From: PRTA59A@prodigy.com (MRS ELIZABETH V BRADY)
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 15:22:52, -0500
I wondered if you had any knowledge and if you shared the belief that Mary Tilton was in fact illegitimate - which sounds fairly certain given this document.
Authority - Catherine M. Mayhew, Society Genealogist, The Vineyard Museum, Dukes County Historical Society, P. O. Box 827, Edgartown, MA 02539, (508) 527-4441, her letter of 6 July 1995:
Re SARAH CHASE. Besides copies from Banks Vol. III, pp. 71-72 and p. 471 you have from Vol. II Chilmark pp. 39-40. You will see I do not agree with Banks that MARY TILTON is SAMUEL TILTON'S sister - enclosed also is data from Ancestry of Phoebe Tilton which identifies her as probably SAMUEL TILTON's daughter.
Authority - Excerpts from "Ancestry of Phoebe Tilton," by Walter Goodwin Davis, introduction dated July 1946:
SAMUEL TILTON of Chilmark, Duke's County, made his will June 5, 1718, and it was proved March 7, 1732. To his three sons WILLIAM, JOHN, and JOSIAH TILTON, all of Chilmark, and their heirs and assigns, he left all his lands, buildings and "appurtenances to the same any wise belonging" and all his carpenter's and other tools, after the death of his wife
HANNAH, to be equally divided between them. To his three daughters HANNAH WING, MARY ALLEN, and RACHEL LAMBERT, all his stock, movables and household goods to be equally divided between them, except one great iron kettle which he gave to his granddaughter ANN LUMBERT. Executors: sons WILLIAM and JOHN TILTON. Witnesses: Josiah Torrey, Sarah Torrey, Edward Milton. (Dukes County Probate, 2:69)
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