Amos Tonkin

1879–1968 (Age 89)
Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Amos

When Amos Tonkin was born on 11 April 1879, in Wisconsin, United States, his father, Henry H Tonkin, was 31 and his mother, Mary Katherine Hays, was 25. He married Elsie May Waldron on 26 November 1902, in Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Willow Springs, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States in 1880 and Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died on 30 March 1968, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Highland View Cemetery, Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States.

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Amos Tonkin
Elsie May Waldron
Marriage: 26 November 1902
Maurice B. Tonkin
Maurice A. Tonkin
Lloyd Waldron Tonkin
Katherine E. Tonkin
Dora M. Tonkin

Spouse & Children

  • Male1879–1968Male

  • Elsie May Waldron


26 November 1902
Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Henry H Tonkin


  • Mary Katherine Hays




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 4

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 24

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon): from a pet form of the personal name Thomas .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Amos Tonkin, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Amos Tonkin, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Amos Tonkin in household of Henry Tonkin, "United States Census, 1880"

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