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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Leander G. Tompkins

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


LEANDER L. TOMPKINS, farmer, Stanton Township, Champaign County, Ill., was born in Clermont County, Ohio, February 2, 1843, the son of Nicholas and Nackey (STEVENSON) TOMPKINS, who were also natives of the Buckeye State. The subject of this sketch has two brothers now living, Stephen L. and Albert M., the former a resident of Clinton County, Ind., and the latter, of Urbana, Ill. He also had five sisters, three of whom—May, Belle and Laura—died in childhood, and two—Mira (Mrs. J. L. TREES) and Ella (Mrs. Richard CORBIN)—are living.

On November 1, 1862, Mr. Tompkins was married to Miss Julia A. TREES, who was born November 8, 1844, the daughter of William and Delia (MCADAM) TREES, natives of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Tompkins became the parents of twelve children; Lutura, born August 8, 1863, and married Oliver W. MADDOCK; William E., born March 4, 1865, married Maggie GAINER; Nettie B. (Mrs. Albert SHAFF), born November 11, 1866; Laura C. (Mrs. Benjamin PILCHER), born December 28, 1868; Frank, born April 1, 1871, and married Carrie CORRAY, who died August 31, 1892; Burt L., born September 11, 1873, and married Jessie WATERS, who died January 23, 1896, Daisy THOMPSON becoming his second wife; Josephine (Mrs. Charles M. DAVIS), born September 13, 1875; Arthur W., born September 1, 1877, married Lena PHILLIPS; Lossen L., born October 8, 1879, married Molly BESORE; Clara (Mrs. William E. SWISHER), born February 11, 1882; Clarence M., born August 4, 1885; and Vinton, born February 10, 1888. The two last named reside at home. Mrs. Tompkins died October 8, 1904. She was a devoted member of the United Brethren Church. In political views, Mr. Tompkins is a Democrat.

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