I tried to send you a direct email but it bounced. I am using Sharon Crevier's site on Ancestry to try to contact you. She is my cousin. You have posted on Ancestry the genealogy (Kessler Descendants), the family page of James Watts and Sophia Ann Bruner with children John (married Maria Chestnutwood), Thomas Murray, and David. John Watts is buried at the Harris Prairie Cemetery, near Mishawaka, IN next to, I believe, his sister Nancy Watts b. 13 Jan 1798 in Northumberland County, PA. Before John died, he also was listed in the 1850 St. Joseph County Census, Harris Twp. on the same page as Nancy Watts Savidg (wife of Thomas Savidge). In the will of Fredrich Watts (Fredrich spelled that way in the will), Nancy and an Elinor are mentioned preceded by the word “bequest”, not “my son” or “my daughter” as other children are mentioned in the will. I believe that this Fredrich is an uncle of Nancy because it is listed in a St. Joseph County bio on Thomas Savidg that Nancy had an Uncle Fred Watts that had fought with her Grandfather in the Rev. War. In the bio it says her grandfather was scalped by Indians (I think him to be the Sgt. James Watt/s) and her Uncle was shot through the mouth, but later escaped (I believe this happened in the beginning of the attack on Ft. Freeland, PA in July 1779). In the 1850 census mentioned above, John is listed with David “Jackson” Watts, his son (age 15) and a Margarette Sudlow (may be Ludlow) age 54. John Watts in the 1850 census is shown as 52. That is an error and should be 56 or 57, since he was born in 1793. Other documents in that county show his correct age.
Would you have any additional information or possibly proof that Nancy is the daughter of James Watts? I have never been able to find any direct information on this. In that same bio mentioned above, her father (no name given) also fought in the Rev. War and died in the Army. He also was to have served under a General Brady. This would fit with him dying in 1808 at Warriors Run.
Thanks for any help you might be able to provide me.
Jack Sossoman (email@example.com