863. He served with company H of the Fourth New York Heavy Artillery Regiment. Benjamin received a disability discharge on August 4, 1864 at Washington, D.C.
Benjamin F. Hendershot died November 26, 1912 in Ontario County, New York. After Benjamin's death Clara lived in the Women's Relief Corps home in Oxford, New York. Clara Freese Hendershot died there on May 27, 1931.
Daniel Beaumont Freese was born October 1, 1854 (or 1850) in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He married Ida May Strong on September 1, 1880. She was born in 1860, the only daughter of George Strong and Charlotte Pitkin.
Daniel and Ida had no children.
Daniel was a farmer, school teacher, and merchant. Ida died July 9, 1924 at her father's home. Daniel died November 29, 1925 at the home of his brother Henry Freese.
Perry Commodore Freese was born August 27, 1857 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He married Sarah Catherine Behner on March 28, 1878. Sarah was born September 17, 1857 to John and Maria Elizabeth Behner, originally from Germany. Perry and Sarah had seven children:
Elizabeth May Freese ("Lizzie") was born June 21, 1879 in Liverpool, Medina County, Ohio. She married Roy Jordan. Roy was a fine woodworker. They lived in Orwell, Ohio.
Willard Jay Freese was born April 2, 1882 in Liverpool. He married Eugenia Prebble in 1908. She was born in 1886. They had one son.
Gordon Perry Freese was born October 13, 1916 in Lakewood, Ohio. He was graduated from the University of Chicago. He received a Master's Degree from Syracuse University. He married Elizabeth Ruth Hoag on November 9, 1940. They had four children.
He worked for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C. During World War II her served with the U.S. Coast Guard. After the War her worked for the U.S. Office of Military Government under General Lucius Clay in Berlin.
In 1953 Gordon accepted the position of Vice President of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. While there his wife Elizabeth passed away. Gordon later married Jean Bliss, an instructor at Stephens College, on June 14, 1968.
In 1974 Gordon became Vice President of Centre College in Danville Kentucky. In 1977 Gordon and Jean retired to McFarland, Wisconsin. They were active in community affairs for many years. In 2002 the Freeses moved to Oakwood Village West. Gordon Perry Freese died November 29, 2009.
Willard sold hardware and gardening tools.
Willard Jay Freese died in October 1965 in Missouri.
Edith Freese was born January 9, 1886 in Liverpool. She married John Dugan. They lived in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Elmer Harlow Freese was born September 5, 1887 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He always used his middle name. Elmer was a carpenter by trade. He built many homes in the greater Cleveland and Lakewood areas. He also worked as a carpenter for NASA.
Harlow's wife Lotta Amelia Scott ("Lottie") was a house wife all of her life. She didn't drive a car. She took her children and grandchildren everywhere by bus or taxi.
Harlow and Lotta had one daughter.
Charlotte Mary Freese was born in 1925. She married Charles Clevenger in 1946. They had three children.
Charles Clevenger committed suicide in 1959 as a result of mental problems caused by WW II. Charlotte died in Fort Worth, Texas in 1988 at the age of 64.
Harlow passed away from a heart attack in 1955 at the age of 68. He is buried in Strongsville Cemetery along with his wife Lotta Amelia Freese.
Burton L. Freese was also born December 6, 1889 in Brunswick. He married Willie Wanetta Lance on February 22, 1911. She was born July 15, 1893 in Medina Township, Medina County, Ohio to Reuben Newton Lance and Sarah Farr. Everyone called Willie by her middle name, Wanetta.
Burton and Wanetta had two children:
Orlin Farr Freese was born June 26, 1912 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He married Edna Louise Mabry on October 24, 1931. They had eight children.
Orlin died May 18, 1992 in Medina, Medina County, Ohio. Edna died March 29, 1997 in Medina.
Twila May Freese. She was married twice. She first married Arthur Hendrickson with whom she had two children. Later she married Ralph Humiston with whom she had three children.
Burton died in February 1959. Wanetta died July 21, 1968. Burton's obituary appeared the Chronicle Telegraph of Elyria, Ohio on February 10, 1959.
CHATHAM -- Funeral services for Burton Freese, 69, of Smith Rd., Chatham, were conducted this afternoon from the Waite Funeral Home, Medina, by the Reverend W. H. Bryenton, the retired pastor of the Brunswick Methodist Church who married Mr. Freese and his wife, Wanette (sic), 48 years ago this month.
Mr. Freese died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Lodi Hospital, ending a lengthy illness.
Born December 6, 1889, in Brunswick, Mr. Freese had lived and farmed in Chatham for the past 19 years. He was a life member of the Brunswick Methodist Church.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Orlin, Medina; a daughter, Twila Humiston, Lakemore; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Willard, Cleveland, and Clyde, Brunswick; and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan, Orwell.
Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Percy S. Freese was born November 9, 1896 in Brunswick. He died in infancy.
Clyde Ulysses Freese was born February 19, 1901 in Brunswick. When Clyde was young he had long curly hair. His brothers cut off the curls when Clyde was about six years old. They didn't want the other children to make fun of Clyde.
Clyde married Fern Betsicover on March 25, 1933, probably in Brunswick. They had no children. Fern kept Clyde's childhood hair curls in a small box. They were as precious as gold to her.
Clyde died in 1968. He is buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick.
Originally owned by Bill Williams Freese, Sr. and his wife Sally Beaumont. Knocked down to make way for new development in 1997.
Children of Perry Commodore Freese and Sarah Behner.
Taken in the 1940s, probably at a funeral.
Left to right: Bill (Willard?), Harlow (Elmer), Burton, Clyde, and Elizabeth.
Burt and Clyde rarely dressed up for any other occasion than a funeral, so that is the likely occasion for this photo.
Perry was a farmer, Methodist, and Republican. He died March 29, 1924 after being struck on the street car track near his home.
Sarah died March 16, 1936, probably at the home of her daughter Elizabeth Jordan. According to Margaret Heath, there was a huge spring blizzard the day of Sarah's funeral. "She was in the front parlor. I can still remember how the casket set even though I was only four. There was a huge blizzard and I stood at the window and watched the many neighbors shovel the snow out of the road so that they could have the funeral." Sarah's obituary appeared in The Chronicle Telegram of Elyria, Ohio for April 2, 1936.
PLEASANTVILLE, O. April 2.
--- The funeral of Mrs. Sarah C. Freese of Brunswick was held last Thursday. She was the daughter of John and Maria Behner. She was born in Liverpool Township in 1857. At the age of 18 she was married to Perry C. Freese. To this union were born eight children, one of whom was called to death in infancy.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roy Jordan, of East Orwell; and Mrs. John Dugan, of Canal Fulton: four sons, Willard, of Cleveland, Harlowe (sic) of Lakewood; Bert (sic), of Medina, and Clyde of Brunswick; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Hewins, Kans.; Mrs. Julia Tibbitts, of Brunswick; and Miss Hattie Behner, of Medina; three brothers, Frank G., of Miami, Fla.; Sylvanus B., of La Grange; and Henry M. Behner, of Liverpool and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Among those attending the services were Sylvanus Behner, Mrs. Caroline Behner, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Behner.
Both Perry and Sarah are buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick.
Henry Williams Freese was born January 28, 1861 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.
Henry Williams Freese married four times. Henry first married Mary Mildred Bennett (also appears as Mary Murphy Bennett) on March 28, 1883. Mary was born January 23, 1860 to C. C. Bennett and his wife. Henry and Mary had six children:
Myra Bell Freese was born July 25, 1884. She married Frank Brandow, who was born in July 1879 to Charles Brandow and Juliette Chloe Frisbie. Frank and Myra had one son.
Paul Leonard Brandow was born in 1912 and died in 1968. He married Nina Mae Howard who was born in 1915 and died in 1992. They had one son.
Myra died in 1943. Frank later married Edith Crawson who was born in 1885 and died in 1979. Frank died September 28, 1964 in Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio.
Edith (Crawson) and Frank Brandow.
Velda Blanche Freese was born August 28, 1886. She married Charles Almon Brandow, brother of Myra's husband Frank Brandow. Velda and Charles had no children. Velda died March 16, 1968. Charles died October 18, 1968. Both are buried in Pineville Cemetery, McDonald County, Missouri.
Bessie Beatrice Freese was born September 12, 1888. She married Jay Livingston. They had no children.
Nellie Geraldine Freese was born February 8, 1891. She married George Taylor. They had five children, all boys.
Bertha Bernice Freese was born January 23, 1893. She married Bert Keller. They had two children.
Adelia Freese. She always used the name Delia. She married Tom Derhammer at the age of fifty.
Mary Mildred Bennett died on March 17, 1908. Emma Morton Tillotson wrote of Mary:
Mary M. Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Bennett, of Middleburg township, and wife of Henry W. Freese, died at her home in Brunswick, March 17, 1908, aged 49 years. She united with the Church of Christ at Brunswick, September 22, 1895. Her last days were full of intense suffering, which she bore with patience and fortitude. She was a woman beloved by all who knew her, and was always doing kind deeds for others, and is greatly missed in the home and community.
