The following is from work by my grandfather, Horace Tousley - the locations seem right, but there is no Williams.I wonder if your William might be the stepson of the second marriage mentioned here?My grandfather didn't give any names.
ORR TOUSLEY (See Sheet No. 4.35)
b. Oct. 27, 1803 at Waltham, Addison County, Vt.
d. Feb. 10, 1892 at LeSueur, LeSueur County, Minn. and buried there
m. Feb. 23, 1826 at Ellisburg, Jefferson County,New York
TO TIRZAH RANDALL (dau. Hubbard Randall b. 1775, first wife, English descent, Mary Jenningsb. 1713
her mothers name.)
b. Mar. 27, 1805 at Malta Twsp., Jefferson County, New York (Now Lorraine Twp.)
d. Jan. 1, 1866 at LeSueur, LeSueur County, Minn. and buried there.
CHILDREN OF ORR TOUSLEY AND TIRZAH RANDALL
1. Clarissa b. Dec. 20 1826 at Ellisburg, Jefferson County, N.Y.
Married See 5.103B
2. Mary Lurancy b. Sept. 22, 1828 at Lorraine Twp., Jefferson County, N.Y.
Married See 5.103C
3. George Mortimer b. Oct. 19, 1830 at Lorraine Twp., Jefferson County, N.Y.
Married See Sheet No. 6.284
4. DeWitt b. Apr. 10. 1834 at Coddingtonville (or Cardington?), Portage (or Medina) County, Ohio.
Married See Sheet No. 6.285(HWT’s paternal grandfather).
5. Roswell b. May 25, 1836 atPortage County? , Ohio
Married See Sheet No. 6.286
6. Delos b. Aug. 22, 1840 atMedina County, Ohio
d. Dec. 15, 1845 atburied at
7. Florence(a son) b. Nov. 23, 1843 atMedina County, Ohio
d. Dec. 21, 1843 atburied at
8. Frank b. June 19, 1847 at Granger, Medina County, Ohio
Married See Sheet No. 6.287
ORR TOUSLEY, married a second time
m. Apr. 14, 1867 atJefferson County, N.Y.
TO ELIZA EARL WILLIAM, a widow from New York State
b. Sept. 10, 1807 atJefferson Co. N.Y.
d. Aug. 12, 1881 at LeSueur, LeSueur County, Minn. and buried there
NO CHILDREN by this marriage although Mrs. Williams had children by her previous marriage, two
daughters and a son surviving her that we know of.
One family memo states that Orr Tousley left 1806 Waltham, Vt. (with his parents) for Ellisburg, N.Y. in October 1806 where he was married in 1826.In 1828 they moved to Lorain (N.Y or OHIO is unknown to HWT);in 1831 to Portage, Ohio; ; in 1837 to Medina, Ohio; Apr. 21, 1857 to LeSueur, Minn. where the family remained.
Mary L. (Tousley) Parker’s recollections state that her father was married in Jefferson County, N.Y. and his first three children were born there.Went to Ohio in 1830 to Portage County, then to Coddington, Medina County in 1837 and to Minnesota in 1857.
DeWitt is believed to have been born in Coddington or Cardington, whether Portage of Medina County is uncertain to HWT at the time.Might have lived in one county with the post office address in the other?Who knows?
An old newspaper clipping, date 1888, believed to be from the LeSueur News reads as follows:
Among the aged residents of LeSueur County- the men who passed through the struggles and privations of pioneer life- few have survived with comparative good health to the years that Mr. Orr Tousley has. Mr. Tousley was born Oct. 27, 1803, in Vermont,. and is therefore now in his 85th year.When a young man, in 1831 he located in Jefferson Co., N.Y. and after living there about thirteen years he moved to Portage Co., Ohio where he resided until 1857, when he came to Minnesota and located at LeSueur where he has resided since.Mr. Tousley was twice married. His first wife died in LeSueur, Jan. 1, 1866 and his second wife died here on the second of August, 1881.Mr. Tousley raised a family of four sons and two daughters (from his first wife) all of
THE TOUSLEY FAMILY ASSOCIATION SHEET NO. 5.103A
whom are residents of LeSueur County and four of whom live in LeSueur.He lost one child (two) in infancy.Mr. T. has always been a man of temperate habits and was never really sick until about two years ago, when he was temporarily in North Dakota, and since then he has felt a slight breaking down from a long life of excellent health.He is yet as active as many men of 50 and 60 years, and has a good chance to round out his 100th year.(He died at 89 years scant.)
