Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Tilney, Mrs. Albert Arthur (Augusta R. Murray) '20

1941 No longer listed in the membership rosters

Residences:
966 Central Ave(1920)
270 Park Ave (1930)

June 2011: 270 Park Avenue "does not exist"

Time Magazine Milestones: Apr. 22, 1929

Elected. Henry J. Cochran of Plainfield, N. J., longtime vice president of Bankers' Trust Co. of New York, cousin of Morgan-Partner Thomas Cochran; to be president, succeeding Albert Arthur Tilney of Plainfield, who becomes board vice chairman.

Time Magazine Business: 6th Bankers Trust President

Monday, Jun. 22, 1931

Samuel Sloan Colt, conservatively bold and comparatively young, last week became sixth president of the powerful Bankers Trust Co. of Manhattan. Next month Mr. Colt will be 39. Since his Yale graduation in 1914, he has tended strictly to his business, which was banking, except for a War interlude. He was first a first lieutenant, last a major in the Ordnance service. War over, he returned to the Farmers' Loan & Trust, soon became a vice president. Farmers' Loan merged with the National City Bank. He continued as vice president. Seward Prosser of Bankers Trust, a bank which ranks in interbank power next after the late George Fisher Baker's First National, last year made Mr. Colt one of his vice presidents.

Other Banker's Trust changes last week: Henry Jessup Cochran from president (sth) to vice chairman of the board. Albert Arthur Tilney (4th president) from vice chairman to chairman; Seward Prosser (3rd president) from chairman to chairman of the managing committee. (ist and 2nd Presidents Edmund C. Converse and Benjamin Strong are dead.)

Found Obit

TILNEY, Albert A "Bert"; 81; Plainfield NJ>Riverside CA; PE; 2006-3-19; mts

Yale College, Class 1890

List of living graduates 1914

Albert A. Tilney, 966 Central Ave., Plainfield, N. J. [Fin.]

Nov. 2, 1894 New York Times Wedding Announcement

Sanford - Murray

PLAINFIELD, NJ., Nov. 1 – There was a brilliant wedding in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at 7:30 o'clock this evening, when Miss Minnie Breckinridge Murray, daughter of John W. Murray of the German Insurance Company of New York, was married to Joseph Webster Sanford, Jr., son of Joseph W. Sanford of Westervelt Avenue. A large assemblage of society people witnessed the event. The Rev. Dr. William R. Richards, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony. The church was elaborately decorated with palms and chrysanthemums.

The bride wore a handsome gown of white corded silk, and carreid a bouqet of beautiful roses. The maid of honor was Miss Augusta Knox Murray. The bridesmaids were Miss Stella Place, Miss May Sanford, and Miss May Murray of Plainfield and Miss Grace Brewster of New York. Albert Arthur Tilney was best man. The ushers were Percy H. Stewart, George S. Beebe, Howard W. Beebe, Fred W. Walz, Walter F. Murray, and James E. Murray. A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents.

966 Central Avenue

Plainfield Library Photo File

G-419 1934 Y Grimstead House at 966 Central Avenue 966 Central Avenue Shingle-style house with intersecting gable and hip roofs, multiple chimneys, full front porch with circular front projection, and wide driveway leading to large porte cochere.

June 15, 1922 New York Times

MISS BOMANN WINS EASILY

Defeats Miss Stuart, 6 and 5, in Plainfield C.C. Golf Tourney

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 14 – The first round for the women's championship at the Plainfield Country Club today resulted as follows:

First Eight – Miss Kate Bomann defeated Miss Florence Stuart, 6 and 5; Mrs. C. D. Boice defeated Miss Bertha Tilney, 2 and 1; Mrs R. S. Rowland defeated Mrs. C. B. Lawrence, Jr., 4 and 3, Miss Zoe Terry defeated Mrs. W. H. Rogers, 2 and 1.
Second Eight – Mrs. L. W. Hallock won from Miss Louise Patterson by default; Miss Priscilla Fraker defeated Mrs. H. R. Moyer, 5 and 4; Mrs. W. M. Alling defeated Mrs. Frank C. Ward, 2 and 1; Miss Lillie Moore drew a bye.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0A15FC3E5D1A7A93C7A8178DD85F468285F9

Residence of J. Mason Tilney, 981 Central Avenue

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.


publication circa 1917

Residence of Albert A. Tilney, 966 Central Avenue

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.


