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Name:  Christiana Holmes Tillson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: 1798 in Kingston, Massachuesetts

-- Christiana Holmes Tillson on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author was an early Illinois pioneer who settled with her husband in Hillsboro, Illinois.

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A Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois (Shawnee Classics)
ISBN: 0809319810

Southern Illinois University Press. 1995

Christiana and John Tillson moved from Massachusetts to central Illinois in 1822. Upon arriving in Montgomery County near what would soon be Hillsboro, they set up a general store and real estate business and began to raise a family.

A half century later, Christiana Tillson wrote about her early days in Illinois in a memoir published by R. R. Donnelley in 1919. In it she describes her husband’s rise to wealth through the speculative land boom during the 1820s and 1830s and his loss of fortune when the land business went bust after the Specie Circular was issued in 1836.

The Tillsons lived quite ordinary lives in extraordinary times, notes Kay J. Carr, introducing this edition. Their views and sensibilities, Carr says, might seem strange to us, but they were entirely normal to people in the early nineteenth century. Thus Tillson’s memoir provides vignettes of ordinary nineteenth-century American life.