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Mystery and Surprises in Timblin Family Research

By Hazel Timblin Townsend, 106 Woodtrace Circle, Greenville, SC 29615

Revised Dec 12, 2011



For over 30 years I have been researching the Timblin family and gathering a lot of information about the Timblin families in Butler County, Pennsylvania, as well as the Timblin families in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. One of the big questions in the research was to find a link between the Timblins in Butler and Jefferson counties, since Timblins were early settlers in both counties. As research progressed, a marriage record of a Timblin and a Johnson in 1774 was found in Baltimore, Maryland. Were these the parents of the early Timblin settlers in Pennsylvania—Joseph, John, George and Edward? Also, who is Widow Timlin [sic.] who appears in the first census of 1790 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania?

With new tools available today, the internet and yDNA testing, more information can be found that helps us answer some of these questions. I started a Timblin yDNA Project in 2006 and, thus far, have five Timblin males who have been tested, known descendants of the early Timblin settlers in western Pennsylvania—two of Joseph, one of John and one of Edward, but so far, no one from George’s line. We also have another Timblin that does not match either of the other four, although he thinks that he belongs to this family of early Timblins in western Pennsylvania. The yDNA has proved that John of Butler County and Edward of Jefferson County do in fact have a common male ancestor and could be brothers. However, to our amazement, the two descendants of Joseph, although they matched each other, did not match either John of Butler County or Edward of Jefferson County! So now we have another mystery!


Early Timblin History in Butler County, Pennsylvania

Our family tradition says that Joseph Timblin's father was from Ireland and his mother was German. They came to New Jersey where the father died. The mother and three sons came to western Pennsylvania. No positive confirmation has been found about their origin to this point. There were Timblin/Timlin families in County Mayo, Ireland. Family folklore sometimes has a grain of truth but maybe not all of it. By 1800 the following three brothers were early settlers in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Joseph (b. 1772- d. 1850)[i] (Joseph Timblin grave marker in Muddy Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Clay Twp., Butler Co., PA. His son William Timblin’s handwritten record of family births and deaths in possession of Hazel Townsend.)

John (b. circa 1774- d. 1843)

George (b. circa 1776- d. 1839)


“The Timblins were in Butler County, Pa., by the time it was established in 1800.” John, Joseph and George Timblin are named with the early pioneers in the 1895 History of Butler County. (R. C. Brown & Co. Pub., pp.563, 570.)


In the 1800 U.S. census of Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, the listing of heads of households is in this order: (1800 U.S. Census, p.328 (116.02), NARA M32, roll #36)

David Harper

Geo. Timlin (sic.), males: 1 (10-16), 2 (16-28); females: 1 (10-16), 1 (16-26), 1 (45+)

Hugh Thompson, males: 1 (10-16), 2 (16-28); females 1 (16-26), 1 (45+) 

John Shryhock, males: 1 (16-28); females: 1 (16-26)

Joseph Timlin, males: 1 (0-10), 1 (26-45); females: 2 (0-10), 1 (26-45)

Identification of people in the George Timblin household:

male 10-16 years old—probably Edward Timblin, b. 1784[ii]

two males 16-28— probably George Timblin, b. c1774 and John Timblin, b. c1776, both single

female age 10-16—probably Margaret Johnson Timblin, b. 1787[iii]who married George Travis

female 16-26—Maybe Nancy Timblin who married John Christy.

female 45 and over—Elizabeth Timblin, the mother, b. c1852.[iv]

Identification of Joseph Timblin household: (William Timblin handwritten family record of birth and death dates of his siblings and parents, original in possession of Hazel Timblin Townsend)

Male 0-10--John Smith Timblin, b. 1797

Male 26-45—Joseph Timblin, b. 1772

Two females 0-10—Elizabeth “Betsy” Timblin, b. 1799, Nancy Timblin, b. 1800.

Female 26-45—Susanna Thompson Timblin, wife of Joseph, b. ca 1770


This 1800 order of listing seems to indicate that the Timblin brothers, George and Joseph, were neighbors since only two households were listed between them. These neighbors indicate that they were living in the present Concord Township, near the Concord Presbyterian Church. George and members of his family are buried in the Concord Church Cemetery, as well as Rev. George Jones Timblin and his wife Mary Anne Hutchison Timblin. George J. was a descendant of Joseph.

