Notes for JOHN "JACK" TOBIN, JR:
Son of John and Mary (Todd) Tobin, Sr.
Born: December 18, 1832 in Navan, Meath, Ireland.
Died: June 17, 1910 in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
Buried: June 20, 1910 in Lot #15, Section F; Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union County, New Jersey. (Undertaker: Jas. C. Ogden)
Married: (1) Unknown Wife Unknown in Unknown.
(2) Jessie Louisa Van Velsor Mary 23, 1865 in Trinity Church, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.
Possibly had 2 children with unknown wife #1.
John Tobin, more commonly known as "Jack", was a native Irishman born in Navan, County, of Meath before immigrating to America. He may have come to America to fight in the War Between the States. A John Tobin enlisted in H Company, 1st Infantry Regulars of New Jersey on April 30, 1861 and mustered out on July 31, 1861 as a private. (Source: "Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-65", published in 1876. He married Jessie Louisa Van Velsor, his second wife, at the Trinity Church in Newark, New Jersey on May 23, 1865 just as the American War Between the States was coming to an end. On April 4, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant and only five days later President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. John Tobin was 32 years of age when he was married.
He was associated with Washington Roebling, a Union Army Colonel. John Tobin and his company, The Wire Rope Lubricating Company, obtained the contract for furnishing the wire for the original construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which also might have had something to do with his military affiliations. He and his family resided at Lyon's Farms, New Jersey, then in Trenton, New Jersey. He was also a prominent politician. According to one of his sons, John Tobin was an Orangeman, which signified that he was a Protestant. He died at the age of 79 and 6 months. Cause of death was listed as chronic intestinal nephritis. His residence at the time of his death was 606 Chestnut Street, Roselle, New Jersey.