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From Rose Catherine's book, pp. 147, 148, David Ray Tillinghast (1841 Fayetteville NC-1942 Morgantown? NC)- yes, 101 years old.Became deaf at the age of five from an attack of whooping cough.Received good education in New York City, met wife Caroline Kirkland Stansbury there.They returned to Fayettville NC, and taught at the NC School for the Deaf for fifty years.(Well documented, David himself was never in Georgia - for any period of time, anyway.There were other Tillinghast cousins over there, though - Rose's direct line).
His SON, Joseph Alexander (1871-1944) did graduate work at Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington DC and taught in the schools for the deaf in Colorado, Montana and even in Belfast, Ireland.(This may have had something to do with the work for/with Alexander Graham Bell - the telephone was just a by-product of research into aides for the hard of hearing).
Alex's son, Edward, later became Superintendent of the school for the deaf in Montana.ALSO - Thomas Hooper Tillinghast, of Samuel Willard, became deaf when young as a result of scarlet fever and he ALSO spent (some) time teaching in the NC schools for the deaf.
We have this whole family in our data base - we are a little more than half way through Rose's book.Please visit our web site for a complete view of this - David is in our Tillinghast (Joseph) Clan.