The Descendants of

Edward Watts

1650 - 1728

Page Five

      40.  John Watts (Jacob3, Thomas2, Edward1) was born January 24, 1756 in Orange County, Virginia, and died September 13, 1823 in Albemarle County, Virginia.  He married    Lucy Dalton November 09, 1778 in Albemarle County, Virginia.  She was born September 15, 1764 in Albemarle County, Virginia, and died September 16, 1844 in Randolph County, Missouri.

Notes for John Watts:  24 Jan 1756 - Birth in Orange Co. VA   1776  - John enlisted and served as a private in Captain Joseph Spencer's company.  Colonel Potswood's 7th Virginia regiment, was in the battle of Brandywine in which he was wounded in the ankle.  He was also in the battle of Germantown and served about two years.  "In 1846, Richard White, a brother of Lieutenant William White of Orange Co. VA, with whom the solider, John Watts served, stated that said        brother, William, presented John Watts with a sword because of his excellent training of soldiers in Orange Co. during the war; he referred to John Watts as a relative of the family."  ( Veterans  Administration letter to Larence N. Watts dated May 16, 1934).  Lewis Fife, a great-grandson, wrote the following in a history of his mother, Elizabeth Watts Fife:   A coincident that I would like to relate happened while John Watts was serving his country in George Washington's army.  The American pickets were being killed frequently, which caused General Washington to investigate the cause himself.  The British officers had some of the Indians fall upon the pickets in the dead hours of night and kill them without giving them any warning.  The Indians dressed themselves in hog skins and would come grunting like pigs through the timber and underbrush until they came in close distance to the American sentry.  The American pickets believing they were only pigs paid very little attention until it was too late.  General Washington called for someone who would volunteer to go out and bring in the invader, so John Watts offered his services saying, "I will bring in the pig in the morning."  The  hour of midnight was slowly approaching.  The tired soldiers were all sleep. Everything was still and serene.  Soon the grunting of a pig was heard coming toward the picket.  He watched it and listened until the pig came in close range.  He did not say "Halt" as was the rules of the army but raised and shot and got his bacon.  The next morning John Watts was toting on his back a pig Indian, who had disguised himself as a pig."   "After the war was over and Washington's Army was mustered out, John Watts returned to his home at Monte County in Albemarle County, Virginia.  John Watts was a close neighbor to Peter Jefferson, the father of Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Independence.  General Washington promoted John Watts with a great honor for his achievement and soon were no more pickets lost, but all reported back to camp in safety."


Will of John Watts:   Made 15 July 1824 and proved October 1823   Will book 7, Pa. 312 - Albemarle County, Virginia.  I, John Watts of Albemarle County and State of Virginia, being at present of sound mind and memory but calling to mind the mortality of man do make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made in manner and form following:  First:  and above all things I recommend my soul to God who gave it me and as to the worldly estate wherewith I have been blessed I dispose of it as follows:  First:  I lend unto my beloved wife Lucy Watts the house in which I now live and the land within the following boundary to-wit:  Beginning at the SMITH'S corner in JAMES DOWELL's line thence with SMITHS line to FRETWELL road thence a straight line to a white oak thence a straight line to a White Oak corner between myself and my brother ELIJAH WATTS in the line I bought of my father thence with their line to the corner thence straight on till it reaches my spring branch, thence with the meanders of the spring branch to SAMUEL AUSTIN'S line, then with the said AUSTINS, and JAMES DOWELLS' line to the beginning, also one Negro man STEVEN, one Negro boy BRADFORD and one woman, PHILLIS and her future increase one of my best horses, one cow, and calf, one cart ad oxen and all the household and kitchen furniture and one third of the crop on hand at my cecease during her natural life.  Second:  To my daughter Mahala H. Watts I bequeath on Negro girl, Mary and her increase, a choice feather bed and furniture and fifty dollars forever.  Third:  To my son, David Watts, after the death of wife I bequeath the Negro boy Bradford, and fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.  It is further my will that the remainder of Negroes be sold to the highest bidder amongst all of my children and no other persons on a credit of twelve months, the balance of my estate both real and personal I willed to be sold to the highest bidder on twelve months credit and after paying all my just debts to the divided as follows:  To my son WILLIAM WATTS, fifty dollars, to TYREE WATTS, two hundred and fifty dollars, to THOMAS WATTS, fifty dollars, to NELSON WATTS,      one hundred and fifty dollars, to ROBERT WATTS, two hundred and fifty dollars, and to ELIJAH WATTS and to GARRETT WATTS two hundred and fifty dollars.  Those several sums to those children I consider as making with what I have heretofore given on to some of the other and with ELIZABETH ELLIS, MILDRED DUNN and MATILDA MELTON and my daughter, NANCY HUCKSTEP I  have heretofore given what I considered two hundred more than to any of my other children and it is my will that she stands charged with that amount until all my other children receive the same sum specified above and also two hundred dollars each out of the residue of my estate.  If the sales should not be sufficient to pay the several bequests to my nine children heretofore named then they are to divide according to the several portions bequeathed them the real and personal upon the same terms and in the same way as the first specified sale and the money arising there from to be equally divided amongst all the rest of my children except NANCY HUCKSTEP is not to receive anything until all the rest of my children get two hundred dollars each exclusive of the above specified sums before named and I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons WILLIAM, TYREE, and DAVID WATTS executors of this my last will and testament.      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed my seal this fifteenth day of July, 1823.         John Watts  (seal)     Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of  THOMAS DURRETT,  SAMUEL RITTER, and THOMAS SMITH.    Proof for Recording:  At a Court held for Albemarle County, October 1823.  This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of JOHN WATTS, deceased was produced into court and proved by the oath of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.    Teste:  ALEX GARRETT, C. C. A.

Notes for Lucy Dalton:  Estate file of  Lucy (Dalton) Watts.  Lucy was the wife of John Watts of Albemarle Co., VA.  After John's death, Lucy moved from Albemarle Co. VA to Randolph Co., Mo., where her daughter Mahala (Watts) Austin, and sons William and Elijah Watts were living.  William later moved from the county.  Lucy was living with her son Elijah at her death and she is buried next to him in the Oakland Cemetery in Moberly, Mo.  Her stone reads:  In memory of Lucy Watts died Sept 16, 1844, aged 80 yrs 9mo 1 d.

      Children of John Watts and Lucy Dalton are:

+     83               i.    Elizabeth Watts, born Abt. 1779 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died June 1837 in Campbell County, Kentucky.

       84              ii.    Nancy Maria Watts, born Abt. 1780 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died Bef. 1846 in Orange County, Virginia.  She married Josiah Huckstep April 15, 1799 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

       85             iii.    William Watts, born April 26, 1783 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died March 02, 1851 in New Hope, Lincoln County, Missouri.  He married Nancy Womack.

       86             iv.    Tyree Watts, born Abt. 1785 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died Bef. 1846 in Marion, KY.

       87              v.    Thomas Watts, born 1787 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died May 13, 1860 in Logan, Kentucky.  He married (1) Sarah Head May 14, 1809 in Orange County, Virginia.  He married (2) Mary B. Sugg May 13, 1845 in Logan County, Kentucky.

       88             vi.    Matilda Watts, born Abt. 1788 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died August 1860 in Louisa County, Virginia.  She married Samuel Melton April 24, 1816 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

       89            vii.    Nelson Watts, born March 02, 1790 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died March 02, 1868 in Missouri.  He married Mary A. Crigler January 17, 1838 in Madison County, Virginia.

