John Tingley

16 September 1855–28 November 1952 (Age 97)
Clark, Illinois, United States

The Life of John

When John Tingley was born on 16 September 1855, in Clark, Illinois, United States, his father, John H Tingley, was 36 and his mother, Anna Blackburn, was 37. He married Viola Hardway about 1883. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Martinsville, Clark, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 28 November 1952, in Terre Haute, Sullivan, Indiana, United States, at the age of 97.

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John Tingley
Sarah Ellen Smiley
Marriage: 26 November 1900
Donald Tingley
Dorothy Tingley
Eunice Tingley
Julius C Tingley

Spouse and Children


    Sarah Ellen Smiley


26 November 1900
Terre Haute, Sullivan, Indiana, United States


    Donald Tingley


    Dorothy Tingley


    Eunice Tingley


    Julius C Tingley


Parents and Siblings

    John H Tingley


    Anna Blackburn





    Nelson Richard Tingley


    William Tingley



    Elizabeth Jane Tingley


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 1

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 1

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

1 Altered spelling of German Dingle .2 Possibly an altered spelling of North German Tüngler, a habitational name for someone from Tunglen near Oldenburg (Lower Saxony); or alternatively a topographic name for someone living on a tongue-shaped piece of land, from Middle Low German tungle ‘tongue’.3 English: habitational name, possibly from Tingley in West Yorkshire, named from Old English þing ‘meeting’, ‘assembly’ + hlāw ‘mound’. However, this is a predominantly southern name, associated chiefly with Sussex and Kent, which suggests that a different, unidentified source may be involved.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Tingley in household of John Tingley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Tingley in household of Peter Doherty, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Tingly in household of John Tingly, "United States Census, 1870"

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