HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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THOMAS WATKINS, farmer; P.O. Petersburg; among the pioneers of Menard Co., none is better known that the name of Watkins; his father, Thomas Watkins, was a settler in the Territory of Illinois previous to the war of 1812, and during that war served as a ranger and obtained money to enter land. The subject of this sketch was born near where he now resides Nov. 16, 1824; he has seen the entire growth of the county; he served one year in the Mexican war; he has accumulated a good property and now owns 310 acres adjoining the town of Petersburg. He married Miss Mary Goldsby Jan. 25, 1848; they have raised a family of nine children.


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