The Descendants of

Edward Watts

1650 - 1728

By

Thomas A. Markham

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Generation No. 1

      1.  Edward Watts, Sr. was born Abt. 1650 in England, and died Abt. 1728 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Downey Bef. 1689 in England.  She was born Abt. 1665 in England, and died Aft. 1710 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

     Children of Edward Watts and Elizabeth Downey are:

+     2                i.    Thomas Watts, born Abt. 1690 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia; died April 13, 1763 in Culpepper County, Virginia.

       3                ii.    Edward Watts, Jr. born Abt. 1698.

       4               iii.    David Watts, born Abt. 1702.

       5               iv.    William Watts, born Abt. 1704.

       6               v.    John Watts, born Abt. 1710.

Generation No. 2

      2.  Thomas Watts,  (Edward1) was born Abt. 1690 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and died April 13, 1763 in Culpepper County, Virginia.  He married Esther Stone in Culpepper County, Virginia.  She was born Abt. 1690 in Culpeper County, Virginia, and died 1772 in Orange County, Virginia.

Will of Thomas Watts:

Will Book “A”: 10

Culpeper Co., VA

w/d 22 Dec 1746; w/p 10 March 1749

In the name of God, Amen: I THOMAS WATTS of St. Thomas Parish in Culpeper County, planter, being in sound and perfect health of mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of mankind and that it is appointed for all men once to die, and as touching such worldly estate which it has pleased God to bless me with, I do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking, disallowing and disannulling all former wills, testaments or bequests, and allowing none but this my last will as in manner following:

Imprimis: I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God that gave it me, and my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors.

Item: I will and desire that my beloved wife ESTHER shall live on the plantation I now live on, if she shall be the longest liver, and have 100 acres of land adjoining with timber and wood for the use of the plantation for and during the time of her widowhood and no longer, and at the time of her death or day of marriage that then the plantation to return to them as shall be hereafter mentioned.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son EDWARD WATTS the plantation he now lives on with the tract of land thereto belonging estimated at 200 acres to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son JOHN WATTS the plantation he now is possessed with the lands bounded accordingly estimated 200 acres be the same more or less, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son BENJ. WATTS the plantation commonly called the schoolhouse with the tract of land bounded on JAS. BARBOUR and JOHN WATTS, so up the the Great Branch, including the land between them bounds, and BLAND BALLARDS line estimated 200 acres more or less to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son THOMAS WATTS the plantation known by the name of JOHN STONE’S plantation with the tract of land adjoining them--to containing by estimation 183 acres be the same more or less, and bounded on BLAND BALLARDS line, JAS. BARBOUR’S line and DIXON’S line to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son JACOB WATTS a tract of land containing by estimation 150 acres be the same more or less, and bounded between BLAND BALLARD and BENJAMIN WATTS, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my daughter SARAH WATTS a tract of land containing by estimation 150 acres be the same more or less, and bounded between JAMES BARBOUR’S, JOSEPH ROGERS, DIXON’S line to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath after my decease and the decease or day of marriage of my wife ESTHER the above mentioned plantation I now live on with 100 acres of land thereunto adjoining and bounded on the River and running to BENJAMIN CAVE’S line on the River, thence along CAPTAIN BENJ. CAVE’S line to my back line so far as to include 100 acres which said plantation and land I give to my son WILLIAM WATTS, after my decease or day of marriage of my wife to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter ESTHER WATTS a tract of land containing by estimation 100 acres and bounded between the land belonging to the MANOR plantation and JOHN WATTS land to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I will and devise that after my decease my still shall be to the use of my wife ESTHER during her widowhood, and all my children in general, that is to say my son EDWARD, my daughter ANN, my son JOHN, my daughter ELIZABETH, my son BENJAMIN, my son THOMAS, my daughter SARAH, my son JACOB, my daughter ESTHER, my daughter MARY, my son WILLIAM, my daughter FRANKY, which said still shall be to their use and if any benefit or income shall accrue by the said still, the same shall be equally divided among my above mentioned wife and children, and if my wife should either die or any of the above children should die then the still shall be amongst the remainder of my children and the income of the said still shall be equally divided between such of my above mentioned children as shall remain alive.

Item: I constitute and appoint my beloved sons JOHN WATTS and BENJAMIN WATTS to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

THOMAS [his mark] WATTS

Signed, sealed, published, and pronounced in the presence of...

ROBERT SHERMAN

WM. TWYMAN

GEORGE TWYMAN

     Children of Thomas Watts and Esther Stone are:

+     7                i.    THOMAS WATTS, Jr., born Abt. 1712 in Orange County, Virginia; died 1764 in Culpepper County, Virginia.

+     8                ii.    Edward Watts, born Abt. 1715 in Orange County, Virginia; died 1790 in Bedford County,  Virginia.

       9               iii.    Elizabeth Watts, born Abt. 1718 in Orange County, Virginia.

       10             iv.    Benjamin Watts, born Abt. 1720 in Orange County, Virginia; died 1790 in Culpeper County, Virginia.  He married (1) Mary ?.  He married (2) Anne ?.

