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Double First Cousin July 27, 2006

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When a set of siblings marry another set of siblings, their children are “double first cousins”.

EX: Jay Rodkey married Ruth E. Watkins and her brother, Walter Watkins, married Zelda Rodkey, Jay’s sister

Walter & Zelda

Letters From The Past July 26, 2006

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Dad has letters from Grandma Rodkey and other, more distant, relatives that help shed some light on the past generations.  I’ve retyped the letters and put portions in the comment sections on applicable pages, but I realize there’s no substitute for the original.  Here are links to those letters in full…….

Ruth Rodkey: May 1977 Page 1
Ruth Rodkey: May 1977 Page 2

Ruth Rodkey: Jan 1981 Page 1
Ruth Rodkey: Jan 1981 Page 2

Phillip Arthur Watkins Family by Ruth Rodkey

Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 1
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 2
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 3
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 4

Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 1
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 2
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 3
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 4
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 5
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 6

Elizabeth Doerr (McFiggen Cousin): Dec 1977

Philip Arthur Watkins & Margaret Jane Davies Watkins (GGG)

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Dad had a copy of this letter, written by a niece of (Phillip) Arthur Watkins sharing the information she had on her grandparents Phillip Arthur Watkins & Margaret Jane Davies Watkins:

Brownsville, Pa
Monday, Oct. 10 – 1977
 

Dear Jean,
 

In answer to your letter I will give you the information I have pertaining to the Watkins family.
 

Mother gave this to me and I am so happy that she did.  Since Walter is your great Uncle you would then know that Walter’s father & my mother were brothers & sisters.  So when I speak of my grandfather I will also be referring to Walter’s grandfather.
 

I am also interested in knowing your relationship to Walter.  That is who were your Mother & Dad. 
 

Getting into family history is very interesting.  I did work for D.A.R.—and also traced my own history on my Father’s side – to the Revolution.  It was on his side that I was admitted to D.A.R.  (note: we are related by his marriage to Aunt Charlotte) 
 

I do hope that what I have given you may be of some help.  It was nice hearing from you.  Please tell Walter I send my best.
 

Sincerely,
Marion Townsend (daughter of Charlotte [Watkins] and granddaughter of Philip Arthur Watkins & Margaret Jane Davies Watkins)


  

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My Grandparents were Philip Arthur Watkins & Margaret Jane Davies Watkins.  Grandmother was born in Monmouthshire, England.  Grandfather was born in Abergavenny, Wales.  He was one of 16 Children.  After they were married they made their home in Abergavenny.  Grandfather was sent to this country to teach the making of steel in Bethlehem Penns.  Later he sent for his wife—she came over bringing with her 4 children.
1 – *Arthur*
2 – Mary Ann – husband – Elmer Campman
3 – William
The fourth child died on the way over—and she carried the child—wrapped in a shawl—off the boat because she did not want it buried at sea.  The child was buried in Duncannon Pa.
5th child – Charlie – born in Duncannon Pa
6 – Rachel (died when a baby – born in Sharon Pa)
7 – Born – died
8 – Margaret Jane – Wheatland Pa
9 – Charlotte (my mother) born in Wheatland
10 – Hannah – born in Wheatland
11 – Clara – Wheatland Pa
12 – Dorothy – Wheatland Pa
 

Mary’s husband – Elmer Campman
Margaret’s husband –Brewster
Charlotte’s husband –Harry Lutton
Hannah’s husband –Cochran
Clara’s husband –Wm. Patterson
Dorothy’s husband –Earle (note: could not decifer)
 

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Three others of my grandfather’s family came to this country –
John Watkins who settled in Johnstown Pa
Jim Watkins who settled in St. Louis Missouri
& Mary Ann Watkins Bates who also lived in Johnstown.  She was post mistress in Pleasantville—Bedford County—Pa.
 

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I neglected to say that I do have a copy of Grandfather’s Naturalization papers.  They were dated Oct 4, 1880 and were granted in Mercer Co – Penns.  In it they state that he had to live in U.S. 5 years before that date – so he had to live in Mercer Co – from 1875 to 1880.
 

I did not have the date of when he first came to the United States.  Mother did not know.

Pictures on the Mantle July 18, 2006

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Growing up, there were two pictures on top shelf of the buffet mantle–portraits of a husband and wife.  I vaguely new they were great-grandparents of some sort, but never made the connection of who they were and how I was related.  But, I’ve finally figured it out!  Meet Phillip Arthur & Annie Watkins!
Phillip WatkinsAnnie Watkins

They are the parents of Grandma Ruth Rodkey.  My great-great grandparents!

There happens to be a Watkins Family Website (that Dad knew about) where I was able to find some nifty information and get a few photos–and I dedicated a page on this site to the Watkins Grandparents.

P.S. Philip Arthur Watkins reportedly went by his middle name, Arthur

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