William Watkins and Wives

Wm-SophiaWatPhoto used with the permission  of Emma West

Matilda Kirby and William Watkins are our 3rd great grandparents. Matilda was William’s second wife, not our direct grandmother. However, she was the sister to William’s 1st wife, Sophia Kirby, our direct 3rd grandmother. Their daughter, Susannah Watkins was married to Elijah Jones Armstrong, Ampoo’s (Ryal Asbery Armstrong) parents.

GranmaWatkinsPhoto courtesy E. Bacon

“Gramma Watkins’ Home.”

I’m not exactly sure who that “Gramma” might have been. William and Sophia’s home, then William and Matilda’s home, or Lucinda Watkins’ home as a courtesy “Gramma”? For some time, Lucinda Kirby Watkins (another sister) was Menard County’s oldest inhabitant. Lucinda married Lewis Watkins, William’s bother. James Watkins and Christina Swearens (there are many spellings) had 12 children, William and Lewis  are only two of that bunch. Cyrus Kirby and Keziah “Kittie” Greene had 9 children.

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