Category Archives: Watkins

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.


Elijah Jones Armstrong – Susannah Watkins

Elijah Jones Armstrong

Born: 18 Jul. 1841          in Jasper County, MO

Died: 22 Sept, 1923       buried: Concord Cemetery, Menard County, IL

Occupation: Farmer

Father: Royal (pronounced Ryal) Armstrong

Mother: Ailsey Jones  [dau. of John Jones and Lydia Gumm]

 

M #1   20 Sept. 1860 Menard County, IL

Susannah Watkins [dau. of Samuel Watkins and Sophia Kirby]

Children: Matilda died in infancy, Samuel H., Mary died in infancy, Ryal Asbery, John D., Catherine R., George Kirby, James Senter, William C.

 

M#2  c.1910

Widow Frances Hudspeth (Fruits)

 

Here is a charming account of Great-Great Granpop
The full text of the book Past and Present of Menard County, Illinois is available as a free Google book.

For a similar post on Samuel Watkins This is a collateral line to ours. The essay packs a lot of information.