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WATKINS FAMILY 

'of ' 

North Carolina 

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Particularly Enumerating Those Descendants 
— of— 

LEVIN WATKINS 

of Duplin County, N. C. 

Who Emigrated to Alabama and Mississippi Early in 
The Nineteenth Century. 



—BY- 
WILLIAM B. WATKINS 
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CHAPTER I. ** I • 
Since the days of my early youth, I have taken a keen 
interest in any narrative that purported to be anything 
of a "family history" or that had to do with the exploits 
of those of the name who have lived and died in the 
years gone by. Unfortunately I did not during the life- 
time of my father, or of others from whom I could have 
learned much, attempt to record any of the memorials 
of their virtues or even to trace out the genealogy of 
our family. The matter has pressed itself on my atten- 
tion until in recent years, in a limited way, and as oc- 
casional opportunity would permit, I have endeavored to 
learn at least the names and as much of the history of 
my paternal kindred as a busy life would permit. 

It having been my purpose to publish the results of 
my inquiries only for the benefit of my family and for 
circulation among my friends, I can with propriety say 
that my family pride has not suffered from the informa- 
tion I have been able to gather. It must, indeed, be a 
laudable purpose for any father to cherish the hope that 
he might, by pointing out family virtues to his children 
and other younger members of the family, direct them 
to the accomplishment of only the worthy and noble 
things in life. 

The Watkins name is commonly met with throughout 
the South and, to a large extent, throughout the North. 
Many distinguished men of the name have crowded the 
avenues of both public and private life, both before and 
since the War of the Revolution. In early Colonial times 
many of the name were conspicuous for acts of patriotic 
devotion to their country, especially in Virginia and the 






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4 WATKINS FAMILY HISTORY 

Carolinas. The records show that many were active 
in resisting the oppressions of the Colonies by the Kins^ 
of England and in the gaining of our National Inde- 
pendence, It is beyond the purpose of this paper to 
even attempt to enumerate the many Watkins and kin- 
dred families who contributed worthy sons to our cause 
during the Revolution, or who were true to the best in- 
terests of the country in the years of its early history. 
So, also, it is beyond the scope of this effort to attempt 
anything like a complete genealogical record of that 
branch of the Watkins family to which my family be- 
longs. I shall be compelled to leave the further pursuit 
of that undertaking to some other member who may, per- 
chance, have the time and inclination to follow it with 
greater zeal than I have been able to put into it. 

I have been much interested in a short history of the 
descendants of one Thomas Watkins, of Chickahomony, 
Virginia, written and first pubhshed by Mr. Francis N. 
Watkins, of Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1852. I 
have also read with interest the genealogical records and 
historical facts of certain of the Watkins families in 
Colonel James Edmonds Saunders' "Early Settlers of 
(North) Alabama," published by Col. Saunders' daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth Saunders Blair Stubbs, which for the most 
part has to do with those families who emigrated from 
Virginia to Georgia and North Alabama in the latter part 
of the eighteenth century, and whose connections with 
Thomas Watkins of Chickahomony, Virginia, were estab- 
lished. My investigations lead me to believe tliat the 
names recorded in the two above mentioned genealogies 
represent only a small part of the many members of the 
family who had their descent from the two or more early 
settlers of the Watkins family in Virginia. 

So far as I have been able to ascertain there has been 
written no history of the many Watkins families of 
North Carolina. There can be little doubt but that the 
early Colonial families of the name both of Virginia and 



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North Carolina were not descended from one original 
emigrant, but were the descendants of several brothers 
or brotliers and cousins who emigrated to Virginia from 
Wales. '-•:> " 

One of the earliest names to be found in recorded his- 
tory is that of James Watkins, an emigrant who came 
over in the Phoenix in 1607, and mentioned as having 
accompanied "Captain John Smith' in his explorations in 
the New World, especially of the Chesapeake Bay. Like- 
wise there are records of others of the name among the 
"Early Virginia Immigrants," conspicuous among whom 
are the names of Thomas Watkins, 1635; William Wat- 
kins, 1643; Edward Watkins, 1654; John V/atkins, 1653, 
and others. 

We find these and other names very common in early 
Colonial days, and in increasing numbers until when the 
first census of the United States was taken in 1790 there 
were about 100 Watkins heads of families and about 600 
members in Virginia and 55 heads of families and 375 
members in North Carolina. Since that time they are 
nunrbered by the thousands and are "scattered all over 
America." 

One of the earliest names I have met with in the North 
Carolina records is that of John Watkins, whose name 
appears as a witness to the will of John Harrison of 
Albemarle County in February, 1693 (Grimes Abstract 
N. C. Wills, p. 151). John Watkins was a juror at a court 
held in Chowan County, November, 1716 (Col. Records 
N. C, Vol. 2, p. 266). So, also, a John Watkins was a 
member of the company commanded by Capt. Samuel 
Corbin at the Spanish Alarm at Wilmington in 1748 
(Col. Records N. C. Vol. 22, p. 281). Shedrick Watkins 
is mentioned as a private in the army, April 4, 1777. 
(Book 16, p. 1180 Col. Records). John Watkins was ap- 
pointed Lieutenant for Defense of Western Country, 
January 4, 1787 (Book 18, p. 450). Leavell Watkins was 
in miHtia (Book 22, p. 282, N. C. Records). John Wat- 



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kins was also in the Revolutionary War (N. C. Records, 
Vol. 16, p. 1188). John Watkins was appointed by Com- 
mittee of Safety, June, 1775, to patrol from Beatly's 
Swamp to Perry's Creek (N. C. Records, Vol. 10, pp 25 
and 63). 

We notice in the old County Court records of Beau- / ,. 
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John Watkins was appointed Constable "from Chucka- 
winity to Hardee's Run." The territory over which John ^ , . 
Watkins reigned as a constable is now in Pitt County. 
Lieut. Watkins (Col. Records, Vol. 15, p. 754), Lieut 
John Watkins of Edgecombe County (N. C. Records, 
Vol. 18, p. 450), are also mentioned. 

There are numerous evidences of the early migration 
of members of the family from Virginia to the near-by 
counties of North Carolina. There were several settle- 
ments made along the banks of the Tarr and Pamlico 
rivers in the counties of Pitt, Craven, Edgecombe, Nash 
and Beaufort I have been unable to establish just what, ^ 
if any, the connection is between the immediate families :; i 
about whom I am to write and those families enumerated 
as descended from Thomas Watkins of Chickahomony, 
Virginia. In many ways I notice we find many points of 
similarity as well as many of the same family names in 
both groups of families which would lead one to think 
that both are at least sprung from the same parent 
stock. 

Mr. Francis N. Watkins, in his genealogy above re- 
ferred to, mentions the fact that it has been often claimed 
that there was a marked resemblance, personal and in- 
tellectual, between the various members of the Watkins 
family. However much that may be true, it has been my 
observation that they are in some respects a strongly 
marked race, and possess certain striking characteristics 
in whatever stations in life we find them. One trait, I 
am proud to claim, I have generally found to exist is a 
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mon sense, which with individual industry and enter- 
prise, has quite generaly made them of sterhng worth 
in the communities wheresoever found. As a family 
they are usually quiet and unassuming, but of inde- 
pendent and self-reliant spirits. They have been known 
as brave men always. As soldiers in the late Civil War 
many of them were conspicuous for acts of the very 
greatest bravery, of whom my father's grandfather, John 
Watkins, I have heard it said, alone contributed twenty- 
one sons and grandsons. 

The absence of complete records prior to 1770 in many 
of the counties of North Carolina make success in genea- 
logical research very difficult previous to that time. It 
is impossible to say who was the first of the name to 
settle in the Province of North Carolina, unless it be the 
John Watkins before alluded to, who was living in Albe- 
marle County in 1693. The great number of land deeds, 
however, to many of which I have had access, show that 
from the very earhest days members of the family in 
North Carolina had assumed positions of importance and 
had become well established as landed proprietors. 

One of the earliest of the names I have met with is 
that of Thomas Watkins, who died (apparently) without 
male issue, and whose will was proven at the January 
court, 1754, Perquimans County (Grimes Abst. N. C. 
Wills, p. 394). WiUiam Watkins, planter, of Beaufort 
County, received a grant of land from the Earl of Gran- 
ville, Sept. 18, 1744. Previous to that time Edward 
Salter of Bath County (same as Beaufort County), in 
the Province of North Carolina, Sept. 10, 1730, con- 
veyed 295 acres of land on the south side of Pamlico 
River to William Watkins, planter, William Watkins, 
in 1755, conveyed land to his oldest son, John Watkins. 
The will of WiUiam Watkins, probated Oct. 14, 1773, at 
the Pitt County court, mentions sons, John and William; 
sons-in-law, Francis Buck, James Cason, William Or- 
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Ann and Rachel, wife and executrix, Christian (Grimes 
Abst. N. C. Wills, p. 394). Pitt County was cut off from 
Beaufort County in 1761. 

Edward Watkins of Hanover County, Virginia, con- 
veyed land to one Elias Fort of Edgecombe County, N. 
C, Oct. 29, 1764, in exchange for land in Edgecombe 
County on the Tarr River. A more complete search of 
the records of the counties of Pitt and Edgecombe might 
disclose which, if any, of the sons of this Edward re- 
moved to North Carolina from Virginia, 

There are numerous deeds of record to and from 
Henry Watkins, planter, in Edgecombe County during 
the years between 1760 and 1770. So, also, we find about 
this time numbers of land deeds to and from John Wat- 
kins and Thomas Watkins of Edgecombe County, con- 
veying lands along the banks of the Tarr River. It may 
be that an extended examination of the records will dis- 
close to us whether one of these was not the father or 
grandfather of Levin Watkins, referred to in the follow- 
ing pages. 

The names most frequently met with in the years im- 
mediately subsequent, from 1770 to 1790, in Edgecombe 
and Pitt counties, are John, William, Thomas and Sarah 
of Pitt County; and Stephen, Levin (sometimes written 
Leaven), James, Mitchell, Peter, John, John (son of 
John), Daniel and Benjamin of Edgecombe County. 
These are some of the principal names I find in the East- 
ern counties of North Carolina previous to the close of 
the Revolution. There were other families in the coun- 
ties further back in the interior of the State. I have 
made no effort to learn anything about them or to study 
their movements. I have noted the fact that of the 
names above mentioned many of them are contempora- 
neous with, and are the same family names as those 
given as the brothers and sons of Thomas Watkins of 
Chickahomony, Virginia. I have noted also that Thomas 



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Watkins of Chickahomony, Virginia, had a brother, 
Stephen Watkins, who was born in 1720 and died in 
1755. He had children, Stephen and EHzabeth, who lived 
in Amelia, Virginia. It is a coincidence worth mention- 
ing that a number of Levin Watkins' descendants re- 
ferred to later bear the names of Stephen and Elizabeth. 
My father had an uncle and several great-uncles named 
Stephen. His only sister was named Elizabeth Amelia. 
Doubtless a more exhaustive search of the records may 
disclose what the connection may be, if any at all, with 
the Stephen Watkins of Amelia, Virginia, mentioned by 
Mr. Francis N, Watkins in his book. 

The published list of the 55 heads of households of 
the family in North Carolina at the time of the first 
United States census, taken in 1790, will disclose who 
they were and where they lived at that time. It is prin- 
cipally my purpose to register, as far as possible, the 
names of the descendants of Levin Watkins (my father's 
great-grandfather), who was probably born in Pitt or 
Edgecombe County, and who lived and died in Duplin 
County, N. C, to which county he moved his family at 
an early age soon after marriage. 

I am keenly aware of the fact that there are many im- 
perfections in this paper and that it lacks much of being 
as thorough and as complete as I would have it. Possibly 
these deficiencies may be supplied in a future edition. 
The Watkins Gleanings, as well as the few copies of 
some of the records which I have collected, will be found 
in the subsequent pages of this book. They should be in- 
teresting as well as helpful to any of the family who 
might desire to follow the investigation further. I have 
been dependent entirely upon correspondence for most 
of the information obtained and no one who has not 
tried it knows what a difficult undertaking it is to write 
a history of any family as numerous as the Watkins 
family seems to be. 



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CHAPTER II. 

The ancestor from whom those whose names are 
given in the subsequent pages of this record sprung was 
Levin Watkins. He hved and died in DupUn County, N, 
C. He was probably bom about the year 1740. What I 
know of him I have gathered from pubhc records and 
from family traditions. Up to the present time I have 
been unable to learn for certain what his father's name 
was. I have thought it most probable that he was a son 
cf John Watkins and a grandson of William Watkins, 
referred to in Chapter I, whose will was recorded in Pitt 
County, N. C, Oct, 17, 1773. A lady interested in the 
family writes: "It is certain that the name Levin (Wat- 
kins) can always be traced to the eastern shores of Vir- 
ginia." This is but additional evidence that Levin Wat- 
kins' family moved from Virginia to North Carolina at 
an early time. 

It is certain that Levin Watkins and his wife lived in 
Edgecombe County from the date of their marriage until 
the year 1774, We have the record of the conveyance of 
495 acres of land on the south side of the Tarr River in 
Edgecombe County, made to him March 7, 1770. A 
number of deeds of record after that time disclose the 
fact that his wife joined him in disposing of this land, 
the last conveyance being made in December, 1773. 
About that time he moved to Duplin County, where he 
lived and died in the year 1812. My information is that 
he was a man of kind and generous nature and much 
respected and beloved, especially by his own relatives. 
He was a man of the highest character and large in- 
fluence in the county in which he lived. It has been 
claimed that he was a zealous supporter of the rights 
of the Colonies against the usurpation of the King of 
England. The records I have had access to do not dis- 
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Revolutionary War. Undoubtedly he took an active part 
as a militiaman or as a member of the Committee of 
Safety in the Cause of American Independence. 

Unless it be that the name Leavell Watkins, referred 
to in Vol. 22, p. 282 N. C. Records as being in the militia, 
was intended for Levin Watkins, which I am inclined to 
think was the case (since nowhere else have I met with 
the name Leavell Watkins), we have no authentic record 
of the part he played in the history of his country before 
the year 1789. 

It is certain that he deserved and received considera- 
tion at the hands of his countrymen at that time; for 
that year, as shown by the published records, together 
with James Kenan and James Gillespie, he represented 
Duplin County in the Convention at Fayetteville, For 
many years afterwards he represented the people of his 
county as State Senator from Duplin County in the North 
Carolina Legislature; his terms of service being as fol- 
lows, viz: 1794-5, 1798-9, 1800-1-2-3. 

In this connection it is interesting to note that he was 
the predecessor in this office of Rufus King of Duplin 
County, who afterward moved to Alabama and became 
United States Senator from that State and was elected 
Vice-President of the United States when Mr. Filmore 
was elected President. (Rufus King's home was in Dallas 
County, Alabama.) I have heard my father say that he 
was told by his mother that there was a close relation- 
ship between the families of Levin Watkins and Rufus 
King, whether by blood or marriage I am not able to 
state. 

