The Descendants of

Edward Watts

1650 - 1728

Page Two

      11.  John Watts (Thomas2, Edward1) was born Abt. 1722 in Orange County, Virginia, and died March 20, 1796 in Madison County, Kentucky.  He married Sarah (Sally) Barnett Bef. 1759 in Orange County, Virginia, daughter of John Barnett and Marran ?. 

     Children of John Watts and Sarah Barnett are:

       27               i.    Thomas Watts, born Unknown; died 1817 in Madison County, Kentucky.  He married (1) Drucilla Ham.  He married (2) Francis Gaines.

  Notes for Drucilla Ham:

She was listed in the 1870 census of Madison County, Kentucky.

Notes for Francis Gaines

The name of Francis comes from the will of Humphrey Gaines in Culpepper Co., VA, Will book B, pa 339, in which he refers to Frances Watts.  His second wife was Drucilla Ham.  She survived him and married his first cousin, once removed, John Watts, son of his first cousin, Fielding Watts.   Thomas Watts sold his Virginia land holdings April 27, 1797 and moved to Kentucky (Madison Co., Va deed book 2, pa 5 and 527)  He purchased 578 acres in Campbell County, Kentucky on Bank Lick Creek in what is now Kenton County and she sold this, deeding with his wife Drucilla in a deed dated July 15, 1816; recorded September 24, 1817.   (Campbell Co., KY deed book D, Folio 562-563)  He died in Madison Co., Ky where he left a will.  She was listed in the 1870 census of Madison County, Kentucky.

       28              ii.    Julius Watts, born Abt. 1765 in Orange County, Virginia; died October 04, 1848 in Clark County, Kentucky.  He married Mary Eve December 22, 1785 in Orange County, Virginia.

Notes for Julius Watts:

He moved to Kentucky and his will is in Clark County, KY (Will book 2, pa 470).  The were members of Rev. Robert Elkin's famous Traveling Church, Primitive (United) Baptist, of Clark County, Kentucky.  His wife was received by experience on October 20, 1798; He on December 9, 1810 by experience and baptism.

       29             iii.    Barnett Watts, died 1801 in Madison County, Virginia.  He married Frances Hord.

Notes for Barnett Watts:

He seems to be the only son who remained in Virginia, after his father and other children removed to Kentucky.  he appears in Culpepper County, Virginia Tax lists from the earliest of record, 1782 when he is listed without land or slaves.  In 1785 he has 3 horsemen 2 cattle, 3 young slaves.  In 1787, he had 4 slaves.  In 1791 he had 2 tithes, 8 slaves.  When Madison County was formed from Virginia, his location fell into the New County after 1792.  In 1792 he last appears in the Culpeper County lists when he is shown holding property for his father, John Watts, Senior. He acquired his father's property in Culpeper County, Virginia by deed from John Watts and Sarah, his wife, January 14, 1791.  (Culpeper Co., VA deed book T, pa 443).  He was named with his wife in the will of John Hord, Culpeper County, Virginia, made July 11, 1783; proved January 21, 1784.  (Will book P, pa. 19).   He married Frances Hord (or Howard).  He died in Madison County, Virginia in 1801.  His will was made there October 13, 1800; proved February 22, 1801.  (Madison Co., will book 1, pa. 305)  In will book 6, pa. 198 is the final settlement of the estate.  William Watts, Winston Durrett, and James Barnett witnessed his will.

+     30             iv.    John Watts, born March 22, 1767 in Orange County, Virginia; died September 05, 1834 in Ripley County, Indiana.

       31              v.    Esther Watts.  She married Richard Sebree.

       32             vi.    Frances Watts.  She married Quinn.

       33            vii.    Mildred Watts.  She married Tomlinson.

       34           viii.    Anna Watts.

       35             ix.    Agatha Watts.  She married Benjamin Turner 1789 in Culpeper County, Virginia.

       36              x.    Molly Watts.  She married Biggerstaff.

       37             xi.    Elizabeth Watts, born Abt. 1761 in Culpeper County, Virginia; died September 15, 1830 in Culpeper County, Virginia.  She married Jasper (Jesse) Vawter March 29, 1781 in Culpeper County, Virginia.

      15.  Jacob Watts, Rev. (Thomas2, Edward1) was born July 09, 1730 in VA ?, and died April 14, 1821 in Orange Co., VA ?.  He married Elizabeth Durrett Abt. 1752 in Albemarle Co., VA ?.  She was born Abt. 1738 in Albemarle County, Virginia, and died January 1819 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

  Notes for Jacob Watts, Rev.:

14 Apr 1821 - He left a will dated 26 Jan 1821 and recorded in Orange Co. VA  27 Aug 1821.   Orange Co. Will Book #5 p. 394

  Will of Jacob Watts:

  In the name of God Amen I Jacob Watts of Orange County and state of Virginia being in a low state of health but of perfect sense and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and certainty of death do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first I recommend my soul to God so he gave it not trusting in the m--- of my Redeemer, hoping at the general resurrection to receive forgiveness for all my sins.

Secondly my will and desire is, that my just debts and burial expenses should first paid.  Thirdly I give and bequeath to my daughter Agnes Huckstep and her heirs my Negro woman ------ with all her increase.  Fourthly it is my will and desire that my horse, saddle and bridle, my bed, and furniture? my writing desk and chest be sold for ready money and the money arising from such sale together with all the money I have in possession should be equally divided among the children namely William Watts, Mildred Bruce, John Watts, David Watts, Fielding Watts, Mary Rodes and Elijah Watts, Nancy Austin.  My will is that my daughter Frances Smith's five children from her first husband should have one share  in the division.  Lastly I appoint my friend Charles Parrott whole and sole executor to this my last will and testament revoking all other will or wills heretofore made by me acknowledging this to be my last will and testament. ------

where as I have hereunto --- my hand and seal this 26th day of January 1821

  Test                                                                              Jacob Watts

John EarlyJoab Early, Willis Huckstep


The Rev. Jacob studied for the ministry in Glasgow, Scotland, and was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church but became a Methodist minister in later years, serving widely as a circuit rider through the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains.  During the Revolutionary War Jacob provided food and provisions for the American military and additionally he guarded Tories at Albemarle Barracks near Charlottesville.  He owned over 1100 acres on the North Fork of Rivanna river near Piney Mountain in Orange and Albemarle Counties; in his last years he lived on his plantation "Homestead" in Orange Co. Jacob and wife Elizabeth on 29 mar 1801 made a trust deed to their son Elijah D.  for the provision of Elizabeth and their children, The property was released by son Elijah D. on 4 Apr 1803 (Albemarle Co. Deeds, 13:459, 14,229).  In his will dated 26 Jan 1821 and probated on 27 Aug 1821 in Orange Co. Jacob provided for nine named children and the five children of Frances Smith by her first husband.  Charles Parrott was appointed executor (Orange Co., Wills, 5:394)   Source; The Roberts-Orem Ancestry, Page 148 -149.

  Notes for Elizabeth Durrett:

According to "The Durrett Family" by Mrs. Bert Harter of Key West, Florida she is buried in the Durrett family cemetery in Earlysville, Albemarle Co. Va.  The family cemetery is located at "Wakefield" and was built by her brother, Richard.  Her father, Richard, also resided there and is probably buried there.  The Virginia Genealogist Vol. 16.   In 1999 the cemetery is in very poor condition and the stones are very difficult to read.  All stones are in script.   The first row in one section is as follows:  1.  Elizabeth Watts (The Watts is almost unreadable) (departed) this life January 1819 in the 81 year of her age.