The son of Isaac Jones Watkins and Margaret Jane (Peggy) Chamberlain, of Jefferson Co., TN, W. W. Watkins first married Mary Watkins Crump, with whom he had three children: Isaac J. (Ikey); Lou L. (Lura); and Wm. Wirth, Jr. The couple initially resided in Harlan Co., KY, but moved to AR around 1853, where Wm. practiced law. After Mary's death in 1866, he took Martha Elmyra (Myra) Wilson as his second wife. With her, he had two sons and two daughters: Alexander Breck; Mary W.; Walker J.; and Carolyn Temperance (Carrie). W. W. Watkins was a member of the AR state senate from 1856 to 1860 and also in 1866 and 1878. In 1861, he was a unionist delegate to the AR secession convention, but after the bombing of Fort Sumter, he voted to secede. He also served as a delegate from AR to the Confederate Provisional Congress from 1861 to 1862. After the Civil War was over, he went back to practicing law.
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