Ann Eliza Chamberlain Chapman Watkins

Ann Eliza Chamberlain Chapman Watkins

Ann Eliza (Chamberlain) Chapman Watkins was the daughter of Ninian and Margaret (Watkins) Chamberlain of Corryton. She first married Wm. B. Chapman (1817-1861), a school teacher, of Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN. The couple had five children: Lucinda B.; Ninian C.; James J.; Sarah E. (Sally); and Mary E. After Wm.'s untimely death in 1861--reportedly as the result of an artillery accident--she married John Melton Watkins (1822-1916) of Jefferson Co., with whom she had another daughter, Katherine (Katie). John and Ann were divorced sometime after 1870.

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"A Pleasure Trip to the Gap" (From pp. 81-82, Old Time Tazewell, by Mary A. Hansard)

    In the summer of 1841 the young people of Tazewell decided to take a pleasure trip to Cumberland Gap. Accordingly, one bright morning the young gentlemen came round with their buggies. We were soon on our way towards the Gap. There were about thirty of us in number, namely Miss Mary and Eliza Chamberland of Knox County, who were visiting their aunt, Mrs. Wm. Graham, at the stone house; Clinton and Harvie Evans, accompanied by their sisters, Louisa and Lucy Jane; Adelade Noel; Nelson Murphy; Margaret Wier and Wiley Huffaker; Mary Graham; Campbell Smith; Margaret Houston; Jonathan W. Markham and myself; and Adam Peck, the great giant nearly seven feet in height, and as large in proportion; and several others that I cannot recall to my mind. We arrived at Capt. Daniel Huff's at 11 o'clock, and found everything in readiness for our reception. They were apprised of our trip, and had a fine dinner prepared for us. They owned and lived on the Dr. Harbinson farm about one and a half miles this side of the Gap. After we had dined I heard the fiddler tuning his fiddle. We were invited into a large upper room, and such a merry time we had dancing.

    Very early next morning we set out on our trip to visit the Gap and Pinnacle. It was a very tiresome journey up the ragged brow of the mountain. As it was seldom traveled, there was no marked path or way for us to follow; we would wind round and round and perhaps go about a quarter of a mile and come back not far from where we started, but at length we succeeded in reaching the Pinnacle. We viewed the mountain scenery and the landscape for miles around. It was beautiful to behold, indeed.

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    After we had rested a few hours and viewed the surroundings we retraced our steps back to the foot of the mountain. We rested at Mr. Beaty's, who lived at the Gap at that time. They treated us very kind. His wife was a Miss Ewing, an aunt of Mrs. Thomas Graham. We then returned to Capt. Huff's, where we partook of a fine repast. Although we were greatly fatigued, we were soon on the dancing floor again. We tarried there until next morning. playing, dancing, and conversing with each other. Then the gentlemen settled our bill, which amounted to $30. We thanked the family for their kindness to us, bade them goodbye and set sail for Tazewell. When we arrived at home we were greatly fatigued and nothing bettered except viewing the wonderful works of nature. My conscience condemned me for dancing, and I do not recollect to have ever danced again.

    [Presumably, "Miss Mary and Eliza Chamberland of Knox County" were Mary J. and Ann Eliza Chamberlain, the two oldest daughters of Ninian Chamberlain, Esq., of Corryton, TN. "Mrs. Wm. Graham" is a reference to Margaret (Peggy) Chamberlain, the wife of William Graham, of Tazewell, and a great aunt of the two young ladies.]

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