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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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TOMLINSON, THOS., farmer, P. O. Clarinda; born in Yorkshire, England, May, 31, 1828. There he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the national schools of York. In 1844 he began his apprenticeship as a tanner with Bell & Todd, of York, England, serving with them for seven years. He then went to London, working at his trade with Bevington & Morris. From London he went to Hull, carrying on his business on his own account until 1864, at which time he came to the United States, locating at College Springs, Page county. In March, 1866, he came to Clarinda, and two years following opened a tannery for Burns & Round. In 1869 he bought out this firm, continuing the business in his own name. His leather is of the very finest quality and in great demand in the home market. He has manfully fought his way up through adverse circumstances, and as a man of energy deserves great credit. He was married September 18, 1855, to Miss Mary Newham, a native of Lincolnshire, England, by whom he has ten children, nine living: F. N., Emily M., Henry E., Herbert C., Geo. W., Anna M., Charles R., Frank J. and Alice B.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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