William Herzkey Tombow
William Herzkey Tombow
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Fanny ?

Female - 1888


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  • Name Fanny ? 
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 Jan 1888  Sterling, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I03914  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Family William Herzkey Tombow,   b. 6 Jul 1813, Lampeter, Lancaster Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1865, Sterling, Whiteside Co. IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1854  Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Herzkey Tombow's Home in Sterling, IL
    William Herzkey Tombow's Home in Sterling, IL
    1307 E. 3rd Street, Sterling, IL was the home of William H. and his second wife Fanny
    Home Next Door to Original William and Fanny Tombow property in Sterling, IL
    Home Next Door to Original William and Fanny Tombow property in Sterling, IL

  • Notes 
    • The l865 Illinois State Census records Fanny Tombow living alone in the City of Sterling, age 30-40 years.

      The l870 Federal Census for Whiteside County, Illinois, using the Genealogical Society's transcription, has the following entries for the Tombow Family:

      Wm Tornbow, age l7, farm laborer, living with the Wm. Chites Family, Sterling Township (p. 22)

      Fannie Tombow, age 40, living with Benjamin Burt, age 38, carpenter, lst Ward, City of Sterling (p. 28)

      Jacob Torbow, age 23, farm laborer, living in a boarding house, Mt. Pleasant Township, Morrison, Illinois Post Office address

      The l880 Illinois Federal Census lists only one entry for the Tombow Family in the Genealogical Society transcription:

      Fanny Tornbow, age 50, widow, both she and parents born in Penn., living in the city of Sterling at the time of the Census.

      According to the Sterling street directories of the period, the widow Fanny continued to live on in her late husband's home with a boarder and handy man named Benjamin M. Bott.

      Then on the night of January l5, l888, a gruesome accident occurred in the streets of Sterling causing the death of the widow Tombow. The newspapers reported that while she was driving home in a sleigh with a male companion two sleighs collided in the dark and the thill, or pole, of the other sleigh pierced her chest, throwing her to the street, where for the moment in the confusion that followed she remained until she was discovered by the drivers and brought to a nearby home where she expired. The papers reflected on the suddenness of death that is the lot of all people and the more mundane and practical topic of the need for an ordinance requiring sleighs to be outfitted with bells at night.