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Jane Elizabeth Watkins[1]

Female 1825 - 1909


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  • Born  11 Apr 1825  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Sep 1909  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I112  Nashville
    Last Modified  1 Mar 2008 

    Father  William E. Watkins,   b. abt. 1788, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Rebecca 
    Family ID  F64  Group Sheet

    Family  William Carroll Napier,   b. 24 Sep 1824, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1896  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Married  1844  [7
    Notes 
    • Jane and the children moved to Ohio in 1859 & returned to Nashville in 1861. However, the family is enumerated in tact in 1860 in Nashville. [8]

    Married:
    • "Officially" married 30 Jun 1861. [8]
    Children 
    >1. James Carroll Napier,   b. 09 Jun 1845, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1940, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Thomas Napier,   b. abt. 1847, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1851
    >3. Elias Watkins Napier,   b. abt. 1849, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1898
     4. Henry Alonzo Napier,   b. 17 Jun 1851, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1882
    >5. Ida M. Napier,   b. 02 Jan 1859, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1937, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Feb 2008 
    Family ID  F37  Group Sheet

  • Documents

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    1850 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    1850 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    Date: 21 Nov 1850
    Family #171

    1. William - age 26, born in TN
    2. Jane - age 33
    3. James - age 5
    4. William - age 3
    5. Elias - age 1

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    1860 TN Census: William & Jane E. Napier
    1860 TN Census: William & Jane E. Napier
    Date: 4 Sep 1860
    Location: Ward 4, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. William - age 37, hackman, born in TN
    2. Jane - age 36
    3. James - age 15
    4. Elias W. - age 11
    5. Henry Alonzo - age 9
    6. Ida M. - age 2

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    1870 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    1870 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    Date: 2 Jun 1870
    Dwelling: 81
    Location: Ward 4, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. W C Napier - age 46, teamster, real estate $5000, born in AL
    2. Jane - age 46
    3. James C. - age 24, real estate $1000
    4. Elias W. - age 21, barber
    5. Henry Alonzo - age 19, at school
    6. Ida M. - age 12

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    1880 TN Census: Wm C & Jane Napier
    1880 TN Census: Wm C & Jane Napier
    Enumeration Date: 2 Jun 1880
    Dwelling #130 North Cherry Street
    Page 5
    Location: District 39, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. Wm C. - head, age 50, livery stable keeper
    2. Jane E. - wife, age 54
    3. James C. - son, US Gauger, age 30
    4. Nettie L. - daughter-in-law, age 19, born in Ohio
    5. Rebecca Watkins - age 90, mother-in-law, born in Maryland

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    1900 TN Census: JC & Nettie Napier
    1900 TN Census: JC & Nettie Napier
    Enumeration Date: 2 Jun 1900
    Enumeration District: 84
    Sheet: 2A
    Location: Ward 6, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. Napier, James C. - Head, age 54, born Jan 1845, married 21 years, lawher
    2. Nettie - wife, age 40, born Jan 1860
    3. Carrie L. - adopted, age 5, born Feb 1894 in
    Ohio.
    4. Jane E. - mother, age 75, born Apr 1825, mother of 5 kids w/ 2 still alive
    Death Certificate: Jane Elizabeth Napier
    Death Certificate: Jane Elizabeth Napier
    Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri
    Cause of death: Asthma
    Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
    Age: 60

    Note: age on death certificate does not match age according to census records.

    Histories
    From the Nasvhille Globe - 18 Jan 1907
    From the Nasvhille Globe - 18 Jan 1907
    Mrs. Jane E. Napier, mother of Mr. J. C. Napier, who is now with her daughter in St. Louis, Mo., has been very ill for the past week and it was once thought she would not recover. Her children were here much aggrieved, and Mr. and Mrs. Napier had already planned to go to her bedside, but they received word this week that she is now slowly improving.

  • Notes 
    • 1880 census reports father born in Ireland, mother born in Maryland.

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Death Certificate.

    2. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 73.

    3. [S31] Black Nashville Blog, http://blacknashville.wordpress.com/..
      http://blacknashville.wordpress.com/2006/12/19/city-items/ - mentions Jane as his mother - 18 Jan 1907.

    4. [S1] Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee, Annual Local Conference on Afro-American Culture and History, (http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/digitizing.html).

    5. [S35] African-American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1790-1930: elites and dilemmas, Lovettt, Bobby, (University of Arkansas, 1999).

    6. [S48] African-American business leaders : a biographical dictionary, John N. Ingham, (Greenwood Press, 1994).

    7. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 73.
      they were married in a slave ceremony

    8. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 76.