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Updated June 6, 2010

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This page is for all Tovrea/Tovery lineages and descendants. If you have any photos, documents, trees that you want placed here, please contact me and I will gladly display them here. Enjoy!

Family Photos
  • Owen Tovrea, Sr., and sister Alice (320 KB)
    Owen and Alice, children of Daniel Webster Tovrea and Eva Horn Tovrea. Taken about 1885. Contributed by Karen Willits.
  • Tovrea Castle in Phoenix, AZ (19 KB)
    The Tovrea castle of Phoenix was purchased by Edward Ambrose Tovrea in 1931. Edward, born 20 March 1861 was the son of Arthur T and Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea. Although the Tovreas of Phoenix are very distantly related to this writer, the castle has become a favorite symbol of all Tovrea/Tovery researhers across the nation.
  • William Arthur Tovrea & Family, about 1900 (88 KB)
    William Arthur Tovrea born 1864 to Arthur T & Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea of Sparta, Randolph Co., IL. William married Nellie, and they had 5 children. Great Grandson Jim Johnson submitted the photo.
  • Thomas Tovrea,In Memory - document (54 KB)
    Memorial Card for Thomas A Tovrea who died 8 Feb 1906. He is buried in Oak View Cemetery in Albia, IA.
  • The Family of Thomas A Tovrea & Tillie Smith Tovre (106 KB)
    Back row: Agusta Tovrea, Ellen Turner Smith, Frank Tovrea, Charlotte Tovrea Center row: Dewey Tovrea, "Tuck" Thomas Tovrea, Tillie Smith Tovrea, William Tovrea, John Montgomery, Lizzie Smith Seated: Myrtle Tovrea and Frank Smith, George Tovrea is not shown. Charlotte Tovrea married John Montgomery. photo taken about 1908 in IA.
  • Unknown Van Nostin - sibling to John and Charlotte (16 KB)
    This girl is a sibling to John and Charlotte Van Nostin. Any one know her name?
  • Maud Tovrea & Frank Miller Marriage Certificate (573 KB)
    Daughter of Daniel Webster Tovrea, Maud died six months after her marriage to Frank. Family tradition says it was the "flue." Thanks to Randy Sargent for submitting this.
  • Frank & Agusta Tovrea (23 KB)
    Frank & Agusta Tovrea, children of Thomas A & Tillie Tovrea. taken about 1906 in IA.
  • Tillie Smith Tovrea Dale (107 KB)
    Tillie Smith born 1869 died 1951. Married Thomas A Tovrea 1886 in Lucas Co., IA. Their children were: Agusta, Thomas, Charlotte, George, Frank, Dewey, Myrtle, Willim and Bertha. After Thomas passed away in 1906, she married James Dale in 1913. Tillie was born in Baden Germany and was the daughter of Frank Smith & Agusta Straloch.
  • Civil War Pension File for John Tovrea (280 KB)
    John Tovrea son of Rev Thomas Tovrea/Tovery/Toberry and Mary McGehee Tovrea. John married Ann Phillips 29 Dec 1864 in Mahaska co., IA. Their children were Samantha, Mary, Lillian, Sydney, Jennie, Effie, Homer and Julia.
  • Daniel Webster Tovrea 1854-1928 (207 KB)
    Daniel Webster Tovrea born 1858 to Charles & Charlotte Van Nostin Tovrea. Daniel was born in McLean Co., IL and died 1928 in Skagit Co., WA. This photo curtisy of Randy Sargent.
  • Thomas A Tovrea 1859-1906 (52 KB)
    Thomas A Tovrea, born 1859, son of Charles Tovrea and Charlotte Van Nostin Tovrea died 1906. Thomas was the husband of Tillie Smith and they were married 1886 in Lucan Co., IA Thomas & Tillie had 9 children before he passed away due to complication of diabetis. Thomas died in Monroe Co., IA
  • Thomas M Greenman Civil War Pension File (513 KB)
    Thomas M Greenman married Mary Tovrea 04 Dec 1845 in McLean Co., IL. Their known children were Joshua, Oliver, Sarah, Charles, William, Mary and Charlotte. Thomas died 24 Feb 1863 Columbus, KY.
  • Helen Green Tovrea 1904-1985 (13 KB)
    Helen Green was born 1904 in Indiana, and died 1985 in San Diego, CA. She married Phillip Edward Tovrea about 1918 in AZ. Their children were: Edward Sr., Phillip Jr., and Helen Adele. Helen was the decorator of the famed "Stockyard Restaurant" in Phoenix, and in her later years she tended her son Phil Jr. who had MS.
  • Arthur T Tovrea 1834-1917 (129 KB)
    A.T. Tovrea was the son of Bartley & Mathilda Low Tovrea from Sparta, Randolph Co., IL. A.T. married Rosa Jane Hood 1855 in Sparta. They were the parents of 10 children: John, Charles S. Edward Ambrose, William Arthur, Samuel, J Charles, Dora, and Alfred. A.T. died at the home of his daughter Dora in California. Photo submitted by Jim Johnson.
