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stands, and was one of the committee to build the
first church in Newark. Much data of this sturdy
pioneer is preserved by the New Jersey Historical
Society.

Other pioneers of the family were: John Tomp-
kins, who also came from England, and was the
direct ancestor of Horace M. Tompkins, and will
be referred to hereinafter. Edmund Tompkins, of
Waterbury, was another pioneer. Charles Tomp-
kins, one of the New Jersey fathers, was born
in London in 1747. The founder of the New York
branch of the family was Nathaniel Tompkins, who
settled at Eastchester about 1680. Nathaniel was a
family name. One branch of the family settled in
Virginia. John Tompkins and his wife Annie, who
was also his cousin, migrated to Kentucky in 1794,
being among the pioneers of that section of the
country, and he left a large estate. The Rhode
Island branch is descended from Nathaniel, who
married, 1671, Elizabeth Allen. Nine years later
his taxes were seven shillings, and the value of his
estate was one hundred and eighty-seven pounds,
ten shillings and six pence. He left to each of his
daughters — Elizabeth, Priscilla, Sarah, Rebecca and
Hannah — a cow : to his sister, a piece of gold and
rights in a black cow.



Among its distinguished members, the Tompkins
family has had a governor, the great war governor,
as he is called, who was also vice-president with
President Monroe. This was Daniel D. Tompkins,
to whom President Madison offered the portfolio
of secretary of state, an honor which he declined.
Governor Tompkins was a patriot of the second
war with Great Britain. Like Morris of revolu-
tionary days, he raised large sums of money for
the government by personal effort, when the nation
was unable to negotiate a loan on its own credit,
thus rendering a notable service to his country. His
father, Jonathan, father of Moses, Warren, Horace
M., and Lucius W., is remembered as one of three
loyal patriots who lived in Westchester during the
revolution, and held commissions in Washington's
army. He was one of the incorporators of the
schools of the city of New York, and one of the
founders of the New York Historical Society. The
governor's nephew, Daniel, was in the Seminole
war. William Ward Tompkins also served with




TOMPKINS COAT-OF-ARMS

distinction in this war. He was a veteran of
the war of 1812, and won further honor in the
Mexican war. His wife, whose name was Floyd,
was descended from the Floyd who signed the
Declaration of Independence. Mayflower ancestry
may be claimed by the descendants of Jay Tomp-
kins and his wife. The descendants of Jonathan
Griffin Tompkins claim membership with the So-
ciety of Revolutionary Sires, and also with the Sons
of the American Revolution, for he was adjutant
of the Westchester county militia, member of legis-
lature during the revolution, and present at the
adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Characteristics of the family are integrity, with
love of justice and liberty. Many have been dis-
tinguished by brilliant wit and conversational powers.
The women of the family have possessed beauty,
grace and polished manners, if the old records may
be credited. Nearly all have been well educated,



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and many have possessed great wealth. The coat-
of-arms of the family is as follows: Azure on a
chevron between three moorcocks close or, as many
crosslets sable. Crest, a ship under full sail.
The ship would indicate some notable expedi-
tion by sea, by which the first bearers of the arms
had become famous. This belongs to the Sussex,
England, Tompkins, and was used by Thomas
Griffin Tompkins— that is, the arms; his crest was
a unicorn's head per fesse argent and or, armed
and manned of the last with a chaplet of laurel vert.

(I) John Tompkins, emigrated to America from
England some time prior to 1640. He settled for a
time in Concord, Massachusetts. He joined the
colony under Rev. John Jones in 1644, and was one
of the founders of Fairfield, Connecticut. The
records show that he was at Eastchester, New York,
from 1644 until 1688. His children were: 1. Ruth,
born April 1, 1640. 2. Nathaniel, born perhaps in

Fairfield, Connecticut; married Elizabeth ; died

at Eastchester, New York, September 6, 1684. 3.
John, of whom later.

(II) John Tompkins, son of John (1) and
Elizabeth Tompkins, born August 25, 1642, at Con-
cord, Massachusetts, settled at Eastchester, New
York, where all his children were born, and where
he has a large number of descendants. His children
were : 1. Joseph. 2. John, resided at Eastchester
on his father's homestead, of whom later. 3. Ed-
mund, settled at Scarsdale, New York. 4. Hannah,
married Abraham Hyatt.

