Gardner Augustus Watkins

The 1860 census found Gardner Watkins living in Springfield, Vermont. A 27 year old surgical instrument maker, he lived with his wife Eliza (Goodrich), her sister Augusta (a 21 year old school teacher), and two young machinist apprentices. Watkins had real estate worth $1,000, and $600 in personal property. Tax assessment records from 1864 show him living in Cavendish, Vermont, manufacturing clothes pins. By 1867, he had moved to Gardner, Massachusetts, and worked as a machinist at a furniture factory: he invented a loom for weaving cane. Watkins’ son, Edward, is known for having invented the time clock.

Watkins did not serve in the armed forces during the Civil War.



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