Harold Sidney Tobitt (son of Albert Tobitt and Laura Mary Downer) was born 02 Sep 1875 in Wyfold, Neals Farm, Checkendon, Henley, Oxfordshire,England, and died 1951 in Tullahoma Tennessee Oakwood Cemetery.He married Nannie Florence May, daughter of Buddy May and Mary Jane Frances Kindrick. Notes for Harold Sidney Tobitt: Harold Sidney Tobitt as recalled by his grand daugher Lois 'Ginger' Jackson grand pa Tobitt came from England as a stowaway on his fathers ship.Legend has it that Sidney got into an altercation with is step mother over his younger sister. So much so, he hid on his father's shippment of cattle being brought to America. His father and uncle were in business together in shipping cattle to America. His uncle found him and got him into the country and helped him get setup there. He finally found his way to Tennessee around 1900. He was orgnially from South Hampton or Little Hampton. The name of the estate was Cavisham heights. His father was albert tobitt and his mother mary downer. He engaged in the timber business both lumber and building houses in tullahoma." As recalled by his grand Daughter June Tobitt "He was a republican... and he wanted Clifford and zula to change from democrats to republican. Harold and Nannie divorcedshe went to live with her daughters. he went to live with Clifford. " The 1841-1851 Census records Albert’s parents were Westley Tobitt and Ann May-Tobitt Both from Kirdford.It is interesting to note that Westley’s father was John Elliott Tobitt living at Great Slifehurst farm and Ann’s Father was John May living at Little Slifehurst farm.So Albert’s parents were neighbors and became married. ? The 1871 Census shows Albert and his wife Fanny Pannell-Tobitt living at Wyford Court. (?) And his occupation was Farm Steward. It is interesting to note that both Albert’s mother (Ann May-Tobitt) and Fanny’s Mother (June Pannell) both were staying at Neals farm. Along with a servant.Also note the age difference Of Albert (28) and Fanny. (30) ( He married an older woman ?) The 1873 Birth record for Florence Wyfold Tobitt born in Henley. ( I suspect that this was the first child of Albert’s to be born at Neals Farm and proof of her middle name being Wyfold.) The 1874 Death record shows that Albert’s wife Fanny Tobitt died in 1874 in Henley.So she must be buried there somewhere Or in Kirdford, her home town. (The close time frame to the birth of Florence, may prove that her death was caused by complications of the birth. Still searching that one.) The 1881 Census shows Albert has a new wife, Mary Downer-Tobitt, a group of new children and the servants.Note the address is now called “Neals Farm”. Also note Albert (38) and Mary was (26). A 12 year difference.(he went for the younger woman this time ?) The 1887 death record shows that Albert’s wife Mary Downer-Tobitt died in Henley. So she must be buried there somewhere too or Kirdford. ( Her death coincides with the birth ofEdith May Downer Tobitt. Again, Until I receive the death certificate I can only guess it was due to complications of the birth.) The 1891 Census shows Albert has a new wife…(Boy he was a busy man. ? )A Mary again, note the age difference. 40 to 48. Only 8 years difference. This Mary is Mary Heard-Tobitt. The 1901 Census shows Wyford Court now in full Swing. ?Looks like Robert Harmon Hodge had roughly 17 servents.. wow. ?And Albert was still at Neals Farm with Mary Heard-Tobitt and their youngest children. So from numerous other documents, I have found 12(if not 13) children for Albert and his three wives. They are listed below.And starting with Florence Wyfold Tobitt, I have found that there were 9 children born to Albert while he resided at Neals. Astounding isn’t it.I have ordered their birth certificates from the Britain Archive, but have not received them yet.I will concede that Jane Tobitt born 1867 and Amelia Jane Tobitt born 1871, may in fact, turn out to be the same person, though I have found records that “Jane” died at birth in 1867. (Just one more mystery to untangle) The 1920 and 1920 Census shows Harold Sidney Tobitt’s and his son, Clifford Gardner Tobitt’s, families in America. Some more history at Neals Farm is how Harold Sidney Tobitt got to America. Seems He and his new Step mother, Mary Heard-Tobitt did not get along. One day he enters the house and finds his step mother brushing is sister’s hair. Edith May Downer Tobitt (now age 4)is screaming for her step mother to stop pulling her hair and yet the step mother roughly continued. Harold Sidney, so angered by this, rushes to his sister and pulls his step mother out of the room, supposedly by pulling the step mother by her hair. ? Harold Sidney was only 16 at the time and was afraid of his father’s wrath. So, family legend has it, that he sold several of his father’s head of cattle in order to get enough money to take the ship to America.Once in America, his Uncle Sam Tobitt living in Chicago received him and got him established.Harold never returned to England. Harold Sidney’s brothers, Leslie and Stanley, ended up in Tennessee and they were all in the timber business together. They purchased many different acres around middle Tennessee and established sawmills. All Three brothers married women from Tennessee and started their families there.I also have found the WWI registration records where all three enlisted for service together. Children of Harold Sidney Tobitt and Nannie Florence May are:
+Gardner Clifford Tobitt, b. 04 Oct 1904, McMinnville TN, d. 16 Nov 1989, Tullahoma Tennessee Buried in Normandy Cemetery.