John H. Tompkins was born at Front Royal, Virginia, May 28, 1834, and lived there until the age of fifteen,
when, with his parents he emigrated to Ohio, traveling overland by wagon. He was a near relative of "Stonewall"
Jackson, bearing a striking resemblance to his distinguished kinsman, and that noted general frequently visited
the Tompkins home in Virginia.
After coming to Ohio Mr. Tompkins located in Jackson township. Coshoct.on county, where he engaged in farming and
was very successful in that occupation. At the ne of twenty three he was married to Nancy J. Baird, a daughter
of George K. Baird, of Jackson township, and a granddaughter of Josiah Clark.
They were the parents of the following children: Lillie, Alpha, William, George B., Frank M., Luther, James C.,
Carrie and Jay J., all of whom, except William and Carrie, with their mother still survive. Lillie and Alpha are
successful teachers in the county, the former being at present employed in the schools of Tuscarawas township.
George B. is an engineer at Canton, Ohio, where he has been for several years and is very prosperous. James C.,
formerly a high school teacher here, is employed as bookkeeper at San Francisco, California, and is doing well.
Luther has been in the structural iron business for some time and is also located at San Francisco and is prospering.
Jay J. is a well known and progressive merchant and musician in Coshoeton. Frank M. is a successful teacher and
for the past four years has been employed in the schools at Canal Lewisville.
In 1865 Mr. Tompkins moved to a farm near Canal Lewisville and resided in that vicinity until his death, which
occurred April 13, 1904. Politically he was a democrat and held the office of justice of the peace almost continuously
for thirty six years.
Frank M. Tompkins began his early education in the district schools near his father's home, this be.ing supplemented
by a course of study in the public schools of Coshocton. He was reared to the duties of the home farm, early becoming
familiar with the various tasks that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. However, he decided upon a professional
career as a means of livelihood and started out in life as a teacher in the district schools. He was thus engaged
until 1904, when he was employed as teacher in the Canal Lewisville schools, where he has continued to the present
time. He is recognized as one of the most progressive educators of the county and is well liked in the community
in which he makes his home.
He is a man of refinement and culture and is giving some of the best years of an active and useful life to the
cause of education and has attained more than local distinction. Benjamin Franklin, James Howard, Mary Jane, Isadore,
Allen, Wilbert Grant and Edward Prosser.
Scott Davis was reared on the home farm, assisting in the work of the fields from the time of early spring planting
until the crops were harvested in the late autumn, while in the winter seasons he pursued his studies in the district
schools. When he started out to make his own way in the world he chose the occupation to which he had been reared,
first. farming in Franklin township, where he lived for four years. He then removed to his present farm in Virginia
township, this tract comprising three hundred and thirty four acres. He follows general farming and stock raising
and both branches of his business are proving a profitable source of revenue to him.
Mr. Davis was married February 15, 1885, to Miss Emma Cox, a daughter of William and Margaret Cox, residents of
Virginia township. Their union has been blessed with six children: Ward B., Alpha, Clarence, Harvey, James and
Blanche. The two last named, however, are deceased.
Mr. Davis gives his political support to the men and measures of the republican party and for several terms has
filled the office of township trustee. As has been truly remarked, after all that may be done for a man in the
way of giving him early opportunities for obtaining the requirements which are sought in the schools and in books,
he must essentially formulate, determine and give shape to his own character, and this is what Mr. Davis has done.
He has persevered in the pursuit of a persistent purpose and gained a most satisfactory reward. His life is exemplary
and he is ever interested in all those movements which are calculated to uplift, and beneflt humanity, while his
own high moral worth is deserving of highest cornmendation.
Centennial History of
Coshocton County, Ohio
By William J. Bahmer
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Coshocton County, Ohio Biographies
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