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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Watkins (son of Henry Watkins and Alice Moslin).

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Henry Watkins was born 1585, Wales (son of James Watkins).


    1. Henry Watkins born 1585, Wales, married abt 1637, Alice Moslin. Henry
    died Virginia.
    + 2. i HENRY WATKINS born Abt 1638.

    Special thanks goes out to Virginia Sanders Mylius for the following data. This is a link to her webpage on Watkins:, and here is a quote from it:

    There are several sources that state there was an early HENRY WATKINS (born about 1585) who was the father of Henry Watkins of Henrico County, Virginia, who married Katherine.

    Most particularly, there is the application of Miss Jamie Hess to the Daughters of the Pilgrims, which stated that ?Henry Watkins was born in Wales, 1600, was Burgess of Henrico Co, VA, 1623, listed as dead same year, References provided: Copi es with applications of family records, wills and deeds filed with application. Virginia House of Burgesses, 1619-1658.? I don?t know the truth of her proofs, and can?t help but wonder if those records still exist somewhere!? It seem s to me that he would have been born earlier than 1600, and he seems to have been alive in February 1624, although that is the last mention of him I can find.

    The first representatives of Accomack in the Assembly were "Captain John Wilcocks" and "HENRY WATKINS" both of whom signed a paper as Burgesses from the Eastern Shore in 1624.

    Henry is listed in Henry Watkins of Henrico County: His Descendants and Their Allied Families. States he was born 1585, which gives this list:

    I. Henry Watkins (1585-___)
    II. Henry Watkins m. Katherine Pride
    III. Edward Watkins (c 1665-1771)
    IV. John Watkins (c. 1710-1765) Phoebe Hancock
    V. Henry Watkins (1758-1829) Elizabeth Hudson Clay
    VI. John Watkins (1785-1845) Catherine T. Milton

    Henry Watkins, alive on the Eastern Shore in 1623, after the great Indian massacre of March 22, 1621 .

    In 1621, John Rolfe, in his "Relation of Virginia" writes of being at Cale's Gift near Cape Charles, where there were 17 inhabitants under the command of Lt. Craddock. By 1623 there were 96 inhabitants, 9 of whom were females. Of the 87 me n and boys, the only names preserved were: Edward Rodgers, Benjamin Knight, Henry Wilson, William Andrews, John Parsons, Thomas Hall, Walter Scott, William Williams, Robert Edmunds, John Evans, Thomas Powell, Thomas Parks, HENRY WATKINS, Willia m Davis, John Wilkins, William Smith, John Barrett, Thomas Ancient Savage, John Fisher, James Vocat Piper, John Parramore, and Thomas Gascoyne.

    Henry Watkins subscribed with twenty-five other Burgesses means with which to send Mr. Pountis , in 1623 , with a petition to the Crown. - (Campbell , 178, and Hening I, 129.)

    In February 1624, Accomack Plantation was represented at a stormy session of the General Assembly. Captain John Wilcox, overseer of the Company land, and HENRY WATKINS, overseer for Lady Dale, were the Burgesses. King James I had annulled th e charter of the Virginia Company and only a decree of the highest court in England was needed to make the annulment final. The fate of the representative government which had functioned for almost five years was unknown. The King had neve r favored it and some members of the Virginia Company who sought Royal favors had criticized it. This Assembly was also concerned about the ownership of land in fee simple when the charter was annulled. Some existing laws were strengthened a nd additional ones were passed to make this government more closely conform to the English Parliament. After the General Assembly of 1624 adjourned, Burgesses Wilcox and WATKINS returned to Accomack Plantation to explain the laws to the peopl e. At the census at this time there were 79 men, women and church. The charter of the Virginia Company was annulled on June 24, 1624, and Virginia became England's first Crown Colony. A church was built on the Secretary's land. After th e harvest was finished in the fall of 1624, the rest of the Company tenants were transferred to Elizabeth City. The census of 1625 shows 51 people.

    Other than in Miss Hess?s application, I can find no further proof that this early Henry Watkins was the father of our Henry Watkins. There is no will of the early Henry Watkins, that I know of, and no land records, etc., that might tell us t he truth of the matter. There are proofs that we descend from the following Henry, however.


    Henry married Alice Moslin 1637. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Alice Moslin
    1. 1. John Watkins
    2. Thomas Watkins
    3. Henry Watkins, (1) was born 1638, Talgarth, Brecknockchire, S. Wales; died 7 Feb 1714, Malvern Hills, Henrico Co, VA; was buried , Turkey Island, Henrico Co, VA.
    4. Lewis Watkins was born 1640.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  James Watkins


    According to Brythonic Gaelic, the name "Watkins" means "little Walt or
    Walter". The suffix "kin" is a diminutive of Walter. This information
    was told to me by a professor of Welsh in a local junior college. He
    has a PhD and is the head of the department. He gave me a book to read
    about Welsh names that was fascinating. "Ap" means "son of" and is
    probably the reason some Welsh names have changes--as "Powell" which
    wasoriginally "Howell", but with the "Ap" was changed to "Powell" (Ap
    Howell= "Powell". says (via David Watkins), I am a direct
    descendant of the Henry Watkins of Henrico County., VA. b. 1637/38 m.
    1658 d. 1714/15. Based on information that was generously sent to me,
    the connection back to England I seek to make is:
    James Watkins b. ?, Wales, Great Britain, Came to the US aboard the
    PHOENIX with Captain John Smith in 1608. James had a son named Henry
    Watkins b. 1585, Wales, Great Britain; and Henry was the father of the
    Henry Watkins which I referenced above.
    James Watkins apparently had three sons who came to America. Per one
    source: "Henry's brother's Peregrin and Daniel, had come to Accomack
    County in 1621, Peregrin aboard the GEORGE. He was 20 years of age (his
    muster of James City in 1624); 'Perregrim Watkinses, age 24, in the
    GEORGE, 1621.' Daniel came aboard the CHARLES to James City County,

    1. Daniel Watkins
    2. Peregrin Watkins
    3. 2. Henry Watkins was born 1585, Wales.