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Alex(ander) M. Tomlinson
Posted by: Tim Smith (ID *****6837) Date: May 29, 2012 at 21:35:55
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I'm hoping to reach someone who may be able to point me in the right direction regarding a huge brick wall in my research. I've been successfully researching all my other lines online and on-the-ground for 8 years. This one is proving impossible to crack. Unfortunately. I can't make the trip to Richmond anytime soon.

I would like to find the parents of Alex M. Tomlinson.

I've copied here part of a response on another board.

My earliest known Tomlinson ancestor is Alex(ander) M. Tomlinson who lived in Henrico County from at least as early as 1840. I know nothing about the man prior to the 1840 census. His stated ages in the 1850 & 1860 censuses are 53 and 62 (both b. VA). He was a "pumpmaker" and I have copies of several signed disbursement receipts from the CSA showing work he did installing well pumps in hospitals and fortifications around Richmond through 1865. A monument on his grave in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond shows his life as 1804-1866 (note difference with the abt 1797 birth implied by the census ages above) along with that of his wife Elizabeth Lord (1817-1892). Alex and Elizabeth were married in Henrico Co. on 16 Aug 1843.

They had three children, all in Henrico County (c. 1840 home on Venable St. in Union Hill/Church Hill annexed by Richmond City in 1867):
1. Rowena (Rosena, Roena, Roxana) Christian, b. 1844 d. 1907, m. Miles Clairborne Allen (divorced bef 1900);
2. Alex(ander) M. Jr., b. 1848, d. 1912, m. Annie M. Austin, prominent Richmond police officer and head of detective force;
3. William (Willie), b. 1852 d. 1911, m. Laura Ellen Burnett, This is my branch;

The reason I think (I have no proof) the Sussex/Surry Cos. branch of Tomlinsons is connected is that it is the only Tomlinson family in Virgnia, NC or SC around 1800 with an Alex(ander). One curiosity, a Revolutionary War land warrant in Ohio County, VA for Littleberry (Littlebury) Tomlinson has "Alex. Tomlinson, heir at law." Don't know what to make of that other than Littleberry was supposedly from Sussex County. But any mention of an Alex Tomlinson gets my attention. By the way, I haven't yet found what the "M" stands for. Though I have absolutely NO proof, I have pondered McAlister and Mason as possibilities.

One thing that gives me pause is that my great grandfather, Albin Alexander Tomlinson, who established SAR membership through another line in 1940, did not record anything prior to his grandfather on his Tomlinson line--the SAME Alex. M. Tomlinson who is my brick wall. The only thing he wrote about it was "Family Legend, four brothers settled in NC then split." Hmmmm...

Any ideas are appreciated.

Many Thanks,


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