Portrait of Augustus Tolman, 1891
Art work by  Theodore Gegoux  (1850 - 1931)
Portrait Courtesy of Jefferson County Historical Society, Watertown, New York

Augustus Tolman   "Portrait of Augustus Tolman" 1891
Crayon on paper with linen backing, 24.75 inches by 19.75 inches, signed Theo Gegoux, del and dated 1891.  
Photographs by Theodore Gegoux  III   © Copyright 2007 - All Rights Reserved
Augustus Tolman was the son of Ebenezer Tolman (1784-1875) and Hopeful Randall (died 1845) one of seven children from this marriage. Augustus was born January 4, 1818, on the homestead where his father settled the previous year.  He passed his life upon that farm, attending the local public school in his boyhood.  Habits of industry and frugality were early inculcated and adopted, and became a successful argiculturist, succeeding his father in ownership of the farm.  This he tilled throughout his life, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of those who had opportunity to know his character.  A Whig in early life, he continued steadfast support of his principles when they became the basis of organization for the Republican party.  He was quite in disposition, and sought no part in management of public affairs, but was firm in adhereance to prinicple and took keen interest in the progrss and welfare of his town and the whole country.  
Mr. Tolman was married February 16, 1853, to Sarah Louisa Goddard, who was born May 25, 1825, in the town of Clayton, a daughter of Nathan F. and Matilda Goddard.  Mr. and Mrs. Tolman were the parents of a son and an adopted daughter, Charles A. and Luella A.  The later died August 25, 1897, in Ogdensburg.  Mr. Tolman died December 18, 1888, on the old family homestead, and his wife survived him more than three years, passing away at the same place, April 15, 1892.  
Charles Augustus Tolman the only son of Augustus and Sarah was born November 4, 1853 on the same farm that his grandfather located and which his father lived all of his adult life.  
Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson New York
A Record of the Achievements of Her People and the Phenomenal Growth of her Agricultural and Mechanical Industries
Compiled Under the Supervision of the Late R. A. Oakes Custodian of the Jefferson County Historical Society
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