History of
Ashtabula Co., Ohio

SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.  Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.

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* TALLING, Charles W.
* TAVONE, Vincent Cicoria
* TAYLOR, Hiram
* TAYLOR, Milo A.
* THOMPSON, Margaret R.
* THOMPSON, Walter
* THURBER, George E.
* TIDD, Alvin
* TINKER, Andrew C.
* TITUS, E. A.
* TOMBES, Henry C.
* TOPPER, Charles O.
* TOPPER, Raymond G.

* TOWNSEND, Marquis D.
* TRACY, Daniel E.
* TRAVER, George W.
* TUSA, John R.

CHARLES WESLEY TALLING, well known building Contractor of Conneaut, was born at Ontario, Canada, Dec. 10, 1876, and is the son of Charles and Ruth (Parsons) Talling.
     Charles Talling
was a native of England and a pioneer settler of Canada, where he engaged in general farming many years.  Mr. and Mrs. Talling now deceased, were the parents of ten children, as follows:  Mary Jane, married Christopher Roberts, lives at Atlanta, Canada; Anna and Katie, deceased; Joseph, lives at Erie, Pa.; Laura, married John Vaughn lives at Alberta, Canada; Charles Wesley, the subject of this sketch; Lizzie, married Harrison Curtis,  lives in Canada; Edith, married M. Leachman, lives in Canada; Jessie, and Fred, also live in Canada.
     Charles Wesley Talling was reared and educated in Canada and when a young man learned the carpenter trade, which he has followed successfully for many years.  He has been in business for himself in Conneaut since 1917, and during that time has erected many public buildings in Ashtabula county, as well as a large number of homes.  The Talling residence is located at 520 Broad Street.
     Mr. Talling
was married first to Miss Edith Mathews, a native of Conneaut, who died February 13, 1899, leaving the following children:  Ruth, married Harry Foster, lives at Conneaut, and Ardis, who lives with her grandmother.  On June 13, 1913, Mr. Talling was married to Miss Bertha Blistine, a native of New York, and to this union one child was born, Alma.
     Mr. Talling
, is a republican, a member of the First Baptist church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.  He is an enterprising and substantial citizen of Ashtabula county and is widely known.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
SHARON WICK's NOTE:  See burial of Charles W. & Bertha Talling in Glenwood Cemetery, Conneaut, O

VINCENT CICORIA TAVONE, manager of Tavone & Company, is a reliable and enterprising citizen of Conneaut.  He was born in Italy, July 18, 1892, the son of Nichlas and Mary (Vaccora) Tavone.
      Nicholas Tavone
is a prosperous farmer and lives in Italy.  His wife died in 1912.  They were the parents of the following children:  Angelo, Mary, Mike, Sandy, Dolarad, all living in Italy, and Vincent Cicoria, the subject of this sketch.
     Vincent Cicoria Tavone came to the United States in 1920 and settled in Conneaut where he was employed by the Nickel Plate Railroad.  He opened his present place of business in 1922.  Mr. Tavone is a dealer in grocery and meats and is located at 399 Chestnut Street.
     Mr. Tavone is a Republican, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Conneaut.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

MILO A. TAYLOR, the well known city auditor of Ashtabula, is a native of Ohio.  He was born in Clinton County, near Wilmington, and is the son of Seth and Martha (Gallaher) Taylor.  Seth Taylor was a native of Ohio, as was also his wife.  He followed general farming and met with success, and in later life engaged in carpenter work.  Mr. Taylor died in 1908 and his wife died in 1888.  They were the parents of eight children, of whom five are now living.
     Milo A. Taylor removed to Logan County with his parents when a young boy, and received his education in the district schools of that county.  In 1889 he located at LaRue, in Marion County, Ohio, where he was connected with the LaRue Bank as assistant cashier for 13 years.  He then removed to Ashtabula, and became associated with the Ideal Hoop Company as assistant manager until 1916, at which time he was made manager of the Ashtabula Hoop Company.  On March 1, 1919, Mr. Taylor resigned his position to accept the appointment of city auditor of Ashtabula.  He has proven to be a trustworthy and capable official of the city and is favorably known throughout the county.
     Mr. Taylor was married to Miss Louis Konkle, a native of Union County, Ohio, and the daughter of Abraham and Julia (Bigelow) Konkle, the former native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio.   Mr. and Mrs. Konkle are deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor one was born, Walter Jay, who married Miss Francis M. Reed, a native of Ashtabula, and they have one child, Margaret LouiseMr. Taylor is a member of the editorial staff of the Cleveland News.
     In politics Mr. Taylor is a Republican.  He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge.  He is a member of the Exchange Club of Ashtabula of which he is secretary.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

