I found a biography of James L Tietsort (son of William Tietsort) and it has info on Sarah Law (Huff) Tietsort.
JAMES L. TIETSORT.
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THIS VOLUME CONTAINS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS
"Biography is the only true history." — Emerson
RICHMOND S. ARNOLD
JAMES L. TIETSORT
The death of the late James L. Tietsort, at his pleasant home in Girard, Illinois, removed from this city a citizen whose presence had lent added importance to the place on account of his sterling traits of character. Mr. Tietsort was born January 30, 1822, on a farm in the vicinity of Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, and was a son of William and Sarah (Huff) Tietsort.
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The Tietsort family is of Holland extraction and was founded in America by the grandfather of our subject, who spent his whole life in New Jersey. There William Tietsort was born, but later removed to Ohio, and in Butler County married Mrs. Sarah Huff, who was born in Virginia, and was a daughter of James Law, who was one of the early settlers of Butler County.
When the late James L. Tietsort was about 10 years of age, his parents decided to remove to what was then the wilds of Michigan. The only means of transportation available at that time was by horses and strong wagons,
and thus the long journey was made and the family and household effects carried. Mr. Tietsort was one of the earliest settlers in Volinia Township, Cass County, and there he spent the remainder of his life. He came to be
recognized as one of the leading men of his township and he accumulated a large property there, where he passed away in 1872. His estimable wife survived him but one year. She was a most admirable woman, and became the mother of a large family, worthily rearing to maturity 14 children.
Our late subject passed his boyhood in hard work and his schooling was necessarily limited. His treats were trips to St. Joseph, 30 miles away, when he was permitted to accompany his father to market. Game was so abundant in the vicinity at that time, that no provision of any other kind of meat was necessary, and hunting and fishing were the diversions of the region, although somewhat dangerous on account of the presence of roving bands of Indians, who were not always friendly. The large family were reared in habits of industry, the parents setting the example. The out-door life and the bracing climate of the locality developed a strong and sturdy constitution, which kept Mr. Tietsort until the close of his life vigorous and alert in both body and mind. He always loved to recall the pioneer days of his youth in Cass County and his reminiscences could always claim interested listeners.
By the time he was prepared to begin his own domestic life, he was already a good farmer, and for two years after his marriage he continued to manage the homestead farm for his father. In 1856 he decided to remove
to Illinois, a less rigorous climate in the more southern State, with other advantages, attracting him and causing the severing of old ties. After farming as a tenant for 10 years, Mr. Tietsort purchased a tract of 80 acres of good land situated within two miles of Girard, and to this he later added an adjoining 80-acre tract. This farm, through continued improvement and
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intelligent cultivation, is now justly considered one of the most desirable in Macoupin County and is now under the management of Mr. Tietsort's son, Melvin Harvey. In 1887 the late Mr. Tietsort left the farm and bought a comfortable residence in Girard, where he resided until his death, August 16, 1903.
Mr. Tietsort was united in marriage on November 30, 1854, with Harriet E. Gould, who was born February 11, 1838, in White Lake County, Michigan, and is a daughter of James Harvey and Elizabeth (Ouimby) Gould, both of whom were born in Massachusetts, the latter being a daughter of a Revolutionary patriot. Later Mr. and Mrs. Gould moved to White Lake County, Michigan, and while Mrs. Tietsort was still an infant moved to New York State and still later to Cass County, Michigan, where the father died in 1864 and the mother in 1876. Mrs. Tietsort still survives. Her interests are carefully looked after by her son, Melvin Harvey Tietsort, who is a most highly esteemed citizen of Girard. He married Edna Thacker, who is a daughter of Zachariah Thacker, a prominent citizen of Macoupin County for many years. They have two children: James H., who is chief bookkeeper of the People's Bank of Girard; and Nona E.
The late Mr. Tietsort had been a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years, and belonged to both Blue Lodge and Chapter and both he and his wife were members of the Eastern Star. Early in life they united with the Baptist Church and both have been generous in its support. They were accorded a long life of companionship and it was sweetened by mutual affection, love of kindred and the warm friendliness of all who knew them.
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