I am researching Luke Watkins, Jr. and his descendants. Luke moved from Knox / Laurel County Kentucky to New London and Hannibal Ralls County Missouri in 1834 and then on to Chariton County. Luke was born in North Carolina
Luke was an attorney in Hannibal. He was "in" the Black Hawk War in Missouri. He ran the Ralls County Army during the Civil War. He was offered the rank of general to go southern, but "couldn't take up arms against old Abe". He was a slave owner at the time. He was a representive to the Missouri House from 1834 to 1836. He was a friend of Ulysses S Grant and ran Grant's election campaign for Missouri in 1872. He had business dealings with General William T Sherman during Sherman's Indian fighting career. Watkins formed companies of wagon trains and cattle drives westward. He helped form the Hannibal St Joseph rail road and took train rides west to San Francisco for pleasure after the transcontinental railrod was completed. His picture hung on the walls of the Hannibal Railroad / Burlington Northern Depot (would love to find it now) He dealt fairly with the Mormons when Governor Boggs evicted them from Missouri in 1834. He traded with Brigham Young. He has letters describing the relationship with slaves and the emancipation. He was an attorney for Waltus Watkins (Watkins Woolen Mill). He helped form the Westerfield Brewery. He may have known Mark Twain - this is not proven. He was married twice. Once in Kentucky and once in Missouri to Mahala Krigbaum in 1837. His son, William Watkins was an attorney in Vandalia Missouri. Luke is buried in Keytesville Missouri
I have a lot of information on Luke and would like to tie up a lot of loose ends and make contacts with anyone for historical purposes and also any descendants. This fellow is book material and his life intertwines with much US history.
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