Biography of The Tompkins Family

Tompkins Family, The.-In 1864 Richard Greene Tompkins emigrated from Tullowclay, county Wicklow, Ireland, to Batavia, and immediately entered the employ of the Batavia Gas Light Company, in whose service he remained, with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers, for over thirty years until the company disposed of its plant. Richard left his family in Ireland when he departed for America, but soon becoming satisaed that the latter country offered excellent opportunities for ambitious and enterprising people, he brought them to Batavia, where they all labored for their cDmmon welfare until the death of Mr. Tompkins, which occurred September 20, 1896. Mr. Tompkins was a good citizen and had earned that title by a life of industry, sobriety and honesty. He is survived by his widow, five children who reside in Batavia, and one daughter, Mrs. T. M. Howard of Weeping Water, Neb. Two brothers of Richard Greene-William Morton and Peter-also came to Batavia. L. J. Tompkins, the oldest daughter of Richard Greene Tompkins, established her millinery business in Batavia in 1881 in a small way, and by close care, courteous ways and good business management has increased it to the leading millinery house in the village. She is public spirited and active in promoting the growth of her town, subscribinggenerously to bring manufacturing concerns to Batavia.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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