Grant Eugene Tillotson was the son of Darius Francis Tillotson and Louise Orinda Peck, and the grandson of Daniel Tillotson and Olive Turner. Grant was a nephew of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson. Grant was born on June 25, 1865 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. He was born and lived on the farm bought by Samuel Tillotson from the state of Connecticut and farmed by his grandfather Daniel and father Darius.
Grant married Rebecca Agnes High, the daughter of Reuben High and Elizabeth Shaw. Rebecca was born on February 6, 1879 in Seville, Ohio. Grant and Rebecca produced no children.
Grant Eugene Tillotson.
Grant and Rebecca, probably around 1910.
Grant was a farmer. Both he and Agnes were Methodists. Based upon letters he wrote to my grandmother and great aunt, he seems to have been a very religious person. He visited the Tillotsons in Crete from time to time. He was very interested in the genealogy of the Tillotson family. His records comprised a major contributing source to E. Ward Tillotson's manuscript The Tillotson Family in America for the Brunswick Tillotsons. One of Grant's letters to my grandmother charts all the descendants of Samuel Tillotson and Sarah Partridge known to him.
Grant attended two terms at Baldwin University in Berea, Ohio. He bred Jersey cattle. He was a prohibitionist.
Grant sold his farm to Elmer and Clara Eyssen in 1927. The property is now the site of Mapleside Farms, a restaurant and gift shop complex. The farm house no longer exists. A small ice cream shop stands in its place. The well is also gone. It used to stand near the road and was frequently used by travelers. After Grant sold the farm he took up furniture refinishing.
Grant died in Medina, Medina County, Ohio on December 29, 1937 at the age of 72. Rebecca died in Medina, Medina County, Ohio on January 12, 1939 at the age of 59. They are buried in Westview Cemetery in Brunswick.
Grant and Rebecca in 1932.
My thanks to William L. Kidder for some of this information. Connie Loftus supplied the portrait of Grant and Rebecca in middle age. The photo of Grant and Rebecca in old age and some of the other information comes from E. Ward Tillotson's manuscript The Tillotson Family in America .
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