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James Watkins


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  1. 1.  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,

    James — . [Group Sheet]

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

Generation: 2