|About Tompkins/Bantz and Clark/Heck
These are the voyages of the ancestors of Harold K. Tompkins (son of Isaac M. Tompkins and Hazel M. Bantz) and his wife, Patricia Ann Clark (daughter of Adolphus S. Clark and Dottie A. Heck. This is not a fictional log of an imaginary star ship populated with melodramatic characters facing only computer graphics images. These are the real details of real lives lived in real times of both prosperity and hardship -- all looking forward to what lay ahead (and mostly to the West). Although they did not cross the frontier of outer space, they really did cross oceans and mountains and rivers and plains despite great difficulties we can now only imagine from the traces that remain.
Most of them crossed into new frontiers with their families -- families that stayed together to diverge slowly over time across the plains and families that came apart suddenly and, sometimes, inexplicably. Most are stories of lives lived in faith toward God and Hope in His provision. This is not a story singular to our families. It is the story of the second great North American migration -- a migration of families and communities of which we have been a part. We celebrate these stories by remembering them in the hope of commemoration: remembering lives lived in hope, remembering families lived in unity and remembering communities of the faithful.
I have built the pages of the web site around the four families of my grandparents, searching for references to their parents, grandparents and great grandparents in public documents and references from historical texts until I am unable to find older references. Then I have resorted to genealogical work done by others, like Tina, who invited me to Tribal Pages. I have also begun to add cousins, aunts and uncles and their wives, husbands and children. This will go on as others send suggestions to me. I have also included photos that I have scanned from my Uncle Paul's photo album -- most of which, I think, came from Dottie (Heck) Clark.
Finally, I have begun to tell stories about the possibilities that these bits of information suggest. I am not ashamed of embellishment (as many of you already know) so enjoy them as a kind of entertainment that may help you to remember the facts. Remember. Remember. Remember, remember, remember.
July 20, 2016
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