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Benjamin Dough Tillett Photo Album

Benjamin Dough Tillett
Almira (Hayman) Tillett

Benjamin Dough Tillett was born in Kitty Hawk, Currituck County, on April 28, 1840 to Samuel Avery Tillett, Sr. & Sarah Mariah (Beacham) TillettBen first married Lovey Walker on Sept. 29, 1859 and they had one child: Avery Benjamin Love "Belove" Tillett [see his photo here].  Although no marriage license has been found, it has been said that Ben was married a second time to Sallie Ann Midgett (died 1867) and that they had one child: Sallie Ann Belinda Tillett (1867-1897).  Ben was married for the third time on Sept. 14, 1868 to Mary Frances Midgett and no children were produced from this union.  Ben's last wife was Almira Blake Hayman (1852-1928) whom he married about 1875.  She was the daughter of Daniel Webster Hayman & Mary Elizabeth Lewark.  This union produced 7 children.
     1. Mary Love Tillett (1876-1961) married Charles Bailey Perry [photo of Mary]
     2. Ella Frances Tillett (1879-1955) married George Washington O'Neal [photo of Ella]
     3. Alphonso D. Tillett (1881-1954) married Lenora L. "Norie" Harris [photo of Alphonso]
     4. William Lewis Tillett (1883-1958) married Helen Frances Stetson
     5. Curtis Delton Tillett (1886-1902)
     6. Virginia Dare Tillett (1890-1979) married Samuel Broadrick Beasley
     7. Almira Defers "Marnie" Tillett (1896-1969) married James Bristo O'Neal, Sr.
Benjamin & Almira, as well as their first six children are buried in Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk

George Washington O'Neal
Ella Frances (Tillett) O'Neal

  Photo of Ella made 1954

Ella Frances Tillett, daughter of Benjamin Dough Tillett and his 4th wife, Almira Blake Hayman, was born in Kitty Hawk on Aug. 11, 1879 and died in Norfolk, Va. on April 3, 1955.  Ella married George Washington O'Neal at Colington, NC on Feb. 23, 1905.  George W. O'Neal, the son of Evan O'Neal and Mary Susan Whitson, was born at Nags Head on Feb. 22, 1877 and died in Elizabeth City, NC on Mar. 23, 1967. [see obit] Ella & George are buried in the Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk.  They had the following children:
   1) Hester Odell Tillett (1901-1970) married Celia Richard GrayHester was Ella's son by a previous relationship.
   2) Melvin Gold Tillett (1904-1991) married Mary Holland Sanderlin. Melvin was listed as a Tillett and "adopted" in 1910.  He was buried as an O'Neal.
   3) Eva Leola O'Neal (1905-1993) married Leon Hardy Perry
   4) Oscar Delton O'Neal (1907-1938) married Mary Florence Hughes
   5) Carl Clifton O'Neal (1909-1909)
   6) Alvah Elbert O'Neal (1912-1977) married Sadie Valentine Brice
   7) Mitchell Howard O'Neal (1917-     ) married Muriel Weed, Doris Hanson & Ena Ingeborg Pust

[Photographs submitted by Sandy Midgett]



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