Born: 1810-02-07 New Albany, Indiana
Died: 1858-09-17 Atterberry, Illinois
Flourished: 1832-1836 Menard County, Illinois
Watkins moved to what would become Menard County, Illinois, with his parents in 1827 and took up farming. That year, he married Lucinda Kirby. In 1850, he and Lucinda were living in Menard County and owned $3,000 in real estate.
R. D. Miller, Past and Present of Menard County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1905), 402-403; Gravestone, Watkins Cemetery 1, Petersburg, Illinois; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Menard County, IL, 321.