Of the times and character of people of North Carolina 
at that time, among whom Levin Watkins lived and made 
his influence felt, the following extract is taken from 
Wheeler's History of North Carolina, Vol. 1, p. 30: 

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own consent were first objects. No one could collect a 
debt the cause of action of which arose out of the 
colony within five years ; the emigrant received a bounty 
of land. These simple laws suited a simple people, who 
when oppressed were as rough as the billows of the 
ocean. They submitted to no unjust laws, they bowed 
their necks to no earthly monarch." 

A very interesting bit of information about Levin Wat- 
kins and his family is that furnished me a number of 
years ago by a prominent North Carolina minister, Rev. 
J. D. Hufham, aged then 82 years: 

"Watkins: Levin lived and died in Duplin County. 
The dwelling which he built for himself, in that day a 
fine one, was still standing a few years ago. The plan- 
tation lies along Whiteoak branch, a tributary of Goshen 
Swamp. The house stands on a hill which, sloping to 
the north and the south, affords a beautiful view each 
way. After the death of Mr. Watkins the property 
passed into the hands of the late Stephan Graham of 
Kenansville, and I think it is now held by the Kenans 
who are his heirs, 

Mr. Watkins was a Senator in the Legislature of 
North Carolina, 1794 and 1795; also 1799 to 1803. He 
was a member and also a deacon of the Baptist Church 
on Bear Marsh, which was organized in 1763, and was 
a man of large influence throughout the country. 

John Watkins, son of Levin, was a member of what 
was then called the House of Commons in the Legislature 
of North Carolina, 1820 and 1821. The records in the 
courthouse at Kenansville will show what county offices 
he held. Sallie Watkins, daughter of Levin, married 
Needham Whitfield, being his third wife — there were 
four — and had among other children. Dr. Bryan Watkins 
Whitfield of Demopolis, Alabama. There was another 
Watkins who moved from Duplin into Sampson County 
and died during my boyhood. The people called him 



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"Siah" — I think his name was Josiah — and he left one 
child, Jesse, who may be alive now. The widow of 'Siah 
Watkins married a man named Carroll and they moved 
to Dyer County, Tennessee. 

Oi the ancestors of Levin Watkins I cannot give you 
any information. My opinion — and it is only an opinion 
— is, that the Vv'^atkins family of Duplin County in a 
branch of the great Virginia family of that name; that 
they came over into Bertie as did the Whitlields. the 
Bryans and many others, and moved over into Duplin. 
I think there is a grand-daughter of Levin Watkins, an 
old lady, now living in Mount Olive." 

(I regret to state that the grand-daughter of Levin W it- 
kins referred to died before I was able to get any infor- 
mation from her.) We know that Levin Watkins had 
two brothers, one Mitchell Watkins, who emigrated to 
Georgia, and Peter Watkins, who moved to Kentucky, 
about the year 1801. I know nothing of their descend- 
ants. 

Levin Watkins was married twice, first to Edith Hil- 
liard, a daughter of a prominent planter of Edgecombe 
or Northampton County, North Carolina, and second to 
Sarah Fonville, originally Sarah Becton, daughter of 
John Becton, of Craven County, whose will was proven 
in 1753 (See Grimes Abstract of N. C. Wills). John Bec- 
ton appears to have been a man of great wealth, as indi- 
cr.tcd by the terms of his will. 

This record could be extended beyond the limits I have 
proposed with interesting observations and informatior. 
gathered about the above mentioned families and allied 
families of Bryan, Whitfield, Hatches, and otliers. 

I have been unable to include in the record of the 
names of the descendants of Levin Watkins any except 
those whose families emigrated to Alabama and Missis- 
sippi in the early part of the last century. So far as I 
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subsequent pages. Levin Watkins by his first wife had 
eight sons, possibly nine, and one daughter, and by his 
second wife two sons and one daughter. The following 
interesting record of the descendants of Levin Watkins 
comes from one of his grandsons. Dr. R. E. Watkins, 
v/ho lived and died in Eutaw, Alabama: 

"The first of the Watkins family in the United States 
were three brothers who came over from Wales, Levin, 
Mitchell and Peter Watkins, brothers. Descended from 
the above stock: Mitchell moved to Georgia and Peter to 
Kentucky in about the year 1801 or 1802. These lived 
originally in Duplin County, N. C. Levin Watkins, our 
grandfather, married Edith Hilliard and had by her 
Thomas, Jesse, John, Sally, William, Mitchell, Levin, 
Peter and Bryan. Levin Watkins' wife, Edith, died and 
he married Sarah Fonville, originally Sarah Becton. By 
her he had Brice, Becton and Sarah. James Watkins 
married a Miss Fanny Hooks and had five children, Need- 
ham, Thomas, James Becton, and Needham 

lived in Scott County, Mississippi, when last heard from. 
James went to Arkansas. Jesse never married, but died 
in Greene County, Alabama. John married Polly Gil- 
more in North Carolina and had about fourteen children, 
Stephen, Sophy, William, John, Bryan, Cicero, Levin. 
Peter, Elizabeth, Lucy, Jarnes, Edith, Sallie. He lived 
in Mississippi and he and his wife are both dead. Their 
children live near where he lived, what few of them are 
living. 

Sallie mp.rried Needham Whitfield and had two chil- 
dren, Edith and Betsy, both dead. 

William married Miss Peterson; died in Bibb County. 

Mitchell married Miss Penny Coleman ; had Levin, 
Kindred, Sally and Rebecca. Levin lives in Kemper 
County, Miss. Kindred died in Texas and Sally married 
Mr, Jos. Smith. Rebecca married Sam Robinson, have 
seven children and live in Anderson County, Texas. 



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Levin married a Miss Sallie Coleman, had two chil- 
dren, Narcissa and Eliza. Married Sam Taylor, who 
died, and she lives near Warsaw, in Sumter County, Ala- 
bama. Eliza married John Newton Hutton and lives in 
Greene County, Alabama. 

Peter married a Miss Catherine McDuffie and had 

three children, Caroline, and _ , 

and died in Mississippi near Brandon. 

Bryan married Miss Susan Anderson and had three 
children, Thomas, Elizabeth and Susan Jane, His wife, 
Susan, died, then he married Lucy Johnson, daughter of 
Edward Brown, and by her had Robert Emmett, Edward, 
Martha, Sarah, Agnes, John B. and Isaiah Becton. 

Becton married in North Carolina and had one child, 
Elizabeth Becton. He died in North Carolina, Brice and 
Sarah, both dead. ^ !' 

This statement was given to me I think, in the year 
1862, by my father, Bryan Watkins. 

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CHAPTER III. 
Thomas Watkins is mentioned as one of the sons of 
Levin Watkins, He was doubtless the oldest. I know 
nothing of him or his descendants, if he had any. Jesse 
Watkins, another son, never married. He died in Green 
County, Alabama. James Watkins, another son, married 
Miss Fannie Hooks, of Duplin County. I know nothing 
of him except wh t is said of him in the record of Dr. R. 
E. Watkins given in the preceding chapter. 

Charles Hooks, of Duplin County, a relative of James 
Watkins' wife (Fannie Hooks), was elected to Congress 
in 1817 and again in 1821 and 1823. He also moved to 
South Alabama where doubtless some of his descendants 
are now living. One of the most graphic descriptions I 
have seen of the "Battle of Moore's Creek," was that 
recorded in Wheeler's North Carolina Sketches and 
given (in her own words) by Mary Hooks, a sister of- 
Hon. Charles Hooks, She was the wife of Ezekiel Slo- 
cumb, a member of the North Carolina Commons in 1812 
to 1818. 

John Watkins, who was born Nov. 20, 1780, was the 
third son of Levin Watkins. He was my father's grand- 
lather, which is the only explanation necessary to be 
made of the fact that I have learned more of him an^ 
his descendants than of the other descendants of Levin 
Watkins. Though he died many years before I was 
born, I have heard much of his life and character from 
other members of the family who remembered him. 

John Watkins was married at an early age in Duphn 
County, N. C, to Miss Polly Gilmore, daughter of John 
Gilmore. He raised a large family of children, most of 
whom were born in Duplin County, North Carolina. He 
was a plain, unassuming man of the highest character, 
particularly distinguished for his industry and benevo- 
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esteem by the people of his county iu North Carohna," 
and that it was with much regret that they consented to 
give him up when, led by that spirit of adventure which 
prompted so many at the time, he decided to seek his 
fortune in the "wilds of Alabama and Mississippi." As 
previously noticed, it is a matter of record that he was 
a member of what was then known as the House of 
Commons in the North Carolina Legislature in 1820 and 
1S21. It is also certain that he held other county oflicps, 
the identity of which may be ascertained by consulting 
the county records at Kenansville. 

John Watkins and his family (many of whom had then 
grown to maturity) removed about the year 1830 to 
Green County, Alabama, where he lived for a number of 
years, until about 1S37, when as one of the early settlers 
in a new country, he located at Palo Alto, a few miles 
west of what is now the city of West Point, Miss. He 
bought a farm there, where he died in 1866. His wife 
died in 1861. It is stated that he was a well-to-do planter 
and was greatly respected and beloved, especially by his 
own kinsmen. He possessed in a remarkable degree 
two of the predominant traits of his family — honesty and 
courage. It was doubtless because of these traits and 
because of his fine sense of right and justice that he 
was often called upon to act as "arbiter of disputes" in 
controversies arising between his neighbors. 

Among some of his old papers now in existence I have 
noted several manuscripts showing certain settlements 
he made with the probate court as guardian for his 
minor brothers and sisters in North Carolina, under 
date July 6, 1815; also several old letters which he re- 
ceived from his nephew, Gen. Nathan B, Whitfield, of 
Demopolis, Ala. These letters written, the first in 1853, 
are characteristic of the times in which they are writ- 
ten, and especially indicative of the very affectionate 
regard in which John Watkins was held by his kinsmen. 



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It was never my pleasure to know any of his sons and 
daughters whose names are given in this record. They 
all died before I reached maturity. My own grand- 
father, Bryan Watkins, died when my father was a 
child, in 1854. As has been stated, John Watkins con- 
tributed many sons and grandsons to the cause of the 
Confederacy. The late Dr. W. B. Gunn of West Point, 
Miss., who was a grandson, writes interestingly of their 
valor on many fields of battle. I have heard my father 
say that his brother, John Hatch Watkins, was one of 
the bravest men he ever knew. It is stated that Stephen 
G. Watkins (oldest son of John Watkins) contributed 
to the cause five brave Confederate soldiers, of whom 
one, Stephen, was killed in the war; two, Thaddeus H, 
and Dr. Wm. Bryan Watkins, were fearfully wounded, 
and one, John L. Watkins, became captain of his com- 
pany, Stephen G. Watkins, the oldest son, married 
Polly Kornegay of Duplin County, N. C, and had four 
sons and daughters. Their sons, Capt. John L. Watkins 
and Thaddeus H. Watkins, died some years ago in Clay 
County, Miss., each having passed their seventieth 
birthday. They were greatly respected and beloved by 
all who knew them. I am much indebted to the untiring 
efforts of Mrs. John R. Egger of West Point, Miss., 
(daughter of Thaddeus H. Watkins), for valuable as- 
sistance in securing the many names for this record. 

Of the sons and daughters of John Watkins, Edith, 
the oldest, married Robert McGowen of York, Ala. They 
had eight sons and daughters whose names, together 
with their descendants, are enumerated in a subsequent 
chapter, I know but few of this family. Many promi- 
nent descendants are now living in the states of Alabama^, 
Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. Mr. 
T. P. McGowen and his brother, W. E. McGowen, are 
prosperous merchants of Cuba, Alabama. I am much 
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tower of Hattiesburg, Miss., for the names of the de- 
scendants of Edith Watkins and Robert McGowen. 

WilHam A. Watkins, another son, died in 1858 near 
West Point, Miss. He was married to Ehzabeth Wootcn 
and had one son, who was killed in the war in 1863, and 
four daughters, whose descendants, representatives of 
many families, are widely scattered. Among the families 
represented are Kennedy, Ellis and others. One of the 
daughters of William A. Watkins married Robert Ellis. 
They had eleven children. He is dead, but his widow, 
Bettie Watkins Ellis, is now living at Lake Charles, La. 
One of her sons, Dale Ellis, is a prominent business man 
and planter of Tallulah, La. The descendants are enum- 
erated below : 

Captain John R. Watkins was another son of John 
Watkins, who was a captain in the Confederate army, 
and did valiant service for his State throughout the four 
years of fratricidal strife. He died at the age of 78 iu 
Clay County, Miss. Mr. John T. Watkins, a son, is now 
living in West Point. John R, Gates, a grandson, lives 
in Memphis, Tenn. There are many other descendants 
whose names are given in this record. 

Sophriann, a daughter, married Glisson Swinson, in 
North Carolina. They lived in Mississippi. Two sons, 
John and William, died in the war. One son, James 
Swinson, married Lucinda Youngblood ; another son, 
Alphions, married Callie Calloway. The entire family 
moved to Texas in 1869. 

Polly Watkins, a daughter, married Lewis Stephens. 
They raised a large family and have many descendants. 
One son, Hubert Stephens, a member of a company 
(Chickasaw Guards) under Capt. W. F. Tucker, 11th 
Mississippi, was in many battles in the Civil War. He 
was killed in 1864 at Petersburg, Va. Another son, 
Cicero Stephens, was wounded five times in the war in 
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this family, Frank B. Stephens, at this time (1917) is 
a member of the Mississippi Legislature from Clay 
County. John G. Thompson and his brother, William L, 
Thompson, prominent business men of West Point, Miss., 
?.re grandsons. 

Bryan Watkins (my grandfather) married Susan 
V/hitfield, daughter of Hatch Whitfield, and lived and 
died (at the age of 30) near Aberdeen, Miss. They had 
three sons and one daughter. I have heard it said that 
Eryan Watkins (like many others of the family) was a 
man of gentle bearing and co)nmanding appearance and 
that he enjoyed great personal popularity. I have often 
heard my father lament the untimely death of his father. 
Thoixgh he could not remember him, he was taught to 
revere his memory. The daughter (Aunt Amelia) be- 
came the wife of Mason Cummings, a gallant Confed- 
erate soldier and an attorney of Aberdeen. The chil- 
dren of this union are suplendid men and women. All 
but one live in Texas. Hon. Bryan Yancy Cummings is 
an attorney at Hillsboro, Texas. Dr. John Hatch Cum- 
mings is a prominent business man of Hearne, Texas. 
The oldest daughter, Lelia, married a Mr, Hardy in 
Texas. Emma married Sam Montgomery. They live 
in New Orleans. The name of Sam Montgomery is well 
known throughout Louisiana. Besides being a well- 
knov/n practicing attorney he has held many offices of 
trust and honor in the city of New Orleans, The young- 
est daughter. Sue, married Geo. A. Duren, state engineer 
for the State of Texas. 

Uncle John Hatch Watkins' children live in Louisiana 
and New Mexico. My own brothers live here in Aber- 
deen. One sister, Mrs. John Gibson, lives in Memphis, 
Tenn. The other sister, Mrs. Wiley P. Harris, lives in 
Jackson, Miss. 

To the memory of my own dear father I would dedi- 
cate this humble effort to record some of the memorials 



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of the virtues of our family, among whom his virtues 
were not the least. To his great spirit, manifesting itself 
to me in a thousand ways as only the wise and affection- 
ate father could, I owe most that I am and hope to be in 
this world. 

His life-long friend. Major S. A. Jonas, editor of the 
Aberdeen Examiner, paid the following tribute to his 
memory : 

"The death of Dr. W. W. Watkins, president of the 
Bank of Aberdeen, at an early hour Tuesday morning, 
after a long illness, cast a gloom over our city. He was 
a remarkable man in many respects, big of brain and 
indomitable in spirit; self-reliant and ardent in his at- 
tachments ; independent in thought and action ; progres- 
sive and prophetic in all of his undertakings, he would 
have been a man of mark in any community. 

In early life he was fatherless; to a large extent raised 
by a step-father who little understood or appreciated tlie 
yearnings and possibilities of the 'bare-foot boy.' As 
little more than a child he ran away from home to join 
the Confederate army, and served with honor to the end. 

The surrender found him without education or re- 
sources, but with the indomitable will that character- 
ized him, by hard study while at his bread-getting and 
the reading of the very best literature attainable — a 
practice never abandoned — he became one of the best- 
informed men in a community noted for its erudition, 
and achieved the profession of physician, which he 
practiced for years as the foundation of a fortune that 
became colossal. 

Early appreciating the advantages of land investment 
and agriculture he put all his earnings and savings into 
real estate, and at his death was an extensive prairie 
planter with over five thousand acres of the choicest 
land, besides many smaller tracts in the county, three 
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and Birmingham and in his home town. He also owned 
a majority of the stock in the Bank of Aberdeen. 

To scores of people, white and colored, he was a bene- 
factor, and we know of numerous instances of his aid 
and patience where other resources would have failed. 
He was considerable of a traveler, having visited all 
sections of this country and toured Europe and the East. 
He will be greatly missed by all of us. We were per- 
sonally favored by his confidence and friendship, and 
will long miss the many pleasant conversations at buggy 
side and desk when he detailed results of financial in- 
vestments or agricultural experiments. 

Our deepest sympathy goes to the devoted wife and 
sons and daughters who mourn a loving and indulgent 
husband and father," 

Of the many sons and daughters of John Watkins, not 
the least splendid were the daughters. Lucy Eliza mar- 
ried John White of Clay County, It is said that she was 
the favorite of the family, I have thought that this must 
have been true, for every member that I have talked 
with about the family has had some "glowing accounts" 
to give of the splendid virtues of this good woman. She 
died without issue in 1880. 

Another daughter, Elizabeth Amelia, was married 
three times, first to a Mr. Lowe of Alabama, second to 
Rev, William Gunn, and third to Geo, W. Grimes. She 
had only one child, the late Dr. W. B, Gunn, to whose 
kindly interest I am much indebted for inspiration and 
encouragement in this effort. Ivy Gunn, Robert Gunn, 
J, B. Gunn, of West Point, are the only living repre- 
sentatives of this family, 

James Becton Watkins, the youngest son of John Wat- 
kins, was married in 1859 to Nancy Gosa. They had one 
son, John Becton, and two daughters, Mary B, and Sallie. 
Mary became the wife of Dr. William V. Saul of Mont- 
pelier. Miss, This splendid woman died a few years ago 



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at her home at Montpeher, The following tribute to her 
memory was taken from a newspaper published in West 
Point : 

"Miss Mary Watkins was born at Griffith, Clay County, 
Miss, Oct. 17, 1859. Here she grew up to womanhood 
among her relatives and friends, a universal favorite. 

She was married to Dr. W. V, Saul, of Montpelier, May 
25, 1884. So suited did she and Dr. Saul seem, it is 
scarcely possible to imagine a happier wedded life than 
theirs, while she shared all the anxieties and all the joys 
of their union. 

She was a most devoted mother, leaving four loving 
and broken-hearted children to mourn her going. Dr. 
Willie Saul was only a step-son but he knew no differ- 
ence in treatment or love. 

No neighbor was better loved, or kinder to those in 
distress. She accepted Christ as her Savior some twenty 
years ago. She enjoyed her religion because she lived it. 
She verily 'walked with God.' As one who shared the 
hospitality of her home, I can never forget it. She was 
so universally cheerful and hopeful in folks and God 
that she made those who came in contact with her more 
devout. 

She died on March 31. 

'Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, 
From which none ever wake to weep, 
A calm and undisturbed repose 
Unbroken by the last of foes.' 

Is surely her lot, so richly deserved. 

C. E. MOORE. 



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CHAPTER IV. 



Sally Watkins, daughter of Levin Watkins and Edith 
Hilliard Watkins, was born in Duplin County, North 
Carolina, February 28, 1777. She married Needham 
Whitfield. Her only descendants are the descendants 
of her daughter, Betsy, who married her cousin. Gen. 
Nathan Bryan Whitfield, of Demopolis, Alabama. Their 
numerous descendants are widely scattered. 

The name of Gen. Nathan B. Whitfield holds a very 
high place among the many prominent members of this 
talented and well known family whose lives and char- 
acters have become integral parts of the history of x\la- 
bama and Mississippi. He was a man of undoubted 
genius, of great energy and industry. It is said that he 
was the possessor of great wealth (how much inherited 
and how much acquired I have not been informed). I 
have had very interesting accounts from my father and 
other members of the family of the "gay and happy 
life of ante-bellum days" down in South Alabama. My 
father's maternal grandfather, Hatch Whitfield, moved 
from North Carolina to Demopolis before finally settling 
in Monroe County, Mississippi, in 1837. 

Of the sons and daughters of Gen, Nathan B. Whit- 
field and his wife, Betsy, Mary Elizabeth married Wm. 
Whitfield of Columbus, Miss.; Dr. Bryan Watkins of 
Demopolis married Mary Alice Fortescue and raised a 
large family; Nathan Bryan married Medora Shackel- 
ford of Sumner County, Ala.; Edith James married Gen, 
C. W. Dustan of New York; Betsy Winifred married 
Col. F. E. Whitfield, a brilliant and successful attorney 
of Corinth, Miss. Their only son, Edwin Nott Whit- 
field, is a successful attorney in New York City, 

This narration could be extended much beyond what 
I have intended in detailing incidents of interest in the 
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the possessor of a "decidedly musical talent" and that 
he found ample time to cultivate the aesthetic side of 
life. 

The late W. W. Finley, President of the Southern 
Railroad, in a letter to the Tupelo Journal Sept. 17, 1913, 
in giving some early history of South Alabama, has the 
following to say about Demopolis : 

"I have been much interested in looking up the fol- 
lowers of Napoleon who settled in Alabama early in the 
last century, and it has occurred to me that the readers 
of our Southern newspapers might be interested iu a 
brief account of one of the most romantic attempts at 
colonization made in the Southeastern States. 

"The location of this colony was in what is now the 
fertile and prosperous region in Southwest Alabama, of 
which the thriving city of Demopolis is the center. 

"For pioneer romance, hardship and misfortune, which 
later gave place to a cultured and wealthy and ante- 
bellum civilization and present-day prosperity and de- 
velopment, that region enjoys a historic interest unique 
in American annals, 

"In the early history of this great agricultural country 
— then dense forest and wild canebrake — are woven the 
names of men and women who had played conspicuous 
parts in the greatest drama of war and nations the world 
has ever seen. Men who had led armies in conflicts the 
result of which had changed the map of Europe, and 
women who had adorned the Imperial Courts of France, 
took up the life of pioneers in the endeavor to found in 
the then primeval forest, a colony to cultivate the vine 
and the olive. The story of their misfortunes and trials 
in the rude life of the frontier and the utter failure of 
the venture is one full of interest. 



"A single olive tree in Demopolis and a grapevine or 
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mopolis — city of the people — the name given the settle- 
ment by the exiles from Bourbon rule, and Marengo, 
the name given the county in which it lies in honor of 
one of Napoleon's great victories, together with a few 
French names, borne by the descendants of those who 
remained, serve to show today that the country was one 
peopled by sons and daughters of France. Though the 
French established no characteristic civilization in Ma- 
rengo County, built no monuments, and left no houses 
to mark their impress upon the land, it is still upon the 
people in refinement, in gentleness and in princely hos- 
pitality, 

"As the colony began to disintegrate American settlers 
moved in, many honorably buying the colonists' grants 
lor fair consideration. Among them were cultured and 
talented young men who not only cleared the land and 
put vast areas under cultivation, but established a civili- 
zation of the highest class. The land on which the 
French had labored so vainly to grow the vine and olive 
responded bountifully to the Southern planter and by 
1850 had become one vast area of plantations, penetrated 
by numerous broad roads, and inhabited by thousands of 
happy and industrious people, living on estates main- 
tained in highest cultivation. In the midst of this civili- 
zation there arose many stately homes, among them being 
some of the handsomest mansions of the South. 'Gaines- 
wood' is a Demopolis show place which has been visited 
by architects from all parts of the country and was de- 
clared by an eminent authority the 'purest type of 
Grecian architecture in America.' It was built by Gen. 
Nathan B. Whitfield on the site of the home of George 
Strother Gaines, who was the government agent deal- 
ing with the Choctaws at the time the French settled 
Demopolis. In 1863 'Gaineswood' was the headquarters 
of General Polk. 'Bluff Hall,' another handsome home, 
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erected prior to the war between the states are still 
found in DeniopoHs and the surrounding country." 

The descendants of Gen. Nathan Bryan Whitfield and 
his wife, Betsy, are given in the annexed catalogue, for 
which I am indebted to the kindly interest of Mr. Jesse 
G, Whitfield, a grandson, of Demopolis, 

William Watkins is mentioned as another son of Levin 
Watkins. I know nothing of him or his descendants ex- 
cept what is stated by Dr. R. E. Watkins, viz., that he 
married a Miss Peterson and died in Bibb County, Ala, 

Another son, Mitchell Watkins, married Penny Cole- 
man. Their descendants are widely scattered. Many 
of them live in Kemper County, Miss. Mr. C. H. Wat- 
kins, of DeKalb, Miss., a grandson, has furnished the 
names of the descendants, which are included in the 
catalogue of names annexed Those living in Kemper 
County are among the representative citizens of that 
county. 

Levin Watkins, another son, was born in Duplin Coun- 
ty, N. C, in 1791, and died in Warsaw, Sumpter County, 
Ala. He was married twice: first to Sallie Coleman (she 
was a sister to Mitchell's wife) ; second, to Mary Thomp- 
son. A long list of splendid men and women are de- 
scendants of Levin Watkins. Two of Levin Watkins' 
(the second) grand daughters are now living: Mrs. Sal- 
lie Hatter and Mrs. Robert Hibbler, of Gainesville, 
Sumpter County, Ala. 

Of the sons and daughters of Levin Watkins (the sec- 
ond), Elizabeth Jane married John N. Hutton and had 
sons and daughters as follows : Mrs. Sallie Hatter, Au- 
gustus C. Hutton, John A. Hutton and Josephine Hutton. 
Another daughter of Levin Watkins (the second), Nar- 
cissa, married Samuel Taylor in Green County, Ala. 
Representing this family are Mrs. Robert Hibbler; Julian 
J. Gill of Starkville, Miss.; Samuel Taylor Barnes, Wm. 
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Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dr. S. W. Taylor of Warsaw, Ala.; 
Earl Taylor of Marietta, Ala.; and many others. 

Of the lives of Levin and Bryan Watkins, sons of 
Levin Watkins, I know little. I have never met 
any of their descendants. I infer from the very af- 
fectionate regard in which their memories are held by 
their descendants that they were men of splendid char- 
acter from every point of view. I have had very inter- 
esting accounts about them in correspondence with Mrs. 
Hibbler, who, in common with many others, exhibits 
much interest in the history of her kindred for whom 
"the attachment reaches to the remotest relative." 

Bryan Watkins, another son of Levin Watkins, was 
born in Duplin County, N, C, and died in Green County 
Ala. He was married twice: first to Susan Anderson, and 
second to Lucy Johnson, originally Lucy Brown. I am 
much indebted to the kindly interest of Judge T. W. 
Coleman of Eutaw, Ala., a relative of Levin Watkins' 
wife and nephew of Bryan Watkins' wife, Susan Ander- 
son, for information about this family as well as about 
the family of Levin Watkins (the second). Of the sons 
and daughters of Bryan Watkins, Robert Emmett was 
the oldest. He married a Miss Oliver and lived and died 
in Eutaw, Ala., leaving two daughters, Lucy Watkins 
and Anna Watkins. Lucy Watkins married Edwin Wil- 
son of Eutaw, and Anna married John Pool. Of Robert 
Emmett Watkins it is said that he was a man of the 
highest character and held in the highest esteem by all, 
both young and old. He was captain in the Confed- 
erate army and did valiant service for his country 
throughout the war. 

Another son of Bryan Watkins was William E. Wat- 
kins. The following account of his death was taken from 
a Green County, Ala., newspaper a few years ago: 

"Capt. Wm. Edward Watkins of Huntsville, Texas, 
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born in Green County, Ala., April 18, 1831. He is sur- 
vived by one daughter, Mrs. Lucy Watkins Jardincs, of 
Texas, His wife was Miss Irene Wynne, daughter of 
Col. Erasmus and Mrs. Sophronia Wynne." 

Martha Ann, daughter of Bryan Watkins, married 
Jack Baker and had three daughters: Mrs. Leighton 
Winn, of Stewart's Station, Hale County, Ala.; Mrs. 
Stewart living near Mobile, and Mrs. Cooper of Green 
County, 

John B. Watkins, another son of Bryan Watkins, mar- 
ried a Miss Brown, daughter of George Brown of Sump- 
ter County. One son, George, lived in Louisiana. 

Brice Watkins and Bector Watkins, sons of Levin 
Watkins, lived and died in North Carolina. I know noth- 
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ADDENDA 

WHITFIELD-BRYAN FAMILIES 

The following is an extract from "The North Carolina 
Historical and Genealogical Register," Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 
567, 568, 569 and 577: 

"The WHITFIELDS came from Lancashire, England. 
This record begins with the first Whitfield who came to 
North, Carohna. WILLIAM WHITFIELD came from 
England the early part of the eighteenth century and 
settled in Nansemond County, Va. He married ELIZA- 
BETH GOODMAN of Gates County, N. C, in 1713, then 
settled in Bertie County, but eventually moved to Rock- 
lord, Lenoir County, N. C. They had four sons and six 
daughters. WILLIAM, Matthew, Luke and Constantine ; 
Mary, Margaret, Sarah, Patience, Elizabeth and Charity. 

The second WILLIAM WHITFIELD (son of WIL- 
LIAM WHITFIELD and ELIZABETH GOODMAN), 
born May 20, 1715, died March 31, 1795. Married Nov. 
6, 1741, RACHEL BRYAN (daughter of NEEDHAM 
BRYAN and his first wife ANNE ROMBEAU). RACHEL 
BYRAN was born June 10, 1723, died November, 1780. 

Issue, four sons and five daughters, viz.: 

(1) WILLIAM WHITFIELD III, bom June 1, 1743, 
died March, 1817. 

(2) Elizabeth Whitfield, born March 16, 1746. 

(3) Sarah Whitfield, born April 16, 1749; died Jan. 22, 
1780. 

(4) Charity Whitfield, bom April 6, 1756; died August 
21, 1818. 

(5) Needham Whitfield, bom Feb. 20, 1758; died April 
6, 1812. 

(6) Bryan Whitfield, bora Feb. 9, 1754. 



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<7) Rachel Whitfield, born Sept. 16, 1760. 

(8) Mary Whitfield, born May 18, 1763. 

(9) Lewis Whitfield, born 1766. 

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BRYAN) married first 
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Duplin County, and had 
issue : 
. , (1) William Whitfield IV, 

married Mary Beck 

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Killebrew. 

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berly, 

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ly. 

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bast ColUer), 2nd Mr. St. 
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(10, 11, 12, 13) Died in infancy. 

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WILLIAM WHITFIELD, III. married 3rd HEPSIBAH 

HATCH. Issue: 
(17) HATCH WHITFIELD, 
married his cousin, HEP- 
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NEEDHAM and BETSY 
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NEEDHAM WHITFIELD, I., died April 6, 1812, and was 
buried at White Hall, Wayne County, N, C." 

"WILLIAM BRYAN came to America, settled in Isle 
of Wight County, Va. ; afterwards he and two sons, 
NEEDHAM and John Bryan, came to North Carolina 
about 1722. His son WILLIAM re-married in Virginia 
and is thought to be the ancestor of William Jennings 
Bryan, 

WILLIAM BRYAN I. was said to have come originally 
from Ireland. He is buried in Pasquotank County, N. C. 
He married in England, about 1689, ALICE NEEDHAM, 
said to be the daughter of LORD NEEDHAM. They 
had one son, NEEDHAM BRYAN, born Feb. 23, 1690, 
v/ho came from Virginia and settled at Snowficld, Bertie 
County, N, C. He married ANNIE ROMBEAU, Nov. 
11, 1711, She died Jan. 16, 1730. August 24, 1732, he 
married his second wife, Susanna Harrell. She died in 
1752, Then he married third Sarah Woodward. They 
are all buried at Snowfields. 

NEEDHAM BRYAN and ANNIE ROMBEAU, his first 
wife, had one daughter and two sons, viz, : 

(1) RACHEL BRYAN, married WILLIAM WHIT- 

FIELD Nov. 6, 1741. 

(2) William Bryan married EUzabeth Smith (daugh- 

ter of John Smith). 

(3) Needham Bryan married Nancy Smith (daughter 

of John Smith)." 

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HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS IN NORTH CAROLINA. 
FIRST CENSUS, 1790. 

No. No. 
Names. County. Males. Females. Slaves. 

Christo. Watkirts, Anson 4 2 1 

Christopher Watkins, Anson 4 2 1 

Isaac Watkins, Sampson 2 1 

James Watkins, Nash 2 1 

Else Watkins, Burke 2 1 

David Watkins, Rutherford 3 3 

Peter Watkins, Rutherford 4 3 

James Watkins, Johnston 3 2 

Kinchen Watkirts, Johnston , 13 

Henry Watkins, Stokes 5 8 

James Watkins, Stokes 3 6 1 

Mathew Watkins, Bladen 17 1 

Thomas Watkins, Richmond 4 5 1 

Keziah Watkins, Richmond 3 4 3 

John Wakins, Richmond 5 6 1 

David Watkin's, Richmond 10 

Lewis Watkins, Sampson 10 

David Watkins, Sampson 3 

John Watkins, Edgecombe 2 3 2 

Henry Watkins, Edgecombe 10 

Daniel Watkins, Edgecombe 3 2 

Josiah Watkins, Edgecombe 3 2 

John Watkins, Franklin* 3 1 11 

John Watkins, Franklin*. 3 1 U 

William Watkins, Richmond 5 2 1 

David Watkins, Rowan 2 3 

Ambrose Watkins, Rowan 3 2 

Thomas Watkins, Pitt 3 3 

Janet Watkins, Pitt 14 1 

Ann Watkin's, Pitt 2 4 9 

David Watkins, Rowan 6 3 2 

Deborah Watkins, Edentown Town, Chowan.... 1 1 

George Watkins, Surry 3 6 

Henry Watkins, Nash 3 5 

Richard Watkins, Warren 6 3 

Hen'ry Watkins, Warren 10 

John Watkins, Warren 12 1 

James Watkins, Nash 2 2 

James Watkins, Mecklenburg 3 2 

Jesse Watkins, Johnston 5 5 1 

John Watkins, Northampton 3 3 7 

William Watkins, Wayne 5 3 3 

John' Watkins, Wayne 4 5 1 

John Watkins, Rowan 2 2 

Joseph Watkins, Wake 13 2 

George Watkins, Surry 3 6 

Joseph Watkins, Surry 3 5 

Levan Watkins, Duplin 8 2 9 

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Following from "OLD CHURCHES, MINISTERS 
AND FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA," by Bishop Meade, 
1872. Vol. 1. 

Among some of the prominent names in early times 
in Charles River Parish, York County, Va., were WAT- 
KINS, BALLARDS, and LEWELLINS. p, 240. 
pp. 450-1. ZQ^i^8i)77 

Rev. William Leigh was ordained by the Bishop of 
London in 1772. "■' '■'•'■ '■'' He married the daughter of BEN- 
JAMIN WATKINS, Clerk of Chesterfield County. 

The name of WATKINS is often to be found on our 
vestry books as members of the vestries in different 
parishes. Many of the name for a century past has 
been found in different connections. In the year 1745 
a Mr. THOMAS WATKINS, of Henrico, son of ED- 
WARD WATKINS, is presented for reflecting upon the 
Established Church, and saying, "Your churches and 
chapels are no better than synagogues of satan." He 
was, however, dismissed without fine or injury. This was 
probably the commencement of defection in that family 
from the Established Church. I have before me a 
pamphlet by Mr. FRANCIS WATKINS, of Prince Ed- 
ward, in which is contained a full genealogy of all the 
branches of this wide-spread and respectable family, so 
far as it can be ascertained, to the present time. It is 
supposed to be of Welch descent. The name of James 
Watkins appears among the early emigrants to Virginia 
in 1607 or 1608. He was a companion of Smith in his 
perilous voyages of discovery in Virginia, and may, it is 
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but nothing was certainly known except of the descend- 
ants of THOMAS WATKINS, of Swift Creek, Cumber- 
land County — now Powhatan — whose will bears date 
1760. He had eight children. His eldest son, THOMAS, 
of Chickahominy, is spoken of thus by the late BENJA- 
MIN WATKINS LEIGH, his great-nephew: "Of Thomas 
Watkins, of Chickahominy, I have heard very full ac- 
counts from my mother (wife of the Rev. William Leigh, 
of Chesterfield), and from my uncle, Thomas, both of 
whom knew him well. He was a man of the highest 
respectability in every point of view, and in particular 
a man of indefatigable industry." He reared a large 
family of children, four sons and seven daughters, from 
whom have proceeded numerous families of numerous 
names, in and out of Virginia. Of his sons, Joel Wat- 
kins, of Charlotte, Mr. John Randolph of Roanoke, in 
a manuscript left behind him, says: "On Sunday, the 
second of January, departed this life Colonel Joel Wat- 
kins, beloved, honoured, and lamented by all who knew 
him. Without shining abilities or the advantages of an 
education, by plain, straightforward industry, under the 
guidance of old-fashioned honesty and practical good 
sense, he accumulated an ample fortune, in which it is 
firmly believed there was not one dirty shilling." Much 
is said of the worth and piety of the other children of 
Thomas Watkins, in the pamphlet referred to, and of 
the descendants of the same, which is worthy of perusal. 
In the appendix of the same there is a special notice of 
his brother, Benjamin Watkins, youngest son of the first 
Thomas, of Powhatan, who married Miss Cary of War- 
wick. He was the first clerk of Chesterfield County, 
which office he held until his death. He was a man of 
genius, a scholar and patriot, took an active part in the 
affairs of the Revolution, and was a member of the Con- 
vention of 1776. The Rev. Mr. Leigh, of Chesterfield, 
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Benjamin Watkins Leigh, of Richmond, and the present' 
Judge William Leigh, of Halifax; also of Mrs. Finnic 
of Powhatan, and Mrs. Harris, of Petersburg. One of 
the sons (Thomas) of Benjamin Watkins, the clerk oi 
Chesterfield, married Rebecca Selden, daughter of Miles 
Selden, of Henrico parish. Their daughter Mary wus 
the first wife of Benjamin Watkins Leigh of Halifax, and 
their daughter Hannah, Dr. John Barksdale of Halifax. 
Their eldest daughter (Hannah) of Benjamin Watkins 
married a Mr, William Finnie, of Amelia, from whom de- 
scended numerous families of Finnies, Royalls, Worc- 
shams, Sydnors, and otliers in Virginia, South Carolina 
and the West. It will be remembered that we have 
spoken of a Rev. Alexander Finnie, as a minister in 
Prince George in the year 1774, and probably before that. 
On inquiry we find that he was connected with this fam- 
ily, but how nearly cannot be ascertained. He may have 
been closely allied to the first named William Finnie, of 
Amelia, 

JANE WATKINS is mentioned in the will of ANN 
LEIGH of Beaufort County, made August 9, 
1732, as her daughter. — Grimes' Abstract, p. 213. 
J, WATKINS, witness to the will of John Tafkington of 
"Scoppernun," made Nov. 14, 1715. — Grimes' Ab- 
stract, p. 370. 
JOHN WATKINS, witness to the will of John Harrison 
of Albemarle County, N. C, made Feb. 18, 1693. 
— Grimes' Abstract, p. 151. 
JOHN WATKENES, witness to the will of John Heare- 
son of Chowan Precinct, made Feb. 18, 1694 — 
Grimes' Abstract, p. 159. 
MARY WATKINS, mentioned in the will of ANN 
LEIGH, made August 9, 1732, as her granddaugh- 
ter. — Grimes' Abstract, p. 213. 
HENRY WATKINS was a member of the General As- 
sembly of Virginia, 1623-4.— Va. Col. Reg., p. 53. 



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BENJAMIN WATKINS, member of General Assembly 
of Virginia from Chesterfield, Feb. 10, 1772.— Va, 
Col. Reg., p. 190. 
BENJAMIN WATKINS, member of General Assembly 
of Virginia from Chesterfield, March, 1773. — Va. 
Col, Reg., p. 193. 
BENJAMIN WATKINS, member of General Assembly 
of Virginia from Chesterfield, June 1, 1775. — p. 
198. 
BENJAMIN WATKINS, member of Convention of Vir- 
ginia from Chesterfield, May 6, 1776. — Col. Reg. 
Va., p. 208. 
In Heitman's Register of the Officers of the Revolu- 
tionary War we find from Virginia the following : 
JOHN WATKINS, JR. (Va.), Capt. 4th Va., March 21, 

1776, to „....— p. 575. 

ROBERT WATKINS (Va.), Ensign 5th Va., Feb. 5, 1776; 
Lieutenant, November, 1776; resigned March 12, 
1778.— p. 575. 
THOMAS WATKINS (Va.), Captain Va. Dragoons at 
Guilford in March, 1781.— p. 575. 
On the pension list (1840) for services in Revolution- 
ary War is found : 

JOSEPH D. WATKINS, Goochland County, Va., age 
85, living with Jos. D. W. 

Wheeler's History, Vol. 2, page 140, gives the name of 
I/Cvin Watkins as a member of the General Assembly 
from Duplin County in 1794, 1795, and in 1798, 1799, 
1800, 1801, 1802 and 1803. 

North Carolina Manual 1913, also gives on pp. 593 
and 594 the name of Levin Watkins as a representative 
from Duplin County the same years. 
JOHN WATKINS was in the Revolutionary War.— State 

Records of N. C, Vol. 16, p. 1188. 
JOHN WATKINS was on the jury at a court held in 
Chowan County, November, 1716. — Col. Rec. N. 
C. Vol. 2, p. 266 



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JOHN WATKINS was a member of the company com- 
manded by Capt Samuel Corbin at the Spanish 
Alarm at Wilmington, 1748.— Vol. 22, p. 281. 

Meade's History, Vol. 1 : 

William Watkins and John Ballard were members of 
the vestry of Charlotte County, Va. — p. 487. 

A Watkins was one of the Trustees of Hampden- 
Sydney College in early times. — Vol. 2, p. 27. 

Watkins in the hst of the Old and Leading Families in 
Eastern Virginia in Colonial times and immediately suc- 
ceeding the Revolution. — Vol. 2, p. 429. 

Watkins or Gwatkins is a Welsh name, ''" 
4, "Ap" or "ab" in Welsh means son, and is often pre- 
fixed to other names; and the affix "kins" denotes a 
collateral relation. * =•= =•= Atkins (Arthur's kin), Judkins 
(Judas-kin), Watkins, etc.— Vol. 2, p. 430. 

From "Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666." 

PHILIP WATKINS, 1656, by Wm. Millinge, Northamp- 
ton County. 
JNO. WATKINS, 1651, by Wm. Hampton, County 

JOHN WATKINS, 1653, by Charles Grymes, Lancaster 
County. 

ALICE WATKINS, 1654, by Walter Pritchard, 

County. 

EDWARD WATKINS, 1654, by John Wyre, John Gilbert, 
Andrew Gilson and John Phillips, County. 

GEO. WATKINS, 1654, by Robert Hubard, Westmore- 
land County. 

PHILLIP WATKINS, 1647, by Jonathan Gills, North- 
ampton County. 

THOMAS WATKINS, 1647, by John Sidney, Lower Nor- 
folk County. 

MARY WATKINS, 1654, by John Thomas, Nansemond 
County, 

ELIZ. WATKINS, 1654, by Maj. Wm. Andrews, North- 
ampton County. 



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WM. WATKINS, 1643, by Richard Richards, Charles 
River County. 

ELIZ, WATKINS, 1640, by Edmund Scarburgh, Accomac 

County. *> I . ;■. y 

RICH. WATKINS, 1643, by John Foster, Northampton 
County, 

GEO. WATKINS, 1638, by John Fludd, James City '"• • 

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THOS. WATKINS, 1637, by Thomas Weston, Charles 

River County. 
ALICE WATKINS, 1638, by WilHam Carter, James City 

County. 

NICH. WATKINS, 1639, by WiUiam Wigg, County. 

MORGAN WATKINS, 1637, by John Baker, Henrico 

County. 
ALICE WATKINS, 1635, by WiUiam Carter, Henrico 

County. 
THOMAS WATKINS, 1635, by Samuel Weaver, 

County. 

