Tilton Society of Delaware

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Tilton Society of Delaware Board Members

Michele Schiavoni, President

Cynthia Pritchard, Vice President

Susan O’Donnell, Treasurer

Emma Odren, Secretary

Valarie Windle Leary, Board Member

Suzanne Savery, Board Member

Mark Thompson, Board Member

Charlie Tomlinson, Board Member

The Tilton Mansion

The Tilton Mansion

Tilton Mansion was built on land bought by James Tilton, MD from Bancroft Woodcock in 1792. Learn all about the mansion’s history from then until today!

Mission Statement

The Tilton Society of Delaware is a 501c3 whose purpose is to educate, promote and preserve the legacy of Dr. James Tilton and the historic significance of his home, the Tilton Mansion on Broom Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The Tilton Mansion is a contributing property to the Eighth Street Park Historic District (or Tilton Park Historic District).

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Dr. James Tilton

“His firsts are far-reaching and extend into agricultural firsts and meteorological
firsts, all recorded in the likes of the Library of Congress. While
this might be in fact be the first time that you have heard about
Tilton, it is our hope that it is not the last.”

Learn all about the Tilton Society’s namesake and his impact on the world yesterday and today.

Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
Highlighting early physicians and founders of the Medical Society of Delaware. 🇺🇲

Doctor William McMechen, was the son of Andrew McMechen and Agnes Carr, and was a organizing physician of the Medical Society of Delaware in 1789. He served in the American Revolution under Captain William McCray, with the rank of Ensign, surgeon to the Delaware troops. He married Mary Ogle in 1789, New Castle County Delaware. Died around 7 November 1807 in New Castle County Delaware, and is buried at the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
On this date in 1778, orders are given to construct "Flying Hospitals" (so named for their makeshift nature) at Valley Forge to better care for the sick and to separate contagious men amidst the camp's unimaginable suffering. These were among the darkest days of the American Revolution, and Valley Forge remains a powerful symbol of our ancestors' determination to fight or die (literally). By the end of the six-month encampment, some 2,000 men—roughly one in six—would die of disease.

January 13, 1778: "The Flying Hospitals are to be 15 feet wide and 25 feet long in the clear and the story at least 9 feet high to be covered with boards or shingles only without any dirt, windows made on each side and a chimney at one end. Two such hospitals are to be made for each brigade at or near the center and if the ground permits of it not more than 100 yards distance from the brigade." [Weedon's Valley Forge Orderly Book, p. 191]

Let us also reflect on the Revolutionary War medical staff who tended them -- predecessors of the healthcare professionals who have similarly risked their own lives in recent years to care for their fellow Americans.
Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
Highlighting the founders of the Medical Society of Delaware ☀️

Dr. Henry Peterson was the son of the late Dr. Jacob Peterson and his wife Grace van Dyke, and brother of sisters Mary, Hester and Harriott. The Peterson Family Cemetery, located in Middletown, Delaware is the final resting place of Dr. Jacob Peterson. His inscription reads:"In memory of Jacob Peterson, Esqr., Who died January 7, 1774. Aged 40 years. His abilities as a Physician, and his usefulness in Public and Domestic Life Render his Death a real Loss to all concerned in it."

Dr. Henry Peterson, followed in his Father's footsteps, residing in St. George Hundred where he practiced medicine and where he died with his wife Elizabeth by his side on 28 December 1794. His Will was recorded 17 July 1795.
Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year ahead. Best wishes from the Tilton Society of Delaware! Happy New Year!

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