Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucile Titsworth) '42

1941 - 1942 - 1943 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Wm. M. Stillman 6/10/42 Pd. 12/8/42 Pd. 12/20/43 Pd. 12/15/44 Pd. 12/27/45 7/46 June 30, 1947 June 28, 1948 July 1, 1949 July 9, 1950 June 1951 June 1952

109 West 5th Street, Plainfield (before marriage)

1942 Address: 426 West 7th Street

1958 Address: 426 West 7th Street

Titsworth home on Hillside

Ethel Lucile Titsworth Stillman

After the death of his first wife and PGC member, Elizabeth B. Atwood Stillman '15, in 1929, William remarried Ethel Lucile Titsworth Stillman.

Place: Plainfield, NJ
Died: 1 Mar 1937
Place: Naples, Italy
Married:1) Elizabeth B. Atwood
Born: 15 May 1861
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Died: 28 Jun 1929
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Date Married: 3 Oct 1887
Married:2) Ethel Lucile Titsworth
Born: 17 Oct 1880
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Died: 19 Oct 1965
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Date Married: 2 Jul 1930

www.stillman.org

William Maxson Stillman and his two PGC wives

Sister-in-law Mrs. J. Kirkland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15

Ethel Lucile Titsworth Stillman was maid-of-honor to her sister

Bessie Evelyn Titsworth Hubbard

Bessie and Ethel's father was Joseph M. Titsworth of West Seventh Street, Plainfield, NJ

New York Times article
June 10, 1897

Smith College Alumnae Directory

Titsworth Ethel Lucile b.a. 05 109 W. 5th St. Plainfield N. J.

Titsworth-Sutphen House

2010 there are plans to move this historic house - one of the few pre-Civil War era houses left in Plainfield

Titsworth-Sutphen House

Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

426 West Seventh Street

Plainfield Library

G-522 1934 Y Grimstead House at 426 West Seventh Street 426 West 7th Street Queen Anne style with semicircular fish-scale shingles and frieze in front gable over sleeping porch, wrap-around porch, garage and small greenhouse at left rear.

Titsworth Home on Hillside

Plainfield Library Photo File

C-20065 1922 Y Collier Titsworth Residence, Spring, 1922 Hillside Avenue Titsworth residence, 1922, Plainfield, Hillside Avenue, shown from street, partially hidden by shrubs.

Hillside Cemetery

September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

A Titsworth relative.

Hillside Cemetery

William Maxson Stillman Obituary – 1937
The Trenton Evening Times, March 3, 1937:

Plainfield, NJ, March 3.- Word has been received here of he death Monday of William Maxson Stillman, of this city, at a hospital in Naples, Italy. Mr. Stillman was dean of the Plainfield Bar Association and third oldest member of the Union County Bar Association. His age was 81, and death was due to pneumonia.

Mr. Stillman, was accompanied by his wife, Ethel Stillman and her sister, Mrs. Frank J. Hubbard, sailed February 10 on a Mediterranean cruise, planning to be away six weeks.

He was born in Plainfield, a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Stillman. His father, a physician, was founder of the Plainfield public school system. Mr. Stillman practiced law here fifty-seven years. He was graduated from Plainfield High School in 1872, received an engineering degree from Rutgers in 1877 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1880, three years after receiving his law degree at Columbia University.

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Potter - Titsworth

Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

This is another Titsworth grave site (near the first). We also have a Potter relation: Mrs. William Potter (Marjorie Blackman) '46

The large azaleas, untouched yet by deer, make the engravings difficult to see.

Potter - Titsworth

Hillside Cemetery

The General Manager of Hillside said this is one of the nicest statues in the cemetery.

Potter - Titsworth

Hillside Cemetery

Two more grave markers for those families.

Potter - Titsworth

Hillside Cemetery

November 14, 1895 New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0911FE355911738DDDAD0994D9415B8585F0D3

PLAINFIELD KIRMESS OPENED

In Aid of Muhlenberg Hospital – Good Attendance and Reason for Expecting Financial Success – The Booths.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Nov. 13 – There was a grand opening of the kirmess at the Columbia Cycle Academy Monday night, and the building was decorated very elaborately.

