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Elias Watts bap. 1794 in PA

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Posted: 20 Aug 2000 3:29PM GMT
Edited: 28 Jun 2001 11:12AM GMT
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1. James1 Watts(Watt) Although Pauline Clark Adams 1974 DAR lineage form indicates that James Watts, Sr., was born 30 July 1733 at Northumberland Co., PA., no source for this information has been found by this writer. He was tomahawked and killed by the indians, in an attack at Fort Freeland, Turbot Township, Northumberland County, PA., on 28 July 1779.
Once source reported that James Watt settled in Cumberland Co. with his wife about 1760 and moved to Northumberland Co., prior to the Revolutionary War. While it is not yet possible to document James Watts arrival in Cumberland Co., a review of the Cumberland Co. deed records Book A for 2 May 1753 shows the following information - "John Hunter obtained from Lord Montjoy lease of 3 messuages and 5.5 acres, ... term of lease the lives of deponent, Mackay and William Hunter, the deponent's brothers. About 23 years ago deponent assigned the lease to James Watt, Sr., then of said parish, for ú30 and a hide." Thus it seems possible that James Watts (or perhaps his father), may have been in Cumberland Co. as early as 1730.
He served as a sergeant in Captain Taggart's Company of Col. James Murray's Battalion during the American Revolution.
On 24 November 1791, his son James petitioned the Orphans Court at Sudbury, Northumberland County, PA., for the division of 300 acres of land in Turbot Township. One third to go to his father's widow Ann as her dower. The remaining two-thirds was to be divided into seven shares, two shares going to the eldest son Francis, with one share going to each of the other five children or their heirs.
He married Ann Walker of Cumberland Co., PA. She was said to be from a promient family of Cumberland Co. Ann Watts was awarded a $24 pension on 5 April 1794 for James Watts revolutionary war service. Based upon the 1782 abstract of the will of Benjamin Walker of Rye, Cumberland Co., PA, it appears that Ann Walker was the sister of Benjamin Walker and Rebecca Walker (wife of Richard Coulter).
James Watts and his wife were thought to be of Scottish and Irish ancestry. With James' wife reported to be related to [-?-] Clark, one of Penn's first Council. The relationship with the Clark family is not clear since similar information has been reported for the mother of Jane Means, who married James' son Francis. Judge Watts of Cumberland, PA, was also reported to be related to this family. Other reports indicate that James Watts was a brother of Frederick Watts, and that Frederick Watts had moved from Wales to Ireland, where he married Jean Murray, before coming to America in 1760.[1]

+ 2. i Francis2 (Frank)Watts died about 1808.
+ 3. ii James Watts, Jr., died 19 July 1808.

4. iii Frederick Watts

5. iv John Watts possibly the John Watts who died about 1801 in Adams Co., OH, and who was married to Elizabeth Adams, based upon documents from Adams Co., OH, Common Pleas Court Records, there is a high likelihood that this is the case.

6 v Margery Watts
+ 7. vi Rebecca Watts died before 24 November 1791.

2. Francis2 (Frank) Watts (James1) He died in 1808 at an unreported location. He served as a private in the 4th regiment of Dragoons commanded by Col. Stephen Moylan, Continental line, and was a 2nd lieutenant in the battalion of Col. Arthur Buchanan, Cumberland County Militia in 1777. He was once captured at the Battle of Wyoming by indians on 3 July 1778 but managed to escape on the day of his capture. It was reported that 227 scalps were taken by the indians in ambush when the colonists attempted to take a British fort.
In 1796, Francis Watts followed his brother-in-law William Means to Towanda. "He occupied a 400 acre tract of land extending from the Arcade block to the Blackman place, and from the river a mile westward. He built and operated a distillery some years." He had only a squatters claim to his lands and on his death his wife gave up half her claim in order to obtain the money needed to perfect the title. He received a Bounty Land Warrant for land in Illinois for his service in the Revolutionary War.
He married Jane Means. She was an original member of the Wysox church. She lived on the family homestead in Towanda until her death. She is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Towanda, PA. She was listed as a taxable inhabitant over 21 owing property in 1812-13 in Towanda Township. Her father was Samuel Means (died in the Revolutionary War) of Scotland. Her mother was an Irish woman whose maiden name was Clark. Her brother was William Means (died 3 October 1829, age 64) who married Elizabeth Fox. [2]

+8. i Jane3 Watts born about 1787 in PA.
+9. ii John Watts born about 1788.
+10. iii Mary Watts born about 1790, died 14 December 1839 at Towanda.
+11. iv Eleanor Watts born about 1792.
+12. v James Watts born about 1794, died 1 August 1834.
+13. vi Squire Watts born 5 August 1800, died 9 June 1863.
+14. vii Elizabeth (Betsy) Watts born about 1802.
+15. viii William Means Watts
16. ix Thomas Watts died young, never married.

