Thomas Bolinger, a citizen of Warren Township, is a native of Ashland County, Ohio, where he was born March 31, 1838, being the next youngest in a family of eight children born to Henry and Mary (Carmoney) Bolinger, who were both natives of Dauphin County, Penn. They emigrated from Ohio to this county and State, September, 1853, settling on the farm, on which they continued residents until their death. Our immediate subject was reared to almost manhood in his native county. He received a common school education, all obtained in Ohio. Upon coming to this county, he at once engaged in teaching, and followed that at intervals for some time, since which he has made farming his occupation. June 12, 1869, his marriage with Letitia A. Barnes was solemnized. Mrs. Bolinger was a daughter of Peter and Mary (Lewis) Barnes, who were natives of Virginia. Mrs. Barnes was born February 10th, 1842. Mr. Bolinger has been a successful farmer. He now owns 220 acres of well improved land, the accumulation of his own industry and economy. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In politics, he has always been a staunch Democrat, and has been honored with an election to the offices of County Surveyor, Justice of Peace, two terms, and Township Trustee in 1886, and is the present incumbent of that position. Since 1884, Mr. Bolinger has occupied the pulpit of the local churches, preaching and filling regular appointments at the churches in the Zion charge, and has conducted and assisted in several protracted efforts. With the exception of twenty acres, owned by his brother Philip Bolinger, the old homestead is in the possession of our subject.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Wayne Township, p. 863/4.