  • Thomas A Tovrea as a young man (64 KB)
    Thomas A Tovrea as young man. All the photos and documents of the Thomas A Tovrea family were contributed by great grand daughter Karen Willits. Thanks Karen!
  • Old platter from the Stockyard Restaruant (53 KB)
    I visited the restaurant once when I was a child, about 1958, and was very impressed to see my name on the china. So needles to say, I was very excited when I found this photo of a platter. It was for sale at an antique shop. I believe that our Daniel Tovrea purchased this one! To see photos of the Stockyard Restaurant, check out his "Tovrea Home Page" the URL is listed on this site as a link. -GB
  • Edward Ambrose Tovrea 1861-1932 (101 KB)
    Edward was the son of Arthur T and Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea of Sparta, Randolph Co., IL. He and Lillian, his first wife had 5 sons, one of which was Phillip Edward. Edward Ambrose's second wife was Della Gillespie. There were no children from this marriage. Edward was the owner/founder of the famed "Tovrea Castle" and the Tovrea stock yards in Phoenix, AZ. He was also very involved in the Democratic Party in AZ. Edward died in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ at the age of 71. Photo from Jim Johnson
  • Tillie Smith Tovrea Dale (23 KB)
    Tillie Smith Tovrea Date. photo taken date unknown, probably in IA.
  • Phillip Tovrea, Jr., Ace Pilot (20 KB)
    Ace Pilot during WWII, Phillip Tovrea, Jr. received the Silver Star. He was the son of Philip Edward & Helen Green Tovrea. Phil Jr. died of Multiple Sclerosis in 1981.
  • Dora Lulu Tovrea Oliver 1875-1958 (95 KB)
    Dora was the daughter of Arthur T and Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea of Sparta, Randolph Co., IL. Dora married John Oliver 1902 in AZ. She passed away on 16 Oct 1958 in South San Gabriel, CA. Photo submitted by Jim Johnson.
  • Tillie Smith Tovrea & James Dale - document (269 KB)
    Marriage certificate for Tillie Smith Tovrea & James Dale.
  • Will of John Tovera, Anderson Co., TN, 1831 (186 KB)
    Will of John Tovera of Anderson Co., TN. John died 1832-1833. He was the father of Bartley Tovrea who settled in Randolph Co., IL about 1840.
  • John & Sarah Burns Hood of Randolph Co., IL (84 KB)
    John was born 1801 in North Ireland, and Sarah was born in SC. They were the parents of Rosa Jane Hood, the wife of Arthur T. Tovrea. Photo from Jim Johnson.
  • Frank Smith & Agusta Stralock - document (180 KB)
    Marriage certificate for Frank Smith & Agusta Stralock. They were the parents of Tillie Smith Tovrea Dale
  • Charles N Tovrea Obituary 1911, Oskaloosa, IA (630 KB)
    Obituary states he died at his sister's home in Oskaloosa, he was 57 years of age, and surviving children listed were Thomas and Coley (Coleman Younger).
  • Mary A Tovrea Clay (62 KB)
    Mary A Tovrea, daughter of Arthur T & Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea, married Benjamin Clay in 1899 in Sedgwick Co., KS. Mary and Benjamin had a son names Ernest. Thanks to Jim Johnson for the photo.
  • Daniel Webster Tovrea - document (163 KB)
    Daniel Webster Tovrea, son of Charles Tovrea and Charlotte Van Nostin, married Eva Marie Horn about 1881 in IA. They were the parents of Alice, Charles, Ishmael, Maud, Raymond, Daniel and Owen. This document was contributed by Owen Tovrea, grandson of Daniel Webster Tovrea.
  • Unknown Tovrea Baby (1603 KB)
    I found this photo on a visit to the original homestead of my Tovreas in Durango, Colorado many years. Because of the estimated date it was taken and the location listed on the back of the photo card, I believe this to be a child of Thomas A and "Tillie" Smith Tovrea. The photo appears to have been taken about 1898 in Ottumwa, Wappello county, IA and Thomas and his family were the only know Tovrea family that were in the Ottumwa area during that time period. Because of the neclace, I believe the child is female but can not positively identify the child.
  • Rosa Jane Hood Tovrea 1837-1898 (160 KB)
    Rosa was the daughter of John & Sarah Hood. She married Arthur T Tovrea 28 Feb 1855 in Sparta, Randolph Co., IL. Rosa died Witchata, Sedgwich Co., KS. Photo submitted by Jim Johnson
  • John Van Nostin b 1832 d about 1914. (8 KB)
    John was a brother to Charlotte Van Nostin that married Charles S Tovrea. Charlotte and John were the children of Abraham Van Nostin and Margaret Cook.
Related Files
  • The Tovery family of Lousiana (30 KB)
    This lines begins with an Unknown Tovery. Although there is no proof, because of family legends & traditions, we believe this family is connected to the Tovery family of Tennessee.
  • The Tovrea/Tovery Family of TN (102 KB)
    This line begins with Thomas Toberry of MD, PA and of Anderson County, TN and includes Edward Ambrose Tovrea, owner of the Tovrea Castle.
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