Saturday, April 27, 2013
Benjamin Drake Tilden, Cholera Victim
Benjamin Drake Tilden was the son of Dr. Daniel Tilden and his wife Nancy, born in 1815. According to the book CHOLERA VICTIMS OF 1849 IN SANDUSKY, ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, by Katharyn L. Wunderley, Benjamin Drake Tilden died of cholera on July 27, 1849. He was only 34 years of age at the time of his death. In the newspaper, the Daily Sanduskian, dated July 27, 1849, an article gave this account: "Benjamin D. Tilden, attorney and counsellor at law, died this afternoon, after an illness of 16 hours, leaving a wife and children, etc. Up to the time of the attack, he had been active in administering relief to the sick."
Benjamin D. Tilden was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Block 20. In the 1850 U.S. Census for Erie County, Ohio, the widow of Benjamin, whose name was Jane, and his young son Thomas, were both residing in the household of Dr. Daniel Tilden.