Notes for Benjamin Watts:

Culpepper Co. Will Book C pa. 394  

Will of Benjamin Watts (brother of his wife, Esther)

Wife alive, but not named.  Property after her death to go to Jeremiah White of Orange Co., son of Henry White.  Elizabeth Snell, daughter of  Lewis Snell, also mentioned

Remainder of estate to be divided among youngest children of Benjamin's brothers and sisters:  John, Thomas, and Jacob Watts, and Sarah Gaines (probably wife of James Gaines) dec. 1783 (CCWB B pa.5) Thomas Watts was his executor, Sarah Gaines a witness.  Nephews Barnard Watts, Thomas Watts, James Watts were executors.  Dated 7/10/1790, recorded 10/18/1790   Also Inventory, (Culpeper Will Book C, pa. 404) 1790

+     11              v.    John Watts, born Abt. 1722 in Orange County, Virginia; died March 20, 1796 in Madison County, Kentucky.

       12             vi.    Robert Watts, born Abt. 1724.

       13            vii.    Ann Watts, born Abt. 1728 in Culpeper County, Virginia.

       14           viii.    Sarah Watts, born 1729 in Orange County, Virginia; died November 30, 1803.  She married Humphrey Gaines.

+     15             ix.    Jacob Watts, Rev., born July 09, 1730 in VA ?; died April 14, 1821 in Orange Co., VA ?.

       16              x.    Mary Watts, born Abt. 1732 in Orange County, Virginia.

+     17             xi.    WILLIAM WATTS, born Abt. 1732 in Orange County, Virginia; died March 04, 1808 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

       18            xii.    Frances (Frankie) Watts, born Abt. 1735 in Orange County, Virginia.

+     19           xiii.    Esther Watts, born Abt. 1738 in Orange County, Virginia; died Aft. 1795 in St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, Virginia.

Generation No. 3

      7.  THOMAS WATTS, Jr. (Thomas2, Edward1) was born Abt. 1712 in Orange County, Virginia, and died 1764 in Culpeper County, Virginia.  He married Anne Gaines. 

Notes for Anne Gaines:

She is identified as the wife of Thomas Watts from the will of William Gaines, made September 30, 1780; proved June 17, 1783.  (Culpeper Co., Will Book B., page 515)  William Gaines was entering the army and set his house in order.  he mentions money given to Thomas Watts and Ann Watts, presumable his sister, returning his inventory May 13, 1785.  (Will book C, page 19)

  Children of THOMAS WATTS and Anne Gaines are:

       20               i.    Reuben Watts.

Notes for Reuben Watts:   From Heineman, pa. 114-115.   Reuben died in the Revolutionary War.  The record below was found in the Virginia State Capital Record of Military Certificates:    Book 2 pa. 99, Warrant No. 3647.  Issued to Reuben Watts for 100 acres.  Issued to Aaron Watts, heir of Reuben Watts, December 31, 1784.  The voucher reads as follows:     "At a court held for Culpepper County, the 16th of August, 1784, Thomas Watts came to court and made oath that Aaron Watts is elder brother of heir-at-law of Reuben Watts who died in Continental Service, which is ordered to be certified."  Teste John Jameson C. C.  A copy Philip Southall Reuben served three years as a private in the Virginia Continental Line.

More About Reuben Watts:

Killed: Abt. 1780, Revolutionary War

Served: Bet. 1777 - 1780,  As Private in Virginia Continental Lin

       21              ii.    Robert Watts.  He married Susanna Lewis May 05, 1788 in Culpepper County, Virginia.

       22             iii.    Aaron Watts.  He married Margaret ? in Culpepper County, Virginia.

Notes for Aaron Watts:

1777 Oct 16 - Given Power of Attorney by Lawrence Gillock (Culpeper Co. Deed Book 20, pa 480)   1782 Apr 20 - He was a private in Captain William McBride’s Militia from Lincoln County, Virginia, in Service at Falls of Ohio    1783 - He is found in the Culpepper County, VA tax list with 1 tithe.      1784 Aug 16 - Book 2 pa. 99, Warrant No. 3647.  Issued to Reuben Watts for 100 acres.  Issued to Aaron      Watts, heir of Reuben Watts, December 31, 1784.  The voucher reads as follows:    "At a court held for Culpepper County, the 16th of August, 1784, Thomas Watts came to court            and made oath that Aaron Watts is elder brother of heir-at-law of Reuben Watts who died in      Continental Service, which is ordered to be certified."  Teste John Jamison C. C.  A copy Philip Southall.  1787, 1790, & 1795 - Aaron Watts deeded land in Orange Co., VA (Orange Co. Deed book 20, pa 480 and   Deed book 19)   1789 Aug 1 - He deeded land with his wife Margaret.  (Culpeper Co. Deed Book, 19, page 391)    1797 Aug 24 - Aaron and Margaret Watts of Stafford Co. to William Richards of Culpeper Co.,  84 1/2 acres obtained by Aaron Watts as legatee to Thomas Watts, dec., who died on the premises, adj. the run, Bruce and Wallace, Robert Watts.  Dated 8/24/1797, recorded 9/18/179  Culpeper County Deed Book T pa. 183 .   1805 - Aaron Watts was one of the appraisers of the estate of Henry Utterback in Shelby Co., KY .

       23             iv.    Elinor Watts.  She married ? Cox.

      8.  Edward Watts (Thomas2, Edward1) was born Abt. 1715 in Orange County, Virginia, and died 1790 in Bedford County,  Virginia.  He married Elizabeth B. Downs September 14, 1737. 

     

Children of Edward Watts and Elizabeth Downs are:

       24               i.    Anna Watts, born December 12, 1758.  She married Thomas Buford, born 1756.

       25              ii.    Thomas Watts.

       26             iii.    Edward Watts.