William Hamilton Watkins was born in 1815 and passed away in 1881. He was a prominent Methodist minister.
The following biography is from Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967, by James B. Lloyd:
William Hamilton Watkins: 1815-1881. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Watkins, William Hamilton Watkins was born in Jefferson County, Mississippi, on 11 April 1815. Largely self-taught, he entered the Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Church in December, 1835, serving in various pulpits in Mississippi before moving to New Orleans (1837-46). During his tenure in New Orleans he married Elizabeth Johnson (18 December 1842); he returned to Mississippi in 1846, where he remained until his death in Jackson on 5 February 1881. From centenary College, where he was President for two years after the War between the States, he received an honorary D.D. Shortly after his death many of his sermons were collected and published, together with biographical memoirs.
In Memoriam: Life and Labors of the Rev. William Hamilton Watkins, Nashville: Southern Methodist Publishing House, 1886.
The 1870 Census for Natchez (Adams County), Mississippi, showed the following in the household with William (59, born Mississippi) and Elizabeth (52, born England):
William and Elizabeth were in Jackson (Hinds County), Mississippi, for the 1880 Census, where daughters Hattie, Olive, and Lizzie were living with them. Some of the ages are a bit odd, as 10 years have passed since the 1870 Census, but William aged 6 years (65) and Hattie is shown as being 40. Olive, 25, in 1880 is probably 16-year-old Ellie in the 1870 Census.
The 1850 Census for the family, in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, showed that Hattie was Elizabeth's daughter from a previous marriage, listing her as Harriet O. Johnson (age 11). William was shown as 35 years old. Also listed in the 1850 Census were W.H. Watkins Jr. (age 4), born in Louisiana. Thomas H. Watkins (age 2) and John M. Watkins (4/12) were both born in Mississippi.
Source of Jefferson County for birth place from Watkins Letter (see "Sources" below). Lorman added based on Elizabeth Brien's DAR application.
Sources noted in (excellent) biography on Find A Grave:
For the date and place of Rev. Watkins' marriage [18 December 1842 at New Orleans, Louisiana], see Watkins-Johnson marriage announcement, _Daily Picayune_, New Orleans, La., 22 December 1842, page , col. 5. [Rev. W. M. Curtis officiated at the ceremony. Jefferson County, Mississippi, was identified as Rev. Watkins' residence; New Orleans was identified as Mrs. Johnson's residence.]
For Rev. Watkins' death, see "Death of Dr. Watkins," _Vicksburg Daily Commercial_, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 11 February 1881, page , col. 1.
For Rev. Watkins' funeral service, see "The Late Rev. Wm. H. Watkins," _Vicksburg Daily Commercial_, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 5 April 1881, page , col. 2.
For Rev. Watkins' burial service, see "City Affairs," _Vicksburg Daily Commercial_, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 9 April 1881, page , col. 2.
↑ Entered by Liz Shifflett, May 31, 2012; updated June 3, 2012, and January 5, 2013.
↑Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967, by James B. Lloyd (page 455)
↑ 1870 Census, Natchez (Adams County), Mississippi
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with William: