How we all got here...
William I. Watkins my gr.gr. grandfather
William I. Watkins b: 02/30/1826 Knox County Tenn. d: 12/11/1852 Hamilton County Tenn. Married: Ca 1846 Martha Rogers Hamilton County Tenn. (This part of Hamilton County was earlier James County, Tennessee)
Note: The parents of Martha Rogers were William (Uncle Bill) Rodgers and his wife Elizabeth(Granny)Stewart Watkins (I have a book on the Stewart line A Narrative Genealogy of the Stewarts of Sequachie Valley Tennessee and Allied Families by Mary Stewart Blakemore. They
moved to Hamilton County, Tennessee in 1866 to Montgomery County Arkansas with their grandchildren (The three Watkins Children)
A Narrative Genealogy of the Stewarts of Sequachie Valley Tennessee and Allied Families by Mary Stewart Blakemore the Page41 Dietz Press Incorporated Richmond Virginia.
Montgomery County Our Heritage Alexander Printing Company, Delight, Arkansas 71940
Charles Jeremiah Watkins my gr. grandfather
Charles J. WATKINS, Sr., is a member of the firm of Watkins Bros., merchants, who are doing a prosperous business at Mount Ida. They have the largest and best- paying establishment of the kind in the county, and sell all kinds of merchandise at the smallest possible margin. Mr. Watkins was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., near Old Harrison, October 17, 1847, to William and Martha (Rodgers) Watkins, a short history is given in the sketches of John A. Watkins, to whom three children were born: Charles J., Elijah R. (who was born on January 6, 1830, and died in 1874 in Montgomery County, Ark., where he had risen to prominence as a farmer; he left a widow and two children), John A. (was the youngest of the family and is now a prominent attorney and ex-representative of this county). The subject of this sketch was reared by his grandparents, in Tennessee, until after he was a lad of eleven and in the school of that State he received a practical education. In 1866 he came with his grandfather, William Rodgers, to Arkansas, but after one year spent near Camden, in Ouachita County, he came to Montgomery County and here, after a time, began farming for himself, a calling he continued to follow until 1881, when he and his brother, John A., formed a partnership in the mercantile business. In 1866 he was married to Miss Susan E. Henegar, of Tennessee, but she died in the fall of the same year, and in 1868 he espoused Miss Ruanna Mayberry, of this county, her people being old settlers of this region from Kentucky. To them a family of six children has been born: Mary A., Mattie May, John G., Robert My grandfather , Cordelia, and Grover C. In 1871-72 Mr. Watkins served as justice of the peace, then resigned his position. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he belongs to Mount Ida Lodge No. 140, of the A.F. & A.M. He has always been a Democrat. He has been a successful business man, and he and his brother are the largest taxpayers in the county. As they started out in life as poor boys, this fact speaks well for their ability as financiers. Charles J. owns 320 acres of fine land near Washita, on the Ouachita river, and he and his brother are joint owners of 820 acres on the South Fork. This is the finest farm in the county, and a large portion is in an admirable state of cultivation. page 493
The Goodspeed Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas
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Watkins Family Tree Project (John Grover Watkins Jr. Family Tree)
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