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Birthplace: Talgarth, Brecknockchire, South Wales, Wales
Death: Died in Henrico, Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Managed by: Gertrude Donchin Chityat גיטל דונכין ציטיאט
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WATKINS, HENRY, (1638-1715) From Wales in 1687 to Henrico Co. VA. Married Rachel______. WATKINS

Source Information:

Kinard, June. comp.. Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Published by The Researchers, PO box 39063, Indianapolis IN. 46239-0063.

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Watkins Family

My file on the Watkins family is the largest in my database. Our direct ancestor (my greatx3 grandmother) was Mary Elizabeth Martha Watkins who married Charles DeLaigle in Augusta, GA. I have met so many lovely people in the course of this research, and I thank each and every one. Most particularly, I thank Mrs. Eugenia Richards, whose friendship and help made learning more about our shared Watkins’ ancestors such a joy!

HENRY WATKINS is documented in Henrico County, Virginia, and our immigrant ancestor. Many sources say Henry was born about 1638 in Wales, possibly in Talgarth, Brecknockshire, South Wales. He was a Quaker, a member of the Society of Friends, and appears in officials records in Henrico County, VA as early as 1677. One quote says: "One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point of view of economic, social and political development is the distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor."

1677: assisted Richard Cocke, Col. Ligon, and Gilbert Jones in the survey of “Mawburne Hills,” which he owned.

1678: Henry Watkins paid tithes in Varina parish.

1679: Deed patented for 170 acres of land on the north side of the James River in Henrico County. Henry Watkins held land in the "Turkey Island" district of eastern Henrico County, north of the James River, when a militia roll was taken in June 1679.

1684: Fined for continuing in his Quakerism.

1690: Purchased 360 acres of land in Varina Parish, Henrico Co, south side of Chickahominy Swamp from Lyonel Morris. That same year, he bought 60 acres of land adjoining his own land and touching a run of Turkey Island Creek.

1699: Subscribed 500 pounds of tobacco towards building the Friends meetinghouse at Curls

1703: Paid 50 pounds of tobacco towards furnishing the Friends building.

1704: Quit Rents of Virginia lists Henry Sr. with 100 acres in Henrico County

His religion, at times, caused him to clash with the ruling authorities in Virginia. In 1660, the Virginia Assembly passed a strict law against Quakers, who they described as “"... an unreasonable and turbulent sort of people, who daily gather together unlawful assemblies of people, teaching lies, miracles, false visions, prophecies, and doctrines tending to disturb the peace, disorganize Society and destroy the peace, disorganize society and destroy all laws, and government, and religion.” You’ll find many mentions of Henry Watkins in "Quaker Records of Henrico Monthly Meeting" by F. Edward Wright. When his wife was assaulted, he refused to prosecute the criminal because the law required actions contrary to the Quaker doctrine. In 1661 an act was passed that anyone who failed to attend services of the established church for a period of one month would be subject to a fine. And again in 1666 an act was passed imposing fines on 'refractory persons' for failure to comply with the militia laws and regulations. In 1684 Henry Watkins was fined by the court for "continuing in his Quakerisms." His fine was later remitted. Other Quaker families in the area were the Pleasant’s, “Makeney’s,” and the Woodson’s.

One thing that endears Henry Watkins, to me, is his disbursement of his lands to his children prior to his death. He mentions his love for his children when he gave land to each of his sons on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp in 1692. The tradition of primogeniture was still common in the early colonies. However, by making a will you could distribute your property as you saw fit. Henry went even further than this when he partitioned his land to his sons prior to his death. I feel it showed a great deal of confidence in the ability and integrity of his sons.

In January 1691/2, he gifted, “With love and affection:”

William: 120 acres next to Edward Finch

Joseph: 120 acres “in the lower part”

Edward: 120 acres “in the lower part”

Henry (Jr.): “the tract where I now live”

Thomas: 200 acres on “Three Runs”

Henry Watkins died 7 Feb 1714/1715 at his plantation near “Malvern Hills,” in Henrico County. He had made his will in November 1714 it was proved 7 February 1715. I have never seen a complete copy of his will. All I know is that it particularly left bequests to his grandson Thomas Watkins, son of Henry: 1 feather bed and bolster, 1 yarn "sett rugg", 1 pair nine quarter blankets, 1 pair sheets.

