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Descendants of William Wilkins

Generation No. 4

      9. James4 Wilkins (James3, Abiel2, William1) was born Abt. 1794 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH, and died 17 September 1832 in Weston, Windsor, VT14. He married Miriam Harper 08 September 1818 in Antrim, Hillsboro, New Hampshire15, daughter of John Harper and Elizabeth Lakin. She was born 15 January 1798 in Alstead, NH, and died 11 February 1865 in Brighton, MA16.

Notes for James Wilkins:
James died intestate. Miriam had to pay to have his estate evaluated. In the end there wasn't much left after James' debts were paid. Miriam ends up selling the property and buildings to Asa B. Foster.

The death record on microfilm at the NEHGS Library in Boston says he was buried in the Old Village Cemetery.

More About James Wilkins:
Burial: Forefather's Cemetery, Weston, Winsor, VT

Notes for Miriam Harper:
Miriam is appointed guardian of Joel F., James F., Manly, Clark A., Marriette, Sarah, and Lemuel W. (Walter) on 2 September 1833. Miriam and children are next found in 1860 census, Brighton, Middlesex, MA. There are some possibles in the 1850 census, but nothing for sure. At some point between 1834 and 1860, Miriam married (Unknown) Martin. In 1860 census Miriam is listed as Marian Martin, she is 62 years old. She lives with a 35 yr old dentist, (can't read the name) and Martha, as well as her grandson George who is abt 1. This George (son of Manly and Martha) dies in 1860 in Brighton.

More About Miriam Harper:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA

Marriage Notes for James Wilkins and Miriam Harper:
James & Meriam were married by John M. Whiton, Minister of Gospel. Meriam lived in Hancock at the time of her marriage.

More About James Wilkins and Miriam Harper:
Marriage: 08 September 1818, Antrim, Hillsboro, New Hampshire17
Children of James Wilkins and Miriam Harper are:
  27 i.   George Granville5 Wilkins, born Abt. 11 January 1819 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH; died 08 November 1879 in Pittsfield, Merrimack, NH18.
  Notes for George Granville Wilkins:
On 25 June 1833 his uncle Peter Atwood is appointed his guardian.

  More About George Granville Wilkins:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA

+ 28 ii.   James F. Wilkins, born 1821 in Ludlow, Vermont; died 01 December 1876 in Peterborough, NH.
  29 iii.   Joel F. Wilkins, born Abt. 1823.
  Notes for Joel F. Wilkins:
This information I have is that Joel F. Wilkins was born in 1821 in Vermont, married in 1867 in Volney, Allamakee Co. IA. and died 9 Apr 1887.

I found a loose note in my file but I am not sure which state is came from. It is a handwritten note,a response to one of my inquiries. It reads:

Joel F. Wilkins - Probate Book D, page 134
Nancy N. Wilkins Probate Book H, page 29.

It is signed by a Mr. Vernon Tyler. I assume he was the clerk looking for information for me. This must have come from Iowa vital statistics since they died in Iowa.

That's all I've found so far.

Lynn Larsen From Iowa


I've heard nothing more from you but could you please share the information you have on Joel Wilkins' parents, names, dates. Thanks.

I have dug into my old records to see what I could find. My mother wrote for a copy of the adoption record for her father George E. Wilkins, he died five days before she was born. The adoption lists Joel F. Wilkins but not his wife, this is dated December 29, 1879 1o'clock pm.

