Mary Matilda Hinshaw

                                               ┌── Jesse Hinshaw
                                               │    1797-1875 
                         ┌── Zimri Hinshaw ────┤
                         │    1821-1854        │
                         │                     └── Hannah Moon
                         │                          1798-1886 
Mary Matilda Hinshaw ────┤
B: 1850                  │
D: 1929                  │
                         └── Rachel Crofford
M: Simon H. Bradfield

M: George William Tilton

Mary Matilda Hinshaw     [ID 02034] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Mary Matilda Hinshaw1,2,3 [Matilda Hinshaw4].

Born Apr 11 18501,4,5 [Apr 11 18492, about 18516], Clay County, Indiana1,4,5.  

She married Simon H. Bradfield, Nov 26 1871, Clay County, Indiana.3,7  

A Simon H. Bradfield (probably this same Simon H. Bradfield) served during the Civil War: he enlisted Apr 5 1865 as a Private in Company U, 39th Illinois Infantry Regiment.8,9  

Simon died May 3 1872, Labette County, Kansas.10  

She then married George William Tilton, Jun 24 1877, (Sunday evening).1  George, son of Samuel Tilton & Elizabeth Smith, was born Nov 22 1855, Cass County, Indiana.1,5,6,11  


(stillborn infant daughter), born Dec 12 1879, Labette County, Kansas.
Carl Willian Tilton, born Aug 15 1883, Labette County, Kansas; married Mollie -.
Lottie Anna June Tilton, born Oct 2 1889, Labette County, Kansas; married Apr 2 1912, Walter Rudolph Arndt (child: Donald Archer Arndt). 13

Mary Matilda and George were shown in the 1880 census (Jun 8 1880), Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas:6

Tilton, Geo. W., age 24, born in Indiana; father born in Ohio; mother born in Indiana; farmer.
Tilton, Mary M., wife, age 29, born in Indiana; parents born in Pennsylvania; keeping house.
Sillirbridge, Eva, ward, age 13, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana.
Living 7 houses away in 1880 were George's parents and family, Saml. & Elizabeth Tilton.14  

Mary Matilda and family were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 8 1900), Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas:5

Tilton, George W., head-of-household, age 44, born [..unclear..] 1855 in Indiana; father born in Ohio; mother born in Indiana; married 22 years; occupation: farmer; owned farm (mortgaged).
Tilton, Mary M., wife, age 50, born Apr 1850 in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; married 22 years; 3 children, 2 living.
Tilton, Carl W., son, age 16, born Apr 1883 in Kansas; parents born in Indiana; attended school 6 months.
Tilton, Lottie J., daughter, age 10, born Oct 1889 in Kansas; parents born in Indiana; attended school 6 months.
Rainney [unclear], Archie C., boarder, age 17, born Oct 1882 in Missouri; parents born in Kentucky; occupation: farm laborer.

George was a Republican and active in local politics.15,16,17,18  

Mary Matilda Hinshaw died Oct 7 1929, Altamont, Labette County, Kansas; buried Edna Cemetery, Edna, Labette County, Kansas.10  

George died Oct 7 1929, Altamont, Labette County, Kansas; buried Edna Cemetery, Edna, Labette County, Kansas.10  

Matilda and George died the same day, and their obituary appeared in an Altamont (or Moline), Kansas, newspaper as follows:10



In Company With Mrs. Wimmer They Attended Sunday Home Coming Gathering at Fairview Church -- Mrs. Tilton Was Sick During the Day

At the closing of church services in the town of Altamont the people received a severe and unexpected shock, when it was announced that George W. Tilton had died at 7:45 Sunday evening and that Mrs. Tilton could not live but a few hours longer.  Mrs. Tilton died at 11:30.  

Mr. and Mrs. Tilton had motored here from their home Saturday afternoon, to spend the night with Mr. Tiltonís sister, Mrs. Clara Wimmer.  They had arrived in response to an invitation to attend the home coming which was held at the Fairview church, seven miles southeast of Altamont.  It was an all day program and Mr. and Mrs. Tilton came the night before as far as Altamont in order to make the drive from Moline less tiresome for Mrs. Tilton, who had been in poor health for some months.  

The Tiltons were among the early day settlers in the Fairview church vicinity and were instrumental in the organization and the building of this country church edifice.  So Sunday morning Mr. and Mrs. Tilton in company with Mrs. Clara Wimmer, motored to the Fairview church, where the all day feast was enjoyed by Mr. Tilton.  Mrs. Tilton was feeling so poorly at the dinner hour that she was not able to eat.  However, she seemed to enjoy meeting the old time neighbors and friends.  

Immediately following their return to the Wimmer home in Altamont, Mrs. Tilton became so sick, she had to go to bed.  Her condition soon became alarming.  Mr. Tilton phoned a physician and before the physician arrived Mr. Tilton was stricken with severe pain in the chest and side.  By the time the physician arrived he was in the more critical condition of the two.  After a few minutes of intense suffering he died.  Mrs. Tilton was conscious of the fact that her husband had passed away and in less than hour hours later she had joined the death toll.  

The passing away of this splendid and well known couple was a severe shock.  They had lived as companions for more than half a century.  Each having always been congenial and comforting to the other.  And while the shock came as a sad blow to their many friends at Edna, Altamont and Fairview, yet there is a comforting viewpoint after all when you consider that their mission upon earth was completed so closely together.  And what greater climax could have completed the useful career of this splendid husband and wife than to have been permitted to have visited the old church in a big home gathering, where old time neighbors and acquaintances were permitted to assemble and bring back the memories of forty and fifty years ago?  

