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WATKIN/WATKINS Richard

Male Abt 1787 - 1864  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name WATKIN/WATKINS Richard 
    • Numerous biographies have Elizabeth's Watkin's father as William Watkin, a woollen manufacturer from New Town in North Wales. This is not correct.

      Richard Watkin was born in New Town, North Wales, but he lived most of his adult life in Enfield to the north of London. He was a police officer.
    Born Abt 1787  Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jan 1864  Enfield, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Age at death is given as 77 Years.

      In the 1841 census, Richard was aged 50 - dob 1791
      In the 1851 census, Richard was aged 64 - dob 1787
    Person ID I170  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2015 

    Family RUSSELL Catherine,   b. Abt 1787, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1854, Enfield, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1816  St Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The couple were married by banns. Witnesses at the wedding were William Garthwaite, Corporal, 1st Life Guards and Hannah Pendry. This is the most likely marriage as their son, William Watkin, gave one of his daughters the second name of Russell.
    Children 
     1. WATKIN/WATKINS Ann,   b. Abt 1821, New Town, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WATKIN/WATKINS Richard,   b. 6 Feb 1823, Southgate, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. WATKIN Elizabeth,   b. 7 Feb 1825, Enfield, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1908, Hove, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. WATKIN/WATKINS Sarah,   b. Dec 1827, Enfield, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     5. WATKIN/WATKINS William,   b. Abt 1831, Enfield, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2015 08:27:25 
    Family ID F259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1841 England Census London Lane, Enfield Town District 1
      Richard Watkins aged 50 police officer born Wales
      Katherine aged 50 not born in county
      Ann daughter aged 20 servant not born in county
      Richard aged 15 Coach smith born in county
      Elizabeth aged 15 servant born in county
      Sarah aged 13 born in county
      William aged 10 born in county

      1851 England census - London Lane, Enfield, Middlesex 1a
      Richard Watkins aged 64 Police sergeant born Montgomeryshire, New Town
      Catherine wife aged 64 born Staffordshire
      Sarah daughter aged 23 school mistress born Enfield, Middlesex
      William son aged 20 Coach Smith born Enfield, Middlesex

      Possibility - 1861 England census St Marylebone, Middlesex, Rectory District St Marylebone Workhouse
      Richard Watkins widowed aged 75 Labourer born Radnor Wales

      See A History of Enfield: 1837 to 1914: A Victorian suburb by David Owen Pam
      p45 The commissioners of the Metropolitan Police in 1835 had not extended their area of jurisdiction beyond Hackney and Newington, although the police patrols, like Watkin, a Waterloo man who lived in a wooden cottage in London Road.

      On the east side of London Road, opposite the police station, stood the Patrol Cottages where there formerly lived patrolman Watkins, a Waterloo man, who became part of the Metropolitan Police force in 1836. which had met since 1873 in a room in Ordnance Road...

      London Standard 5 January 1833
      Murder trial
      Richard Watkins, a Bow-street patrol, stationed in Enfield, assisted the last witness to apprehend Johnston...

      London Standard 14 April 1837
      Burglary of Sir Henry Meux, Bart, at Theobald?s park, Herts.
      On Monday morning the circumstances of the robbery was communicated to Watkins, an active officer belong to the mounted Bow Street patrol, stationed at Enfield, who pursued his inquiries about the two suspicious men, and by great perseverance traced them to their residence in Middlesex-street, Somers Town. On searching their houses Watkins found nearly the whole of the stolen property.

      There are two possibilities for a Richard Watkins serving at Waterloo, taken from the Waterloo Medal roll (see National Archives). A Richard Watkins of the 1st Life Guards also received the Peninsular Medal with one clasp - Toulouse.

      First name(s) Richard
      Last name Watkin
      Year 1815
      Rank Private
      Regiment 1st LIFE GUARDS

      First name(s) Richard
      Last name Watkins
      Year 1815
      Rank Private
      Regiment 6th (or INNISKILLING) DRAGOONS

      The first one is likely to be correct because when Richard Watkin married Catherine Russell in 1816, the marriage was witnessed by a corporal in the 1st Life Guards. See notes relating to marriage.