Elizabeth Tillman Location: Tillman Cemetery on the grounds of the Tillman Farm
Elizabeth French was born to Esther and Ralph French in New Haven, CT. Elizabeth was always a fun-loving child who grew up around her parents’ glass-cutting business. As a child, she learned a lot of first aid because of injuries the workers would face in the factory. This led her to want to pursue a career in nursing.
Elizabeth attended a small nursing college in Connecticut, and immediately got a job at The Pleasant Home for the Insane after graduation. Her talents were duly noted by the Senior Staff at the Asylum and she was quickly promoted to Head Nurse. She fell in love with Paul, and supported anything and everything he did.
In 1950, Elizabeth and Paul gave birth to their twins, Daniel and Abigail, in the Asylum, at which time her priorities shifted to raising her children on the Asylum grounds. After The Pleasant Home for the Insane was shut down, Elizabeth moved to the Tillman Society Archives in NYC with her family, where she became the curator of the antiquities collected by the Tillman’s. She fell ill in 1985 and passed away just three months later. Her body is buried next to her beloved husband on the Tillman Family Farm.
Daniel Tillman (1950-)
Location: Tillman Archives, New York City
Daniel Tillman was born to Elizabeth and Paul Tillman on the grounds of The Pleasant Home for the Insane in Newtown, CT. His twin sister, Abigail, was born just two minutes after him. He grew up in the Asylum, watching his father perform rather morbid experiments on his patients.
As the age of 10, Daniel ventured into the underground tunnel system of the Asylum and was lost for three days. The events of what happened in those tunnels is still not clear, because Daniel emerged from the tunnels a different person. His father diagnosed him with multiple-personality disorder, a disease that he tried to unsuccessfully cure for the rest of his time as Director of the Asylum.
After the Asylum closed in 1967, Daniel went missing for almost twenty years, when he surfaced as The Ringmaster of The Tillman Brothers’ Carnival. With his split personality even stronger now, the embodiment of The Ringmaster became his true being. He traveled the world, collecting those fit for his carnival, and began transforming them into the most unique freaks ever seen at any traveling show. His most famous creation was a human clown marionette that was assembled from those trying to put an end to his successful carnival. Sadly, this creation lived for only one year. It was cremated and added to the Tillman Archives as a memory of how the human body can be manipulated and transformed, testing the limit of the body itself.
The death of this creation caused Daniel to resurface through his alter-ego. Daniel is now the Head of the Tillman Society and is the most prominent figure of the organization.
Carol Tillman Location: Tillman Archives, New York City
Carol Sneed was born to Heather and Robert Sneed in Chicago, IL. She was born into a line of a very wealthy family whose standards were questionable and whose means of acquiring their wealth were illegal. Her uncle, the infamous Captain Richard Sneed, was very influential in raising her, and taught her at a young age how to manipulate the human mind in order achieve success and fame.
She grew up with her older sister, Jennifer, and her cousin, Victoria, both of whom didn’t seem to have the same malicious ways of thinking as her uncle. When Victoria was sent away to an Asylum in Connecticut for “treatment”, the two sisters moved in with their uncle, who continued to mold them into his legacy.
Carol eventually graduated from The University of Chicago and moved to New York, where she met the handsome, and very mysterious, Daniel Tillman. Daniel was The Ringmaster of a traveling carnival, so she joined him as he visited city after city, showcasing his famous freak show. They married and she gave birth to their son, Arthur. She turned her focus on raising her son while her husband was occupied with his traveling show. She eventually moved into the Tillman Archive, where her mother-in-law, Elizabeth, helped raise young Arthur.
Carol kept in close touch with her sister, who eventually married the prominent Dr. Bert Fake, who is the curator of the American Museum of Natural History. Jennifer moved to New York to be with Bert, and began to learn the ways of cataloging the Archive. Due to recent concerns surrounding the Fake family, Carol lost touch with her sister.
Arthur Tillman Location: Tillman Archives, New York City
Arthur Tillman was born to Carol and Daniel Tillman in their hometown of New York City. Arthur’s father was The Ringmaster of an infamous traveling carnival, and he spent some time touring the country in awe of what his father could do through human transformation. Because life on the road became too much for family life, Arthur eventually moved into The Tillman Archive with his mother and grandmother.
He spent much of his time exploring the halls of the American Museum of Natural History because his Uncle Bert was the curator. Arthur became so fascinated with the museum, taking particular interest in paleontology. He would walk the halls of the dinosaur exhibits, dreaming of the day he would travel the world, collecting specimens. He attended NYU and graduated with a paleontology degree.
Over time, as he ventured from one dig site to another, he realized certain artifacts, and sometimes certain people, held valuable powers that could be studied and harvested. Arthur’s biggest accomplishment was tracking down his competitor, Dr. Eleanor Harding, who was pure of heart, and whose soul would be a perfect sacrifice to the Tillman Family. After Dr. Harding’s team of paleontologists recovered a new dinosaur species from the African desert, Arthur traveled to London and stole it from her prized collection. This dinosaur skull was added to the Archive as a prime example that mind always beats matter.
Even though Dr. Harding has now been properly disposed of, Arthur still continues to travel the globe, stealing artifacts for the Archive in hopes of one day fully understanding their powers.
Clara Tillman Location: Tillman Archives, New York City
Clara Montgomery was born to Erica and William Montgomery in a small town in northern New Jersey. She was a lively child who was hard to contain because she was always causing trouble at school. Her parents sent her to a boarding school in upstate New York to learn proper etiquette skills. Clara shaped up within two years, but she still had some remnants of her inner demons even after she graduated.
Clara stayed in upstate New York to attend Ithaca College, but dropped out due to financial stresses. She moved back in with her parents, who were hesitant, but welcomed their only child back into their home. Her father, William, was a private detective best known for exposing the unorthodox practices at The Pleasant Home for the Insane. Her father retired and moved to the small town of Walton, FL. 1n 1992, William and his former partner, Jon Harding, went missing.
Clara befriended Jon’s daughter, Eleanor, who she kept in close contact with over the years. Clara and Eleanor became inseparable, and shared all of their secrets with each other. While at a symposium at the American Museum of Natural History, Clara was courted by Dr. Arthur Tillman, who took a very keen interest in her. After they married, Arthur revealed his secrets of an underground Archive located in Central Park, and explained the importance of luring her beloved friend Eleanor into the lair. He said that Eleanor’s soul has an unparalleled purpose and she was needed to conduct the final test of the Tillman Society. Clara obliged to her loving husband, and double-crossed her dearest friend, making her an integral part of the Tillman Society.