About Elizabeth Tomlinson
Elizabeth Watson of Balinamolah, County Kildare daughter of William Watson, late of Balinamolah. Elizabeth most likely died during the trip from Ireland. Josiah got a grant( from South Carolina) of 450 acres, 50 less than if he had a wife. (Royal grants Vol.27,129) It seems she was living in Timahoe with her father William Watson before marriage, one of the signers at her wedding was a relative of President Richard Milhous Nixon, Robert Milhouse, President Nixon made a trip to Timahoe and named his Irish setter King Timahoe. JAT 5/15/2008
Josiah Tomlinson of Colehill, Edenderry, son of Stephen of County Wicklow, m. 25.8.1744 at Timahoe, County Kildare, Elizabeth Watson of Balinamolah, County Kildare, daughter of William Watson, late of Balinamolah, deceased. Quaker custom was for relatives to sign the right hand column of the marriage certificate, below and nuptial couple. The signers were, in order: Elizabeth Foyle, Thomas and William Watson, Henry Russell (m. Sarah Watson), Ann and Sarah Watson, Robert Milhouse, Caleb and Mary Eves, Josiah and Elizabeth Manly, James Lemay, William and Elizabeth White. (No Tomlinson.)
William Watson, b. 29.11.1697, Ballymoran, King's Co., Ireland, d. 15.11.1728; m. 13.7.1720, Killnantoge, King's Co., Mary Watson, daughter of Thomas Watson-Mary Wilson. They lived at Ballyhamalah, Kildare.
Samuel Watson, b. 1659, Shropshire, England, d. 19.11.1732; m. 6.12.1676 Elizabeth Thompson, d. 13.5.1712, daughter of Oliver Thompson-Susanna of Ferns, County Wexford.
John Watson "came out of England with his father as a planter." (Carlow Book,31) "Came from Shropshire to Ireland 1675/6." (Edenderry, 11) Children: John, 1651-19.1.1710 (Edenderry, 11); Samuel, 1659-19.11.1732 (Carlow, 31); William, 12.11.1686 (Carlow, 31).
Dublin Men's Meeting minutes for 1751 indicate that Robert Milhouse, Samuel Wyly, Timothy Kelly, Samuel Russell and Josiah Tomlinson of Timahoe were about to move to America. (Friends Library, Dublin)
Arthur Dobbs, later governor of North Carolina, wrote Matthew Rowan in April 1751: This I hope will be delivered to you by Mr. Robert Milhouse, who with Mr. Samuel Wyly and their families and several other of my tenants, neighbours and friends, go to settle in North Carolina and have freighted a ship from Dublin to land them in Cape Fear River at Brunswick. To them. . .I have disposed of one of the 12,800-acre tracts. . .I want you to befriend them and assist them in their settlement and advise them for the best. (The South Carolina Historical Magazine)
On 30.2nd month.1751, members of Milhouse (Robert-Elizabeth), Wyly (Samuel-Dinah), Tomlinson (Josiah-Elizabeth), Kelly (Timothy) and Russell (Samuel) families of Timahoe and Samuel Kelly and John Furnass of Edenderry were granted certificates of removal. (Dublin Men's minutes, Dublin Library) James Gough said he visited Timahoe as they were about to leave. "For in a few days after, several of their families came to Dublin to embark for North Carolina to settle upon my cousin Arthur Dobbs' lands there, who was their landlord at Timahoe. . .but the captain of the ship which they went, not being well acquainted with the coast, ran too far to the southward, landed them at Charleston in South Carolina, and thereupon they settled in that Province. (The SC Historical Magazine)
On 25 Oct 1751 Josiah Tomlinson petitioned the South Carolina Council for land on the Santee or the Wateree, saying that he had come from Ireland with some Friends and wanted to settle in the Province near them; as he had four children and four servants for whom as yet not any land had been assigned, he asked for 450 acres. (SC Journal No. 18, 339-340) He did not mention a wife; he would have been entitled to another 50 acres for her. This suggests that Elizabeth died Feb-Oct 1751, perhaps enroute. A plat 11 Mar 1752 for 450a. on north side of the Wateree was drawn for Josiah Tomlinson. (Colonial Plats 5, 421) The 450-acre grant in Fredericksburg Twp. 7 Oct 1755, however, said it was bounded on all sides by vacant land and SW corner on Wateree River, on the south side of the Wateree. (Royal Grants Vol. 27, 129)
Josiah Tomlinson was an executor of Samuel Russell's 25 Sep 1756-20 Aug 1757 Craven Co., SC will, which named "my daughter Olive Tomlinson." Josiah thus had married Olive Russell between October 1751 and September 1756.
The will of Josiah Tomlinson 15 Dec 1760-16 Feb 1761, Fredericksburgh Twp., Craven Co., SC, did not name a wife, indicating that Olive died 1756-1760. It mentioned sons under 21 William, Samuel and Josiah; daughters Mary, Ann, Sarah and Rebeckah. (WB QQ, 1760-1767) Mary, Ann and Rebeckah have not been identified later. For about 20 years after Josiah's death his children, some quite young, apparently continued to live in Fredericksburgh Twp.
The first known to leave was Sarah, b. 10.12.1755, d. 22.3.1800, who m. John Rudducks, possibly son of William Rudduck-Alice, 9.12.1774 at New Garden MM, NC. (Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy I, 879, New Garden MM; 794, Deep River MM, NC)
William Tomlinson m. 30 Dec 1771, Bush River MM, Newberry Co., SC, Martha Coppock, b. 20 Jan 1755, d. 6 Jan 1844, 3 miles south of High Point, NC, daughter of Moses Coppock and Martha. (Hinshaw I, 1038, Bush River, SC; 704, 842, Deep River; 866, Springfield MM, NC lists children) Martha and husband were received at Deep River 4 Feb 1782 on certificate from Fredericksburg MM, SC, dated 26 Dec 1781. They lived at what is now Archdale.
Samuel Tomlinson, b. 1759?; d. 10.12.1802, Springfield MM; m. by 1780 Ann English, b. 1760, d. after 1850, Davidson Co., NC, daughter of Thomas English-Margaret Flynn and granddaughter of Joshua English. Samuel moved from near Camden, SC to New Garden MM in 1776 and returned to SC in 1777. Samuel, his wife Ann and son Thomas were received at Deep Creek MM, NC 5.5.1783 on certificate from Fredericksburgh MM near Camden. (Hinshaw I, 579, New Garden; 794, Deep River, lists children;842; 866, Springfield) Ann m. 2 Jacob Tacker.Samuel named a daughter Olive.
Josiah, b. 15.3.1760, SC; d. 25 Apr 1834, Highland Co., OH; m. 1 13.10.1784, Deep River MM, NC, Charity mendenhall, b. 12.6.1766, d. 7 May 1800, Rowan Co., NC, daughter of Moses Mendenhall and Dinah Ruddock, granddaughter of Mordecai Mendenhall and Charity Beeson. Josiah m.2. 11.12.1807, Clear Creek, Highland Co., OH, Milley Ellyson,who d. 26.9.1833 and was buried at Fall Creek, Highland Co. Josiah was received at Deep River, NC 3.6.1782 on certificate from Fredericksburgh MM, SC. Josiah and children were received at Miami MM, Warren Co., OH, 13 Nov 1806 on certificate from Springfield MM, NC dated 6 Sep 1806.
The family of William Tomlinson was noted in NC; descendants founded what became the Tomlinson Furniture Co.
Elizabeth Tomlinson's Timeline
March 27, 1749
Timahoe, County Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
Born in Timahoe, County of Kildare, Ireland. One report has his birth as March 17, 1749.