HENRY married CATHERINE. Her last name has been assumed to be “Pride.” Oddly, I have never seen any proof that was her last name. I also don’t know if she survived Henry.

Their children were:

1) Henry (Jr.) WATKINS (b.1660-Henrico County,VA d.1714/1715-Henrico County,VA)

| sp: Mary CRISPE/CREWS

2) Elizabeth WATKINS (b.Abt 1669-Henrico County,VA)

| sp: John BOTTOMS/BOTTOMLEY (b. Abt 1665 m.1692)

3) Rachel WATKINS (b. Abt 1670-Henrico County,VA d.Bef 1729)

| sp: Robert (Jr.) (called himself Sr.) WOODSON (b.Abt 1660 m.Abt 1710 d.1729-Henrico County,VA)

4) THOMAS "of Swift Creek" WATKINS * (b.1672-Malvern Hills Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.1760-Cumberland Cty,VA)

| sp: Elizabeth PRIDE * (b. Abt 1688-Swift Creek,Chesterfield,VA)

5) Edward WATKINS (b. Abt 1676 d.1771-Cumberland Cty,VA)

| sp: (unknown-
 | sp: Mary Bishop TAYLOR PENDLETON (m.Abt 1723)
| sp: (third wife of Edward Watkins-unknown)

6) Joseph WATKINS (b.Henrico County,VA d.1723-Henrico County,VA)

| sp: Anne

7) William WATKINS (b.1685/1690-Curles Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.Abt 1781-Cornwall Parish; Charlotte County,VA)

  sp: Martha HERNDON (m.Abt 1726 d.1781)

Note: I have seen others reference Mary Watkins as a daughter of the elder Henry. I have also seen her listed as a child of Henry Watkins, Jr. If anyone has information about Mary, who married Nicholas Hutchins, please contact me! For now, I list her as a child of Henry, Jr. As Henry, Jr. was the eldest child, he could have married and had Mary as an elder child, but I have no proof one way or the other.

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"Atkinson and Kidd Ancestry of Hollie Clare Atkinson":

"There were a number of early Quakers in colonial Virginia. going back through a female ancestor, many of the Watkins are directly descended from Pocahontas through her son John Rolphe."

"Hutchins-Hutchens, Descendants of Strangeman Hutchins":

Henry Watkins Sr. (II), a Quaker, was fined by the court in Henrico County, 1684, for "continuing in his Quakerism." His fine was remitted.

SOURCES: "Hutchins-Hutchens, Descendants of Strangeman Hutchins", "Born 1707, of the James River in Virginia and Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina"; Vol. 1, pg. 2-6; Addenda, Appendix III., Ancestor Chart of the Children of Strangeman Hutchins, pg. 796-810; 3 Vols. by Rita Hineman Townsend; the book states that it is impossible to say who is the father of Mary, that it is either Henry Watkins, Sr. or Henry Watkins, Jr. ("Temple Archive Sheet" gives the father as Henry Watkins, III, and his father as Henry Watkins, II). "Four Generations of the Family of Strangeman Hutchins and his wife Elizabeth Cox, as known January 10, 1935", (An old Virginia Family along the James River, by Marriage joined to other Immigrant Families of the Colony), pgs. 3-4; Edited by Mrs. Gussie Waymire Crider and Edward C. Crider of Buck Creek, Indiana (now deceased). "Some Watkins Families," by John Hle Stutesman, "Henry Watkins of Henrico"; To Va 1687 of Malvern Hall, Henrico Co., VA. Mary Watkins, wife of Nicholas Watkins-Ancestral lines is from "Temple Archive Sheet" from Salt Lake City Library; original source unknown; we have no further proof. Internet Ancestry.com, Online Family Tree, "ReVeal-Favis Family Tree July 2003", Kacy Davis, whose source is unknown; "Atkinson and Kidd Ancestry of Hollie Clare Atkinson," by Hollie Bevan, fromadam2u@hotmail.com (Hone Page: Bevan Genealogy Services - Adam to You). "Ancestors of Kian Moring", by Bruce D. Johnson, brucedjohnson9@aol.com., from "Some Watkins Families," pg. 28, by John Hale Statesman (or Stutesman, 305 Spruce St., San Francisco, CA 94118) CS 71 W335 1989.

