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Tomlinson Family Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 79020-79043  
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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.
54 items; 1 box.
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