Biography of The Tillotson Family
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Tillotson Family, The. - Abraham Tillotson was a native of Connecticut and in the year 1795 came into Madison county with a team and covered wagon, bringing his family. Their first night within the limits of the town of Cazenovia was passed in an unoccupied log house in the Perkins district, and on the following day, having inquired for a farm which included a brick yard, they were directed to Pompey Hollow and there located on what became the home farm. Here Abraham Tillotson made most of the brick used for chimneys in this region and also those used in the construction of the Lincklaen House. He became a man of considerable local prominence and died honored and respected, September 23, 1819. About the year 1816 his son Ephraim (who was a youth of nine years when the family settled here), purchased a large farm on the west side of the lake now known as the Burr Wendell farm, and became a large and successful cattle dealer and farmer. After many years of hard work he retired and for a period of twenty years resided in Cazenovia village. He married Lodema Cowls and three children were born to them, only one of whom now survives: Jabez C. Tillotson, a venerable and respected resident of Cazenovia. The latter was born July 11, 1812, and on the west side of the lake where Burr Wendell now lives and lived there with his father for twenty one years He worked the place on shares for three years and was married for the first time to Samantha Childs of Cazenovia, N. Y., in 1836. About this time he bought the farm near the head of the lake now owned by Sylvester Norton, on which he lived for twenty four years. In 1860 he left the farm and has since been a resident of Cazenovia village. Mr. Tillotson has held many offices of public trust and has always faithfully discharged his duties. He was elected town assessor in 1844, and was retained in that capacity for twenty three years, until 1867. In that year he was appointed revenue assessor and served as such twelve years. In 1872 he was elected loan commissioner, serving as such twenty years, but was relieved of the duties of that office through the kindness of Governor Flower in 1892. He was elected trustee of the Seminary in 1870 continuing in that office twenty years, and was trustee of the Methodist church and chairman of the executive committee at the time the present church edifice was constructed. Mr. Tillotson has also had a large experience in the settlement of estates and assignments. In 1876 he was appointed receiver of the Cazenovia Bank, under bonds of $200,000, and successfully conducted the work of adjusting its affairs. Few men live to attain the years and prominence which have been accorded to Mr. Tillotson. Ephraim Tillotson married for his second wife Rachel Wadsworth; seven children were born of the union, only two of whom are now living: Mrs. Orange Atwell, and A. W. Tillotson, both now residing in Cazenovia. Leslie B. Tillotson, son of Ephraim B. and Harriet (Allen) Tillotson, was born in De Ruyter in 1841. In that town his father served as assessor and poormaster for over thirty years. Mr. Tillotson was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and Poughkeepsie Business College. For a period of fifteen years he was successfully engaged in the dry goods trade in Cazenovia and for the past eight years in the coal business (Tillotson & Howson). Mr. Tillotson is a member of Cazenovia Lodge, F. & A. M., and Manlius Chapter R. A. M. He has served as railroad commissioner for the town and on the board of cemetery commissioners for several years; has also filled the offices of trustee, secretary, and treasurer for many years and is at present a trustee of the Baptist church. He married Alice N., daughter of Alexander Nichols of Cazenovia, and four children have been born to them: Florence A., wife of O. E. Webster of Mt. Vernon, N. Y.; Harriet N., wife of E. J. Dimmick of Chicago, Ill.; Arthur L. and Laura N. of Cazenovia

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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