PHILLIP WATTKINS, 1649, by Edmund Scarburgh, Jr., 

Northampton County. 
LAVAN WATKINS, in the Convention at Fayetteville, 

1789, representing Duplin County, — Vol. 22, pp. 

37, 46, 49, 
LEAVEL WATKINS, in militia in Capt, John Sherrard's 

company at the Spanish Alarm in 1748. This 

company was composed of men from Wayne 
County, adjoining Duplin County. — Col. Rec. N. 

C„ Vol, 22, p. 282. 
JOHN WATKINS was one of the Patrollers appointed 

by the Committee of Safety for the District of 

Wilmington, on June 20, 1775. He had to patrol 

from Perry's Creek to Beatty's Swamp. — Vol. 10, 

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There was a John Watkins who hved in Henrico Coun- 
ty, Va., whose will was probated May 9, 1744. He had 
sons: Josiah, David, John, and Nathaniel, 

"Evan Watkins on the Potomac River, 1743. A ferry 
across from his land to Canegochego Creek, Md. — (Hen- 
ning.)" 

"THIS INDENTURE Made this Eleventh day of De- 
cember in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven 
hundred and seventy three Between LEAVEN WAT- 
KINS and EDIE his wife of Edgecombe County and 
province of North Carolina &. Rhody Allen of the County 
and Province aforesaid. 

WITNESSETH that the said LEAVEN & EDIE his 
wife for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty 
pounds proc, money to him in hand paid before the 
Ensealing and delivery of these presents Hath given, 
granted, Bargained &. sold & confirmed and by these 
presents doth absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, 
enfeoff and confirm unto the said Rhody Allen his heirs 
and assigns forever part of a Tract or parcel of land 
lying on the South side of Town Creek Beginning at a 
pine then East 120 poles to a pine then South 127 pole 
to a Pine then West 120 poles to a pine. North 127 pole 
to a pine to the first Station, containing 95 1-4 acres of 
land with all and singular the right Hereditaments ap- 
purtainences 8c appendents whatsoever to the said land 
or in any wise appertaining. 

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Tract of Land &c 
all & singular the premises unto the said Rhody Allen 
bis Heirs and assigns forever and we the said Leaven 
Watkins 8c Edie his wife their Heirs and assigns &:c will 
forever warrant and defend by these presents unto him 
the said Rhody Allen his Heirs 8c assigns forever the 
above Tract or parcel of land clear of all incumbrances 
whatsoever IN WITNESS whereof we the said Leaven 



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Watkins & Edie his wife have hereunto set our Hands 
Sc Seals the day and date as first above written. 

LEVEN WATKINS (Seal) 
Signed sealed and delivered 

in presence of us 
Peter Cartwright 
Richd. Tomlinson. 

Edgecombe County &c * * * October 1774 The Execution 
of the within deed of sale was in open Court proved by 
the Oath of Peter Cartwright one of the subscribing 
witnesses thereto ordered to be Registered. 

Test. Edward Hall C. C. 

Recorded in the Records of the Register of Deed's Office 
in Edgecombe County, N. C. Book 2, page 164. 

(Note. — This County was formed out of part of Craven 
County in 1733.) 
L No, 1, p. 171, Johnston County, N, C. 

JESSE WATKINS to Jesse Haynes for 50 acres, 
Oct. 16, 1780. 
1 page 77, Johnston County, N. C. 

KINCHEN WATKINS and WILLIS WATKINS wit- 
nesses to the will of Samuel Peacock made Sept. 
13th 1793. 
Book 1, page 127, Johnston County, N, C. 

Will of JAMES WATKINS made Oct. 29, 1801. 
Daughters: BITHA BATEMAN, REBECCA GOD- 
WIN, PATIENCE CERBY. 
Sons; WILLIE WATKINS, ALLEN WATKINS, 

AMOS WATKINS; 
Daughters: CHARITY WATKINS, PAGA WAT- 
KINS. 
Book 1, page 66, Johnston County, N, C. 

SELAH WATKINS, mentioned in the will of Edith 
Folsom, made July 29, 1791, as her daughter. 



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Book 1, page 221, Johnston County, N, C. 

DELILAH WATKINS, mentioned in will of Lewis 
Grice as his sister. This will is dated Feb. 6, 1809. 
Book 14, page 316, Beaufort County, N, C, 

MARY WATKINS of Beaufort Co., N. C, in consid- 
eration of One Dollar to me in hand paid 8c the natural 
love 8c affection which I bear unto Wiley Hinton Wil- 
liams, Sally Ann Williams, Edward Graham Williams, 
Mary Amanda Williams 8c John Julius Williams (chil- 
dren of Dempsey Hinton Williams 8c Agnes Williams) all 
of the County 8c State aforesaid &c. conveys my negro 
Woman named Patience about thirty three years old, boy 
named David about three years old and girl Jenny about 
one year old. Dated Sept. 3, 1825, 
Orphan Book D, page 31, Beaufort County, N. C. 

Will of BECTON WATKINS, made 1841. 

Mentions: JOHN SPENCER WEST, SUSAN 
WEST, ABNER PEARCE. 
Orphan Book D, page 243, Beaufort County, N, C, 

Will of MARY S. WATKINS, made 1855. 

Mentions: DAVID W. DUDLEY, Trustee; JOHN 
JACOB DUDLEY, ANN ELIZA DUDLEY. 
Old Book 3, page 410, Beaufort County, N. C. 

Grant from Earl Granville to WILLIAM WATKINS 
of Beaufort County, N. C, planter. Sept. 18, 1744. 
Old Book 3, page 202, Beaufort County Records. 

To All People to whom these presents shall come 

Greeting 
Know Ye that I WILLIAM WATKINS of Bath County 
in the province of North Carolina planter for 8c in con- 
sideration of the good will I bear to 8c for sundry 
Services done for me by my eldest Son JOHN WAT- 
KINS of the same place planter for the good uses me 
thereunto moving have given granted conveyed 8c con- 
firmed by these presents freely 8c absolutely give grant 
convey 8c confirm unto the said JOHN WATKINS his 



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heirs & assigns forever for his Sc their separate use & 
benefit a parcel of land being on the South Side of 
Pamptica river in the County afsd bounded as follows 
Vizt : beginning at the mouth of a great branch making 
out of Checod at the uper end of my plantation known 
by the name of plumb branch thence running up the 
Creek to a sweet gum Lewis Devalls corner tree, thence 
running W 27 156 poles to a pine in Devall's line my cor- 
ner, thence an East Course to the plumb branch thence 
runing down the branch to the first Station; suposing 
to be one half of 295 Acres of land I now live on. 

To have and to hold the said land with all woods 
waters rivers profits &. herititaments to the same belong- 
ing or appertaining (excepting one half Gold Sc Silver 
mines &. the quit rents) unto him the said JOHN WAT- 
KINS his heirs &. assigns to his &c their use benefit &: 
behoof forever, and I the said WILLIAM WATKINS 
for myself my heirs Exors 8c admrs. do covenant to Sc 
with the said JOHN WATKINS his heirs Exors that by 
force &; virtue of these presents said JOHN WATKINS, 
his heirs Exors shall & may peacably have hold possess 
&c enjoy the said land 8c appurtenances free and clearly 
acquitted 8c discharged from any right title interest claim 
8c demand which e\'er was or may hereafter be due to me 
my heirs Exors 8c admrs for ever to warrant 8c defend. 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 8c 
seal this 3rd day March 1755. 
Sealed and delivered 

in presence of William Watkins (Seal) 

John Floyd 
Thomas Williams. 
Beaufort County 

At a Court held at Bath Town on the second Thursday 
in March 1755. This certifies that the within deed was 
exhibited into Court and acknowledged by the within 
William Watkins and ordered to be registered. 

Test. Walley Chauncey, Clk. Co. 



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Old Book 2, page 151, Beaufort County, N. C. 

To All People to Whom these presents shall come 
Greeting. 

Know Ye that EDWARD SALTER of Bath County in 
the province of North Carolina Merchant for & in con- 
sideration of the good will I bear to and for Sundry 
Services done &. performed for me by WILLIAM WAD- 
KINS of the same county planter & for other good 
causes &. considerations me thereunto moving, Have 
given granted aliened enfeoff'd conveyed 8c confirmed, 
and by these presents do fully freely & absolutely give 
grant alien enfeoff convey &; confirm unto the afore- 
named WILLIAM WADKINS his heirs & assigns for- 
ever, A parcel of land being lying &. situate on the south 
side of Pamlico River in Bath County aforesaid contain- 
ing two hundred ninety live acres surveyed September 
the 7th 1730 by Seth Pilkinton 8c bounded as followeth 
viz beginning at a sweet gum standing by the Chuscod 
alias Grey's Creek being Lewis Devals corner tree 
thence running South sixty three deg. East two hundred 
8c fifty poles to a white oak standing in a reedy branch, 
thence various courses to a white oak standing by the 
river side at the mouth of the branch, thence running the 
creek various courses to the first station, the said two 
hundred & ninety five acres being part of Six hundred 
Sc twenty eight acres called Mount Pleasant in the Patent 
granted Lewis Duval d?.ted April the 11th, 1715 and by 
Martha Duvall daughter 8c Executrix to said Lewis 
Duval conveyed to me the said Edward Salter. 

To have and to hold the said Land with all woods un- 
derwoods waters rivers 8c all the profits comodities 8c 
hereditaments appertaining (except the one half of all 
Gold 8c Silver mines 8c the lawful quit rents) unto him 
the said WiUiam Wadkins his heirs 8c assigns to his 8c 
their only sole 8c proper use benefit 8c behoof forever 
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8c admrs. do covenant 8c promise to and with the said 
WilHam Wadkins his heirs 8c assigns that by the force 
8c virtue of these presents the said WilUam Wadkins 
his heirs 8c assigns shall 8c may lawfully peaceably & 
quietly have hold use occupy possess 8c enjoy the said 
Land 8c its appurtenances free 8c clear 8c freely 8c clearly 
acquired and discharged from any right title interest 
claim or demand, whatever was or may hereafter be due 
to me my heirs Executors or administrators for ever to 
warrant 8c defend. 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & 
Seal the tenth day of February in the fourth year of his 
Majesties reign Annque Domini 1730/1. 

Edward Salter. , 

Signed Sealed 
delivered 

in the presence of us 
Roger Kenyon 
Edwd Broughton. 

Proved by Oath by Roger Kenyon May the 20th 1733. 
The within deed was registered. 

Test. Benj. Peyton, pub. register. 

From Grimes' Abstract of Wills, 1690-1760. 
WATKINS, THOMAS. Perquimans County. 

January 3, 1754. January Court, 1754. Legatees: 
JOHN and RICHARD WHEDBEE, JOHN MORRIS 
and SAMUEL NEWBY, Executor: JOHN WHEDBEE, 
Witnesses: WILLIAM FOSTER, POTSEFUL PIERCE, 
MARY WHEDBEE. Clerk of the Court: EDMUND 
HATCH. Page 394. 

WATKINS, WILLIAM Pitt County. 

November 9, 1771, October 14, 1773. Sons: JOHN 
and WILLIAM. Sons-in-law: FRANCIS BUCK, JAMES 
CASON, WILLIAM ORMOND, JAMES JONES. 
Daughters: SARAH BUCK, ELIZABETH, ANN and 
RACHEL. Wife and Executrix: CHRISTIAN, Wit- 






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nesses: CATHERINE CROFTON, JOHN SALTER, 
RANDEL McDANIEL. Proven before JO. MARTIN, 

Page 394. 
Until 1761 Edgecombe and Beaufort Counties were ad- 
joining counties. In 1761 Pitt County was cut oil from 
Beaufort County. 

(Wayne County is south of Duplin County and ad- 
joining.) 
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Edgecombe County, N. C. February 6, 1765. 

John Coates of Edgecombe County, N, C, to Henry 
Watkins of Edgecombe County, N. C. One certain Tract 
Parcel of Land lying 8c being in the County of Edge- 
combe, it being a Deed granted by Thomas Vaughn to the 
said John Coates & bounded as foUoweth, Beginning at 
the Mouth of the Spring branch on the South side of 
Peach Tree Creek then up various courses of the said 
Branch to a Popler then by a line of new marked trees 
to a black oak a corner then East to a black oak a corner 
tree then West to the Line branch then down the various 
courses of the said Branch to the Creek to a white oak. 
to the Creek to a white oak a corner tree then up the 
various courses of the said Creek to the same being one 
hundred 8c forty acres more or less, 
C-456. 

Edgecombe County, April 13, 1767. 

John Thomas of Edgecombe County, to John Watkins 
of the said County, A tract of land containing one hun- 
dred acres on this side of Stoney Creek, beginning at a 
red oak James Olivers line then East 100 poles to a 
hickory thence S. 160 poles to a pine thence 100 poles to 
Olivers line then along said line to the beginning, it be- 
ing part of a tract of land granted to said Oliver the 
16th day of March 1761. 

Witnesses: Jos, Thomas, Henry Watkins and Wm, 
Horn. 
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Edgecombe County, N. C. July 15, 1763. 

James Tucker of Edgecombe County, N. C. to Henry 
Watkins of said County, Planter, All that Tract or 
Parcel of Land Situated lying & being in the Parish of 
Saint Mary in the County of Edgecombe in the said 
Province, Beginning at a Pine in the first beginning line 
cf the above Granted to James Tucker then West to a 
Pine a Corner Tree thence South 260 poles to a White 
Oak a Corner Tree thence East to a Pine thence by a line 
of marked Trees to th first station containing 150 acres 
more or less it being part of 700 acres of land conveyed 
unto the said Tucker from the right Honble. John Lord 
Carteret Earl of Granville bearing the Date the 17th day 
of September 1763. 

Witnesses: John Coates, William Pitman, John 
Thomas. 
5-303 

Edgecombe County, N. C. October 30, 1788. 

Joel Horn of Edgecombe County, N, C. & Mandy Har- 
ris and Wilson Curl of Nash County to John Watkins 
son of John of Edgecombe County, A certain Tract or 
Parcel of Land lying and being in the County of Edge- 
combe 8c State aforesaid containing by estimation 540 
acres be the same more or less, Beginning at pine Wil- 
liam Bridgers Corner then North one hundred 8c twenty 
six Poles to a Pine in Philip Thomas's line then along 
said Line West one hundred 8c sixty four Poles to the 
Corner a white oak then along his other line North Forty 
Poles then West eighty five Poles to James Rick's Line 
then along said Line South Twenty Poles then West 
Fifty four Poles to his Corner a red oak on Horns Creek, 
then along his other Line West 160 Poles to a lightwood 
Tree in said line then to and along Redman Bunns Line 
South 272 poles to another of James Ricks' Lines then 
along said Line East 192 poles to William Bridges Cor- 
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146 poles to his other Corner a small red oak then along 

his other Line to the first station. 

9-66. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. February 19, 1796. 

