The obituary of Priscilla Tillery, school teacher.

Wilson Daily Times, 28 March 1929.


In the 1900 census of Cokey township, Edgecombe County: farmer Ben Tillery, 60; wife Charity, 55; and children James, 26, Jacob, 23, Prissilla, 18, William, 16, George, 14, and Claud, 12.

In the 1910 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: on Wilbanks and Elm City Road, odd jobs laborer Benjamin Tilery, 70; wife Chary, 68; and children Pricilla, 33, and Claudius, 21, farm laborer.

Pricilla Tillery died 13 March 1929 in Toisnot township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, he was 52 years old; single; born in Edgecombe County to Ben Tillery of Halifax County and Cherry Williams of Wilson County; buried in Elm City. Jane Ruffin, Elm City was informant.

I have not identified the school at which Priscilla Tillery worked.


  1. According to the date listed of the Wilson Times obituary, her death must have been in March, not May as listed. However, in the listings of the gravestones in the Elm City cemetery it lists a different month, January:
    Tillery, Prescilla (b. 6 Apr 1877 – d. 13 Jan 1929)
    An affectionate….mother and faithful friend. (Stone broken; parts missing). Also, your listing had her as single.

    Above her gravestone listing could be her mother’s :
    Tillery, Charity (b. 12 Sep 1841 – d. 19 Nov 1916)
    A tender mother and a faithful friend.

    1. You are correct that her death date was March, not May — a typo based on my scribbled notes. However, it is not my listing that describes her as single, it is her death certificate, though she was in fact widowed. Her headstone (or its transcription) is incorrect.

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