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Name Edward WATTS20, 8G Grandfather, M
Birth 1650, Stafford Co., Virginia20
Death aft 28 Sep 1728, Spotsylvania Co., Virginia20
Flags Earliest Ancestor
Spouses
1 Anne20, 8G Grandmother, F
Birth abt 1660, Virginia20
Death bef Mar 1741, Stafford Co., Virginia20
Flags Earliest Ancestor
Family ID 2611
Marriage bef 13 Dec 1688, Stafford Co., Virginia20
Children David, M (1702-1767)
Notes for Edward WATTS
!Edward Watts lived in that part of Orange County, Virginia that became Culpeper County in 1748, where Edward's Last Will and Testament, signed 22 Dec 1746, was filed for probate on 10 Mar 1749. . !Deed, Orange Co., VA, Book I, pg 419-422, 19-20 Jul 1736. Edward Watts of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Richard Mauldin of St. Margaret's Parish, Caroline County. Lease and Release; for L20 current money. 900 Acres granted Edward Watts 28 Sep 1728...Robert Slaughter's line...John Lee's line..corner to William Eddins and JOhn Lee...Abraham Bledsoe's line...corner of Thomas Watts's in Slaughter's line... Edward Watts Witness: G. Home, Edward Herndon, Jr., Wm. Phillips. 24 Feb 1736 Acknowledged by Edward Watts. On motion of Robert Turner, Gent.
Edward Watts:
!RELATIONSHIP: Posey Anne Steinert. FROM VIRGINIA TO KENTUCKY THROUGH THE CUMBERLAND GAP. (:privately, 1980) [I own...wei] p. 67-68. "WATTS" The progenitor of the Watts family in America is not proven, however many genealogists believe him to be Thomas Watts, who appeared on the Northumberland Co., VA records as early as 1 April 1651, who with Elizabeth and Susan Watts, received a land grant of 200 acres (Book 2, p. 311). In 1662 Edward Watts appears in Rappahannock Co. where he deeds his land (Deed Book 1662-1664 p. 344). The names Edward and Thomas Watts appear in many counties the next 75 years. In 1689 Edward Watts and wife Anne were in Stafford County, VA, 1722 Thomas (presumed to be Edward's son) was appointed overseer of a road from the falls to Wilderness Bridge, Spottsvania County, 1735 Thomas was allowed bounty on wolves' head, 1735 Edward was a crew member of road makers in Orange County, 1701 Thomas Watts in Richmond County sold lands in Stafford County, formerly bought by his father Edward. In 1704 Thomas was a land holder in King and Queen County, VA. We may deduct from these and many other records and documents that Thomas Watts with several sons and daughters was in Virginia as early as 1650 - and his sons, Thomas and Edward were real pioneers and "horse traders" as they bought and sold land all over Virginia from one county to another, had families of their own and finally accumulated enough property to settle down. Mr Charles B Heinemann, whose research and manuscript of the Watts family is in the Genealogical Library of the Mormon Church at Salt Lake City, believes Edward Watts is the founder of the family in America. He states "Edward Watts, born about 1675, died about 1750. He received 900 acres of new land in St. George's Parish the same day his son Thomas Watts received a grant of 250 acres adjoining that of his father's land. The grant specifically refers to "Thomas Watts" a son of Edward Watts", so we have a definite relationship. Because of the interesting description of the land, the grant to Edward is printed in full. Both grants were signed in the same manner on the same day. --- For 900 Acres New Land in Spotsylvania County, VA September 28, 1728. ====== GEORGE the Second, TO ALL: WHEREAS, We have given granted and confirmed, and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give, grant and confirm unto Edward Watts of Spotsylvania County one certain tract or parcel of Land containing nine-hundred acres lying and being on the branches of Black Walnut in Saint George's Parish in the county of Spotsylvania aforesaid and bounded as followeth, to wit, BEGINNING at two red oaks and a white standing in Mr. Robert Slaughter's line, thence northwest one-hundred and sixty poles to two white oaks standing on a level, THENCE west one hundred and eight-six poles to a white oak and a red standing on rolling ground in JohnLee's line, thence along his line south ten degrees west one hundred and eighty-two poles to two corner white oaks and red oak saplins, corner to William Eding's and John Lee's thence along Eding's line north fifty-four degrees, west eighteen poles to a red oak bush near a ridge, thence south forty degrees east one hundred and eighty poles three corner white oaks of Eding standing on rolling ground, THENCE south five degrees, east four hundred and seventy poles to a white oak and red oak in George Purvice's line by a branch, THENCE north seven degrees east four hundred poles to a red oak and white oak corne rof Watts in Slaughter's line, thence along Slaughter's line north sixty degrees, west one hundred and sixteen poles to two white oaks and a red oak on the side of a hill on the south side of branch a corner of Slaughter's thence along Slaughter's line north thirty degrees east to the beginning, WITH ALL to have and to hold and to be held and yielding and paying as provided and in witness. Witness our trusty and beloved WILLIAM GOOCH Esq., our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of our said colony and dominions at Williamsburg, under seal of our said colony the twnety-eight day of September one thousand seven hundred and twenty-eight in the second year of our reign. WILLIAM GOOCH. ---- Since the record of 1651 is of Thomas Watts, Elizabeth and Susan, this compiler feels Thomas was the first Watts here and Edward was his son and that he had a son Thomas. The records of 1750 to 1785 are no doubt those of Edward's sons, Thomas and Edward. There were probably several daughters and three other sons, David, William and John Watts, of whom records have been found.