John Watkins of Edgecombe County, N. C. to Nathan 
Gilbert of the aforesaid County and State. Land in 
Edgecombe Co., N. C, on both sides of Horns Creek and 
also on both sides of the old Tarborough road 80 1-2 
acres more or less. 

Witnesses: Redmun Bunn and Saml. Skinner, s . 
9-312. 

Edgecombe County, N. C, September 30, 1799. 
Mitchel Watkins of Edgecombe Co., N. C, to Barnes 
Summerling of the same County and State. Tract of 
land lying and being in the County and State aforesaid, 
containing 150 acres more or less. 

Witnesses: Wm, Hyman and Robert Pitman. 
D-241. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. May 22, 1770. 

Etheldred Exum and Rachel his wife to John Spell 
(error.) 
D-241. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. March 7, 1770, 

Benjamin Richardson, Planter of Edgecombe County, 
N. C. to Leven Watkinson of the County and Province 
aforesaid. A tract of land containing 495 acres lying and 
joining on the south side of Toun Creek Beginning at a 
Red Oak in Ralph Vickers Line then East 220 poles to 
a pine then S. 360 poles to a Red Oak then West 220 
poles across Vickers Branch then North by Vickers line 
to the first station. 

Witnesses : Robt. Gulley, Stephen Cobbe, Thomas 
Colden. 
D-359. 



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Edgecombe County, N. C. February 25, 1771. 
Nicholas Skinner of Edgecombe County, N. C. to 
Stephen Watkins of the aforesaid County and State. 
Land in Edgecombe County on both sides of Kurley's 
Branch and bounded as follows. Beginning at a hickory 
on Folesomes Roade then along a line or Row of marked 
Trees to a pine on Thomases Road then up the said 
Road and Line or Row of marked Trees to the Deeded 
line along the Deed Line North the Corner then along the 
Deeded Line East to a pine one Folesomes Road then 
Down the said Road and Line or Row of Marked Trees 
to the first station. 

Witness : Isaac Horn and John Exum, 
6-136 

Edgecombe County, N. C, Dec. 28, 1790. 

John Watkins of Edgecombe County, N. C, to Gray 
Jordan. A tract of land in Edgecombe County on Horn's 
Creek, Containing 127 acres. 

Witnesses: Jos. Exum and Joseph Atkinson. 
8-239. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. Nov. 9, 1793. 

John Pitent to Daniel Watkins both of Edgecombe 
County N. C. A tract of land in Edgecombe County, 
N, C. on the North side of White Oak Swamp, Begin- 
ning at a pine James Williams' corner 103 acres. 
Book 3, p. 85. 

Edgecombe County. January 25, 1776. 

Stephen Watkins of Edgecombe County to Renison 
Tisdale of said Co. One certain tract of land and Plan- 
tation lying on the south side of Beaver Dam Swamp in 
said Co., beginning at a willow oak on the swamp then 
south to a Pine then East by said Tisdales line to a black 
Oak then North to a Willow Oak on the Swamp then 
West up the Swamp to the first station containing 30 
acres, 
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Edgecombe County, N. C. April 13th, 1767. 

John Thomas of Edgecombe County to John Watkins 
of said County. A parcel of land containing one hun- 
dred acres lying and being in the County aforesaid on 
the south side of Stoney Creek and bounded as follows, 
Beginning at a Red Oak in James Oliver line thence 
East 100 poles to a hickory thence South 160 poles to 
a pine thence West 100 poles to Olivers line thence along 
said line to the beginning, it being Part of a tract of 
Land granted to the said James Oliver by a Deed bear- 
ing date the 16th day of March, 1761. 

Witnesses: Jos. Thomas, Henry Watkins and William 
Horn. 

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Stephen Watkins \vitnessed a Deed made by John 
Hammond of Edbecombe County to Renison Tisdale of 
said County, January 5th, 1776. 
3-84. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. Jan. 25, 1776. 

John Hammond to Stephen Watkins of Edgecombe 
County. Land lying on the North side of the Beaver Dam 
Swamp in said County, Beginning at a Willow Oak then 
North to a Pine a corner then along the principal line 
West to a Pine a Corner in the Original line then South 
to the Swamp by a line of marked trees then down the 
various courses of Swamp to the first station, containing 
70 acres more or less, 
3-59. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. July 18, 1775. 

Nathan Whitehead gives land to his son Benjamin 
Whitehead. 
3-58. 

Edgecombe County, N. C. July 13th, 1775. 

Thomas Williford of Edgecombe County to Stephen 
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estimation 175 acres more or less in the County afore- 
said on Tyincoe Swamp and bounded as followeth, Be- 
ginning at a Pine then West to a Pine in the original 
line then to a black Jack tree at the Road then along 
the Road to the Bridge then up the Swamp to a Pine 
then to a black Jack in Hammonds line a Corner then 
along said line to the first station. 
3-184. 

Edgecombe County. March 16th, 1772 

Leaven Watkins and Edie his wife of Edgecombe 
County N. C. to Richard Tomlinson of the aforesaid 
County and Province. A certain tract or parcel of land 
lying on the South side of Town Creek, Beginning at 
a red Oak in Ralph Vicker's line then East One hundred 
poles to a Pine then South 127 poles to a post then East 
one hundred 8c Twenty Pole to a Pine then South 233 
pole to a red oak then West 220 pole across Vickers 
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TAKEN FROM THE RECORDS OF PITT COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINIA 

Book G p., 34. No. 26, to John Watkins, July 1, 1779. 
320 acres on South side of Tar River Northeast side 
Chicod Swamp. 

G-288. No. 383 to John Watkins, October 7, 1782, 120 
acres. South side of Tar River, bej<inning on Edward 
Salter's line. 

1-383. John Watkins of Pitt Co., to James Sims of 
Pitt Co., or 130 Acres, December 2, 1784. South side Tar 
River and East side Chicod Creek, Beginning at a pine, 
Nathan Nelson's corner. Grant No. 543. Witnesses, 
Wm. Arnel, Mary Watkins. 

1-411. John Watkins of Pitt Co., to Thomas Arnoll, 
Sr., of Pitt Co., for 125 acres, Jan. 25, 1785. South Tar 
River and East of Chicod Swamp, Grant No. 383. 

1-55. Edward Salter of Pitt Co., to John Watkins of 
Pitt Co., 100 Acres, Jan. 10, 1780, Beginning at Watkins 
upper corner, given to the said Salter by his father by 
will out of that Survey that John Watkins and Rachel 
Jones now lives on. 

1-128. Nathan Nelson, planter, of Pitt Co., to John 
Watkins of Pitt Co., for 2 tracts of land. 1 tract 130 
acres East side Chicod Swamp. Part of a patent to 
Thomas Salter, July 22, 1774. 2 tracts of 80 acres. 

Witnesses: Catherine Crofton, Mary Watkins. 

K-47. No. 726 to Wm. Watkins for 150 Acres, Nov. 
6, 1784. South Tar River, North side Chicod Swamp. 
(Call for Salter's line) 

K-70. No. 543 to John Watkins for 130 Acres, Nov. 6, 
1784. South Tar River, East Chicod Swamp. 

K-371. No. 78 to John Watkins for 125 Acres. March 3, 
1781. 

K-250. No. 1020 to Thomas Watkins, for 43 acres, Nov. 
28, 1792. 



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K-251. No. 1029 to Thomas Watkins for 150 acres, 
Nov. 26, 1792. Both of above on South Tar River and 
East of Chicod Swamp. 

0-115. Sarah Watkins of Pitt Co., to Thomas Wat- 
kins of Pitt Co., for 103 acres. East of Chicod Swamp, 
Division of property (400 acres) among the heirs of Wil- 
liam Watkins. 

0-273. Division of land of Wm, Watkins among the 
following heirs : Mary Watkins one of the heirs of said 
deceased and Thomas Watkins being the purchaser of 
the other two heirs and Heir to the fourth. We think it 
unnecessary to insist the course of the other share. April 
Term 1798. 

Other heirs were Catherine Condray, Sarah Watkins 
and Thomas Watkins. 

0-464. Thomas Watkins of Pitt Co., to Robert Boyd 
for 103 acres. May 5, 1800. East side of Chicod Swamp. 
0-114. Dennis Condray and wife Catherine of John- 
ston Co., to Thomas Watkins of Pitt Co., East of Chicod 
Swamp, 412 acres, 1/4 land owned by heirs of Wm. 
Watkins, 

BB-192, Estate of John Watkins. 

Joseph Laughinghouse and wife Jackey Ann Penelupy 
being one of the lawful heirs of (John Watkins) 1820. 
No. 2 Allotted James Watkins one of the lawful heirs. 
CC-447. James Boyd of Pitt Co., to James Watkins 
of Pitt, Sept. 8, 1824. 

DD-46, James Watkins of Pitt Co., to James Boyd of 
Pitt Co., July 7, 1824, East of Chicod (calls for Laugh- 
inghouse corner). 

K-250. No. 1020 to Thomas Watkins, for 43 acres, Nov. 
28, 1792. 

K-251. No. 1029 to Thomas Watkins for 150 Acres. 
Nov. 26, 1792. Both of above on South Tar River and 
Creek Chicod. 

0-115. Sarah Watkins of Pitt Co. to Thomas Watkins 
of Pitt Co. for 103 Acres East Chicod. Line of prop- 
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WATKINS FAMILY HISTORY ^ ^^ 59 



DESCENDANTS OF LEVIN WATKINS OF EDGE- 
COMBE AND DUPLIN COUNTIES, NORTH 
CAROLINA. 

I. THOMAS WATKINS 

II. JESSE WATKINS 

III. JOHN WATKINS (1780-1865), married Polly Gil- 
more (1789-1861) in Duplin County, N. C. 

1. EDITH WATKINS (1807-1844), married Wil- 
liam Robert McGowen of York, Ala, 

A. JOHN WATKINS McGOWEN (1828- 
1864), married Martha Susan McDonald, 

a, William Watkins McGowen living at 
Magnolia, Ark, 

b. Alice McGowen married Hon, John 
Whit Bird of Arkansas, 

1, Abram Guy ton Bird 

2, Martha Rena Bird 

3, Alma Davis Bird 

4, Belva Lockwood Bird 

5, James Marion Bird 

6, Roy Marion Bird 

7, John Whit Bird, Jr. 

8, Carl Wm. Bird 

9, Grace Alice Bird 

10, Mary Ruby Bird 

11. Mabel Bird 

(Belva Lockwood Bird married Wm, 
P. Longino ; two children: Martha 
Lidia Longino and Henry Algin Lon- 
gino. 

James Marion Bird married Maud Wil- 
son. No children. 

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Grace Alice Bird married Earl Dodson. 
Mary Ruby Bird married Joseph Scar- 
boro, Jr. 
c. Mary Roberta McGoweu married Wm. 
Hill Booth of Magnolia, Ark. 

1. James Bayed Booth married Effie 
Graham Lewis ; four children : 
Martha Virgie Booth, Myrtcs Louisa 
Booth, Mary Hazel Booth, William 
Brodus Booth, 

2. William Charles Booth married Fan- 
nie Tybitha Baker; one child: Lur- 
lein Ellen Booth, 

3. Mary Etta Booth married Henry 
Bradford Newton; five children: 
Charles Wm. Newton, John Brad- 
ford Newton, Thomas Gressoin 
Newton, Martha Newton. 

4. Leila May Booth married John Mil- 
ton Lockett; two children: Bernice 
Lockett and Inex Lockett. 

5. Minnie Mabel Booth married Wil- 
liam Jasper Dees; two children: 
Gordon Dees and 

6. Myrtle Carl Booth married Peter 
Miller Crisp ; two children : Aubrey 
Barrett Crisp and Lucile Crisp. 

d. Fannie Edith McGowen (unmarried), 

e. John James McGowen married Mary 
Virginia Dees. 

1. John Bryant McGowen of Mag- 
nolia, Ark., married Lillie Mayfield; 
two children: John Ray McGowen 
and Nellie May McGowen. 

2. Birdie May McGowen, 

3. Carl Clyde McGowen. 



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B. MARY ELIZABETH McGOWEN (1827- 
1860) married Rev. Wiide llainptoii 
Crawford, a Baptist minister. 

a. Martlia Bryan Craford married Thom- 
as A. Higlitower, Hattiesbur^, Misb. 

1. Edmund Gains Hightower, a Bap- 
tist minister. 

2. Minnie Lee Hightower married 
Arthur Vernon Hayes; one child: 
Arthur Vernon Hayes, Jr. 

3. Dr. Charles Counce Hightower mar- 
ried Elizabeth Powell, 

4. Katie Hightower. 

5. Lucile Hightower married Dr. C. H. 
Cleveland, Centerville, Ala. 

6. Mary Edith Hightower. 

7. Grace Hightower, 

b. William Erasmus Crawford, bachelor. 

c. Thomas Marion Crawford married 
Grace Gertrude McCoy, Hattiesburg, 
Miss, 

1. Mary Alma Crawford. 

2. Ellien McCoy Crawford. 

3. Edith Orgel Crawford. 

4. Marion McDonald Crawford, 

C, WILLIAM RUFUS McGOWEN married 
Virginia Easley of Sumpter County, Ala. 
a. William Easley McGowen married 
Annie Ward, Cuba, Ala. 

1. Virginia McGowen married K. B. 
Mitchell; one child: K. B. Mitchell, 
Jr. 

2. Chas. Ward McGowen married Em- 
ma Hulbert; one child: Charles 
Ward McGowen, Jr. 

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D. Vance; three children: Edna 
Vance, Eula Vance, Richard Vance. 

4. Gertrude McGowen married Rob- 
ert Bartlett. 

5. Lucile McGowen married — — 
Marks, 

6. Verde McGowen. 

7. W. H. McGowen. 

8. Pauline McGowen, 

Kate McGowen married Tule Temple, 
Bailey, Miss. 

1. Earnest A. Temple, Electric Mills, 
Miss. 

2. Earl M. Temple married Hollie 
Jones; two children: , 

3. Maude Lee Temple married C. 
Darden; three children: Pauline 
Darden, Virginia Darden, James 
Darden. 

4. Inez Temple married J. H. Giles; 
two children: Kathleen Giles, 
Frances Giles. 

5. William C. Temple. 

6. Virginia Temple married Mr. 
Lafaso. 

7. Pinkie Temple married Ethridge 
Bailey. 

8. Roger McGowen Temple. 

9. Lundie Temple, 
10. Decelle Temple, 

. Tom Pinkey McGowen married Fan- 
nie Altman, Cuba, Ala. 

1. William Alfred McGowen. 

2. Virginia McGowen 

3. Thomas Davis McGowen, 

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Wise, York, Ala. 

1. Virginia Wise. 

2. Fay Wise, 

3. William Wise. 

4. Irma Wise. 

5. Dolly Wise. 

6. Lolita Wise, 

e, Janie McGowen married first George 
Rouse; second, J. F. Coin. 

