John Addison Singer Tilghman, a retired Baltimore businessman and descendant of the owners of historic Wye House, died of leukemia Sunday at his Ruxton home. He was 56.
Mr. Tilghman was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton.
He was a 1969 graduate of St. Paul?s School and attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.
With several college friends, Mr. Tilghman launched the Far East Trading Co. in Hyannis, Mass., in the 1970s, selling Asian handcrafts. He later returned to Baltimore and established a company that imported furniture and clothing made in Latin America.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Tilghman became a partner and manager of the Milton Inn in Sparks. He remained with the business until 1997, when it was sold and he retired.
He enjoyed spending time at Wye House, the Talbot County plantation that has been in his mother's family for 11 generations and where Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, had been a slave before escaping in 1838.
"He came toWye a lot, where he liked spending time hunting and fishing," said his brother, Richard C. Tilghman Jr., of Wye House.
He also enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Elkridge Club and Bachelors Cotillon.
He had been a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, and All Faith Chapel in Tunis Mills.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Wye House, 26080 Bruffs Island Road, Easton.
Also surviving are his wife of eight years, the former Linda Beth Morgan; his mother, Mary Donnell Singer Tilghman of Wye House; a son, John A.S. ?Jack? Tilghman Jr., of Baltimore; and two sisters, Joanna Lloyd Tilghman of Cambridge and Helen Tilghman Gordon of Charlottesville, Va. An earlier marriage to the former Elizabeth C. Arguero ended in divorce.