In the 1810 U.S. Census of Centre Twp., Butler County, Pennsylvania, (p.116 (1035), NARA M252, Roll #46) there are two listings for J. Timblin. This would be Joseph and John. With information known about their families, identification can be made. This is the first time John is listed as head of a household in a census, and by this time he is married with a young family. Unfortunately the names in this 1810 census are listed alphabetically, so you can’t tell who the neighbors are. George Timblin doesn’t seem to appear in this census.


John Timblin household with a young family and his mother. John and Ann (Elizabeth) Stoughton were married about 1807.

Male under age 10—Josiah, b. 1810

Two males age 16-26—unknown. Could be Edward Timblin but probably not.

Male age 26 to 45—John Timblin, born c1774, age about 36 years

Female under age 10—Zephia Margaret Timblin, born c1809

female 16 to 26—Ann Stoughton Timblin, wife

female 45 & over—Elizabeth Johnson Timblin, b. c1752,  mother

Joseph Timblin's household is listed with a number of young children. (William Timblin family record)

Two males under 10 years—Joseph S. Timblin, b. 1808, George Timblin, b. 1810

Males 16-26—John Smith Timblin, b. 1797

Male 26-45—Joseph Timblin, b. 1772

Four females under 10—Nancy, b. 1800; Margaret, b. 1802; Jane, b. 1804; Susanna, b. 1806

Female 10-16—Elizabeth “Betsy” b. 1799

Female 26-45—Susanna Thompson Timblin, b. ca 1770, wife


The 1820 Census of Centre Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania (p.135, 137, NARA M33, Reel #98) lists Jon. Timblin Esqr., George Timblin and Joseph Timblin but there doesn't seem to be a female that could have been their mother Elizabeth. She died in 1830 (Butler, Pa., Sentinel, Saturday, 23 January 1830).  Her obituary says, “On Monday last, Mrs. Elizabeth Timblin, of Centre township aged about 78 years. She has left a numerous family of children, grand-children, & c. to mourn her departure.” (Microfilm, Slippery Rock University Library, Slippery Rock, PA) Was she living with a daughter, Margaret Johnson Timblin who married George Travis or possibly another daughter Nancy who may have married James Christy?


The first tax records of Butler County are in 1803. Both Joseph and George Timblin are listed in Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania.[v] George Timblin had 400 acres and 2 cows, value 414, tax of $1.24. Joseph Timblin had 400 acres and 2 horses, value 425, tax of $1.27. (microfilm, Butler County Library, Butler, PA)

By 1803 Joseph was living in present day Clay Township on what is now Timblin Road. Joseph sold 20 acres to John McCandless for $40 on March 20, 1803.[vi] This small tract was south of Muddy Creek and adjacent to the Jacob Brown tract. The rest of Joseph’s 400-acre tract was north of Muddy Creek and north of Jacob Brown.

John Timbilin [sic.] appears for the first time on the Centre Township, Butler County tax records in 1805 for 10 cents, with no land or animals. Edward Timblin is listed only one time on the Butler County tax list in 1805.


Timblin Tax Record in the early years of Butler County, Pennsylvania

1803 Joseph Timblin, 400 acres, 2 horses, value 425, tax $1.27[vii]

1803 George Timblin, 400 acres, 2 cows, value 414, tax $1.24

1804 Joseph Timblin, 400 acres, 1 ox, value 424, tax $1.24

1804 George Timblin SM, 400 acres, 1 cow, 1 horse, value 462, tax $2.13

1805 Joseph Timbilin, 400 acres, 2 cows, 1 steer, value 292, tax $1.46

1805 George Timbilin, 400 acres, 1 cow, value 402, tax $2.30

1805 John Timbilin, 0 acres, value 23, tax $0.10

1805 Edward Timblin, 50 acres, 1 horse.

1806 Joseph Timblin, 400 acres, 1 cow, 2 oxen

1806 George Timblin, 200 acres, 1 horse

1806 John Timblin, 400 acres, 1 cow, 1 horse

Three brothers remained on the tax list of Center Township until their deaths—George 1840,[viii] John 1842,[ix] Joseph 1851.[x] (However, Joseph died in April of 1850.)


Questions about This Timblin Family

1. Where was the Timblin family before they moved to the frontier of Butler County, Pennsylvania around 1800?

2. Who are the two unidentified females, age 10-26, in the 1800 census in George’s household? One was apparently the sister, Margaret Johnson Timblin, but who is the other one? Was there another sister named Nancy who married James Christy?

