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Henry Watkins (1638 - aft. 1715)

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Henry Watkins
Born in Talgarth, Brecknockshire, S. Walesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
Died after in Malvern Hills, Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Biography

Henry Watkins was born about 1638[1] in Wales.[2] He married Katherine (also spelled Catherine), whose last name may have been Pride (see note under Watkins-1009 below). Henry was a Quaker and lived in Malvern Hills, Virginia, which is also referred to in records as Malborn Hills and Mamburne Hills. Turkey Island Creek and Malvern Hills were located in the southernmost part of Henrico County.
Henry's wife Katherine may not have been a Quaker. The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers, included the following:
Two years later, in 1681, a Quaker child aggravated the Henrico County court by refusing to take the oath as a witness. The case was a rape case and the complainant was Katherine Watkins, who was not a Quaker herself although married to Henry Watkins, Quaker of Malvern Hill...
On January 25, 1692, Henry Watkins divided it up between his five sons, William, Joseph, Edward, Henry, and Thomas, as a gift.[3]
Whether the same or additional lands, HENRICO CO VA DEEDS 1677-1705, Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1986, has two entries (p 68/267 and 68/268) that pertain to the division of land:
20 Jan 1691/2 Henry Watkins Sr of Henrico Co for love & affection to my sons William, Edward and Joseph Watkins, a tract on S side Chickahominy Swamp, to be divided to each 120 acres with William's next to Edward Finch, Joseph next and Edward's being the lower part. Signed: Henry (H) Watkins. Wit: Tho. Charles, Hannah (X) Charles
25 Jan 1691/2 Henry Watkins Sr for love & affection to my sons Henry and Thomas Watkins, tract where I now live; also to Thomas, 200 acres on Three Runs. Signed: Henry (H) Watkins. Wit: Tho Charles, Hannah (X) Charles. Both deeds of gift recorded 1 Feb 1691.
In 1707, both father and son witnessed a sale by "John Pleasants of Henrico... Henry (H) Watkins Sr, Henry (H) Watkins Jr. Signed: John Pleasants, Dorothy Pleasant.Henry (H) Watkins" (HENRICO CO VIRGINIA DEEDS 1706-1737, Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1985, p 8/62)
Both this Henry and his son of the same name may have died around the same time, and often are given the same death date by descendants: February 7, 1715. The son's will, dated November 15, 1714, and recorded February 7, 1715, named his wife Mary and sons: John, Benjamin, Joseph, Henry & Stephen. A record February 6, 1715,[4] shows "Henry Watkins of Henrico Co for love & affection to Thomas, son of my son Thomas Watkins, 1 feather bed & bolster, 1 yarn sett rug, 1 pr. Nine quarter blankets, 1 pr sheets. Signed: Henry (H) Watkins. Wit: John Tocker, Humphry (X) Smith" - some researchers contend this must be the father, as the son would not have had a grandchild in 1715 and "Quaker records note his passing in January of 1715."[5] Although the son's will, which was recorded February 7, 1715, does not mention a son Thomas, it's possible that Henry and Mary had a grandson by a son no longer with them (assuming the 1680 marriage year for them is fairly accurate).

  1. On April 1, 1678, testified in Henrico County Court that he was "aged 40 yeares." (from Carl Rhodes' notes on this Henry)
  2. profile had Brechnochchire; changed in response to a note from Glenn Kittredge, August 29, 2013: There is no Brechnochchire in Wales but there is a Breconshire and some sources have that as the place of birth. Feb. 19, 2016: Changed back to Brecknockshire (corrected spelling) & added Category: Brecknockshire, Wales.
  3. "it" being land he had acquired. Statement from Carl Rhodes' page on Henry, which also states that he had acquired a large piece of land near the western edge of settlement along the Chickahominy river and 60 acres near his old farm in the Turkey Island Creek watershed.
  4. HENRICO CO VIRGINIA DEEDS 1706-1737, Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1985, p 47/68
  5. reported as "1714/15, 11, 7. Henry Watkins, overseer of Curles Meeting is deceased; Joseph Pleasants appointed in his place." from ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUAKER GENEALOGY, 1750-1930; Vol VI, Henrico Monthly Meeting. However, the Curles Meeting minutes for "the 11th of the 12 mo 1714" (February 11, 1714/15) note the son's death.

