Dr. Hartwell Carver Tompkins - photograph from "Heavy Guns and Light: A History of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery"
by Matthew Ballard, September 5, 2014
Hartwell Carver Tompkins, the focus of this biography, was born on March 15, 1828 at Henrietta, New York. The son of James and Charity Cornell Tompkins, he was one of six known children born to the Westchester natives. Educated in the district schools of Henrietta, Tompkins later entered the Rochester Collegiate Institute situated on Chestnut Street in downtown Rochester. He was still a young man in his teenage years when he began his studies in medicine and surgery under the direction of Dr. Edward M. Moore of Rochester.
Tompkins was married to Orinda M. Garlick, daughter of Pittsford farmer Samuel Garlick, on January 20, 1853. She would bear him four children, all except Daniel living into adulthood. Approximately six months after their marriage, Hartwell completed his coursework at Woodstock, Vermont, quickly receiving his medical degree only five years after his studies began in Rochester.