Not since the charity ball have the society fold here been interested in a like event for such a worthy cause. The kirmess is given for the benefit of Muhlenberg Hospital, and, judging from the attendance at the opening night, the hospital will be greatly bettered financially.

Booths have been very prettily arranged about the academy, making an exceedingly tasty show. The equipment of the booths is as follows:

French Booth – Mrs. Albert Hoffman Atterbury, Mrs. Irving H. Brown, Mrs. Charles B. Corwin, Miss Bessie Ginna, Mrs. George C. Evans, Mrs. Charles J. Fisk, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Miss E. E. Kenyon and Miss Whiton.

Florentine Booth – Mrs. I. N. Van Sickle, Mrs. David E. Titsworth, Mrs. W. M. Stillman, Mrs. John D. Titsworth, Mrs. F. A. Dunham, Miss Louise Clawson, Miss Bessie TItsworth, and Mrs. Lulu Lewis.

Gypsy Booth – Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, and Mrs. Howard Fleming.

Venetian Booth – Mrs. Hugh Hastings, Miss Emelie Schipper, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Miss Havbiland, Mrs. Samuel Huntingont, Mrs. Emil Woltman, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. C. S. West, Mrs. W. E. Lower, Miss E. R. Cock, Mrs. Frank O. Herring, Miss Huntington, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Miss MacCready, Miss Clara D. Finley, Miss Ahrens, Miss Aynne MacCready, Miss Mondanari, Miss Graff, Miss Yerkes, Miss Gertrude Walz, and Miss Pierson.

Japanese Booth – Mrs. Charles Seward Foote, Mrs. George Clay, Mrs. S.P. Simpson, Mrs. L. Finch, Mrs. Constantine P. Ralli, Mrs. William Lewis Brown, Mrs. L. Dennis, Mrs. WIlliam Pelletier, Miss Ellis, Miss Anthony, Miss Dryden, Miss Morgan, Miss Bowen, Miss Lawrence, and Miss Rodman.

Spanish Booth – Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, Mrs. A. T. Slauson, Mrs. J. F. Wichers, Mrs. T. H. Curtis, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman, Mrs. T. A. Hazell, Mrs. H. L. Moore, Mrs. D. T. Van Buren, Mrs. E. H. Mosher, Miss Harriott, Miss Louise Patton, Miss Maud Lord, Miss May Kirkner, Miss Louise Van Zandt, Miss Annie Horton, Miss Titsworth, and Miss Meredith.

German Booth – Mrs. Mason W. Tyler, Mrs. Logan Murphy, Mrs. John H. Oarman, Mrs. Charles J. Taggart, Mrs. Benjamin R. Western, Mrs. J. E. Turill, Mrs. Arthur T. Gallup, Mrs. Horsley Barker, Mrs. John Haviland, Mrs. George Wright, Mrs. Amra Hamragan, Mrs. William L. Saunders, Mrs. William Wright, Miss Annie Murphy, Miss Wright, Miss Western, Miss Bartling, Miss Helen Warman, Miss Emma Adams and Miss Ann Thorne.

Stationery Booth – Mrs. John Gray Foster, Mrs. Elliott Barrows, Mrs. A. W. Haviland, Mrs. John D. Miller, Mrs. James R. Joy, and Miss Emily R. Tracy.

Parisian Flower Stall – Mrs. Harry M. Stockton, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Daniel F. Ginna, Mrs. W. H. Ladd, Mrs. Frederick Yates, Miss Marlon Dumont, Miss Ginna, Miss Baker, Miss Huntington, and Miss Van Bosckerck.

