The following is a letter forwarded to me by my brother Ben:
2139 S. Broadmoor Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
Phone: (801) 467-2576
Ben Farr Jr.
2915 Pioneer Road
Slaterville, Utah 84404
November 13, 1996
I received your address from your father. I've been doing research on one of our common ancestors, William Watkins and Mary Ford and their family. In my research the only family group sheet I found submitted at the genealogy library was by your father. In talking with him mentioned that I should get in touch with you. On the group sheet your father put as a source a Bessie Oram from Ogden #2 Chimes Circle. I have tried unsuccessfully to locate her also.
On the Ancestral Fite at the genealogy library, it lists the parents of William Watkins as Samuel Watkins and Elizabeth [Williams]. This genealogy is incorrect. A lady in Logan hired a professional genealogist who did some poor work. I have been able to document that this Samuel Watkins and Elizabeth Williams are not the parents of William Watkins. John Denhalter, who is also working on this genealogy has found the same.
Legend has it that William and some of his brothers came from Wales to England. William was married in Banwell, England to Mary Ford. Legend also has it that her father was a local vicar and that he worked for her father. Apparently her father was against the marriage, but we know few facts about her family either. William Watkins did own a home in Banwell and had a large family. I believe we both descend through his son Richard Watkins who maried Ruth Hamblin.
If you have any information on this family I would be most appreciative and would welcome hearing from you. I will enclose a group sheet of the information I have. If you would like to know sources let me know and I can send them.
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 17:59:33 -0700
From: "Dave and Krisitn Cook" email@example.com
To: "Tim Farr" firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: "Rob and Becky Cook" email@example.com
The trip was good. It was great to see all these cities. You asked about Edward Watkins, which Rob put under the caption of the picture of the Ships Inn. The tradition is as follows. Five brothers, William Watkins included, came from Wales to Banwell. We know some of William such as he was a coachman and married his employer's daughter, Mary Ford and raised a large family in Banwell. We descend through his son Richard Watkins who married Ruth Hamblin. As I was researching land records in Banwell I noticed that around the same time period of William Watkins (he owned a house), an Edward Watkins is listed as paying taxes for a hotel called the Ships Inn. If you follow the tradition this would most likely be a brother to William. I have no solid proof other than the land records. Edward is also listed in some of the city records I believe as a warden and constable. The documentation is with the notes on William Watkins I previously emailed to you. We were surprised to see the Ships Inn still standing. It has been in use from the late 1700s up until a couple of years ago. It was boarded up but the signs are still outside. While in Banwell we asked around town about any Watkins but found no one with that surname. There was one lady but she had just moved there a couple of years ago. We also searched the parish cemetary, and found a few Ford's listed. Some more facts will have to surface before we can make a good match. None the less it was fun to see the town and meet some of the people.
Take it easy,
Any more questions let me know. My cousin Rob has been working on the web design of the Watkins histories. They have been scanned and edited. He should have them online before long. He is a photographer and does a great job with the pictures and web design. I also got an email from a descendant of William Watkins from Norfolk, England yesterday. He had no new information but it was nice to hear from a relative.