publication circa 1917

Davidson Descendants

http://www.frontiernet.net/~ftmjohn/PDFFiles/Davidson.pdf

DAVIDSON DESCENDANT LINES
by
John Hanrahan
This presents the descendant lines recorded in my database.
Open the Bookmarks Tab to see my Ancestral lines.
Pages tab will make it faster to get to a page.
Index will provide a list of names with page numbers those names can be found.
DAVIDSON ANCESTRY
1
Descendants of James Davidson
*1 James Davidson b: in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
.. +Mary Struther b: in Norman Scotland or Norham, Northumberland, England m: 09 September 1796 in Berwick-upon-
Tweed, Northumberland, England
... 2 William Davidson b: 27 May 1797 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
... 2 Eleanor Davidson b: 22 March 1799 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
....... +Cornelius S. Nesbit b: in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England m: Abt. 1836
........ 3 Eleanor Nesbit b: 1837 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England d: 1926 York, England
... 2 Bridget Davidson b: 10 May 1801 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
... 2 Roger Davidson b: 20 August 1803 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England d: Bef. 1806 Berwick-upon-
Tweed, Northumberland, England
... 2 George Davidson b: 14 July 1804 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
....... +Ann Struthers
*... 2 Roger Davidson b: 19 April 1806 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England d: 11 May 1875 Plainfield, New
Jersey
....... +Jean Bertram b: 22 April 1808 in Parish of Stobo, Peebleshire, Scotland d: 06 April 1857 New York City, New York
m: Abt. 1830 in Berwick-on-Tweed, England
........ 3 James Davidson b: Bef. 1834 in Scotland
............ +Elsie Baverstock/Bavistock
........ 3 Elizabeth Davidson b: 05 February 1834 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England d: 13 January 1912
New York City
............ +Stephen Eugene Kirby b: Abt. 1830 in New York City m: Abt. 1855 in Possibly New York
............. 4 Jean Bertram Kirby b: Abt. 1856 in New York
................. +Filley
............. 4 Frederick E. Kirby b: Abt. 1858 in New York
DAVIDSON ANCESTRY
2
Descendants of James Davidson
............. 4 Mary S. Kirby b: Abt. 1860 in New York
................. +Thomas J. Knowles
............. 4 John Kirby b: Bet. 1860 - 1870 in New York
........ 3 Mary Struthers Davidson b: 01 April 1835 in New York
............ +John W. Murray, Sr. b: Abt. 1835 in Scotland d: Bet. 1890 - 1900 Not listed on 1900 Census m: Abt. 1856 in
Probably in New York
............. 4 William D. Murray b: July 1858 in New York
................. +Mary b: October 1860 in New York m: Abt. 1893 in New York/New Jersey
............. 4 John W. Murray, Jr. b: November 1860 in New York
................. +Amelia b: October 1861 in Rhode Island m: Abt. 1882 in New York/New Jersey
............. 4 Jean Bertram Murray b: Abt. 1862 in New York
................. +Townshed Rushmore

............. 4 Roger F. Murray b: 06 December 1864 in New York d: Bet. 1922 - 1923
................. +Nettie M. Hetfield b: Abt. 1869 in New Jersey
............. 4 Augusta R Murray b: Abt. 1867 in New York
................. +A. A. Tilney