(III) John Tompkins, son of John Tompkins
(2), was born in Eastchester, New York, and his
entire life was spent there. His children were: 1.
John, (of whom later). 2. Nathaniel. 3. Nehe-
miah, married — — Oakley. 4. Thomas, married

Heddy. 5. Mary, married Joseph Appleby. 6.

Ann, married Ledew, of Fishkill, New York.

7. Ruth.

(IV) John Tompkins, son of John Tompkins
(3), born in Westchester county, New York. He
was a cousin of Governor and Vice-President Daniel
D. Tompkins, of New York. He married Mercy
Jones, and had eleven children: John; Moses, of
whom later; Nathaniel; Abraham; Absalom; Isaac;
Tamar ; Ruth ; Hannah ; Elizabeth ; Mary.

(V) Moses Tompkins, second son and child of
John (4) and Mercy (Jones) Tompkins, was born
in Westchester county. New York. He and two of
his brothers were in the revolution, and held com-
missions under Washington. After the war they
received grants of land near Peekskill, New York,
in return for military service, and they settled there.
Many of their descendants have lived in and near
that place. The original farm is still in the pos-
session of the family, and was occupied by Gould
Silleck, an uncle of Horace M. Tompkins, of Worces-
ter, Massachusetts. Mr. Silleck died in Decem-
ber, 1905, at the age of eighty-two years.

(VI) Moses Tompkins, son of Moses Tompkins
(5), born on the home farm near Peekskill. New
York; married Polly Croffett and had children:
Warren, of whom later; Nelson; Belding; Gov-
ernor; Jonathan; Fountain; Sally.

(VII) Warren Tompkins, eldest child of Moses
(6) and Polly (Croffett) Tompkins, was born near
Peekskill, New York, March 27, 1808. He was a
carpenter and builder at Peekskill, New York, and
built all the government buildings at West Point
up to 1858. He constructed many of the steam brick-
yards that fringe the Hudson river, and owned a
farm near the Hudson. He was captain in the New
York state militia. He married Sarah Ann Silleck,
born April 22, 1809, died December 17, 1871, daugh-
ter of John Silleck, and granddaughter of Dr. Gould



John Silleck, a well known physician of his day.
John Silleck was a captain in the war of 1812. He
married Phebe Barrett, and in addition to Sarah
Ann they had children as follows: Henry G. ;
Nathan; Sands; Wila ; Louis; Vashti; Martha;
Charles; Gould; Mary; Abby; Jane; John B. The
children of Warren and Sarah Ann (Silleck) Tomp-
kins were: 1. Gould Silleck, born December 21,
1834; died September, 1904. 2. Warren Nathan,
January 29, 1836. 3. Seth T., March 12, 1838. 4.
Selah, April 22, 1840. 5. Ira. January 24, 1842; died
August, 1850. 6. Horace M., of whom later. 7.
Wila T., March 24, 1846. 8. Ophelia, July 30, 1848.
9. Cornelia Jane, November 25, 1850. 10. Gertrude
Wells, November 17, 1854. 11. James B., Novem-
ber 23, 1856.