Henry later married Ruth Rice Root, daughter of Edwin Ruthoven Rice and Elmira McDougal. Henry and Ruth had one daughter:
Shortly after Ruth died Henry married Grace Rose Flood, daughter of James Arthur Flood and Elizabeth Grace Hangen. Grace was much younger than Henry, having been born March 6, 1891. Henry and Grace had seven children:
Grace and Henry divorced in the mid 1930s. Leonard and Gladys were adopted in the early 1940s by Grace's second husband Owen Daniel Litzinger. They took the last name Litzinger at that time. Grace died in 1950.
After Henry and Grace divorced, Henry moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Henry's last wife was Ella Kenyon, to whom he was married at the time of his death. Henry and Ella had no children. Ella was about 15 years older than Henry.
Henry Williams Freese's first child was born when he was 23. His last child was born when he was 63. Remarkably, this means his youngest child was forty years younger than his oldest child. The children and descendants from each of Henry's wives had little contact with each other.
Ella May Freese was born October 13, 1863 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. Ella married Matthias E. Tibbitts on December 25, 1884. Matthias was born in 1863 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio to Robert Tibbitts and Margaret Sodon. Ella and Matthias had five or six children:
Herbert Olin Tibbitts was born February 14, 1888 (or March 29, 1888) in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He married Edith Bateman on October 27, 1909. They had two children:
Olin Adelbert Tibbitts was born in 1910. He was called called "Pete" by his family and friends. Olin married Zelma A. Salmons Huffman in 1962. Zelma had one daughter from her earlier marriage to Huffman. Olin and Zelma had no children together. Olin died in December, 1996.
Ella Mae Tibbitts was born September 28, 1912 in Medina, Medina County, Ohio. She married Vincent P. Lutz. Vincent, known as "Bing" to his family and friends, was born March 11, 1913 in Medina, Medina County, Ohio. He was a ham radio enthusiast. Vincent died May 19, 1999 in Medina and is buried there in the Spring Grove cemetery. Ella died August 7, 1999 in Medina and is also buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina.
The following obituary for Vincent Lutz appeared in the Medina Gazette of May 21, 1999.
Vincent "Bing" Lutz, W8HPD, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999.
He was born in Medina in 1913, and was a lifelong resident and supporter of the Medina community. Bing's passions were amateur radio and fishing. He built the first television receiver in Medina County and had his ham radio license since the 1920s. He was a radar instructor in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Lutz volunteered countless hours doing phone patch services for missionaries and servicemen overseas and supported the work of HCJB, a South American Andes religious radio broadcasting service.
He retired as executive vice president of Old Phoenix National Bank in 1978 after 38 years of service. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, the Medina Two-Meter Group, former board member of First Baptist Church, treasurer of the American Heart Association and past president of the Izaak Walton League. He was also a director of the A.I. Root Co. and Lodi Auto Club and a member of the Medina Kiwanis.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ella Mae (Sophia Huntington Parker Home); sister, Betty Schlechty of Lakewood; daughter, Mary Sue Klingman of Bakersfield, Calif.; son, Jim Lutz of Las Vegas; and grandchildren, Jennifer Bourgea of Bakersfield, Calif., David Lutz of Munich, Germany, and Jason Lutz of Royal Oak, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Onnolee Hoelter, last year.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Jeff Kehnle will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
The following obituary for Ella appeared in the Medina Gazette for August 11, 1999.
Ella M. Lutz
Ella Mae Lutz (nee Tibbits), 86, of Medina, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Sophia Huntington Parker Home of Medina.
She was born in Medina in 1912 and was a lifetime Medina County resident. Mrs. Lutz was a graduate of Medina High School and Oxford College for Women in Miami, Ohio. She was a longtime supporter of the Medina community and a member of First Baptist Church, Medina Garden Club and King's Daughters. Mrs. Lutz was a homemaker and Red Cross Gray Lady volunteer at Medina General Hospital. She and her husband were special representatives of HCJB (Voice of Andes) radio station in Quito, Equador. Mrs. Lutz worked for the Medina County Health Department and the former High's Jewelry store on Medina's Public Square.
