Youngest son of Isaac Jones Watkins (1788-1840) and Margaret Jane (Peggy) Chamberlain (1799-1877). He moved to TX around 1855, where he married Eliza Henrietta Cocke in Wilson Co. in 1868. Lawson and Eliza were the parents of nine children: Ted; Emma Alice; Lawson Hamilton; Lura C.; Margaret Eliza (Maggie); John Jerome; Frederick Wm.; Carrie May; and Ella Thompsey. The Watkins family also lived in Gillespie and LaSalle counties, eventually settling in Encinal, LaSalle.
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