Joseph William Watkins’ Day Book

1878

 

A history of Robert Watkins Jr. typed as written.

 

Born 11 October 1808 in Herefordshire England, son of Robert Watkins Sr and Catherine Allen.

Robert, Jr. married in England to Ann Palmer, two children born to them, Catherine and William

William dies in infancy, Catherine grow to woman hood and married Freeman.  Robert and his wife Ann Palmer was Bapt in church of Jesus Christ at Herefordshire, England.  After excepting the Gospel they decided to said to U.S. landing in New York, through long voyage and traveling from New York to Nuvoo, Ill.  His wife taken sick and died, 18 Aug 1843.  Robert Watkins married Mary Smallman, daughter of William Smallman and Rhoda Mason, she was born 5 June 1810, to this union there was seven children born whose names are follows:

Rhoda Elizabeth            12 Sept 1844                                    Nauvoo, Ill.

Sarah Ann                                8 Jan 1847                                    English Grove, Iowa

Mary Matilda               8 July 1849                                    Highland Grove, Iowa

Martha Jane                 26 Oct 1851                                    Highland Grove, Iowa

Joseph William             26 Mar 1854                                    Millcreck, Utah

Robert James               13 July 1856                                    Alphine, Utah

John Ruben                  20 July 1858                                    Alphine, Utah

 

Robert and Mary emigrated to Utah in 1852 settled in Millcreek in year 1854 they moved to Alpine, Utah, they built a home where Ralph Strong is living in at present time, they built two room down and two above later build the back room on, the house has been remodled and owned by others since there time.  Robert Watkins died at Alpine, April 23, 1869 he was a true Laterday saint and passed through many of the Missouri and Illinois persecutions and the hardships, the early pionar days he possessed the ability to accumulate wealth and was one of the most well to do men of his days, he was the first to owen a team of horses in Alpine, through his frugility and care he becane the owner of may horses and cattle and sheep as time went on.  It is often related by old settles who were not so fortunate as to owen a horse, that Robert Watkins always held himself in readeness to go for the Dr. in case of sickness he often would harness his team before going to bed so that no time would be wasted as they had to go many miles in those days for help.  He also used his team handling Produce for the people in Alpine and himself to Salt Lake and bringing back supplies.  On those days flour was hard toget.  Robert was appointed to go after flour where ever they could get some, Provo, Salt Lake or Ogden, so one time he heard of some at Ogden he started on this long journey when he got there the flour was all gone and whicle he was on the trip Mary heard of some flour at Provo so Robert came home late his wife told him of four in Provo, Utah he was tired out and also his team at that time, he had two teams of horses he said he just could not drive to Prove that night, so she said you hitch up the other team and I drive, you can rest in the wagon, they reached Provo early mornin being the first there, they got white flour to be devided with the people in home town.  On holladays he let each boy have a fifteen minuet ride on his horses.  Robert carried the mail from American Fork to Alpine on horese and one time a big blizzard came up on him he caught a server cold and taken Pnenumonia that caused his death.  His wife Mary embrased the Ghospel in England she was the only of her family to join the Church.  When she bid her parents goodby it was last time she every beheld any of her kin, she came to America in the family of John Benbow, she was a servent in this family.  She and her husband Robert Watkins were living in Nauvoo at time of the martyordum of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum in Carthage Jail, she and Robert had the privilege of steping upon the wagon and viewing the bodies through the many exposures that she received from mob vialence in Mo and Ill such are being driven from home many times she was rendered a cripple for life as the results of rhumatism, through all her suffering she was always happy had a smile for everybody, she installed principles of charactor in her children in which they live.  Mary Smallman Watkins died 11 Dec 1900 in Alphine, a true and faithful Latterday Saint.

 

 

This history was likely written by Oscar Watkins, Joseph’s Watkins Son, as some of the writings describe events after Joseph’s death. Joseph had many notes in his day book about the events and Oscar likely compiled them for a History of Robert Watkins.

 

 

The following is from his Day Book in 1878, he did not write personal accounts but more of accounts of labor and work and store credit. This year transcribed by Larry Chaney.  

 

Page 1...This is an account of people working on the irrigation ditch in Alpine, Utah

 

Name   Feb 18 20 22 23 25 26 27 28

 

Watkins            ˝ ˝ 2 1 ˝ 1 1 3/4

Beck                ˝ 1 1 1 3/4 1 1

Adams             ˝ 1 3/4 1

R Mc               ˝ ˝ 3/4 1 1 ˝

Walton             ˝ ˝ 1

Peterson           1 1 1 3/4

Devy                1 ˝

Phils                 1 1

 

Credit was also given if a person worked his team of horses

 

On the bottom of this page there are lots of numbers and addition, it doesn’t make sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 2......Labor done in March 1878

 

Name   March 1 3 5 12 30

J Watkins         1 1 1 ˝ 1

J Beck              1 ˝ 1 2 2 2

J R Mc 1 1 1 2

J Walter           1 ˝ 1 1

L Peterson        1 1 1 1

M Goodric        100 ft of lum (lumber)

P Kits               1 1 1 1

J Devy             1

G Adams          1

E Okey             1

 

Page 3 of Day Book....Labor done in April 1878

 

Name   April 11 12 15 16 17 18 22

J Watkins         1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1

F Beck 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 3/4

P Kits               1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 3/4

Geo Ad            1 1 3/4

Peterson           1 3/4

J Devy             1 1 3/4

J R Mc             1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 3/4 3/4

E Okey             1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 3/4

G Mc Dan        ˝ ˝ 3/4 ˝

J Walton           ˝ 3/4 3/4

 

 

Page 4 of Day Book

 

