Susan <I>Birdwell</I> Watkins

Susan Birdwell Watkins

Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
Death 1888 (aged 78–79)
Somerville, Morgan County, Alabama, USA
Burial Somerville, Morgan County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 175581006 · View Source
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No marker found.
She died after 1880. A family tree gives her death as 1888 at Valhermosa Springs, source not cited. Her birthdate is given as Feb. 4, 1807, but the date of her marriage was Feb. 4, so that is questionable. Some family trees give her name Susan B. Birdwell (source of middle initial also not shown).

Susan Birdwell and Joel S. Watkins married 4 Feb 1827 in Lawrence County, Alabama. They probably married at Hopewell Baptist Church which the Birdwells attended at that time.
Joel W. Watkins (says Lawrence County Marriage Book 1A, p.227), 1/9/1827, to Susan Birdwell; Original marriage (2/4/1827; and Gandrud, p.39) say Joel S. Watkins.

1849: One family tree says they lived at Oakville in Lawrence County in 1849(source not cited)
1850 census: Somerville, Morgan Co., AL
1860 census: Valhermoso, Morgan Co., AL.
1870 census:
1880 census: Morgan Co., AL. (widow)
1988: Susan Birdwell Watkins died, according to an unsourced family tree.

The 1888 death date might be wrong. It would seem she likely died closer to 1893-4, closer in time to when the children filed the petition to partition.

Probate Court of Morgan Co., AL. Oct. 24, 1894:
Petition dated Oct. 23, 1894, filed by James T. Watkins to partition 620 acres into six equal lots for the six heirs: James T. Watkins, Reuben S. Watkins, Mollie Nelson, Martha Joiner (wife of Elisha Joiner), Sallie A. Taylor and Nancy A. Sandlin (wife of Gordon Sandlin), all over 21 except Mollie Nelson (over 14 but under 21). Mollie's husband's name not stated.

A descendant who grew up on ancestral land at Somerville said he always believed they were buried at Somerville Cemetery, not Valhermoso.
Susan Birdwell Watkins' children, who lived on the Watkins land after her death, were buried at Somerville Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
  • Added: 21 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175581006
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Birdwell Watkins (1809–1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175581006, citing Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, Morgan County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .