Biography of Walter S. Tomlinson
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This section furnished many brave soldiers for the defense of the government during the Civil war, and the subject of this biography, though only a boy of eighteen at the beginning of the struggle, did gallant service from 1861 to 1865, He is descended in both paternal and maternal lines from New England ancestry, and is a representative of the highest type of American citizenship. For many years he has been a leading resident of Farmer township, Defiance county, and his homestead of three hundred and sixty five acres is one of the best farms in that locality.

Mr. Tomlinson ancestry can be traced back eleven generations commencing with Walter D. Bender (grandson of Walter S.) through his mother, Mrs. Eva (Tomlinson) Bender, and her father, Walter S. (our subject), as follows, commencing with the first generation on record: (1) George Tomlinson married Maria Hyde in January, 1600, at St. Peter's Church, ______, England. (2) Henry Tomlinson was born in Derby, England, came to America in 1652, and died at Stratford, Connecticut, in 1681. (3) Jonas Tomlinson married Alice Hannak, lived on Grant Hill, Derby, Connecticut, and died in 1693. (4) Isaac Tomlinson was born in 1687, married Patience Taylor in March, 1712, and died in 1754, (5) Noah Tomlinson, born March 6, 1727, married Abigail Beers July 2, 1747, and lived and died at Derby, Connecticut. (6) Daniel Tomlinson, born in 1749, married Susanna Hotchkiss, June 3, 1774, and died near Marbledale, Connecticut. (7) Abijah Tomlinson was born in 1780, married Betsey, daughter of David and Ruth (Hawkins) Tomlinson, April 29, 1805, and died at Marbledale, Connecticut, in 1862, Their children were Ruth, George, Giles H., Daniel, Charles, Eliza, Agnes, etc. (8) Giles H. (father of Walter S.) was born at Marbledale, Connecticut, September 22, 1809, In 1842 he married Eunice Ensign, daughter of Oren and Nancy (Pepoon) Ensign, who came from near Painesville to Farmer township in 1837, Besides Eunice their children were: Oscar, Dwight P., Henry A. (deceased), and Frank and Elbridge (still living). Three children were born to this marriage of Giles H. and Eunice (Ensign) Tomlinson, as follows: ( I ) Walter S., our subject; (2) Dwight O., who served as a soldier in Company C, One Hundred and Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Rebellion, and never recovered from the effects of the hardships of army life, his death, which occurred in 189o, being doubtless hastened thereby, His wife died in 1874, They had no children. (3) Frank A. resides near Des Moines, Iowa, and is engaged in farming. He has two children - Alta, married to J. G. Black, and L. G., married to Stella Morrison, all living near Des Moines. Mrs. Eunice Tomlinson died at Williams Center in September, 1854, at the age of thirty three, and for his second wife Giles H. Tomlinson married Electa Hemenway, who is still living, as is also Mr. Tomlinson.

Walter S. Tomlinson, whose name introduces this sketch, was born June 16, 1843, in Bryan, Williams county, Ohio, and was reared to farm work at the old home in Williams county, where he remained until his enlistment in August, 1861, in Company A, Thirty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He continued with this regiment throughout the war, taking part in numerous engagements, including the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Jonesboro, and the Atlanta campaign, and was with Sherman in the march to the sea. When there was no longer any fighting to be done he returned to Williams county and engaged in farming and teaching, later purchasing his present farm in Sections 1 and 2, Farmer township, Defiance county. He is a man of intelligence and public spirit, and has always taken an active part in local affairs, being one of the most prominent workers in the Republican organization in his county. For several years he has held the office of justice of the peace, and since 1895 he has been a notary public, In 1892 he received the nomination of his party as county commissioner, and was defeated by only ninety votes by the Democratic nominee, F. J. Clemmen, although the county gives the Democrats 1,350 majority. Two years later he was a candidate for the Legislature, and although defeated by Hon, J. W. Winn, of Defiance, his popularity was shown in the contest. He is a member and present commander of Lew Bowker Post, No. 725, G. A. R., of Farmer township, and is also active in religious work, he and his wife being leading members of the Christian Church at Farmer Center.

On January 3, 1867, Mr. Tomlinson was married in Farmer township, Defiance county, to Miss Emily Lane, by whom he has had two children, Orlo L., who resides in Farmer township; and Eva T., wife of Prof. W. H. Bender, of the Iowa State Normal School (they have two children - Walter D, and Miriam E,). Mrs. Tomlinson was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, April 16, 1848, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Allabaugh) Lane, Her father was a native of Fayette, Pennsylvania, born March 2, 1822, and her mother was born July 11, 1828, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, where her ancestors were early settlers. This worthy couple were married in Tuscarawas county in 1847, and two years later removed to Milford township, Defiance county, where they: spent one year. For the next thirteen years they resided in Williams county, but they afterward made their home in Section to, Fanner township, Defiance county, where their last days were passed, Mr. Lane dying January 23, 1881, and Mrs. Lane on July 31, 1892, They had six children, viz.: Emily (Mrs. Tomlinson); William H., an agriculturist residing in Farmer township; Jennie (deceased); Ellen E., wife of M, V, Garner, of Bryan, Ohio; Laura M., wife of R. W. Scott, of Farmer township; and Rhoda E., wife of E, T. Banns, of Bryan, Ohio.

Mr. Tomlinson, our subject, had three great grandfathers in the Revolutionary war, one being a captain, while the other two were ensigns.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
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