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Tilden M. Patton

Biography

Tilden M. Patton (1884-1957)

Tilden Marion Patton was born on 20 September 1884 in Colfax, Lexington, Illinois, to William Ruddell Patton, a farmer, and Cancis Anna “Annie” Woodard (from Indiana).

At the age of 16 in 1900, Tilden was living with his parents and attending school in Willow Springs, Jackson, Oregon.

In 1910, Tilden and his parents were back to Illinois and living in Lexington. By this time, Tilden also married Rachel Kate Bishop.

Tilden's draft registration for World War I was on 12 September 1915. His registration card describes Tilden as medium build and height, with dark hair and brown eyes. His listed occupation was a self employed farmer. There is a discrepancy with his birth year on the registration card, it indicates 20 September 1881, listing him as 36 years old at the time, instead of the birth year 1884, which would make him aged 31. His wife Rachel is also listed on the registration card as his nearest relative.

In the 1920 US census, Tilden is living with Rachel and his mother Annie and acquired a new career as an Insurance Agent. Tilden and Rachel did not have any children and unfortunately, on 12 June 1920, Rachel passes away. She is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Lexington, Illinois.

After five years, on 9 December 1925, Tilden marries Helen M. Swartz (31 May 1899-9 August 2003). He, Helen, and Annie are living together on Chestnut Street in Lexington.

In 1940, Tilden’s mother Annie has died on 3 March. On April 8 in the 1940 US census, Tilden is 55 years old and is living with his wife Helen and a servant Lena Osborne, still in Lexington. His occupation is now listed as an Auto Insurance Salesman.

Tilden would again register for World War II, in 1942. On his registration card, his listed residence is Cor. Pine & Chestnut Street, Lexington, McLean, Illinois. He is 57 years old, born on 20 September 1884, his telephone number is 258. Tilden is self employed, most likely still as an Insurance Agent, and Mrs. Helen M. Patton is listed as the “person who will always know your address”.

On 25 May 1957, at the age of 73, Tilden Marion Patton dies. He is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, along with his family in Illinois.

On the date 26 March 1897, Tilden’s mother Anna presents him the book The First Battle: a Story of the Campaign of 1896 by William Jennings Bryan. The book is now located in UPEI Library’s Provenance Collection. The inscription inside the books reads “Presented to Tilden M. Patton By his Mama” “Date March 26 1897”.

Sources:

1900 US Census. Tilden Patton. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

1900 US Census. Helen Swartz. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

1920 US Census. Tilden Patton. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

Rachel Kate Patton [Bishop]. “Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original records.

Rachel Kate Bishop Patton. Find A Grave.

1930 US Census. Tilden Patton. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

Annie C Woodard Patton. US Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Find A Grave.

1940 US Census. Tilden Patton. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration.

Patton -- Helen M. Patton. McLean County, Illinois History and Genealogy. “Obituaries and Death Notices”. Genealogy Trails 2017.

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