I found a letter from my aunt Alice Wilkins, wife of Donald Wilkins (both are deceased). This is part of what she wrote: Oct, 19, 1980

Dear Lynn,
This is what I found out for you [about] Joel Wilkins. He married Nancy Thomas. She was his 2nd wife and I suppose that accounts for such a difference in age. Yes he had a family in Vermont. Thelma (my aunt Thelma Olive Wilkins) said Jane King (she shows up on the census I read) was Jane Thomas, Nancy's sister. Jane lived with Nancy after her husband was killed because she was never 'right' after that. After Joel Wilkins died Nancy married a guy by the name of Crow but the marriage only lasted a little while as he left when he found out the farm was deeded to George Wilkins and he couldn't get it...don't know who John McGoon is (his name was on one of the census reports I read) because George Wilkins was George McGoon before the adoption. John may have been a cousin or other relative...We (Alice and Don) visited Iowa on our way home and went to the cemeteries. We found Nancy Wilkins grave so she must have dropped the name Crow.
Maybe that will give you some more information. You're right that Nancy was born in Tennessee. I do want the information you have and will ask my son which way is the best, he is my computer person. Thank you for adding an important piece to this history. It is great to know these people are connected to us.

My grandfather George E. Wilkins had a sister. When their bio father died their mother (Sara Flack McGoon) remarried and adopted both children to separate families. George to Joel Wilkins and the sister to another family.

+ 30 iv.   Manly William Wilkins, born Abt. December 1824 in Reading, Windsor, VT; died 29 January 1903 in Tewksbury, Middlesex, MA.
  31 v.   William Wilkins, born Abt. 1825.
  Notes for William Wilkins:
Have not found any information on William. He listed in William Carroll Hill's book as a child of James, as well as several local town (VT) histories. According to the LDS individual records William was born abt 1825. He is not one of the children listed in guardianship papers after James, his father, dies. I have often wondered if there really was a William or are they making Manly William 2 people? Manly is listed as William Manly in places and Manly William in others, his death record calls him William Manly.

+ 32 vi.   Clark A. Wilkins, born Abt. May 1826 in Weston, Vermont; died 20 March 1861 in Brighton, MA.
+ 33 vii.   Marietta Wilkins, born 23 December 1829 in Weston, Vermont; died 24 September 1909 in Brighton, MA.
+ 34 viii.   Sarah Samantha Wilkins, born Abt. 14 January 1831 in Weston, Vermont; died 14 May 1884 in Worcester, Worcester, MA.
+ 35 ix.   Walter Lemuel Wilkins, born Abt. November 1832 in Weston, Vermont; died 07 July 1903 in Brighton, MA.

      10. Mary Frances4 Wilkins (James3, Abiel2, William1) was born 27 August 1796 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH, and died 08 October 1847 in Londonderry, VT. She married Peter C. Atwood 13 February 1816 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH, son of Joshua Atwood and Susan Cram. He was born 11 August 1795 in Lempster, Sullivan, NH.

Notes for Peter C. Atwood:
According to Probate papers from Hillsborough Probate: 25 Jun 1833 Peter C. Atwood of Londonderry, NH is named guardian of George Granville Wilkins, minor over 14, child of James Wilkins - late of Weston, VT. This is Mary's brother's child, her nephew.

More About Peter Atwood and Mary Wilkins:
Marriage: 13 February 1816, Antrim, Hillsboro, NH
Children of Mary Wilkins and Peter Atwood are:
  36 i.   Matthew Whipple5 Atwood, born 22 May 1816 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH; died 19 August 1847 in New Hudson, NY. He married Fanny W. Burnham 10 October 1843; born Abt. 1820.
  Notes for Matthew Whipple Atwood:
Matthew was a Doctor. He and his wife Fanny and moved to New Hudson, NY and he died there of consumption, at age 31. Was a young man of much promise, and his untimely death was the occasion of great sorrow.
According to The Families of Antrim, New Hampshire By W.R. Cochran

