Isaac T. Tinkle, a successful farmer and respected citizen of Pleasant Township, was born June 15, 1824, in Preble County, Ohio, being the son of Henry and Martha (Young) Tinkle; the former a native of Virginia, and the latter a native of West Virginia. His paternal grandparents came to America from Germany. When he was nine years old his parents came to Indiana and located in Carroll County, where he grew to manhood on a farm, and where he was married August 28, 1845, to Mahala Dowden; she was a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, born August 27, 1824, and was the daughter of Augustus Dowden. After his marriage, Mr. Tinkle pursued the vocation of a farmer in Carroll County until the year 1882, when he removed to Clinton County, this state, where his first wife died. November 19, 1883, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth J. West, who was born in this county April 20, 1841, and was the daughter of Lemuel and Sidney (Crow) Tilson, who were both natives of West Virginia. She was married to John West December 25, 1870. He died December 2, 1878, after which his surviving wife remained a widow until her marriage to Mr. Tinkle. The first marriage of Mr. Tinkle resulted in the birth of ten children as follows: Mary J., January 11, 1847; Lewis A., December 7, 1848; Caroline, March 28, 1851; Dorcas M., May 4, 1853; James M., April 2, 1855; deceased; Roena E., October 25, 1857; William H., January 29, 1860; Martha M., September 21, 1862; Warren E., February 7, 1866, and Emma E., May 14, 1868, deceased. The first marriage of Mrs. Tinkle resulted in the birth of one child—a daughter—Martha Ann, born the 3rd day of September, 1872. Mrs. Tinkle is a member of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of the Masonic lodge. In politics, he is a democrat. While a resident of Carroll County, he received his party’s nomination for county commissioner, but declined. Mr. Tinkle owns a well-improved farm in Clinton County, this state, and his wife is the owner of a good farm in Pleasant Township, which is also well improved.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 819.