3. Is there a fourth brother, Edward Timblin who appears on the tax list in 1805?


Early History of Timblins in Green and Jefferson Counties, Pennsylvania

An Edward Timblin was in the 1810 U.S. Census of Morgan Township in Green County, Pennsylvania, (southwestern corner of Pennsylvania) with one male 0-10, one male 26-45 and two females 0-10, one female 26-45. (p. 32: NARA M252, Roll 49)

Edward was also listed in the 1820 U.S. census in the same location with four males 0-10, one male 10-16, one male 26-45, one female 16-26, one female 26-45, one male doing agriculture. (p. 347, Edward Timblen [sic.], NARA M33, reel 98)

Edward Timbler [sic.] was listed in the Morgan Township, Green County, Pennsylvania, tax list for some of the years between 1809 and 1821. (original documents, Green County Court House Annex.) No Timblin is listed in Green County after 1821.

In 1826 an Edward Timblin showed up in Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania with 150 acres and also 300 acres. By 1829 he was listed in the taxes with 330 acres.

From 1830[xi] to 1860 there is an Edward Timblin listed in the U.S. Census of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. The 1850 census states that Edward Timblin and his wife Margaret were 66 years old. He was born in Maryland and she in Pennsylvania.[xii] They were living with their daughter-in-law Elizabeth who was the widow of George W. Timblin, their oldest son.


Questions about Edward Timblin

1.      Is this the same Edward Timblin in Butler, Green and Jefferson Counties?

2.      Is he related to Joseph, John, George and Elizabeth?

3.      Is he a fourth brother?

4.      What is the Maryland connection?


Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

A Widow Timlin [sic] was listed in the 1790 census of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, northwest of Harrisburg.[xiii] The listing includes one male under 16, one male over 16 and three females. Joseph or John could have been the male 16 years and upward. George or Edward could have been the male under 16 years. Elizabeth would have been one of the females. The newly discovered daughter, Margaret Johnson Timblin, could be one of the females. Was there another sister named Nancy?

Alberta Y. Haught, Genealogist for the Huntingdon County Historical Society, (confirmed by Hazel Timblin Townsend in 1990s research) found no Timlin or Timblin in the deeds, wills, or orphan's court records. However, she did find the name with various spellings in the Franklin Township Tax Lists from 1791 through 1803. (microfilm, Reel IV, Roll #118 and Reel V, Roll #119)

1791, Jos. Timlan, 1 horse, 2 cows

1793, Widow Timblin, Valuation List: value 6, 3 cents tax

1794, George Timblen, Single Freeman,[xiv] line lightly drawn through his name.

1795, Joseph Timlan, 1 horse, 2 cows

1796, Elizabeth Timlen, 1 cow

1796, Jan. 5, Elizabeth Timlan, 1 house and lot, 1 cow.

1797, Elizabeth Timlon, house, lot, 1 cow, valuation 6, 3 cents tax

1798, Dec. 26, Elizabeth Timhin, Valuation 6

1798, George Timblin, Single Freeman

1798, Feb. 8, Widow Timlon and Geo. Timblin F.M.

1798 Joseph Timlan is listed under Single Freemen. (Only year all three were listed.)

1799, George Timblin, Single Freemen, .50 cents

1799, George Timblin, Single Freeman, .50 cents

1799, George Timblin, Single 

1801, March 23, George Timblin, Single Freemen, $1.55

1802, George Timblin, Single Freemen 

1802, Jan. 7, George Timblin, Single Freeman

1803, George Timblin, Single Freemen 


No Timblins are listed after 1803 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.


There was a Widow Travis enumerated in the same 1790 U.S. census of Huntingdon County about seven families before Widow Timblin. She (Mary) was the widow of William Travis and they are thought to be the parents of George Travis who married Margaret Johnson Timblin, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Johnson) Timblin. The Travis family was among the early settlers in Bedford and Huntingdon Counties in Pennsylvania. (Bill Meyers, family records, emailed to Hazel Timblin Townsend, Feb. 4, 2008)

John, the son of John and Elizabeth Johnson Timblin, does not seem to show up in any of the Huntingdon County records. Where was he? Part of the time, he was living in the Cumberland Gap area near Leetown, Lee County, Virginia. John Timlin was in the Tax List there for 1803 and 1804.[xv] Also in the tax list was George Travis, husband of John’s sister, Margaret Johnson Timblin Travis. Four of George and Margaret’s children were born while they lived in Lee County.