She is survived by her son, Jim Lutz of Las Vegas; daughter, Mary Sue Klingman of Bakersfield, Calif.; granddaughter, Jennifer Bourgea of Bakersfield; and grandsons, David Lutz of Royal Oak, Mich., and Jason Lutz of Birmingham, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent "Bing"; and brother, Olin Tibbits.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Jeff Kehnle will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Herbert Olin Tibbitts died in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on December 25, 1921. He is buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick.
Tryphena M. Tibbitts was born in 1892. She married Carl Atkins on December 31, 1912 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Later she married Charles Weaver.
Flora Tibbitts (triplet with Floyd and Flossie) was born May 26, 1893 in Medina County, Ohio. She died of cholera a few months later in September, 1893.
Floyd Tibbitts (triplet with Flora and Flossie) was born May 26, 1893. He died as a young child, perhaps about the same time as Flora, possibly also of cholera.
Flossie Tibbitts (triplet with Floyd and Flora) was born May 26, 1893. She married Carl Clifton Simcox on September 20, 1914 in Leroy (now Westfield), Medina County, Ohio. Carl Clifton Simcox was born October 22, 1891 in Lafayette, Medina County, Ohio. He was the son of Benjamin F. Simcox and Mary Cecelia Martin. Carl died December 26, 1960. Flossie later married Lyman Perry Rhodes on October 18, 1962 in Medina County, Ohio. Flossie died March 29, 1968 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She is buried in LeRoy Cemetery in Medina County, Ohio.
Ida Bell Tibbitts was born June 3, 1895 in Barberton, Summit County, Ohio. Ida married Homer Long on June 3, 1913 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Ida died in 1987 in Manchester, Ohio (I do not know which one).
Matthias's father Robert Tibbitts came from England in 1852. Robert's wife Margaret was also English. Ella and Matthias were Free Will Baptists. Ella May Freese died November 12, 1910. Matthias E. Tibbitts died in 1955 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Both Ella and Matthias are buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.
Tryphena died in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on January 4, 1896. Bill Williams Freese, Jr. died in Brunswick on April 20, 1899. He is buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.
Tryphena Tillotson was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on May 19, 1832; was married to Bill Williams Freese Jr., May 22, 1848; moved to Olmstead, April 11, 1849 where she began housekeeping. The spinning wheel was an important part of her housekeeping outfit, which she used in making yarn for knitting, and for cloth worn by all her family.
In October, 1850, she with her family returned to Brunswick where they settled on a farm one mile from her birthplace where she lived to the day of her death, a little over 45 years. She made public profession of faith in Christ by being baptized and uniting with the Free Will Baptist Church in Liverpool (now Beebetown) in 1866.
One sister, Mrs. Emeline Bennett of York, and two brothers, Franklin Tillotson of Crete, Ill. and D. F. Tillotson of Brunswick, survive her. She was the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. The aged husband is left in a lonely home, desolate because its light and joy has been taken away. The vacant chair can never be filled. Her last sickness was full of suffering, but she endured it patiently without a murmur. When asked about her hope beyond this life, she said she "could see the bright and shining shore." She died at 8 o'clock a.m., January 4, 1896, aged 63 years, 7 months and 15 days. The funeral was January 6, services conducted by Rev. F. W. Poole, pastor of the M.E. church. The sermon was preached from the text found in the 35th psalm, and the last clause of the 14th verse.
"Beckoning hands at the gateway tonight; A dear face shining with radiant light; Eyes looking down from yon heavenly home; Peaceful hands, they are beckoning, 'come'".
Obituary for Tryphena Tillotson and photo of Bill Williams Freese, Jr. from E. Ward Tillotson's manuscript The Tillotson Family in America.
Don R. Tibbitts provided information about the descendants of Matthias E. Tibbitts and Ella May Freese.
Janice Litzinger Cotter provided information about the descendants of Henry Williams Freese and the photo of the children of Perry Commodore Freese and Sarah Behner.
Juanita Freese Reese provided the photo of Henry Williams Freese.
Walt Wozniak provided the photos of Clyde and Fern Freese and the Freese homes.
Zelma Tibbitts provided information about Olin and Ella Mae Tibbits.
Bessie Keller provided information about the wives and children of Henry Williams Freese.
Doug Clevenger provided the information about the family of Elmer Harlow Freese. Margaret Heath and Scott Behner provided the description of the funeral of Sarah Behner Freese. Margaret also provided other information about the descendants of Perry and Sarah Freese.
Peter W. Barber provided information about the family of Robert Foster Barber.
Debra Brandow Castro provided information and photos about the descendants of Frank Brandow and Myra Freese.
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