Descendants of Isham Watkins of Louisa Co VA

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Isham Watkins of Louisa Co VA

Isham Watkins was born in about 1744 in Hanover Co VA. In 1757 Isham received lands from his father in Louisa Co VA. In about 1770 in Louisa Co VA, Isham married Elizabeth Walton b. c. 1750 Hanover Co VA. Elizabeth is believed to be a descendant of the Walton/Walden family for which Walden Lewis was named.

Isham and Elizabeth lived their lives in Louisa Co VA. Isham died in 1816, and Elizabeth died sometime after 1818.

Louisa Co VA Deed Book B, p. 245:
Grantor: John Watkins, Grantee: Isom Watkins son, Date: 28-Nov-1757
John Watkins of Fredericksville Par. Louisa Co. to Isom Watkins son of sd. John Watkins. For natural love and good affection 100 acres and plantation in Fredericksville Par. on south side of Cubb Creek at Cattail branch where it runs into Cubb Creek, Samuel Winston line on sd. Samuel Winston, John Winstons and Crenshaws line. Sig. John Watkins. wit. David Cosby, David Via.
Lousia Co VA Will Book 2, p. 67:
13-Nov-1769. Will of John Wadkins, Senr. of Louisa, to
loving son Isham Wadkins all my land in this county after the decease of Spo[use] Ann Wadkins, the sd. Isham to pay his three brother 10 each and all the rest of my personal estate to be equally divided among the whole of children that is to say Isam Wadkins, Jno. Wadkins, Fanney Wadkins, Jos. Wadkins, Elizabeth Wadkins, Joel Wadkins, and I appoint my two sons Isam Wadkins and John Wadkins my executors. 4 Feb 1769.
Sig. John (x) Wadkins wit. David Cosby, Jr., Wm. Rice, Thomas Jackson.
Rec. 13 Nov 1769. Isham Watkins one of the executors. 
Louisa Co VA Deed Book D 1/2, p. 323:
Grantor: Winston, Joseph & Betty, Grantee: Terry, James
14-Oct-1771. From Joseph Winston & Betty, to James Terry of Trinity Parish, Louisa Co.; 50 for 235 1/3 acres adjoining John Winston & Edwin Ambler. Beg. Two hickorys in John Winstons line, N42W; 168P; corner white oak, N31E; 230P; white oak on NE side of a glade; S26E; 260P; corner pine in Isham Watkins line; S55W; 144P; to beg.
3/13/1777 Isham Watkins has 193 acres on Craig's Creek in Botetourt CO, VA.
Kentucky Land Grants Record Book 1, p. 538:
Survey Date: 7-19-1781. Grantee: Watkins, Isham, Acres: 400
County: Jefferson, Water Course: Hardens Creek
U.S. Supreme Court, GREEN v. WATKINS., February 12, 1822
Feb. 5th. Page 20 U.S. 27, 28

THIS cause was argued by Mr. Montgomery, for the plaintiff in error, and by Mr. B. Hardin, for the defendant. Feb. 12th. Mr. Justice STORY delivered the opinion of the Court.

The record in this case presents a great variety of facts, out of which several important questions have arisen; but as the merits of the cause may, in the opinion of the Court, be completely disposed of by the decision of a single point, the facts which illustrate that point will alone be mentioned.

This is a writ of right, originally brought by the plaintiff in error, against the defendant in error, to recover a certain tract of land in Kentucky, described in the writ. Issue being joined on the mere right between the parties, the demandent, to sustain his suit, gave in evidence a patent of the land in question, granted to him by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and dated the 28th day of January, 1784, and offered proof of the boundary. But he offered no proof, other than his patent, that he was ever seized of the land in question. According to the decision of this Court, in Green v. Liter, (8 Cranch, 229.) a patent of vacant lands of the State conveys to the grantee a constructive actual seisin, sufficient to maintain a writ of right; and therefore the demandant in this case entitled himself prima facie, upon this evidence, to a recovery. To rebut this conclusion, the tenants offered in evidence, as well for the purpose of proving title in themselves, as to show that the demandant was never seized of the premises, certain patents from the Commonwealth of Virginia, which included the premises, to wit, a patent to John Lewis and Richard May, dated the first of June, 1782; a patent to Edmund Eggleston, dated the same day and year; and a patent to John Gratton, dated the same day and year; and a patent to Isham Watkins of the same date: under which patents the tenants endeavoured to derive by mesne conveyances a good title to themselves in severalty.

