AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1070
F. TILLINGHAST. The ancestors of
this prominent agriculturist of Canterbury, Windham county, belonged to some of
the most distinguished colonial families.
Tillinghast, the first American of this line, born in Seven Cliffs near Beachy
Head, now Eastborn, Sussex, England, in 1622, served in the English army under
Cromwell, and fought in the battle of Marston Moor.
He later came to New England, and in 1645 settled in Providence, R.I.,
where, obtaining his residentship, he bought a quarter interest in the original
Providence purchase. He became a
merchant in Providence, was exceedingly active in public affairs, and was widely
known as a man of great religious zeal. With
his own money he built in 1700, the First Baptist Church at Providence, R.I.,
the oldest church of this denomination in America, and for over forty years
(1678-1718) without any remuneration acted as pastor of that society.
For over twenty-five years he held various posts of honor in the town and
he also served the colony many times as deputy to the General Court.
Further information concerning the Tillinghast genealogy will be found in
the sketch of F.H. Tillinghast in this volume.
Waldo, a prominent maternal ancestor of George F. Tillinghast, supposed to have
been born in England in 1624, and to have resided at Ipswich, Mass., for a time,
later moved to Chelmsford, where he owned considerable land.
He also owned an extensive tract in Dunstable.
As a highly respected Christian he was chosen deacon of Mr. Weld’s
church in Dunstable. He died in
Chelmsford, Jan. 3, 1700, and his wife, Hannah (Cogswell), passed away Dec. 25,
1704. For further information
concerning the ancestors of George F. Tillinghast see the sketch of the Waldo
Family in this volume.
Benjamin Tillinghast, grandfather of George F., was born in West Greenwich,
R.I., and there passed his entire life on the extensive family homestead.
He engaged extensively in farming and was one of the most successful
agriculturists in his region. At
first a Whig, later a Republican, Mr. Tillinghast often filled local offices and
served for many years with marked ability as judge of probate.
He died in West Greenwich, at the age of eighty-three.
His wife, Eunice (Green), was a near relative of Gen. Greene, of the
Revolutionary war, and by her he had the following children:
(1) John married Abbie Vaughn and lived in Griswold, Conn.
They had five children: A
child that died in infancy; Daniel,
who died at the age of thirty; Betsey,
who died, unmarried, in Jewett City, Conn.;
Henry, a druggist, who died in Illinois; he left a daughter, who is
living in the West; John, a resident
of Jewett City, Conn. (2) Caleb
married Phoebe Tillinghast and lived in Plainfield, Conn.; he was killed by the
cars. (3) Gideon G. is mentioned
below. (4) Lydia married Dr. Alvin
Gallup, of West Greenwich, R.I., and they had two children:
William, who settled in the West, and Eunice. (5)
Hannah married Ira Brown, of Hopkinton, R.I., and they had two daughters.
(6) Eunice married Pardon Tillinghast and resided in Plainfield and later
in Danielson, Conn. They had two
children: Caleb, a state librarian
at Boston, Mass., and Kate, who married Charles Thayer and, after his death, H.
Wood, an undertaker of Danielson. They
have one child. (7) Phoebe married
Deacon Weaver, of Danielson. (8)
Benjamin, a school teacher, married Alice Hazzard, and lived in Rhode Island.
He had two children who survived him, Dr. Frank and Agnes (who married
William Hutchings, a hotel-keeper).
G. Tillinghast, father of George F., a well-remembered resident of Griswold,
Conn., was born in 1810 in West Greenwich, R.I., in the schools of which as a
youth he obtained a thorough education. When
a young man he went to Griswold, Conn., and taught school for some time; and in
this place he married Mercy Waldo, who was born in Canterbury, Conn., March 17,
1804. She was a daughter of Samuel
and Margaret (Gallup) Waldo, and granddaughter of Benjamin Gallup, of Voluntown,
Conn. He had fourteen children,
thirteen of whom lived to maturity and married.
Mrs. Tillinghast died Dec. 14, 1885.
By this union there were seven children:
(1) Susan died in her seventh year. (2)
Angeline married Warren D. Fiske, a farmer of South Coventry, Conn.
