William Cosens Tilt

ID # 8789, (1827-1888)
FatherWilliam Tilt (1805-1883)
MotherJane Cosens (1806-1832)
BirthWilliam Cosens Tilt was born on 12 March 1827 at England. 
BaptismHe was baptized on 23 April 1827 at Capel, Surrey, England. 
MarriageHe married Elizabeth Shoemaker
DeathHe died on 25 March 1888 at Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, at age 61. 
NoteOn April 23, 1827, William Cosens Tilt was baptized in the parish of Capel in the County of Surrey, England. His parents are shown as William Tilt, schoolmaster, and Jane.

Page 476 of volume 2 of Ezra Eby's Waterloo Township biographies has it that Elizabeth Shoemaker, the daughter of Daniel Shoemaker and Nancy Miller, was married to William Tilt and that they resided in Filion, Michigan. There is room for error in showing her husband as being William Cosens Tilt, but it is difficult to see an alternative. One problem is that a place of burial for William Cosens Tilt or his wife Elizabeth Shoemaker has not been found. It is almost certain, however, that she at least is buried in Bad Axe (Colfax) Cemetery, for this is so stated on Elizabeth's death registration. Find-a-Grave states that the cemetery has been 51% photographed.

Where is William buried? An interesting aspect of the puzzle is that William died in March of 1888 at Berlin in Ontario. Ezra Eby, in Volume 2 of his Waterloo Township biographies, 1896, has it simply that William and Elizabeth are living in Filion, Michigan. The problem with this is that daughter Cornelia's census information from 1900 and 1910 has it that she came to the U.S. in 1888. Likewise, William's widow, Elizabeth Shoemaker Tilt, in the 1900 U.S. census, shows 1888 as the year of her coming to the U.S.

Did the family move to Michigan after William's death in March of 1888? Is William actually buried in Canada? If so, his place of burial has yet to be found.

Death reg. 017819-88 Town of Berlin, Waterloo Co.
William Tilt died 25 March, 1888. Age 61 years, 13 days. Farmer. Born England. New Jerusalem Church. Physician Dr. Bowlby. Informant Henry S. Tilt, gardener, Berlin.

Page 5 of the 5th April, 1888, edition of the Berlin Journal, under the column heading Gestorben, does report William's passing in German, but says nothing of his burial arrangements.

The 1861 census shows William and Elizabeth in Blenheim Township of Oxford County with son Arthur, age 5.

The 1871 census as taken in Blenheim Township of Oxford County shows William Tilt, age 44, and his wife Elizabeth, age 36, in the household of David Shoemaker, age 61 and a widower. William and Elizabeth have with them five children. The eldest shown, Arthur, is age 14. If he really is their first born then William and Elizabeth were probably married in or around 1855 or 1856. The Tilts in this census are shown as Baptists, but David Shoemaker is said to be of the New Jerusalem church. Either way, there are some years between the end of the District marriage records and the beginning of the County marriage records. There may only exist a church marriage record. 

Children of William Cosens Tilt and Elizabeth Shoemaker

Last Edited30 Jul 2022