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Zadock Tillotson, Jr.

Zadock Tillotson, Jr. was the son of Zadock Tillotson, Sr. and Susan Caroline Rogers. His name also appears as Albert Zadock Tillotson. Zadock Jr. was born August 23, 1834 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio.

Zadock married twice. He first married Emily Maria Metcalf on June 12, 1860 in Grafton, Ohio. Emily was the daughter of Joseph Warren Metcalf and Mary Ann Deming. Emily was born February 9, 1842.

Zadock and Emily had one son:

In his youth Zadock suffered from scrofula and sore eyes which kept him from acquiring a formal education. He did learn to read as an adult. Zadock drove the stagecoach between the towns of Brunswick and Berea, Ohio.

Zadock and Emily were divorced in 1891. In that same year, Zadock married Sarah M. Potter Silk on June 11, 1891. Sarah was the daughter of Henry Potter of Rocky River, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She had one son, John Henry Silk (1879-1928), by her previous marriage to John Silk. Zadock and Sarah had two children:

Zadock's first wife Emily Maria Metcalf died November 8, 1898 in Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio. Her obituary appeared in The Oberlin News for November 11, 1898.


TILLOTSON -- At No. 103 East Lorain street November 8, 1898, Mrs. Emily M. Tillotson, aged 56 years and 9 months.

The deceased was the daughter of Joseph W. and Mary Metcalf and was born in Liverpool, Medina county, O., Feb. 9, 1842. She married Zadok (sic) Tillotson of Brunswick, O., June 12, 1860 and moved to Oberlin in March, 1885. She was one of eight children of her parents, four of whom survive her, Henry Metcalf of Pittsfield, Mrs. Eliza Brown of Oberlin, Mrs. Mary Terrell of Cleveland, and Charles A. Metcalf of Elyria. Hon. Geo. P. Metcalf, who died some years ago, was a member of the family. She leaves one son, A. Z. Tillotson, Esq., of Oberlin, at whose home she passed through a long and painful illness. Mrs. Tillotson early united with the M. E. church but since coming to Oberlin she united with the First Baptist church, and remained in it until her death.

Funeral services were held at the house on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. I. E. Bill, Jr., pastor of the Baptist church. The members of the W.C.T.U., of which she was a member, attended the funeral in a body.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Tillotson desire to extend thanks to the W.C.T.U., the Ladies's Aid Society, the Knights of Pythias, and individuals for floral offerings.

Testimonials from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Oberlin:

Whereas, God in his providence has removed from us by death one of our esteemed members, Mrs. Emily M. Tillotson, we, the members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, do hereby express our sense of loss in one who was greatly interested in our work, and ready to do her part in carrying it on as she had opportunity. Mrs. Tillotson was for a long time one of the vice presidents and a member of the executive committee of the Union. We shall not soon forget her interested and cheerful face as she met with us, or took part in our work. We tender our sympathies to her son and his family, and to all of the relatives in their loss of a loving and faithful mother and friend. The Lord reward the dear daughter-in-law, who so lovingly cared for her during her long and painful illness. But while we mourn the loss to our Union, to her friends, and to the church, yet we rejoice with them and with her that in God's own time she was released from her long trial and suffering, which she felt was His method of fitting her for an entrance into that glorious home which Jesus had in waiting for her. May her cheerful, earnest and conscientious endeavor in what she thought to be duty, and above all her unfaltering trust for salvation in the atonement of Jesus, encourage and beckon us on till the "evening time," -- which will come to each one -- may bring to us as to her -- "light."

Mrs. R. B. Holton.
Mrs. J. A. Hart.
Com. W. C. T. U.

Zadock Tillotson Jr. died May 4, 1912 in Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio. He had suffered a paralytic stroke shortly before his death. Zadock's second wife Sarah M. Potter Silk Tillotson died March 28, 1917. She is buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. Her son John Henry Silk is buried next to her. Mrs. E. C. Miner wrote the following obituary for Sarah.

Sarah M. Potter was born, April 16, 1852 at Columbia, O., and died Mar. 28, 1917. When a little past 20, she married John Silk, who passed out of life in 1881. To this union was born one son, Henry, who has made a home for his mother of late years. Some ten years after her husband's death, she married Zadock Tillotson, to which union was born two sons, one dying in infancy and Arthur, who died Sept. 30, 1910, aged 19 years. Mr. Tillotson died in June, 1913. Mrs. Tillotson had been a resident of this community since 1890, and had been a great sufferer for a number of years from cancer. She was very patient in all her sickness. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Delilah Beckley of Lakewood, who was with her, for the last few weeks. She was a member of the M. E. church and at the funeral, on Friday, Rev. Gay preached and Charles Damon and Mrs. Ila Waite sang two selections. She was laid in our cemetery beside her two sons.

My thanks to Daniel C. Conley for providing the obituary for Emily Metcalf Tillotson.

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