3. James2 Watts (James1) He died 19 July 1808 at Warriors Run, Northumberland Co., PA. He served as a private in the PA. 3rd Regiment at Trenton, New Jersey, in January 1781 under the command of Lt. Col. Joseph Harmar. He was married to Sophia Bruner in the fall of 1786 by the Rev. Shaw at Turbot Township, Northumberland County, PA. She was reported to be age 70 (born about 1768) when she first applied for a military pension on 15 December 1838. Additional pension requests were made on 26 October 1844, and 4 August 1848. [3]

+ 17. i John3 Watts born 18 August 1793 at Warriors Run, Northumberland Co., Pennslyvania, died 14 October 1851/2 at Elkart, Indiana.

18. ii Daniel Watts born about 1801. He was the only child mentioned in the pension requests.

7. Rebecca2 Watts (James1) She married Thomas Adams. Both she and her husband were deceased prior to 24 November 1791 when her brother James petitioned the court to have his father's land divided.[4]


19. i Catherine3 Adams
20. ii James Adams

21. iii Thomas Adams

22. iv Anna Adams

References
[1] Clement Ferdinand Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, PA. (Towanda, PA: Bradford Star Print, 1913), Vol. I 1700-1800, p. 287; Military Pension Certificate No. 4152, Watt, James, widows pension record W 3367 Watt, Sophia, National Archives, Washington, DC, Robert McKee declared on 7 Dec. 1838 that James Watt's father was killed near the the taking of Freeland Fort, Turbut Twp. Northumberland Co., PA; Minutes from Orphans Court, Northumberland Co., Sudbury, PA, 24 Nov 1791, copy in the Patriot File for James Watts, Sr., seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, copy in possession of the writer; Untitled, undated newspaper article, apparently from Leach, Granville, PA, article is about the family of General Frederick Watts and includes reference to James Watts and his wife Ann Walker, copy in the Patriot File for Watts Family, PA, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of the writer; Certificate of Pension Award for Ann Watts, copy in the Patriot File for Watts Family, PA, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of the writer; Collections of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylania, Vol. 91, Abstracts of Cumberland County, Penna Wills 1750-1800 (Philadelphia, 1905), p. 254, abstract of the will of Benjamin Walker, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of the writer.
[2] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 143-144, 287, 439; H. C. Bradsby, History of Bradford County, PA. (Chicago: S. B. Nelson Co., Publishers,1891), p. 1268, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, photocopy in possession of writer; Military Pension Certificate No. 4152, Watt, James, widows pension record W 3367 Watt, Sophia, National Archives, Washington, DC, Robert McKee declated on 7 Dec. 1838 that James Watt's father was killed near the the taking of Freeland Fort, Turbut Twp. Northumberland Co., PA; Bounty Land Warrant 2114-100, National Archives, Washington, DC; Victor Charles Detty, History of the Presbyterian Church of Wysox, PA. (1939), p. 25-26
[3] Military Pension Certificate No. 4152, Watt, James, widows pension record W 3367 Watt, Sophia, National Archives, Washington, DC, records date of death, military service, marriage; DAR Application 87631, Paluline Clark Adams, 20 May 1906, notes dates of birth, marriage, death for James Watts, Sophia Bruner, John Watts, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, copy in possession of the writer.
[4] Minutes from Orphans Court, Northumberland Co., Sudbury, PA, 24 Nov 1791, copy in the Patriot File for James Watts, Sr., includes references to Rebecca Watts, her husband Thomas Adams and their four children, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, copy in possession of the writer.




9. John3 Watts (Francis2, James1) He was born about 1787/1788 (based on DAR application records and 1850 US census) and died in 1859 (based on DAR application records). During the 1850 census, his occupation was listed as being a farmer and it was reported that he had real estate valued at $1,000. He was listed as a taxable inhabitant over 21 owning property in 1812-13 in Canton Township.
He was married by Justice George Scott on 22 August 1809 to Mary (Polly) Cowell. She was born 29 April 1791 at Kingswood, NJ, and died 10 May 1866 at Cedar Lodge, PA. She was the daughter of Christopher Cowell (born about 1759, died by drowning in a river on 14 February 1825, age 66) and Rachael Coolbaugh (born about 1764, died 22 September 1841, age 77). [6]

+ 30. i Jane4 Watts born 13 November 1809.
+ 31. ii William Watts born 18 June 1811, died 21 February 1862.

32. iii Elizabeth Watts born 3 February 1813, married in Canton by Justice Asa Pratt on 11 October 1831 to Oliver Sellard. He was the son of Stephen D. Sellard (born 1781 at Norwich, Connecticut, died May 1852) and Polly Spencer (born 1782, died 1869).
+ 33. iv John B. Watts born 14 December 1814, Bradford Co., PA, died 3 April 1903, Ottumwa, IA.
+ 34. v Thomas Murray Watts born 13 December 1817, Bradford Co. PA, died 30 July 1893, buried at Granville Cemetery.

35. vi Electa Watts born 1820, died 1891, married John Van Dyke.
+ 36. vii James Watts born about 1822 in PA, died 1912.

37. viii Sarah Watts born about 1828, married Daniel Wilcox.
+ 38. ix Robert A. Watts born 6 April 1830 in PA, died 1913.
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