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The Arkansas Family -
Pierce Watkins, Walsie Jones Watkins

Pierce Watkins, Walsie Jones WatkinsPIERCE WATKINS, WALSIE JONES WATKINS, Sister to Joseph H. Jones

Pierce was the son of William Henry Watkins and Lucinda Scoggins. He was born December 11, 1866 and he died December 28, 1936, at seventy years. Pierce married Walsie in Coffeeville, Kansas. He is buried at the Maple wood cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas.

Walsie was born May 29, 1871 at Valley Springs, Arkansas. She died August 26, 1940. She is buried at the Maple wood Cemetery. She died at age sixty-nine. Her father was William Stephens Jones. Her mother Mary Ann.

Pierce and Walsie had nine children and they were:

1.Ernest Watkins 2. Emory Eugene W. married to Minnie Wilson 3.Ruby Watkins married to Marvin Farris 4. Alf O. Watkins married to Mima Young 5. Birdie Lou Watkins married to Charles Herbert Bell 6. William Henry Watkins 7. Virginia T. "Virgie." Spouse 1. George Baughman 2. Ken Billinger 8. Jefferson Floyd W.9. Bertha Watkins (died in infancy)

Walsie was the sister of Joseph Herbert Jones, married in Coffeyville, Kansas a town that wasn't too far from where Walsie's mother and father settled at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Their children were born on the family farm close to Harrison, Arkansas, since this is where Pierce & Walsie settled.

1. Ernest Watkins born 1888.
2. Emory Eugene born 10-3-1890, died, 1963
3. Ruby Watkins born September 13, 1892, died 1979, Pasadena, Ca.,
4. Alf, born 1895, died February 23, 1955
5. Birdie Lou Watkins, born February 13, 1897, died November 7, 1978.
6. William Henry Watkins, August 15,1899, Died February, 28, 1941.
7. Virgie born 1902, died September 20, 1969.
8. Jefferson Floyd, born November 6, 1903, died April 16, 1970.
9. Bertha, died in infancy.

DeLinda Watkins, and Dian Laymen, descendants of Walsie and Pierce have searched for these folks records at Coffeeville, Kansas and they cannot be found there.

My notes were taken from members of the family who have since passed away, year 2001 and I cannot go back to request on them about where these two were married.  Sometimes, before statehood people were married by a minister, but since there was no government the marriage was not recorded.  This happened with Walsie's niece, GERTRUDE JONES WADLEY, but they were aware of this and crossed over to a little town where there was a government and legalized their marriage.  DOSHIA (DORA) JONES FRENCHMAN, also a niece of Walsie, who legalized her marriage through the federal government with her first husband Edward Frenchman he being Native American and she herself adopted by the Cherokee with a legal roll number.

So, for now we will just have to consider this a mystery as to where they were married. Knowing how orderly these Jones's were as to doing everything legally, as to the USA government this will need to be further researched.  Joseph Jones, Walsie's brother worked at Thackerville as a post master for the federal government.



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