JOHN TILTON, a representative citizen of Hopewell township., where he owns a well improved farm of 120 acres,
situated in section 28, is also a survivor of the great Civil War in which he spent three years of young manhood.
Mr. Tilton was born January 10, 1841, in Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of Sylvester and Catherine (Stephenson)
Mr. Tiltan's parents were natives of Ohio, and early settlers in Hopewell township. Both died when our subject
was but two years of age. Until he was 15 years old his home was with an aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Hershell, and upon
the death of this kind relative, he went to the home of his uncle, Hiram Stephenson, of Hopewell township, with
wham he lived until he enlisted, in October, 1861, in Company A, 71st Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. This regiment became
a part of the Army of Tennessee, later of the Army of the Cumberland and still later of the Army of Ohio. It would
require a large amount of space to faithfully trace the career of this young soldier, but a fair idea can be obtained
of the hardships and dangers through which he passed, when mention is made of Shiloh, the siege and taking of Atlanta,
and the battles of Franklin and Nashville. For fully one year he was engaged in the dangerous business of fighting
guerrillas and barely escaped with his life on innumerable occasions. Mr. Tilton was honorably discharged from
the service, in November, 1864, at Nashville, Tennessee.
From his return to Hopewell township until the present, Mr. Tilton has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, following
farming, threshing and stock-raising. He owns a complete threshing outfit. He is counted as one of the township's
best farmers and is one of its substantial citizens.
Mr. Tilton was united in marriage to Sidney Crane, born in Hocking County, Ohio, who accompanied her parents to
Mercer County in childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Tilton have had eight children, namely: Edward S., of Jefferson township;
Lydia E., wife of William Downey, of Jefferson township;. Minnie, wife of Leroy De Hays, of Ashland County, Ohio;
Catherine S., widow of Edward Good, of Liberty township; Ruth A., wife of Ellsworth Borell, of Washington township;
Charlotte, wife of Earl Schleucher, of Hopewell township; William H. and Martha Syvilla, deceased.
Politically, Mr. Tilton is a Republican and for three successive years he was elected assessor of Hopewell township.
He is a valued member of the Grand Army of the Republic post at St. Marys. For many years he has been a consistent
member of the Church of God, in which he has been an elder, trustee and deacon, and of which he is at present treasurer.
He is a man whose estimable character is recognized by his fellow citizens, by whom he is respected and esteemed.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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