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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Tomlinson Family Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1683-1899
    Collection Number: mssHM 79020-79043
    Creator: Tomlinson family.
    Extent: 54 items; 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Tomlinson Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of M. A. Bonnefoy from the estate of Helen S. Laird, July 29, 1986.

    Biographical Note

    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.


    Honeyman, A. Van Doren. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. New Jersey: New Jersey Historical Society, 1918.
    Lee, Francis Bazley, ed. Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey ... (1910). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains 54 items of the Tomlinson family of New Jersey. The majority of the collection consists of land-related items such as indentures (10), survey documents (5), and maps (3) all relating to property within the state of New Jersey. Other items include a document entitled "Articles of Agreement" (1791) regarding the distribution of John Hilliard's estate between his second wife, Frances Hilliard, and her step-son, Jonathan Hilliard, a "Bond and Warrant" from Evans R. Tomlinson, John Tomlinson's "Last Will and Testament," a marriage document pertaining to the marriage between John Tomlinson and Mary Fairlamb, fragments from possible correspondence, and an incomplete tax document from 1869.
    Ephemera begins at folder 25 and includes: an estate sale advertisement poster referencing John Tomlinson, three notices from the Brigade Board of Burlington for Evans R. William McHenry, and Thomas McHenry, 15 indentured bills of varying currency from c.1759 - 1777, five funeral announcements addressed to either John or Evans Tomlinson between 1848 - 1860, and portions from three separate newspapers: Gloucester Farm, between 1808-1819); New Jersey Mirror and Burlington County Advertiser, 1836 (with an obituary for infant Tomlinson); and the Morning Courier and New York Inquirer, 1875.


    Documents arranged genre and then chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Tomlinson family.
    Wills, Moses, 1792-1873.
    Land tenure -- New Jersey -- History -- 17th century -- Sources.
    Land tenure -- New Jersey -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
    Land tenure -- New Jersey -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    New Jersey -- History -- 17th century -- Sources.
    New Jersey -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
    New Jersey -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.


    Indentures -- New Jersey.
    Land surveys -- New Jersey.
    Newspapers -- New Jersey.

    Additional Contributors

    Devonish, Bernard.
    Hilliard, Frances.
    Hilliard, Samuel.
    Hilyard, Elizabeth.
    Morgan, John C. (John Coleman), 1831-1899.
    Ogden, Clk C.
    Ridgway, William, 1755-1833.
    Tomlinson, Evans R.
    Tomlinson, Isaac, 1737-1817.
    Tomlinson, Isaac, 1812-1849.
    Tomlinson, John, 1699-1755.
    Tomlinson, John, 1781-1857.
    Tomlinson, Joseph.
    Wills, Aaron.
    Wills, Rebecca.
    Woodman, William.