Tomlinson Family Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Sarah Kam-Gordon, March 1, 2013.
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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
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.


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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.

Box 1

mssHM 79020-79043

Folder 1

Wright, Jonathan. Indenture between Jonathan Wright and John Tomlinson regarding land in Burlington County, N.J. 1739, Dec. 2 HM 79020.

Folder 2

Wills, Daniel. Indenture between Daniel Wills and Edward Hilliard regarding land in the Township of Northampton. 1759, June 6 HM 79021.

Folder 3

Wills, Aaron. Indenture between Aaron Wills and Moses Wills, 1792-1873 regarding land in Burlington County, N.J. 1766, July 1 HM 79022.

Folder 4

Hillier, Jacob. Indenture between Jacob Hillier and John Hillier regarding land in the Township of Northampton, N.J. 1779, July 22. HM 79023.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 5

Hilliard, Samuel. Indenture between Samuel Hilliard and Frances Hilliard regarding land in the Township of Northampton, N.J. 1796, Feb. 22 HM 79024

Folder 6

Burr, Joseph. Indenture between Joseph Burr, William Irick, 1768-1832, and Job Jones and John Tomlinson regarding land in Mount Holly, N.J. 1812, Jan. 11 HM 79025.

Folder 7

Stokes, Israel and Anne Stokes. Indenture between Israel Stokes and Anne Stokes and John H. Stokes regarding land in Rancocas, N.J. 1844, May 28 HM 79026.

Folder 8

Burr, Elizabeth H. Indenture between Elizabeth H. Burr and Evans R. Tomlinson regarding land in Westampton Township, N.J. 1855, Oct. 4 HM 79027.

Folder 9

Morgan, John C. (John Coleman), 1831-1899 and Elizabeth Morgan. Indenture between John C. (John Coleman) Morgan, 1831-1899, and Elizabeth Morgan ] and Samuel Clement regarding land in Gloucester County, N.J. 1870, Nov. 23 HM  HM 79028.

Folder 10

Tomlinson, Evans R. Indenture between Evans R. Tomlinson and Charles W. Branin regarding farmland in Westampton, N.J. 1899, Dec. 24 HM 79029

Folder 11

Burchan, Robert. Land survey for Bernard Devonish. 1683, Oct. 2). 2 items HM 79030.

Folder 12

Woolman, Franklin. Resurvey of Joseph Tomlinson’s land in Gloucester County, N.J. for his sons John Tomlinson and Joseph Tomlinson. 1741, June 27 HM 79031.

Folder 13

Map of land of Isaac Tomlinson, John Thorn, John Hyder, Solomon Mason, and Henry Shin. Approximately 1777 HM 79032.

Folder 14

Ridgway, William, 1755-1833. Map of John Hilliard’s estate in Burlington County, N.J. 793, Dec. 24 HM 79033.

Folder 15

Marshall, M. Survey map of land of Joseph Tomlinson and Isaac Tomlinson for Isaac Tomlinson. 1801, May 18 HM 79034.

Folder 16

Hirth, John. Land survey for William Clark regarding land in Gloucester County, N.J. 1809, June HM 79035.

Folder 17

Marriage certificate for John Tomlinson to [Mary Fairlamb of Chester County, Pa.]. [Approximately 1736] HM 79036.

Folder 18

Articles of Agreement between John Hilliard with Revel Elton and Frances Hilliard regarding the estate of John Hilliard. 1791, Mar. 3 HM 79037.

Folder 19

Clk, C. Ogden. Court notice to Joshua Tomlinson regarding the Surveyors of the Highways of Deptford Township in Gloucester County, N.J. 1811, Mar. 20 HM 79038.

Folder 20

Tomlinson, John. Bill for land survey to William Woolman. 1820, May 9 HM 79039.

Folder 21

Tomlinson, John. Last Will and Testament of John Tomlinson. 1850, Apr. 23 HM 79040

Folder 22

Tomlinson, Evans R. Bond and Warrant from Evans R. Tomlinson to Peter. 1875, Mar. 20 HM 79041.

Folder 23

To Rebecca and Frances Haines. [1724?] HM 79042.

Folder 24

Hutchings, Martha. To Unidentified Addressee. Undated HM 79043.

Folder 25

Ephemera: Indented bills of varying worth from Pennsylvania and Maryland. 1759-1777

Physical Description: 15 items.
Folder 26

Ephemera: “Gloucester Farm” newspaper. [Between 1808-1819]

Folder 27

Ephemera: Poster for real estate sale of Cedar Swamp by John Tomlinson and John Hider in Gloucester County, N.J. 1830, Feb. 3

Folder 28

Ephemera: “New Jersey Mirror and Burlington County Advertiser” newspaper. 1836

Folder 29

Ephemera: Funeral invitations for deaths of Rachel Busby, Martha Engeard, Kezia Tomlinson, Margaret L. Lucas, and Mary A. [Deacon]. 1848-1860

Physical Description: 5 items.
Folder 30

Ephemera: “Morning Courier and New York Inquirer” newspaper. 1857, May 28

Folder 31

Ephemera: Notices from the Brigade Board of Burlington for Evan[s] Tomlinson, William McHenry, and Thomas McHenry. [Approximately 1865]

Physical Description: 3 items.
Folder 32

Ephemera: United States Internal Revenue form. 1869, March