       90           viii.    David Watts, born Abt. 1791 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died Bef. 1840 in Albemarle County, Virginia.  He married Mary J. Brown February 08, 1819 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

       91             ix.    Garrett Watts, born Abt. 1793 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died Abt. 1846 in New Hope, Lincoln County, Missouri.  He married Sarah Dalton January 07, 1820 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

       92              x.    Mildred Watts, born Abt. 1797 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died Aft. August 1860 in Louisa County, Virginia.  She married John M. Dunn March 21, 1816 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

+     93             xi.    Mahala H. Watts, born April 26, 1798 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died November 02, 1879 in Weber County, Utah.

       94            xii.    Robert Harrison Watts, born September 05, 1801 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died March 28, 1879 in Davis County, Utah.  He married Elizabeth Heath December 30, 1833 in Hinds County, Missouri; died 1903 in Raymond, Hinds County , Missouri.

       95           xiii.    Elijah Durrett Watts, born 1804 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died July 03, 1884 in Randolph County, Missouri.  He married Margaret Simpson October 27, 1832.

      41.  David Winston Watts (Jacob3, Thomas2, Edward1) was born April 20, 1761 in Orange County, Virginia, and died December 13, 1835 in Fayette County Kentucky.  He married Ruth Twyman April 14, 1785 in Albemarle County, Virginia, daughter of George Twyman and Mary Walker. 

Notes for David Winston Watts:  Heineman #421 pa. 91, 1835 Nov 15 - Will proved in Fayette Co. KY   (Will book M. pa 209),  History of Kentucky, pa 128 by W. E. Conellery and M.W. Coulter.  HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY KENTUCKY, by Robert Peter, ed. by William H. Perrin, O. L. Baskin Co., Chicago, 1882.  Reprinted by Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, 1979.  Page 773, WILLIAM D. and GARRETT WATTS, farmers and stock-raisers, P. O. Chilesburg.   Among the pioneer families who came to Fayette County a hundred years ago, when it was an unbroken wilderness, and Central Kentucky was the haunt of wild beasts, and the hunting ground of prowling savages, was the Watts family, who settled in what is now Athens Precinct, and where descendants still live.  David Watts, the patriarch of the family, was of Virginia stock, and was among the first of those hardy pioneers to cross the Alleghenies, and in the beautiful land lying beyond their lofty peaks, hew out a home for themselves and families. He was born in the State of Virginia, in 1761, where he grew to manhood, and married Ruth Twyman, and emigrated to Kentucky about the year 1780. Upon his arrival, he settled in the present County of Fayette, upon land that has ever since remained in possession of his descendants, and upon which he died in 1835.  His son, Garrett Watts, continued upon the farm his father settled, and, under his management, it was much improved and increased in acreage.  He was born in 1796, and when grown was married to Martha Twyman; he died in 1873, at the age of seventy-seven years.          A son, David T. Watts, who had charge of the farm during his life, was born April 11, 1831, and married to Tilitha Quisenberry, November 15, 1849.  She was the daughter of Joel and Elizabeth (Haggard) Quisenberry, who were natives of Virginia, and settled in Clark County, where they died.  David D. Watts died in 1854, leaving two sons, who, with their mother, still occupy the homestead, settled by the original David Watts a century ago.

       Children of David Watts and Ruth Twyman are:

       96               i.    Mary Watts, born January 27, 1786.  She married Reuben Moore.

       97              ii.    Elizabeth Watts, born April 27, 1787; died July 07, 1830 in Kentucky.  She married Pleasant Haggard August 05, 1802 in Kentucky.

       98             iii.    Sarah Watts, born October 09, 1789 in Abt 1855.  She married William Grimes.

       99             iv.    Mildred Watts, born July 03, 1792.  She married John "Jonnie" Watts; born March 17, 1791.

       100            v.    Nancy Watts, born September 25, 1794; died December 04, 1803.

       101           vi.    Garrett Watts, born November 24, 1796; died 1873 in Fayette County, Kentucky.  He married Martha Twyman November 04, 1818 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

       102          vii.    David Watts, born October 12, 1800; died 1854.  He married Elizabeth McCain January 19, 1820 in Fayette County, Kentucky.