Watkins Family Papers, 1836-1973 | East Texas Research Center

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ID: A/51

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Circuit riders -- Texas, East, Clergy -- Texas, East, Genealogy, Legal documents -- Texas, East, Legislators -- Texas, Texas Rangers, Watkins, Jesse, ca. 1776-1839, Watkins, Jesse J., b. 1828, Watkins, Richard Overton, b. 1816 -- Diaries

Abstract

Legal documents of Jesse Watkins, Justice of the Peace of Nacogdoches (1837-1838); diary and autobiography of Richard Overton Watkins, Presbyterian minister and Texas Ranger of Nacogdoches; reminiscences of Jesse J. Watkins about the Runaway Scrape, the Cherokee Indian War and other early Texas events; and genealogical material of the Watkins family.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Diary and autobiography of Richard O. Watkins, accounts of the Runaway Scrape and the Cherokee War, Republic of Texas legal documents, letters and family history. Chiefly photocopies and typescript.

Collection Historical Note

Jesse Watkins (1776 - 1839) brought his family from Tennessee to Red River County, Texas in 1833, and moved three miles north of Nacogdoches in 1835. Serving as a Justice of the Peace of Nacogdoches from 1837 to 1838, he was also commissioned by the government of the Republic of Texas to negotiate treaties with the Indians in East Texas, which he did until his death at the hands of the Cherokees led by Chief Bowles.

Jesse's son, Richard Overton Watkins (1816-?) was the first Presbyterian minister licensed to preach in Texas,and rode a circuit encompassing most of East Texas, based first in Nacogdoches and later in Kemp, Texas. During the unsettled times of the early Republic, Richard served as a Texas Ranger.

Another of Jesse's sons, Jesse J. Watkins (1828-ca. 1905) settled in Douglass and is represented here with reminiscences of the Runaway Scrape, the Cherokee War, and other early Texas events. Jesse J. Watkins served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1883-1884.

(Weatherly,  Mrs. Jesse. "Watkins, Jesse Jernigan," "Watkins, Richard Overton," "Watkins, Jesse Jernigan Jr." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 688).

Subject/Index Terms

Circuit riders -- Texas, East
Clergy -- Texas, East
Genealogy
Legal documents -- Texas, East
Legislators -- Texas
Texas Rangers
Watkins, Jesse, ca. 1776-1839
Watkins, Jesse J., b. 1828
Watkins, Richard Overton, b. 1816 -- Diaries


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Jesse Watkins- Republic of Texas Legal Documents, 1836-1837:

Acknowledgment for rifles delivered by Jesse Watkins, signed by Albert Emanuel. Signature verified later by Adolphus Sterne, A. Veitch, William Hart, Nacogdoches, 10 Mar 1836. (photocopy and typescript) Order signed by Thomas J. Rusk and K. H. Douglass to Jesse Watkins to negotiate treaty with Kichai, Tawakoni, Caddo and Ioni tribes, Nacogdoches, 14 Sept. 1837. (photocopy and 2 typescripts, one with [Crocket's] typed note attached) Expense account of Jesse Watkins, certified by Thomas J. Rusk and K. H. Douglass, Houston, 1 Nov. 1837. (photocopy and typescript)

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Proceed to the Praire, the Jesse Watkins story, compiled events in the life of Watkins against the backdrop of events in Texas, chiefly in 1837. Written by Lynn McCormick (1930-1983) around 1973.
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Richard Overton Watkins, 1855?-1860; 1877:

Diary, 1855?-1860. (typescript, made from original loaned by Judge Royal Watkins, Dallas, 1927) Autobiography, 1877. (certified typescript from Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, Apr. 20, 1932.)

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Jesse J. Watkins, 1893-1905:

History furnished by [Jesse J. Watkins] on the presentation of Chief Bo[w]le's Sword, Oct. 1893 (handwritten original and typescript) Reminiscences of the Runaway Scrape and early Texas history, ca. 1905. (handwritten and typescript, missing first page)

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Jesse J. Watkins, 1924-1954:

"Penciled Manuscript Written 25 Years Ago by Jesse J. Watkins Reveals Some Interesting Early History of Texas," by Henry C. Fuller, 27 Jan. 1924. (newspaper clipping from Houston Chronicle and typescript) Statement by Charlie Watkins on Jesse J. Watkins' history of Chief Bowle's sword, 29 April 1954. (typescript)

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Watkins Family History, 1932-1936?:

Letter, J. E. Watkins, Henderson, to George L. Crocket, Nacogdoches, 17 Oct. 1932. (typescript; original in Crocket Collection) "Historical Notes on the Early History of Texas - The Watkins Family- The Texas Centennial Rose," ca. 1936. ( 2 typescripts)


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