Another worthy old settler and patriarch in years is Mr. William Plowman, also a resident of LeSueur.Mr. Plowman was born in Ireland, in December 1804, and is now in his 84th year.When about30 years old he went to Canada, where he resided 33 years, and where he married in 1834.He removed to Minnesota in 1858, and located on a farm near LeSueur.About a dozen years ago he moved into LeSueur, where his wife died Feb. 1883.Mr. P. reareda family of eleven children, eight daughters and three sons, three of whom now live in LeSueur, and all are now living and married.Mr. Plowman came from a hardy race, and has enjoyed most robust health until very recent years; but he is yet reasonably active, and passed thru the last severe Minnesota winter with less complaint than the average healthy youth.Mr. P. has lived a temperate, exemplary life, free from any excesses of average mankind, and like Mr. Tousley gives promise of reaching near or quite to the hundredth mile post. (Mr. Plowman was the father in law of Orr’s oldest son G. Mortimer.)
DEATH OF THE VENERABLE ORR TOUSLEY, from the LeSueur (News?) Weekly paper:
The sad event occurred at his home in this city on the 10th inst (Feb. 1892) at 9:40 A.M. of influenza, after an illness of ten days.He was surrounded by all his children, friends and neighbors.His sickness was especially devoid of suffering- death, peaceful and painless.He was buried from the Christian church at 2 p.m. Friday, the 12th inst.His old and esteemed personal friend Maj. and Rev. E.O. Sanders officiating- as was his request. and the wish of his children.Honorary pall bearers; Wm. Plowman, age 87; Thomas Duffy, 82; John Thomas, 80; H. Meckstroth, 78; Dr. Vasterling, 78; J.F. Thayer, 78; K.K. Peck, 75; assisted by H.C. Smith, J.W. Thomas, E.R. Smith, H.J. Dane, J.P. Hoyt and J.A Wise.
Mr. Tousley was born in Waltham, Vt., Oct. 26, 1803, at his death aged 88 years, 3 months, 14 days.He removed to Jefferson Co. N.Y. in 1816, (1806) was married to Tirzah Randall, Feb. 23, 1826.The fruits of this union being two daughters and six sons- two of the latter dying in infancy.The survivors Mrs. Dr. Wood, Mrs. J.S. Parker, G.M., DeWitt, Roswell and Frank Tousley, all residents of this county except DeWitt, at present in St. Paul, were present.Mr. Tousley came to LeSueur in 1857 from Medina Co., Ohio, where and in Portage Co. he had lived since 1831.Quite a colony of his Medina County neighbors preceded him to LeSueur, namely W.W. Swan and wife, J.L. Drake and wife, Otis Young, J.A. Swan, also his son G.M.Later others, as well as his children with their families.Jan. 1, 1866 he buried his wife, one of the noblest of our pioneer women.Apr. 14, 1867, he married Mrs. Eliza Williams whom he had known in his youth who died Aug. 22, 1881.He became connected with the Christian church in 1859 or 60 of which hedied a devoted, earnest and beloved member.He was an honest man in the broadest sense, both in his opinions and dealings, consistent in his walk and a force for good in the community.This later was evidence by the fact that his fellow citizens, upon more than one occasion, called upon him to fill important public trusts, among others the mayorality of our city.Nature kindly endowed him with a genial disposition, he was ever imparting good cheer to those about him, and this, with his many others sterling qualities, made him beloved and respected wherever known.In the modest life of ORR Tousley were illustrated all the better traits of character which constitutes the best type of symmetrical manhood.Peace to his ashes!