Creator

Date Original

1820-1829

Description

Maria Toncray Watkins Stevenson wrote only a few entries in this diary, beginning with her move to Arkansas and ending after the death of her first husband, Major Isaac Watkins.

Biographical/Historical Note

Maria Toncray Watkins Stevenson was born May 13, 1793, in Williamsport, Maryland, to Daniel and Hulda Toncray. She moved to Kentucky with her family, where she met widower Isaac Watkins (1777-1827). They married January 31, 1815, and had four children, George Claibourne, Henry Conway, Mary Eliza, and Catherine. Only George and Mary Eliza lived to adulthood. The Watkins moved to Arkansas in 1821 to begin a new life, after Watkins lost his fortune. Isaac died in 1827, and Maria married W.W. Stevenson on March 29, 1831. They had two children, Maria Jane, who died while an infant, and Robert Watkins. Stevenson left for California in 1849 with gold fever, and never returned to Arkansas. Maria died March 21, 1874, at the home of her daughter Mary Eliza and son-in-law John J. Clendenin. She is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock by her first husband,Isaac Watkins.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; California; Kentucky; Maryland

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.018.005

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Maria Toncray Watkins Stevenson diary, SMC.018.005

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Maria Toncray Watkins Stevenson diary, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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