Questions that arise from this information:

1. Is this the same Timblin family that appears in the Butler County census in 1800?

2. There are only two males listed in the 1790 census in Huntingdon County.

3. Where was John Timblin, brother of George and Joseph? He is not mentioned in the tax record, only Joseph, Elizabeth and George. The youngest brother Edward would not have been old enough in the 1790s. Was John in Lee County, Virginia during this period?

4. George is listed in the 1800 census in Butler County but he is still paying taxes in Huntingdon County until 1803. Why?

5. Where did this family come from before they lived in Huntingdon County? There is no Timblin listed in the 1780 Pennsylvania statewide index of tax lists.


Maryland Connection

A marriage statement was found in Baltimore County, Maryland, for John Timblin and Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Edward and Margaret Johnson, in November 1774 and recorded on February 21, 1780.. "Baltimore Co. fs, Then came before me…Justices of the peace of a Co… Michael Cain and made Oath…that John Timblin and Elizabeth his wife were lawfully married by the Late Rev. Thomas Chase of St. Paul's parish in said County, deceased, in the Month of Nov 1774. (St. Paul's Parish (Protestant Episcopal), Baltimore Co., copied by Lucy Harrison, records at Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore)

Added statement in document dated February 21, 1780: by Thomas Gist, "John Timblin and Elizabeth passed for man and wife." Nicholas Orrick, "This is to certify that Edward Johnson and Margaret his wife lived near me & informed that John Timblin had married their daughter Elizabeth and Timblin lived with his father in law some time before he went to the Camp."[xvi]  Note this is a document created several years after the wedding event. Why?


John Timblin apparently lived in Maryland and fought in the Revolutionary War with a German Regiment.[xvii]

April 28, 1778, John TIMBLIN enlisted in a German Regiment of Maryland Troops.[xviii] He enlisted at Frederick town, Maryland, in Col. N. Houssegger's German Regiment of Maryland Troops, for duration of war.[xix]


In June of 1778, Private John TIMBLEN, muster roll, Camp White Plains (NY), German Battalion-Continental Troops. (Original filed under John TIMBLING)

Aug.-Sept. 1778, Private John TIMLIN, pay stubs, 6 2/3 dollars per month, German Battalion-Continental Troops.  (Original filed under John TIMBLING)

Oct. 1778, Private John TIMBLEN, muster roll, at Fish Kill, German Battalion-Continental Troops. (Original filed under John TIMBLING)

Jan.-Feb. 1779, Private John TIMBLING, pay stubs, 6 2/3 dollars per month, German Battalion-Continental Troops.

Aug. 1, 1780, Pvt. John TIMBLIN, Present.[xx]

Thru 1781, Private John TIMBLING/ TIMBLEN/ TIMBLIN, misc. pay stubs.[xxi]

April 28, 1781, Private John TIMLON discharged from Maryland Militia.[xxii]


Apparently John did receive 50 acres of Bounty Land after the war but it appears that he never lived on it. Lot 464 was given to John Tomlin [sic.], a soldier, in what is now Garret County, Maryland. The patent was gotten by John Hays for lot 464 “Triumph” on December 13, 1836. Another alphabetical listing of those receiving land there is a John Timblin listed, dated 1 Aug. These records were found in the Maryland Land Office <> More research is being done on this newest find.


In 2008 Bill Meyers found the 1850 Mortality Schedule for Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania with Jerrpl Timblie [sic] listed as a male, widowed, born in Maryland about 1771, age 79, died in April of Remitting Fever.[xxiii] We believe this to be Joseph Timblin because the information agrees with the known information that Joseph died in April of 1850, but the person doing the indexing misread the handwriting. (It was very difficult to read.) This is the first document that we have found that states that he was born in Maryland. Two of his brothers, John and George, were dead by 1850. Edward was living in Jefferson County and the 1850 census states that he was born in Maryland.


There was no Timblin/Timlin listed in the 1790 census for Maryland.


Questions about the Timblins in Maryland

1. Who were the children of John Timblin and Elizabeth Johnson? Are they the parents of the early settlers that were in Huntingdon, Butler, Green and Jefferson counties in Pennsylvania and Lee County, Virginia?