MRS. MARGARET R. THOMPSON, known as Nellie Thompson, a widely known and highly esteemed citizen of Ashtabula County, who lives at Kingsville, is a native of Ohio.  She was born at Kingsville, June 10, 1840 and is a daughter of Moses and Ruth (Pearsall) Pease.
     Moses Pease
was born at Plainfield, Oswego County, N. Y., in 1804, and came to Ohio in 1838.  He was a mason by trade and also farmed 25 acres of land which he purchased in Kingsville Township.  Mr. Pease later purchased a home at Kingsville where he died in 1896.  His wife, also a native of New York, born Oct. 8, 1809, died in 1881.  Mr. and Mrs. Pease, who were married in 1830, were the parents of the following children:  Samuel, born Feb. 24, 1831, deceased; Roland, born Dec. 29, 1836, deceased; H. H. born March 19, 1849, mention of whom is made below:  Sarah, born Feb. 30, 1833, deceased;  Clarinda, born Dec. 3, 1834, deceased; Frederick, born in 1838, deceased; and Margaret R., the subject of this sketch.
     H. H. Pease, who lives with his sister, Mrs. Thompson, was married to Miss Mary E. Barnum, of Rock Creek, Ohio, and to this union five children were born, as follows:  F. A., married Miss Bell White, lives in Cleveland, where he is head of the F. A. Pease Engineering Company; William E., a chief engineer for the Van Sweringen Brothers of Cleveland, lives in Lakewood, Ohio;  Harry R., doctor of osteopathy, lives at Steubenville, Ohio; Charles N., a locomotive engineer on the Nickel Plate Railroad, lives in Buffalo, N. Y.; and Nellie N. died at the age of 11 years.
     Miss Margaret R. Pease has always lived in Ashtabula County.  She was married to George Washington Thompson, who died in 1909.  He owned a tannery in Kingsville for many years, which was built by Thomas Richmond and Julius Murray.  To Mr. and Mrs. Thompson four children were born as follows:  Gaylord Grant, lives in Conneaut, where he is chief clerk for the New York Central Railroad freight office, married Jennie Robinson and have a daughter, Aimee Thompson, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., a motion picture actress, her stage name being Mae Busch; Raymond Clark, a telegraph operator, lives at Kingsville, married Etta Southwick, and they have three children, Gordon, Graedon, and Pearl Westfalls; Pearl E. Eastman, lives at Kingsville, and she has three children, Raymond Genivieve, and Marian; and Carlton H., an attorney, lives in Idaho, married Abbie Ingersoll.  Mrs. Thompson has twelve great grandchildren and twelve grandchildren.
     Mr. Thompson was a member of the Baptist church, as is his wife.  The Thompson family is among the prominent and honored pioneer families in Ashtabula County.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

