Your identification of James Tidd and reference to the book A HIstory of The Tidds Of Ohio has prompted me to post some info in the forum.
Howard Tidd wrote and published (private publishing) the book 1956. After reading it I had several questions and engaged Howard in a brief correspondence. He was vary congenial but very evasive in his replys to my questions, never answering them. My genealogical curiosity was aroused to a point where I embarked on a researsh campaign that lasted, sporadically, for over 30 years. My research took me to many libraries archives, etc. The most lucrative places were New York City Public Library, Princeton U. Library, New Jersey State Library, Pennsylvania State Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Monroe County (Pa) Historical Society and the National Archives (Rev. War Pension Records). The information found in these places totally refutes the genealogical information Howard has presented in his book.
The first section of his book is a very interesting narrative spun around a few historical family facts, however corrupted, without any accutare genealogical information.
The information in the second section has been contributed by members of the descending families, mostly from their memories, so there is a possibility of errors and omissions , so this must be verified.
It is unfortunate that this book, and its erroneous contents, has been dispensed far and wide and accepted as true fact. I have seen this book in the Library Of Congress, D.A.R. Library in Wash.D.C and the Morman Library in Salt Lake City.
Now as to James Tidd of the Niles-Vienna Tidds; he was born ca 1796, a son of William Tidd, 1744-1824, and his second wife, Ann Bristol, a widow a little more than half his age with a son. There were four children to this union, besides James there were Sally, Sarah and Polly. William had several children with fis first wife, she died after the Rev. War. but I can identify only two of them, John and William.
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