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Fifth Generation (Continued)

Family of Louisa J. BRITT (31) & Nathaniel James TILSON

71. Mary Jane TILSON. Born on 24 May 1856. At the age of 72, Mary Jane died on 25 Sep 1928. Buried in Sep 1928 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1860.

On 13 Jan 1874 when Mary Jane was 17, she married William Thomas SCOTT, son of Harrison B. SCOTT (1824-1894) & Margaret SPENSER (1827-), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 27 May 1853. At the age of 60, William Thomas died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 30 Mar 1914. Buried in Mar 1914 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th Civil District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Alias/AKA: "Tom".

Obituary: Born May 27, 1853; died March 30th, 1914. Aged 60 years, 10 months and three days. Was married to Mary Jane Tilson, January 13, 1874. This union was blessed with six sons and two daughters. Fours sons, Zelmer, Charlie, Arthur, and Ellis, with their aged mother, are left to mourn the father's departure. He was baptized into Christ by Elder Elihu Scott 21 years ago. Funeral services were conducted by J. C. Lewis at the Cross Roads Cemetery.

They had the following children:
i. Seba N.. Born in 1875.

150 ii. Zelmer A. (1878-1967)
151 iii. Charles W. (1881-1953)
iv. Ludie. Born on 29 Aug 1882. At the age of 16, Ludie died on 9 Sep 1898. Buried in Sep 1898 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

v. Lizzie. Born in 1885. At the age of 11, Lizzie died on 5 Aug 1896. Buried in Aug 1896 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

152 vi. Arthur C. (1889-1936)
153 vii. Ellis E. (1892-1972)
viii. Priest. Born on 25 Sep 1896. At the age of 17, Priest died in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee on 24 Dec 1913. Buried in Dec 1913 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Obituary: Priest Scott: Youth at Wildersville Burned to Death in Cotton Gin on Morning of Christmas Day. Another horrible tragedy was added to the history of Henderson County on the morning of Christmas Day, when Priest Scott, aged 17 or 18 years, was burned to death in a cotton gin in a building in the town of Wildersville on the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway in this county. By piecing together obtainable scraps of information relative to the deplorable tragedy, in which the life of but a youth was sacrificed in a way far from creditable to those concerned, we are able to make but not to vouch for the following statements: Priest Scott and eleven other young fellows, two of whom were Negroes, were drinking in Wildersville on Christmas Eve night and at a late hour went into the cotton gin building, where they continued drinking and smoking and engaged in an all-round game of craps, in which at least one Negro was interested but neither engaged. The crap game was continued until in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when they broke up. It seems that young Scott's horse had gotten away from him on the evening before and after going out of the gin building he remembered that he had left his bridle in the house. One of the Negroes, who was carrying a lantern, loaned it to Priest Scott to carry back with him into the gin to look for the bridle, and that was the last seen of Scott, alive. One story in connection with burning to death of young Scott is that while a member of the crowd, with whom he had been shooting craps must have known that he went back into the gin building and was not known to come out, not one of them made a move to rescue him when the gin was discovered to be burning and it is said that several persons were on the scene of the fire in time to have saved the boy had they known he was in the gin building, if indeed, he was alive when the house burned down over him. There have been many numerous stories and conjectures, some of which suggest that Scott was murdered and the gin fired to destroy evidence of the crime. It is hoped however, that, at the worst young Scott was burned to death while in a drunken sleep and that the fire was caused by overturning the lantern which he carried. One rumor tells that a certain boy who was in the crowd, left the crowd in advance at the breaking up and went by and told Mr. Jeff Rosser, the gin operator, that the boys were in the gin house, drinking and smoking and that hey might set the house on fire. Scott, who lost his life, is said to have had two brothers in the crowd, the three boys being the sons of Tom Scott, a farmer living some three miles from Wildersville.


72. Sarah Emma TILSON. Born on 14 Nov 1862. At the age of 27, Sarah Emma died on 27 Aug 1890. Buried in Aug 1890 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

On 4 Jan 1880 when Sarah Emma was 17, she married George MASSEY, son of William M. MASSEY (1835-1916) & Nancy D. PIERCEY (1837-1909), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 27 Jun 1858 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 45, George died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 9 Feb 1904. Buried in Feb 1904 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1900.

They had the following children:
154 i. Flossie (1881-1963)
ii. Frank. Born in 1882 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 57, Frank died in 1939. Buried in 1939 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1900.

155 iii. Tommie Dennis (1886-1965)

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