(VIII) Horace M. Tompkins, sixth son and
sixth child of Warren (7) and Sarah Ann (Silleck)
Tompkins, was born at Peekskill, New York, De-
cember 6, 1843. He was educated in the schools
of his native town. Shortly after the beginning of
the civil war and before he was of age, he came to
Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1862, and there enlisted
in Company D, Fourth Massachusetts Heavy
Artillery, and remained in the army until the close
of the war. He was in Washington the night of
the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and took
part in the funeral procession ; was present at the
review of both armies, and returned to Worcester
in 1865. He started in business with his brother in
1869 in the grocery and provision line, and continued
this a few years. He then commenced boring ar-
tesian and driven wells. As the methods have
changed, Mr. Tompkins has added new machinery,
and always kept his apparatus up to date, doing a
cash business. For a number of years his son was
associated with him, and the firm name has been
H. M. Tompkins & Son. The present location, No.
19, Gardner street, Worcester, has been their head-
quarters for many years. The firm makes a spe-
cialty of artesian and driven wells, but also furn-
ishes and installs pumping plants, windmills, and all
kinds of pipe and fitting used in this kind of work.
The firm has an enviable reputation for good judg-
ment and success in their well-driving business. The
long experience of Mr. Tompkins and his mechan-
ical skill have made him an expert in this line of
work, second to none. Following is a partial list
of contracts which have been executed by this firm:
Edward F. Searls, Great Barrington and Methuen,
Massachusetts ; Knowles Loom works ; Caleb Colvin
foundry; F. E. Reed Company; Danverse Asylum;
J. dishing & Company, Fitchburg, Massachusetts;
Royal Worcester Corset Company ; Worcester Gas
Light Company; Denholm McKay Company; Amos

Plow Company ; Peter Wood Dyeing Company;
Worcester Brewing Company; Worcester Woolen
Mills ; Woodward & Powell Planer Company ; Spen-
cer Wire Company ; Washburn & Moen Manufac-
turing Company ; Morgan Spring Company ; Wire
Goods Company; Wgbb Granite Company; W. H.
Sawyer Lumber Company; George F. Blake, Junior;
Frank P. Knowles; Green Hill Farm; city of Wor-
cester school houses ; Trout Hatchery ; John C. Jef-
ferds ; N. P. Huot ; John Rolston ; George A. Brig-
ham ; C. Robboli & Sons; White, Pevey. & Dexter

Company; all the foregoing are of Worcester.
Worcester county truant school, at Oakdale ; George

H. Hastings & Sons, at Boylston ; Edward P. Sum-
ner ; George H. Harlow, and others in Shrewsbury.
Grafton Country Club; Paul Whitin Manufacturing

Company; Ttilula Paper Company, at Fitchburg;
Viscoloid Company, at Leominster ; and many oth-
ers. Mr. Tompkins is well up in the Masonic order,
and is a member of Post 10, Grand Army of the



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Republic of Worcester. He has traveled a great
deal, both in this country and all over Europe, in
company with his wife.

He married, September 19, 1865, Julia Maria
Ward, born March 19, 1846. She was the daughter
of Edward Lucius and Harriet Adelia (.Fiske)
Ward. The former was born January 13, 1815 ;
married at Springfield, Massachusetts, August 4.
1844; Mrs. Ward was born January 24, 1817 ; died
in Worcester, September 30, 1897. Mr. and Mrs.
Ward had but two children: Julia Maria, who
married Horace M. Tompkins; and Harriet Louisa,
who married Homer R. King, and had one daughter:

Mabelle Lena, married Coe, and has one child:

Muriel, born October 9, 1897.

Jonas Ward, born February 15, 1785; married,
December 22, 1812, Susannah Fairbanks Thurston,
burn September 18, 1792; died January 4, 1831. He
died April 28, 1842. Their children were: I. Emily,
born November 7, 1813. 2. Edward Lucius, of
whom later. 3. Laura Fairbanks, born March 5,
1818. 4. Samuel, born October 7, 1820; died 1880.
5. Susan Elizabeth, May 27, 1822; died October 14,
1875. 6. John Alexander, born December 7, 1823.
7. Lucia Maria, born May 20, 1825 ; died October
10, 1839. 8. Nathan Thurston, born November 13,
1827; died October 16, 1828. 9. Sarah Sophia, born
April 14, 1830; died January 6, 1839.

Edward Lucius Ward, the father of Mrs. Horace
M. Tompkins, died on his farm at Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, April 20, 1900. When he was two years
old, his family moved to Oxford, Massachusetts,
where he was educated. He came to Worcester
about 1835 a "d went to work for William A.
Wheeler, one of the oldest iron founders in the
state. He learned the trade of machinist in the
Wheeler establishment, where he remained until
1848, when his health began to fail and he was ad-
vised by his physician to confine himself to outdoor
work. About this time he bought the Sewell Rice
farm in Worcester, which is noted as being the
birthplace of the first permanent settler. Mr. Ward
spent the remainder of his days on this farm. Previ-
ous to this he had lived in a house in Sumner street,
opposite the Thomas street school house, and there
his daughter, Julia Maria, was burn.

