Ellen Gertrude <I>Tompkins</I> Kidd

Ellen Gertrude Tompkins Kidd

Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 4 Feb 1932 (aged 79)
Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 20831631 · View Source
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Born Ellen Gertrude Tompkins in 1852 to Edmund William Tompkins and Julia Mosby Burton in Richmond Va
Married 4 April 1873 to John Boulware Kidd 1836-1910.

Lulu Kidd 1875–
Arthur Kidd 1877–1878
Carrie W Kidd 1878–
Kidd 1880–
Douglas Kidd 1881–1882
Allan B Kidd 1882–
Caroline J Kidd 1883–
Leo Miller Kidd 1883–1867
child Kidd 1885-1888
Hugh Tompkins Kidd 1886–

Ahead of Her Time: In 1868, Ellen G. Kidd started making pickles in her family's Richmond home kitchen. She was just 16 years old. After many blue ribbons from the state fair and what she described as "pin money" collected from selling her pickles to friends and neighbors, she defied the conventional wisdom of the day about women in commerce by founding Pin Money Pickles in 1873. She would go on to gain contracts with the Pullman Railroad Company, see her pickles served in the White House, and ship her products internationally. In 1910, she built a five story factory that could produce 1,000 barrels per day. Her sons were her assistants. In 1925 she sold the business, but pickles using her recipe continued to be turned out until 1950. The site of her plant is now a parking lot on West Marshall Street in Richmond.

The Pin-Money-Pickle-Factory was owned by Mrs. Ellen G. Kidd of Richmond, Virginia, 1888-1898 at 619 N. 6th St. 1899-1909 at 706 E. Leigh St. 1911-1916 at 1500 W. Marshall St, . continued at this place until 1941

Census 1880:
Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
John B. Kidd 44, Ellen Kidd 34, Bertie Kidd 21, Walter Kidd 20, Malcombe Kidd 19, Donald Kidd 12, Lulu Kidd 5, Carry W. Kidd 2, Kidd 2M

Census 1900:
Richmond, Virginia, USA
John B Kidd Feb 1836, Ellen G Kidd Nov 1855, Marie L Kidd Nov 1870, Allan Kidd Jan 1882, Caroline J Kidd Aug 1883, Leo Kidd Oct 1884, Hugh Kidd Mar 1886

Census 1910:
Richmond, Madison Ward, Richmond, Va
John B Kidd 74, Ellen G Kidd 58, Allan B Kidd 27, Leo Kidd 25, Hugh T Kidd 24

Census 1930:
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Ellen G Kidd 80, Hugh T Kidd 42

Encyclopedia of Virginia biography

John Boulware Kidd. A kindly-hearted man of wide acquaintance, well known by his deeds of charity and conscientious spirit, John Boulware Kidd died in the city of Richmond, October 14, 1910, aged seventyfive years. He was born in King and Queen county, Virginia, in 1835, son of John M. and Catherine Kidd, grandson of Colonel William S. Miller, an officer of the revolutionary war, and nephew of William Boulware, United States minister to Naples under President Tyler. He was highly educated at preparatory schools, Richmond College and Columbia University, and studied law under the preceptorship of James S. Lyons. During the war between the states he was connected with the treasury department of the Confederate government, rendering efficient service. After the war he engaged in farming for a time in King and Queen county, returning to Richmond later, where his after life was spent. He enjoyed the acquaintance of prominent educators, was sought for as an authority on Greek and Latin classics, and was widely known and highly respected as a citizen. He was twice married and had a family of eight children.

Mr. Kidd married second, (first was Ann Roberta Tompkins 1832–1870, sister to his 2nd wife ) April 4, 1873, Ellen Gertrude Tompkins, born in Richmond, daughter of Edmund William and Julia Mosby (Burton) Tompkins,and granddaughter of Harry and Fanny (Taylor) Tompkins, of Richmond. Edmund W. and Julia M. Tompkins were the parents of ten children, Mrs. Ellen Gertrude Kidd and Julia Annie Taylor Jackson, of Charlottesville, Virginia, being the only living members of this once large family.

Fanny (Taylor) Tompkins, wife of Harry Tompkins, and grandmother of Ellen Gertrude (Tompkins) Kidd, was a daughter of Edmund and Ann (Day) Taylor, the latter the daughter of Major Day, who served on General Washington's staff, and his wife, Emetta (Haire) Day. Edmund Taylor was a son of George Edmund and Ann (Lewis) Taylor, grandson of John and Catherine Taylor, and great-grandson of James Taylor, the elder, and his second wife, Mary (Gregory) Taylor.

Fanny Taylor, sixth child and fifth daughter of Edmund and Ann (Day) Taylor, married Harry Tompkins, of Richmond, Virginia. Their son, Edmund William Tompkins, married Julia Mosby Burton.

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