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Henry Watkins Jr. (1660 - 1715)

Henry Watkins Jr.
Born in Malvern Hills, Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 1680 in Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Died in Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Henry Watkins, son of Henry and Katherine was born around 1660. Both he and his father appear in Quaker records for Henrico County, Virginia, which noted that "Henry Watkins, overseer of Curles Meeting is deceased" February 7, 1715.[1] Will records show that his wife Mary was named "to be Executrix" on a document dated November 15, 1714, and recorded February 7, 1715, which named his sons: John, Benjamin, Joseph, Henry & Stephen.

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Fraud Category: I believe Category: Media Research Bureau, Washington, DC, Fraud was added to this profile as being one of the surnames "affected" by the said fraud. I removed it because I feel it is misleading to have a fraud category on a profile for a legitimate person. See the category page for more information. ~ Liz Shifflett, 17 October 2018

I asked Ellen Smith about it (who had added the category) and received a lengthy reply on my profile page. Bottom line - the category was added because one of the leads posted was from the Media Research Bureau. As the lead was just that - a lead and not a source - it was deleted. Problem solved :D

Considering all the different profiles, leads, and sources, I believe that this profile is as accurate as possible for the parents, birth, marriage, children, and death of this Henry Watkins. ~ Liz Shifflett
  • Carl Rhodes had wife as Mary Crews, married about 1680 in Henrico Co., VA
  • I'm not so certain about the siblings listed.
Information that had been entered by Kay Haden:
  • ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUAKER GENEALOGY, 1750-1930; Vol VI, Henrico Monthly Meeting: 1714/15, 11, 7. Henry Watkins, overseer of Curles Meeting is deceased; Joseph Pleasants appointed in his place.
  • COLONIAL WILLS OF HENRICO CO VA 1654-1731, Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1976; Wills & Deeds 1714-1718; p.10:
Will of Henry Wadkins. Wife, Mary, plantation for life. Sons: John, Benjamin, Joseph, Henry & Stephen who gets one cow and other items at age 21. Wife to be Executrix. 15 Nov 1714. Wit: Thos. Edwards, Allen Tye, Robert Woodson Jr. Rec. 7 Feb 1715.


  • The Watkins Family and the Society of Friends (widow Mary married Edward Mosley [Mosby?] November 15, 1716; Henry & Mary's son John married Sarah Butler February 4, 1720)
  • Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly
  • "Henrico County, Virginia: Beginnings of Its Families: Part IV" by William Clayton Torrence. The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jul., 1916), pp. 52-58. Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Article DOI: 10.2307/1915104. (Article Stable URL:
  • Descendants of William Watkins (b 1515, Wales) - I think the following series of reference notes from that site are particularly worthy of further exploration:
Henry Watkins, Jr. was born 1637/1638 in Charles City Co., VA. per the book, "Henry Watkins of Henrico Counry" compiled by Jane McMurtry Allen - 1985. There is a lot of confusion about Henry Watkins of Henrico Co., VA. I [author of the site] believe there were two or maybe three Henry Watkins of Henrico County born about the same time. Jane in her book has started with Henry Watkins, of South Wales. This Henry was first of the Eastern Shore, then settled in Charles City Co, VA
Ref: THE REGISTER OF THE KENTUCKY STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY; Frankfort, Kentucky, Vol 7, No. 21- 1909 states that the James Watkins that came with Capt John Smith had a son Henry; Henry I. His son, Henry II, had a son Henry Watkins III who married Mary Crisp. Henry III was a burgess and owned "Marbvern Hill" (Trabue Family).
Ref: OUR KIN by W.H. and Edna Anderson Manning states that there was a Thomas Watkins born 1600 emigrated to Virginia in 1635 on the ship "Constance" the Captain was Clement: married Faith. They had four sons: Richard born abt 1635 died 1681, Henry born 1637 moved to Henrico Co. in 1675 bought land, Turkey Island, had relationship to Senator Henry Clay (Great great grandson), William born abt 1639 died 1703, Thomas born abt 1645 died 1717. So it looks like I have three choices for a starting point.


  1. Curles Meeting Minutes in 1709 named Henry Watkins Jr. as overseer. This quote is from ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUAKER GENEALOGY, 1750-1930; Vol VI, Henrico Monthly Meeting. The Curles Meeting minutes for "the 11th of the 12 mo 1714" (February 11, 1714/15) note the son's death. I think the date attributed to the Henrico Monthly Meeting (1714/15, 11, 7) was mistranscribed somewhere along the line.
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ah. The problem was with the "Lead" posted that cited Category: Media Research Bureau, Washington, DC, Fraud. I've deleted that lead & edited the note about the fraud category.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
just noticed Ellen's comment about not removing the fraud category - I posted to her profile asking about that.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Just an updated note for this profile. The placement of a fraud category does not indicate the person did not exist. It means he or she was included in a fraudulent genealogy, do readers should be aware while researching the person. The category is typically associated with a particular fraudster.
posted by Jillaine Smith
I have put a disputed origins on his father Henry Watkins-270 and suggested that the parents be removed
posted by Malcolm Hoare
a son James was just attached - any support for him? His profile has only Ancestry links (I'm not a member, so I can't tell if those links lead to actual sources or not).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I am adding Category: Media Research Bureau, Washington, DC, Fraud to this profile to alert people interested in this profile to the possibility that information about this man and his family (whether in this profile or found in another source) may have been contaminated by Media Research Bureau fraud.

Please do not remove the category.

posted by Ellen Smith
See which documents Media Research Bureau as a fraudulent company which was forced out of business.
posted by John Beardsley
update: Pretty sure all the profiles for Joseph are attached to correct parents (where attached) and in proposed merges as appropriate.

Two Joseph sons... one is son of Henry jr. I'll work on that Sunday.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
see Henrico County, Virginia: Beginnings of Its Families: Part IV

William Clayton Torrence The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jul., 1916), pp. 52-58 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Article DOI: 10.2307/1915104 Article Stable URL:

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
oh dear. Watkins-1262 shouldn't have been merged. It was for a Henry Watkins Jr. born about 1700, and father - at a stretch - of John Watkins b 1753. He may be a grandson of this Henry, but definitely not a duplicate.

I think I've removed all his information.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett has information from an application for a Daughter of the Pilgrims that supports 1680 marriage (and more)
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

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