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Tillotson, James Riley
Age: 27, credited to Fair Haven, VT
Unit(s): 118th NY INF
Service: enl, Queensbury, 7/25/62, m/i, Pvt, Co. A, 118th NY INF, 8/29/62, pr CPL, date?, dis/dsb, 5/22/65, Norfolk, VA
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Birth: 05/11/1835, Moriah, NY
Burial: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 153454823
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Laura F., 10/18/1907, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Cedar Grove Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT
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James Riley Tillotson
Sergt. James Riley Tillotson, a well-known citizen and a veteran of the Civil war, answered the last roll call and was mustered out, at 11 o'clock, the night of September 9th at his home on West street where he had been ill since March 1, with cancer of the stomach.
James R. Tillotson was the son of Orson N., and Mary (Lewis) Tillotson and was born on Moriah, N. H., May 11, 1835. When the call came for troops to put down the rebellion in 1862 he enlisted in Co. A, 118th regiment, N. Y., vols., and was with his regiment in the Battle of the Wilderness where he was wounded, Drury's Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor, Fair Oaks, and the Fall of Petersburg. He afterwards saw secret service under Major Gens. Shipley, Butler and Ord and was mustered out, at the close of the war, May 17, 1865. Probably no other veteran of Post Bosworth, saw harder or longer service than did Sergeant Tillotson and many a campfire of that organization has been thrilled by the recital of the campaign in which his company was engaged during the time that tried men's souls.
Mr. Tillotson returned to Moriah, N. Y., and on March 23, 1870 was married to Isabella Tillotson and five years later they removed to Fair Haven and this town has since been their home. Mr. Tillotson was a carpenter by profession which trade he followed while in fair Haven.
He is survived by his wife and three children, one son, John K. Tillotson, and two daughters, Alice B., wife of I. W. Parks and Mary B. Tillotson.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, at the home on West street, the Rev. J. L. Atwell officiating. The pall-bearers were comrades and old acquaintances, L. R. S. Griffin, A. L. Minch, J. M. Fernald and George Gilchrist. The burial was in Cedar Grove cemetery, where the members of Eureka lodge, No. 75, F. & A. M., of which deceased had long been a member had charge.
Source: Fair Haven Era, September 19, 1907
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.