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Evan Watkins

Nicknames: "George Evan Watkins"
Birthplace: Kent, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Frederick, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Watkins and Mary Griffith
Husband of Mary Ann Dill Watkins; Mary Catherine Watkins and Mary Catherine Webb
Father of Evan Watkins; Peter Watkins and Evan Watkins

Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Evan Watkins

Owned and operated Watkins Ferry. He did leave a will, In 1755 Generals George Washington and Edward Braddock crossed Watkin Ferry on their way to Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) at the beginning of the French and Indian War. According to the private papers of George Washington, Watkins Ferry was used during the Revolutionary War to transport troops and store supplies. All three, Watkins Ferry, Maidstone on the Potomoc and Evan Watkins are mentioned in his papers. Watkins Ferry was the location of one of the first shipyards for the United States. During the Civil War, the ferry was seized by Confederate soldiers to cross into Virginia. Maidstone-on-the- Potomac remained active as a ferry until the construction of the first Potomac River bridge in the late nineteenth century. The property is also a well preserved and intact example of Federal-style domestic architecture. Maidstone-on-the-Potomac was damaged in a fire of suspicious origin the night of March 7, 2009, one of several similar fires in Berkeley County, West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland in a short span of days. It gutted the inside. In 1861 the ferry was used by Union forces under Captain Abner Doubleday to cross into Virginia for raids. In 1863 Doubleday again crossed the river by fording while pursuing Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it advanced on Gettysburg. A month later, following Lee's defeat, 70,000 confederate soldiers crossed at Lemen's Ferry.[2]

In the late 19th century the first bridge crossing was built at this location. Today, US 11 crosses here, bisecting the property.

The Watkins Family also became associated with the Boone Family during the time of their ownership of the Ferry. A great-great grandson, John Watkins (His father John T Watkins was born at Watkins Ferry), of the original Evan Watkins married Elizabeth Karn, a 1st and 2nd cousin of Daniel Boone's. Elizabeth was the daughter of Christopher Karn and Leah Boone.

John and Elizabeth's son Christopher Columbus Watkins married Rachel Bristow who was the granddaughter of Leah's sister, Hannah Boone.

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Evan Watkins's Timeline

Kent, Maryland, United States
Age 17
Age 28
July 1765
Age 49
Frederick, West Virginia, United States