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Tillson Family

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E.D. Tillson portrait

George Tillson and his family were the founders of Tillsonburg. They came to the area from Enfield, Massachusetts, and like most settlers, came to the area seeking better opportunities for their family. 

Tillsonburg from the East circa 1870sIn 1822, they settled near Normandale, and established a furnace works. During a journey inland in 1824, George discovered an area that would one day bear his name.

George's son, Edwin Delevan Tillson (pictured above), became the town's first mayor and chief industrialist. It was he and his wife Mary Anne who built Annandale House.