Tompkins, James S., was born in Niagara county, September 18, 1830; he was reared on the farm and followed that occupation for a great many years. He also deals in timber to some extent. He came to North Tonawanda in 1890 where he still resides. In 1889 he married Sarah J. Humphrey of Erie county. They have an adopted son, W. Tompkins, superintendent of the poor of Niagara county. Mr. Tompkins's father, James, was one of the early settlers of Niagara county. His father went to Canada in the early part of the nineteenth century and when the war of 1812 broke out he was pressed into the British service. Refusing to fight against his native land, he was ordered to leave the country, so returned to the United States and settled in Niagara county. Mr. Tompkins was for two years, 1884 and 1885, in the United States Custom service. He is a member of the A. O. U. W, and a popular and public spirited man.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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