!RELATIONSHIP: Charles B Heinemann. WATTS FAMILY #1, MSS. (Washington DC:Chandler Bldg, 1934) [I have duped copy from SLC...wei] p. 1. "WATTS FAMILY NO. 1" In setting out this Watts family History the compiler wishes to make it clear that much of the material has had to be used by means of of deuctions which may or may not be correct. Where there is nothing to prove a relationship the record so indicates, and the reader should so understand this fact. (1) EDWARD WATTS of Spotsylvania Co., VA, born circa 1675; died circa 1750. He received a grant of 900 Acrs of new land in St. George Parish. The same day his son Thomas Watts received a grant of 250 Acres adjoining his father. The grant of Thomas Watts speciafically refers to "Thomas Watts, a son of Edward Watts," so we have a definite tie up. These grants were signed by Governor William Gooch and both dated September 28, 1728. Both men were described as "of Spotsylvania County," indicating they had settled in that county at an earlier date. In an effort to identify the two men, or others of the family we have check the following records some or all of which refer to them: February 22, 1662 - Edward Watts deeds land, Rapanhannock Co., VA. Deed Book 1656-1664, page 344. October 20, 1687 - Edward Watts gets headright New Kent Co., VA ----------, 1689 - Edward Watts, Stafford Co., VA, Court Book 1689-90 p. 32. Edward Watts with wife Anne in Court action and was fined. This probably the same man. April 2, 1723 - Edward Watts sued the estate of John Richardson, Spotsylvania County, Order Book, page 24. December 3, 1723 - Edward Watts served on a Jury in Spotsylvania County, Order Book, page 60-65. August 1, 1727 - Edward Watts witnessed will of Alexander Cammill, Spotsylvania County, made July 10, 1727; proved August 1, 1727. --- COPY OF LAND GRANT TO EDWARD WATTS For 900 Acres New Land in Spotsylvania County, VA September 28, 1728 NOTE: See Steinert's book for this item above...word for word...not re-copied here...wei The fact that no record is found in spotsylvania County after September 28, 1728 showing any activity of Edward Watts leaves us a choice of these deductions: 1. That Edward Watts was later located in some County such as Orange formed from Spotsylvania County in 1732. 2. That he was merely a short time resident in Spotsylvania and removed to one of the older counties where he died. We find these early in the Orange County records. These may refer to (1) Edward Watts, to a son Edward Watts, or to his grandson Edward, son of Thomas Watts. November 18, 1735 - Edward Watts one of crew of road makers Orange County Order Book 1, page 41. February 24, 1736 - Edward Watts acknowledge Deed in Orange County Order Book 1734-37, page 141. May 17, 1737 - Edward Watts sued by William Henderson, et al, Orange County Order book 1734-37, page 67-69. ------------ 1738 - Edward Watts reported as a delinquent tax payer in Orange Co. ------------ 1739 - Edward Watts in Orange County Tax lists with 4. The Compiler holds to the deduction that (1) Edward Watts was the father of several sons, and perhaps several daughters. The fact that records of his son Thomas Watts antedate those of his father show (1) Edward Watts was an adult of middle age or later when he received the land grant of 1728. It would appear that (1) Edward Watts may have been descended from Thomas Watts in the following records: April 1, 1651 - Thomas Watts, Jr., came into Northumberland Co., VA, with Elizabeth Watts and Susan Watts, receiving 200 acres in that county Land Book 2, page 311. -------, 1652 - Thomas Watts, brought into Virginia by William Owen and William Morgan as shown in Greer's list. May 14, 1670 - Thomas Watts named in headright in Rappahannock County Virginia (Valentine's Papers Vol. 3, page 1600) November 28, 1674- Thomas Watts, named in headright on South Side of the Rappanhannock River. (Valentine's Papers, Vol. 3, page 1601) March 29, 1701 - Thomas Watts, then dwelling in Richmond County, VA, sold land in Stafford Co., VA formerly bought by his father Thomas Watts of Stafford Co. He also executed a power of attorney covering the execution of the deed. (Stafford County D.B. Z., page 76-77. --------, 704 - Thomas Watts, a land holder in King and Queen County, VA as shown by the list taken in that County by Robert Bird, Sheriff. Tentatively we list the following as PROBABLE childfren of (1) Edward Watts: 2. Thomas Watts b ca 1700d 1749 3. David Watts b ca 1702 d 1767 5. Edward Watts b ca 1698 d 1760 6. William Watts b ca 1704 d 1760 7. John Watts b ca 1710 d 1765 NOTE: compiler shows missing numbers as reserved...wei