2. Why was the marriage document created in 1780?

3. Is the John Timblin in the marriage document the same person as the John Timblin in the Revolutionary War?

4. Joseph Timblin, oldest of the Timblin settlers in Butler County, was born in 1772 but the marriage of John and Elizabeth didn’t take place until November of 1774. Is he their son?


Mysteries and Surprises

Bits of information have been found by several Timblin family researchers that seem to put these people together as a family. Since there are NO other Timblin/Timlin families in the 1700s and early years of the 1800s, this seems to indicate they were the same family. When they left one place and moved to another, the name was no longer found in the former location.

There is also evidence that the same names keep showing up within the family groups, which would also be a clue that they were part of the same family, particularly Johnson as a given name. We have not found a conclusive paper trail that ties everyone neatly together. However, remember we are talking about the backwoods of the new frontier in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Records were not always kept, particularly with the movement from place to place. They were working hard to survive and to seek a better life for their family.

In the probate file of John Timblin (the son) of 1844 in Butler County, Pennsylvania, these names are listed for a note—M. Travis, E. Timblin & George Timblin dated August 17, 1827. M. Travis was probably the sister Margaret Johnson (Timblin) Travis. Edward was probably E. Timblin.[xxiv] This is the only period document that Bill Meyers, researcher of the Margaret Johnson (Timblin) Travis line, has found that links the family members with four of the five known children within the same document.

Also, another interesting bit of information that seems to tie the family together are the names of the children of George and Margaret Johnson (Timblin) Travis—Robert, John M., Martin Beatty, Frances McCune, William Beatty, Mary G. “Polly”, George W., Elizabeth J., James W., David C. and Joseph Timblin Travis. John was her father and brother’s name. George was her brother’s name. Elizabeth was her mother’s name. Their youngest child’s name is clearly named for Margaret’s oldest brother, Joseph Timblin. Also, Margaret herself was named for her grandmother Margaret Johnson.


The possibilities of genealogical research have expanded greatly in the last ten years. With the internet, books and original documents can be searched while at home. This doesn’t eliminate “on site” searching, but it certainly gives access to a wider field of information.

Another popular tool that has developed since 2000 in the field of genealogy is using the yDNA testing of the male line “y” chromosome. There are small changes in the markers through the generations in the y chromosome. By comparing the changes of these markers to others with the same surname, it can be pretty well determined if living donors have a common ancestor. This does not eliminate the record searching, but it may help families to focus in an area to research or to share information with other folks in the same family line. A paper trail still needs to be made to show names, relationships and family history. This does not help in tracing the female lines. However, new tools are being studied, such as FamilyFinder that can help to locate cousins for several generations.


In 2006 I started a yDNA project for the Timblin family. My brother Stanley and first cousin George E. Timblin were tested by FamilyTreeDNA. They were, of course, a match and formed Group I in the Timblin surname project with <>. The purpose of this company is to create surname project websites. Family Tree DNA does the testing using a swab of the mouth as the sample <> These two companies work together to help genealogists.

In November and December of 2007, we found two more people interested in participating in the testing project. Gaylord “Tim” Timblin was from Edward Timblin’s line (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania) and the second one was Clarence Timblin of the John Timblin line (Butler County). In January of 2008 we got the results from both of them.


Now for Some Surprises

In 2007 I started getting emails from other Timblins. One of the surprises was hearing from a descendant of the daughter of John and Elizabeth Johnson Timblin. Her name was Margaret Johnson Timblin and she married a George Travis. (Butler County, PA, probate records #920, John Timblin, microfiche  T-27) Margaret was born in 1787. If you note her name, it was the name of her grandmother, Margaret Johnson, wife of Edward Johnson of Maryland. (See the Maryland Connection section.) Also, notice that other possible children of John and Elizabeth Timblin were named John (Butler County) and Edward (Jefferson County).

In January of 2008 the test results were received from Gaylord “Tim” Timblin of the Edward line (Jefferson County) and Clarence Timblin of the John line (Butler County). Their yDNA results were a match through 37 markers. This indicates that John and Edward definitely have a close common ancestor. Now we had confirmation that the Butler County and Jefferson County Timblins are related and probably the same family. The yDNA results answer the question and leave no doubt about a connection.

Now for the biggest surprise, the descendants of Joseph Timblin (Butler County) do not match John (Butler County) and Edward (Jefferson County)! They do not have a common Timblin ancestor. They don’t even come close!


