Elza Tittsworth was born around 1872 to Martha Jane Gideon Tittsworth and William David Tittsworth. The name is spelled both with one and two "t's". The parents divorced around 1884 in Forsyth; the court house burned the following year so there is no record of the divorce. Soon after, Martha Jane re-married my gggGrandfather, Thomas Melton. I have a photograph of her and Thomas Melton taken in the 1890's.
Elza's father, William, was the 16 year old boy the notorious outlaw Alf Bolin shot in the chest near the later site of the Day, Missouri (Taney County) Post Office in 1862. Two women, Susan Keithley and Betsy May, nursed the teen back to health, after which he joined the Union Army. His second wife was Louisa Cole. William received a pension for his Civil War service. His death certificate
dated August 1915, indicates he died of heart failure at the age of 70 and was buried in the Cupp Cemetery near Bear Creek on what is today Highway 65. If correct, his grave
There is some confusion regarding Elza's final resting place. There is a gravestone in Cupp Cemetery that lists a correct birth and death date but his death certificate says he was buried at Highlandville in nearby Christian County. He is clearly on the Christian County 1920 census with wife Nannie and a number of children in Linn Township where he's listed as Elsey. He died in 1922 at the age of 50 from tuberculosis.
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