The children of Horace M. and Julia Maria
(Ward) Tompkins were: 1. Lucius Warren, of
whom later. 2. Mabel Ward, born May 8, 1870;
dud August 12. 1871.

(IX) Lucius Warren Tompkins, only surviving
child of Horace M. 18) and Julia Maria (Ward)
Tompkins, born June 9, 1866. He was educated in
the public schools of Worcester, Massachusetts, and
upon leaving the high school entered the employment
of Edward B. Clapp, gentlemen's furnishing store,
at the corner of Main and Foster street. At the
end of two years he gave up this position and took
up architecture, working on many of the large build-
ings in Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts, and in
Manchester, New Hampshire. H e returned to Wor-
cester and entered into an engagement with the
Vocalion Organ Company, making designs for their
organs. The one used in the woman's building at
the World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, was of bis de-
signing. Finding that outdoor occupation would be
more beneficial to him, he associated himself with
his father in the artesian well business. He was
an excellent mathematician, and a man of sterling
integrity and good judgment, His word was con-
sidered as good as his bond, lie bad full charge of
the business during two yiars, while hi- father was
absent in California. He was very ingenious, and
cool, collected and resourceful in every emergency.
He was well informed in the events of the day, and



was a Republican in politics. He had an unblem-
ished business record, bis manner was quiet and un-
assuming, and he was an omnivorous reader. He
had many friends in all classes of society. While
in pursuit of his business interests, he was run
down by a street car. His team was destroyed,
and he received injuries from which he never re-
covered, his death occurring at his home. No. 51
May street, Worcester, November 20, 1901. He
married, June 14, 1893, Alice H. Boyd, of Manches-
ter, New Hampshire, and had one child : Louisa
Ward, born October 4, 1895.

FISKE FAMILY. (I) Symond Fiske, lord of
the manor of Stadhaugh, England, was the progeni-
tor of ' the American family to which Mrs. Horace
M. Tompkins, of Worcester, belongs. The line of
descent has been so carefully traced by the genealog-
ists from this English ancestor to the various Amer-
ican families of Fiske, that it seems seems proper
to give the line complete.

Symond Kiske was the grandson of Daniel, lord
of the manor of Stadhaugh, parish of Laxford,
county of Suffolk, England, in the reigns of Henry
IV and VI (1399-1422). He married (first) Su-
sannah Smyth, who died, and he married (second),

Katherine . His will, dated December 22, 1463,

was proved at Norwich, England, February 26,
1463-4. He bequeaths his soul to God. the Virgin
Mary and all the saints in Heaven. He bequeaths
twenty pounds to each of his sons — William, Jeffrey,
John and Edmund. He mentions his daughter,
Margaret Dowsing, and appoints his wife, Kather-
ine, son John, and Nichols Noloch, executors. He
died in February, 1464. He resided at Stadhaugh.
His children were: 1. William, born in England,
married Joan Lynne. 2. Jeffrey, in England, mar-
ried Margaret . 3. John. 4. Edmund, married

Margery . 5. Margaret, married Dowsing

or Dowling.

(II) William Fiske, son of Symond Fiske (1),
was born at Stadhaugh. county Suffolk, England.
He lived in Laxfield, England, during the reigns
of Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry
VII, dying in 1504. He married Joan Lynne. of
Norfolk, who survived him, making her will, July
15. 1504, as the widow of the late William Fiske.
This document was proved February 28, 1505.
Their children were: I. Thomas, born in England,

married Anne . 2. William, married Joan .

3. Augustine, married Joan . 4. Simeon, of

whom later. 5. Robert, married, (second), Joan
. 6. John, married. 7. Margery 8. Mar-
garet.