So what is going on?

If you notice the birth dates in the early family history, you may have had some questions. John Timblin and Elizabeth Johnson’s marriage date was November 1774 (Maryland Marriages 1634-1777, compiled by Robert Barnes) but Joseph was born in 1772.

Children thought to belong to John and Elizabeth Timblin:

Joseph (born 1772)

John (born ca 1774)

George (born ca 1776)

Edward (born ca 1784)


Margaret (born 1787)


Joseph, the oldest, was born two years before the marriage date. John Timblin is not the biological father of Joseph, but rather adopted him.

Joseph was clearly considered part of this family. Joseph named his sons John, Joseph, George and William. His daughters were named Elizabeth, Nancy, Margaret, Jane and Susanna. Clearly family names.

Joseph’s daughter, Susanna, gave some money in her 1878 will to her cousin Mary Ann Beam, the daughter of Dr. Josiah Timblin, son of John Timblin, Joseph’s brother who lived in the area of Concord Presbyterian Church.[xxv]

Susanna Timblin’s sister, Elizabeth “Betsy”, also left a Bible to Mary Ann in her 1858 will.[xxvi]

Mary Ann was the youngest child of Josiah by his first wife, Elizabeth, who died sometime in the 1850s. The 1860 U.S. census lists 12 year old Mary Ann Timblin living in Clay Township with Nancy Timblin, age 59 and Susannah Timblin, age 54. (p. 232, dwelling 485, family 471, NARA M653, roll 1086 or 1087) These two daughters of Joseph were first cousins of Josiah, father of Mary Ann and son of John. The minutes of the Muddy Creek Presbyterian Church recorded that Mary Ann Timblin joined the church on April 16, 1869 [or June 20, 1863?] and was dismissed on November 26, 1883 as Mary Ann Beam. (Ann Miller, Faith of Our Fathers 1804-1954, Muddy Creek Presbyterian Church, 1954) Dr. Josiah Timblin’s 1873 estate papers named Mary A. Beam as an heir.[xxvii] This seems to show a relationship between the families of Joseph and John Timblin. They certainly had contact.

Another interesting confirmation point is that Joseph’s younger sister, Margaret Johnson (Timblin) Travis named her youngest child Joseph Timblin Travis.


Another surprise came in December 2007 when my brother Stanley Timblin received an email from Craig Collins who was researching his Blair family line. It turned out that Stanley has a very close yDNA match with several people tested in the Blair family. This branch of the Blair family also has an indication of very early roots in Maryland.

I sent the Blair and Timblin yDNA information to Terry Barton at World Families and asked his opinion of the comparison results. To make a long story short, he said that with only 1 or 2 markers different in 37 markers, there is a very high probability of a common ancestor. At this point, it looks like Joseph Timblin’s biological father was a Blair.

In those early days, adoption or “taking someone in” was often done and many times no record was kept, or record that can be found today. On the frontier, mothers or parents often died young, leaving young children that needed a home. Often a family member or neighbor took them in and they became part of the new family, taking that family name. We see John and Elizabeth Timblin as a couple that cared about what happened to a child and took him in to be their own son. We also see Joseph as the breadwinner in the household with Elizabeth after the death of her husband John when they were living in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania in the 1790s. Several of Joseph’s descendants through the generations have taken someone into their home and family, and also, several children have been adopted into the families. The caring attitude seems to have continued from one generation to another. We can all be proud of that trait that has come down to us over 200 years later.



We do not know the story of what really happened in the mid-1770s, and probably never will, as to what happened to Joseph’s biological father or who he was. We do not know how old Joseph was when John and Elizabeth brought him into their family. We do not know who his biological mother is. Was it Elizabeth Johnson? We do not even know if Joseph knew that he was adopted. So far, we have found no references in any records or family stories.

We do not know who the Blair connection might be, but we will continue searching, particularly in the early Maryland records. This part of the country seems to be the common ground for the Timblin and Blair families.


Possible Leads for Blair Connection

This information was found by Jerry V. Collins, Gallup, NM in the DAR Patriot Index in 1984

(1)   Samuel Blair, born 1757, Chester Co. at Hogs Manor, PA. He moved from Philadelphia to Pennington, NJ where he was drafted. Two years later he moved to Maryland near PA border, 25 miles from Fredricktown. Two years then moved to Fayette Co., KY. He saw George Washington frequently.

