Margaret J. (Martin)
Watkins, the fifth child of John
Martin, Jr., and Mary Ann (Wheeler) Martin, was born 11
September 1845 at Camargo, Illinois (which was then part of
Coles County but was included in Douglas County in 1859).
On 15 June 1867, she married Isaac Hamilton Watkins in Douglas
County. He had been born 7 April 1845 in Athens, Ohio, the
son of Joseph H. and Mary Jane Watkins.
Prior to their
marriage, Isaac had served the Union during the Civil War.
He had enrolled in the 135th Illinois Infantry 10 May 1864 at
Tuscola, IL; mustered out 6 Jun. 1864 at Mattoon, IL; reenrolled
in the 149th Illinois Infantry, Company F, 24 January 1865 at
Danville, IL; and mustered out 27 January 1866 at Dalton, GA.
Together, Margaret and Isaac had five children, all born in Douglas County, Illinois:
After Addie was born, Margaret and Isaac moved to Doniphan County, KS, where they and their children were recorded in the 1880 census. Some years later, they evidently moved to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma (most likely during the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889). Sadly, Margaret died there on 13 June 1897, and is buried at Oak Vale Cemetery under the name Maggie J. Watkins.
By the time of the 1900 census, Margaret’s children had all moved to Idaho, and Isaac was back in Kansas (Atchison County), where the census showed him married (for 1 year) to a woman named Virginia. I have not been able to determine Virginia’s maiden name, the exact date and place of their marriage, or what ultimately became of her. However, on 13 May 1902, Isaac married again, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Mrs. Lydia Ann (Niblock) Rodgers.
By 1910, Isaac and his third wife Lydia had relocated to Lakin, in Kearny County, Kansas, where she passed away in 1915. Isaac then went to spend his remaining years at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Ft. Dodge in neighboring Ford County. There he died on 11 April 1919. Isaac and Lydia are both buried at Lakin Cemetery in Kearny County.
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