Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, May 2, 1918
JAMES WATKINS WAS EARLY PIONEER AND CIVIL WAR VETERAN
J. P. Watkins, one of the earliest Oregon pioneers, died suddenly at Tacoma, Friday. His daughters, Mrs. J. C. Pollans, of West Linn, and Mrs. J. R. Johnson, of Clackamas, were advised of his death Friday, and they believe their father was on his way to this city to visit with them, as he had been at the Soldiers’ Home at Orting, Wash.
Mr. Watkins was born in Indiana and was 75 years of age. He came across the plains with his parents in the early days. At the breaking out of the civil War, Mr. Watkins enlisted in Company E., First Oregon Infantry and under command of Captain F. O. McCown and First Lieutenant John B. Dimick. At the close of the war Mr. Watkins returned to Oregon City to make his home, and resided here many years. He has been at the Soldier’s Home for some time, where he had many friends among the old white haired veterans.
Mr. Watkins is survived by the following children: Albert Watkins, of Portland; J. O. Watkins, of Asotin, Wash.; J. F. Watkins, of Portland; J. H. Watkins, of Monroe, Wash.; Mrs. J. C. Pollanz, of West Linn, Oregon; Mrs. J. R. Johnson, of Clackamas, Oregon.
He also leaves eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His grandchildren in Portland are Roy Watkins, Mrs. Harold Nelson and Blanche Watkins; of Clackamas are Mrs. May Elkin, Melvin Johnson but at present at Castle Rock, Ralph and Clara Johnston, Percy Pollanz, a student at the Oregon Agricultural College, and Jacob Jr. of West Linn. Albert Johnston, a grandson, is a member of Company C, 162 Infantry now in France. One of his great-grandchildren is Evelyn Nelson.
Washington Select Death Certificates:
Name: J .P . Watkins
Estimated birth year: abt 1843
Death Date: 25 Apr 1918
Death Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
Father: Wm. Watkins
Mother: Sarah Smith
FHL Film Number: 1992537
Reference ID: 456
Name: James Perry Watkins
Birth Date: 10 May 1842
Birth Place: Iowa, USA
Death Date: 25 Apr 1918
Death Place: Pierce, Washington, USA
Name: James P . Watkins
Regiment State/Origin: Oregon Territory
Regiment: 1st Regiment, Oregon Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M553 roll 1
Name: James P Watkins
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Oregon
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Oregon 1st Infantry Regiment.
Sources: Index to Compiled Military Service Records