Some Southern Appalachian Ancestors & Old World Roots

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  • ID: I6163
  • Name: Henry WATKINS
  • Surname: Watkins
  • Given Name: Henry
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1610 in Wales, or Jamestown, Va
  • _UID: 1D5311C4CC793B45A43F27CD974A64C2E895
  • Note:

    Henry was of Welsh origin. He was a Burgess, and after the Indian Massacre of 1621 he lived on the eastern shore. He was living at Malvern Hill by 1637. He was a great-great-grandfather of Henry Clay.

    The Watkins family has always been prominent in Prince Edward Co., VA, perhaps descendants of Henry's father James Watkins, who sailed to Jamestown in 1608, aboard the ship Phoenix.

    Spouse unknown. Children: John, Thomas, Henry II, Lewis (born 1640).

    Researchers generally pondered whether Henry Watkin's father could have been James Watkins, literally one of the first founders of America. At the very least, he is likely closely related, and led the Watkins family to early VA. James arrived in Jamestown, VA, in 1608, when the colony was still new, (18 years before the Mayflower!) He is recorded in Capt. John Smith's accounts, and frequently accompanied him in his explorations of Chesapeake Bay. One story has James being left with the Indians as a sort of friendly hostage, to prove the peaceable intent of the settlers.

    More Historic Notes On Henry Watkins:

    Henry was associated with Samuel Jordan, another Burgess of Virginia. Following is a verbatim account of some of the history they shared:

    Charles City, Virginia
    ca 1577-1623

    Samuel Jordan came to Virginia, 1610, according to the patent for 450 acres in Charles City issued to him 10 Dec. 1620, which recited that he was as ancient planter who hath abode ten years complete in this colony. This grant was divided in three parcels which, together with houses thereon, are described in the patent.

    The location at which Samuel Jordan lived originally was called Beggar's Bush, and after the massacre of 22 March 1621/2, Master Samuel Jordan gathered together but a few of the stragglers about him at 'Beggar's Bush,' where he fortified and lived in despite of the enemy.

    In maintaining his settlement Jordan had the approval of Governor Francis Wyatt who wrote to the Council in London, April 1622, that he thought fitt to hold a few outlying places including the plantation of Mr. Samuel Jordan's; but to abandon others and concentrate the colonists at Jamestown. By 1623, this plantation on the south side of James River across from Berkeley was known as Jordan's Journey.

    Samuel Jordan represented Charles City at the first representative legislative assembly in the new world which convened at Jamestown, 30 July 1619. He died before April 1623 and the following November a warrent was issued to Mr. Farrar to bring in the account of Mr. Jordan's estate. and at the same time another warrant was issued to Mrs. Jordan that Mr. Farrar put in security for the performance of her husband's will.

    Samuel Jordan married Sisley (Cicely) [---], who came to Virginia in 1611 and was listed in the census of 1623/4 at Jordan's Journey. (See below) She presumably was the widow of [---] Baley and mother of Temperance Baley. She married (3), 1625, William Farrar. [Note: William Farrar and Cicely were direct ancestors of Herbert C. Dyer, the subject of this present research as conducted by his cousin, Dr. J. B. Turner.]

    Issue of marriage to Sisley: Mary, born in Virginia, 1621; Margaret, born in Virginia, 1623.

    (Source: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5; pages 378-379; published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5.)



    William Ferrar aged 31 yeares in the ship Neptune in August 1618.

    Sisley Jordan aged 24 yeares in the ship Swan in August 1610.

    Mary Jordan her daughter aged 3 yeares - borne heare
    Margrett Jordan aged 1 yeare - borne heare
    Temperance Baley aged 7 yeares - borne heare

    SERVANTS: (Ten males between the ages of 16 and 35, with names listed along with the ship names and dates of their arrival in Virginia.)

    PROVISIONS: Corne, 200 bushells; Fish, 2 hundred.

    ARMES AND MUNITION: Powder, 14 lb; Lead, 300 lb; Peeces fixt, 11; Coats of Male, 12.

    CATTLE, SWINE, ETC.: Neat cattel young and old, 16; Swine, 4; Poultrie, 20.

    HOUSES AND BOATS: Houses, 5; Boats, 2.

    (Source: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5; pages 16 & 17; published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5.)

    (ed. note: The following are notes compiled by Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, Ware Shoals, South Carolina, January, 1965.)

    Samuel Jourdan left Dorchester, England, in the Sea Voyage in 16-- with Sir George Somers. They were wrecked off the coast of Bermuda 1608 and arrived in Virginia 1609. Two authorities say he was married twice. Our family records say he was married first in France and daughter Anne Marie was born there 1597. One authority says that Samuel Jourdan came to Virginia when he was about 32 and that he arrived in 1609. He married second wife, Cicely [---] in 1618.

    Samuel Jourdan was a member of House of Burgesses 1619 and of the first Legislature that convened in America. After the Great Massacre of 1621 he gathered together the stragglers left about him at Beggar's Point, fortified it, and held it in spite of all the Indians and disturbances. He died 1623. His home was on the James River, known as Jourdan's Point.
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  • Change Date: 12 Jan 2012 at 00:00:00

    Father: James WATKINS? b: ABT 1570 in Wales or England

    Marriage 1 UNKNOWN
    • Married: ABT 1620/1630 in England or Pa or Va
    1. Has Children Henry WATKINS , II b: 1637/1638 in Wales or Va

    1. Title: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia; 1607-1624/5; pages 16 & 17
      Publication: Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5
    2. Title: "Notes on Samuel Jourdan"
      Author: Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, Ware Shoals, SC, January, 1965
    3. Title: "The Watkins Family In America"
      Author: Dr. C. S. Morton

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