(III) Simon Fiske. son of William Fiske (2),
was born at Laxfield. England. He resided in Lax-
field, and made his will July 10, 1536; it was proved
July 13, 1538. In this will he desires to be buried
at the chancel end of the church of All Saints, in
Laxfield next his father, sons Robert. Jeffrey, Simon
and William and daughters Joan Ivorton, Gelyne
Warner. Agnes Fiske. and wife Elizabeth. He died

June, 1538. He married Elizabeth . who died

at Halesworth. Their children were: 1. Simon.
of whom later. 2. William. ' 3. Robert, married
Alice . 4. Joan, married Ivorton. 5. Jef-
frey. 6 Gelyne, married Warner. 7. Agnes.

8. Thomas. 9. Elizabeth. 10. John.

( IV) Simon Fiske, son of Simon (3) and Eliza-
beth Fiske. was born in Laxfield. England. His life
was spent in the town of his birth, and he died there
in 1605. His will is dated January 25, 1605. He
gave legacies to his children who were all young
at that time, and made a bequest of ten marks to
his brother. Master John Fiske, to sing for his
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of whom later 2, John, married Thomasina Pinch-

ard. 3. George, married Anne . 4. Nicholas,

married Joan Crispe. 5. Jeffrey. 6. Jeremy. 7.
William. 8. Richard, married Agnes Crispe. 9.
Joan. 10. Gelyne. II. Agnes.

(V) Robert Fiske, eldest child of Simon Fiske
(4), born at Stadhaugh, England 15 — . For some
time he was of the parish of St. James, South Elm-
ham, England. He also lived at Broad Gates, Lax-
field, Suffolk county, near Framingham. About this
time there was a season of great religious persecu-
tion. Robert Fiske fled on account of his religion,
in the days of "Bloody Mary," to .Geneva, but re-
turned later and died at St. James in 1600. His
will is dated April 10, 1590, and was proved July

28, 1600. During this time of persecution one John
Noyes, of Laxfield, Suffolk county, a shoemaker,
was burned at the stake in that town, September
21, 1657; John Alcock was taken for heresy at
Headley church, imprisoned, died in prison, and was
buried in a dung-hill. Robert Fiske married Mrs.
Sybil (Gould) Barber, who was in great danger
during this time of persecution, 1553-8, as was her
sister Isabella, who was imprisoned in the castle
of Norwich, and escaped death only on account of
the influence of her brothers. The children of Ro-
bert and Sybil (Gould) (Barber) Fiske were: 1.
William, of whom later. 2. Jeffrey, married Sarah

Cooke. 3. Thomas, married Margery . 4.

Eleazer, married Elizabeth , died without issue

in England, July. 1615. His will and that of his
wife mention many relatives. 5. Elizabeth, married
Robert Bernard, a farmer of the estate of Custrick
Hallin Wecky, county Essex, which he held of Sir
Edward Coke, the lord chief justice. They had a
daughter who married a Locke, and became the
mother of John Locke, the author and philosopher,
who was born at Wrington. Somersetshire. August

29, 1632, and died at Cates, a country seat in Essex,
October 28, 1704. Another daughter of Elizabeth
( Fiske) Bernard married Thomasine, and her
brother-in-law was John Pinchard, of Bedingfield.
He resided at Twitshall, St. Mary, England, and
died in 1607.

(VI) William Fiske. eldest child of Robert (5)
and Sybil (Gould) (Barber) Fiske, was born in
Laxfield, England, in 1566. William is described as
being of St. James, in South Elmham, and is said
to have filed with his father on account of religious
persecution. An old record says : "William Fyske
has livery of the manor and advowson of Heking-
ham, in county Norfolk, lately belonging to Robert
Fyske, his father." He also lived in Dirchingham.
He died in 1623. His will is dated November 25,
1616, and was proved May 17, 1623. He married
(lust). Anna Anstye. daughter of Walter Anstye.

of Tibbenham, Long Row, Norfolk county, England.

