Matilda Watkins Jolly




Matilda Watkins
Born:  
about 1807 Hardin County, Kentucky (now Grayson County, Kentucky)
Parents:
 Isaiah Watkins and Rachel Leggett
Death:
 Unknown
Last censused in 1860 Macoupin County in Illinois
Marriage:
 United to William H. Jolly about 1828 in Grayson County, Kentucky.

The 1830 Grayson County Federal Census Record for William Jolly transcribed:

Males 5-9 (1) Unknown Males 20-29 (1) William D. Females under 5 (1) Sarah Phillips Females 20-29 (1) Matilda Females 30-39 (1) Unknown

The 1840 Macoupin County, Illinois Federal Census record for William Jolly transcribed:

Males under 5 (1) William M. Males (30-39) William H. Females under 5 (2) Rebecca A. and Elizabeth J. Females 5-9 (1) Mary Ellen Females 10-14 (1) Sarah Phillips Females 30-39 (1) Matilda

Note:
The middle name of William Jolly is said to be Ham but the 1830 Grayson County Census enumerated him as William D. Jolly.

William and Matilda have an unknown male age 5-9 and an unknown female age 30-39 in their household in 1830.  They are living in Grayson County, Kentucky at that time.  The family removes to Illinois sometime after 1831 and before 1834.  Rachel Watkins, mother of Matilda, is enumerated in Grayson County, Kentucky living alone age 60-69 in 1830.  Researchers claim she died about this time.  Isaiah Watkins, father of Matilda, died before 1820.  A large number of Grayson Countians migrated northwest to Illinois about 1831 according to an account posted of Jacob Rhoads.  Jacob's son Josiah married Susanna Watkins an older sister of Matilda.  The account can be read from the post of Susanna Watkins Rhoads.

Known Children of Matilda Watkins Jolly:

Sarah Phillips Jolly 
Born:
 October 7, 1929 Grayson County, Kentucky
Marriage:
 October 8, 1848 Isaac Haycraft
Death:
April 11, 1918 Minnesota
Mary Ellen Jolly
Born:
April 15, 1831 Grayson County, Kentucky
Marriage:
 July 6, 1851 Macoupin County, Illinois John D. Rhoades
Death:
 1909 Macoupin County, Illinois
Rebecca Ann Jolly
 Born:
January 14, 1834 Illinois
Marriage:
February 23, 1857 Macoupin County, Illinois William Stuteville
Death:
 January 14, 1870 Macoupin County, Illinois
Elizabeth J. Jolly 
 Born:
 1837 Illinois
Marriage:
January 18, 1859 Macoupin County, Illinois Jonathon Miller
Death:
Unknown
William Matthew Jolly
 Born:
August 18, 1840 Illinois
Marriage:
1868 Medora, Illinois Mary Ann Palmer
Death:
 November 21,1934 Sedalia County, Missouri

Note:
William Jolly and Matilda Watkins offer their oldest daughter the middle name of "Phillips" according to several different applications to the Sons of the American Revolution.  These application are sent by descendants of Sarah Phillips Jolly Haycraft but do not list Sarah Phillips parents or grandparents.  Phillips is an unusual middle name for a female unless she was named for the maiden name of a grandmother.  Matilda Watkins mother is known only to be Rachel Leggett, but no records are available to confirm this.  It is only theory that Rachel Watkins may have been born a Phillips and would offer an explanation as to why Rachel, wife of Isaiah Watkins of Grayson County, Kentucky's ascendancy is undiscovered.

Image of Sarah Phillips Jolly below:
 

 
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