Town ensures Tillson ’s vision for property is preserved


A debate that simmered for weeks over the possession of a park once owned using the scion of a Southwestern Ontario metropolis’s founder is now settled, with the college board that’s maintained it for eight a long time announcing it’ll relinquish any claims to it.

In 1865, George B. Tillson, son of Tillsonburg’s founder, registered numerous parcels of land in his call, including belongings he later brought the region into public care. He later deeded an adjacent property for instructional use, land on which Rolph Road School was eventually constructed.

But the college has closed for the last 12 months, and the Thames Valley District school board lately despatched out notices it intended to sell its property.

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The question turned into: Which parcel? “A portion of the belongings which the Thames board intends to sell is registered in the name of George B. Tillson,” the board stated in prison. Be aware of seeking out Tillson Descendents to Breakthrough by April 29.

And that didn’t take a seat right with Jenese rate Derrough, a first-rate-great-grand-daughter of George B. Tillson who lives in North Carolina. She stated Tillson’s vision for the assets ought to be upheld because he never surpassed over-possession.

“George Tillson’s entire intention for the belongings was schooling,” she said. “If he wanted them to have it, he could have deeded it to the college board and said, In 100 years, you can promote it.”

She feared the school board would grab the land and could sell it for improvement.

However, that’s no longer the case, stated Kevin Bushell, head of facility offerings for the Thames board.

He said the board was getting ready to sell the college property and had to recognize where the school belongings ended, and the parkland commenced.

Now that descendants — Derrough and others — have come forward, the board has suspended any capacity sale. “We’re genuinely doing whatever, however, a land grasp. We’re giving it lower back. We’re trying to make it proper,” Bushell stated.

Dealing with pre-Confederation files has its challenges, he stated.

Some of the metropolis’s participants already use several ravine locations.

Bushell assured that they gained’t an alternate, even if the board ultimately had property on the market.

“We’re going to paint with the town to switch that (parkland) parcel to the city.”

And, he stated, the board will make sure there’s a strip of land so that it will offer to get entry from the street to the park on the return.

The town intends to maintain the park in public fingers, city clerk Donna Wilson stated in an e-mail to Derrough late last week.

“The town’s lawyer has advised us that the College Board will now not try to promote any parcel that’s inside the Tillson call, and the town’s lawyer could be operating closer to clearing up the title to several portions of belongings within the town which is presently green area or parkland inside the Tillson name . . . The property will remain an inexperienced area, and there’ll be no attempt to promote the land.”


George Barker Tillson became only a boy when his pioneering mom and his father — who became the metropolis’s founder, George Tillson — moved to the region from Maine in 1825. George B. became the eldest of 9 children and part of a family that owned tons of land in and around Tillson Burg.

Derrough emphasized she isn’t the family spokesperson and that different families in her father’s era need a voice in what happens to the belongings.