to Stilson/Stillson A Family History 1646 - 1933, by Christie Stilson, brought to you on line by Margaret Lee. The begining of the SEVENTH GENERATION. Within these pages you will find: 1.Frank Stilson 1858/1912, son of Henry Stilson; 2.Hamilton Reddick Stillson 1857/1948, son of Joseph & Eliza; 3.Martin J. Stilson 1832/1901, son of Alpheus & Betsey. Happy Hunting.|
STILSON - SEVENTH GENERATION
(Vincent 1; James 2;James 3;James 4;William 5;Henry 6;Frank 7)
VII. FRANK STILSON, b.May 1858 in Lee,N.H.and died October 16, 1912 in Beverly Massachusetts. His wife was Emma B. Tinker, the daughter of John Tinker and Mary Clark. Emma was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts about May 1864. She died in Beverly, MA on April 19, 1919. See Generation VII.
1. William Bunker Stillson was born June 1888 in Rowley, Massachusetts. He d. November 1963 in Beverly, Massachusetts. His wife was Bertha.
2. Frank Tuttle Stillson was b. about 1891 i Rowley, Massachusetts and d. about 1892 in Rowley.
3. Edward Pearl Stillson b. in Rowley about 1893 and died there the same year.
4. James E. Stillson b. August 1897 in Rowley and died in Peabody, Massachusetts. His wife was named Belle.
5. Grace Tuttle Stillson b. January 5, 1898 in Rowley, MA and d. about April 1980 in Beverly, MA. Her husband was Francis Merrill.
6. Ida May Stillson b. April 1900 in Rowley, MA and died in that town about October 1900.
7. Harold (Harry) Stillson b. about 1901 in Rowley, MA.
8. Frank Edward Stillson b. March 19, 1903 in Rowley, MA and m. June 16, 1928 in Beverly, MA. He died August 1985 i Salem, MA. He was m. 1) Gladys White and 2) Florence Myrtle Grant. Frank and Florence had children:
4. Judith Emma Stilson b. Sept. 1944 in Beverly, MA. She m. 1)Arthur Litka and 2)Roland
9.Josephine L. Stillson b. about 1907 in Rowley, Massachusetts and d. about 1983 in Beverly Massachusetts. She was m. 1) Charles Blanchard and 2) Frederick Turner.
STILSON - SEVENTH GENERATION
(Vincent 1;Hugh 2;Vincent 3;Abel 4;Abel 5;Joseph 6;Hamilton Reddick 7)
VII. HAMILTON REDDICK STILLSON,was b. Feb. 14, 1857. He was the son of Joseph and Eliza Jane (Reddick) Stilson. Hamilton m. Ida May Westlake on Nov. 25, 1888. He d. Jan. 11, 1948. Ida May Westlake was born July 7, 1868 in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, and died June 12, 1926 at Seattle, Washington. Her ashes were buried at the Westlake Lot, Oakhill Cemetery, Red Bluf, California, where her mother and father are buried. Her father, Dr. Westlake died April 4, 1903, and his wife Isabel Wolfkeil of Verango County, Pennsylvania, was the daughter of Jacob Wolfkiel, a native of Germany. Ida Mae was their only child. Isabel Westlake b. in 1846, died June 6, 1921.
A family document written by Hamilton Reddick Stillson to his grandchldren gives the following information on Ida May Westlake: YOur grandmother Stillson got a bad start in life. Her father, Dr. George Walker Westlake and her mother, Isabel Wolfkiel Westlake, married at Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, just before the oil well there stopped flowing. And a few months after the baby came the family had to follow the oil book, and moved to Rouseville, were a similar experience was had - the oil well there failed. They tried Cottonwoods Falls for a month or two, and starved out, moving to Kansas. But, as luck would have it, Kansas that year, had a period of drought; and what the drought did not finish, the grasshoppers did. The young doctor was so hard put that he determined to try the extreme West, and came to California. A druggist at San Francisco recommended Red Bluff and there the roving family came to rest.