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HENRY WATKINS is documented in Henrico County, Virginia. Many sources say Henry was born about 1638 in Wales, possibly in Talgarth, Brecknockshire, South Wales. He was a Quaker, a member of the Society of Friends, and appears in officials records in Henrico County, VA as early as 1677. One quote says: "One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point of view of economic, social and political development is the distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor."

1677: assisted Richard Cocke, Col. Ligon, and Gilbert Jones in the survey of “Mawburne Hills,” which he owned.

1678: Henry Watkins paid tithes in Varina parish.

1679: Deed patented for 170 acres of land on the north side of the James River in Henrico County. Henry Watkins held land in the "Turkey Island" district of eastern Henrico County, north of the James River, when a militia roll was taken in June 1679.

1684: Fined for continuing in his Quakerism.

1690: Purchased 360 acres of land in Varina Parish, Henrico Co, south side of Chickahominy Swamp from Lyonel Morris. That same year, he bought 60 acres of land adjoining his own land and touching a run of Turkey Island Creek.

1699: Subscribed 500 pounds of tobacco towards building the Friends meetinghouse at Curls

1703: Paid 50 pounds of tobacco towards furnishing the Friends building.

1704: Quit Rents of Virginia lists Henry Sr. with 100 acres in Henrico County

His religion, at times, caused him to clash with the ruling authorities in Virginia. In 1660, the Virginia Assembly passed a strict law against Quakers, who they described as “"... an unreasonable and turbulent sort of people, who daily gather together unlawful assemblies of people, teaching lies, miracles, false visions, prophecies, and doctrines tending to disturb the peace, disorganize Society and destroy the peace, disorganize society and destroy all laws, and government, and religion.” You’ll find many mentions of Henry Watkins in "Quaker Records of Henrico Monthly Meeting" by F. Edward Wright. When his wife was assaulted, he refused to prosecute the criminal because the law required actions contrary to the Quaker doctrine. In 1661 an act was passed that anyone who failed to attend services of the established church for a period of one month would be subject to a fine. And again in 1666 an act was passed imposing fines on 'refractory persons' for failure to comply with the militia laws and regulations. In 1684 Henry Watkins was fined by the court for "continuing in his Quakerisms." His fine was later remitted. Other Quaker families in the area were the Pleasant’s, “Makeney’s,” and the Woodson’s.

One thing that endears Henry Watkins, to me, is his disbursement of his lands to his children prior to his death. He mentions his love for his children when he gave land to each of his sons on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp in 1692. The tradition of primogeniture was still common in the early colonies. However, by making a will you could distribute your property as you saw fit. Henry went even further than this when he partitioned his land to his sons prior to his death. I feel it showed a great deal of confidence in the ability and integrity of his sons.

In January 1691/2, he gifted, “With love and affection:”

William: 120 acres next to Edward Finch

Joseph: 120 acres “in the lower part”

Edward: 120 acres “in the lower part”

Henry (Jr.): “the tract where I now live”

Thomas: 200 acres on “Three Runs”

Henry Watkins died 7 Feb 1714/1715 at his plantation near “Malvern Hills,” in Henrico County. He had made his will in November 1714 it was proved 7 February 1715. I have never seen a complete copy of his will. All I know is that it particularly left bequests to his grandson Thomas Watkins, son of Henry: 1 feather bed and bolster, 1 yarn "sett rugg", 1 pair nine quarter blankets, 1 pair sheets.

HENRY married CATHERINE. Her last name has been assumed to be “Pride.” Oddly, I have never seen any proof that was her last name. I also don’t know if she survived Henry.