............. 4 Mary Stephens Murray b: Abt. 1869 in New Jersey
................. +Joseph W. Sandford
............. 4 James E. Murray b: Abt. 1871 in New Jersey
................. +Alice Marshall
............. 4 Walter L. Murray b: Abt. 1873 in New Jersey
DAVIDSON ANCESTRY
3
Descendants of James Davidson
................. +Mary Van Horn
*........ 3 Jane Davidson b: 15 November 1836 in , Rockland, New York d: 01 January 1914 Iowa
............ +Cornelius V. Anderson, Sr. b: 19 April 1835 in New York City, New York, New York d: 15 May 1895 Davenport,
Scott, Ia., US m: 28 December 1858 in New York, New York Co, New York
............. 4 Cornelius V. Anderson, Jr. b: Abt. October 1858 in Died 1 month after birth d: Abt. 25 November 1858
Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
............. 4 Jane Elizabeth "Jen" Anderson b: 09 June 1859 in Williams, Brooklyn, Kings, New York d: 19 July 1923
Possible Davenport, Scott, Iowa
................. +Fred Genslinger b: Abt. 1862 in Illinois d: 02 March 1928 Possible Davenport, Scott, Iowa m: Bef. 1894 in
Iowa
............. 4 Eleanor "Ella" Anderson b: 06 May 1860 in New York d: 04 July 1888 Chicago, Cook, Ill
............. 4 Emma Louise Anderson b: 1863 in New York d: 1874 Illinois
*............. 4 Elizabeth "Libby" Anderson b: 23 September 1865 in Brooklyn, New York, New York, US d: 03 January 1951
DeWitt, Clinton, Ia., US
................. +Charles Francis Kent b: 05 June 1863 in Davenport, Scott, Ia., US d: 21 June 1944 DeWitt, Clinton, Ia., US
m: 09 May 1893 in Davenport, Scott, Ia, U.S.
............. 4 Benjamin N. "Ben" Anderson, Sr. b: 25 September 1867 in New Jersey d: 02 October 1959 Ilinois/California
................. +Madge VanPelt b: Abt. 25 December 1874 in Louisiana d: Ilinois/California m: 16 March 1897 in Possible
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
............. 4 Cornelia V. "Nealie" Anderson b: 08 April 1871 in Chicago, Ill d: 05 November 1941 DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa
............. 4 Frederick Eugene Anderson b: 16 February 1873 in Chicago, Cook, Ill d: 17 December 1917 Iowa
................. +Arianna Lorton b: 14 July m: Aft. 1910
........ 3 Eleanor "Ella" Davidson b: 16 July 1838 in New York City, New York d: 25 January 1908 Flushing, New York City,
New York
............ +Joseph/James Knowles, Sr. b: 10 February 1839 in New York City, New York d: 23 December 1916 Flushing,
New York City, New York m: 22 April 1861 in Probably in New York
DAVIDSON ANCESTRY
4
Descendants of James Davidson
............. 4 James Knowles, Jr. d: Died 4 1/2 years old
............. 4 Andrew Anderson Knowles b: Abt. 1864
................. +Anna Coles
............. 4 Charles E. Knowles b: Abt. 1866
................. +Jean N. Nesmith/Nesenilth
............. 4 Jean Bertram Knowles b: 31 March 1867 in New York d: 12 January 1954 Dundas, Ontairo, Canada
................. +Thomas A. Bertram b: 16 January 1864 in Dundas, Ontario, Canada d: 07 June 1954 Dundas, Ontairo,
Canada m: 02 November 1888 in Dundas, Ontario, Canada
............. 4 Elizabeth G. "Lyde" Knowles b: Abt. 1870 in New York
............. 4 William W. Knowles b: Abt. 1872
................. +Suzanne Rockwell
............. 4 Eleanor D. Knowles b: Abt. 1871 in New York
................. +Charles J. Lainge b: in Canada m: Abt. 1902 in ?New York
............. 4 Mary S. Knowles b: Abt. 1877 in New York
