Boy, I want to know this answer, myself. I have Alford WATKINS 16 living in the household of William COWAN in Brown Co. TX in 1880. He is listed as Grandson. In 1881, My grandfather, John Wesley WATKINS was born in Brown County, TX, the son of Alfred Robert WATKINS and Mary Elizabeth OWEN. Mary Elizabeth is the daughter of Elizabeth SONDLE OWEN COWAN BENNETT and Joshua OWEN.
I assume (that always gets me into trouble) that Alford is the son of a daughter of William and Jeanette Woolsey COWAN who married a WATKINS.
The OWEN family lived in Stone Co, MO in 1860, and William COWAN lived in Carroll Co, AR in 1860 and Taney Co, MO in 1870. Of course the Taney Co. Courthouse burned in 1881 or so. Haven't found Alford/Alfred in 1870, or William in 1850 to find all names of kids. Krealyn WATKINS Brecht email@example.com