Booklet compiled by the Watkins Family in 1975.
Locations: Mostly Mississippi.
Descendants of Certain Branches of the Line of William Hamilton Watkins, D.D.
(1815 - 1881)
From the booklet: Sources for data prior to 1925: Records by Janie H. Watkins Morehead and Alexander F. Watkins; a Family Bible and records in the Mississippi Archives of History, copied from that Bible by Miss Mary Berry. Later material has been compiled by Marguerite Watkins Goodman and printed by Richard and Selby Watkins McRae. ... On the following pages, we are attempting to complete family records - as of 1971-75 - of three of the sons of William H. and Elizabeth Watkins:
- Thomas Henry Watkins (1848-1894), married in 1868 to Julia Herring Brown (1851-1913)
- Alexander Farrar Watkins (1856-1929), married in 1892 to Lula Gaulding (1871-1958)
- Benjamin Drake Watkins (1862-1904), married in 1889 to Eloise America Renner (1866-1891)
- I have a copy of this booklet and can do lookups for these families. My copy includes annotations and additions made by my mother (granddaughter of Alexander Farrar Watkins). You can request a lookup by posting a message here or on my profile page, or you can send me a private message (click the link for that above).
- The name Watkins indicates Welsh descent and there is probably no doubt of the authenticity of the tradition that the original American Watkinses came from Wales. The earliest record of the name is that of James Watkins, one of the emigrants in the Phoenix about 1607 or '8, who seems to have been associated with "Captaine John Smith" in his adventures and voyages of discovery "of the Chesapeak Bay" and elsewhere. An equally trust-worthy tradition has it that they were "tray-makers". Our branch of the family traces its origin to John Watkins, born in Powhatan County, Virginia, about 1750. He moved from Virginia to Georgia about the opening of the Revolutionary War. He was married to Nancy Crutchfield, whether before or after his coming to Georgia is uncertain. He had a daughter living in Burnswick [sic] County, Virginia, in 1830. Whether she had married and remained in Virginia when her father moved to Georgia, or born in Georgia, had married and returned to Virginia, does not appear. Her name was Betsy Scarborough. Asa Watkins, the son of John and Nancy Crutchfield Watkins, was born in Burke County, Georgia, February 17, 1777. The record speaks of two other daughters of John Watkins, a Mrs. Dye and a Mrs. Dillard, both of whom lived in Georgia in the vicinity of Augusta. Asa Watkins came from Georgia to Mississippi in 1802, and settled upon a tract of land of two hundred fifty acres, more or less, bounded on the north by the Rodney road, on the east by the lands of Israel Coleman, on the south and west by the property of Willis McDonald. It was in Jefferson County and was located approximately equidistant from Rodney, Port Gibson and Fayette. His first dwelling, a log cabin, was said to have been built on a level space some two hundred years [sic; hand-corrected to "yards"] east of the bayou that, beginning on the Rodney road just in front of the old Fellowship Baptist Church, extended in a southerly direction and constituted, in part, the western boundary of his land.
- From The Watkins Family by Dr. Alexander F. Watkins, c. 1927.
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On 7 Sep 2015 at 22:48 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote: