William Herzkey Tombow
William Herzkey Tombow
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Sarah Tombow

Female 1820 - 1906  (86 years)


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  • Name Sarah Tombow 
    Born 1 May 1820  E. Lampeter, Lancaster Co.,PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Jun 1906  Lancaster, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery, E. Lancaster, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I07258  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 1 William Weaver,   b. Abt 1825, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880, Lancaster Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married Lancaster Co.,PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John M. Weaver,   b. 2 Jul 1849, Smithville, Lancaster County ,PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1915, Onoville, Cataraugus Co., NY (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Catherine Weaver,   b. 1852, Provindence Twp., Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1914 and 1921, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. Jacob A. Weaver,   b. 2 Jan 1853,   d. 24 Feb 1914, Lancaster City, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Lydia A. Weaver,   b. 27 Oct 1856,   d. Abt 14 Jul 1942, Manheim Twp., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F2717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amos N. Bowers,   d. Bef 1850, Lancaster County ,PA (?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Nov 1840  Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William J. Bowers,   b. 12 Dec 1842, Lancaster County ,PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1878, Providence, Lancaster County ,PA (mother's home) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     2. Rebecca J. Bowers,   b. 13 Jul 1845, Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1921, Lancaster City, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +3. Mary A. Bowers,   b. 12 Apr 1843,   d. 8 Oct 1912, Lancaster City, PA (burial: Greenwood Cemtery, Lancaster, PA) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F2716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Home of Henry Landis and Rebecca Bowers Landis, 333 E. Marion, Lancaster, PA
    Home of Henry Landis and Rebecca Bowers Landis, 333 E. Marion, Lancaster, PA
    Sarah Tombow Weaver died here in 1906

    Documents
    Obituaries for Sarah Tombow Weaver
    Obituaries for Sarah Tombow Weaver

    Headstones
    Headstone of Sarah Tombow Weaver
    Headstone of Sarah Tombow Weaver

    Histories
    Sarah Tombow Letter w/ notes
    Sarah Tombow Letter w/ notes

  • Notes 

    • The Descendants of Sarah A. Tombow

      The descendants of Sarah Tombow and her two husbands, Amos N. Bowers and William Weaver, havealso been traced by Dorothy Tombow Boulware, RR2, BOX 311-b, Argyle, TX, 76226 (2005) in her book "Tambos, Tombo, Tombow from 1780's" which may be found in the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Library and the Lancaster County Historical Society Library.

      As pointed out previously in the chapter on the Origins of the Family, the founding parents, William Tombos and Mary Ann Herzkey, had six children: John Tombow, William Tombow, Jr., Mary Ann Tombow, Sarah Tombow, Lydia Tombow, and Catherine Tombow (Miscellaneous Records, Lancaster County Orphans Court, September, l858, pp. l78-l79).

      This chapter of the History discusses the descendants of William and Mary Herzkey Tombos' fourth child, Sarah A. Tombow. According to her death certificate and the cemetery records of Mellinger's Cemetery, Sarah Tombow was born l May l820. She was born in E. Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood on the property of her father described in the chapter on the Family Origins.

      According to the customs of the day, her name most likely derives from her maternal grandmother in Holland.

      The records of Trinity Lutheran Church record a marriage to Amos N. Bowers on l0 November l840. In this record her name is spelled Sarah Tombows. Amos N. Bowers was alive on 26 March l845. as he is mentioned in a deed between William Tombos, Sr. and his son William Tombow, Jr. (Deeds, G-7-8l). In this Deed, William, Sr., states his intent to deed land to his son which would be adjacent to land he was deeding that day to Amos N. Bowers. It is not clear at this writing whether such a transaction actually took place between William Tombos and Amos N. Bowers. A review of the Grantee Index of Deeds may clarify this matter.

      Nothing further is known about this marriage or the fate of Amos N. Bowers at this writing. Sarah, however, had remarried to William Weaver by the late l840's from data obtained in the l860 Federal Census (See below). Whatever happened to Amos N. Bowers, therefore, happened in the few years between 26 March l845 and l848 or l849.

      The Index to the l850 Census has bee reviewed for the names of Amos N. Bowers, Sarah Bowers, and William Weaver. There is an Amos Bowers living in the City of Lancaster with another family. He is 32 years old. No entry for Amos N. Bowers or Sarah Bowers has been found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Three William Weavers were indexed for Lancaster County, but a review of their Census entries rules them out as the William Weaver married to Sarah Tombow.

      As for possible children of this first marriage of Sarah Tombow to Amos N. Bowers, the l860 Census does not record children with the last name of Bowers living with Sarah and William Weaver. However, children of the first marriage would have been old enough to be living as extra help with other families as was common in this period.

      Nonetheless next to Sarah Weaver's grave, row 5 in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery, there is a stone for a William J. Bowers who was born l5 August l842 and died l8 Febrary l878. This man was old enough to have served in the Civil War and his military and pension records should be sought in the National Archives for possible clarification. Further the records of the Lancaster Mennonite Society Library may also contain information on this matter.

      Also in the same row a Rebecca J. Landis is buried next to a son of Sarah Tombow Weaver, Jacab A. Weaver. She was born l3 July l845 and died l8 May l92l. Her death certificate in the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Harrisburg PA., should clarify who her father was. She appears to be the Mrs. Rebecca (Henry) Landis mentioned in Sarah Tombow Weaver's and Jacob A. Weaver's obituaries quoted below.

      Sarah A. Tombow married a second time to William Weaver. As their oldest child is reported to be l0 years old in the l860 Census taken on l9 June l860 it can be assumed that their marriage took place in the late l840's. As they appear to be Mennonites, the marriage must be looked for in the Trinity Lutheran Church or Reformed German Church Records of Lancaster, as the State required marriages to be performed by ordained clergy at that time.

