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George Davis Tilton


Trego County Location


George Davis Tilton
--The Western Kansas World, WaKeeney, Trego County, Kansas April 23, 1938

George Davis Tilton, better known as Grandpa Tilton, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, October 17, 1848 and departed this life April 23, 1938 at the age of 89 years 6 months and 5 days.

He was the son of Lewis and Elizabeth Tilton, whose family consisted of 10 children of which all but one preceded him in death, James L. Tilton, of Nashville, Indiana.

He was married to Sarah Ellen Howerth on February 4, 1869 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. After a few years there and in Brown County, they moved to Wayne County, Illinois; returned to Indiana after two and one half years and in 1885 came to Delphos, Kansas. In 1887 they settled on a farm five miles northeast of Collyer where they endured all the hardships of pioneer life. In 1930 they retired from the farm to the present home.

His wife, Sarah Ellen, (better known as Grandma Tilton) passed away December 8, 1934. To this union, eight children were born; one daughter preceded them in death.

Those left to mourn his death, are Elmer and John Tilton and Mrs. Ella Austin of Collyer., Ira C. Tilton of Valpariso, Indiana, Clarence Tilton of Sharon Springs, Kansas, Bert Tilton of Boone, Colorado, and Mrs. Lillian Curry of Lime, Oregon; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

In early life he gave his heart to Christ and joined the Methodist Church. He was a faithful Christian father giving freely of his time and means to the work he loved.

During his last illness he loved to greet his friends and loved ones and knew them until his death.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Zeman Hall in Collyer, conducted by Rev. Hall, Methodist pastor of Quinter. Burial was in the Collyer cemetery.

Submitted by Doyle G. Ekey

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