Page 706-707, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


C. E. Tillotson is a Butler county county pioneer and belongs to a Kansas pioneer family. He was born in Delaware county, New York, December 29, 1856, and is a son of McDonough and Sarah M. (Carpenter) Tillotson, both natives of New York State and descendants of prominent New York families. C. E. Tillotson has one sister living, Mrs. Lucy Ralston, of Augusta, Kans. Mr. Tillotson came to Kansas with his parents in 1869. They settled in Linn county, where the father bought 280 acres of land. After remaining there about five years they spent about two years in Illinois, when they returned to Kansas. This time they located in Cherokee county, where the father bought 240 acres of land. Three years later he exchanged that property for 800 acres of land in Butler county. Here he was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising for a number of years and finally removed to Augusta, where he died.

C. E. Tillotson, the subject of this sketch, began life for himself when twenty-three years of age on a quarter section of land which he had received from his father. He followed general farming and stock raising and has met with success. He sold his first farm and bought 270 acres southwest of El Dorado, and in 1905 he sold that place and bought 240 acres near Potwin. Two years later he sold that farm, when he bought 200 acres in El Dorado township, where he now resides.

In 1876 Mr. Tollotson[sic] married Miss Lizzie Ruark, a daughter of John Ruark, of Linn county, Kansas, and five children were born to this union, as follows: D. L., Ponca City, Okla.; David E., Groom, Texas, Coila E. Smith, Gage, Okla.; Sadie, Potwin, Kans., and Marion, El Dorado. Mrs. Tillotson died December 17, 1899, and Mr. Tillotson was married the second time, in 1909, to Isabelle Everding Harshman, a native of Michigan, born in 1860. She is a daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Everding) Harshman. The father was a substantial farmer


and stockman of Butler county, who came here with his family in 1880. He was born in 1821, and his wife was also born that year. They were married in 1844 and the father died in 1902 and the mother passed away in 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Harshman were the parents of the following children: Taylor, Frankfort, Ind.; Mrs. Susan Gamble, El Dorado township; Mrs. Sarah Thompson, El Dorado township; Mrs. Amanda Knapp, Frankfort, Ind.; Jasper H., El Dorado township; Mrs. Alice Thomas, South Pasadena, Cal.; Ida, El Dorado, Kans.; Weaver, Blackwell, Okia,; and Isabelle, now Mrs. Tillotson.

Mr. Tillotson is a member of the Grange, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson are widely known throughout Butler county and are held in very high esteem by their many friends and acquaintances.

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