      The following entry was found in the l860 Federal Census of Lancaster County, Providence Township, p. 6l7, dwelling #224:

      William Weaver, 35, laborer, born in Prussia, real estate valued at $300, personal property at $l00.
      Sarah Weaver, age 40, born in Pennsylvania
      John M. Weaver, age l0, born in Pennsylvania, attends school
      Catherine Weaver, age 8, born in Pennsylvania, attends school
      Jacob Weaver, age 6, born in Pennsylvania
      Lidia A. Weaver, age 3, born in Pennsylvania

      No further Census work has been done on this family.

      Sarah Tombow Weaver died 28 June l906 at the age of 86 years, l month and 27 days of tuberculosis of the lungs, according to her death certificate filed in the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Harrisburg, PA. The certificate states her father was William Tombow. Death occurred at 8 o'clock in the evening.

      The following two obituaries were published on p. 5 of the Lancaster New Era 29 June l906:

      "Death of Mrs. Sarah Weaver

      Mrs. Sarah Weaver died at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Landis, no. 333 East Marion street, on Thursday evening, in her 87th year, death being due to general debility. The deceased was born near Smoketown, but had lived in this city many years. She had been twice married. The following children survive: Mrs. Landis, Mrs. Givler, Jacob and John Weaver, city; Mrs Jacob Reese, New Providence; Mrs Jacob Miller, Philadelphia. The funeral will be held on Sunday at l pm at the house and at two o'clock at Mellinger's Meeting House."

      Also appearing on that date in that newspaper:

      "WEAVER on June 28, l906, in this city, Mrs. Sarah Weaver, in her 87th year.
      The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of her daughter, Mrs Harry Landis, No. 333 East Marion street, on Sunday afternoon at one o'clock at the house, and at two o'clock at Mellinger's Meeting House. Interment at graveyard."

      Sarah Weaver Tombow's tombstone stand today in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery, row 5. It states she is the daughter of William Tombow. Its inscription has not been transcribed completely at this writing.

      The date of her husband, William Weaver's death and his place of burial are unknown at this writing as he is not buried in row five with his wife, Sarah. No Will has been found for either Sarah or William Weaver.

      Sarah's known and possible children at his writing are:

      IV-l William J. Bowers (possible) He is buried next to Sarah in row five of Mellinger's Cemetery. He was born l5 August l842 and died l8 February l878 at the age of 36 years, 6 months and three days.

      IV-2 Rebecca (Bowers ?), wife of Henry Landis of No. 333 E. Marion St., city of Lancaster. A Rebecca J. Landis is buried in row 5 of Mellinger's Cemetery next to Jacob A Weaver, her possible brother. Her dates are l3 July l845 to l8 May l92l.

      The Census index was consulted for the name of Rebecca Bowers in l850, but her name was not found as a separate entry in Lancaster County

      IV-3 (Sarah A.) wife of Jacob R. Givler, as it would appear from a document in papers disposing of the property at 224 East Frederick St., dated l0 January l923. This petition is signed by Sarah A. Givler, Martha M. McFarland, and John B. Givler (the last two presumably the children of Jacob R. Givler and his wife Sarah.) (Deeds, Y-25-454 and N-1-4l7)

      IV-4 Jacob A. Weaver, born 2 January l853, died 22 February l9l4 of pulmonary tuberculosis, buried in row five of Mellinger's Cemetery, next to Rebecca J. Landis. His obituary is recorded on p. 2 of the 23 February l9l4 issue of the Lancaster New Era as follows:

      "Death of Jacob A. Weaver

      The death of Jacob A. Weaver occurred at his home, No. l30 South Water Street, the cause being tuberculosis. The wife of the deceased is dead, but there are three surviving children: Mrs Anna Deroof, of Harrisburg, and John H. and George F., of this city. The following brothers and sisters also survive: J.M. Weaver of Oneville, N.Y.; Mrs. Kate Miller. of Philadelphia; Mrs. Rebecca Landis of Lancaster, and Mrs Lydia Reese of New Providence. The funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at l:30 o'clock at the house and interment will be made in the cemetery adjoining Mellinger's meeting House."

      A search for a will for Jacob A. Weaver was negative.

      IV-5 John M. Weaver who was living in Oneville, N.Y. in l9l4, according to his brother Jacob's obituary (See above entry). He is mentioned in the family's l860 Federal Census entry, cited above, with an age of l0 years, giving him a birth year of l850.)

      IV-6 Lydia Weaver who married Jacob Reese and who lived in New Providence, Pennsylvania in the l906 obituary of her mother and the l9l4 obituary of her brother Jacob. (See above obituaries). She is mentioned in the l860 Federal Census, cited above, age 3, giving her a birth year of l857.)

      IV-7 Catherine Weaver ("Kate") married Jacob Miller and was living in Philadelphia in l906 and l9l4, according to the obituaries of her mother and her brother, Jacob Weaver, quoted above. Catherine is mentioned in the family entry in the l860 Federal Census as 8 years old giving her a birth year of l852.

      One other possible child of Sarah Tombow and William Weaver is buried in row five of Mellinger's Cemetery:

      IV-8 Sarah S Weaver (possible) 3 December l860 to 29 April l877.

      The l870 and l880 Federal Census entries for the William and Sarah Weaver family may resolve these issues.

      Nothing further is known at this writing about the family and descendants of Sarah A. Tombow, fourth child of William Tombos and Mary Ann Herzkey, and Sarah's two husbands, Amos N. Bowers and William Weaver.

      Advertisements have been placed in both the Genealogical Helper (Sept/ Oct, l989) and the Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage Magazine in l990 for descendants of this family, but no respondents have replied.