Refreshments were dispensed by Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. George W. Van Bosckerck, Mrs. John Bushnell, Mrs. Gifford Mayer, Mrs. George H. Goddard, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. H. P. Reynolds, Mrs. C. C. Guion, Mrs. N. P. T. Finch, Mrs. Henry McGee, Mrs. De Revere, Mrs. Ruth C. Leonard, Mrs. George W. Rockfellow, Miss Annie Opdyke, Mrs. Van Alstyne, Mrs. Utzinger, Mrs. Nelson Runyon, Mrs. Henry Tapsley, Miss Martine, Miss Edith Allen, Mrs. J. Parker Mason, Mrs. J. K. Myers, Mrs. Walton, and Mrs. H. C. Adams

Photo by Dan Damon

October 20, 2011

Hillside Cemetery

Photo by Dan Damon

New York Times October 13, 1895

New York Times October 13, 1895

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F40E17F93A5911738DDDAA0994D8415B8585F0D3

THE WEEK IN PLAINFIELD

Entertainment by the Dorcas Society – Monday Afternoon Club

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 12 – A social event of the last week was the entertainment given by the Dorcas Society, King's Daughters, at the home of Miss Maude Lowrie, in Park Avenue, Monday evening. It was titled "The Circulating Library," and was given for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of the poor of the city. The guests on arriving were given a blank catalogue, with only numbers on it, and they were to guess the titles of books represented. The Reception Committee was composed of Miss Bowers, Miss Brown, Miss Lowrie and Miss Langdon. Those presiding at the talbes were Mrs. Crane and Miss Wyckoff, assisted by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. C. T. Pond, Miss Minnie French, Miss Green, Miss Ella Blish, and Miss Maltly. In the library were Miss Crane, Miss Cornwell, Miss Lou French, Miss Millie Landgon, Miss Etta BLish, Miss Alice Hayners, Miss Bessie Titsworth, and Miss Kline.

S.E. Hull of Duer Street has returned from Broadway, where he spent the Summer.

The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield's leading woman's club, held it sifrst meeting of the Fall. On account of repairs being made at the Casino or the Union County Country Club, where the meeings are usually held, the ladies gathered in the parlors of the Congregational Church. The subject upon which papers are to be read for the coming year is "Some Great Florentines and Their Times." Two papers were read Monday – one by Mrs. Josiah Brown and the other by Mrs. Robert Lowry. Next month the paper will be read by Miss Kenyon, Principal of the Young Ladies' Seminary.

H. M. Stevens of Fanwood gave a reception at the Fanwood Clubhouse Friday evening.

Miss Nellie Saums of Ricefiled is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Saums of Clinton Avenue.

George Barton has returned to Keyport after a visit with Mrs. Barton of Madison Avenue.

Edward Hooley of Rockview Avenue has gone to Atlanta.

The Rev. E. L. Hyde of Hyde Park, Mass., is visiting friends in Plainfield.

The Misses Anthony of Crescent Avenue have returned from Europe.

Miss Bessie Booker of Richmond, Va., has been visitng Miss Dryden of West Seventh Street.

James Smith of Elmwood Place has returned from Amesbury, Mass.

Miss May Haberle, who has been visitng her cousin, Miss Lillie Haberle, has returned to her home in Orange.

Miss Mary Ryder of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of Robert Lucky of Fifth Street, has returned home.

Charles L. Case and family of Central Avenue returned this week from their European trip.

Miss Lydia Duffert of Morris County is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Van Dyke of East Front Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett of Brookyln have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane of Fifth Street.

Charles Potter of West Seventh Street has returned from Philadelphia.

Mrs. Florence Howe Hall of Madison Avenue is in Massachusetts delivering a course of lectures.

Miss Mary and Miss Grace Shreve of New York are guests of B. J. Shreve of Grove Street.

Miss Agnes Baldwin of Brooklyn is the guest of Miss Haviland of Washington Park.

Benjamin Terry of Bridgeport is the guest of the Misses Livergey of Park Avenue.

Thomas H. Keller of East Front Street left this week for a trip South.

C. C. Burke and family have left for their Winter home in New York, after spending the Summer at the cottage on Ravine Road Netherwood.

