Benjamin F. Tompkins was for many years closely identified with agricultural interests of Marengo township,
and his demise was the occasion of much sincere regret. Born in Girard, Michigan, January 2, 1840, he was a son
of Abram and Mary Ann (Eton) Tompkins. The father was greatly interested in public affairs and following his removal
to Tama county, Iowa, represented his district in the state legislature, being elected on the republican ticket.
Benjamin F. Tompkins began his education in his native state but when fourteen years of age accompanied his parents
to Tama county, Iowa, and there finished his schooling. In early manhood he farmed in Tama county for some time
but in the spring of 1863 came to Iowa county, where he remained for two years, returning to Tama county in 1865.
Twelve years later he again came to Iowa county and the remainder of his life was passed here. He accumulated four
hundred acres of fine land in Marengo township and there followed farming and stock raising, finding that it was
more profitable to carry on both branches of business than to specialize in either the one or the other.
On the 18th of April, 1861, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Tompkins and Miss Jeannette Johnson, a native of
Indiana, who was born October 22, 1840, in Jackson county, and to their union were born eight children, six of
whom are living, namely: James G., Harriet, Edgar, Ethel, Elsie and Harry.
Mr. Tompkins, like his father, was a republican and held a number of local offices, proving an excellent official.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church, to which his family also belong, and in its teachings were found the
guiding principles of his life. On the 16th of March, 1900, he passed to the great beyond and there were many who
felt that in his death they lost a sincere friend. He was a successful farmer and a good citizen and his community
was the richer for his having lived.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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