Ed Watkins

Edward Watkins (1862 - 1941)

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Edward (Ed) Watkins
Born in Rowlstone Mills, Herefordshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married 1 Apr 1896 in Brisco BCmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Invermere, British Columbia, Canadamap
Profile last modified 21 Jul 2019 | Created 1 Sep 2018
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Biography

Edward (Ed) was born at Rowlstone Mills, Herefordshire England in 1862the son of John Watkins and Frances Webb.[1] Their family lived in Rowlstone, Herefordshire, England.[2] About 1875 his father, John, passed away and the family moved to Lion Row Cottages, Pontrilas, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire.[3] He emigrated to Canada and settled in the Columbia Valley In British Columbia. There he met and married Lavinia Walker in 1896.[4] They had five children and continued to live on the family homestead. [5][6] He was a farmer and cattle rancher.[7][8][9][10][11] Ed passed away in 1941.[12]

Ed's Story

Edward (Ed) was born at Rowlstone Mills, Herefordshire, England in 1862. His parents, John and Frances Watkins had eight children, five sons and three daughters. Ed was the second oldest son. The mill where he was born is a beautiful stone building and the mill is still being used today. After his father died at an early age, the family moved a few miles to Ewes Harold where Frances bought some cottages. The family lived in one of them and the others were rented to tenants.

Because of the financial strain on the family, two of Edward’s brothers, George and William (Will) came to Canada. Ed followed his brothers to Chicago and then to Winnipeg. But he wasn’t impressed with Winnipeg and wanted to press on even the train service ended there. As a consequence he walked the Carleton Trail to Edmonton.

In 1882, he joined he CPR railroad construction crew and helped lay the tracks through to Golden. Then following the Columbia River south, he crossed the Rockies through Crow's Nest Pass to the Waterton Lakes. He then stayed the winter there with a US Indian Scout and local pioneer by the name of Kootenai Brown.

Sometime during this period in his life, it has always been said that he took part in the Riel Rebellion, although it has never been established what his role was. Ed returned to BC by herding 40 head of cattle along what is now the Banff Windermere Highway.

There Ed and his brother, Will went into partnership in a business called the Steamboat Landing Ranch raising and selling horses. This venture was unsuccessful so they switched to cattle.

Ed then homesteaded in Brisco, which is about 40 miles south of Golden in the Columbia Valley where he build his first Canadian home. It was a small log cabin with a sod roof. Although it was supposedly a temporary building it stood for many decades.

Source: Ted Watkins[13]

Birth

  • Birth of Edward Watkins

Rowlstone Mills, Herefordshire, England
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: Edward Watkins
Year of Registration: 1862
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
District: Hereford
County: Herefordshire, Hereford and Worcester, Monmouthshire
Source Information: "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N8L-GXK : 1 October 2014), Edward Watkins, 1862; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

Census, England

  • 1871 census

Rowlstone, Herefordshire, England
Household Members:
Name Age
John Watkins 53
Frances A Watkins 37
Sarah Watkins 12
George Watkins 10
Edward Watkins 8
John Watkins 6
William Watkins 3
Mary Ann Watkins 1
William Farr 60
Source Citation: "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V55K-TJN : 11 December 2017), John Watkins, 1871.

  • 1881 census

Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire, England
Household Members:
Name Age
Frances A. Watkins 47
Sarah Watkins 22
Geo. Watkins 21
Edward Watkins 19
John Watkins 15
Wm. Watkins 13
Mary Ann Watkins 11
Elizth. Watkins 9
Charles Watkins 6
Source Citation: "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27J-LGWB : 30 July 2018), Frances A Watkins, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 18, Piece/Folio 2597/30, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,906.

Marriage

  • Marriage of Edward to Lavinia Watkins

Columbia Valley, CA, British Columbia, Canada
Vital Event Marriage Registration
Groom Name: Edward Watkins
Bride Name: Lavina Walker
Event Date: 1896 4 1 (Yr/Mo/Day)
Event Place: Columbia Valley
Reg. Number: 1896-09-176707
B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B11387
GSU Microfilm Number: 1984108
No image available online. Scanned image attached.
Source: Province of British Columbia, BC Archives. "BC Archives." Search Our Collection - Royal BC Museum. Reg. Number: 1896-09-176707. Accessed September 01, 2018. http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy

Census, Canada

  • 1901 census

Image available online here:
http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000013420.pdf
Province: British Columbia
District Name: Yale and Cariboo
Sub-District Name: Kootenay East - North Riding
Household: Name/Relationship/Age
Edward Watkins: Head, 38
Lavina W Watkins: Wife, 33
John Watkins: Son, 4
Charles Watkins: Son, 1
Source: Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada. March 15, 2016. Accessed September 04, 2018.