The little daughter, Ida, was seven years old. The change of residence with its change of water and food and home conveniences had greatly disturbed her nutritional growth. She had never been able to drink milk - at least the milk that was offered her. Her mother often told me that she had an awful time raising the baby - had to give her barley water, oatmeal, tea etc. and then had to give diluted gin to relieve the remaining colic. I do not know that this disturbance of nutritional growth in childhood was entirely responsible for the disturbance of metabolism in adult life, but your grandmother contracted diabetes and died at the compartively early age of 58. And diabetes is primarily a disturbance of metabolism. Besides Dr. Westlake built his house at Red Bluff (a couple of years after he located there) on four lots that used to be a horse pond. The land was low - is still lower than the street in front of it - the basement under the house was always wet and mouldy, the sewer never did drain well, and so on. In consequence someone was always sick at the fine big Westlake house. And to make matters worse, the little daughter's appetite was delicate and perverted - craving butter and pickles instead of milk and eggs. But she grew up a roly-poly girl in her teens and was sent off to "fiishig school" first to Mill's Seminary where she was taught the subjects a young lady was supposed to find suitable for a daughter of a physician. Tehn to Madam Zitka's for French and deportment and the social graces. Tehn, later, a long course in Music=voice and piano- under various and sundry teachers. So that, when I came into her life, I thought she was a very wonderful young lady. She was twenty years old "beautiful and accomplished." I wanted her.
It was fortunate (or unfortunate) that live is blind. Anyone could have seen with half an eye that I, an impecunious young doctor had a good deal of nerve to pay court to this only daughter of wealthy and indulgent parents. But- "so we were married." Ida's mother was a good cook and liked it. Ida had never been permitted to soil her hands. But, of course, when I brought her up to Seattle she simply had to cook - and like it. One trouble was that I was too poor to furnish her with anything better to cook on than an oil stove. But - you would have been surprised; all the domestic talents inherited from a long line of Pennsylvania dutch ancestors came to light in Ida's cooking. It may be that the bridgroom's view was
tinted with roseate hues, but certainly, I thought she was wonderful. And, when, the next year I got a chance to "take up" some land in the suburbs, and asked her if she thought she could endure being on a "farm" for a few months (we did not expect that we would remain there for fourteen years) Ida surprised me by saying that she would like it fine on a "farm."
Here on the farm Ida seemed very happy. We built a little cheap house at first and a cabin for the "help". Of course we had tohave a "man" for the farm work, and a woman for the hosue work. But I was surprised to find how well Ida liked it on the farm. She took delight in fussing with the chickens, the cows, the pigeons, the rabbits, itc. We always had several dogs (Ida had been accustomed to dogs all her life) and, here, as the boys grew up, Ida and her boys and dogs played around together. Here, too, when later we enlarged the house and had attained more leisure and ability to encourage social affairs, she gave parties for her friends from the city who were glad to flock out to the farm for a little freedom and relaxation. I should not tell on the, but once, when I came home a little earlier than expected, I found some of the sedate ladies astride the old cows riding them around the cow lot.
But as the years advanced, distrubance of "metabolism' made itself more and more apparent in her life. At first neither she nor I thought much about the matter. She was not given to complaining. But upon taking a trip to Honolulu she was seasick on the boat. And when we arrived at Honolulu she ate very heartily of the tropical fruits and became alarmingly prostrated. We took the next boat back; and when we began to test the matter we found she had diabetes. Well you can imagine the distress we both had at the discovery. For several years we fought back impending death. She had always had an aversion to certain foods and could with the greatest difficulty follow the diabetic diet for long. And, so ,as the weakness and loss of weight came on, the usual complications developed - Bright's disease, and finally turberculosis and death.
Your grandfather Stillson (Hamilton) will not distress you by trying to tell you how hard it has been for him, the sole survivor of his people, to adjust himself to this bereavement; but he would like you to know how beautiful his memories of those who have gone before, and how high his hopes of those who are now coming upon the scene - you grandchildren.
The information written by Hamilton Reddick Stillson was given to Alton Stillson when he was working at hotel in New England. The person had the same last name and was visiting from Australia. They forwarded the history to him.
Hamilton and Ida May Westlake Stillson had two sons:
1. George Hamilton Stillson was born in Red Bluff, California on September 4, 1890 and d. in 1973. On July 6, 1912 he married Priscilla M. Patterson who was born in Great Falls, Montana, April 7, 1892.
2.George Hamilton Jr., Stillson b. Jan 30, 1916, d. 1960. He had six children.
