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Katherine (Pride) Watkins (1642 - 1703)

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Katherine Watkins formerly Pride
Born in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of and [half]
Wife of — married before 1670 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Malvern Hills, Henrico, Colony of Virginiamap
Profile last modified 13 May 2019 | Created 18 Jan 2011
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- see note below



Katherine Pride was born about 1642, Curles MM, Henrico Count, Virginia. She married Henry Watkins around 1658.[1] Some researchers believe Katherine's maiden name was Pride; other researchers believe there is confusion with another Henry Watkins (a son) who married a woman whose surname was Pride. They had several children. Katherine Watkins died in 1703, Malvern Hills, Virginia.[2]

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...

Katherine (Pride) Watkins, "was raped by John Long (Mulatto Jack), a slave of a neighbor."[3]

Can anyone provide documentation for this marriage of Henry Watkins and Katherine Pride?

Notes from a previous merge (6/12/12)

Note that Kay Haden spelled Katherine with a K and speculated that her last name was Pride.

Notes included in the merged file:[4]

  • 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.
  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-119278 created through the import of Haden for WikiTree.ged on Oct 10, 2011 by Kay Haden. Profile merged into Unknown-55160 on 6/12/2012 was "Possibly Pride-1," which Kay Haden created and merged Unknown-119278 into.[5]

Family according to previous profile

(carl&elaine_(grove)_rhodes-10-2-2010.ged for Pride-20)

Husband: Henry Watkins
Wife: Katherine Pride
Date: Bef 1670
Child: Henry Watkins
Child: Elizabeth Watkins
Child: Edward Watkins
Child: Thomas Watkins
Child: Mary Watkins
Child: William Watkins
Child: Joseph Watkins
Child: Rachel Watkins

Merged Profiles

  • The WikiTree profile Pride-13 was created through the import of Shortened files.ged on 30 December 2010.
  • This person was created through the import of Alvis families 9a.ged on 18 January 2011.
  • The WikiTree Profile Pride-20 was created through the import of carl&elaine_(grove)_rhodes-10-2-2010.ged on 09 March 2011.
  • This person was created through the import of LaBach Family TreeApril28_2011.ged on 05 May 2011.
  • Pride-117 was created by Ila East through the import of East.ged on March 9, 2013.
  • The WikiTree profile Pride-33 created through the import of Jennett.GED on Jun 29, 2011 by Jim Jennett.
  • The WikiTree profiles [Pride-34 and Pride-35 were created through the import of Low Family Tree.ged on July 4, 2011 by Robert Low.
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To Be Incorporated

following is the text from the WikiTree profile Pride-289 (see this page for pre-merge changes to that profile). It was created by Eric Davis January 2016 & the 1st-person narrative makes it difficult to incorporate. I have it on my to-do list but don't know when I'll get back to it. If someone wants to edit it to be facts/source, that would be great. Thanks! ~ Noland-165 09:53, 19 February 2016 (EST)

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:

KATHERINE WATKINS' CASE, 1681. - Henrico County Deed Book, 1677-1692, 192-195

The examination of Katherine Watkins, the wife of Henry Watkins of Henrico County in Virginia had and taken this 13 of September 1681 before us William Byrd and John Farrar two of his Majesties Justices of the County aforesaid as followeth (vizt.)

The said Katherine aforesaid on her Oath and examination deposeth, That on fryday being in the Month of August aboute five weeks since, the said Katherine mett with John Long (A Mulatto Belonging to Capt. Thomas Cocke) at or neare the pyney slash betweene the aforesaid Cokes and Henry Watkins house, and at the same tyme and place, the said John threw the said Katherine downe (He starting from behind a tree) and stopped her Mouth with a handkerchief, and tooke up the said Katherines Coates [i.e., petticoats], and putt his yard into her and ravished her; Upon which she the said Katherine Cryed out (as she deposeth) and afterwards (being rexuced by another Negroe of the said Cockes named Jack White) she departed home, and the said John departed to his Masters likewise, or that way; after which abuse she the said Katherine declares that her husband, inclinable to the Quakers, and therefore would not prosecute, and she being sicke and her Children likewise, she therefore did not make her complaint before she went to Lt. Col. Farrass, which was yesterday, morning, and this day in the morning she went to William Randolphs' and found him not at home. But at night met with the gentlemen Justices aforesaid at the house of the aforesaid Cocke in Henrico County in Virginia aforeaid before whom she hath made this complaint upon oath . . .

