Bellzona's Picture Book
The Arkansas Family -
Watkins, Walsie Jones Watkins
WATKINS, WALSIE JONES WATKINS, Sister to Joseph H. Jones
Pierce was the son of William Henry Watkins
and Lucinda Scoggins. He was born December 11, 1866 and he died December
28, 1936, at seventy years. Pierce married Walsie in Coffeeville, Kansas.
He is buried at the Maple wood cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas.
Walsie was born May 29, 1871 at Valley
Springs, Arkansas. She died August 26, 1940. She is buried at the Maple
wood Cemetery. She died at age sixty-nine. Her father was William Stephens
Jones. Her mother Mary Ann.
Pierce and Walsie had nine children and
1.Ernest Watkins 2. Emory Eugene W. married
to Minnie Wilson 3.Ruby Watkins married to Marvin Farris 4. Alf O. Watkins
married to Mima Young 5. Birdie Lou Watkins married to Charles Herbert
Bell 6. William Henry Watkins 7. Virginia T. "Virgie." Spouse 1.
George Baughman 2. Ken Billinger 8. Jefferson Floyd W.9. Bertha Watkins
(died in infancy)
Walsie was the sister of Joseph Herbert
Jones, married in Coffeyville, Kansas a town that wasn't too far from
where Walsie's mother and father settled at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Their
children were born on the family farm close to Harrison, Arkansas, since
this is where Pierce & Walsie settled.
1. Ernest Watkins born 1888.
2. Emory Eugene born 10-3-1890, died, 1963
3. Ruby Watkins born September 13, 1892, died 1979, Pasadena, Ca.,
4. Alf, born 1895, died February 23, 1955
5. Birdie Lou Watkins, born February 13, 1897, died November 7, 1978.
6. William Henry Watkins, August 15,1899, Died February, 28, 1941.
7. Virgie born 1902, died September 20, 1969.
8. Jefferson Floyd, born November 6, 1903, died April 16, 1970.
9. Bertha, died in infancy.
Watkins, and Dian Laymen, descendants of Walsie and Pierce have searched
for these folks records at Coffeeville, Kansas and they cannot be found
My notes were taken from
members of the family who have since passed away, year 2001 and I cannot
go back to request on them about where these two were married. Sometimes,
before statehood people were married by a minister, but since there was no
government the marriage was not recorded. This happened with Walsie's
niece, GERTRUDE JONES WADLEY, but they were aware of this and crossed over
to a little town where there was a government and legalized their
marriage. DOSHIA (DORA) JONES FRENCHMAN, also a niece of Walsie, who
legalized her marriage through the federal government with her first
husband Edward Frenchman he being Native American and she herself adopted
by the Cherokee with a legal roll number.
So, for now we will just have to consider this
a mystery as to where they were married. Knowing how orderly these Jones's
were as to doing everything legally, as to the USA government this will
need to be further researched. Joseph Jones, Walsie's brother worked at
Thackerville as a post master for the federal government.
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