1. Logfield Rouse, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 
three children. 

2. Myrtle Coin. 

3. Ruth Coin, 

4. Wallace Coin, 

5. Franklin Coin, 

6. Thomas Coin, 

7. Janie Coin, 

8. Alfred Coin. 

f, Dollie McGowen married William M. 
Honeycutt, Cuba, Ala, 

1- Julian Honeycutt. 

2, Virginia Honeycutt. 

3, Fay Honeycutt, 

g, Martha Lucy McGowen married first, 
„ ; second Lynn Holmes. 

1, James Holmes. 

2, Frances Holmes. 

3. William Holmes. 

4. Lynn Holmes, Jr. 

D. MATTIE McGOWEN married Lee Holly. 
1. WilUam Holly, Gaston, Ala. 

E. JAMES McGOWEN died in hospital in 
Civil War, Mobile, Ala. 

F. TOM McGOWEN died at Chickamauga 
in Civil War, 



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G. ERASMUS McGOWEN died in hospital 

in Civil War in Florida. 
H. BRYAN McGOWEN died in Virginia in 

Civil War. 

2. STEPHEN GILMORE WATKINS (1810- ) 
married Polly Kornegay in Duplin County, 

N. C. , . ^ 

A. DR. WILLIAM BRYAN WATKINS 
(1831-1903), Clay County, Miss., married 
Eugenia Thompson. 

a. Mary Elizabeth Watkins. 

b. Ella Lee Watkins married James 
Bonds. 

1, Lee Bonds. 

2. Harry Bonds 

3. Earleen Bonds. 

4, Annie Bonds. 

c. Dr. William A. Watkins married Fran- 
ces Henrietta Watkins. 

d. Stephen Bryant Watkins. 

B. THADDEUS HARGETT WATKINS 
(1832-1908) married Hettie Cooper, Clay 
County, Miss. 

a. Stephen Gilmore Watkins. 

b. Allen Williams Watkins married Mary 
Gates. 

1. Annie Bessie Watkins. 

2. Thaddeus Allen Watkins. 

3. Sarah Helen Watkins. 

4. Hattie Watkins. 

5. Gertrude Watkins. 

6. Rufus Edward Watkins. 

7. Jack Gates Watkins. 

c. Mary Ruth Watkins married first 
George Wm. Grimes, who lived only 
nine months; second, John R. Egger. 



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1. Hettie Ruth Egger. 

2. John Gihnore Eggcr. 
d. Edward Rufus Watkins, 

C. JOHN LEVIN WATKINS (1841-1912), 
Clay County, Miss., married Jane Posey. 

a. Mary Ahce Watkins. 

b. Laura Anna Watkins. 

D. STEPHEN GILMORE WATKINS (1843- 
1862). 

E. ALLEN WATKINS (1847-1914) married 
Mary Cooper, a sister of Thaddeus H, 
Watkins' wife, Hettie Cooper. 

a. Robert Lee Watkins. 

b. Hettie Irene Watkins married Alfred 
ElHs, Cedar Bluff, Miss. 

c. Albert Thaddeus Watkins married 
Virgie McVey. 

1. Claude Bryant Watkins, 

2. Mattie Vivian Watkins. 

3. Cooper Watkins. 

3. SOPHIANN V/ATKINS (1814- ) married 
James Glisson Swinson in Duplin County, N. 
C. Entire family moved to Texas in 1869. 

1. James Henry Swinson. 

2. John Swinson 

3. Alphious Swinson. 

4. William Swinson. 

5. Cicero Swinson. 

6. Robert Swinson. 

7. Quitman Swinson. 

8. Amelia Swinson. 

9. Mary Swinson. 

James Henry Swinson married Lu- 
cinda Youngblood. 

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loway. 



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4. CAPT. JOHN RUFUS WATKINS (1816-1892) 
married first Narcissa Fleming. 

A, ROBERT WATKINS, 

B, ALBERT WATKINS; 
Second, Nancy Duke, and had: 

C, MARY GILMORE WATKINS married 
Wallace E. Ivy. 

a. Tom Gates Ivy. 

b, Robert Ivy married Fannie Staples. 

1. Mary Ruth Ivy. 

2. Sterle Ivy. 

c, Frank Ivy married *Helen Lou Gates. 

1. Rena May Ivy. 

2. Annie Lou Ivy. 

3. Tom Gates Ivy. 

d. Annie Bell Ivy married Glisson Swin- 
son, 

1. Tom Wallace Swinson, 

By third wife, Emma Lofton, John 
R. Watkins had: 

D, LAURA WATKINS married WilUs Mose- 
ley, 

a. Emma Jane Moseley married John K. 
Dexter. 

b. Ella Moseley married Wash Ford. 

c. Ed Moseley married Bell Langham. 

1. Howard Moseley, 

2. Hugh Moseley. 

d. Willis Moseley. 

e. Edward Moseley. 

f. Howard Moseley. 

E, ELLA WATKINS married first Dr. Robt. 
Foster Gates; second Ed Kennedy. 

a. John Rush Gates married third cousin, 
Dora Bonds, Memphis, Tenn. 



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1, Annie Florence Gates. 

2. Haslan Gates. 

b. Louise Foster Gates married James 
Calvert, West Point, Miss, 

1. David Calvert. 

2. Douglas Calvert. 

3. Isen Gates Calvert. 

4. Eloise Calvert. 

5. James Calvert. 

c. Charles Townsend Gates. 

d. Tine Gates. .^ 

e. Minnie Hall Gates. 

f. William Judson Gates. 

F. JOHN i. WATKINS married Kate Fields, ^ 
West Point, Miss. 

a. John Hadden Watkins married Ella 
McFadden, Monroe, La, 

1. Mary Evelyn Watkins. 

2. John Hadden Watkins. 

3. Edwin Watkins. 

4. Richard Watkins. 

b. William Bryan Watkins. 

c. Katherinc Watkins. 

d. Mary Lou Watkins. 

e. Laura Ella Watkins. 

f. Wilbur Rainey Watkins married Irma 
Valentine. 

1, Virginia Fields Watkins. 

g. John T. Watkins, Jr. 
G. WILLIAM WATKINS. 

5. BRYAN WATKINS (1818-1848) married 

Susan Whitfield of Aberdeen, Miss. 

A, JOHN HATCH WATKINS married first 

his cousin, Alice Watkins; second, Dora 

Frank; third, Sarah McLendon. 

a. John Yancy Watkins married Nana 



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Jane Jordan; are living in Louisiana, 

1, John Yancy Watkins. 

2, Alice Watkins, 

3, Lem Hatch Watkins, 

b. Susan Matilda Watkins married 
George W, Stone. 

1. Alice Stone married William Griggs 
and has three children: Guy Griggs, 
Agnes Griggs and Raymond Griggs. 

2. Katie May Stone married Frank 
Wood, Newton, Texas; has one 
child, Mattie Sue Wood. 

3. Susif Stone. 

4. John W. Stone. 

5. George Stone 

6. Louis Stone, ••.>•, 

7. Stella Stone. 

8. Jessie Anna Stone. 

9. Mary Stone. 

10. Elizabeth Stone. 

11. Wahon Stone. 

c. Lucile Watkins. 

d. Thomas Russell Watkins, Mesa, Ari- 
zona, married Julia Allen, 

1. Wilham Olen Watkins. 

2. Galen Hatch Watkins. 

3. Warren Russell Watkins. 

4. James Allen Watkins. 

5. Joseph Heber Watkins. 

e. Henry Cobb Watkins, Mesa, Arizona, 
married Caroline Rogers, 

1, Vera Katkins. 

2, Alice Watkins. 

3, Wilhs A. Watkins. 
4 Henry C, Watkins. 
5. Alton R. Watkins. 



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6. Ivan Watkins, 

7. Inez Watkins, 

B. ELIZABETH AMELIA WATKINS mar- 
ried Mason Cummings, Aberdeen, Miss. 

a. Lelia May Cummings married Enoch 
Hardy. 

1. Elizabeth Hardy. 

2. Baten Hardy. 

3. Enoch Hardy. 

4. Mason Hardy. 

5. Amelia Hardy. 

6. Henry Hardy. 

7. PauI Hardy. 

8. Phillip Hardy. 

b. Emma Randle Cummings married 
Hon. Samuel A. Montgomery, New 
Orleans, La. 

1. Margaret Hamilton Montgomery. 

c. Amelia Cummings married Edmund 
Williams, Fort Worth, Texas. 

1. Edmund Williams. 

2. Erskine Williams. 

d. Dr. Hatch Whitfield Cummings, 
Hearne, Tex., married Pauline Eckerle, 

1. Frances Cummings. 

2. Helen Cummings. 

3. Hatch Cummings. 

4. Sue Flake Cummings. 

5. Clemmie Cummings. 

e. Bryan Yancy Cummings, attorney-at- 
law, Hillsboro, Tex., married Jewel 
Knox. 

1. Elizabeth Cummings. 

2. Josephine Cummings. 

3. Jewel Cummings. 

4. Yancey Cummings. 



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f. Sue Flake Cummings, , Tex., 

married George A. Duren. 
1. Pauline Duren, 
C. WILLIAM WHITFIELD WATKINS, Ab- 
erdeen, Miss., married Anna L. Knowles. 

a. William Bismarck Watkins, Aberdeen, 
Miss., married AUie E, McCluney. 

1. Mary Louise Watkins. 

2. Grace Fairfield Watkins, 

3. Edith LeRoy Watkins. 

4. Allie Watkins, 

5. Wm. B. Watkins, Jr. 

''y/ 6, Robert McCluney Watkins, 

7. Sarah Pope Watkins. 

b. Susan Congdon Watkins married John 
Gibson, Memphis, Tenn. 

•r- 1. Gladys Gibson. 

: 2. John William Gibson, 

c. Wade Leroy Watkins, Aberdeen, Miss., 
married Josephine Clark. 

d. Guy Hartwell Watkins, Aberdeen, 
Miss., married Clyde Ater. 

1. Guy Hartwell Watkins, Jr. 

2. William Whitfield Watkins. 

3. Clyde Ater Watkins. 

e. Minnie Grace Watkins married Wiley 
P. Harris, Jackson, Miss, 

1. Grace Knowles Harris, 
D, BRYAN YANCY WATKINS. 
6. ELIZABETH AMELIA WATKINS (1823-1869) 
married first Mr. Lowe in Alabama; second 
Rev, WilHam Gunn in Alabama; third, George 
W. Grimes. 

A. Dr, WilUam Boteright Gunn, West Point, 
Miss., married first Mary Grimes; second 
Ada Flaningin, 



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1. Elizabeth Gunn married William Cur- 
ry, Memphis, Tenn.; six children: 
William Curry, Mary Curry, Edward 
Curry, Ross Curry, Julian Curry, 
Pauline Curry. 

2. Tom Ivy Gunn, West Point, Miss., 
married Roma Diamond; one adopted 
child. 

3. Robert Lee Gunn married Frances 
Eddins ; one child: Robert Lee Gunn, 
Jr. 

4. J. B, Gunn. 

6, WILLIAM A, WATKINS (1812-1858), West 
Point, Miss., married Elizabeth Wooten. 
A, JOHN WATKINS, killed in battle in Civil 
' War, 1863. 

B. MARY GILMORE WATKINS, West 
Point, Miss., married Ben. F. Kennedy. 

a, William Watkins Kennedy married 
Fannie Lou Bonds. 

1. Maude Kennedy, 

2. Lon Kennedy. 

b, Thomas Kennedy married Effie Stev- 
ens ; lives in Louisiana. 

1. Rhendel Kennedy. 

c, Albert Sidney Kennedy, New Orleans, 
La., married Molly Lockhart, 

d, Alice Eugenia Kennedy married Robt. 
Lee Miller. 

1. Mary Virginia Miller. 

2. Mattie M. Miller. 

3. Susie Miller 

4. Wm. Miller. 

5. Lucy Miller. 

6. Ruth Miller. 

e, Lucy White Kennedy married William 



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Thomas Hines, West Point, Miss. 

1. William Thomas Hines, Jr. 

2. Lucile Hines. 

3. Edna Hines. 

f. Unity Elizabeth Kennedy married Al- 
bert Murphy, Moorehead, Miss. 

1. Inez Murphy, 

2. Odebt Murphy 

3. Miss Johnnie Mvirphy. 

4. Miss Eugenia Murphy. 

g, Mary Levonia Kennedy married Percy 
D. Richards, Memphis, Tenn. 

C. BETTIE ELIZABETH WATKINS mar- 
ried Robert Madison Ellis, Lake Charles, 

Louisiana. 

a. Dale Harris married Eva Marie Cog- 
nolatti. 

b. Mary Bessie Ellis married A, G. Ellis, 
Lake Charles, La. 

1. A. G. EUis, Jr. 

2. Eva Dale Ellis. 

c. John Bemis Ellis. 

d. Oliver Burn Ellis. 

e. Oscar Gunn ElUs, U. S. navy. 

f. James Madison Ellis, Tallulah, La, 

g. Nina D. Aubrey Ellis, 
h. Gladys Dashleigh Ellis. 

D. ALICE WATKINS married John Hatch 
Watkius, 

(See descendants of Bryan Watkins.) 

E. MARTHA JANE WATKINS married 
Lavonia Cromwell. 

a, William Heard Cromwell married 
Fleet Montgomery, West Point, Miss. 

1. Herman Cromwell. 

2. Maggie Cromwell. 



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3. Mattie Cronuvell. 

4. F'rancis Cromwell. 

b. Thaddeus Cromwell married Annie 
May Murphy. 

1. Marion Cromwell. 

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c. Lavonia Cromwell. 

F. BETTIE WATKINS. '''' 

8. LUCY ELISA WATKINS (1828-1858) married 
John White, West Point, Miss. 

9. JAMES BECTON WATKINS (1830-1880) mar- 
ried Nancy Gosa, 

A. MARY BECTON WATKINS married Dr. 
William Van Bureii Saul, Montpelier, 
Miss. ^ 

a. Thomas Giles Saul married Ada May 
Gilmore. 

1. William Robert Saul. 

b. Robert Lee Saul married Pearl Henry. 

c. Stephen Scott Saul married Florence 
Gertrude Clark. 

1. Frances Lillian Saul. 

d. Sallie Lou Saul married James Thom- 
as Cliett. 

B. SALLIE LOU WATKINS married H. C. 
Oliver, New Albany, Miss. 

C. JOHN BECTON WATKINS married 
Beulah Bell Tribble. 

a. James Levin Watkins. 

b. George Aubrey Watkins, 

c. Mary Lou Watkins. 

10. POLLY WATKINS (1820-1885) married 
Lewis Stevens in Duplin County, N. C. 

A. HUBERT A. STEVENS, killed in Civil 
War at Petersburg, Va., 1864. 

B. HELEN MALISSA STEVENS married 
WilUam H. Lofton. 



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a. Emma Lofton married William S. Gor- 
don, Montpelier, Miss. 

1, Lucy Gordon married Joe Hill; 
seven children: Martha Hill, George 
Hill, Gordon Hill, Maggie Hill, John 
Hill, Robert Hill, William Hill. 

