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Zadock Tillotson


Zadock Tillotson was the son of Samuel Tillotson and Sarah Partridge. (His name also appears as Zadoc.) Zadock was born in Lee or Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts on December 26, 1793. He married twice. His first wife was Susan Caroline Rogers. (Her name sometimes appears as Caroline Susan Rogers.) Susan was born on June 12, 1794 in Hudson, New York. Zadock and Caroline married on August 29, 1815 in Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. (The marriage date also appears as August 24 in some sources.) Grant Tillotson's description of the move from Massachusetts states that Susan contracted measles on the way.

Zadock and Susan had the following children:

Zadock Sr. was a farmer and blacksmith. Politically he was a Whig.

Susan Caroline Rogers died in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on July 23, 1837. She is buried in Westview Cemetery, Brunswick, Ohio next to Zadock.

About a year later Zadock married Almira Benjamin Babcock on June 14, 1838. (Her name also appears as Elmira.) Almira was born on February 4, 1802 in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York. Almira sometimes appears with Streeter as a last name. She may have been a widow at the time she married Zadock. Almira was probably the daughter of William Babcock and Anna Lovejoy.

Almira Benjamin Babcock Tillotson

Almira Benjamin Babcock Tillotson.

Zadock and Almira probably had one child:

Several sources indicate Caroline was Almira's daughter. Almira's obituary says she and Zadock had no children together. Caroline may have been a daughter of Almira by a previous husband or an adopted child. In a letter written after Caroline's death, Almira refers to Caroline as hers.

Zadock Tillotson Sr. died on April 28, 1859 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He is buried there in Westview Cemetery. In 1862 Almira moved to Crete, Will County, Illinois to live with her niece with whom she stayed twenty-three years. Almira Benjamin Babcock Tillotson died on December 14, 1888 in Crete, Will County, Illinois at the home of my great-great-grandparents Franklin James Tillotson and Jane Ann Sexton, with whom Almira lived the last three years of her life. See Almira's obituary.


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Last modified by pib on December 15, 2012.