Tosh, William - Macoupin County IL
©1996-2009 Linda R. F. Arnold
The WILLIAM TOSH Families of Macoupin
by Linda R.F. Arnold, ©2004
WILLIAM TOSH is the progenitor of the TOSH Family of Macoupin Co.,
The “recent” discovery of a small piece of paper has been found in an
Bible that strongly supports the supposition that WILLIAM TOSH was a
of JAMES TOSH & ANNE BROADWATER. The ancestry of WILLIAM TOSH
can most likely be traced back to Drumore Township, Lancaster County,
(JONATHAN TOSH early-mid 1700s); then to Augusta and Botetourt
Virginia (TASKER TOSH at least by 1742).
WILLIAM TOSH was born February 1794 on/in Drum Creek, Virginia.
location has undoubtedly changed names over the years. This
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
have been lost (destroyed during the Civil War). William’s
JAMES TOSH is said to have died “near Nashville” Tennessee, July 11th
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
It is thought the first son, JAMES C.F. TOSH was born in or near
After the War of 1812, WILLIAM TOSH made his way to Wayne County,
where he was listed head of household, 1820 Census (as TASH).
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
(He was also listed as TASH in the 1820 Census.) Preble County is
located just across the state line from Wayne County, Indiana.
sister Elizabeth TOSH (also confirmed in that small piece of paper) was
in Preble County, Ohio when she married James ACTON, 1817. They later
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
their birthplace as Indiana and Ohio in later census records.
WILLIAM TOSH married SARAH ______ whose maiden name has not yet been
They were probably married shortly after the War of 1812, say about
Perhaps the middle names of some of their children may give a clue to
identity. According to the 1850 Mortality Schedule of
County, Sarah was born about 1795 in Kentucky. She died December
10, 1849 in Macoupin County and is buried in Cherry Cemetery, North
Sarah is mother of eight of the nine surviving children through whom
TOSH Family of Macoupin County descends.
THEIR CHILDREN: (Place of birth for
is IL unless otherwise noted.)
- 1. JAMES C.F. TOSH born June 1815 (Jackson Co., TN or
died 12 Jan. 1852 “near Waverly”, Morgan Co., IL. He married ca.
1835, Julia Ann _____. They had five children: Joseph V.B.
c1837; Cyrus C.E., c1840; Serrepta “Sophia”, 1843; James “William” M.,
1846; Minerva Maria Emily, c1847-9; Melissa Ann C.F., 1852.
Note: When James C.F. Tosh bought land from the Federal Government in
the name he gave was James C.F. Tosh although many persons purchasing
from the government gave their full names as did his brother, C.O.B.
2. WILLIAM RILEY TOSH born 1816 Wayne Co., IN, died 15 July 1863
MS (Civil War). He served as Private, Co. A, 32nd Ills. Infantry. He
9 June 1836 Sangamon Co., IL, MARY ANN “Polly Ann” MARTIN. They
eight children: Mary Jane, 1836; William Wesley, 1839; Sarah Ann,
1841; Lydia Elizabeth, 1843; Cornelius Newton “Newt”, 1845; Julia Ann,
1847; Laura F., 1848; Irena Catherine, 1849.
3. NANCY TOSH born 1817 (Preble Co.?) OH, died 17 Jan. 1882 North
twp., Macoupin Co, IL. She married 7 June 1839 Sangamon Co., IL,
JESSE DITSON, JR. They had three children: William Allen,
James Lyman, 1841; Sarah M., 1843.
4. MARTHA M. “PATSY” TOSH born 4 July 1820 (Wayne Co.) IN, died 18 Aug
1851, Palmyra, Macoupin Co., IL. She married 1 Jan. 1840 Macoupin
Co., IL, PLEASANT FERRIS CHERRY. They had seven or eight
William, 1841; Jesse M., 1842; Alzina, 1844; Louisa, 1846; Nancy V.,
Martha J., 1849; Armilda, c1851-2 and/or Angeline C., 1851.
5. MARY “POLLY” TOSH born ca. 1823/26 (Preble Co.?) OH, died, perhaps
1867. She married 18 March 1843 Macoupin Co., IL, ISSAC D.
They had known seven children: Nancy Jane Margaret, 1844;
A.M., 1846, John W., 1848; Isaac, 1849; Lucinda Ellen, 1855; David
Chester, 1857; James M., 1959.
6. CORNELIUS OLIVER BEARDSLEY “C.O.B.” TOSH born ca. 1827-29 (Preble or
perhaps Hamilton Co.) OH, died 6 June 1869 Macoupin Co., IL. He
16 March 1847 Macoupin Co., IL, Sarah Jane DANLEY. They had
children: David “William Rice”, b. c1848-9; Martha Louisa
1850; John Alexander D., 1851; James C.O., 1853; Levi “Franklin”, 1854;
Henry J., 1857; Joseph “Lewis”, 1858; Sarah Ann, 1864; Celeste
1867 and two unnamed infants who died young.
Note: The only record found thus far where his full name is given is on
the Federal Entry Records when he purchased land from the Federal
7. ELI W. TOSH born 1830-31 in Illinois (perhaps in Sangamon Co.) died
? He served as Private, 2nd & 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia
Cavalry. He married 6 May 1849 Macoupin Co., IL, SARAH C.
They had five children: James Marion, 1852; Elisabeth “Sinai”,
Martha M.J. “Mattie”, 1855-58; Sarah “Jane”, 1858-59; William J.
Note: One record found strongly indicates he died 17 June 1862.
descendants say he was killed in the Civil War. However, there is
a marriage record of an Eli Tosh who was married after the war, 20
1865 Randolph Co., IL, Mrs. Emily (STEELE) KOEN. It is thought
is our Eli W. Tosh. Because of a close tie between her family and
his father, WILLIAM TOSH dating back to the War of 1812 it seems that
survived the war and married again.
8. DAVID M. TOSH born 1837 Macoupin Co., IL, died 16 March 1863
TN. He served as Private, Co. H, 114th Ills. Volunteers. He married 22
April 1858 Sangamon Co., IL, Sarah Ann MUNDY. They had two children:
E., 1858; William H., 1860.
Shortly after Sarah had died, WILLIAM TOSH married 2nd 21
1850 Macoupin Co., IL, MARY PETERSON CHERRY (daughter of Benjamin
and Rebecca CRAWFORD). She was born October 9, 1810 probably in Overton
County, Tennessee. She the widow of William CLEVENGER who died between
1847-1849 leaving her with eight children.
WILLIAM TOSH died April 10, 1867 Palmyra, Macoupin County, and is
in Cherry Cemetery near both his first wife, Sarah and his second wife,
Mary who died July 9, 1873.
- CHILD of WILLIAM TOSH and MARY PETERSON CHERRY: 1. LOUISA
TOSH born 1852 Macoupin Co., IL, died 15 February 1933 Greene Co., IL.
She m.1st, 17 May 1866, Macoupin Co., IL, JOHN W. RICHARDS. She m.2nd,
7 October 1867 Macoupin Co., IL, Edmund Hendley RICHARDS. By her second
husband, she had nine children: Albert, 1870; Aaron W., 1871; Alvin E.,
1873; Mae E. c1880; Daisy O., 1885; Fred, c1888, and three others who
died before 1900.
This narrative is the result of 35+ years of research of the
Macoupin County families I have researched throughout these years.
For further information please contact:
Linda R.F. Arnold
28253 Stillwater Drive
Menifee, California 92584
Phone: (951) 301-9814
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