She died and he married (second) Alice . His

children were: 1. John, of whom later. 2. Na-
thaniel, born at South Elmham, England, married
Mrs. Alice (Hend) Leman. 3. Eleazer, born at
South Elmham ; married and settled in Norwich ;
had no male issue. 4. Eunice, died unmarried. 5.
Hannah, born at South Elmham ; married, May 4,
1603, William Candler, schoolmaster at Tofford.
Their son, Rev. Matthias Candler, was the author of
the celebrated Candler manuscript on file in the
British Museum. Other children were John and
Mary Candler. 6. Hester, born at South Elmham ;
married John Chalke, of Rednall. England. 7. Mary,
born at South Elmham, England ; married Anthony
Fisher, proprietor of Wignotte, county Suffolk. He
died April 11, 1640. His son, also called Anthony,
was baptized at Syleham, England, April 23, 1591 ;
he married, in England, Mary , and died in



Dedham or Dorchester. Massachusetts, April 18,
1671. His son, Anthony, the third of the name, was
born in Syleham, England; married, 111 Dorchester,
Massachusetts, September 7, 1647, Joanna Faxon,
horn in England in 1626, died October to, [694. The
third Anthony died in Dorchester IVhruan 13.
1670. Another son of Anthony and Mary (Fiske)
Fisher was a pioneer in New England, with his
brother Anthony. (See Fisher family in "sketch of
Airs. M. P. Higgins. I Of two other sons of Anthony
and Mary (Fiske) Fisher, Cornelius, who was a
Master of Arts, remained in England and taught
school at East Bergholt ; and Amos, farmed an es-
tate called Custridge Hall, in the parish of Wesley,
which is in the hundred of Tendring, between Col-
chester and the sea.

(VII) John Fiske, son of William (6) and
Anna (Anstye) Fiske, was born at St. James, Eng-
land, and died in South Elmham, where he had
lived in 1633. He married Anne Lantersee, daugh-
ter of Robert Lantersee, who died on board ship on
his way to New England, in 1637. His children
were: 1. John, born in South Elmham, England,
1601 ; married Ann Gipps, and (second Mrs. Eliza-
beth Henchman. 2. William, of whom later. 3.
Anne, married Francis Chickering, who came to
America and was admitted a freeman May 13, 1640;
proprietor of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638; member
of court valuation committee, ensign, selectman, and
deputy to the general court. His wife Anne died
about 1649 and he married (second) Sarah Sibbell,
June 16. 1650. 4. Martha, born in England ; mar-
ried there Captain Edmund Thompson, son of John
Thompson, of Holkham, in Norfolk county, and his
wife Anne Thompson, daughter of John Hastings,
of Holkham. They had four children born in New
England, then returned to England, where three
children were born at Yarmouth. Thompson was
a si a captain, and served the state of Holland after
the death of Charles I. While in America he was
proprietor at Salem and Wenham, Massachusetts.
5. Nathan, died young. 6. Eleazer, born at South
Elmham, mentioned in grandfather's will.

(Villi William Fiske, second son of John (7)
and Anne (Lantersee) Fiske, born in England about
1613; came to America in 1637, and settled at Salem,
Massachusetts, where he received a grant of land,
and was admitted a freeman, May 18, 1042, and a
member of the Salem church, July 2, 1641. Soon
afterward he removed to Wenham. Massachusetts,
where he was first town clerk, and then clerk of
writs from 1643 to 1660. He was a representative
to the general court in 1647, and until 1652. He was
one of the most honored and prominent citizens of
the town of Wenham. He died September, 1654
intestate.

He married 1643, at Salem, Massachusetts,
Bridget Muskett, of Pelham, England. After his
death she married, November 3, 1661. Thomas Rix,
of Salem, surgeon. The children of William and
Bridget (Muskett) Fiske were: 1. William, mar-
ried Sarah Kilham. 2. Samuel, of whom later. 3.
Joseph, born in Wenham ; married Elizabeth Hainan.
4. Benjamin, born in Wenham ; married Bethusha
Morse. 5. Martha.

(IX) Samuel Fiske, second son and child of
William (8) and Bridget (Muskett) Fiske, born in
Wenham. Massachusetts; resided in Wenham, where
he was admitted a freeman, March 25, 1685. He was
a tailor by trade. He held the offices of tythingman,
constable and selectman. He left a large estate,
which, before his death, he deeded to his sons. He
died October 31, 1716. He married (first), Novem-



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