Joshua Tompkins (1793-1882)
This hand-colored, sixth-plate daguerreotype of Joshua Tompkins (1793-1882) was taken by an unidentified photographer circa 1846-1850. The daguerreotype is housed in a wood and leather case. Joshua was the son of Absalom Tompkins (1770-1851) and Elizabeth Soulice Tompkins (1763-1842). In 1814 he married Elizabeth Lawrence Tompkins (1794-1854). His daughter Harriet Cornelia Tompkins Sweetland (1825-1874) married Watler Hale Sweetland (1818-1888). Harriet Cornelia and Walter had three children, Henry Hale Sweetland (1848-1938) Lucy Wright Sweetland Jerome (1854-1903) and Mary Tompkins Sweetland (1857-1858). Henry Hale moved to Colorado in 1882 and became an early resident of Brush, Colorado. Lucy Wright Sweetland Jerome married John Lathrop Jerome (1854-1903). John Lathrop was a prominent lawyer and early pioneer in the city of Denver. This daguerreotype is part of the John Lathrop Jerome collection.
Handwritten note pinned to inside cover "Joshua S. Tompkins"