The National Cyclopedia lists the following for Hamilton Stillson: oculist and otologist, he was born in Bedord, IN., Feb. 14, 1857, the son of Joseph and Eliza (Reddick) Stillson and a descendent of Vincent Stillson, who came to America before 1646 and settled in Marblehead, Mass. later moving to Milfod, Conn. From Vincent and his wife Mary, the line is through Hugh and Jane ____, Vincent and Abigail Peck, Abel and Jerusha Prindle, and Abel and Sarah Ann Wetmore, the grandparents of the subject. His father was a physician. Hamilton Stillson attened a private school in Salt Creek, IN., and Hanover College, where he was graduated A.M. in 1878. He was graduated M.D. at the University of Louisville in 1882 and later did postgraduate work at the New York Opthalmic and Aural Institute (1883) and at the New york Post Graduate Medical School and Hospital (M.D. 1891). He was awarded Ph.D. degrees at the Southern Indianaa Normal College in 1883 and at Hanover College in 1888. In 1882 he entered general medical practice with his father in his native city and the following year joined his brother, Joseph O. Stillson, in practice as an oculist and otologist in Belford. One of the first in southern Indiana to specialize in the treatment of diseases fo the eyes, he was the first in that region to advocate pre-school examination of children's eyes and ears. Methods of self-treatment of nasal catarrh by school cildren originated there by him included utilization of the tongue post nasally in cleaning and medicating the mucous membranes. In 1884 he was coroner for Lawrence County and secretary of th eLawrence County Medical Society and during 1886-1887 he lectured at the Southern Indiana Normal College. In the latter year he moved to Vacaville, California and the following year became secretary of the Tehama County Medical Society. Shorly after the destruction by fire in 1889 of much of the business portion of Seattle, Washington, Stillson moved to that city and his career was thereafter closely identified with this city until his retirement in 1946. He carried on his work with children in Seattle after the establishment of a school clinic in 1890 and served as its oculist-in-chief for six years. Stillson was the author of Essential Elemnts of Human Physiology" and numerous brochures, and was contributing editor for several medical publications. (The article continues with an abundant of organizations that he was involved with.) ...Late in life he devoted much time to writing poetry, composing songs, and playing violoncello. He enjoyed travel, hunting and fishing, and played golf for recreation. Stillson was married in Red Bluff, California on November 25, 1888 to Ida May, daughter of George Walker Westlake of that place, a physician, and they had two sons: George Hamilton and Merle Osgood. Hamilton Stillson died in Seattle, January 11, 1948.
Information obtained in 1995 from Al Stillson is a family history penned by Hamilton Stillson, the son of Joseph, In June 1933. The introduction follows:
My dear Grandchildren: Anatole France, in one of his most charming books entitled, MY FRIEND'S BOOK," begins by saying: "That excellent and most crudite of men, Monsieu Lettre, would have liked
every family to possess it records and its moral history***a sort of mosdes register in which to record the principal incidents of famiy life -- a register to be handed down and added to by each successive generation so long as the family lasted."
The idea is so excellent that I am tempted to start such a recod of the Stillson family, trusting that you grandchildren and your successors will add to the record from time to time the account of your achievements and family happenings.
I suggest that, like me, you make no especial effort at literary excellence, that you do not wait for epoch making deeds to tell your story, in fact that from time to time you jot down the account of incidents in family life even though you may feel a the time that the incidents may seem trivial to the world at large. They may seem of considerable interest to the members of the family.
Now while, of ocurse, I shall have to begin as far back as I can, and try to say something about each member of the family who has "carried the line", I am not trying to make it appear that the Stillson family is a particularly distinguished family or that we have "blue blood in our veings". I feel certain that you grandchildren, even though you were seeking distinction, would rather be distinguished by your own accomplishment than by any your ancestors had done, for it would be more to our credit, don't you think, to have started humbly and to have arisen to where we are than to have started grandly and to have fallen to where we are.
IN THE BEGINNING: LetLet us begin our story, then by saying that back in Connecticut, about the middle of the seventeenth century, there lived a family of Stillson, from whom we are descended. I have not been able to trace the Stillsons' farther back than tha, nor to determine whether they had been in this country very long before that time nor to determine to what nationality they belonged. From that time to this there have been eight generations fo them up to you grandchildren, Vincent 1st, Hugh, Vincent 2nd, Abel 1st, Abel 2nd, Joseph, Hamilton, George 1st, and Merle. At the time I write this there are among you grandchild, that is, among the children of George 1st and Merle, four boys whom I shall expect to carry on the Stillson name. Of course, I shall expect you to add honor to the family; and I should like to have you continue this history of the family and to add to it the history involved in the collateral branch of the family. I feel sure you will find in the history of the paterson family and the Thelberg family material much more creditable than I am giving you concerning the Stillsons. I only wish I knew more about my mothers antecendents; and the very fact that I lack this information shows the importance of your geting your mother's story from her now before it is too late.
Considering the family as a whole, I am glad to state that the Stillsons were of a sturdy stock; were industrious and steady. There never was a lazy Stillson, and, so far as I can discover, there have been no criminals nor insane, though perhaps I should say that the minds of some of the aged members of the families gave way toward the last of their lives - the imbecility that is so often found with the aged. Father, for instance, who till the close of his life had always manifested strong mentality, became afflicted with manifestations of beginning softening of the brain. This after he experienced two or three "strokes" of "Paralysis" and was vitrually on his death-bed. Your Grandmother Westlake also "lost her mind" in the last months of her career - not being able to recognize us or tell who we were.
Perhaps, also, I should say there were no criminals in the family, that I do not mean that none of us ever broke any laws. I suppose everyone breaks some kind of law every day of his life. Brother Joe was pinched several times for speeding, though when he explained that he was a physician on professional emergency they let him go. Father was once arrested for selling a box of Doctor Stillson's Liver Pills
without first affizing thereto a government stamp - though the Judge dismissed the case as being too trivial. I, too, am a horrible criminal. I was once fined a hundred dollars for contempt of court. When, next day, my lawyer explained to the uppity Judge that my professional duties prevented me from attending court at a specified time to give testimony in a certain damage case, the Judge remitted seventy-five dollars of the fine. That is, I fear, not a very exciting criminal record, but it is the best I can do.
The early Stillsons were farmers; but among the succeeding generations there were many teachers, some manufacturers, several writes and editors, several physicians, etc. Perhaps the Stillson best know to fame is Daniel C. Stillson, of Charleston, Massachusetts, who invented the Stillson monkey-wrench. But none of them ever did anything unusually remarkable. They all just went along doing their work from day to day - doing quietly and faithfully the tasks before them.
STILSON - SEVENTH GENERATION
(Vincent 1;Moses 2;Moses 3;Enoch 4;Beers 5;Alpheus 6;Martin J. 7)
VII. MARTIN J. STILSON, was the son of Alpheus and Betsey (Follette) Stilson. He was b. September 19, 1832 In Monkton, VT., d. May 5, 1901 in Monkton of cardiac problems. He m. January 31, 1856 in Charlotte, VT., to Pheobe Ann Spear, b. June 5, 1837 in Charlotte, VT. See Generation VI. She was the daughter of Charles Spear and Anna L. Hollis. She was b. June 5, 1937 and d. December 16, 1916 in Monkton, VT. In 1881-1882 he is listed as a farmer with his brother Hirenus.
1. Walter Martin STilson b. August 18, 1858 Monkton, VT, d. July 28, 1894. He was killed in a railroad accident by "The Flyer" at New Haven Jct., VT. He married December 30, 1884 Bristol, VT, to Alice Adele Whittemore b. December 27, 1869 in Bristol, VT.Alice was the daughter of Edward and Alice (Robbins) Whittemore. Walter is listed in the 1881-1882 Addison County Gazeteer as a "laborer, kaolin works." Following the death of her husband Walter, she married a second time to Frederick P. Stilson, a first cousin of Walter and a third time to Henry M. Christian. Her second marriage to Fred Stilson (son of Julius and Mary (Shepard) Stilson produced two children. Listed under Julius. Alice died in New Haven, Vermont on september 20, 1936.
Children of Walter and Alice:
Urana Alice Keese b. September 15, 1907 and d. September 20, 1937. She m. Leon George Otis b. May 10, 1904 in Cornall, VT and d. July 14, 1970. Leon was a barber. They had one daughter, born only a few months prior to the death of Urana. Phyllis Urana Otis was b. March 5, 1937 in Middlebury, VT. No Children.
2. Grace Alice Stilson b. September 2, 1888 in Monkton, Vermont. m. 1) Sept. 5, 1906 in Monkton, Addison Co., Vt to Fred Newton Dean b. July 8, 1885 in Monkton, Vt., d. April 12, 1924 in NYC, N.Y. and 2) Pearl Goodroe. They later divorced. Grace died in Essex Jct., VT o November 11, 1967. She was the grandmother of John R. Burbank, who conducted much research on the family. Some of the original research material was compiled by Grace's children Helen Urana (Dean) Burbank and her sister Ruth (Dean) Hathaway.
John Burbank writes, "Fred worked on his father's farm in East Monkton, living on one half of a divided farm house with his parents in the other part...Fred later moved out, but eventually returned to Monkton. Fred purchased a mill to make shingles out of the cedar growing on some lots he had purchased in the cedar swamp. While working the mill, he caught the sleeve of his frock on a pulley and injured the muscles up his arm andinto his chest. Some thought htat this later became cancerous but his death was attributed to the flu contracted when he went to NYC to have his injury treated.
Ruth Edith Dean, b. April 22, 1916 Monkton, VT, d. July 3, 1978 Burlington, VT.
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