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Re: Silas Tolen, Tolin IN, IL 1849-1930's
Posted by: Marlena Date: April 09, 2000 at 05:31:21
In Reply to: Silas Tolen, Tolin IN, IL 1849-1930's by James S. Ray of 76

I have book titled "Historic Treasures of Frnklin Township, Marion County" dated 1976 that was published by the Franklin Township Historical Society. It is a collection of histories of Franklin Township pioneers. There is quite a lengthy history of the Tolin family in it. I am sending you only the people that are in your direct line right now. If you want me to send you the rest, just let me know. I have found that some people just want their own twig while others want the whole tree. So. here goes.
James Tolin, born near Wheeling, West Virginia, November 28, 1780, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and furnished his own horse and equipment. His father was of Holland descent. Nancy Maxwell Tolin also was born near Wheeling on February 26, 1872. Her father was born in Ireland, said to have been Scotch-Irish. He was kidnapped at the age of 18 years by the captain of a ship inviting him to come aboard to take a ride and was landed in America.
James Tolin and Nancy Maxwell were united in the holy bonds of matrimony on September 1, 1801, in Hancock County, West Virginia, where they resided for about ten years. From there they moved to Jefferson County, Ohio, where they resided about eleven years when they moved to Brown County, Ohio. From there they emigrated to Marion County, Indiana, then considered "the wild and woolly West", in the year 1833. At that time Indianapolis was but a small village. They settled on an eighty-acre tract of land ten miles southeast of the now city of Indianapolis, in Franklin Township, which he had entered from the government, the first forty acres, September 4, 1833 and the second forty acres, October 28, 1834, it being at that time a dense forest, where he cleared off the timber and made a farm. (This property is located on the north side of what is today Southport Road between Five Points and Franklin Roads. Marlena) Their family of nine children consisted of five boys and four girls, namely Elizabeth, Sarah, John, William, Ellen, Jacob, Mary A, Isaad D, and Silas. Most of these descendants settled in central Indiana and some scattered through Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and California.
Following are the descendants of James and Nancy Maxwell Tolin:
1. Elizabeth, born May 9, 1802, married first to James Graham, second to Hugh Jennings,
2. Sarah, born November 22, 1803, married to Jacob B Mathews on February 10, 1825,
3. JOHN TOLIN, BORN AUGUST 3, 1805, MARRIED TO KATHREN CALVIN ON JULY 3, 1827. TO THIS UNION WERE BORN FIVE CHILDREN, THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS, NAMELY JOSEPH, ISAAC, SARAH E. SILAS AND AMERICA
4. William, born May 7, 1807, married first to Nancy Criss and second to Adaline Crosby
5. Ellen, born June 15, 1809, married Jesse Tatman
6. Jacob, born April 12, 1811, married Mary A Eads in 1838
7. Mary A, born March 9, 1814, married Richard Wells
8. Isaac Dwire, born November 15, 1817, never married, died July 22, 1839
9. Silas, born May 5, 1819, married Mildred Mosley
Well, there you have that much of it, if you you would like for me to send you the names of the children of these people, I will be glad to. My article doesn't give any birth dates for the rest of them, but I could check my 1850 Census CD and see what I can come up with if yu like. Hope this helps fill in some of the blanks.


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