ANDREW CHENEY TINKER, general manager of the Liberty Specialty Company, is among the successful business men of Conneaut.  He was born there Oct. 5, 1876, and is a son of Austin and Ella R. (Cheney) Tinker. 
     Austin Tinker, son of Sylvester and Orthie Jane, was born in Conneaut Township and was a member of a pioneer family of Ashtabula County.  He engaged in the lumber business in Pine Run, Mich., and later cleared timber from the present site of the city of Toledo, Ohio, known as Jerusalem.  He died in 1883.  Tinker Hollow near Conneaut, was named after the early settles of the Tinker Family, where a thriving manufacturing business was conducted in the early days, the products being the Tinker mowing machine, horse power sweep for cutting wood and other farm machinery and parts.  Mrs. Tinker died July 25, 1915.  Andrew, the subject of this sketch, was their only child.
     Andrew Cheney Tinker has always lived in Conneaut.  While a student he learned the electrical trade by correspondence and was later in the employ of the local light and telephone companies for several years, working his way up through the several positions to manager of the Bell Telephone Company at Conneaut, Ohio, until unified service took place.  He later engaged in teh lumber business, buying small tracts of timber, which he sawed and shipped to nearby points.  Since 1916, Mr. Tinker has been associated with the Liberty Specialty Company of Conneaut, heating specialists.
     On Oct. 5, 1903, Mr. Tinker was married to Miss Dora May Grant, a native of Cambridge, Ohio, and the daughter of John R. and Sadie (Orr) Grant, the former a native of Baltimore, Md., and the latter of Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Grant, who reside with the Tinker family, are the parents of the following children: John R., Jr., Struthers, Ohio, with Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company; Mrs. Tinker; Maude L., married W. H. Davis, Jr., superintendent of electrical and mechanical equipment, Cambridge Colleries Company, Cambridge, Ohio, main offices, Cleveland; Sanford, with United States Steel Company, lives at Cambridge, Ohio; and Myrtle, married Charles Brand, a groceryman of Byesville, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Tinker have a son, Austin Grant, born April 11, 1906, who graduated from Conneaut High School in June, 1924.
     Mr. Tinker is identified with the Masonic and Elks lodges and director Kiwanis Club, International, of Conneaut.  He is an enterprising and progressive citizen of Ashtabula County.

L. C. TINKER, now living retired in Jefferson, is a veteran of the Civil War and a highly respected citizen of Ashtabula County.  He was born at Rome, Ashtabula County, July 25, 1843, and is the son of Samuel and Anna Samantha (Rockwell) Tinker.
     Samuel Tinker
was a native of Oswego County, N. Y., born Nov. 23, 1811.  In 1818 his parents came west to Ashtabula County, making the trip in prairie schooners, and they settled on a farm near Rome, Samuel Tinker became one of the leading farmers and stock men of the county and owned 200 acres of land.  He was a Republican and held many public offices.  On April 28, 1842, Mr. Tinker was married to Miss Anna Samantha Rockwell, a native of Susquehanna County, Pa., who was born Feb. 22, 1825.  To this union the following children were born: L. C., the subject of this sketch; Bird J., deceased; Emma M., the widow of William Howlett, lives at Alma, Mich.; Orlando S., a farmer, lives at Rome, Ohio; and Archie A., deceased.  Mr. Tinker died in 1893 and his wife died March 12, 1888.
     L. C. Tinker attended the schools at Rome, Ohio, and in early life engaged in farming with his father.  After 25 years of farming and stock raising, Mr. Tinker engaged in the mercantile business at Dodgeville, Ashtabula County, and was thus engaged from 30 years.  In April, 1909, he retired, and now lives at Jefferson.  While living at Dodgeville, Mr. Tinker served as postmaster for 16 years.
     During the Civil War Mr. Tinker enlisted in Company K, 87th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and at the expiration of his term, reenlisted in the 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery.  He took part in many important battles and skirmishes in the war and was discharged in 1865 at Delaware, Ohio.  Mr. Tinker was taken prisoner in August, 1863, at the last battle of Harper's Ferry, Va., and was paroled soon after that battle.
     In 1886 Mr. Tinker was married the first time to Miss Abagail Allyn, who was born at Rome, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1843, and died April 25, 1889.  To this union two children were born:  Albert W., born Aug. 2, 1867, lives in Cleveland; and LaVerne, born Aug. 5, 1877, married Charles E. Dee, and she died June 15, 1906, leaving a daughter, Margaret M., who was born Aug. 31, 1902, married Ralph Yomans and now lives in Cleveland.  On Aug. 12, 1891, Mr. Tinker was married to Miss Alice E. Allyn, a sister of his first wife, who was born Jan. 7, 1895, married on April 25, 1918, to Albert Miller, of Jefferson, and they have a son, Richard Allyn, born March 5, 1922.
     Marvin and Mary (Decker) Allyn, parents of Mrs. L. C. Tinker, were natives of New York State and early settlers of Ashtabula County.  He died in 1901 and his wife died the following year.  They were the parents of the following children:  Marcia A., married William Cook, both deceased; Sarah J., the widow of Oscar Finch, lives at Jefferson; Abagail Tinker, deceased; Rev. Almond; Cynthia, married George Soden, both deceased; Antoinette, married John Grimm, both deceased; Dr. Alvin B., deceased; Mrs. Alice E. Tinker; and Arthur.
In politics Mr. Tinker is identified with the Republican party.  He is a member of the Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Tinker is widely known and one of the leading citizens of Ashtabula County.