Their children were:

1) Henry (Jr.) WATKINS (b.1660-Henrico County,VA d.1714/1715-Henrico County,VA) | sp: Mary CRISPE/CREWS

2) Elizabeth WATKINS (b.Abt 1669-Henrico County,VA) | sp: John BOTTOMS/BOTTOMLEY (b.Abt 1665 m.1692)

3) Rachel WATKINS (b.Abt 1670-Henrico County,VA d.Bef 1729) | sp: Robert (Jr.) (called himself Sr.) WOODSON (b.Abt 1660 m.Abt 1710 d.1729-Henrico County,VA)

) THOMAS "of Swift Creek" WATKINS * (b.1672-Malvern Hills Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.1760-Cumberland Cty,VA) | sp: Elizabeth PRIDE * (b.Abt 1688-Swift Creek,Chesterfield,VA) 5) Edward WATKINS (b.Abt 1676 d.1771-Cumberland Cty,VA) | sp: (unknown- | sp: Mary Bishop TAYLOR PENDLETON (m.Abt 1723) | sp: (third wife of Edward Watkins-unknown)

6) Joseph WATKINS (b.Henrico County,VA d.1723-Henrico County,VA) | sp: Anne

7) William WATKINS (b.1685/1690-Curles Plantation,Henrico County,VA d.Abt 1781-Cornwall Parish; Charlotte County,VA) sp: Martha HERNDON (m.Abt 1726 d.1781)

"There were a number of early Quakers in colonial Virginia. going back through a female ancestor, many of the Watkins are directly descended from Pocahontas through her son John Rolphe."

"Hutchins-Hutchens, Descendants of Strangeman Hutchins":

Henry Watkins Sr. (II), a Quaker, was fined by the court in Henrico County, 1684, for "continuing in his Quakerism." His fine was remitted.

SOURCES: "Hutchins-Hutchens, Descendants of Strangeman Hutchins", "Born 1707, of the James River in Virginia and Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina"; Vol. 1, pg. 2-6; Addenda, Appendix III., Ancestor Chart of the Children of Strangeman Hutchins, pg. 796-810; 3 Vols. by Rita Hineman Townsend; the book states that it is impossible to say who is the father of Mary, that it is either Henry Watkins, Sr. or Henry Watkins, Jr. ("Temple Archive Sheet" gives the father as Henry Watkins, III, and his father as Henry Watkins, II). "Four Generations of the Family of Strangeman Hutchins and his wife Elizabeth Cox, as known January 10, 1935", (An old Virginia Family along the James River, by Marriage joined to other Immigrant Families of the Colony), pgs. 3-4; Edited by Mrs. Gussie Waymire Crider and Edward C. Crider of Buck Creek, Indiana (now deceased). "Some Watkins Families," by John Hle Stutesman, "Henry Watkins of Henrico"; To Va 1687 of Malvern Hall, Henrico Co., VA. Mary Watkins, wife of Nicholas Watkins-Ancestral lines is from "Temple Archive Sheet" from Salt Lake City Library; original source unknown; we have no further proof. Internet Ancestry.com, Online Family Tree, "ReVeal-Favis Family Tree July 2003", Kacy Davis, whose source is unknown; "Atkinson and Kidd Ancestry of Hollie Clare Atkinson," by Hollie Bevan, fromadam2u@hotmail.com (Hone Page: Bevan Genealogy Services - Adam to You). "Ancestors of Kian Moring", by Bruce D. Johnson, brucedjohnson9@aol.com., from "Some Watkins Families," pg. 28, by John Hale Statesman (or Stutesman, 305 Spruce St., San Francisco, CA 94118) CS 71 W335 1989.

