Children of David E. Watkins ~Julia Ann Watkins King~

Julia Ann Watkins
April 20, 1846, Grayson County, Kentucky
United first to Benjamin Franklin King August 1869 Grayson County, Kentucky
United second to Joseph King January 28, 1877

Julia Ann Watkins is the oldest of several children born to David E. Watkins and Nancy Brunk.  David and Nancy were first cousins.  David E.'s mother was a sister to Nancy Brunk's brother.  Julia Ann Watkins did not acquire basic education and could not read or write.

Julia Ann Watkins married Benjamin Franklin King in August of 1869.  They are censused in Big Clifty, Grayson County, Kentucky in 1870 with one month old David Elmer King in their household. David Elmer was born in May of 1870 and may have carried the name of his grandfather which would give insight to the middle name of David E. Watkins son of James L. and Elizabeth Brunk Watkins. 

Benjamin Franklin King was a rail road laborer in 1870.

Julia Ann and Benjamin King remove to Illinois between 1870 and 1872.  Benjamin Franklin King was the son of Joseph King and Nancy Catherine Gilpin. 
In 1880 Julia Ann is enumerated with Joseph King.
The 1880 Illinois Federal Census record enumerating Julia Ann King:

An interesting account of the family of Joseph King can be read below. 

The notes below were compiled by Faith Evans in April of 1974

(The account has not been copied in it's entirety) 

"Joseph made his living cutting railroad ties and mine props, burning charcoal and doing some small farming. He was an expert fiddler and made quite a lot of extra money playing for dances. All of his brothers and sisters were musicians, playing the violin and other instruments. It is presumed the Benjamin was a musician too.

Joseph's son Benjamin married Julia Watkins in 1869 in Kentucky. After their little son David was born, they moved back to Illinois and lived near Joseph and Nancy and their family. Benjamin fell into some trouble and went away, saying that would send for Julia. By that time Benjamin's son Joseph was born and being left with two small babies Julia was invited to stay with Joseph's family, which she did. Later Nancy went to stay with her daughter Mary while she was having a baby. While she was gone Joseph took a fancy to Julia. He no longer wanted Nancy and lived with Julia. They all were divorced in April 1876 and in January of 1877 Joseph and Julia were married.

Joseph and Julia had six children; John Lewis, George, William Thomas and Thomas Jefferson, who were twins, Rosanna and Norciss. George died when he was two years old and William, one of the twins, died when he was thirteen years old. they continued to live near Tower Hill until about 1880 when they lived for a while near Assumption. Rosanna was born there. Later they moved to Moultrie County where Joseph and his boys worked in a saw mill. Joseph died there in a small house about three miles east of Bruce, Illinois and buried in Whitfield Cemetery, April 21, 1895.

Joseph King was a tall man, about five feet eleven inches, with dark wavy hair and blue eyes. He had a fiery temper and was difficult and ever cruel when aroused."

Known Children of Julia Ann Watkins fathered by Benjamin King:
David Elmer King Born: May 1870 Kentucky
Joseph Henry King Born: November 29, 1872 Illinois
John Lewis King Born: April 1874 Illinois

Known Children of Julia Ann Watkins fathered by Joseph King:
George Washington King 
Born: 1877 Illinois
Thomas Jefferson King
Born: 1879 Illinois
William T. King
Born: 1879 Illinois
Rosanna King
Born: 1882 Illinois
Norciss King
Born: 1885 Illinois

Joseph King passed away in 1895

William T. King did not live long enough to be censused in 1900

George Washington is noted to have died at 2 years of age, but is censused in 1880 as age 3 years
The 1900 Illinois Federal Census record enumerating Julia Ann transcribed below:

Anna M. born May 1883 is transcribed to be a daughter in law

The 1910 and 1920 Federal Census records enumerate Julia Ann in the household with daughter Rosanna and son in law John W. Blue.

Julia Ann Watkins King died on December 19, 1929 in Moultrie County, Sullivan, Illinois. 

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