A. F. Watkins D.D.

Alexander Farrar Watkins D.D. (1856 - 1929)

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Rev. Alexander Farrar (A. F.) Watkins D.D.
Born in Natchez, MSmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Arkadelphia (Clark County), Arkansasmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Orleans, LAmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 May 2012
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A.F. Watkins was born in 1856 and passed away in 1929.
Dr. Watkins was president of Millsaps College from 1912 to 1923 (see the Spring-Summer 2010 issue of Millsaps Magazine).
Rev. A.F. Watkins, D.D., was a Methodist Minister and included in the Who's Who of American Methodism.
In a Genealogy/Dates document (see "Sources" below), A.F.'s granddaughter shared the following:
You've heard that AFW used to say that he had 2 sons (Jim and Alec, the oldest of the children), 2 daughters (Elizabeth, called "Sister," - and Olive), and 2 babies (Lucie and Frances). There had been one other son, "Baby Ben," who died at 6 months of age of something like diphtheria. He came after the 2 daughters and before the 2 babies. Mother (EWB) said he was a cute little boy with red hair (the only one of the children who inherited the Watkins red hair) who used to sit in his little swing and laugh a lot. Uncle Alec might have had slightly reddish hair, but I don't think so - not when I knew him, anyway.
Frances always had those big, soulful eyes. A friend, William Hollingsworth (Jackson artist), did a portrait of her which emphasized them.
("Jim" in the above is AFW's son/my mom's Uncle Jim. He was born April 23, 1893 and was named after his grandfather, James Gaulding. He served in the Army in WWI. James Gaulding Watkins is buried in New Mexico.)


Alexander Farrar (A.F.) Watkins is buried in Cedarlawn Cemetery Jackson (Hinds County), Mississippi.

Notes on Data

  • The marriage license was issued and recorded in Arkansas, but family history says they were married in Hinds County, Mississippi, and Mississippi records include their marriage (same date).
  • Death place is correct (he died in a hospital in New Orleans), but he was living in Brookhaven, Mississippi, at the time and is buried in Mississippi.[1]
  • The tombstone shows July 26 as death date, but other documentation indicates July 29.[2]


  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge and various documentation.
  • Genealogy/Dates document written by Betty Noland in 2002 (updated by her in 2006)
  • Watkins Letter
  • Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Find A Grave Memorial #12908230

  1. Information from Genealogy/Dates document (see "Sources" above)
  2. Entered by Liz Shifflett June 16, 2012, while checking data against her Grandmother's DAR application.

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Alexander Watkins Image 1
Alexander Watkins Image 1

A.F. Watkins - tombstone
A.F. Watkins - tombstone

Watkins Letter (jpg)
Watkins Letter (jpg)

1900 Census
1900 Census

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On 4 Feb 2018 at 03:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

obit has 8 Dec. 1856 as date of birth

8 children with Lula; 5 survived him

A. F. is 20 degrees from SJ Baty, 21 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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