MARQUlS D. TOWNSEND, Postmaster, Conneaut, Ohio, was born in Windsor county, Vermont, October 23, 1835, son of William and Hannah G. (Bigelow) Townsend, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Vermont. Grandfather Thomas Townsend and his brother Daniel were Revolutionary soldiers, Daniel being killed in that war.
     William Townsend went from Massachusetts to Vermont at an early day and settled on a farm. He was twice married in that State, first in 1806, to Miss Susan Smith, a native of New Hampshire, all of his children by her having passed away, the last one, Aurelia, wife of Rev. Horace Herrick, dying in 1891, at the age of eighty years. .Mr. Townsend and his second wife, Hannah G. Bigelow, whom he wedded in 1820, had eight children, the oldest dying in infancy and the others being as follows: Eliza, a fine scholar and popular teacher, has been engaged in teaching for many years in Vermont; Frederick Y. A., who married Aurelia Royse, lives in Vermont; Isabel, wife of Henry Waterman, is a resident of Kansas; F. Torrey, who married Charlotte Stebbins, is a merchant and Postmaster at Clay, Iowa; Van Buren married Anna Austin and lives in Florida; Velette P. married Emily Stebbins, and after her death Eliza Ann Hallet, and at this writing he is Postmaster of Quinsigamond, Massachusetts; and Marquis D.,    whose name heads this article. The mother of this family died in 1884, at Redding, Vermont, aged ninety years. She was a member of the Congregational Church. The father passed away in 1865, at the same place, at the age of eighty-five.
     Mr. Townsend was reared on his father's farm in Vermont and was educated there. In 1856, he went to Washington county, Iowa, where he settled on a farm and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until the war came on. August 15, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Fifteenth Corps, and served two years, participating in numerous engage­ments, the siege of Vicksburg and the battles leading up to that siege, etc. Twice his clothes were pierced with bullets. About the time of the surrender of Vicksburg he was taken sick and as this unfitted him for further field service he was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he served as Librarian and General Ward Master of the Hospital until July 15,1864, the date of his discharge. After his discharge from the service, Mr. Townsend came to Conneaut and engaged in the mercantile business, he and his partner, James Babbitt, conducting one of the two leading stores in the town until 1878, when they closed out. Mr. Townsend was then on the road as traveling salesman for about ten years, the most of the time representing the Record Manufacturing Company, of Conneaut. He traveled until he received from President Harrison his commission as Postmaster, in February, 1891, since which time he has been serving in that capacity most efficiently. He has been Councilman and Recorder of Conneaut several terms and has served as Cemetery Director eight or ten years.
     September 19, 1858, Mr. Townsend married Miss Cordelia Hicks, of Conneaut, daughter of Josiah and Julia Ann (Badger) Hicks. She died October 21, 1870, at the age of thirty-five years, leaving one daughter, Carrie C., now the wife of D. B. Phillips, of Conneaut. Mrs. Townsend was a grand­daughter of Elder Badger, the noted Congregational missionary. September 29, 1874, Mr. Townsend wedded Miss Mary A. Palmer, his present companion. She was born in Girard, Erie county, Pennsylvania, October 25, 1846, the oldest of a family of four children, her parents being James and Nancy (Martin) Palmer, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of New York.  Her father was one of the early pioneers of Erie county, where he developed a farm and reared his family, and where he lived for thirty-six years, his death occurring in 1870. He was seventy-six years of age, and his wife, who died in 1885, was aged seventy-seven years. Both were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Of the rest of the Palmer family we record that William H., the second born, a farmer and dealer in produce and agricultural implements at Girard, Pennsylvania, died in 1874, aged forty-three years; Fanny is the wife of Hon. C. G. Griffey of Michigan, at one time member of the State Legislature; and J. G. Palmer is a druggist in Conneaut. Mrs. Townsend was a popular and efficient teacher in Girard for several years previous to her marriage. They have had two children, namely: Fanny G., born January 7, 1878, a pupil in the public high school, is devoting much of her time to music, for which she has already developed a special talent; and Mildred, who died in 1886, aged seven years.
     Mr. and Mrs. Townsend are members of the Congregational Church of Conneaut, the former having served in various official capacities. He was Sunday school Superintendent several years, and at the present time a Deacon of the church. He also served on the Building Committee during the erection of the new church edifice. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Knights of Honor, the Royal Templars, and the Custer Post, No. 9, G. A. R., in all of which his influence is felt for good, he frequently being chosen to occupy important official positions in these orders. Mr. Townsend has been a very influential G. A. R. man. He was chosen Commander of the Custer Post in 1876, and was re-elected four consecutive terms; was chosen Assistant Adjutant General in 1878, and Chaplain in 1880 and 1881. On account of disabilities incurred while in the service he is drawing a pension. He has been identified with the Republican party ever since its organization. In the Lincoln campaign of 1860, he laid aside business affairs and gave his whole time in helping to organize the Republican party in his county (Washington, Iowa).
     Such is a brief sketch of one of the most highly respected citizens of Conneaut, and of one who has contributed largely toward its developments.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)


