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Mrs. Mary Watkins
 
Shawano County Journal

Friday, 23 Dec 1881

DIED - WATKINS - At the house of her son-in-law, Mr. Daniel Hubbard, in Fort Howard, Mrs. MARY WATKINS, aged 76 years, widow of the late Samuel Watkins of Big Suamico, on the 28th ult. The deceased was born in Switzerland and came to this country when a child with her parents, in the year 1818, and settled on the Red River of the north, and finally settled at Fort Snelling, Minn., at which place, in 1829 or 1830, she was married to Samuel Watkins, then a soldier in the service of the United States, and with him moved to Fort Dearborn, Chicago, and from there to Fort Howard, in 1832, where he was discharged, at the expiration of his term of service. She has lived in this vicinity the greater portion of the time since. She had seen much of frontier life in the early settlement of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and was always cheerful and hopeful even in the midst of adversity. She was the mother of 13 children, 11 girls and 2 boys. Ten daughters and 1 son survive her, with 58 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren now living, making just 100 living descendants. None knew her but to love her, for her character shone so bright that all with whom she came in contact, recognized at once her worth and respected and loved her. She was always ready to give a helping hand in sickness and distress not waiting to be asked. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude and resignation, her trust being in Him who doeth all things well. Her remains were taken to the cemetery at Big Suamico, followed by a large number of her mourning children and friends.

Green Bay Gazette