Born - February 22, 1807 in Tennessee.

Parents - William Tompkins and Elizabeth Owens.

Married Nancy Jane C. McCaslin on 9 February 1837 in Putnam County, Illinois (date came from Jan Cerbin, descendent). Name came from other researchers as well as a reference in History of Lee County, Texas (see sources):

(Found in the biography of Gardner Thompson and Nancy Cole) - "Other family members found in Burleson County, Texas, in 1850 include Nancy Cole's brother's Sampson Cole (and his wife Vinah Thompkins) and William Cole (unmarried) and her sister Celia Ann (and her husband Joseph Thompkins) and Alfred and Nancy (McCaslin) Thompkins, as well as several married nieces and nephews. (Alfred Thompkins was buried at Cole Cemetery in August 1852. His wife Nancy (McCaslin) and children returned to Bureau County, Illinois.)"

Nancy returned to Bureau County Illinois sometime after Alfred's death in 1852. She died in January 1854 in Bureau County, Illinois.

Died August 5, 1852 in Burleson County, Texas (now Lee County, Texas)

Buried - Cole Cemetery, Lee County, Texas - located west of Old Dime Box, Hwy 21 to Road 400. Cemetery is on private land, almost to the Burleson/Lee County boundary.

Marker says:

____ red Tompkins

was born Feb 22, 1807

died Aug 5, 1852

Note: Corners of stone are broken off.

Photos of stones, sent by Jan Cerbin and taken by Rev. Foltyre of Dime Box, Texas. The engraving on either stone is not legible in the photo, but the first photo below shows an overview of the area. Both stones are leaning up against trees. The other photo is a close up Alfred's tombstone.




1840 US CENSUS, Bureau County Census, Illinois
TOMPKINS, Alfred 0-0-0-0-0-1 // 0-0-0-0-1
Next door to Alexander Holbrook

1850 US CENSUS, Burleson County, Texas
Household #11, Family #11
enumerated September 26, 1850
THOMKINS, Alfred age 43 M Farming born Tenn
Nancy age 32 F KY
Vinah age 9 F ILL
Lorensa age 8 F ILL
Margrat age 6 F ILL
Rautha Ann age 5 F ILL
Mary age 2 F ILL
Cinthy age 6/12 F TEX


TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Bureau 8/1/1838 Galena 1248 IL4280__.147
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Bureau 8/1/1838 Galena 1249 IL4280__.148
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Bureau 10/1/1839 Galena 3875 IL4330__.098
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Bureau 10/1/1839 Galena 3876 IL4330__.099
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Putnam 10/1/1839 Galena 3878 IL4330__.101
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Putnam 5/20/1841 Galena 4117 IL4340__.008
TOMPKINS, ALFRED IL Bureau 5/20/1841 Galena 4118 IL4340__.009
TOMPKINS, ALFRED H IL Bureau 8/1/1838 Galena 1586 IL4280__.458
TOMPKINS, ALFRED H IL Bureau 8/1/1838 Galena 1587 IL4280__.459



1. Vinah Tompkins - born August 25, 1840 in Bureau County, Illinois

Married Charles Minney

1860 US CENSUS, Indiantown Twp Bureau County ILL pg 227
Household 1595/1626
MINNY, Charles 26 M W Farmer $500 born NJ
MINNY, Viany 20 F W ILL
MINNY, May E 6/12 F W ILL
WATSON, Wellington 17 M W Farm Laborer ILL
TOMPKINS, Margaret K 17 F W Domestic ILL (this is a daughter of Alfred's - see below)

1870 US CENSUS, Atkinson, Henry County, IL
Page 14 Enum 2 July 1870
Household 108/108
MINNEY, Chas 36 MW farmer $800/$800 NJ
Vinah 30 FW keeping house IL
Mary 10 FW IL
Louella 9 FW IL
Rosan 7 FW IL
Chas 6 FW IL
Wm 3 FW IL
Alex 2 MW IL
Fanny 2/12 FW IL

1880 US CENSUS, Belle Praire Pct, Fillmore County NE
ED 336 Enum 7 & 8 June 1880 Page 541B
Household 11/12
MINNEY, Charles WM 45 farmer NJ Sct Sct
Vinah WF 39 keeping house IL TN IN
William H WM 14 farmer IL NJ IL
Alexander H WM 12 farmer IL NJ IL
Fanny WF 10 at school IL NJ IL
Martin WM 8 at school NE NJ IL
Franklin WF 6 NE NJ IL
Ernest WM 4 NE NJ IL
George W.F. WM 1/12 Jul NE NJ IL

2. Sarah Louisa Tompkins - born February 9, 1842 in Bureau County, Illinois

no other information

3. Margaret Ann (Anna) Tompkins - born July 31, 1843 in Bureau County, Illinois

Living with her sister Vinah in 1860 (above)

Married Martin V. Cole, son of Benjamin Brown Cole and Rebecca Tompkins, on June 20, 1861 in Henry County, Illinois.

Two Children: Elly, born about 1862; and Carrie B, born about 1863

Census - C.L. Tompkins is Claudius L. Tompkins, brother of Margaret's father Alfred and Martin's mother Rebecca:

1870 US CENSUS, Cornwall, Henry County, IL
Enum 3 August 1870 Page 373
Household 38/38

TOMPKINS, C.L. 59 MW Dom Sevt TN
COLE, M.A. 27 FW keeping house IL
Elly 8 FW IL
Carrie B 7 FW IL

4. Ruth (Martha) Ann Tompkins - born January 28, 1845 in Bureau County, Illinois

We have seen her name listed as Ruth Ann and Martha Ann. The 1850 census says Rautha Ann. No other information

5. Mary Tompkins - born January 9, 1848 in Bureau County, Illinois

Living with Martin Tompkins family in 1860

6. Cynthia Aurilla Tompkins - born February 1850 in Burleson County, Texas

Living with Martin Tompkins family in 1860

7. Alfred Tompkins Jr. - born between 1850 and 1852 in Burleson County, Texas

Died between October and November 1853 in Bureau County, Illinois

Most of the individual data on this line came from Jan Cerbin. Other sources include the U.S. Census; our research; History of Lee County Texas by Lee County Historical Survey Committee, copyright 1974, published by Nortex Press, Second Printing 1993. ISBN 0-89015-071-0; Burleson County Guardian Index at found on the Burleson County TX GenWeb site.

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