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The Tax List included in the Pelletreau History for the Philip Philipse Pattent (1777)
includes more than 4 Tompkins Land owners or Lessees - For the Fredicksburg Precinct
(which would include The Tompkins Corners area (Peekskill Hollow and Wiccopee roads) have
listed Elijah, John, Joshua, Cornelius, Silvanus, and Reuben. Kent of course is just over
the hill and there we find Jacob et. al. in the Tompkins Land holder grouping. [pgs 122
and following]. A Peter Birger is also listed - possibly a variant of Barger or Barager.
A "Affidavit of Timothy Shaw, 1767" included in the Pelletreau history of Putnam
also refers to Elisha Tompkins and John Tompkins as people settled on the Philipse Patent
prior to 1756. pg 120. These Tompkins men were involved in some way in the dispute
between the Philipse landowers and the Indians led by Daniel Nimham.
In Pelletreaus description of the Town of Putnam Valley he refers to Abraham Smith as
coming to the Putnam Valley area by 1720 from Long Island but that it is more likely he
came as the first of the group moving into the area in 1740.
the Barger family, again according to Pelletreau's 1856 sources, were also earlier
settlers to the area "Thke Bargers, whose name shows their German origin, have left a
very numerous lilne of descendents i the town. The original settler of the anem was
probably Peter Baragar, who bought 213 acres of land of the commissioners of forfeiture in
1780. The Old homestead is now owned by George Barger." Pg. 716.
In describing the location of various family properties on page 717 Pelletreau then has
this reference to a Tompkins family: "Next north of this came a atract owened by the
Tompkins family, who appear to have been here for some years previous to the Revolution.
Nathaniel, Joshua, Cornelius and Reuben Tompkins were here in 1777, but what realtaion
they were to each other, we do not know. Nathaniel Tompkins lived on the place owned by
Gearge F. Barmore..."
Dutchess County has many original records and Putnam was in Dutchess for the period prior
to the Revolution. That likely is a good place to do some research on these names. It
appears to be the source of the original documents that Pelletreau includes in his 1856
History. I want to do a read of William Blakes 1849 Putnam County History and see what
I can glean from that work.
Thanks for sharing the names of Andrew Barger and Phebe Lehman and their headstones in
Adams Corner. I have looked at the headstones in Tompkins Corner but they are very hard
to read. Time takes its toll even of the Stone.
Rev. Roy Steward
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