I am searching for family of my biological father ALBERT CHARLES TOMPKINS born April 8, 1926 who passed away from a brain tumor October 5, 1957. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetary in Brighton, Ontario. My biological mother Jessie May (Tompkins nee Hunter) raised my brother and I as a single parent until she remarried in 1964. At that time we were legally adopted by our biological mother and her husband through CAS. Our bio mother would never discuss the past and now has dementia so she is unable to share whatever memories she kept secret. I was born October 2, 1954 named Sandra Lynn Tompkins and my brother was born December 23, 1955 named Steven John Tompkins. I have been searching for information and a connection to my biological family for many years without success. ALBERT CHARLES TOMPKINS was born in Frankford, Ontario. I know he had siblings and his family was originally from the Belleville/Trenton/Ameliasburg area. The funeral home in Brighton burned down decades ago and all records were destroyed. Mount Hope Cemetery in Brighton where he rests has no record other than my mothers’ name as next of kin. I know this is a long shot but I would appreciate any information that might lead me to finding aunts, uncles, cousins - any members of my biological family who can share some history and help answer so many unanswered questions. I realize my search is different than other adult children who are seeking to find their birth parents. We were fortunate to know our biological Mother but following our biological father's passing his family had nothing do with us. My bio Mother was also estranged from her late sister (our aunt) who told my brother decades ago "One day we will know the truth". I've been able to source some information from my biological father's 1957 obituary amongst papers my brother had as well as census research. His Father's name was Albert Knight Tompkins ( born August 3, 1900 - deceased in the 70's and resting in Frankford Cemetary). His Mother was Annie Hildred McGeachie (nee Wessels – born April 9, 1901 and deceased April 10, 1957). My father had siblings - Harold in Barrie, Ernest in Oshawa and Robert either in Belleville or Kingston. He also had a sister Gloria Jean McGeachie of Trenton. Apparently my father served in the Medical Section of the RCAF during WWII in Goose Bay, St. Hubert (Quebec) and Trenton. At the time of his death in 1957 he was employed by CNR in the signal dept. Also mentioned in the obituary - he was a member of BRS of A #124 in Belleville. I've searched 411 for phone numbers of his siblings (who are probably in their 80's now if they are still alive) without success. I’ve also searched Facebook for potential TOMPKINS relatives with no response.
Through internet research of the 1901 and 1911 census’ I have acquired family history dating back to 1833 but my goal, my desire, my hope is to move forward to find living relatives of my late biological father. I am hoping someone with knowledge of this TOMPKINS FAMILY TREE will read this lengthy message and have some answers that might lead me in the right direction.
This is the information I have been able to find in my search though WorldFamilies.net . I am hoping someone will recognize these names from their family tree information...
Amos Alva Tompkins (b. 14 AUG 1867-d. 3 AUG 1904)
m1. Emma Carena Brickman, 16 NOV 1887 in Rednersville, ON;?
3.1? Rosalie Pearl (5 JUL 1888-1974) m. Charles W. Babcock
3.2? Theda Gertrude (27 AUG 1892-1905)
3.3? Lena (2 JUN 1894-11 DEC 1894)
3.4? Gladys Irene (6 JUN 1896-1985) m. Gilbert Whitney
3.5? William Milton (9 SEP 1898-1980) m. Sadie Butterill
3.6? Albert Knight (3 AUG 1900-1970) m1. Hilda Wessels; m2. Ann Jean Hopper
3.7? Mildred Evelyn (26 JUL 1902-1908)
m2. Martha Jane Hawley on 2 SEP 1905
3.8? Jessie Marguerite (1906-1984) m. Earl Storms
3.9? Flossie May (1908-1988) m. Peter Badgley
3.10? Mabel Elizabeth (1910-?) m. Clarence McInroy
3.11? Amos Everett (1912-1982) m. Bertha Gibson
3.12? Clifford Eugene (1914-1992) m. Vera Round
3.13? Bessie Alice (1916-1946) m. Harold Hitchings
3.14? Mary Gertrude (1918-died young)
Additional pedigree information:
Albert Knight (3 AUG 1900-1970) m1. Annie Hildred Wessels (b. April 9. 1901 d. April 10, 1957) m. December 1919
children - Albert Charles, Ernest, Harold, Robert and Gloria Jean - birth order uncertain
m.2 ? Jean Hopper
Albert Charles Tompkins (b. April 8, 1926 d. Oct. 5. 1957) m1 ? divorced 1953
m2. Dec. 18, 1953 Jessie May Hunter (b. July 25, 1925 - still living)
1. Sandra Lynn (b. Oct. 2, 1954 - still living) adopted 1966 surname changed to Bennett m. June 4, 1982 Glenn Stephen Sayer (b. Aug. 8, 1956 - still living)
1.1 Krista Leigh Sayer (b. March 24, 1987 - still living)
1.2 Andrea Kaitlin Sayer (May 23, 1989 - still living)
2. Steven John (b. Dec. 23, 1955 - still living) adopted 1966 surname changed to Bennett m. May 18, 1979 Darlene Anne Taylor (b. Apr. 1, 1950 - still living)
2.1 Jesse Taylor Bennett (b. Jan. 30, 1986 - still living)
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any information to share. I am also on Facebook. With hope, Sandy Bennett-Sayer.