Benjamin M Tilley

September 1838–27 March 1918 (Age 79)
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Benjamin M

When Benjamin M Tilley was born in September 1838, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, his father, Tilghman Tilley, was 22 and his mother, Prudence Presley, was 22. He married Rebecca Jane Bradley on 28 March 1868, in Fannin, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Fannin, Georgia, United States in 1860 and District 844, Fannin, Georgia, United States for about 40 years. He died on 27 March 1918, in Gilmer, Georgia, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Ellijay, Gilmer, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin M Tilley
Rebecca Jane Bradley
Marriage: 28 March 1868
Calloway Leslie Tilley
William Irvin Tilley
Milley A Tilley
Elbert C Tilley
Alvin Young Tilley
Dovie Tilley
Daniel B Tilley
Ada Isabelle Tilly

Spouse and Children


    Rebecca Jane Bradley


28 March 1868
Fannin, Georgia, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Prudence Presley






    William Tilley


    Lewis H Tilley


    James Hampton Tilley


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 15

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

Age 24

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

Name Meaning

English:1. variant spelling of Tilly . 2. habitational name from Tilley in Shropshire, named from Old English telga ‘branch’, ‘bough’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. 3. occupational name for a husbandman, Middle English tilie (Old English tilia, a primary derivative of tilian ‘to till or cultivate’). 4. from the medieval female personal name Tilly, a pet form of Till .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Tilley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benjamin M Tilley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Binjaman M Tilley, "United States Census, 1900"

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