Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #15 Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY (1859-1939)


Tillie with her husband Tom and daughter Fannie ca. 1895

Tillie ROYALTY, daughter of Samuel ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER and sister of Florence ROYALTY, married Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS about 1886, most likely in Pope County, Illinois. They were the parents of Charles Edgar WELLS b. 1886 and Frances “Fannie” WELLS b. 1892, both in Pope County. After the births of their children they were seen in Bedford County, Tennessee, in 1900 and in Johnson County, Illinois, in 1910.

Tom and Tillie in early 1910s


Tillie by herself ca. early 1910s, taken before move to California

Tom, Tillie and their children moved to California in the early 1910s, before 1915 when Tillie’s sister Florence visited them. They lived in San Luis Obispo County, California, in 1920 and 1930 when the census was taken.


More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

4 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #15 Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY (1859-1939)”

    1. Thank you Gail. When my distant cousin Joe shared with me I did not realize I would be blogging about them. I am so happy to be able to preserve them in this way even though many of the individuals are not related to me.

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