Watkins Family Papers
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Jesse's son, Richard Overton Watkins (1816-?) was the first Presbyterian minister licensed to preach in Texas,and rode a circuit encompassing most of East Texas, based first in Nacogdoches and later in Kemp, Texas. During the unsettled times of the early Republic, Richard served as a Texas Ranger.
Another of Jesse's sons, Jesse J. Watkins (1828-ca. 1905) settled in Douglass and is represented here with reminiscences of the Runaway Scrape, the Cherokee War, and other early Texas events. Jesse J. Watkins served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1883-1884.
(Weatherly, Mrs. Jesse. "Watkins, Jesse Jernigan," "Watkins, Richard Overton," "Watkins, Jesse Jernigan Jr." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 688).
- Guide to the Watkins Family Papers