- Came from England and started the Watkins family that grew around the
present town of Richmond in Henrico Co, VA. She was raped by John Long
(Mulatto Jack), a slave of a neighbor. They were Quakers.
2. HENRY WATKINS (1. Henry 1) born Abt 1638, possibly in Talgarth,
Brecknockshire, S. Wales?, occupation farmer, married (1) bef... ?1670,
in ?Henrico County Virginia, Katherine Pride, born abt 1642, died post 1680,
Henrico co?, VA, buried: Henrico co?, VA, married 2)Rachel Griffen.
HENRY died 7 Feb 1714, Malvern Hills area, east Henrico County, VA, buried:
?"Turkey Island", Henrico County, Va., Quaker, in VA by 1667. On 1 Apr
1678, testified in Henrico County Court that he was "aged 40 yeares." Lived
near town of Glendale, VA and near the Chickahominy River & White Oak
Swamps on the Western Run; Katherine: Henrico County, VA Deeds, Wills
1677-1692 p. 192 is the only mention of her name on Sep 1681
[Sources - Deeds, Wills, 1677-1692, p. 24; VA Land Patent Book # 5 p 367;
"Henrico County, Va: Beginnings of its Families. Part IV, Watkins
Family, Wm. Clayton Torrence, "Wm & Mary Quarterly", 1st ser. Vol. XXV
(1916), p. 52-57; "Some Watkins Families of Va. & their Kin": John H.
Stutesman, Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD, 1989 [John Hale Stutesman,
305 Spruce St., San Francisco, CA 94118]]
Children by Katherine Pride:
+ 3. i Henry Watkins born 1660.
4. ii Elizabeth Watkins born Abt 1669, Henrico County, VA, died Aft 1684,
?Henrico County, VA, may have married John Bottom(ly) pre 1691.
+ 5. iii Edward Watkins born ca 1676.
+ 6. iv Thomas Watkins born abt 1678.
7. v Mary Watkins born ?ca 1683, Henrico County, VA, died post 1735,
?Henrico County VA, Married 2 times, 1. Nicholas Hutchins, 2. -- Holmes.
8. vi William Watkins born prior 1685, Henrico County, VA, died post 1713.
9. vii Joseph Watkins born prior 1685, Henrico County, VA, died 1723, Henrico
County, VA, Married Anne ___.
10. viii Rachel Watkins born pre 1697, Henrico County, VA, died pre 1730,
Henrico County, VA, Md. 1710/11, to Robert Woodson Jr.
Subject: Watkins family traced back to early Jamestown, USA
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 23:21:00 -0400
Our branch of the Watkins family came over to early Jamestown. My
parents, Marguerite and Gordon Watkins have the records.
MargWat@aol.com 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 by John Rolphe.
Carol Watkins, MD
According to Stutesman, there is no evidence connecting this Henry
Watkins to the James Watkins who came to Jamestown in that settlements
first Winter 1607/08, even though it is common for VA Watkins to claim
such a connection. We find him first, a landless man, in the middle 1600's
in Henrico County, VA. He struggled there for a half century to aquire land
so that his sons would have a better start. He took a dangerous stand for
persecuted Quakerism. Virgina law, with some variations during the 17th
century, provided 50 acres "headright" for everyone who came to settle in
the colony, or to the person who paid for the transportation of the settler.
In June 1664, a grant of land in Henrico County was made to "Mr. John
Beauchamp and Mr. Richard Cocke SR.",for their importation of 60 people
including Henry Watkins. This is not absolute proof that Henry didn't come
from the Jamestown Watkins because land developers in those days were
often dishonest, and names of men born in VA often appeared on
headrights lists. The names of 60 people appearing on the 1664 list also
appeared on the 1652 grant list submitted by Richard Cocke. Richmond
stands at the falls of the James River, the limit for travel of salt water
vessels. In 1673, Augustine h Herman's map of the area shows only 16
white inhabitations above the site of Richmond. In June 1679 the Henrico
CountyCourt ordered Henry Watkins to fit out 3 men in hourse and arms it
is proff that at this time he was a free landowner in the "Turkey Island
District". There are court record that both Henry and his daughter Eliza
held to the Quaker faith despite official persecution. Henry aquired a large
piece of land near te western edge of settlement along the Chickahominy
river and 60 acres near his old farm in the Turkey Island Creek watershed.
On 25Jan1692 he divided it up between his five sons, William, Joseph,
Edward, Henry, and Thomas, as a gift.