- Immigrated from Ireland. In Aug. 1848 he came to Erie County. On August 25, 1848, he applied to become a U.S. citizen (family document); he was sworn in court as one on 5 Sept. 1850 (family document).
Because of the date of immigration, he is likely to be a famine immigrant. These notes are from the volumes on The Famine Immigrants, ed. Ira Glazer and Michael Tepper:
1. According to _The Famine Immigrants_, vol. II, a Thomas Tobin, aged 18, immigrated from Liverpool in Oct. 1847 on the Fidelia; a Thomas Tobin, aged 26, bricklayer, immigrated in March 1848 on the Marmion; a Thomas Tobin, aged 20, baker, arrived from Liverpool in May 1848 on the Garrick; and a Thomas Tobin, aged 21, arrived from Waterford in June 1848 on the Sophia. All of these men traveled alone. Any one may have been him.
Given his age, though, the most likely is the bricklayer who came on the Marmion in March.
2. From: The Search For Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot, 2 March 1861, http://www.jorypepper.com/gen/requests/CatherineCollins.rtf (this link no longer works); I have no idea whether this is the same person or not: “Of THOMAS TOBIN, harness-maker, a native of the town of Dungarvan [co. Waterford], who came to this country about 12 or 13 years ago, and when last heard of was in Boston. Any information will be thankfully received by his niece, Ellen Nicholson, who came to this country a few months ago, care of James McInnerney, Callicoon, Sullivan county, N. Y.”
If his wife was was born in the late 18-teens, he was probably younger than her. According to the stone, he died at age 42, and his youngest child was born in 1862; he couldn't have been born before abt. 1820. I'd estimate his b & d dates at 1820 to the early 1860s.
I can't find him for sure on any census, though I've found his wife. There is a Thomas Tobin in Lockport, Niagara Co., in the 1840 census. There is a Thomas Tobin, with a wife named Honora, in Peebles, Allegheny Co., Pa in the 1850 census. He does not appear on the 1850 census for Black Rock (Buffalo), Erie County.
There is an outside chance he fought in the Civil War; several Thomas Tobins from NY appear in service records.