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Henry Watkins

Male 1585 -

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  • Name Henry Watkins 
    Born 1585  Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • Y
    Person ID I4311  Carl
    Last Modified 20 May 2012 

    Father James Watkins 
    Family ID F1365  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Moslin 
    Married 1637 
     1. John Watkins
     2. Thomas Watkins
    +3. Henry Watkins, (1),   b. 1638, Talgarth, Brecknockchire, S. Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1714, Malvern Hills, Henrico Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Lewis Watkins,   b. 1640
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1361  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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.