William Tyler of West Eigth Street has gone to Europe.

David Krymer of West Second Street has gone to Baltimore.

Dr. Frank Searles and Mrs. Searles have returned to Bayonne, after a visit with Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Lourie of Park Avenue.

Dr. John H. Carman and fmaily of Somerset Street returned this week from the Adirondacks.

Dr. B. Van D. Hedges of Watchung Avenue is home from his outing in Maine.

Miss Caroline Fitz Randolph, daughter of ex-Mayor L. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street, sailed Saturday for Europe.

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Miss Ethel Titsworth
109 West Fifth Street

Mrs. S. R. Titsworth
1030 Hillside Avenue

1909 Plainfield City Directory

Stillman Fred L, machinist, h 816 W 4th
Stillman George E, supt, h 666 W 7th
STILLMAN WILLIAM M, counsellor-at-law, 212 W Front, h 426 W 7th

Titsworth Charles M, civil engineer, h 452 W 5th
Titsworth Charles P, salesman, h 909 Madison av
Titsworth David E, vice pres and gen mgr Potter Printing Press Co, h 909 Madison av
Titsworth J Elizabeth wid John D, h 511 Madison av
Titsworth Enos W, clerk, h 225 Grant av
Titsworth Lewis T, carpenter, h 452 W 5th
Titsworth Ralph B, civil engineer, h 452 W 5th
Titsworth Sara Mrs, h 46 Lincoln pl, N P
Titsworth Thomas B, janitor, h Babcock Bldg

1955 to Mrs. Stillman, from Arthur McKay

February 27, 2013

Hi Susan,

I am looking for the DVD's and just ran across a perfectly lovely quote concerning Winter in a 1955 letter to Mrs Stillman from Arthur Mc Kay.

" Winter certainly seems reluctant to relax her grip and let us get to work on our gardens. I live in anticipation, and I'm sure you must be fairly ready to welcome Spring yourself."

Back to my task at hand...These archives are intriguing!

Jeanne

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

Dr. Charles L. Mead married Evie Madsen's daughter, Nancy Hance, December 2, 1968.

Perhaps Rev. Mead was a relation to "our" Mrs. Mead?

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead donated one of the stained glass windows in the church:

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Frederick, being of course her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers were Mrs. Mead's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were also founding member Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15 in-laws.

There were many Stillmans in the Club:

Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Landmark Eyes Lot 9 For New Project

Titsworth-Sutphen House
Landmark's concept also includes relocation of the Titsworth-Sutphen House to the other block, adjacent to the brew pub. The pre-Civil War structure is now on the PNC Bank lot on West Second Street and is being used by Angels in Action Foundation as an education center. As part of the approvals for Landmark's West Second Street Commons project in September 2010, Cretella pledged to relocate the historic building.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Historic sign on the Titsworth-Sutphen building

July 27, 1900 New York Times

TWIN SISTERS BOTH SUICIDES

Mrs. G. B. Titsworth of Plainfield Follows Mrs. A. L. Titsworth's Example and Takes Her Life

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N. J., July 26.– Made despondent through grief for her twin sister, the late Mrs. Arthur L. Titsworth, who committed suicide last January by jumping out of a third-story window in a sanitarium in Brooklyn, Mrs. George B. Titsworth of West Sixth Street, this city, took her own life last night at a private sanitarium in Kingston, where she had been sent by her husband, who is manager of the Potter Press Works, in the hope that she might be cured of the attack of melancholia which morning for her sister had brough on.

Several weeks ago her condition became so serious that it was decided to send her to the sanitarium. There she received constant attention, and a close watch was kept over her. it was thought that she was improving yesterday afternoon.

The attendant left Mrs. Titsworth alone for a few minutes while she stepped out of the room on an errand. Hardly had she turned her back when a pistol shot was heard, and when Mrs. Titsworth's room was entered, she was found lying dead with the weapon at her side. How she secured possession of the revolver is a mystery.

