Where did we come from?
What did we do while we were there?
Why did we leave?
Who came with us?

Sometimes the answers to these questions will help to provide more than a name on a chart of ancestors.  The more we find out about the person, the place and the time they lived, the better picture we can develop to include with the name on the chart.  It is with this goal in mind that we offer to share the history of Wilkins who we believe sailed from England, first to the Eastern coast, the state of Virginia, and moved on to North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Washington on the Western Coast of the USA.  Sometimes young families set out together, sometimes several generations moved together. Some families would only travel for part of the migration; other families would go on further past the intended destination.


A group of researchers out of Virginia has focused their research on Wilkins from three Virginia Counties.

The Revolutionary War veteran, Thomas Wilkins, who died in Cleveland Co., NC in 1844 is believed to be the son of William and Sarah Averett Wilkins.

This conclusion was reached via a process of elimination Ė that is, John Wilkins son Thomas had only one known son, John, who disappeared from the records of Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, during the mid-1780ís, Johnís son James had only one son, Charles, who relocated to Rutherford Co., NC, and all his children are believed to have been in that area, Johnís son Richard moved to Granville Co., NC in the 1770ís and all of his children are believed to have been there also.

Of John and Mary Wilkinsí known sons, only William and his wife Sarah Averett Wilkins remained in Virginia. William was in deeds in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, which was formed from Lunenburg Co., then in the 17801ís he appeared in the personal property tax records in adjoining Halifax Co., Virginia. He disappeared from those records in 1789, which is probably when he died.

Since William Wilkins was the only one of John and Mary Wilkinsí sons who remained in Southside Virginia, he is assumed to be the father of the Wilkins men in Halifax Co., Virginia. James, who married Lettice Newton, Thomas, who married Susannah Pace, John, who married Milly Parrish, and Joseph.


Based on the 1801 Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, will of Josiah Pace, which names daughter Susannah Wilkins, and the account of sales of his estate showing the sale of a large Bible to Thomas Wilkins


Several GEDCOM's I have reviewed suggest that John Wilkins and Elizabeth Haynie
might be the parents of John Thomas Wilkins also known as Thomas Wilkins SR.

Virginia - about 1745 John Wilkins married Elizabeth Hayne
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Most likely Virginia - 1780 John Thomas Wilkins married Susannah (?Womack?)


-- OR --

John Wilkins marries Mary


William Wilkins married Sarah Averett


1780 John Thomas Wilkins married Susannah Pace - Most likely Virginia


Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files; Volume

III:N-Z. Abstracted by Virgil D. White; c. 1992

p. 3838; second to last entry reads:

Thomas, VA Line, R11548, sol lived in Mecklenburg Co VA when he enl, he appl 13 Jan 1843 in Cleveland Co NC,

sol had m Susanna (--) in 1780 & they lived in Halifax Co VA & she d in Mar 1819 & sol d 7 Sep 1844,

a son Thomas Wilkins aged 58 made aff'dt in Cleveland Co NC in 1852(end of entry).

1812 - Thomas Wilkins JR married Catherine Bowen - Granville County, North Carolina

About 1845 - Josiah Wilkins married Margaret (Peggy) Elizabeth Beam (sister of Jane) Unknown Location
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About 1845 - John Wilkins married Jane Beam (sister of Peggy) - Unknown Location

14 NOV 1875 WILKINS, John Francis married SEAY, Susan Florence - Benton County, AR
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MORGAN, Owen, married Dora Belle WILKINS 02 APR 1902 - Grangeville, ID
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WILKINS, Hugh F., married Martha Elvira (Bessie) FOSTER 19 DEC 1906 - Spokane, WA
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WILKINS, Loyd Ishmel, married Rosie Martha JOHNSON SEP 1927 - Dayton, WA

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