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Alexander Farrar Watkins, American clergyman.


Watkins, Alexander Farrar was born on December 18, 1856 in Natchez, Mississippi, United States. Son of William Hamilton (A.M., Doctor of Divinity) and Elizabeth (Jones) W.


Bachelor of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1883. Doctor of Divinity, Centenary College, Jackson, Louisiana, 1899.


Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church S., 1883. Pastor Jackson, Mississippi, 1884, Martin circuit, 1885, Brookhaven, 1886-1889.

Field agent Millsaps College, Jackson, 1890-1892. Pastor 1st Church, Jackson, 1893-1896, Crawford St. Church, Vicksburg, 1887-1900. President Whitworth Female College, Brookhaven, 1900-1902.

Field agent Connectional Superannuate Endowment Fund, 1903-1904. Presiding elder Jackson District, 1905-1908. Pastor 1st Church, Hattiesburg, 1909-1912.

President Millsaps College, 1912-1924. President of the board of trustees, since 1925. Later pastor Meridian, Mississippi Trustee Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1906-1918.

Member general board missions, 1906-1926. Delegate General Mechanical Engineering Conference, 1894-1922. Secretary General Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, since 1906.

Delegate Inter-Church Conference Federation, New York, 1908, Ecumenical Conference, Toronto, 1911. Member Joint Commision on Unification Mechanical Engineering Churches of the United States. Member Joint Commission (Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South) for exchange of territory and removal of causes of friction, since 1918, and member Joint Commision on Education Director Mississippi Orphans’ Home.


Member general; member Joint Commn. Member Joint Commn; member Joint Commn.


Married Lula Gaulding, June 30, 1892. Children: James Gaulding (Captain.United States of America), Alexander Farrar, Elizabeth Holmes, Olive Andrews (deceased), Benjamin Drake (deceased), Lucie, Frances.

William Hamilton Watkins

Lula Gaulding

James Gaulding (Capt Watkins