!RELATIONSHIP: Charles Brunk Heinemann, compiler. WATTS FAMILIES - DESCENDED FROM EARLY IMMIGRANTS WHO SETTLED IN THE TIDEWATER COUNTIES OF VIRGINIA. (Washington, DC:Author, 1940) [some page from Jack Lake Revare, Dec. 20, 1994] p. 54. (70) Edward Watts, born a1650; d a1728. We identify this as the Edward Watts who appeared in Stafford County shortly before his appearance in Spotsylvania Co., VA. We list the following records as probably belong to him: 11/2/1709 Edward Watts, Stafford Co., VA, acquired 1 acre of land on the south side of Clayburn's run, Richmond Co., VA, from Charles and Alice Cole, Watts to build mill and grind corn for Cole. (Richmond Co. d. b. 5, page 151) 4/2/1723 Edward Watts sued the estate of John Richardson, Spotsylvania County, Order Book, page 24. 12/3/1723 Edward Watts served on a jury in Spotsylvania county, Order Book, page 60, 65. 8/1/1727 Edward Watts witness will of Alexaner Cammill, Spotsylvania County, made July 10, 1727; proved August 1, 1727. 9/28/1728 Edward Watts received a grand of 900 acres of new land in St. George's Parish. The same day his son, thomas Watts, received a grand of 250 acres adjoining his father. The grant of Thomas Watts specifically refrs to "Thomas Watts, a son of Edward Watts", so we have a definite tie-up. These grants were signed by Governor William Gooch and both dated September 28, 1728. both men wre described as "of Spotsylvania County", indicating they had settled in that county as an earlier date. A copy of the land grant is here set out. The compiler has a photostatic copy of it. NOTE: Same as under Steinert's book above. Not recopied here...wei The fact that no record is found in Spotsylvania County after September 28, 1728, sowing any activity of Edward Watts leaves us a choice of these deductions: NOTE: See WATTS #1 MSS, above, for same data...wei The compiler holds to the deduction that this Edward Watts was the father of several sons, and perhaps several daughters. The fact that records of his son Thomas Watts antedate those of his father show edward Watts was an adult of middle age or later when he received the land grant of 1728. Tentatively we list the following as PROBABLE children of Edward Watts: 190. Thomas Watts b c1695 d 1749 191. Edward Watts b c1698 d c1760 192. David Watts b c1702 d 1767 193. William Watts b c1704 d a1760 194. John Watts b c1710 d c1765
!RESEARCHER: Peggy Rush file. Letter 9 Jul 1989. The Edward Watts grant in Spotsylvania Co. in 1728 names Slaughter and John Lee, both also mentioned in later Culpeper deeds (and Lee heirs in Adair Co.). Culpeper and Orange were created from Spotslyvania Co.
!RESEARCHER: Jack Lake Revare file. Letter 20 December 1994. Ahnentafel Chart. 240. William Watts-580, b abt 1704; d abt 1760 480. Edward Watts-379, b abt 1650; d aft 1734. 960. Edward Watts-167, b. abt 1620; d 1690 961. Anne-168 1920. Cornelius Watts-231, d. 1640 1921. Ann-548
!RESEARCHER: Paul Watts Allred <pwallred@@ucdavis.edu> file EMail letter 15 August 1996. --info from Beulah Wiley Franks, of Frankfort, KY, quoting information from O. T. Wills... Then there was an Edward Watts who married 14 mar 1689/90 the widow of Jacob Hubbard in Stafford Co., Va. This is perhaps a son of the older Edward Watts and the father of our Thomas Watts. This Edward Watts did have a son named Thomas and sees to have had a brother named Thomas, so it's the best I can come up with at this time for a line of descent. There are those, however, who do not see it this way so one has to make up one's own mind on the basis of the limited evidence at hand. Edward Watts and his son Thomas Watts received grants of 900 acres and 250 acres which adjoined from King George II in 1728 in St. George Parish, Spotsylvania Co., VA. By this time the westward movement had begun.20
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