................. +Edward Chester Beard b: Abt. 1875 in Connecticut m: Abt. 1916 in New York
........ 3 William Davidson b: Abt. 1841
........ 3 Delia/Adelia Davidson b: 26 February 1845 in New York d: 06 January 1925 Probably in New Jersey
............ +Eric Nicholas Erickson b: 1844 in Norway d: Bef. 1900 New York/New Jersey m: Abt. 1867 in Probably in New
York
............. 4 Jean Bertram Erickson b: Abt. 1868
................. +James Hallock
............. *2nd Husband of Jean Bertram Erickson:
................. +Henry Hall
DAVIDSON ANCESTRY
5
Descendants of James Davidson
............. 4 Julius E. Erickson b: May 1870 in New York
................. +Ida L. Haywood b: January 1872 in New Jersey m: Abt. 1896 in New Jersey
............. 4 Roger W. Erickson b: June 1872 in New York
............. 4 Eric N Erickson b: August 1879 in New Jersey
... 2 James Davidson b: 15 October 1808 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
... 2 Mary Davidson b: 11 March 1811 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
....... +Thomas Marshall b: in Of or near London
... 2 Margaret D. Davidson b: 1814 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England d: 1850 England
....... +Leonord Hazelden b: Abt. 05 July 1807 in Framfield, England d: England m: Bef. 1833 in England
........ 3 Leonard Hazelden b: Abt. 30 June 1833
........ 3 Mary Hazelden b: Abt. 01 May 1836
........ 3 Maria Hazelden b: 21 February 1838
........ 3 Bridget Davidson Hazelden b: Abt. 19 August 1842
........ 3 William Hazelden b: Abt. 1845
........ 3 James Davidson Hazelden b: Abt. 1847
6
Index of Individuals
Amelia -
Unnamed: 2
Anderson -
Benjamin N. , Sr. (aka: Ben): 3
Cornelia V. (aka: Nealie): 3
Cornelius V. , Jr.: 3
Cornelius V. , Sr.: 3
Eleanor (aka: Ella): 3
Elizabeth (aka: Libby): 3
Emma Louise: 3
Frederick Eugene: 3
Jane Elizabeth (aka: Jen): 3
Baverstock/Bavistock -
Elsie: 1
Beard -
Edward Chester: 4
Ben -
(name: Benjamin N. Anderson, Sr.): 3
Bertram -
Jean: 1
Thomas A.: 4
Coles -
Anna: 4
Davidson -
Bridget: 1
Delia/Adelia: 4
Eleanor: 1
Eleanor (aka: Ella): 3
Elizabeth: 1
George: 1
James: 1
James: 5
James: 1
Jane: 3
Margaret D.: 5
Mary: 5
Mary Struthers: 2
Roger: 1
Roger: 1
William: 1
William: 4
Ella -
(name: Eleanor Davidson): 3
(name: Eleanor Anderson): 3
Erickson -
Eric N: 5
Eric Nicholas: 4
Jean Bertram: 4
Julius E.: 5
Roger W.: 5
Filley -
Unnamed: 1
Genslinger -
Fred: 3
Hall -
Henry: 4
Hallock -
James: 4
Haywood -
Ida L.: 5
Hazelden -
Bridget Davidson: 5
James Davidson: 5
Leonard: 5
Leonord: 5
Maria: 5
Mary: 5
William: 5
Hetfield -
Nettie M.: 2
Jen -
(name: Jane Elizabeth Anderson): 3
Kent -
Charles Francis: 3
Kirby -
Frederick E.: 1
Jean Bertram: 1
John: 2
Mary S.: 2
Stephen Eugene: 1
Knowles -
Andrew Anderson: 4
Charles E.: 4
Eleanor D.: 4
Elizabeth G. (aka: Lyde): 4
James , Jr.: 4
Jean Bertram: 4
Joseph/James , Sr.: 3
Mary S.: 4
Thomas J.: 2
William W.: 4
Lainge -
Charles J.: 4
Libby -
(name: Elizabeth Anderson): 3
Lorton -
Arianna: 3
Lyde -
(name: Elizabeth G. Knowles): 4
Marshall -
Alice: 2
Thomas: 5
Mary -
Unnamed: 2
Murray -
Augusta R: 2
James E.: 2
Jean Bertram: 2
John W. , Jr.: 2
John W. , Sr.: 2
Mary Stephens: 2
Roger F.: 2
Walter L.: 2
William D.: 2
Nealie -
(name: Cornelia V. Anderson): 3
Nesbit -
Cornelius S.: 1
Eleanor: 1
Nesmith/Nesenilth -
Jean N.: 4
Rockwell -
Suzanne: 4
Rushmore -
7
Townshed: 2
Sandford -
Joseph W.: 2
Struther -
Mary: 1
Struthers -
Ann: 1
Tilney -
A. A.: 2
Van Horn -
Mary: 3
Van Pelt -
Madge: 3

