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Amy Tilton (Hardesty)

Birthplace: Coshocton, Ohio, United States
Death: February 13, 1904 (87)
Lafayette Twp., , Ogle, Illinois
Place of Burial: Washington Grove Cemetery, , Ogle, Illinois
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmond Hardisty and Ruth Faith Cheney
Wife of Spencer Lake Tilton
Mother of Burton Tilton; Orrin Tilton; Warren Tilton; Henry Tilton and Harvey Tilton
Sister of Nancy Tilton; John Hardesty; Rachel Hardesty; Daniel Hardesty; Sophia (Sophie) Hardesty and 1 other
Half sister of Harriet Akins and Thomas Hardesty

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Amy Tilton

"AMY HARDESTY TILTON Amy, the 9th child of Edmund and the youngest child of Edmund and Ruth Hardesty, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio on April 10, 1816.

Very little is known about her early life as no written record is available and the only information about her has been obtained from her descendants who can remember certain bits of conversation they have overheard.

Marriage licenses issued in Coshocton County, Ohio show that Amy Hardesty married Spencer Lake Tilton, the 5th son of Richard Tilton, on April 13, 1845.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Lake Tilton migrated from Ohio to Illinois, settling on Section 1, Lafayette Township, Ogle County, Illinois. It is assumed the trip was made by ox team as other members of the Hardesty family moving to Illinois used oxen to pull their wagons. It is also assumed the 80 acre farm was ob- tained from the government.

Other members of the Hardesty family who left Ohio and settled in Lafayette Township were Amy's sisters Sophie, Elizabeth, Nancy and a brother Dan. Her sister, Harriet, settled across the road in Pine Rock Township. The Tilton farm is located on the Flagg Center blacktop, formerly known as Rag Street, about four miles west of Flagg Center. Their farm was owned and farmed by Tiltons and their descendants for nearly one hundred years. Mrs. Eva Beaman, a granddaughter of Spencer Tilton, has among her momentoes, a tax receipt for the year 1851 which shows the tax, state, county and town on this 80-acre farm amounted to $4.39. Nieces of Aunt Amy have Nieces of Aunt Amy have pleasant memories of her hospitality. One recalled her beautiful set of blue willow ware dishes, especially the sugar bowl, cream pitcher and large covered tureen which was used when company came. Mrs. Eva Beaman was given the gravy boat from this set. A niece, Mrs. Nora Shippee of Ashton, age 92,

remembers Aunt Amy and described her this way: Aunt Amy was no midget but a heavyweight. She wore a large apron with patch pockets and did not stand to do any work that she could do sitting down. When a niece from the west (probably Iowa) came to visit relatives and was a dinner guest at Aunt Amy's and was eating with her fork, Aunt Amy said to her, "Drop that fork, your knife was made to eat with". Mrs. Shippee adds an old time rhyme about eating: "I eat my peas with honey I've done so all my life It makes the peas taste funny

But it keeps them on my knife".(Author unknown) Amy Hardesty Tilton died in 1904, Spencer Lake Tilton died in 1913. Both are buried in Washington Grove Cemetery, Ogle County, Illinois.

EDMUND HARDESTY DESCENDANTS From the Book:HARDESTY GENEALOGY 1600-1985 Library of Congress Catalog No. 77-670086 and 85-70971Compiled by: Hamilton and Ina Cross Gladys Dietz Eva Stroh Printed by: (1st Printing) The Republican-Reporter Corp. Oregon, Illinois 61061 (Revised printing) The Anundsen Publishing Co. 108 Washington Street Decorah, Iowa 52101."

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Amy Tilton's Timeline

April 10, 1816
Coshocton, Ohio, United States
April 2, 1852
Ogle County, Illinois, United States
February 13, 1904
Age 87
Lafayette Twp., , Ogle, Illinois
Washington Grove Cemetery, , Ogle, Illinois