Henry Watkins

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Henry Watkins
Born in Talgarth, Breconshire, S. Walesmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
Died after in Malvern Hills, Henrico Co, VAmap
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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.
  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:[6]
  • 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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All Footnotes

(footnotes following the biography are repeated below)

  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.
  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.
  6. Information copied over by Liz Shifflett on June 10, 2012; probably written by Kay Haden.


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On November 1, 2013 Liz 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 August 29, 2013 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 August 24, 2013 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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