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John Tillson papers

 Collection — Box: 90
Identifier: MS-SC1542

Scope and Contents

Journal, 1820, kept on a journey from Boston to Illinois and eastern Missouri. Copies of letters sent to stock holders and clients regarding Illinois land titles and company business with references to the Illinois State Bank, Internal Improvements Act of 1837, New Revenue Bill of 1839, Wabash and Erie Canal, and the Alton, Wabash and Erie Railroad. Letters to Ninian Edwards, Philander Chase, John Palmer, Stephen T. Logan, and Orville H. Browning. Approximately 460 letters. Also has Tillson's company expenditures and accounts for 260 customers. Notebook, 1833-1834, of descriptions of military bounty lands, mostly in Illinois, for which Tillson was the agent.


  • Created: 1833 - 1842


Biographical / Historical

Land agent for the United States and then agent for the New York and Boston Illinois Land Company doing business from Vandalia and Quincy, Illinois. When Tillson's companies collapsed in the Panic of 1837, he became an agent of the Illinois Land Company until his death in 1853. Married Christiana Holmes in 1822, and had four children: Charles, John Jr., Robert, and Christiana.


2 folders (1 linear inch (.084 linear feet)) : 3 bound volumes ; 45 cm or smaller

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