Mr. Titsworth brought the body of his wife to Plainfield this evening and the funeral will be held Saturday. Mrs. Titsworth was about forty years of age, and was born in Syracuse, N.Y. Her maiden name was Fannie L. Van Hosen. She was married to Mr. Titsworth about ten years ago. Her twin sister married a brother of her husband.

Ethel Lucile Titsworth

ID: I75586
Name: Ethel Lucile TITSWORTH
Given Name: Ethel Lucile
Surname: Titsworth 1
Sex: F
Change Date: 22 NOV 2011
Birth: 17 OCT 1880 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Residence: 1959 Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Death: 19 OCT 1965 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey

Father: Joseph Mitchell TITSWORTH b: 1849 in New Jersey
Mother: Eva Persetta POTTER b: 17 APR 1851 in Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island

Marriage 1 William Maxson STILLMAN b: 23 NOV 1856 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Married: 02 JUL 1930 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Note: home of bride's sister 2

Sources:
Title: The Stillman Family; Descendants of Mr. George Stillman of Wethersfield, Connecticut and Dr. George Stillman of Westerly, Rhode Island
Author: Francis D. Stillman, Jr.
Publication: Self, Greensburg, PA, 1989
Page: H1244
Title: The Sabbath Recorder
Publication: Seventh-Day Baptist General Conference, SDB Historical Library, Janesville, Wisconsin
Page: Vol 109, No 2, p 63, July 14, 1930

Anna Elizabeth Fitz Randolph

ID: I67995
Name: Anna Elizabeth FITZ RANDOLPH
Given Name: Anna Elizabeth
Surname: Fitz Randolph
Sex: F
Change Date: 18 FEB 2013
Religion: Seventh-day Baptist
Birth: ABT 1825 in New Jersey
Census: 1880 Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Note: age 56
Death: 03 JAN 1883 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey
Event: Obituary 11 JAN 1883
Note:
"The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 39, No 2, p 5, Jan. 11, 1883.
obituary on file


Father: Thomas FITZ RANDOLPH b: 09 MAY 1794 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey
Mother: Sarah T. FITZ RANDOLPH b: 03 JUL 1793 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey

Marriage 1 Rudolph M. TITSWORTH b: 26 SEP 1820 in Bridgeton, Cumberland Co., New Jersey
Married: 18 JAN 1845 in Plainfield, Union Co., New Jersey 1
Children
Emma Bristol TITSWORTH b: 13 FEB 1848
Albert Rudolph TITSWORTH b: ABT FEB 1853
Joseph Mitchell TITSWORTH b: 1849 in New Jersey

Sources:
Title: The Sabbath Recorder
Publication: Seventh-Day Baptist General Conference, SDB Historical Library, Janesville, Wisconsin
Page: Vol 1, No 31, p 123, Jan. 23, 1845

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January 4, 2014 Researching Golestan

January 4, 2014

Several members and the Plainfield Historical Society have now jumped into the ring in the quest to find the Very Old Statue. Nothing yet to report, but many of you have asked for more information about the estate and the Stillman family. To learn more, click on the individual member files:

Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15


January 2, 2014

Dear Members,

We have been invited to solve a mystery!

A very prestigious professor from the University of Chicago, has written to us as he is researching Stillman Gardens in Plainfield.

The Stillman Garden apartment complex sits on the former Persian consulate estate called "Golestan" along Front Street and Leland Avenue. About ten years ago, the PGC documented this garden and submitted it to the Smithsonian Archives (see link).

In particular, the professor, Matthew W. Stolper, is interested in a statue which we described at the time of submission as a Japanese girl, carved in 1691. (It is not clear in the documentation if the statue was actually seen.)

Within the grounds of the apartment complex, there are several noticeable remnants of the Golestan garden. In addition, members are aware of Plainfield residents that have in their possession different items from the estate. So it stands to reason that we, as a group, may know where this statue is – if not on the grounds of the Stillman apartment complex . . .

