He was born Dec 17, 1742 in [Withewood, Kingston, Jamaica], the son of Martin Wilkins. He was educated at King's College in New York City (now Columbia University), receiving a D.D.. He served as a member of the General Assembly of New York until 1775. He married Isabella Morris, the sister of Lewis Morris, in 1762. In 1783, he settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He served as a judge in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. Around 1800, Wilkins returned to Westchester, New York (now part of the Bronx), serving as rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church there. He died in Westchester (now part of the Bronx) New York on Feb 5, 1830.
His son Lewis Morris Wilkins also served in the provincial assembly.
- A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1958, Public Archives of Nova Scotia (1958)
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