Louisa Co VA Deed Book H, p. 404:
Grantor: Isham Watkins and Elizabeth his wife, Grantee: Samuel Waddy.
12-Jul-1784. Isham Watkins and Elizabeth his wife of Trinity Parish Louisa, planter to Samuel Waddy for 82-3s-9p for tract on Cub Creek cont. by estimate 1301/2 acres adj. Zachaeus Cosby, creek, Anthony Winston, with appurtenances.
Sig. Isham Watkins, Eliz. Watkins. wit. William Smith, John Sanders. Rec. 122 Jul 1784.
Louisa County VA Wills Book 3, p. 590:
12-Jan-1795. Probate for Joseph Watkins. Isham Watkins and William Trice and James Trice bound to justices 500 12 Jan 1795.
I
sham Watkins administrator of estate of Joseph Watkins, dec'd. to make inventory of the estate. 
Louisa Co VA Deed Book I, p. 202:
Grantor: Fleming Thomasson and Ann, his wife, Grantee: Isham Watkins
2-Sep-1796. Fleming Thomasson and Ann, his wife, to Isham Watkins 320 for tract both sides Christophers Run containing 400 acres adj. John Carpenter, Christophers Run, Thomasson Mill road, Nicholas Mills, Edmund Deer, Thomas Gooch, William McGehee, being land willed by George Thomasson, dec'd. to Fleming Thomasson containing 400 acres. no wit.
Louisa Co VA Deed Book K, p. 239:
Grantor: Mary Dear, Grantee: Isham Watkins
20-Dec-1804. Mary Dear of Louisa to Isham Watkins 24 for tract on Christophers Run near Watkins Mill cont. 22 acres being part of my late father Edmond Dear's estate with appurtenances.
Sig. Mary (x) Dear. wit. William Mansfield, Jeremiah Gunter, John Mansfield, Isham Watkins, Jr. Rec. 8 Jul 1805.
Louisa Co VA Deed Book M, p. 90:
Grantor: Isham Watkins, Sr., Grantee: Joel Watkins.
18-Apr-1812. I Isham Watkins, Sr. for love and good will and affection towards Joel Watkins give him a tract in Louisa on Christophers Run I bought of legatees of Edmond Dare, dec'd. adjoining George Talley, Richard Thomson, my line and William Mills.
Sig. Isham Watkins, Sr. wit. Isham Watkins, Jr., Westly (x) Cole, Richard W. Thomson, George (x) Talley. Rec. 13 Jul 1812.
Louisa Co VA Will Book 5, p. 596:
May 15, 1812. Will of Isham Watkins, Sr.
Wife Eliz, dau. Pina, dau Mary, dau Ann,
son Shasten "the KY tract of land," sons John, Isham.
Ex: friend David Lipscomb, Richard Thompson. Wit: Richard W. Thomson, Wesley Cole, George Tappley.
Louisa Co VA Will Book O, p. 146:
25 Nov 1818. In consideration of the good will an esteem we have toward Isham L. Watkins of Logan County, Kentucky and $1 we give all our claim to land willed to him by his father in which his mother Elizabeth Watkins was to have a right being land Isham Watkins, dec'd. resided during his lifetime in Louisa on waters of Christophers Run.
Sig. Joel Watkins, Elizabeth Watkins, James Lewis, Ann Lewis, John D. Watkins, Polly Watkins, Francis Landrum agent for James and Piney Landrum. Rec. 5 Jan 1819.

    Children

    1. Mezipina Watkins

Orange Co VA Marriages (1747 - 1850):
20 Aug 1794, James Lewis & Nancy, daughter of Isham.
Wit by Joel Watkins (brother) & James Landrum (brother-in-law).