They had a family of three children.
(3) Caroline, who never married, died at the age of twenty-seven.
(4) George Franklin is mentioned below.
(5) Edwin died in his twenty-seventh year, and
(6) Belinda in her twenty-first. (7)
Gideon G., Jr., born Aug. 12, 1843, married, in Voluntown, Conn., Sept. 1, 1879,
Sarah B. Gallup, daughter of Isaac and Olive (Park) Gallup.
By this union there were five children:
Clara B., born in August, 1880; Ladie
Flora, April 4, 1882 (died Sept. 5, 1882); Arthur
Gideon, Aug. 2, 1883; Hellen May,
Sept. 19, 1885; and Waldo Elliot, June 4, 1887.
Since his marriage Gideon G., Jr., has resided in Vernon, Conn., where he
has been a merchant, but now raises fruit and poultry.
As a Republican he has held several local offices.
He is a member and active worker of the Vernon Center Congregational
Church, to which his wife belongs.
Tillinghast after his marriage purchased a large farm on Stone Hill.
He died in April, 1843, and is buried at Pachaug, in the town of
Griswold, Conn. As a young man
Gideon G. Tillinghast belonged to the Rhode Island State Militia, of which he
was quartermaster. In politics he
was a Whig. Both he and his wife
belonged to the Baptist Church of Jewett City.
As a forceful man he exerted a wide influence in his community.
F. Tillinghast is an honest and good citizen of Canterbury.
Born in Griswold, Conn., Dec. 31, 1838, he obtained his education in the
schools of his neighborhood. At the
age of seventeen he entered a mill in Hopeville, where he worked for some time,
and later entered another at Almyville, Conn.
During this time the slavery trouble was stirring the country, and so
deeply moved was Mr. Tillinghast that when the war broke out he was among the
first to offer his services, enlisting in Company B., of the 2d Connecticut
Regiment, which was commanded by Col. A.H. Terry.
At the expiration of his first term he re-enlisted for three years in Co.
D. 11th C.V.I., and with his regiment fought in some of the bloodiest
battles of the war: First Bull Run,
Newberne, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Suffolk, Bermuda-Hundred,
Palmer Creek, Drury’s Bluff and Petersburg.
His last battle was before Petersburg, the three years for which he
enlisted having expired. With the
exception of a slight wound received at Antietam, and a shot through the blouse
at Cold Harbor, Mr. Tillinghast escaped uninjured.
He received an honorable discharge Nov. 26, 1864.
After the war he went to Nebraska and purchased real estate, which he
afterward sold at a considerable profit. In
1868 he returned East, and until 1875, in company with his brother, Gideon G.,
engaged in the book trade. On Dec.
27, 1876, he married Rosa Wilcox, who was born in Canterbury, daughter of
Nathaniel and Julia (Palmer) Wilcox, and granddaughter of Potter and Lydia
(Brown) Wilcox. Her maternal
grandparents were Asher and Joannah (Ames) Palmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Tillinghast have had three children:
Andrew F., born Feb. 1, 1879, married, in November, 1900, Susie Brown, of
Stonington, Conn. They reside at
Groton, Conn., in the ship yard of which place he holds a lucrative position.
Edwin, born Oct. 23, 1881, assists his father on the farm; and Annie
Rosa, born May 29, 1889, also resides at home.
1875 Mr. Tillinghast has been engaged in agriculture; since 1880 on the Adams
farm in Canterbury, which he purchased in that year and where he has since
first a Republican, since 1888 a Prohibitionist, Mr. Tillinghast has always
taken an active part in politics. While
in Nebraska he did his full share in bringing the capital of that State to
Lincoln instead of Omaha. In
Canterbury he has held several town offices, among them that of selectman, and
he has run on the Prohibition ticket as a candidate for the State Legislature.
As an influential member of the Packerville Baptist Church, to which his
wife also belongs, he serves on the church committee.
Socially he affiliates with the G.A.R., Sedgwick Post, of Norwich, Conn.,
and has been a member of the Canterbury Grange.
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