2. Alex H. Gordon married Ola Cum- 
mings; two children: Carl Gordon, 

* ' " Christine Gordon. 

3, Maggie Lee Gordon married Robert 
Beasley, Houston, Miss.; one child: 
Franklin Gordon Beasley. 

4. William Lewis Gordon married 
Anna McClure; one child: Emma 
Gladys Gordon. 

b- Sallie V, Lofton married James L. 
Eelk. 
' 1. Oscar Belk, 
c. Hubert Lofton married Olive Cousins. 

1. WilHam Noel Lofton married Ruby 
Stevens. 

': ':{ ' Jesse Andrew Lofton. 

2. Lucy Lofton married Aaron Thomp- 
son. 

1. Helen Thompson married Crow- 
ley Henley. 

2. William Guy Thompson. 

3. Albert Thompson. 

d. Effie E. Lofton married Wiley Coleman 

1. Merle Coleman. 

2. Haywood Coleman. 

3. Ida May Coleman. 

4. Robert Coleman. 

C. ANNA STEVENS married Hilsman 
Cockrell. 

a. Hubert Cockrell married Edna Doug- 
lass. 



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b. Laura Cockrell married Dr. James 
Jenkins, Crenshaw, Miss. 

1. James Jenkins. 

2. Elizabeth Jenkins. 

3. Mary Jenkins. 

c. Mary Cockrell married John D- Furr. 
1. Hilsman Furr. 

d. Annie Cockrell. 

D. MARY GILMORE STEPHENS married 
Joseph Lewis Thompson. 

a. John Gilmore Thompson, West Point, 
Miss., married Ida May Lowe. 

1. John Gilmore Thompson, Jr. 

2. Henry Lloyd Thompson. 

3. Gerald Lowe Thompson. 

4. Mary Ida Thompson. 

5. Joseph Lewis Thompson. 

b. William Lewis Thompson married 
Maude Vivian Howard. 

1. Lucile Thompson. 

2. Frances Lewis Thompson. 

3. Lee Howard Thompson. 

4. Joseph Thomas Thompson. 

c. Alice Thompson married Robert Lamar 
Calvert, Abbott, Miss, 

1. Anita Calvert. 

2. Mildred Calvert. 

3. Mary Marguerite Calvert. 

4. Robert Lamar Calvert. 

5. Elizabeth Calvert. 

d. Anna Lou Thompson. 

e. Lena Thompson. 

E. JAMES LEWIS STEVENS married Ad- 
die Burnett, 

a. William Watkins Stevens married 
Lillian Hill Thomas. 
1. Willie Stevens. 



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b. Hubert Alon/o Stevens. 

c. Frank Beattic Stevens. 

d. Helen Arey Stevens, 

e. Eliza Vernon Stevens. 

F. ANNA STEVENS married Jesse Warren 
Stevens. 

a. Jessie Stevens, 

b. Ruby Stevens married Wm. Lofton; 
one child. 

c. Mary Stevens. 

d. Sarah Lou Stevens. 

G. LUCY DORA STEVENS married Lon H. 
Bonds. 

a. James Bonds married first Ella Lee 

Watkins ; second Ola Brown. 
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1. Lee Bonds, 

2. Bryant Bonds. 

3. Harvey Bonds. 

4. Erleen Bonds 
^ 5, Annie Bonds. 

b. Annie Bonds married Rev. J. M, Tal- 
ley. 

1. Catherine Talley, 

c. Fannie Lou Bonds married William 
Watkins Kennedy, Griffith, Miss. 

1. Maude Kennedy, 

2, Lon Kennedy, 

d. Dora Bonds married John Rush Gates, 
Memphis, Tenn. 

1. Annie Florence Gates. 

2 

e. Maude Bonds married William Jen- 
kins Willbanks, Columbus, Miss, 

1. Ehzabeth Willbanks. 

2. Loraine Willbanks. 

H. CICERO WATKINS STEVENS married 
Lona Bonds. 



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a. Lewis Hubert B. Stevens married Wil- 
lie Swinson McVey, Cedar Blu£[, Miss. 

1. Eugenia Stevens, 

2. Thelma Stevens. 

b. John Edward Stevens married Lucile 
Spragins, Abbott, Miss. 

1. John Edward Stevens. 

2. Ruth Ivy Stevens, 

c. William H. Stevens, Cedar Bluflf, Miss., 
married Ruby Miller, 

1. Adrian Stevens. 

2. Mildred Stevens. 

3. Evelyn Stevens. 

4. James Stevens, 

d. Fred Bell Stevens married Dovey 
Coggins. 

1. John Cicero Stevens. 

e. Mamie Gilmore Stevens married Geo. 
T. Venable, Los Angeles, California. 

f. Lucy Stevens. 



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IV. SALLY WATKINS, born Feb. 28, 1777, Duplin 
County, N. C, married Needham Whitfield (1758- 
1812). 

1. EDITH WHITFIELD, born 1799 (died with- 
out issue). 
> 2. ALLEN WHITFIELD. 

3. BETSY WHITFIELD (Feb. 9, 1801-Feb. 16, 
1846) married Gen. Natlian Bryan Whitfield 
of Demopolis, Ala. (1799-1868). 

A. NATHAN BRYAN WHITFIELD (1824- 
1832). 

B. MARY ELIZABETH WHITFIELD (1826- 
1859) married WilUam Whitfield, Colum- 
bus, Miss, 

a. Nathan Bryan Whitfield married Laura 
Pickett. 

1. Nathan Whitfield. 

2. William Whitfield. 

3. Sarah Whitfield married Needham 
Holmes. 

b. Wilham Wiltshire Whitfield. 

C. DR. BRYAN WATKINS WHITFIELD 
(1828-1908) married Mary Alice Fortes- 
cue (1838-1899), daughter of Augustus 
Fortescue of Marengo County, Ala. 

a. Bessie Alice Whitfield married Dr. 
James B. Whitfield. 

1. Marianna Bryan Whitfield. 

2. Bessie Eugenia Whitfield. 

3. Eleanor Fortescue Whitfield, 

4. James Bryan Whitfield. 

5. Grace Whitfield. 

6. Alice Whitfield. 

7. Edith Whitfield. 

b. Jesse George Whitfield married Nellie 
Clinton Holmes. 



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1. Williiiiii Holmes Whitfield. 

2. Fortescue Bryan Whitfiekl. 

3. Thomas Hohnes Whitfield. 

c. Auj;ustus Fortcscue Whitiield murried 
Mary Clark; lives in Kentucky. 

1. Mary Alice Whitfield, 

2. Augustus Fortcscue Whitfield, 

3. Edward Whitfield. 

4. William Whitfield 

5. Hattie Whitfield. 

6. George Whitfield, 

d. Bryan Watkins Whitfield married 
Ammie Kcyes ; lives in Kentucky, 

1. Frances Whitfield. 

2. Bryan Watkins Whitfield. 

3. Mary Alice Whitfield. 

e. Nathan Bryan Whitfield married Lib- 
bie Hatch. 

1. Bryan Watkins Whitfield, 

2. Nathan Bryan Whitfield. 

3. Asa Whitfield. 

4. Joseph Whitfield. 

f. Alice Hall Whitfield married L. S. 
Compton, San Angelo, Texas. 

1. Whitfield Compton. 

2. Mary Compton, 

3. Julia Compton. 

g. Hettie Hatch Whitfield married T. L. 
Sharpe. 

1. Thomas Sharpe lives at Nauvon, 
Ala. 

2. Lucy Sharpe. 

3. Mary Sharpe. 

4. Natalie Sharpe. 

h. Mary Elizabeth Whitfield married T. 
E. McKinley. 
1. John Henry McKinley. 






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D. NEEDHAM GEORGE WHITFIELD 

(1830-1884). 

E. EDITH WHITFIELD (1832-1842). 

F. NATHAN BRYAN WHITFIELD (1835- 
1914) married Medora Shackelford of 
Sumpter County, Ala. 

a. Richard Dunford Whitfield, Portland, 
Ore. 

b. Medora Whitfield, Portland, Ore, 

c. Mary Whitfield, Portland, Ore. 
d „ 

G. EDITH JAMES WHITFIELD (1842- 
1904) married Gen. C. W- Dustan of New 

"^ - York City. 

a. Edith Louise Dustan, Lakewood, N. J. 

b. Bessie Whitfield Dustan, Lakewood, 
N. J. 

H. BETSY WINIFRED WHITFIELD (1843- 
) married Col. F. E. Whitfield, Cor- 
inth, Miss, 
a. Edwin Nott Whitfield, New York. 

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V. WILLIAM WATKINS. 

VI. MITCHELL WATKINS married Penny Coleman 
of Duplin County, N. C. 

1. LEVIN WATKINS (1808-1866) married Hen- 
rietta White. 

A. KINDRED WATKINS married first Miss 
Harmon; second, Miss Rea. 

a, Thomas Watkins married Matilda 
Germany. 

b, Lucy Watkins married D. W. Gillis. 

c, Henrietta Watkins married Will 
Young. 

d, Dalton Watkins. 

e, John Watkins. 

B. SAMUEL WARD WATKINS married in 
Texas. 

a. Annie Watkins married Mr. Simmons. 

b. MoUie Watkins married Mr, Scales. 

c. Will Watkins. 

C. JAMES WATKINS (1838- ) married 
Belle Moore. 

a. Lula Watkins married James Bryant. 

b. Maggie Watkins married Charles 
Hailey. 

D. MILDRED WATKINS married John 
Cox. 

a. Wallace Cox married Clara Brown. 

b. Willis Cox married Miss Cook. 

E. CHARLES H. WATKINS married Jose- 
phine Gurley, 

a. Minnie Watkins. 

b. Fannie Watkins married Dr. W. A. 
Watkins. 

c. Leanna Watkins married M. J, John- 
son. 



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'^'' ' d. Dr. Chas. Albert Watkins married 

^ Dola Ayecock. 

^ e. Elizabeth Watkins married W. W. Mc- 
Kay. 
' f. Dr. L. J. Watkins. 

g. Ethel Watkins. 

F, WILLIS WATKINS married Lou War- 
wick. 

a. Willis Watkins married F. McAdory. 

G. THADDEUS C. WATKINS (1845- ) 
married Sallie Scales. 

' a, Everett Watkins married Bettie Burt. 
' b. Dr. W. L. Watkins married Carrie 

Burrage. 

c. Dr. H. B. Watkins married Sybil 
Bowles. 

d. Lennie Watkins married Dr. Darnall. 

e. Dr. Earle Watkins married 

f. Alma Watkins married Mr. Hoskins. 

g. Sadie Watkins married Mr, Kirkpat- 
rick. 

H. WEBSTER WATKINS (1853-1880). 

I. MARION WATKINS married Bates 

Long. 

a. John Long. 

b. Emma Long. 

c. Etta Long. 

J. JOHN WATKINS married Emma Green. 

a. John Watkins. 

b. Bessie Watkins. 

c. Ben Watkins. 

d. Bernice Watkins. 

2. CHARLES WATKINS married Miss Scar- 
borough. 

3. KINDRED WATKINS died in Texas. 

4. REBECCA WATKINS married Sam Roberts; 
lived and died in Texas. 

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VII. LEVIN WATKINS (1791-1865) married first Sallie 
Coleman; second Mary Thompson. 

1. MARY WATKINS (died young). 

2. WILLIAM BRYAN WATKINS (died young). 

3. ELIZA JANE WATKINS married John W. 
Hutton. 

A. SALLIE A. HUTTON married Richard 
Hatter, West Green, Ala, 

a. W. R. Hatter. 

B. AUGUSTUS C. HUTTON. 

C. JOHN ANTHONY HUTTON. 

D. JOSEPH HUTTON. 

4. NARCISSA WATKINS married Samuel W. 
Taylor. 

' ^ ^ t A. ELIZA W. TAYLOR married Robert Hib- 
bler, Gainesville, Ala. 
B. MARY D. TAYLOR married first Benj. 
S. Edwards; second, W. H. Gill. 

a. Amelia Edwards, 

b. Mary Willis Gill. 

c. John Gill. 

d. Martha N. Gill. 

e. Julian J. Gill, Starkville, Miss,, mar- 
ried Lula King. 

1, Jessie May Gill. 
' 2. Eliza Earleen Gill. 

3. Louise Gill. 
C. HARRIETT ANN TAYLOR married S. 
W, Barnes, 
a. Samuel Taylor Barnes. 

1, Samuel Taylor Barnes, Jr, 

2. John R. Barnes, Chattanooga, Tenn., 
married Ella Richards, 

a. Eliza P. Barnes. 

b. John Lee Barnes, 

c. Wm. Riley Barnes. 

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^ i I b. William Riley Barnes, Chattanooga, 

Tenn., married Eva Reed, 
-- . 1. Marie Louise Barnes. 

^ 2. Harriett Ann Barnes. 

c. Hattie U. Barnes married C. W. Bruni- 
ley, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

D. DR. S. W. TAYLOR, Warsaw, Ala., mar- 
ried Eliza A. White. 

a. William White Taylor, Lagrange, 
Tenn., married Ella Mayes, 

1. Edwin B. Taylor. 

2. Mildred U. Taylor. 

3. William White Taylor. 

b. Laura N. Taylor, 

c, Earle E, Taylor, 

d, Eliza A, Taylor, 

E. EARLE TAYLOR married Lillie Petway. 

a. John Earle Taylor, 

b. Samuel W. Taylor. 

F. ELIZA A, TAYLOR married John G. 
Cooke, Marietta, Ala. 
a. John G, Cooke, Jr. 

G. FLORENCE N. TAYLOR. 

H, JOHN BALUS TAYLOR, 

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WATKINS FAMILY HISTORY 85 

VIII. PETER WATKINS married Catherine McDuflie. 

1. CAROLINE WATKINS. 

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IX. BRYAN WATKINS married first Susan Anderson; 
second, Lucy Johnson (nee Brown). 

1. THOMAS WATKINS. 

2. ELIZABETH WATKINS. 

3. SUSAN JANE WATKINS. 

4. CAPT. ROBERT EMMETT WATKINS, Eu- 
taw, Ala., married Miss OUver. 

A. LUCY WATKINS married Edwin Wilson, 
Eutaw, Ala. 

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b. Anna Wilson. 

B. ANNA V/ATKINS married John Pool, 
Eutaw, Ala. 

a. John Pool, Jr., Eutaw, Ala. 

5. CAPT. WILLIAM EDWARD WATKINS mar- 
ried Irene Wynne. 

A. LUCY WATKINS married Jardines, 

Huntsville, Texas. 

6. MARTHA ANN WATKINS married Jack 
Baker, 

A married Leighton Winn. 

B. MINNIE BAKER married Stewart. 

C. IDA BAKER married — — Cooper. 

7. JOHN B, WATKINS married Miss Brown. 

A. GEORGE WATKINS. 

B ;.. 

X. BRICK WATKINS. 

XI. BECTON WATKINS. 

XII. JAMES WATKINS. 



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