Henry Edward Watkins
Aged: 74.5 years
Son of Francis (SR) & Agnes Woodson Watkins. He attended Hampden-Sydney, Washington College, Princeton A.B. and William & Mary for law. He was married to Agnes Venable daughter of Samuel Woodson and Mary nee' Carrington Venable. They lived in a house called the "The Home" which lay about a mile from his birth place, "Poplar Hill". At "The Home" he conducted a law school.
His political activities included the following:
Commonwealth Attorney 1810-1813; Member of the House of Delegates 1812-1833; Member VA Senate 1833-34. In 1818 he was on the commission to choose the site location for the U. of VA. He served as a Capt. in the war of 1812 and was involved with his company at the Battle of Bottom's Bridge.
Agnes Woodson Venable
|Birth||4 NOV 1796|
Aged: 71.4 years
Agnes was born at "Springfield" P.E. Co. VA. She married her second cousin, Capt. (War of 1812) Henry Edward Watkins, in 1815. The "Venables of Virginia" study states that "She was considered a woman of great dignity and gracious manner and queenly bearing as well as of unusual intellectual attainments". In her day it is reported that the head gardner, Abram, turned the plantation's 10 acres into a paradise of lawns, boxed-bordered flower beds, and avenues of elms (all laid out by an English landscape architect). Their children were: Francis Nathaniel Watkins, Dr. Henry E. Watkins, Jr,, Elizabeth Watkins, Rev. Samuel Woodson Watkins, Mary Cabell Watkins, Mrs. Agnes W. Watkins Embry, Richard V. Watkins, Mrs. Margaret C. Watkins Martin, Henrietta Watkins, Catherine A. Watkins, Mrs. Frances Leigh Watkins Irvine.