We ended up talking on the phone for an hour and he has generously sent me some documents that have conclusively proven my Tosh line. Bill has done a lot of work and just recently posted a website on the Tosh line that you can check out here.
Listed as an heir is Mary (Tosh) White also known as my 3rd great-grandmother. Batta bing batta boom, proof. Now for the kicker, the concrete connection from Thomas Tosh to his father and mother, Jonathan and Elizabeth Tosh: Elizabeth's will.
|A rough copy of Elizabeth Unknown Townsley Tosh Harris' will. Yep, she was married three times.|
First. It is my will and desire that I be decently buried,and that my funeral expenses, and all my just debts be paid.
Secondly. It is my will and desire that my estate of whatsoeverkind at my death shall be goodly divided between my children or their heirs, namely my daughter Elizabeth Hannah, my son William M. Townsley, my daughter Jane Lewis, my son Thomas Tosh, theheirs of my son Jonathan Tosh and the heirs of my daughter Nancy Bush.Thirdly and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint JamesE. Day to be my Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all otherwill or wills heretofore made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereunto at my hand and seal this20th (?) February, on thousand, eight hundred and fifty four.Elizabeth (her mark) Harris
What I learned from Elizabeth's will is that it must have either been tough to be married to her (she was married 3 times) or it was tough to be a man in the mid-nineteenth century. They couldn't keep up with her I suppose. To date Elizabeth's maiden name has yet to be discovered. Her first marriage was to James Townsley, her second to Jonathan Tosh and her third to Samuel Harris.
|Marriage bond for Jonathan Tosh and Elizabeth Townsley, August 5, 1805, Rockbridge County, Virginia|