Name   May 17 20 June 3 4 5 26

Jos Watkins      1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1

F Beck             1 ˝ ˝

P Kits               3/4

Geo Adams      ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 3/4

J Mc Dan         1 1 1/4 1/4

J Walton           ˝ ˝

 

July 11

R Mc          1/4

P Kits         1/4

E Okey 1/4 

 

 

Page 5 of Day Book

 

The amt of work done on high bench D up to June 17 1878

 

 

Name               Days Work Lumber ft

 

Joseph Watkins 111 192

F Beck             124 160

John R Mc        53 100


John Devy        80 90

Jos Walton        38 50

Geo Adams      26

Edwin Okey      7 ˝

Lewis Peterson 8 ˝

P Kits               22

M Goodrich      20 100

 

 

Page 6 of Day Book

 

Grain shaired in 1878

tithen 12 bu W put in Young mens saving W 24, 6 bu to store, 5 to Boll

2 Thomp O (oats) to store 15 bu

 

Page 7 of Day Book

                                                                                   

Bot of R T B Aug 78 $ 2.00

 

1 can of oil $ 2.00 Dope $ 1.00 $ 1.00

Nails 25   bolts 20    Screws 20      .25

                                        .20

                              .20

Leather                           .60

 

Work by Blacksmith

2 plates 1 key                1 nuckle from

1 bolt    6 co teeth 1 piece sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 8 of Day Book

 

Aug 8         bound 3 acres my oats

                        went to cut 2 acres for John Watkins

 

Sat 9           went to new field cut 2 ˝

                        Acres w broke machine came home

 

Sun 10 stayed home after potting

                        up some lusurin

 

Mon 11 halled lusurin ˝ dau

 

Tu 12          halled 3 loads to boys 2 up


                        here in after noon

 

We 13        threshed 95 bus 15 W to him

 

th 14           helped Beck c to hall W

                        Halled 1 load up here from n f (new field)

 

 

 

Page 9 of Day Book

 

Molasses account

           

Oct 18        Mo made J.......

                        18 galends to J.H. 6 to B

            3 qt to  Baret 1 ˝ gal to s y B

 

Lumber halled for Nash

 

Nov 5   12.00 ft Nov 7 11.00 ft

Nov 11 12.00 ft       12 12.80 ft

Nov 16 9.00 ft     12.00 ft       18 12.00 ft

 

Halled to Am Fork Decem Ft

                        9, 10, 11 at 5.00

Halled 200 ft from Am Fork at 50     2.00

Recieved up above   $ 3.30

           

 

 

 

 

Page 10 of Day Book

 

Grain cutting in 1878   July 22  to Aug 2

            J Devey 15 acres

            S Mc Daniel 12 acres

            C Beck seign 9 ˝ acres

            Jos Watkins 12 acres

            John Watkins 14 acres

            Geo Mc 5 acres

 

Amt to Jos W   Amt to J D

Lusurn  $ 40     Lusurn  34 1/2

Grain                $ 50 Grain 15

 

Page 11 of Book

 

Lusurn and grain cut 1878

June     19        Acres Name

            19        6 ˝ Geo M C

            19        1 ˝ C Beck

            21        2 J Watkins

            22        4 D Adams

            24        2

 

Aug                  9 ˝ J Devy

                        4 J Watkins

                        1 ˝ C Beck

 

Oct                  7 ˝ J Devy

                        7 ˝ J Watkins

                        2 C Becl

 

 

Page 12 of Day Book

 

a few granes knowledge

there are 2750 languages

there are 1,200,000 solders in Prussia

France 1,360, 000 Spaine 100,000  Russia 1,000,000

Belguim 9,500 Austra 825,000 England 75,000

Italy 200,000     United States 240,000

 

A generation is 15 years New York 100 tons of mail daily

 

Page 13 of Day Book

 

Planting in the year 1878

 

Wheat sown on high bench

 

March 18 19 20 Oats 26

April     8          Potatoes

            6 & 8   Peas

            10        Carrets & onions

            10        Beets and radishes

 

May     8 & 10 Cane planted

            10 & 12 Corn

            10 & 12 Potatoes

 

Eahley rose 2 ˝ rows next V blacks

Onions, cucumbers, cabbage May 16

Beans on left 25 on rite 28

Mellons 20 squash 29

 

Page 14 of Day Book

Borrowed of W Eastgold

Shingles 18 bunches

 

Alpine Utah     July 4, 1878

Amt of Beefe recd 45

July 4 20 lbs @ 04 $13.80

 

Bot of R T B July 78

 

15 Nails      70

20 Shoes      3.70

29 Shug      .69

Nails                ...page torn off

Shoes and tea in Sept 11 ...page torn off

Groceris and dress 19 ...page torn off

Leather and powder ...page torn off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 15 of Day Book........this page is almost unreadable

 

Recieved of M Goodrich

 

ah the 25__________

300 feet of lumber @ 2.00_________

1 d _____________   2.00 ________

3 _______________ 1.70 1.70

_______________________________6.00

Door and windows              5.00

Two days work   4.00

                                                                        _____

                                                                        24.70

 

of_________________________1878

 

 

Page 16 of Day Book......... hard to read

 

Threshing         Wheat Oats

Geo Hacket      18

C Beck seign    211

D Hamnett       90

W J                  360

Jos Watkins      190 178

John Watkins    180 56

SY Beck

Jos Moyle         240 90

 

this left in canyon in right had slide of stump 25

in left hand slide at ------- 54

in right slide and road go out

 

 

In red   Day Book 1878

 

By studing this little book carefully will prove the High Bench

Ditch as made befor 1878 also that Joseph Watkins and wife lived

there ( Do not know who wrote the above but not in Jos Watkins hand)