  More About Matthew Atwood and Fanny Burnham:
Marriage: 10 October 1843

+ 37 ii.   Mary Almira Atwood, born 18 January 1818 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH; died 05 July 1847 in Londonderry, VT.
+ 38 iii.   Lydia Wilkins Atwood, born 05 March 1820 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH; died 09 May 1854.
+ 39 iv.   Harriet N. Atwood, born 23 March 1823 in Londonderry, VT.
+ 40 v.   Emeline Atwood, born 14 March 1825.
+ 41 vi.   Susan Ann Atwood, born 02 October 1827; died 26 December 1881 in Ludlow, Windsor, VT.
+ 42 vii.   Sara Flint Atwood, born 11 October 1829 in Lempster, Sullivan, NH.
+ 43 viii.   Peter Clark Atwood, born 26 January 1832 in Londonderry, VT; died 01 May 1904 in Boston, Suffolk, MA.
+ 44 ix.   Ann E. Atwood, born 18 February 1835 in Londonderry, VT; died 24 September 1871.
+ 45 x.   James H. Atwood, born 05 June 1840 in Londonderry, VT.

      11. Joel F.4 Wilkins (James3, Abiel2, William1) was born 18 March 1800 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH, and died 28 November 1865 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH19. He married (1) Betsey Wilkins 21 December 1820 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH, daughter of William Wilkins and Sarah Whipple. She was born 28 July 1801 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH19, and died 04 September 1855 in Antrim, Hillsboro, NH. He married (2) Hannah B. Crombie Abt. 1856.

Notes for Joel F. Wilkins:
Joel married his cousin Betsey in 1820. Lived on the Wilkins homestead. Was made a Deacon in the Presbyterian church 1831. The birth and death record information recorded for Deacon Joel's immediate family is based on a transcribed copy of His family bible. This bible is now located in a library in Antrim, NH.

Death record states he was 66 years 8 months and 18 days old at the time of his death. He died of Heart disease. His death was reported by James E. Vose, Town Clerk of Antrim, NH.

More About Joel F. Wilkins:
Burial: Centre Cemetery, Lot 119 Antrim, NH
Occupation: Deacon

More About Joel Wilkins and Betsey Wilkins:
Marriage: 21 December 1820, Antrim, Hillsboro, NH

More About Joel Wilkins and Hannah Crombie:
Marriage: Abt. 1856
Children of Joel Wilkins and Betsey Wilkins are:
  46 i.   Infant5 Wilkins, born 02 December 1821; died 13 December 1821.
+ 47 ii.   Mark Wilkins, born 02 January 1822; died 31 August 1875 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH.
  48 iii.   Prynthia Wilkins, born 30 October 1824; died 29 July 1834.
  More About Prynthia Wilkins:
Burial: Centre Cemetery, Antrim, Hillsborough, NH

  49 iv.   Sarah Emeline Wilkins, born 15 January 1826; died 14 February 1844.
  More About Sarah Emeline Wilkins:
Burial: Centre Cemetery, Antrim, Hillsborough, NH

+ 50 v.   Joel Newton Wilkins, born 09 June 1828; died 18 February 1886 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH.
  51 vi.   Mary Duncan Wilkins, born 06 August 1830; died 24 May 1849.
  More About Mary Duncan Wilkins:
Burial: Centre Cemetery, Antrim, Hillsborough, NH

+ 52 vii.   James Grosvenor Wilkins, born 25 June 1832 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH; died 23 February 1895 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH.
  53 viii.   Lydia Sophia Wilkins, born 01 June 1834; died 19 June 1847.
  More About Lydia Sophia Wilkins:
Burial: Centre Cemetery, Antrim, Hillsborough, NH

  54 ix.   George Al--- Wilkins, born 09 March 1836; died 01 November 1856.
  Notes for George Al--- Wilkins:
Graduated Albany medical College and settled in Hillsborough where he died suddenly in his first year of practice.

+ 55 x.   Luther Martin Wilkins, born 04 October 1838 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH; died 11 February 1882 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH.
+ 56 xi.   Henry Edward Wilkins, born 01 April 1840.
Child of Joel Wilkins and Hannah Crombie is:
+ 57 i.   Ida Frances5 Wilkins, born 08 January 1859 in Antrim, Hillsborough, NH.

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