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September 21, 2006


Tom Hefter

Your very well written commentary about James Elijah Tinker was of considerable interest to me. My paternal gg-grandparents lived on Tinker Island ca. 1850, having earlier come from Bavaria with two daughters to the Island sometime prior to that year. The 1850 census for Seaville, showed their surname as HORSH (believed to have been HERSH (shortened from the German HERSCH. They were listed as farmers in the census data and the family included John Antoine and Clarissa HERSH along with their two German born daughters Theresa (my great-grandmother)and Josepha, as well as Lydia who was born on the Island. They lived in dwelling #3 between two Tinker families, Hosiah Tinker and possibly James Tinker, Sr. (I don't have the census data handy at this writing). James Elijah would have been born about 1842, and would surely have been acquainted with my relatives.

Although I have repeatedly tried to find information about the Tinker Island people ca. 1850-60, I have been unsuccessful. Your finding the handwritten essays and poetry of J E Tinker astounds me. It seems a most wonderful happening of serendipity that I came across your posting of "Sere and Yellow Leaves."

Obviously, I would like to know if there is a way that I might be able to read copy of the manuscript.

Thanks for your most enjoyable writing. It would have been exciting even if it didn't relate to my Tinker "connection."

Best regards,
Tom Hefter

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