|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1852|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1937|
In the 1920 census the family was living on 2nd Street in Eddyville, Wapello Co., IA. His birth date of 12 December 1853 is based on old decorative chart made by sister Lozina' s husband, Alonzo W. SHAFER, although the tombstone reads 1852. He delivered coal to Eddyville to the Electric Plant and to people's house.
Hand copied obituary provided by granddaughter, the late Eva Marie (DENNING) BROWN:
Ephraim Watkins, son of William and Rebecca Buckingham Watkins was born Dec. 12, 1852 in Tuscarawas Co. Ohio. He came to Iowa with his parents at the age of 2 years and has since lived in the vicinity of Eddyville.
He was one of a family of seven boys and four girls of whom two brothers and one sister survive.
April 8, 1876 he was married to Ida Ellen Spurgin and to this union, six children were born, three of whom have preceded him in death.
Mr. Watkins was of a home loving nature and was a good neighbor and a friend to all who knew him.
He had been confined to his home for the last few years.
Death came suddenly on Saturday Dec. 18, 1937 at the age of 85 years and 6 days thus closing the life of another one of the old pioneers.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, John Watkins of Cedar Falls, two daughters, Mrs. Faye Rowe of Eddyville and Mrs. Elmer (Marie) Denning of Kirkville. Also a sister Lucinda Carter of Albia and two brothers Dick Watkins of Frederic and William Watkins of Eddyville.
Funeral services were held from his home Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Methodist Church officiating.
Burial was in the Highland Cemetery, Eddyville.
William Watkins (1816 - 1900)
Rebecca Buckingham Watkins (1824 - 1903)
Ida Ellen Spurgeon Watkins (1864 - 1940)*
Faye Watkins Piper (1890 - 1965)*
Faye Piper Watkins (1891 - 1965)*
Flora Marie Watkins Denning (1895 - 1978)*
John Earl Watkins (1898 - 1982)*
Joseph H. Watkins (1847 - 1932)*
Jason H Watkins (1849 - 1932)*
John B. Watkins (1850 - 1899)*
Ephraim Watkins (1852 - 1937)
Malissa Watkins Nichelson (1857 - 1930)*
Lozina Elizabeth Watkins Shafer (1859 - 1929)*
William B Watkins (1862 - 1943)*
George Richard Watkins (1862 - 1946)*
Maintained by: Della M Shafer
Originally Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: Nov 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31794813