(my note: and here we get the other side of the story:)

The deposition of John Aust aged 32 yeares or thereabouts Deposeth, that on fryday being the twelvth of August or thereabouts he came to the house of Mr. Thomas Cocke, and soe went into his Orchard where his servants were a cutting downe weeds, whoe asked the deponent to stay and drinke, soe the deponent stayed and dranke syder with them, and Jacke a Mulatto of the said Thomas Cocke went in to draw syder, and he stay'd something long whereupon the deponent followed him and coming to the doore where the syder was, heard Katherine the wife of henry Watkins say (Lord) Jacke what makes thee refreaine our house that you come not oftner, for come when thou wilt thou shalt be as well come as any of My owne Children, and soe she tooke him aobut the necke and Kissed him, and Jacke went out and drawed Syder, and she said Jack wilt thout not drinke to me, who sayd yes if you will goe out where our Cupp is, and a little after she came out, where the said Thomas Cockes negroes were a drinking and there dranke cupp for cupp with them (as others there did) and as she sett Negroe dirke passing by her she tooke up the taile of his shirt (saying) Dirke thou wilt have a good long thing, and soe did several tymes as he past by her; after this she went into the roome where the syder was and then came out agine, and between the two houses she mett Mulatto Jacke a going to draw more syder and putt her hand on his codpiece, at which he smil'd, and went on his way and drew syder and she came againe into the company but stay'd not long but went out to drinking with two of the said Thomas Cockes Negroes by the garden pale, And a while after she tooke Mingoe one of the said Cocke's Negroes about the Necke and fling on the bedd and Kissed him and putt her hand into his Codpeice, Awhile after Mulatto Jacke went into the Fish roome and she followed him, but what they did there this deponent knoweth not for it being near night this deponent left her and the Negroes together, (He thinking her to be much in drinke) and soe this deponent went home about one houre by sunn . . .

"In 1679 he received a patent for 170 acres of land on the north side of James River in Henrico Co. adjoining land of John Lewis, Mr. Cocke, and Mr. Beauchamp, and touching the 'three runs' of Turkey Island Creek." So, (Capt. Thomas) Cocke, was indeed a neighbor, and apparently the owner of the slaves involved in this case with Katherine Watkins.

Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Henrico County, Goochland ... By Louise Pledge Heath Foley:

HALCOAT PRIDE was living in Goochland County, February 1724, when Thomas Locket had 900 acres on north side of Appomattock River, adjacent to Halcoat Pride, on the south side the main Butterwood Creek, along with Samuel Hancock and Arthur Moseley.

JOHN PRIDE, 400 acres (N.L.), HENRICO COUNTY on the main branch of Swift Creek, above the Beaver Ponds, crossing Genetoe Br., 9 July 1724, pg 6 40 Shill.

James Akin, 100 acres, Goochland County, north side of Appamattock River, adjacent HALCOATE PRIDE and Thomas Locket, on east side of a branch of Butterwood Creek, Arthur Moseley, on south side of a branch of Swift Creek, and JOHN PRIDE'S LINE, 26 June 1731, p. 195, 5 lbs money.

Joseph Baugh, 400 acres, Goochland County, on south side of Swift Creek, adj. JOHN PRIDE and Thomas Baugh, 17 Sept 1731, pg. 369, 40 shillings.


1) Henry (Jr.) WATKINS (b.1660-Henrico County,VA d.1714/1715-Henrico County,VA) | sp: Mary CRISPE/CREWS 2) Elizabeth WATKINS (b.Abt 1669-Henrico County,VA) | sp: John BOTTOMS/BOTTOMLEY (b.Abt 1665 m.1692) 3) Rachel WATKINS (b.Abt 1670-Henrico County,VA d.Bef 1729) | sp: Robert (Jr.) (called himself Sr.) WOODSON (b.Abt 1660 m.Abt 1710 d.1729-Henrico County,VA) 4) THOMAS "of Swift Creek" WATKINS * (b.1672-Malvern Hills Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.1760-Cumberland Cty,VA) | sp: Elizabeth PRIDE * (b.Abt 1688-Swift Creek,Chesterfield,VA) 5) Edward WATKINS (b.Abt 1676 d.1771-Cumberland Cty,VA) | sp: (unknown) | sp: Mary Bishop TAYLOR PENDLETON (m.Abt 1723) | sp: (third wife of Edward Watkins-unknown) 6) Joseph WATKINS (b.Henrico County,VA d.1723-Henrico County,VA) | sp: Anne 7) William WATKINS (b.1685/1690-Curles Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.Abt 1781-Cornwall Parish; Charlotte County,VA) sp: Martha HERNDON (m.Abt 1726 d.1781)


  1. another source had marriage "before 1670"
  2. 1703 from Pride-34; Pride-13 had 1680
  3. from Carl Rhodes' notes on husband Henry. Somewhere along the way, I recall seeing an account that Katherine had been drinking and had been a willing participant, and that her family moved away after the incident, although I've misplaced that account and can't find any support for it (including any evidence that the family moved in 1681).
  4. Information copied over by Liz Shifflett on June 12, 2012. First note probably written by Kay Haden; second was automatically generated, with Possibly Pride-1 annotation added by Liz Shifflett.
  5. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kay and others.

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On 19 Aug 2016 at 01:36 GMT Nancy (Gullans) Sluder wrote:

Pride-264 and Pride-13 appear to represent the same person because: same parents. same birth and death location. dates don't match

On 17 Feb 2016 at 00:57 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Pride-289 and Pride-13 appear to represent the same person because: -289 should not be private, married the same man as Pride-13 merge proposed.

Katherine is 19 degrees from Cari Starosta, 15 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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