Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Became Of The Tilleys?

I wondered if my 4th Gr- Grandfather ever received the money from the judgement he won against John M. B. Dent. I think he did!

The Tilley's mentioned in the court case were: 
Joseph &  Elizabeth Tilley

Their children:
Mariah Tilley
Edward Tilley (Ned)
Frank Tilley
Charlotte Tilley
I found the family in the 1870 Census:.

"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 May 2013), Joseph Smith, .
Here, Joseph, Elizabeth and their daughter Charlotte are living next door to their son Frank and his wife Edith(Eda).  Joseph's real estate was valued at $500. He managed to own land just a few yrs after being destitute.  He either used that $150 judgement wisely or he worked very hard or both! Awesome to see them doing well.  His youngest daughter Charlotte also was in school, and while she couldn't yet write, she was reading!  

They initially were difficult to find because I was searching for Tilley's while they were going by the last name Smith. Why? I have no clue. Perhaps they received backlash for suing a white man immediately after slavery? Or maybe it was just an error? All just wild guesses, could really be anything. I do know that they go back to using Tilley by the 1876 Missouri Census. 

My 3rd Gr- Grandmother Mariah was on the very next census page go figure! 

She had already married My 3rd Gr-Grandpa William Jackson and started a family. 

This left me with one Tilley left to find in 1870 (or so I thought! But that's another blog!), my 3rd Gr. Grand Uncle Edward "Ned" Tilley.   I found him in Jefferson City, Missouri in the Penitentiary of all places. 

I immediately wondered what he did to get sent to prison. Until this, I haven't found much scandal in my family history. I must say it was kinda exciting!LOL! What I found out was kinda fascinating... 

                                            To Be Continued ........


  1. Welcome to Geneabloggers! Interesting story and very curious on the name change. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story!


  2. Rachel, now that's a story to pique curiosity! Great documentation on your search, too, with the census record categories. A timely detail for me, after having just come from the online #genchat Tweet chat last night about using census records!

    I found your blog today, thanks to a mention in GeneaBloggers. Best wishes as you continue your blogging project here!

  3. I can't wait to read the next instalment

  4. Thanks All! :) Kathyrn, the name change is still a mystery! Jacqi It seems I can study the same census record a hundred times and see something new or have a new question each time! Diane, working on it now! :) Again- thanks!

  5. Welcome to Geneabloggers. This story really piqued my curiosity and can't wait to read more.

  6. Welcome to Geneabloggers!

    Regards, Grant