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of Fairfield, Ohio
Material Contributed by John Tomlinson
Earliest Known Ancestor
Sources and Resources
Notes, Questions, Errata
Kansas Pioneers Lineage
There was a Tomlinson family line out of New England, of which he
could be a part, but I have not found any links to that New England family.
Spouse: Henry's wife's name is unknown.
Will and estate: The first notice of probate of Henry's estate appeared 13 April 1837. Henry died without a will, and his estate was supposed to have been divided among his living children. Henry's son, Jesse Tomlinson, was the administrator of the will. However, Jesse died in 1841, without his father's estate having been closed. For several years after Jesse's death, both Henry's estate and Jesse's estate were tied up in court. After Jesse died, his sister Leah Tomlinson Wisely sued for her rightful portion of her father's estate. This 1849 petition appears to be one of many legal documents trying to clear up Henry and Jesse's affairs, long after their deaths.
Associations: It appears that
the Henry Tomlinson and the John(?) Coffman families were neighbors and
close friends. Joseph and Catherine Tomlinson are buried in the Coffman
Family Cemetery. There is a marker, most of which is unreadable,
and a foot stone with the initials "H T," in the Coffman Cemetery, and
one could speculate this might be Henry Tomlinson's grave. To date,
I have found no grave for him other this this possible site.
Estate documents of Henry Tomlinson- identify Mary Bigelow as an heir of Henry Tomlinson. Mary Tombleson married, first, Henry McCart. Mrs. Henry McCart, his widow, married Gideon Bigelow - thus the reference to Mary Bigelow being our ancestor.
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William and Rachel (Tomlinson) Wisely
Daughter Rachel, probably was born about 1782, and she married William Wisely on 4 January 1801, in Fairfield Co, OH. Census reports up through 1830 showWilliam Wisely living in Greenfield Twp, Fairfield Co, OH. William evidently died during the 1830's, since the 1840 census shows "Sarah" Wisely in Greenfield Twp. I do not know why this name appears instead of Rachel, but since the township is the same and the ages track, I conclude this is the same family.
Henry and Mary (Tombleson) McCart
Daughter W. Bolly appears to have married Henry McCarty in Fairfield Co 18 February 1802. In a three-page, handwritten legal document filed with the Court of Common Pleas in the County of Fairfield, Ohio, dated 12 March 1849, the name Mary Bigelow is given as a rightful heir of Henry Tomlinson. It does not elaborate the exact relationship of Mary Bigelow, but this does appear to be Mary (Tomlinson) McCart Bigelow.
Edward and Leah (Tomlinson) Wisely
Daughter Leah was born 26 June 1790 and married Edward Wisely on 21 October 1806, in Fairfield Co. Edward also farmed in Greenfield Twp, and I have concluded he and William were brothers. Ed was born 20 September 1782 and died in September, 1833. The 1840 census also lists Leah Wisely in Greenfield Twp. The 1830 census indicated a household of 14 individuals in addition to Leah and Edward, thus one must assume they had a very large family. Henry Tomlinson was appointed administrator of Edward's estate by the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas in September, 1833. Leah is also mentioned in some of the court proceedings regarding the settlement of her father's estate.
Joseph and Catherine (McPherson) Tomlinson
Son Joseph was born 18 November 1795 and married Catherine McPherson on 13 November 1817 in Fairfield Co. Joseph died 3 March 1829 and Catherine, who was born on 8 June 1800, died on 28 June 1833. They are buried in the Coffman Family Cemetery, located in Bloom Twp, Fairfield Co.
Jesse and Margaret (Coffman) Tomlinson
Son Jesse was probably born about 1797 or 1798. Family notes indicate that he came to Ohio while still very young. He married Margaret Coffman, who may have been the daughter of John and a sister of Samuel Coffman. Their first son was born in 1830, so they likely were married in 1828 or 1829. Margaret was born 28 December 1809 and died 14 February 1875. She is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Montgomery Co, IN, which is the area to which she later moved and her three sons lived.
Jesse died about September, 1841, and Samuel Coffman, who probably was Margaret's brother, was appointed administrator of his estate. Settlement was quite prolonged since Jesse was in debt to his father, Henry, at his death for land he had purchased from him. Court records recount in detail Samuel's efforts to sell Jesse's farm over a period of several years. Settlement of both father's and son's estates were delayed until this sale closed. Margaret married Thomas Dobson, and in 1853 they moved to Montgomery Co, IN. It appears Dobson died prior to 1860, since the census of that year shows Margaret living with her youngest son, Henry, and his family. Jesse and Margaret had three sons, John (1830), William (1832), and Henry (9 February 1835). He died 16 August 1909 and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
The author of this material, John Tomlinson, is descended from Henry > Jesse > Henry.
.................. 4 Edwin Maxwell Taylor
1848 - 1906
...................... +Hulda Sarah Beaty 1844 - 1911
Kansas Pioneers - Cloud Co, Kansas, 1871
........................ 5 Fred Wilson
Taylor 1883 - 1960
............................ +Anna Laura Millirons 1888 - 1968
Henry and Mary's marriage record are listed at this page of early Fairfield marriages. Do a search for Tombleson and other variatons to find other Tombleson marriages, some of which are Mary's siblings. Note there are also Vanatta marriages here, too. One of Mary's daughters married a Benjamin Vanatta.