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Supplement to the Curd Family in America (from GenealogyLibrary.com, FamilyTreeMaker) Page 133

The Watkins Family

Henry Watkins of Henrico Co., Va., presumably the immigrant ancestor(*) was b. in 1638. He was a Quaker and member of the Society of Friends, a fact that caused him at times to clash with the ruling authorities in Virginia. In the list of heads of families in Henrico County, 1679, he is listed as head of family with three tithables and shown as living in the vicinity of Turkey Island.(+) In 1679 he received a patent for 170 acres of land on the north side of James River in Henrico Co. adjoining land of John Lewis, Mr. Cocke and Mr. Beauchamp, and touching the "three runs" of Turkey Island Creek (patent book 7, p. 17). In July 1690 he purchased of Lyonel Morris 360 acres of land in Varina parish, Henrico Co., on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, and in October of the same year he patented 60 acres of land "adjoining his own land and touching a run of Turkey Island Creek." In 1699 he subscribed 500 pounds of tobacco towards building the Friends meetinghouse at Curls and in 1703 he paid 50 pounds of tobacco towards furnishing the building. He was the father of at least seven children and in 1692 deeded his land in Henrico to his five sons. To William, Joseph and Edward he deeded each 120 acres of land on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, to Henry the "tract of land on which his father then lived" acreage not given, and to Thomas 200 acres on the "three runs." We quote from William Clayton Torrence, "Beginnings of the families of Henrico," as follows:

One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point of view of economic, social and political development is the distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor. CHILDREN

         i.  William2, possibly the William Watkins who was 
               living in Chesterfield Co. before 1745 and was 
               sheriff there 1748. 

(*)There was an earlier Henry Watkins in Virginia who probably came with Sir Thomas Dale in 1611. He was living on the eastern shore in 1623 and was a Burgess 1624-25. No connection is shown between the two Henrys.


(+)W. & M. Quarterly, Vol. XXIV, p. 131.


Page 134

        ii.  Joseph2, d. in Henrico Co. on Oct. 5, 1725. The 
               Henrico Court ordered that the Church Wardens 
               bind out his orphans. 
       iii.  Edward2, settled in Cumberland Co. where he d. 
               1771, at an advanced age. 
        iv.  Henry, Jr.2, d. in Henrico, 1714-15, leaving a wife, 
               Mary (possibly Mary Crisp), and sons John, 
               Benjamin, Joseph, Henry and Stephen. Will 
               dated Nov. 15, 1714, proved Feb. 1714/15. 
               Mary, his widow, m. (2) Edward Mosby. 
         v.  Thomas2, removed to Cumberland Co., where he 
               became a man of substantial means and is 
               known to history as "Thomas Watkins of Swift 
               Creek." Will dated Mar. 4, 1760, proved June 
               20, 1760. He is the ancestor of many noted 
               Americans. 
        vi.  Elizabeth2, possibly m. John Bottomley, for in 
               1692, Henry Watkins, Sr., made gift of a heifer 
               to John Bottomley's daughter Elizabeth. This 
               gift was made at the same time he deeded land 
               to his sons. This daughter was the young girl 
               who at the age of sixteen defied the Henrico 
               Court stating that she would not "swear" to a 
               deposition but would "affirm" to its truthfulness, 
               all that a Quakeress could conscientiously do. 
       vii.  Mary2, m. 1701, Nicholas Hutchins. 

SECOND GENERATION Edward2 Watkins removed from Henrico to Cumberland Co. where he became a large land owner. Will dated June 21, 1765, proved March 25, 1771, names seven children. September 14, 1764, he deeds to his son John "all that tract or parcel of land whereon he now lives, situated on the south side of Swift Creek in Cumberland Co. . . . also my water grist mill standing on said creek . . . . Also a tract of land I purchased of Thomas More in Cumberland Co. on the branch of Butterwood Creek, containing 200 acres . . . . also a tract of land I purchased of George Renyer Turner, situate on Swift Creek in Chesterfield Co. . . . . Also six negro slaves." June 21, 1765, he deeds to son Edward "all that tract or parcel of land on the waters of Butterwood Creek including the plantation whereon I live, containing eight hundred and fifty acres. . . . . Also twelve negro slaves." On June 21, 1765, he deeds to son Thomas "all that tract of land whereon he now lives in the County of Henrico, it being the land given me by my father." In his will, Edward also leaves to his son Thomas "What ready money I shall die possessed of or is due me after my just debts are all paid and satisfied."

