This collection contains 54 items of the Tomlinson family of New Jersey, chiefly consisting of
land-related items such as indentures, survey documents, and maps all relating to property within the state of New Jersey.
Joseph Tomlinson immigrated to New Jersey from London in the 17th century. A member
of the Friends community, he studied law, was appointed sheriff, and eventually
became the King's attorney in 1696. Settled in Gloucester Township in the province
of New Jersey, Joseph Tomlinson and his wife Elizabeth had at least ten children.
His son William Tomlinson married Rebecca Wills in 1731; Rebecca's brother, Daniel
Wills, married Elizabeth Woolston, and their children were Mary Wills Busby, Hope
Wills Lippincott, Moses Wills, and Aaron Wills. Joseph Tomlinson's son John married
Mary Fairlamb of Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1736. John and Mary had, among
other children, a daughter called Anne Tomlinson, who married Jeremiah Haines; their
children included Keziah Tomlinson Haines, Aaron Haines, and Amos Haines. John
Tomlinson and Mary Fairlamb's eldest son, Isaac Tomlinson, later married Elizabeth
Shever in 1766. Isaac and Elizabeth had a son whom they named John, and John married
Elizabeth Hilyard, daughter of John Hillier and Frances Haines. Isaac Tomlinson and
Elizabeth Hilyard Tomlinson's eldest son Isaac married Rachel Lippincott; they had a
son called Samuel L. Tomlinson. John and Elizabeth Tomlinson's third son, Joshua
Tomlinson, married a woman called Sarah, and Joshua and Sarah were the parents of
Evans H. Tomlinson, as well as the infant whose obituary is included in the papers.
John and Elizabeth's youngest son, Evans R. Tomlinson, had a son called Evans J.
Tomlinson. While numerous children have been left out of this description, those
included should help make sense of the various names and surnames within the
collection. The Tomlinson family maintained a consistent presence in western New
Jersey into the 20th century.
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