(2)   The following is from the Genealogical Files of Dr. Eleanor M. Hiestand-Moore, transcribed by Gerry Carlisle, C/R 1990. In the list of Blairs in the Revolutionary War from the Blair Society for Genealogical Research web page.

William, MD.  Wife Mary Hannah.  Died 1776.

William, MD.  Wife Hannah Alexander.  Died 1778.

William, MD.  Died 1776.

(3)   Dec 14, 2007, Ashley Blair wrote to Jerry:

Here is all the information I have, and this is as far back as I have gone. John Blair was George Blair’s grandfather. I don’t know when John was born or where but he married a woman named Mary (last name unknown) in Maryland. Now John and Mary Blair had 8 or more children. In 1797-1805 they migrated to Tennessee. Their children’s names were John, William, Anna, Thomas, Samuel, Sarah, Margaret, and Joseph. One of their children maybe the oldest was John Blair Jr., he was born in Maryland in 1774 and in 1792 married…married Elizabeth Snider (who was from Virginia). They then had 7 children. Sometime between 1798 and 1811 they moved from Maryland to West Miller’s Cove in Blount County, TN where they settled along Hess Creek. The only child’s name I have for them is George Blair born in Blount County between 1816-1819. He married Nancy Anna Lane who was born 12/20/1820 in TN. They had a son Abe Houston Blair.

(4)   On the Blair website <> has some interesting information.

More research is needed here.



This paper was sent to family members who are interested in our family history. Originally it was sent in 2008. Some changes have been made as we have learned more information.


Any questions, information or thoughts you might have about this information are welcome. Please let me know.

Timblin DNA website with World Families

Blair DNA website

Family Tree DNA website

All of the above websites have discussions about DNA, frequently asked questions and how it is used to aide the genealogist.

Thank you for your interest in your family history. Please help us to learn more.

Hazel Timblin Townsend

106 Woodtrace Circle, Greenville, SC 29615

Home: 864-627-0536,  e-mail: hazelt [AT]

[i] Grave marker for Joseph Timblin in Muddy Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Clay Twp., Butler Co., PA. Also his son William Timblin’s handwritten record of family births and deaths in possession of Hazel Townsend.

[ii] Age given in this census would indicate he was born about 1784. 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson Co., PA, population schedule, Porter Twp., p. 146/148, dwelling 109, family 116, Elizabeth Timblin/Timlin household (widow of Edward’s son George W.), NARA microfilm publication M432, reel #786, enumerated 30 Oct 1850.

[iii] In recent years we have learned there was a sister who married a George Travis, referenced by Albert C. Travis, Travis Genealogy, 1912, copy in possession of Bill Meyers, a descendant.

[iv] Elizabeth Timblin, obituary, 23 Jan 1830, SENTINEL, Butler, PA; microfilm in Slippery Rock University Library, Slippery Rock, PA; photocopy in possession of Hazel Timblin Townsend. No family members were named.

[v] Eisler, Luanne R., Glee C. McKnight, Janet Smith, An Historical Gazetteer of Butler County Pennsylvania, The Butler County Public Library, Butler, PA, (Chicora, Pennsylvania,: Mechling Bindery, 1124 Oneida Valley Rd., 2006), p. 24-25; Township divisions in Butler County changed several times between 1800 and 1854.

[vi] Joseph Timblin of Middlesex Township sold 20 acres to John McCandless on 20 March 1803, a tract south of Muddy Creek, deed book B, pp.107-108, recorded 20 December 1808, (written 29 September 1808), Butler County Court House, Butler, PA.

[vii] 1803 is the first Tax List for Butler County. Butler was organized in 1800 from Allegheny County, PA.

[viii] George Timblin died March 12, 1839, Butler County, PA, will book B, p. 113-114, (file box T-20), George Timblin, written March 1, 1839; filed March 27, 1839, Butler County Court House, Butler.

[ix] John Timblin died in 1843, HISTORY of BUTLER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, 1895, R. C. Brown & Co. Publishers, p. 563. He died in 1843 without a will. William Timblin, his son was the administrator and the bond was filed November 2, 1844 in Butler County, PA, (Probate File microfiche T-27 and T-29).

[x] Joseph Timblin died April 26, 1850, William Timblin, son, handwritten family record and grave marker in the Muddy Creek Church Cemetery, Clay Township, Butler County, PA; cemetery located at Route 8, Old Route 8 and State Route 138, Euclid Road.

