William Herzkey Tombow
William Herzkey Tombow
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John Tombow

Male 1808 - 1863  (54 years)


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  • Name John Tombow 
    Born 20 Sep 1808  E. Lampeter, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Aug 1863  E. Greenville, OH (burial: E. Greenville, OH, Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I07256  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father William Tombos,   b. Abt 1789, Holland, Netherlands Federation of Republics Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1858, Tombowtown, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Herzkey,   b. 21 Oct 1793, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1858, Tombowtown, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1811  Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Smith,   b. 10 Jul 1814, Lancaster County, PA (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1892, E. Greenville, OH (burial: E. Greenville, OH, Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1835  Lancaster County ,PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann Tombow,   b. 25 Aug 1836, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1914, Tuscararas Twp., Stark Co., OH. (burial: Sixteen, OH, Reformed Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Margaret Tombow,   b. 21 Sep 1838, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1885, E. Greenville, OH (burial: Massillon, OH, City Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     3. Sheltzer Tombow,   b. 1839, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1850, Stark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     4. William Tombow,   b. 4 Dec 1840, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1863, Chattanouga, TN (Civil War wounds), Chattanooga National Cemtery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
    +5. Nathaniel S. Tombow,   b. 10 Feb 1843, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1902, E. Greenville, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     6. John W. Tombow,   b. 2 Apr 1845, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1908, Stark Co., OH (burial: E. Greenville Cemetery, OH) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +7. Henry Clay Tombow,   b. 8 May 1848, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1883, E. Greenville, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     8. Benjamin F. Tombow,   b. 10 Oct 1850, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1853, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +9. Adam Grant Tombow,   b. 2 Jun 1853, Lancaaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1897, Butler, DeKalb Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     10. Thatcher F. Tombow,   b. 15 Aug 1856, Stark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1858, STark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +11. Daniel W. Tombow,   b. 5 Oct 1858, Stark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1925, Wilmington Twp., DeKalb Co., IN (burial: E. Greenville, OH, Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F2707  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Quit-Claim Deed to Property of John Tombow
    Quit-Claim Deed to Property of John Tombow
    Sarah Smith Tombow Quit-Claim to property inherited by her husband, John Tombow

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    Quit-Claim Deed to Property of John Tombow
    Quit-Claim Deed to Property of John Tombow
    Sarah Smith Tombow Quit-Claim to property inherited by her husband, John Tombow

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  • Notes 
    • The Descendants of John Tombow and Sarah Smith

      The descendants of John Tombow and Sarah Smith have been traced by Dorothy Tombow Boulware, RR2, Box311-B, Argyle TX 76226 in her book: "Tambos Tombo Tombow"

      What follows comes from Patrick L. Tombeau's research on this branch of the family.

      The founding parents of the Family, William Tombos, Sr., and Mary Ann Herzkey, as noted previously, had six children, in the following birth order: John Tombow, William (H.) Tombow, Jr., Mary Ann Tombow, Sarah Tombow, Lydia Tombow, and Catherine Tombow. (Miscellaneous Records, Orphans Court, Lancaster County, PA, September 1858, pp. 178-9.)

      This chapter in the Family History discusses the first Tombow born in America and his descendants. Ongoing research on this branch of the Family is currently being done by the writer, who may be addressed at 1462 Middlewood Dr., Saline, MI, 48176; by Dorothy Tombow Boulware whose address is Rt. 2, Box 33l-B, Argyle, Texas 76226; by Betty A. Edwards of 1729 Dexter Rd., N.E., Massillon, Ohio 44646; and by Shirley Hern, 5213 Gatewood Lane, Anaheim, California 92807.

      John Tombow, the first child of William and Mary Tombos, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His name, according to the German and Dutch customs of the time, is that of his maternal grandfather, John Herzkey. His birth year, based on various discrepant records, has been estimated to lie between 1808 and 1813.

      However, his parents were married on 17 January 1811 and his next sibling. William, Jr., was born in 1813, making 18ll or 1812 the most likely years of birth. According to E. Greenville Cemetery Records, Tuscarawas Township, Stark County, Ohio, John died on 30 August 1863, aged 55 years, 11 months, and 10 days, making his birth date September 20, 1808, two years and four months before his parents were married.

      Based upon the fact that John's parents were married in January, 1811, and John's birthday is 20 September, it is most likely that John was an "eight month baby", born 20 September 1811, and that he died at the age of 52 years, 11 months, and 10 days, three years younger than the records at death indicate. This seems more reasonable than the alternative that John's parents lived in a "state of sin" with their infant son, in a religious Mennonite Community, for over two years before getting married.

      John's childhood was spent in E. Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on the property described in the previous chapter on the Family Origins.

      John Tombow married Sarah Smith in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on 2 August 1835, being at that time about 24 years of age. His wife Sarah was born 10 July 1814 according to the E. Greenville Cemetery Records. Her parentage has not been established, but there is some speculation that she may be a sister of Thomas Smith who married another Tombow, Mary Ann Tombow, John's sister. No evidence or oral tradition has been found to support this speculation. Based on the names given to Sarah Smith Tombow's first four children, her parents were most likely Nathaniel and Margaret Smith since those are the names given to her second born son and daughter. Her first born son and daughter were named William and Mary Ann, which are the names of her husband's parents. Four years after their marriage, John Tombow purchased land in Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The purchase of this land was made on l April 1839 from Job Reynolds and wife for $500 (Deeds, N-8-544). The particulars of this Deed have not been examined by this writer.

      John Tombow appears as a head of household for the first time in 1840. As only one male between the ages of 15-20 is mentioned in his father's household in the 1830 Census, John, as the oldest son, at that time 19 years old, most likely had hired out as a farm hand.

      John Tombow and his family are recorded in the 1840 Federal Census for Lancaster County in Martic Township as follows:

      John Tombo

      Male l (20-40 years)
      Female 2 (0-5 years)
      Female l (15-20 years)
      Female l (20-30 Years)

      This Census accounts for John, his wife Sarah, their two daughters, Mary Ann and Margaret Tombow. The female, age 15-20 years, may have been one of John's sisters who came to live with them to help with housekeeping, a frequent practice in those years. The entry for William Tombow, Sr., in this particular Census year shows only three of his four daughters living with him.

      The 1850 Federal Census for Martic Township records the following entry (p. 105, dwelling #10, 17 August 1850):

      John Tombo, age 4l, carpenter, property value assessed at $800, born in Lancaster Co. Sarah Tombow, age 39, born in Lancaster County Margaret Tombow, age 11, born in Lancaster County, attends school William Tombow, age 9, born in Lancaster County, attends school Nathaniel Tombow, age 7, born in Lancaster County, attends school John Tombow, age 5, born in Lancaster County, attends school Henry Tombow, age 3, born in Lancaster County

      Mary Ann Tombo, age 16, is listed with a neighbor, William Coin, carpenter, his wife, Sarah, and their two young children, Daniel and Mary, ages 5 and 3. (1850 Census, Martic Township, p. 105, dwelling #3, 16 August 1850.)

      There were 527 houses in Martic Township in 1850.

      As John Tombow moved to Wayne County and then Stark County, Ohio, in the late 1850's, there is no entry for him in the 1860 Census of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. However, his entry for 1860 in the Stark County, Ohio Federal Census has been located at this writing by Mrs. Shirley Hern of Anaheim, CA. His entry can be found in the 1860 Federal Census, Stark Co., Tuscararas Twp., recorded 22 August 1860, pg. 250.

      John moved with his Family to Ohio around the years 1856 or 1857, as evidenced by Deeds in Lancaster and Stark Counties. John sold his Martic Township property in Lancaster County on 14 March 1857 for $500 to Thomas Smith of W. Lampeter Township, his sister Mary Ann Tombow's husband, and possible brother of John's wife, Sarah Smith. (Deeds, N-8-545)

      (Thomas Smith may have defaulted on his payments to John on this property as a letter from Benjamin and Lydia Tombow Groff, accompanying this Family History, indicates that Thomas Smith had not done right by John in some matter. The text of this letter will be found in the chapter on the descendants of Benjamin and Lydia Tombow Groff.)

      John had purchased 2 acres from Wendel Keller in Stark County, Ohio, in section 7, Twp. 12, Range 10, of that County two months before on 4 January 1857 (Stark Co,., Ohio, Deeds, Book 67, p. 288).

      John Tombow died 30 August 1863, according to the Cemetery Records in E. Greenville, Ohio, probably at the age of 52 years, 11 months, and 10 days, from considerations mentioned earlier in this chapter. Sarah Smith Tombow died 30 April 1892 at the age of 77 years, 9 months, and 20 days, according to the E. Greenville Cemetery Records. A marker still stands commemorating their graves.

      John and Sarah Smith Tombow's home still stands in E. Greenville, Ohio.

      John Tombow and Sarah Smith had nine children: Mary Ann Tombow, Margaret Tombow, William Tombow, Nathaniel Smith Tombow, John Tombow, Henry Clay Tombow, Shetzer Tombow, Adam Grant Tombow, and Daniel Webster Tombow.

      With sons named Henry Clay Tombow and Daniel Webster Tombow, John Tombow could certainly be characterized as an ardent patriot with conservative politics. Both Clay and Webster were eloquent orators for conservative issues. Such names suggest that John Tombow had a lively interest in the political debates and issues of his day.

      John's son Adam Grant Tombow was born in 1853, several years before Ulysses S. Grant became a general in the Civil War and President of the U.S., so John's inspiration for his son Adam's middle name is not apparent.