CHILDREN

 Listed in order named in will. 
         i.  John.3 
        ii.  Elizabeth3, d. before 1765; m. John Clay; had sons 
               Sir John Clay(*) and Edward Clay. 
       iii.  A dau.3, m. Francis Moseley. 
        iv.  Mary3, m. an Anderson, possibly Jordan Anderson. 
         v.  Judith3, m. (1) a Bass; m. (2) John Clay, whose 
               first wife was Elizabeth Watkins above. 
        vi.  Edward.3 
       vii.  Thomas3, removed to Henrico Co. 

THIRD GENERATION THOMAS3 WATKINS, son of Edward2, settled in the Chickahominy section of Henrico Co. as did also his cousin Thomas, son of "Thomas of Swift Creek." Thomas, son of Edward, was first known as "Thomas of Chickahominy," while the other Thomas was known as "Thomas Watkins of Bottoms Bridge" but has come down in history as "Thomas of Chickahominy," probably due largely to the "Watkins pamphlet," published by F. N. Watkins in 1899 and which was compiled in 1852. As far as known, Thomas, son of Edward, had only two children, daughters.

         i.  Elizabeth4, m. William Smith; removed to Goochland 
               Co., Va. 
        ii.  Mary4, m. William Curd; removed to Buckingham 
               Co., Va. 

On September 2, 1765, Thomas Watkins deeded to his two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, 400 acres of land lying in Chesterfield and Cumberland Cos. which he had purchased of Ezekiel Slaughter in 1759, and after his death, which occurred prior to 1788, his landed estate in Henrico Co. was divided equally by lot between Elizabeth Smith and Mary Curd, "Elizabeth Smith and Mary Curd being daughters and co-heirs of said Thomas Watkins."

(*)Sir John Clay also called Rev. John Clay, m. Elizabeth Hudson; they were the parents of Henry Clay, the noted Statesman.

Supplement to the Curd Family in America (from GenealogyLibrary.com, FamilyTreeMaker) Page 133

The Watkins Family Henry Watkins of Henrico Co., Va., presumably the immigrant ancestor(*) was b. in 1638. He was a Quaker and member of the Society of Friends, a fact that caused him at times to clash with the ruling authorities in Virginia. In the list of heads of families in Henrico County, 1679, he is listed as head of family with three tithables and shown as living in the vicinity of Turkey Island.(+) In 1679 he received a patent for 170 acres of land on the north side of James River in Henrico Co. adjoining land of John Lewis, Mr. Cocke and Mr. Beauchamp, and touching the "three runs" of Turkey Island Creek (patent book 7, p. 17). In July 1690 he purchased of Lyonel Morris 360 acres of land in Varina parish, Henrico Co., on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, and in October of the same year he patented 60 acres of land "adjoining his own land and touching a run of Turkey Island Creek." In 1699 he subscribed 500 pounds of tobacco towards building the Friends meetinghouse at Curls and in 1703 he paid 50 pounds of tobacco towards furnishing the building. He was the father of at least seven children and in 1692 deeded his land in Henrico to his five sons. To William, Joseph and Edward he deeded each 120 acres of land on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, to Henry the "tract of land on which his father then lived" acreage not given, and to Thomas 200 acres on the "three runs." We quote from William Clayton Torrence, "Beginnings of the families of Henrico," as follows:

One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point of view of economic, social and political development is the distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor. CHILDREN

         i.  William2, possibly the William Watkins who was 
               living in Chesterfield Co. before 1745 and was 
               sheriff there 1748. 

(*)There was an earlier Henry Watkins in Virginia who probably came with Sir Thomas Dale in 1611. He was living on the eastern shore in 1623 and was a Burgess 1624-25. No connection is shown between the two Henrys.


(+)W. & M. Quarterly, Vol. XXIV, p. 131.