[xi] 1830 U.S. Census, Jefferson County, PA, population schedule, p. 157, Edward Timlin [sic.], NARA M19, reel 161, (two males 10-15, two males 15-20, one male 40-50 and one female 20-30, one female 40-50). In another household near Edward, George Timlin [sic.] was listed with one male 20-30 and one female 20-30. This may be the son, George W. Timblin, born in 1807.

[xii] 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Porter Township, p. 148, dwelling 109, family 116, Elizabeth Timlin [sic.], NARA M432, reel 786.

[xiii] 1790 U.S. Census, Huntingdon County, PA, Widow Timlin [sic.], p. 11 (131), NARA, M637, Roll 8; Image:0323; 1790 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.

[xiv] In Colonial days this term Freeman referred to any male twenty-one years old or older who owned personal property or real estate valued at a prescribed amount. He was a member of a local church and had the right to vote and pay taxes. (Evans, Barbara Jean, A to Zax, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians, 1995, Alexandria, Va.: Hearthside Press.)

[xv] 1803 and 1804 Tax List, Lee County, Virginia, John Timblin and George Travis, FHL microfilm #2024603. (Bill Meyers information)

[xvi] Maryland Marriages 1634-1777, compiled by Robert Barnes, Gen. Pub Co., 1987, p. 179. Virginia Timblin Banerjee found the same information, November 1996, in the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, Maryland 21201, call number and title: Micro CR Bal 6 St. Paul's (P.E.) Registers 1710-1808, 1808-1829 and index; Original at Maryland Hall of Records, 250 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Maryland 21401. In 2009 Hazel Townsend found a digital copy of the book online at <,2115,355,2137;386,2115,490,2142&pid=239001&ssrc=&fn=john&ln=timblin&st=g>; Maryland Marriages compiled in 1978 by John D. and E. Diane Stemmons, P.O. Box 20531, 3527 W. 4650 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119. Found online.

[xvii] Information was found on the Maryland Archives website by Hazel Timblin Townsend concerning this German Regiment. Virginia Timblin Banerjee also found information at the Maryland Historical Society and at the National Archives branch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. <>

[xviii] Archives of Maryland, Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, 1775-1783, published by authority of the state, under the direction of the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland Historical Society, 1900, The Lord Baltimore Press, the Friedenwald company, Baltimore, Md.; Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution; Vol. 18, Preface 1, ©Copyright  July 31, 2003, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Md.) <> go to Archives of Maryland on line:

[xix] Revolutionary Soldiers, M860, Roll 0052, #1179, #1180, #1181, #1197, #1198, #1199, plus others, Philadelphia Branch, National Archives. Virginia Timblin Banerjee researched in February 26, 1992. No personal papers in files. Various spellings of Timblin but appears to be same person.

[xx] Musters of Maryland Troops, Vol. II, p. 253, Archives of Maryland on line <>

[xxi] Compiled Revolutionary Soldiers, M860, Roll 0052, #1179, #1180, #1181, #1197, #1198, #1199, plus others, Philadelphia Branch, National Archives, Virginia Timblin Banerjee research Feb 26, 1992. No personal papers in files. Has various spellings of Timblin but appears to be same person.

[xxii] Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution; Volume 18, p. 558, ©Copyright July 31, 2003, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Md.) Maryland Archives <>, go to Archives of Maryland on line <>

[xxiii] 1850 Mortality Census Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania; Roll: M1838, Roll 3; Page: 333; Line Number: 8. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.

[xxiv] Butler County, Pennsylvania, probate records #920, John Timblin, Centre Township, microfiche  T-27, County Court House, Butler, Pennsylvania, administrative bond date November 2, 1844, inventory and appraisement date, November 8, 1844.

[xxv] Susana Timblin will, filed April 23, 1878 , recorded April 19, 1878, will book vol. G, p. 35, (file T-107), Butler County court house, Butler, Pennsylvania.

[xxvi] Elizabeth "Betsy" Timblin, will, filed October 30, 1858, recorded November 23, 1858, will book vol. C, p.534, (file T-77), Butler County court house, Butler, Pennsylvania.

[xxvii] Estate papers. 1873, Dr. Josiah Timblin, probate file T-94, Butler County, Pennsylvania, Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, roll 1765534, pp. 2455+.

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