William Herzkey Tombow
William Herzkey Tombow
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William Tombow, III

Male 1852 - Bef 1923  (< 70 years)


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  • Name William Tombow 
    Suffix III 
    Born 31 Dec 1852  E. Lampeter,Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1923 
    Person ID I04333  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Elizabeth Rohrer,   b. 13 Jul 1818, Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1853, E. Lampeter, Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1838  Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy E. 
    Family ID F1622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • II-9: William Tombow III was the ninth and last child of William Tombow, Jr., and Elizabeth Rohrer of E. Lampeter, Lancaster County, PA. He was born 31 December 1852 at 3 a.m., according to the 1852-55 Lancaster County Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. He was the grandson of the founding couple, William Tombos, an immigrant from the Netherlands, and Mary Herzkey, born in America of German descent.

      William's parentage is confirmed in the above Register, in the 1865 Let- ter of Administration to settle his fathers estate in Whiteside County, IL, in the Kauffman petition against the heirs of William Tombow, Jr., filed in Whiteside, IL, Circuit Court in 1904, and in a deposition of his sister Lydia found in their brother Jacob Tombow's Civil War Pension application.

      William III's mother, Elizabeth, died shortly after his birth as his father sells his land holdings in Lancaster in April, 1853, without the signature of Elizabeth Rohrer on the Deed of Conveyance. William III's father moved to Whiteside County, IL, in about 1856, according to his daughter Lydia Tombow Fluck. William had remarried to Fanny (?) prior to leaving Lancaster County, PA.

      Our first glimpse of William III is found in the 1860 Federal Census of Whiteside County, IL. Like all of his brothers and sisters, despite his tender age of 7 years, William, or "Willie" is found in the household of a stranger to whom his father had given him for his care. William, Jr., was not close to his children and was always finding other households to place his children in, according to his daughter, Lydia Tombow Fluck, in her deposition in her brother Jacob Tombow's Civil War Pension application papers.

      Here is William Tombow III's entry with the John Weaver Family, Sterling Township, Whiteside County, IL, 1860 Federal Census, p. 405 entry 3072/2855):

      John Weaver, age 52, farmer $3,050 in real estate, $350 in personal property, born in PA Fannie, age 50, born IN PA Abram, age 22, farm laborer, born in PA John, age 21, farm laborer, born in PA Francis, age 19, farm laborer, born in PA Elizabeth, age 18, domestic, born in PA Ann Copley, age 11, born in PA Willie Tornbow, age 6, (actually 7), born in PA

      Like his brothers and sisters, the name being new to the area, his last name was contorted to read "Tornbow" in the nearly illegible handwriting of the census taker.

      William's host, John Weaver, was a preacher in the Reformed Mennonite Church for many years. He was born in Lancaster County, PA, and came to Whiteside County, IL, in 1854. He owned 817 acres of land in Sterling, and another 150 acres in neighboring Lee County, IL. (Chapman Brothers' Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, p. 391.)

      On the neighboring farm in this census (entry 3073/2856) is his sister, Catherine, in the household of Benjamin and Barbara Weaver.

      Our next sighting of William Tombow III is found in the 1870 Federal Census of Whiteside County, IL, entry 83/86, Sterling, with the William Chites Family. William is listed as age 17 and a farm laborer. His last name is again distorted to "Tornbow".

      No mention is made of William Tombow III is in the Whiteside County, Illinois, Federal Census for 1880. William would have been 27 at the time and had perhaps moved on out West with his young family.

      Our next sight of him is found in Clinton, IA, in September 12, 1903, when he signs, along with his wife, Nancy E., a quit claim deed to his father's property, found in the Whiteside County Register of Deeds. (Vol 165, p. 265)

      His death occurred before 1923, according to an affidavit in that year of his sister, Lydia Tombow Fluck, who notes this fact in her brother Jacob Tombow's Civil War Pension Papers.

      Further research by this writer and the hiring of genealogical research in Iowa by Mrs. Barbara A. Snedden, 2739 Dosh Road, DesMoines, Iowa, 50310, have failed to find further traces of William Tombow III and his family.

      To date this writer has gone to Clinton, Iowa, just over the Mississippi River from Whiteside County, IL, and searched births, marriages, deaths, deeds, wills, and city directories for many years on both sides of 1903 and found nothing for William. The name "Tambo" was found, but this fam- ily is not related to us, being of Danish origin, with first names such as Carl Christian, Katrina, Jensine Christina, and Margaret.

      Mrs. Snedden has searched the Soundexes for the 1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses for Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, and the 1900 indices for Oklahoma and North Dakota without finding an entry for William Tombow/Tombo/Tambo and family. She also searched the 1915 Iowa State Census for Clinton County with nega- tive results. (Correspondence dated 5 June 1991, 10 October 1991, and 17 December 1991)

      Future research efforts will have to focus on states further west and perhaps Canada. A request for the Tombow name in all three area codes of Iowa in 1990 failed to yield anyone of that name in the telephone directories.

      Nothing further is known about this branch of the family at this writing.

      Compiled and written by:

      Patrick L. Tombeau 9 May 1993