Tosh, William - Macoupin County IL
©1996-2009 Linda R. F. Arnold

The WILLIAM TOSH Families of Macoupin Co., IL

by Linda R.F. Arnold, ©2004

WILLIAM TOSH is the progenitor of the TOSH Family of Macoupin Co., IL. The “recent” discovery of a small piece of paper has been found in an old Bible that strongly supports the supposition that WILLIAM TOSH was a son of JAMES TOSH & ANNE BROADWATER.  The ancestry of WILLIAM TOSH can most likely be traced back to Drumore Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (JONATHAN TOSH early-mid 1700s); then to Augusta and Botetourt Counties, Virginia (TASKER TOSH at least by 1742).

WILLIAM TOSH was born February 1794 on/in Drum Creek, Virginia.  This location has undoubtedly changed names over the years.  This place, mentioned on that small piece of paper, is not to be confused with the present day Drum Creek, Virginia.

Our WILLIAM TOSH is probably the same man who served in the War of 1812 from Jackson County, Tennessee.  The early records of Jackson County have been lost (destroyed during the Civil War).  William’s father, JAMES TOSH is said to have died “near Nashville” Tennessee, July 11th 1804.  There is early evidence there were BROADWATERs in Jackson County about the same time, therefore it can safely be assumed the William TOSH who served in the War of 1812 was our WILLIAM TOSH until it can be proved otherwise.  It is thought the first son, JAMES C.F. TOSH was born in or near Jackson County, Tennessee.

After the War of 1812, WILLIAM TOSH made his way to Wayne County, Indiana where he was listed head of household, 1820 Census (as TASH).  William’s brother JAMES TOSH (also confirmed in that small piece of paper) was in Preble County, Ohio at least by 1817 when he married Hannah MORROW there.  (He was also listed as TASH in the 1820 Census.)  Preble County is located just across the state line from Wayne County, Indiana.  His sister Elizabeth TOSH (also confirmed in that small piece of paper) was in Preble County, Ohio when she married James ACTON, 1817. They later made their way to Wapello Co., Iowa.

The second son, WILLIAM RILEY TOSH (my 2nd great-grandfather) was born 1816 in Wayne County, Indiana.  Two other children alternately gave their birthplace as Indiana and Ohio in later census records.

WILLIAM TOSH married SARAH ______ whose maiden name has not yet been found.  They were probably married shortly after the War of 1812, say about 1814. Perhaps the middle names of some of their children may give a clue to her identity.   According to the 1850 Mortality Schedule of Macoupin County, Sarah was born about 1795 in Kentucky.  She died December 10, 1849 in Macoupin County and is buried in Cherry Cemetery, North Otter township.

Sarah is mother of eight of the nine surviving children through whom the TOSH Family of Macoupin County descends.

        THEIR CHILDREN:  (Place of birth for grandchildren is IL unless otherwise noted.)


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