  • 1911 Census

Event Place: Kootenay Sub-Districts 1-61, British Columbia, Canada
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Edward Watkins Head Male 49 England
Levinia Watkins Wife Female 44 Ireland
John Watkins Son Male 14 British Columbia
Charles Watkins Son Male 12 British Columbia
Ann Watkins Daughter Female 9 British Columbia
Joseph Watkins Son Male 8 British Columbia
Source: "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-RCSR : 16 March 2018), Edward Watkins, 1911; citing Census, Kootenay Sub-Districts 1-61, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,659.

  • 1921 Census

Image available online here:
http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1921&op=pdf&id=e002870871
Province: British Columbia
District Name: Kootenay East
Sub-District Name: Columbia
Sub-District Description: Brisco (Polling district)
Household: Name/Relationship/Age
Edward Watkins: Head, 58
Levinia Watkins: Wife, 55
Charles Leonard Watkins: Son, 22
Anne Elizabeth Watkins: Daughter, 19
Joseph Edward Watkins: Son, 18
Lloyd George Watkins: Son, 9
Source: Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada. August 30, 2017. Accessed September 01, 2018.

City directory info

  • Farming in the Columbia Valley (city directory info)

Town: Brisco
Directory: Henderson's BC Gazetteer and Directory
Years: 1901-1910
Listing: Watkins Edward farmer

Directory: Wrigley's BC Directory
Year: 1918
Listing: Watkins Ed cattle-ranching

Directory: Wrigley's BC Directory
Years: 1919, 1920
Listing: Watkins Edward, farming

Directory: Wrigley's BC Directory
Years: 1921-1923, 1924, 1925-1932
Listing: Watkins Edward farming

Directory: Sun British Columbia Directory
Years: 1934, 1935, 1936
Listing: Watkins, Edward Ranching

Directory: Sun British Columbia Directory
Years: 1937, 1938, 1939
Listing: Watkins, Edward Farming

Directory: Sun British Columbia Directory
Years: 1940, 1941, 1942
Listing: Watkins, Edw Farming

Source: British Columbia city directories: 1860 to 1955. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://bccd.vpl.ca/.

Death

  • Death of Edward

Invermere, British Columbia, Canada
Vital Event Death Registration
Name: Edward Watkins
Event Date: 1941 12 20 (Yr/Mo/Day)
Age: 79
Gender: male
Event Place: Invermere
Reg. Number: 1941-09-599037
B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13173
GSU Microfilm Number: 1953633
No image available online.
Source: Province of British Columbia, BC Archives. "BC Archives." Search Our Collection - Royal BC Museum. Reg. Number: 1941-09-599037. Accessed September 01, 2018. http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy

  • Burial of Edward

Edward Watkins
Birth: 26 Oct 1862
England
Death: 20 Dec 1941 (aged 79)
Invermere, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial: Saint Mark Cemetery
Spillimacheen, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Memorial ID: 117906165
Source: findagrave.com

Sources

  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N8L-GXK : 1 October 2014), Edward Watkins, 1862; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V55K-TJJ : 11 December 2017), Frances A Watkins in entry for John Watkins, 1871.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27J-LGWB : 30 July 2018), Frances A Watkins, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 18, Piece/Folio 2597/30, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,906.
  4. Province of British Columbia, BC Archives. "BC Archives." Search Our Collection - Royal BC Museum. Reg. Number: 1896-09-176707. Accessed September 01, 2018. http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy.
  5. Archives Canada. "1901 Census. Item: Edward Watkins." Library and Archives Canada. March 15, 2016. Accessed September 04, 2018. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=157885.
  6. "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-RCSR : 16 March 2018), Edward Watkins, 1911; citing Census, Kootenay Sub-Districts 1-61, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,659.
  7. British Columbia city directories: 1860 to 1955: Henderson's BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1910. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://bccd.vpl.ca/.
  8. British Columbia city directories: 1860 to 1955: Wrigley's BC Directory, 1918, 1919, 1920. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://bccd.vpl.ca/.
  9. Archives Canada. "1921 Census. Item: Edward Watkins." Library and Archives Canada. August 30, 2017. Accessed September 01, 2018. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1921/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=4477336.
  10. British Columbia city directories: 1860 to 1955: Wrigley's BC Directory, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://bccd.vpl.ca/.
  11. British Columbia city directories: 1860 to 1955: Sun BC and Yukon Directory, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://bccd.vpl.ca/.
  12. Province of British Columbia, BC Archives. "BC Archives." Search Our Collection - Royal BC Museum. Reg. Number: 1941-09-599037. Accessed September 01, 2018. http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy.
  13. "Background: The Watkins Family." My Story The Brisco Years. January 25, 2015. Accessed September 16, 2018. https://reddragon17.wordpress.com/about/

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