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Tomlinson, George

GEORGE TOMLINSON. 
John Tomlinson, the great-grandfather of the subject of this biographical sketch, was a native of Yorkshire, England, 
and having emigrated to America about the middle of the last century settled in Maryland. His son, Joseph Tomlinson,
the grandfather of George, was the first settler of Elizabethtown, Va., having laid out the town and named it in honor of
his wife, Elizabeth Tomlinson. George Tomlinson was the son of Isaac and Anna Tomlinson (whose maiden name was
De Mint). In childhood he removed with his parents to Bourbon County, Ky., from which point, after a residence of a few
years, he repaired with the family to Trimble County, in the same State, and a few miles above Madison, Ind., where his
father died soon after the close of the war of 1812. In 1821 he became an inmate of the house of his guardian, Rev. Henry
Brenton, in Trimble County, Ky., and in 1823 accompanied him to Indiana, when he became a resident of Perry township,
Marion Co. He was married on the 2d of August, 1827, to Miss Lucy E. Dawson, and about October of the same year
removed to the homestead on the Madison road, four miles south of the city, where he resided until his death. Mrs.
Tomlinson was born April 20, 1811, in Oldham County, Ky., and was the daughter of Daniel and Keziah Dawson, and
granddaughter of Josiah Tanner, a captain in the American army during the Revolutionary war. Her parents both died
during her childhood, when a home was found with her grandmother, Martha Tanner, until her marriage. The married
life of Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson continued over a period of fifty-three years, their golden wedding having been celebrated
on the 2d of August, 1877. Their children are three sons and four daughters, all of whom survive them. Mr. Tomlinson
did not enjoy superior advantages of education, but was a student all his life, and devoted much of his leisure time to
reading. He was in politics a Whig, a Republican at the organization of that party, and pronounced in his anti-slavery
sentiments. He was strong in his political convictions, an ardent supporter of measures for the conduct of the late war,
and willingly promised to protect from want the families of soldiers who enlisted in the cause of the Union. He was in
1832 elected justice of the peace, and held the office for twenty consecutive years. He was a member of the Tippecanoe
Club of Marion County, and voted for Gen. Harrison in 1836 and 1840. About 1847, Mr. Tomlinson began a general
merchandising business at Southport, Ind., and continued it for twenty years, after which he retired from commercial
pursuits and devoted the remainder of his life to farming. His death occurred May 11, 1881, and that of his wife
in the
same year.


Sulgrove, B. R., History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, Philadelphia:  L.H. Everts & Co., 1884, 785 pgs.,
pg. 596.

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