Funeral services were held at the M.E. church at 2 oíclock this afternoon.  The church was filled with relatives and friends and neighbors from many towns and localities.  Those who attended the double funeral today were genuine friends and were there to pay respects to two among the most deserving who have ever lived in Labette county.  The remains were consigned to the grave in the Edna cemetery, where relatives had been buried in previous years.

George also had his obituary published separately as follows:10

Geo. W. Tilton was born in Cass county, Indiana, Nov. 22, 1855.  He came to Kansas when a young man and settled in Labette county, where he was married to Mrs. Matilda Bradfield, June 24, 1877.  To this union three children were born, Carl William Tilton of Rosewell, N.M., and Mrs. Walter Arndt of Iola, Kansas, and one child who died at birth.  

Mr. and Mrs. Tilton remained on the old homestead until 22 years ago when they moved to Independence, Kansas.  While residing at Independence, Mr. Tilton helped to build the Coffeeville-Independence interurban railway, and was the first man to run the first car over the completed line.  

Sixteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Tilton moved from Independence to Moline, Kansas, where they resided until their death.  Upon moving to Moline, Mr. Tilton with son, Carl, engaged in the hardware and undertaking business and later the Ford agency.  For the past several years the deceased had been engaged exclusively in the undertaking business.  

Mr. Tilton was converted and united with the church at the age of 16 years, and at the time of his death was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church at Moline.  Mr. Tilton was a charter member of the A.F. & A. M. Lodge at Oswego, a member of the Shrine at Pittsburg, Worthy Patron of the order of the Eastern Star at Moline, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of Edna, Kansas.  He was two terms mayor of Moline and at the time of his death was police judge of his city.  

George Tilton was a man whose genial and helpful disposition made him beloved by the people among whom he lived.  Unfailing in his friendship, clean in character, sympathetic and helpful in his daily life, he impressed upon others the value of an upright life.  

A good man has left to abide in the Fatherís House, but the influence of the life that he had lived among us, still abides and will abide.

Mary Matilda also had her obituary published as follows:10

Mary Matilda Hinshaw was born April 11, 1850 in Clay county, Indiana.  She grew to womanhood there, and in November 1871, was united in marriage to Simon H. Bradfield.  

She came with her husband to Labette county, Kansas, and homesteaded a claim in Fairview township.  Mr. Bradfield died May 3, 1872, but Mrs. Bradfield proved up the claim, mean while teaching school.  

She married to George W. Tilton June 24, 1877.  They continued to reside on the homestead until 1906, when they moved to Independence and six years later to Moline, where they lived until their death.  

Mrs. Tilton united with the church at the age of twelve, and taught a Sunday School class continuously until they moved to Independence.  She also had charge of the church music for a number of years.  Mrs. Tilton had been afflicted for a number of years but concealed it so well under a cheerful and happy disposition that only those who knew her more intimately realized her condition. (She was a diabetic).  Scarcely ever was she and her husband absent from the services of the church unless sick or out of town.  

She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Womanís Relief Corps.  She never grew old in spirit nor lost her interest in life.  To know her was to love her.  

Mr. and Mrs. Tilton leave a mourn their departure, one son, Carl William Tilton of Rosewell, N.M., one daughter, Mrs. Walter Arndt of Iola, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mollie Tilton, one son-in-law, Walter Arndt; two grandchildren, Alice Tilton and Donald Arndt.  They leave his step-mother Mrs. Jennie Tilton of Altamont, one sister, Mrs. Clara Wimmer, Altamont, two brothers, Theodore C. Tilton, Edna, and Marion J. Tilton, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Mrs. Tilton leaves one sister Anna J. Stewart, Saline City, Ind., one brother, Wm Hinshaw, Harveyville, Kansas, and one sister-in-law Mrs. Julia Hinshaw, Bloomingdale, Ind.  They also leave a large number of friends.

(photo)Photo: Mary Matilda with brothers and sister

(photo)Photo: Mary Matilda Hinshaw 19

(photo)Photo: George William Tilton 19


  1. Contribution from Sharon Arndt () citing:
    Family bible of Mary Matilda Hinshaw.
  2. Zimri & Rachel Hinshaw family notes, recorded by granddaughter Mary Cisela Stuart; contributed by Joey Okamoto ().
  3. Clay County, Indiana Index to Marriage Records C-H, Vol. 1, 1860-1920;
    Indiana Works Progress Administration; Book 3, page 218.
  4. Contribution from Sherian Kennedy () citing:
    1860 census, Parke County, Indiana; page 619.
  5. 1900 census, Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas; roll T623-485, ED 108, page 6A, line #15, dwelling #116, family #117.
  6. 1880 census, Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas; roll T9-384, ED 106, page 267B, line #41, dwelling #57, family #58.
  7. Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920;
  8. United States National Archives. Civil War Muster Rolls.
  9. "The American Civil War Research Database", Ancestry, Inc.
  10. Contribution from Sharon Arndt ().
  11. Posting Nov 13 1998 by Sharon Arndt () on the Tilton GenForum:
  12. Contribution from Sharon Arndt () citing:
    Family bible of Mary Matilda Hinshaw;
    Obituary of Mary Matilda Hinshaw.
  13. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by William Crouch ().
  14. 1880 census, Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas; roll T9-384, ED 106, page 267B, line #11, dwelling #50, family #51.
  19. Photo courtesy of Joey Okamoto ().

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