GEORGE E. THURBER, deceased, was a well known farmer and substantial citizen of Ashtabula County.  He was born at Colebrook, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1860, and was the son of Silas and Emily (Phelps) Thurber.
     George E. Thurber was always a farmer and met with success in his agricultural pursuits.  He died July 26, 1913, and the farm is now operated by his widow and son.
     On March 5, 1881, Mr. Thurber was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Twitchell, a native of Williamsfield Township, Ashtabula County, born Feb. 1, 1861, and the daughter of George and Harriet (Waters) TwitchellMr. Twitchell was a native of Andover Township, Ashtabula County, and a prosperous farmer.  His wife was a native of Erie County, Pa., born Feb. 20, 1840.  They had two children: Frank, lives at Andover; and Mrs. Thurber.  To George E. and Carrie (Twitchell) Thurber four children were born, as follows:  Watson, lives at Williamsfield, Ohio; Jesse, married Arthur Johnson, lives at Ashtabula; Harriet, wife of Clyde Bush, lives at Kinsman, Ohio; and O. K., born Feb. 1, 1891, lives near the home place in Williamsfield Township.  Watson Thurber has six children: Gladys, Frank, George, Charles, Claude, and DavidJessie has two children, Paul and MiloHarriet ahs three children: Carl, Bessie and ThomasO. K. Thurber has two children, Dorothy and Mildred Thurber.
     Mrs. Thurber is a member of the Christian Church, as was also her husband, and the Thurber family are well known and among the substantial citizens of their community.
(See Note 2 below for Source)



Note 1:  
Source 1 - Biographical History of Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of today.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Note 2:
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE:  There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a portrait.

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