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Christopher Tompkins Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 T59

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Scope and Contents

Logbooks, account books and accounts, 1807-1841, of Christopher Tompkins kept while captain of ship "Pocahontas", 1807-1809, and while running a general merchandise store in Mathews Co., Va. Includes typed excerpts from a memoir of Tompkins compiled by his son, Christopher Quarles Tompkins in 1860 and twenty-one pages from an account book listing foodstuffs of A. Y. P. Garnett, surgeon in Sally Tompkins' Confederate hospital, Robertson Hospital, in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War.


  • Creation: 1778-1838


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Biographical Information:

Christopher Q. Tompkins (1813-1877) was captain of the ship Pocahontas during 1807-1809, and ran a general merchandise store in Mathews County, VA. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


2.50 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Eleven items in this collection were purchased by W&M Special Collections Research Center in 1941 from Mrs. Marion Minter, and in 1957 Miss Nellie Thompkins donated 5 additional items.

Related Materials:

2008.274 Captain Sally Tompkins Collection

Physical Description

31 items


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Processed by Debbie Smith-George in 1983.

Guide to the Christopher Tompkins Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Debbie Smith-George, 1983..
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository