Bath in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
John F. Tompkins
Erected 1949 by North Carolina Archives, Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number B-25.)
Location. 35° 28.443′ N, 76° 48.832′ W. Marker is in Bath, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on South Main Street 0.1 miles south of Craven Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bath NC 27808, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander Stewart (within shouting distance of this marker); John Garzia (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Thomas Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Post Road (about 600 feet away); Edward Teach (about 700 feet away); John Lawson (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Palmer - Marsh House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bath.
Regarding John F. Tompkins. John F. Tompkins, physician and farmer, was born in 1823 in Edgecombe County, the son of John F. and Rosanna Spruill Tompkins. Shortly after Tompkinsís
In 1846, Tompkins began practicing medicine in Washington in Beaufort County. Later that year he married Caroline C. Bonner of Bath, where the two settled, living in the former rectory of St. Thomas Church. Within the next few years, Tompkinsís interests changed from medicine to agriculture, and in 1852 he began editing and publishing the Farmerís Journal, devoted to “improvements in agriculture, horticulture, and the household arts.”
The following year Tompkins moved to Raleigh, helping organize the North Carolina Agriculture Society and the first State Fair. He and his wife rented a home in Raleigh owned by Thomas Ruffin, a leading Southern agriculturalist and supporter. In 1854, Tompkins, his publication failing, sold the Farmerís Journal to William D. Cooke, the proprietor of the Southern Weekly Post. Tompkins then closed out his lease, sold his furniture, and disappeared from Raleigh. He died prior to 1860, as he does not appear on that census, however nothing is known of his final years. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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