Dear Afrigeneas Researchers,
The journey to discover my family history has been a long one and
The fairly recent discoveries of two photos of my Great Grandfather
Rev. Fred W. Watkins II Tuscumbia Alabama through family members
across the U.S. leaves hope that nothing is impossible.
These photos, courtesy of Afrigeneas' posting might hopefully
resort to discovery of other relatives, information and
photo sharing opportunities. As a picture can say a thousand words,
it might also shorten a journey of a thousand miles.
Is anyone related to Sophia Napier (born: 20 July 1854 - Courtland
AL - died: 14 August 1917-Tuscumbia Alabama.
Sophia (Napier) Watkins' mother was Chaney Napier and her Grandmother was Hattie Napier of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Sophia Watkins (my Great Grandmother) married Rev. Fred W. Watkins II.
Sophia Watkins siblings were Thomas and Laura Napier and I believe also includes additional sisters: Polly, Kitty and Matti Napier.
Sophia Watkins was niece to James Carroll Napier of Nashville TN, one of the founders of Citizens Bank, Register of U.S. Treasury during President William Howard Taft's administation, etc.
Reverend Fred W. Watkins II was also known as Lafayeth (Lafayette)
Watkins - Born: 25 Dec 1853 - Tuscumbia AL - Died: 24 Feb 1911 Tuscumbia AL.
Rev. Fred W. Watkins II was the son of first generation Fredric W.
Watkins (born: 1811/1812 in Tennessee - A Cherokee Indian) married
to a Mariah from VA. (No additional information).
Is anyone connected to this Watkin's lineage?
Children of Rev. Fredric W. Watkins I and Mariah are:
Spencer, Seaton, Fred W. II, Rush and Peter Watkins with the latter leaving Tuscumbia AL (1870 Census) and having settled in TN (1880 Census) thereafter moved again and settled in AK (1900-1920 Census) until his death. Giles Watkins of Barton AL is also a brother.
Known daughter of Rev. Fred/Maria Watkins and sister to Rev Fred Watkins II at the moment is, Delia Watkins, born Tuscumbia AL. She married Rev. Thomas Donley, Tuscumbia AL. Delia is known by the family to have been the seamstress at the Belmont Plantation, owned by the Winston family.The plantation was located in an area known as St. Paul AL (between Tuscumbia and Littleville AL).
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