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William Allen Tomlinson

Birthplace: Timahoe, County Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
Death: Died in Randolph County, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Josiah Tomlinson Of Colehill and Elizabeth Tomlinson
Husband of Martha Tomlinson (Coppock)
Father of Joseph Tomlinson; Josiah Tomlinson; William Tomlinson; Josiah Tomlinson; Moses Tomlinson and 6 others
Brother of Anne Tomlinson; Mary Tomlinson and Rebecca Tomlinson
Half brother of Sarah Rudduck; Samuel Tomlinson and Josiah Tomlinson II

Occupation: Sadler, Farmer
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About William Allen Tomlinson

South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 about William Tomlinson

Name: William Tomlinson

Spouse: Marther Coppock

Marriage Date: 30 Dec 1771

Source: South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol 5, # 3


From: Prehistoric West Brancy - 100th Anniversary; By: Eli Jay (Approximately 1906); Pages: 14-15.

COPPOCK. Two Coppock familes, John and Abigail, and Joseph and Jane, are on the Registry of Bush River Monthly Meeting, South Carolina. They came from the limits of Nottingham Monthly Meeting, in Maryland. Joseph, born in 1742 married there in 1769 to Jane Wilson, and in 1772 they took removal certificate from Nottingham Monthly Meeting, Cecil County, Maryland to Bush River Monthly Meeting, South Carolina. John born in 1736, received a removial certificate from the same meeting for himself and family in 1777. John and Joseph were sons of John and Margaret (Coulson) Coppock, who died in Maryland 1788 and 1789. This John was the son of Aaron Coppock. Most of the children of these two families were early settlers in Miami County Ohio.

Bush River also mentions another Coppock family, the parents being MOSES and MARTHA, who according to the family traditions came directly from England to South Carolina and settled on the frontier. In the absence of the father the Indians raided their home and killing the mother captured the children, one of who, wife of Maraduke Coate. The Bush River records give the marriage of MARTHA COPPOCK, the daughter of Moses and Martha, as 20th December 1771 to WILLIAM TOMLINSON of Fredericksburg Township, South Carolina. She and her descendants afterward lived in North Carolina. James Coppock, son of Moses and Martha about 1784, married Hannah Pugh, and they and their children Moses, Susannah and Martha Coppock came to Miami County, Ohio, their removial certificate from Bush River Monthly Meeting bearing date 30 August 1806.


William Tomlinson, b. 17 Mar 1749, Timahoe, County Kildare, Ireland, d. 17 Mar 1813, Randolph Co., NC, was a son of Josiah Tomlinson and Elizabeth Watson. Olive Russell, daughter of Samuel Russell, was Josiah Tomlinson's second wife.

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.

Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/tomlinson/messages/306.html

A native of Ireland." William Tomlinson , a saddler by trade, was a man of ability and enterprise, and was financially prospered. William lived far beyond allotted years of man and survived to witness the close of the struggle for Independence and the laying of a sure foundation for our national prosperity." Politically a Whig. "In 1786 a momentous decision was made when the Tomlinsons decided to leave(South Carolina),,,Martha and William arrived in North Carolina and selected a beautiful site in Randolf County for their new home . The Quakers called it Bush Hill because it was on a hilltop and in honor of Bush River, South Carolina, their former home..... William Allen Tomlinson was the first landowner in the community, getting a grant of 300 acres in 1787 from Governor Samuil Johnson and acquiring more acres by purchase. At one time, say historians, he owned practically all the land around the present site of Bush Hill, now known as Archdale."...and there resided until their deaths."[Family History] JAT. The area of Archdale today encompasses Thomasville and Highpoint and has become the heart of the American Furniture industry, home to The Tomlinson Furniture Company.JAT 4/28/2008 The State Seal was used for his picture because if you look closely you will see the ship in the background like the one that brought them over and the cornocopia represents William Allen's family prosperity. JAT 5/6/2008

The Register of Deeds in Asheboro, North Carolina, shows a plot of 800 acres divided into three portions; one for each of his sons, Josiah, Zachariah, and Allen U. Tomlinson. {ELT 9/10/2008.}

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William Allen 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.

December 18, 1772
Age 23
Guilford County, Province of North Carolina, (Present USA)
April 17, 1776
Age 27
October 4, 1778
Age 29
January 11, 1781
Age 31
June 24, 1783
Age 34
February 22, 1785
Age 35
February 26, 1788
Age 38
United States
June 28, 1790
Age 41