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Photo of Watkins Farm from Cemetery 
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Photo taken by Joyce M. Tice from the Watkins Burial Ground overlooking the Grandason WATKINS / Jerusha RICE homestead
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Watkins Burial Ground

Rutland Township, Tioga County PA 

Located in southeastern Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania on a wooded hill (highest point) between Kennedy and Pine Hollow Roads near their junction and northwest of the Nathan & Dolores Burleigh residence. Markers copied November 1998 by J. Kelsey Jones and photographed by Joyce M. Tice.
WATKINS Grandason Watkins d. March 9, 1875 AGED 68 yrs 7 mo & 4 d’s
  Jerusha A. Watkins d. Feb 15, 1888 Agd 82 years
  Ephraim B. son of Grandason & Jerusha A. Watkins d. Mar 31, 1864 Ag’d 18 y’rs 2 m. & 15d. Footmarker, E. B. W.
Grandison WATKINS, (SRGP 07238) departed this life at his residence in Rutland, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania, on the 9th day of March, 1875, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. The subject of this notice was born in Connecticut and emigrated to this country with his parents at the age of nine years. He was married to Jerusha A. Rice, January 13, 1731, and subsequently settled on the farm on which he died. He gave his heart to Jesus in 1840, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Subsequently, because of the connection of that Church with Slavery and the arbitrary character of its government, he withdrew and united with the Wesleyan Methodists where he and a number of his family have since found a congenial home. He embraced fully all their distinctive principles and the practical workings of the holy religion of the Son of God. He could not return to the Methodist Episcopal Church because of its criminal connection with Freemasonry and other kindred Societies. Brother Watkins was recognized by those that knew him best, as a conscientious, consistent Christian man. He suffered long and much, but with great Christian patience and resignation. But now the conflict is over. He fought the good fight, he has finished his course.
“He sleepeth in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep.”
He leaves the companion of his early manhood, and six children to mourn their loss; two have gone on before him, but the afflicted are comforted with the words of the Apostle, I Thes. 4:14. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” In his last will, made 1872, he gave direction where to deposit his remains, and that his funeral should be held by, and agreeable to the usage of his own denomination. The occasion was improved by the writer to a large and attentive congregation of friends and neighbors, from I Thes 4:13.

Published on Tri-Counties 02 NOV 1998
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