Would anyone be willing to take a stroll through the complex and search for the statue? Bring your cameras and lets photograph the garden! The Smithsonian likes to have updated photographs.

If you would like to visit the garden or have any information on the garden or the Stillmans, please write back to plainfieldgc@gmail.com

January 31, 2015 Correspondence

Dear Ms. Nichols,

My sincerest apologies for getting back to you so late. Our website had an "issue" with emails and I am just figuring it out.

Unfortunately, the only thing I would know about your family are the things posted on www.plainfieldgardenclub.org for Mrs. Mead:

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead was relating to other members of the Plainfield Garden Club:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

I do recommend you contacting the genealogy department of the Plainfield Library 908-857-1111 as they would be more likely to help you further. Also, there may be information to be found at the Fanwood Library www.fanwoodlibrary.org

Best of luck to you –

Susan Fraser
Communications Chair
Plainfield Garden Club
Founded 1915
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org


December 27, 2014

My mother, Sandra Shepard Wright, was an only child and the great grand-daughter of Agustus D Shepard and Johanna Elizabeth Mead. I am looking for any information regarding great aunt Winifred Prentice Kay, and also Marie Riis [aka Rees] who was married to Agustus D. Shepard Jr. -Thanks!

Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols

February 24, 2016 Email exchange with Stillman Family Descendent

Received this today:

You've received a new submission from your "contact us" through your "Plainfield Garden Club" Andy's Web Tools web site.

name: Mrs. Thomas B. Stillman Quarles (Carolyn)
email: xxxxxx
phone: xxxxxxx

message:

In researching the Stillman family I saw a photo titled "A Group of Friends at the Home of Thomas B. Stillman 1860. " This was on your website while searching "Member: Stillman, Mrs. William Maxon (Elizabeth B. Atwood) "15. page 5. I would like to know the photo's provenance and whether a copy is available. Your website is very impressive. I appreciate your help.

Our response:

Dear Carol,

Thank you for writing in to us. The photo you reference was taken from a Google search years ago that had a site listed as www.stillman.org. The link to this site no longer works. We recommend contacting the Plainfield Library has they have extensive genealogical records for the founding families of Plainfield.

Please make sure you take a look at all our Stillman and Quarles members:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Does anyone remember any of these members?!

UPDATE: February 27th:

Many thanks for your prompt reply. I am receiving help from Jane Thoner at the Public Library. My husband Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles and I lived in Plainfield from 1954-57 after he graduated from Harvard Business School and worked in Union, NJ. We lived at 520 W. 7th Street and I was introduced to all the living Stillmans then–especially Aunt Dinny (Mrs. Albert Leeds Stillman and their estate Gulestan. I was busy with our first son, Kenneth, who was born at Muhlenberg Hospital in 1955. Aunt Ethel, the second Mrs. William Maxon Stillman, was our neighbor. Tom's mother, Anita Mary Stillman, taught me much family history, but Tom (90) and his sister Mary ( 88) both died in 2013 and I have no more contacts in Plainfield. I really enjoyed reading your membership lists and recognizing familiar names of the influential citizens who made Plainfield such an exceptional place. I remember once helping Aunt Dinny weed the Shakespeare Garden!

There is one disturbing error in your excellent club records: Anita Mary Stillman's husband was EMMET Augustus Quarles–not Ernest. Our third son is named after EAQ and was born on his birthday May 22. Our Rob is very proud of his heritage and especially the spelling of Emmet (one "t"). I hope it may be possible to correct this name. The Quarles family also has a distinguished southern history. Emmet's father was a professor of Moral Philosophy at Washington and Lee University in 1905.

You can see that I have a busy job trying to collect this genealogy for posterity and hope that at my age (86) I will have enough time! Fortunately I am reasonably "digitally savy" but
my fingers are not as facile as they once were in my secretarial days. I most appreciate a phone call–xxxxxxxxxx. Our home has been in xxxxxx since 1970. The address is xxxxxxxxxx.