Notes

One of the merged profiles, created through the import of The Alvis families 9a.ged, had Mary (Watkins-267) Hutchins as a daughter of the younger Henry and his wife Mary Crispe. Based on estimated ages, this is a possibility, but barring additional support, Mary was moved to be the daughter of this Henry, making her the younger Henry's sister instead of his daughter.
Another merged profile (Watkins-387, created through the import of carl&elaine_(grove)_rhodes-10-2-2010.ged), listed the burial place as Turkey Island, Henrico Co, VA. This ged also had marriage to Katherine Pride before 1670 and the following children:
Henry Watkins
Elizabeth Watkins
Edward Watkins
Thomas Watkins
Mary Watkins
William Watkins
Joseph Watkins
Rachel Watkins
Notes from WikiTree profile Watkins-1009 included the following, with the reference: Information copied over by Liz Shifflett on June 10, 2012; probably written by Kay Haden.
  • Katherine's surname is not proved. Only mention of her given name is on a Henrico Deed Sep 1681. It's also possible Henry had more than one wife. Henry's son is said to have married Elizabeth Pride so perhaps that's the origin of the possible surname for Katherine.

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Following text from Watkins-4169, which was merged into Watkins-270 on February 16, 2016.

HENRY WATKINS is documented in Henrico County, Virginia. He was a Quaker, a member of the Society of Friends, and appears in officials records in Henrico County, VA as early as 1677. One quote says: "One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point of view of economic, social and political development is the distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor."

1677: assisted Richard Cocke, Col. Ligon, and Gilbert Jones in the survey of “Mawburne Hills,” which he owned. 1678: Henry Watkins paid tithes in Varina parish. 1679: Deed patented for 170 acres of land on the north side of the James River in Henrico County. Henry Watkins held land in the "Turkey Island" district of eastern Henrico County, north of the James River, when a militia roll was taken in June 1679. 1684: Fined for continuing in his Quakerism. 1690: Purchased 360 acres of land in Varina Parish, Henrico Co, south side of Chickahominy Swamp from Lyonel Morris. That same year, he bought 60 acres of land adjoining his own land and touching a run of Turkey Island Creek.

His religion, at times, caused him to clash with the ruling authorities in Virginia. In 1660, the Virginia Assembly passed a strict law against Quakers, who they described as “"... an unreasonable and turbulent sort of people, who daily gather together unlawful assemblies of people, teaching lies, miracles, false visions, prophecies, and doctrines tending to disturb the peace, disorganize Society and destroy the peace, disorganize society and destroy all laws, and government, and religion.” You’ll find many mentions of Henry Watkins in "Quaker Records of Henrico Monthly Meeting" by F. Edward Wright. When his wife was assaulted, he refused to prosecute the criminal because the law required actions contrary to the Quaker doctrine. In 1661 an act was passed that anyone who failed to attend services of the established church for a period of one month would be subject to a fine. And again in 1666 an act was passed imposing fines on 'refractory persons' for failure to comply with the militia laws and regulations. In 1684 Henry Watkins was fined by the court for "continuing in his Quakerisms." His fine was later remitted. Other Quaker families in the area were the Pleasant’s, “Makeney’s,” and the Woodson’s.

One thing that endears Henry Watkins, to me, is his disbursement of his lands to his children prior to his death. He mentions his love for his children when he gave land to each of his sons on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp in 1691/2. The tradition of primogeniture was still common in the early colonies. However, by making a will you could distribute your property as you saw fit. Henry went even further than this when he partitioned his land to his sons prior to his death. I feel it showed a great deal of confidence in the ability and integrity of his sons.

In January 1691/2, he gifted, “With love and affection,” the following to his sons: · William: 120 acres next to Edward Finch · Joseph: 120 acres “in the lower part” · Edward: 120 acres “in the lower part” · Henry (Jr.): “the tract where I now live” · Thomas: 200 acres on “Three Runs”

Some sources state that Henry was born about 1638 in Wales, possibly in Talgarth, Brecknockshire, South Wales. I have done some minimum research on Talgarth, and can find no mention of a Henry Watkins, although there was fairly large Watkins family living in that area. I can provide those notes to anyone who is interested).