    2. Joel Watkins

Research note: Joel is not named in the 1812 Will of Isham Watkins; as he received his portion in the 4/1812 land grant.

Orange Co VA Marriages (1747 - 1850):
20 Aug 1794, James Lewis & Nancy, daughter of Isham.
Wit by Joel Watkins (brother) & James Landrum (brother-in-law).
Louisa Co VA Deed Book M, p. 90:
Grantor: Isham Watkins, Sr., Grantee: Joel Watkins.
18-Apr-1812. I Isham Watkins, Sr. for love and good will and affection towards Joel Watkins give him a tract in Louisa on Christophers Run I bought of legatees of Edmond Dare, dec'd. adjoining George Talley, Richard Thomson, my line and William Mills. Sig. Isham Watkins, Sr. wit. Isham Watkins, Jr., Westly (x) Cole, Richard W. Thomson, George (x) Talley. Rec. 13 Jul 1812.
Louisa Co VA Will Book O, p. 146:
25 Nov 1818. In consideration of the good will an esteem we have toward Isham L. Watkins of Logan County, Kentucky and $1 we give all our claim to land willed to him by his father in which his mother Elizabeth Watkins was to have a right being land Isham Watkins, dec'd. resided during his lifetime in Louisa on waters of Christophers Run.
Sig. Joel Watkins, Elizabeth Watkins, James Lewis, Ann Lewis, John D. Watkins, Polly Watkins, Francis Landrum agent for James and Piney Landrum. Rec. 5 Jan 1819.
1850 Federal Census: Madison County, Alabama
HN  LN  LAST    FIRST      AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH
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216 30  Watkins Joel       72  M          Virginia
                Nancy      40  F          "
                William W  36  M          "
                Joel       11  F          Alabama

    3. Isham L. Watkins

Louisa Co VA Deed Book O, p. 109:
Grantor: Isham L. Watkins and Winfred his wife, Grantee: William Mansfield, Sr.
08-Dec-1818. Isham L. Watkins and Winfred his wife of Logan County, Ky. and Elizabeth Watkins his mother of Louisa to William Mansfield, Senr. of Louisa for $10 for tract on Christophers Run cont. 438 acres adjoining Mary Carpenter, William Mills, Armstead Cole, Richard Thompson, Lucy Gooch, William McGehee, Carpenter. wit. Benj. Boxley, William D. Mansfield, Clifton Carpenter.

    4. Nancy Ann Watkins

Orange Co VA Marriages (1747 - 1850):
20 Aug 1794, James Lewis & Nancy, daughter of Isham. Wit by Joel Watkins (brother) & James Landrum (brother-in-law).

    5. Shasten Watkins

    6. John D. Watkins

Louisa Co VA Deed Book ?: p. 77:
Grantor: William T. Allegra and Bazil M. Jones Justices, Grantee: Arthur Clayton
13-Dec-1813. William T. Allegra and Bazil M. Jones Justices of the peace of Fluvanna certify that Polley Watkins wife of John Watkins in deed to Arthur Clayton 13 Dec 1813 acknowledgment and relinquishment of dower.

Louise Co VA Deed Bk O, p. 146:
25-Nov-1818 In consideration of the good will an esteem we have toward Isham L. Watkins of Logan County, Kentucky and $1 we give all our claim to land willed to him by his father in which his mother Elizabeth Watkins was to have a right being land Isham Watkins, dec'd. resided during his lifetime in Louisa on waters of Christophers Run. Sig. Joel Watkins, Elizabeth Watkins, James Lewis, Ann Lewis, John D. Watkins, Polly Watkins, Francis Landrum agent for James and Piney Landrum. Rec. 5 Jan 1819.
Louisa Co VA Deed Book R, p. 277:
04-Jan-1827. Grantor: Absalom Kennon, Grantee: John D. Watkins
Absalom Kennon of Lawrence County, Alabama appoint John D. Watkins of Louisa my lawful attorney in and about the estate of Joseph Kennon, dec'd. in Louisa County. Rec. Jan 14, 1828.

    7. Mary Watkins

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