Sarah Ellen Howerth
- Born: 9 Aug 1851, Bellair Belmont Ohio
- Marriage: George Davis Tilton on 4 Feb 1869 in her parents home at Oak Ridge, Indiana
- Died: 8 Dec 1934, Collyer Trego Co Kansas at age 83
- Buried: Collyer Cemetery
George Davis Tilton
--The Western Kansas World, WaKeeney, Trego County, Kansas April 23,
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
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.
Sarah Ellen TILTON
~The Collyer Advance, Collyer, Trego County, Kansas, December 13,
Sarah Ellen TILTON, wife of George D. TILTON, departed this life on
Saturday, December 8, 1934, after a brief illness. Quick pneumonia
was the cause assigned. She was conscious until a few hours before
her death. Mrs. TILTON left besides her devoted husband, five sons
and two daughters: Elmer, John, Ira Clarence and Albert, commonly
called Bert, Mrs. Ralph AUSTIN and Mrs. William CURRY. There are also
24 living grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Elmer, Mrs.
AUSTIN, and Mrs. CURRY live in Collyer; John, fourteen miles south;
Clarence, near Sharon Springs; Bert, near Boone, Colo., Ira is an
attorney, living in Valparaiso, Ind. All the children but Ira and
Bert were at her bedside when the Angel of Death summoned her to
̉that bourn whence no traveler returns.Ó She also leaves three
sisters: Mrs. Martha A. POINTER, Selden, Kans., Mrs. Albert PERRY,
Columbus, Ind., and Mrs. Minnie GOETZ, Valparaiso, Ind., also a
brother, Dr. I. W. HOWERTH, of Greeley, Colo.
Grandma TILTON, as she was familiarly called, was the daughter of
John and Elizabeth HOWERTH. She was born near Bellaire, Ohio, on
August 9, 1851, married to George D. TILTON on February 4, 1869, in
Bartholomew County, Indiana. After a few years there in Brown County,
adjoining, the 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 four miles east of Collyer. In 1930 they
retired from the farm and have since lived in this town. For forty-
seven years, then, the TILTON's have been well known and respected
citizens of Trego County. in the sixty-six years of married life, the
elder TILTON's have lost but one child.
Mrs. TILTON, the deceased, was widely known in this community,
universally respected, esteemed and loved. From childhood she was an
active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the church of her
parents. Her genial Christian character was an example to be
emulated, and the sweet and gracious influence of her good life will
long be felt in this community.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles W. Harper, of the
Congregation church, assisted by Rev. Fred Attaberry. The services
were held in Zeman Hall, the Church being too small to accommodate
the unusually large attendance. Burial was in the Collyer Union
Noted events in her life were:
• Marriage, 1869, Unknown.
Sarah married George Davis Tilton, son of Lewis Cass Tilton and Elizabeth Lacy Tilton, on 4 Feb 1869 in her parents home at Oak Ridge, Indiana. (George Davis Tilton was born on 17 Oct 1848 in Cochocton Ohio, died on 22 Apr 1938 in Collyer Trego Co Kansas and was buried Collyer Cemetery.)