Henry Watkins died about 1691. For the longest, I believed Henry died in 1714/1715, but now I don’t believe that is true. We know Henry Watkins, Jr. died at that time. My reason for stating that Henry died in 1691 is from the application of Miss Jamie HESS who gave the following lineage as a Daughter of the Pilgrims (apparently providing proofs of the same):

I. HENRY WATKINS (1) born in Wales, 1600, was Burgess of Henrico Co, VA, 1623, listed as dead same year, References provided: Copies with applications of family records, wills and deeds filed with application. Virginia House of Burgesses, 1619-1658 II. HENRY WATKINS (1637-will 1691) III. HENRY WATKINS (1660-1714) m. 1680 Mary ----- IV. THOMAS WATKINS (1691-1760. wife unknown V. BENJAMIN WATKINS ( __ - WILL 1753); married Jane Watkins (___-will 1778) VI. LYDIA WATKINS (1759- __) married JOHN JOHNSON (1738-1827) VII. JANE JOHNSON (177201846) married HENSON JOHNSON (1763-1827) [which was child of Lydia & John?!] VIII. ELIZABETH JOHNSON (1808-1857) married 1826 JOHN LEMON (1804-1881) IX. MARTHA EMELINE LEMON (1842-1918) married GEORGE PHILIP HESS (1836-1897) X. EDWARD DANIEL HESS (1862-1897) m. 1892 THEODOCIA MILLER (1873-1941) XI. Miss JAMIE HESS, 5825 ½ Victor Street, Dallas, TX, recorded 1952 in Texas.

I do believe we can safely state that Henry died at his plantation near “Malvern Hills,” in Henrico County. I have never seen a copy of his will. All I know is that it particularly left bequests to his grandson Thomas Watkins, son of Henry: 1 feather bed and bolster, 1 yarn "sett rugg", 1 pair nine quarter blankets, 1 pair sheets.


HENRY married CATHERINE. Her last name has been assumed to be “Pride.” Oddly, I have never seen any proof that was her last name. I also don’t know if she survived Henry. Catherine is “infamous” in her own way, and since it’s important to provide all information, good and bad, there is the following:

Sources

  1. On April 1, 1678, testified in Henrico County Court that he was "aged 40 yeares." (from Carl Rhodes' notes on this Henry)
  2. profile had Brechnochchire; changed in response to a note from Glenn Kittredge, August 29, 2013: There is no Brechnochchire in Wales but there is a Breconshire and some sources have that as the place of birth. Feb. 19, 2016: Changed back to Brecknockshire (corrected spelling) & added Category: Brecknockshire, Wales.
  3. "it" being land he had acquired. Statement from Carl Rhodes' page on Henry, which also states that he had acquired a large piece of land near the western edge of settlement along the Chickahominy river and 60 acres near his old farm in the Turkey Island Creek watershed.
  4. HENRICO CO VIRGINIA DEEDS 1706-1737, Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1985, p 47/68
  5. reported as "1714/15, 11, 7. Henry Watkins, overseer of Curles Meeting is deceased; Joseph Pleasants appointed in his place." from ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUAKER GENEALOGY, 1750-1930; Vol VI, Henrico Monthly Meeting. However, the Curles Meeting minutes for "the 11th of the 12 mo 1714" (February 11, 1714/15) note the son's death.




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On 17 Feb 2016 at 00:54 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Watkins-4169 and Watkins-270 appear to represent the same person because: stories/biographies on both profiles indicate they are the same person

On 12 Aug 2014 at 01:35 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I removed Rachel as Henry's wife (she was shown as both Henry's wife and his mother - left over from a bad merge that I thought I had finished "unmerging").

On 1 Nov 2013 at 05:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

http://oursoutherncousins.com/watkins.html has information from an application for a Daughter of the Pilgrims that shows a 1691 will for this Henry (which works with the 1691/2 record of gifting to his sons, but doesn't work with the 1707 sale that both Senior and Junior witnessed)

On 29 Aug 2013 at 18:26 GMT Glenn Kittredge wrote:

There is no Brechnochchire in Wales but there is a Breconshire and some sources have that as the place of birth.

On 24 Aug 2013 at 18:02 GMT Glenn Kittredge wrote:

I didn't match up my William with yours because of the date discrepancy. However I don't have any sources. Some people think Henry was born in Malvern Hills but the lineage is different.



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