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. A. A. Tilney
966 Central Avenue

November 2, 1894 New York Times

Sanford - Murray

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Nov. 1 – There was a brilliant wedding in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at 7:30 o'clock this evening, when Miss Minnie Breckinridge Murray, daughter of John W. Murray of the German Insurance Company of New York, was married to Joseph Webster Sandford, Jr., son of Joseph W. Sanford of Westervelt Avenue. A large assemblage of society people witnessed the event. The Rev. Dr. William R. Richards, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony. The church was elaborately decorated with palms and chyrsanthemums.

The bride wore a handsome gown of white corded silk and carried a bouquet of beautiful roses. The maid of honor was Miss Augusta Knox Murray. The bridesmaids were Miss Stella Place, Miss May Sanford, and Miss May Grace Brewster of New York. Albert Tilney was best man. The ushers were Percy H. Stewart, George S. Beebe, Howard W. Beebe, Fred W. Walz, Walter F. Murray, and James E. Murray. A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents.

www.smokershistory.com

A.A. Tilney

A.A. Tilney was the Boston representative of Harvey Fisk & Sons from 1894, and a partner from 1901 to 1915. Dwight W. Morrow urged him to accept the post of assistant to the president of Bankers Trust. He became president in 1928. He was a director of the American Gas & Electric Co., Babcock & Wilcox Co., Bankers Safe Deposit Co., Central Romana Inc., International Agricultural Corp., Newark Factory Sites Co. and the South Porto Rico Sugar Co. He graduated from Yale in 1890. (Arthur A. Tilney, Financier, 69, Dies. New York Times, Aug. 29, 1937). He was a member of Wolf's Head. Thomas J. Tilney, Skull & Bones 1870, was his brother, and Robert F. Tilney, Skull & Bones 1905, was a nephew. (Albert Arthur Tilney, B.A. 1890. Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1937-1938, pp. 57-58.)
Yale Obituary Record 1937-1938 / Yale University Library (pdf, 305 pp)

1939 Yale Obituary

1939 Yale Obituary

1927 Plainfield Directory for "Tilney"

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

PAST PRESIDENTS
1925-1927: Mrs. Mason Tilney

Minnie Murray Sandford

Minnie Murray Sandford's dress
c. late 1880's - 1890's
Given to Drake House November 2013 by the Sandford family

Minnie Murray Sandford

Minnie Murray Sandford's dress
c. late 1880's - 1890's
Given to Drake House November 2013 by the Sandford family

Minnie Murray Sandford

Minnie Murray Sandford's dress
c. late 1880's - 1890's
Given to Drake House November 2013 by the Sandford family

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

December 28, 2014

Local blogger Dan Damon wrote this article, Suspicious fire at historic Plainfield building, regarding a fire at the Samuel W. Rushmore building on South Avenue. Many Rushmore relatives have been members of the PGC including current Affiliate Member Ginny Rushmore.

To learn more about this prominent family, click on these member albums:

Rushmore, Mrs. Murray (Helen Joy)
Rushmore, Mrs. Townsend (Jean Betram Murray) '20
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47
Joost, Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) '19
Murray, Mrs. James Everett (Alice Marshall) '20
Roome, Mrs. John Stanton (Dolores or "Dody" Murray) '57
Tilney, Mrs. Albert Arthur (Augusta R. Murray) '20
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52
Lockwood, Mrs. William L. (Amy M.) '25
Marshall, Mrs. Henry P. (Dorothy Burke) '30
Howell, Mrs. Josephus Halsey (Romaine Ray) '22
Chambliss, Mrs. Leopold A. (Anna Scott Yerkes) '50
Eddy, Mrs. Charles Brown (Ellen Coolidge Burke) '15

And through marriage on her husband's side, the late Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) Sandford '50.

Plainfield firefighters responded early Saturday evening to a suspicious fire in a historic factory structure at South Avenue and Berckman Street.

The complex of three buildings, parts of which are over a hundred years old, most recently housed the Royal Apex Company, a manufacturer of gutters and other metal and plastic extruded products. The buildings have been vacant since 2007, when Royal Apex was bought out by Berger Building Products, Inc., and operations were moved to Pennsylvania.

Originally, the buildings housed the Rushmore Dynamo Works, owned by Plainfield entrepreneur and inventor Samuel W. Rushmore. Rushmore made his fortune in patents and manufacturing several key improvements in automobile technology.

Among his notable inventions – or improvements on those of others – are the automatic starter, cooling systems for internal combustion engines, the flared automobile headlamp, a searchlight, and locomotive headlights. At one time, half of all the automatic starters used in American automobiles were manufactured in the Plainfield location.

Rushmore sold the business in 1914 to the Bosch Magneto Company, with the proviso that the Rushmore name be used on its products for a number of years. When Bosch violated the terms of the agreement, Rushmore successfully sued (see here) for $100,000 (which would be over $2 million today).

Bosch, a German company with a U.S. branch, established a separate U.S. corporation, headquartered in New York City. Because of suspicions of its owners' loyalty, Bosch was nationalized in both the First and Second World Wars – with control returning to private hands in 1948.

Though several area fire companies responded to the blaze, it was quickly brought under control. A source told me the fire is suspected to be arson, a determination that will be made officially by arson investigators.