Miles Hardin Watkins




Miles Hardin Watkins
Parents:
Isaiah Watkins Jr. and Catherine Thomas
Born:
 February 20, 1826 Grayson County, Kentucky
Marriage:
United to Celia J. Graham on June 10, 1847
 Harrison County, Indiana
Death: 
 December 15, 1889 Grayson County, Kentucky
Note:
A Harrison County, Indiana marriage index exists dated June 10, 1847 between Miles Watkins and Celia Graham.  There are several documents that may confirm that this marriage index refers to Miles Hardin Watkins of Grayson County, Kentucky though Miles H. Watkins nor his father Isaiah Watkins are ever censused in the territory of Indiana.
August 10, 1838 Martin Van Buren (then President of The United States) signed a land patent for Isaiah Watkins of Washington County, Indiana having purchased a tract of land located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Isaiah Watkins was censused in 1840 in Grayson County, Kentucky and is said to have died about 1846. Miles Hardin Watkins would have been 22 years old in August of 1838. 
A portion of the document can be viewed below:
  

Known Children of Miles Hardin Watkins
Fidelia Watkins Born 1848 Kentucky
James Watkins Born: 1850 Kentucky
Mary J. Watkins Born: 1852 Kentucky
John M. Watkins Born: 1855 Kentucky
Harriet C. Watkins Born: 1858 Kentucky
Hardin T. Watkins Born: 1865 Kentucky
Henry O. Watkins Born: 1868 Kentucky
 Miles Watkins and Celia J. Graham are first listed in Grayson County, Kentucky in 1850 transcribed below:
Miles Watkins age 23 Born in Kentucky
Celia Watkins age 21 Born in Kentucky
Fidelia Watkins age 2 Born in Kentucky
The 1860 Grayson County Federal Census Record for Miles Hardin Watkins transcribed below:
Miles Watkins age 37 Born in Kentucky
Celia Watkins age 29 Born in Kentucky
Phidellia Watkins age 12 Born in Kentucky
James Watkins age 10 Born in Kentucky
Mary J. Watkins age 8 Born in Kentucky
John M. Watkins age 5 Born in Kentucky
Harriet C. Watkins age 2 Born in Kentucky
Miles H. Watkins
 registration for the draft dated July 1863 Grayson County, Kentucky can be viewed below:


Note: Miles Watkins' occupation Stone Mason
Miles Hardin Watkins
served during the Civil War as documented below:
Name: Miles Watkins
Enlistment Date: 3 Aug 1863
Enlistment Place: Owensboro, Kentucky
Side Served: Union
State Served: Kentucky
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 3 August 1863.
Enlisted in Company G, 35th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 2 Oct 1863.
Transferred into 3rd Cavalry Regiment Kentucky on 10 Mar 1864.
Transferred out of Company G, 35th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 10 Mar 1864.
Miles H. Watkins served Kentucky Company G. Infantry 3rd Regiment and Kentucky Company I. Calvary 35th Regiment.  Men who joined the Union were typically in their late teens or early 20's.  Miles H. Watkins would have been 37 years old and married with five children in August of 1863.  There are no other men named Miles H. Watkins of any age that are censused in Kentucky in 1860.  It is noteworthy that Miles H. Watkins registered for the draft in 1863 with cousins Charles Watkins, Joel Watkins, and David E. Watkins all sons of James L. Watkins and near the same age as Miles H., yet none except Miles H. are known to have served in the Civil War.  The implication would be that Miles H. Watkins was a Union soldier who volunteered to serve, though while researching the drafting procedures of The Civil War it is noted that men drafted could pay $300 and be exempt from serving.
The 1870 Grayson County Federal Census Record for Miles Hardin Watkins transcribed below:
M.H. Watkins age 44 Born in Kentucky
C.J. Watkins age 41 Born in Kentucky
F.D. Watkins age 22 Born in Kentucky
J.M. Watkins age 13 Born in Kentucky
H.C. Watkins age 11 Born in Kentucky
H. T. Watkins age 8 Born in Kentucky
A.E. Watkins age 5 Born in Kentucky
H.O. Watkins age 2 Born in Kentucky
The 1880 Grayson County Federal Census Record for Miles Hardin Watkins transcribed below:
Miles H. Watkins age 54 Born in Kentucky
Celia J. Watkins age 51 Born in Kentucky
Harriet C. Watkins age 21 Born in Kentucky
Hardin T. Watkins age 19 Born in Kentucky
Artemicia E. Watkins age 16 Born in Kentucky
Henry O. Watkins age 12 Born in Kentucky
Note: Miles H. Watkins is enumerated as a stone mason.  Celia J. Watkins claims her father was born in Tennessee.

The actual birth date and death date of Miles H. Watkins of Grayson County, Kentucky would be undiscovered if it were not for the journal entries of James P. McClure.  James P. McClure was a local jeweler of Grayson County, Kentucky who kept accounts of the area and it's people.  He makes reference to Miles H. Watkins on several occasions.  A copy of those entries can be viewed below:

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The journal entries above are invaluable.  They tell us that Miles Hardin Watkins owned the property at South Oak Street when he died on December 15, 1889.  His heirs may have included his wife Celia J, but her death date is unproven.  The 1880 Federal Census record for Miles H. Watkins offers that he resided in the East Leitchfield voting precinct.  His resting place is unknown at this time, though it is likely he is buried near the area he lived in Grayson County, Kentucky.

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