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Henry (Harvey) P. Watkins (1842-1914)
Born in Lima, Livingston Co. N.Y., carpenter & joiner business in Bay City, Mich.
Added: Feb., 2012.

History of Bay County, Michigan 1883


was born in Lima, N.Y., December 28, 1842. In 1848 he moved with his parents to Grand Blanc, Mich..; remained there six years and moved to Flint, Genesee Co.; remained there until 1862, during which time he learned the carpenter and joiner's trade. He came to Bay City and entered into a co-partnership with his brother, George Watkins. In 1871 opened a livery stable on Saginaw Street, where he remained for five years, then selling out he went West, where he remained for a time, visiting California, Oregon, and other states. In 1876 he returned to Bay City and entered into a co-partnership with J. W. Shearer. The firm continue the business. They have a large factory on Eleventh Street, and employ a number of men.

Additional Notes.

    1850 Census: Flint, Genesee, Mich.

  • Watkins, Nathan b. 1801, New York.
  • Fanny, wife b. 1806, New Hampshire.
  • George, son b. 1830, New York.
  • Fanny S., daughter b. 1833, New York.
  • Lucy E., daughter b. 1836, New York
  • Henry P., son b. 1842, New York

    1870 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Watkins, George b. 1830, New York.
  • Fidelia, wife b. 1833, New York. (Miles)
  • Kate, daughter b. 1860, Mich.
  • Myron, son b. 1868, Mich.
  • Nathan, father - b. 1801, New York.
  • Harvey, brother b. 1842, New York
  • Lucy, sister, - b. 1837, New York

    1875 Michigan Marriages: Saginaw.

  • Harvey P. Watkins, married Nov. 5, 1875, Mary E. Deforest.

    1886 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Watkins, Harvey P. - carpenter, res 238 N. Van Buren.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Watkins, H. P. - b. Dec., 1843, New York.
  • Mary E., wife b. Mar., 1847, Canada marriaged 1875.
  • Burien, Mertie, niece b. Oct. 1877, Mich.

    1914 - Alabama Deaths: Mobile, Mobile Co.

  • Harvey Pierce Watkins, died Aug. 25, 1914, son of Nathan and Fanny Pierce Watkins.
Related Note & Pages

Relatd Pages:
Shearer, John W.
Bay City Fire Dept. 1918
Watkins, George brother
People Referenced
Burien, Mertie (niece)
Deforest, Mary E. (wife)
Miles, Fedilia (sis-inlaw)
Pierce, Fanny (mother)
Shearer, John W.
Watkins, George (bro)
Watkins, Henry P. (subject)
Watkins, Kate (niece)
Watkins, Lucy (sis)
Watkins, Myron (nephew)
Watkins, Nathan (father)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Flint, MI
Genesee Co., MI
Grand Blanc, MI
Lansing, MI
Lima, NY
Livingston Co., NY
New Hampshire
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.