Published in Volume 1 of Genealogical Gleanings in England 1888 this is an extract of the will of Mary Symes, now of Beamister, late of Poorstock [Powerstock], in the county of Dorset, widow, dated 7 June 1736, proved 17 November 1738.
In 1890, Henry Brougham Guppy. M.B. (Edin.), published his ‘Homes of Family Names in Great Britain’. This is part of his entry for the county of Dorset
John Tompkins was born on November 1, 1834 at Looke in the parish of Abbotsbury, Dorset, England the fifth of eight children of Richard Tompkins and Ann Churchill. Despite being born in Abbotsbury, John was baptised in the parish church at Puncknowle, which was physically much closer to the family home.