Page 134

        ii.  Joseph2, d. in Henrico Co. on Oct. 5, 1725. The 
               Henrico Court ordered that the Church Wardens 
               bind out his orphans. 
       iii.  Edward2, settled in Cumberland Co. where he d. 
               1771, at an advanced age. 
        iv.  Henry, Jr.2, d. in Henrico, 1714-15, leaving a wife, 
               Mary (possibly Mary Crisp), and sons John, 
               Benjamin, Joseph, Henry and Stephen. Will 
               dated Nov. 15, 1714, proved Feb. 1714/15. 
               Mary, his widow, m. (2) Edward Mosby. 
         v.  Thomas2, removed to Cumberland Co., where he 
               became a man of substantial means and is 
               known to history as "Thomas Watkins of Swift 
               Creek." Will dated Mar. 4, 1760, proved June 
               20, 1760. He is the ancestor of many noted 
               Americans. 
        vi.  Elizabeth2, possibly m. John Bottomley, for in 
               1692, Henry Watkins, Sr., made gift of a heifer 
               to John Bottomley's daughter Elizabeth. This 
               gift was made at the same time he deeded land 
               to his sons. This daughter was the young girl 
               who at the age of sixteen defied the Henrico 
               Court stating that she would not "swear" to a 
               deposition but would "affirm" to its truthfulness, 
               all that a Quakeress could conscientiously do. 
       vii.  Mary2, m. 1701, Nicholas Hutchins. 

SECOND GENERATION Edward2 Watkins removed from Henrico to Cumberland Co. where he became a large land owner. Will dated June 21, 1765, proved March 25, 1771, names seven children. September 14, 1764, he deeds to his son John "all that tract or parcel of land whereon he now lives, situated on the south side of Swift Creek in Cumberland Co. . . . also my water grist mill standing on said creek . . . . Also a tract of land I purchased of Thomas More in Cumberland Co. on the branch of Butterwood Creek, containing 200 acres . . . . also a tract of land I purchased of George Renyer Turner, situate on Swift Creek in Chesterfield Co. . . . . Also six negro slaves." June 21, 1765, he deeds to son Edward "all that tract or parcel of land on the waters of Butterwood Creek including the plantation whereon I live, containing eight hundred and fifty acres. . . . . Also twelve negro slaves." On June 21, 1765, he deeds to son Thomas "all that tract of land whereon he now lives in the County of Henrico, it being the land given me by my father." In his will, Edward also leaves to his son Thomas "What ready money I shall die possessed of or is due me after my just debts are all paid and satisfied."

CHILDREN

 Listed in order named in will. 
         i.  John.3 
        ii.  Elizabeth3, d. before 1765; m. John Clay; had sons 
               Sir John Clay(*) and Edward Clay. 
       iii.  A dau.3, m. Francis Moseley. 
        iv.  Mary3, m. an Anderson, possibly Jordan Anderson. 
         v.  Judith3, m. (1) a Bass; m. (2) John Clay, whose 
               first wife was Elizabeth Watkins above. 
        vi.  Edward.3 
       vii.  Thomas3, removed to Henrico Co. 

THIRD GENERATION THOMAS3 WATKINS, son of Edward2, settled in the Chickahominy section of Henrico Co. as did also his cousin Thomas, son of "Thomas of Swift Creek." Thomas, son of Edward, was first known as "Thomas of Chickahominy," while the other Thomas was known as "Thomas Watkins of Bottoms Bridge" but has come down in history as "Thomas of Chickahominy," probably due largely to the "Watkins pamphlet," published by F. N. Watkins in 1899 and which was compiled in 1852. As far as known, Thomas, son of Edward, had only two children, daughters.

         i.  Elizabeth4, m. William Smith; removed to Goochland 
               Co., Va. 
        ii.  Mary4, m. William Curd; removed to Buckingham 
               Co., Va. 

On September 2, 1765, Thomas Watkins deeded to his two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, 400 acres of land lying in Chesterfield and Cumberland Cos. which he had purchased of Ezekiel Slaughter in 1759, and after his death, which occurred prior to 1788, his landed estate in Henrico Co. was divided equally by lot between Elizabeth Smith and Mary Curd, "Elizabeth Smith and Mary Curd being daughters and co-heirs of said Thomas Watkins."

(*)Sir John Clay also called Rev. John Clay, m. Elizabeth Hudson; they were the parents of Henry Clay, the noted Statesman. Henry Watkins Born 1660 in Malvern Hills, Henrico County, Virginia Son of Henry Watkins and Katherine Pride Brother of Rachel Woodson, William Watkins, Elizabeth Watkins, Edward Watkins (3), Thomas Watkins (4), Mary Hutchins, William Watkins and Joseph Watkins Husband of Mary Crispe — married 1680 in Henrico County, Virginia Father of Henry Watkins, John Watkins, Benjamin Watkins, Joseph Watkins and Stephen Watkins Died February 7, 1715 in Henrico County, Virginia Profile managers: Liz Shifflett [send private message], Fontaine Wiatt [send private message], Katherine Patterson [send private m essage], Bill LaBach [send private message], and Carl Rhodes [send private message] Last profile change on 13 April 2013 17:34: Liz Shifflett edited the Biography for Henry Watkins. [Thank Liz for this] This page has been accessed 444 times.

_______________________________________ http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Watkins-311 Added: 10/12/201 by Candice Linney Foster Tucker HENRY WATKINS II .. is my 7th great Grandfather on my Mother's side of the Summers Family. My Maternal Grandfather: John Jewel Summers. born Hardin MO died Hardin MO


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

1.↑ an earlier entry, for 1709, named Henry Watkins Jr. as overseer. Leads: •The Watkins Family and the Society of Friends (widow Mary married Edward Mosley September 15, 1716; Henry & Mary's son John married Sarah Butler February 4, 1720) •Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly •Descendants of William Watkins (b 1515, Wales) - I think the following series of reference notes from that site are particularly worthy of further exploration: Henry Watkins, Jr. was born 1637/1638 in Charles City Co., VA. per the book, "Henry Watkins of Henrico Counry" compiled by Jane McMurtry Allen - 1985. There is a lot of confusion about Henry Watkins of Henrico Co., VA. I [author of the site] believe there were two or maybe three Henry Watkins of Henrico County born about the same time. Jane in her book has started with Henry Watkins, of South Wales. This Henry was first of the Eastern Shore, then settled in Charles City Co, VA Ref: Media Research Bureau, 1607-1608, Washington, DC-1800 states that the early Watkins started with Francis Watkins of Shotten, Wales born about 1562, his son James born about 1586 in Shotten, Wales came over on the ship PHOENIX in 1608 with Captain John Smith of Jamestown, had a son, Edward born 1611 in Henrico Co.,VA had a son Henry born 1637 in Henrico Co, Va who was a Quaker, married Katherine.

Ref: THE REGISTER OF THE KENTUCKY STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY; Frankfort, Kentucky, Vol 7, No. 21- 1909 states that the James Watkins that came with Capt John Smith had a son Henry; Henry I. His son, Henry II, had a son Henry Watkins III who married Mary Crisp. Henry III was a burgess and owned "Marbvern Hill" (Trabue Family).

Ref: OUR KIN by W.H. and Edna Anderson Manning states that there was a Thomas Watkins born 1600 emigrated to Virginia in 1635 on the ship "Constance" the Captain was Clement: married Faith. They had four sons: Richard born abt 1635 died 1681, Henry born 1637 moved to Henrico Co. in 1675 bought land, Turkey Island, had relationship to Senator Henry Clay (Great great grandson), William born abt 1639 died 1703, Thomas born abt 1645 died 1717. So it looks like I have three choices for a starting point.

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

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Henry Watkins's Timeline

1637
1637
Talgarth, Brecknockchire, South Wales, Wales
1642
1642
Age 5
Virginia, United States
1648
1648
Age 11
1658
1658
Age 21
1658
Age 21
Henrico Co., VA
1660
1660
Age 23
1660
Age 23
Roanoke, VA, USA
1660
Age 23
Malvern Hills, Henrico, Virginia, United States
1662
1662
Age 25
Swift Creek, Powhatan, Virginia, United States
1664
1664
Age 27
Malvern Hills, Henrico, Virginia, USA