From the Office of Surrogate Morris County New Jersey, United States, A copy of the Last Will and Testament Of Mary Ann Mansell deceased, Office of Surrogate Morris County New Jersey.
Henry Hastings was the absolute stereotype for the eccentric, hunting, shooting and fishing, English country squire. Even in his own time he was considered far from typical. Henry became the squire of Woodlands upon his marriage to Dorothy Willoughby in 1587. The following description of him is attributed to Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, later the first Earl of Shaftesbury, and describes Henry in 1638 at the time of his wifes death. Although it must have been written, or at least updated, over twenty years later following his death.
Henry Richard Tompkins was baptised on April 22, 1781 at Puncknowle, Dorset, England, the 5th of 8 children to Nicholas Tompkins and his wife Joan Wallbridge. On May 18, 1818 at Puncknowle witnessed by Bernard Cox and William Thorner he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Jane Cox.