Bolton founded by families

BOLTON LANDING By the mid 1850s, the township of Bolton had been established, with the blood, sweat and tears of its early pioneers. One of those founding families was the Tuttles, who had a farm on Federal Hill.

In August of 1856, Lillian Tuttle was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Tuttle. Lillian lost her father when she was six and a younger sister soon after.

Lillian attended the Academy, a private school in Glens Falls and she taught school for a year or two. She had a half-brother, Sidney, who moved from place to place, and when his wife died in 1879 in Texas, he sent for Lillian to keep house for him.

The railroad was the safest way to travel, after most likely taking a horse and carriage to Caldwell to catch the Lake George Stage that transported her down the nine mile plank road to the Rockwell House in Glens Falls. She then traveled to Fort Edward to take a train to New York City where she started the long and dusty trip to Texas with her many trunks and boxes of clothing and accoutrements.

After a long and sooty trip, the train finally arrived in Palestine, Texas, where Lillian was to meet Sidney. Bolton resident Henry Caldwell, the great grandson of Lillian, said that railroad station is where she met her future husband, William Keeney Bixby.

She took a bag of chestnuts with her, and she spilled the bag as she got off the train, Caldwell said. W.K. Bixby was working for the railroad and came to help her pick up her chestnuts and thats how they met.

In their first conversation while picking up the wayward chestnuts, Lillian learned that Bixby was from Michigan, and had come to Texas to work on the railroad, and Sidney Tuttle, her half brother, was his boss. He visited Lillian at Sidneys home, and two years later, they were married.

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