Archive for July 2008
To Mr. James D. Watson
White Day, Monogalia Co. Va.
From Warren D. Watson
Port Tobacco, Chas. C. Md.
Sept 28, 1823
Your favor or the 29th of July, came safely to hand on the 2nd of August. It gave me singular pleasure to hear from your, as I had not heard from you for some time. You recommended me to a news paper, which is very good, though they are troublesome to get as we are some distance from the metropolis of our County; you also advised me to our old code of Maryland laws, which I have, though I have never investigated them very diligently. You also advised me to attend our County Courts, which I have given very little attention to as yet. You also stated you wished to know who the people were partial to for President. The majority of the people appear to be partial to Adams. As to my own part I have nothing to say, as my age will not allow me a say. You also expressed a wish to know my favorite candidate to the Legislature. All (?) I assure you would so badly represent that I don’t know what men of the six that represent us to give the preference. They are as follows. Wm Millar… R. Garnir… J. Wems… J. Edelin, W. Dunnington and old Capt Rodgerson.
You wish to know what female acquaintances I have laid up for you… As my choice might not be yours, I would recommend you to come in yourself, as I am convinced you would make a better choice for yourself than I could make for you, consequently you had better come and make your own choice as they are very handsome.
Crops of corn and tobacco are very fine wiht us, better than they have been for six years. Wheat is worth form $1.00 to $1.25. Corn is worth from $1.00 to $2.00 per barrel. You stated that your employment was similar to that of mine. While the females occupy a part fo your time, you stated you have no time to loose, as to getting a wife. It is an easy matter to get a woman, but a difficult one to get a good wife.
The people in this quarter have been very unhealthy this summer and fall. and a great many death, I am sorry to inform you of the death of Mrs. H. Wheeler, Mrs. Pye and M… Thom. We have all been sick this summer except myself. Pappy and the youngest child have been sick a long time. They both appear to be in a lingering way.
You expressed a wish to hear from Mr. Berry and family. Alfred (?) is going by water at present. He owns half of a small schooner. The old gentleman and family are still living at the same place.
Roderick is going to school at present. He boards at Mrs. Haislips. I was at Mr. Latimore Reaves(?) and Fannie (of Sammie) Loves. They were all well except Miss Martha Love, who was very sick. Sammy Love has got another wife and I think Miss Catherine is the handsomest woman in the county.
Perhaps I only think so, as I feel prepossed in favor of her. Adaline Watson is nearly grown and a remarkable handsome girl, beginning to think about a husband I expect. I have nothing more to add, except my respects to you and your father’s family, not forgetting Cousins Thomas and Henry and families, and tell Cousin Henry I think he and his lady have been very industrious.
Your most devoted and most affectionate relative,
Mr. James G. Watson
Maryland, Charles Co, V Post
xxxx County Vicinity of
Washington, 27th January 1804
I wrote to you last fall probably in October but have not rec. an answ from you, although I xxxx the xxxx. The one I wrote you was in answer to your’s of the 5th of July last, and was handed to me by sister Mattingly, who was at my house in October, which xxxx might probably have miscarried, as I do not think our xxxx Master in Washington over attentive to business. There was since that time been a stir in our Country concering the Fort of New Orleans, and men rais’d and held in readiness to March, and take it by storm. Provided the Spanards did not give it up. However the storm has blown over, and we have once and plenty in our land, with thte right of sail and freer Navigation at the Mouth of the Mississippi — Tis now that I could invite you as a friend and brother to come and cast your lot amoung us and enjoy a soil, the sight of which would gladden the heart, together with a wholesome air to breath, and a free outlet for all you can raise to spare. Already do the Kentuckyans begin to feel the benefit of the Mouth of the River being free, for our markets are considerably livelier then since I have been an inhabitant of this Country. How permanent it my prove only time will discover. I feel myself xxxx to xxx for better times then we have had, as I am pretty well sour’d, and xxx weak-handed and strong xxxxx, for I ahv enot less than three score and ten mouths to supply with food, and ten of them to apparel, while five only xxxx thier hands to the minestration.
Freight has been taken at Limestone for Natches as low as 4/6 p 100 this season, xxx may, I think, xxx still 1 xxx. I suppose that you have provided yourself for the present year and do not intend moving to any foreign places but should it be otherwise, I should be glad you would come to Knetucky. I think the last time I saw you, you seemed to have the Notion of the State of Georgia, but I would wish you to discard the idea of that Country, as I think the Climate too southerly for your constitution, and from good authority I am led to believe that the soil is by no means inviting. I lately conversed with two gentlemen of respectability, who had been to Georgia to visit their relative, who tell me that is xxx soil mostly, except the river bottoms are very poor.
My family, I bless God, is in tolerable health, except myself am troubled with a soreness in my Breast, which sometimes a little alarms me – and wishing health and prosperity to you and yours, with mine and wifes best love and respects to you, to Mrs. Watson and Children all, remain your affectionate Brother
Mr. James G. Watson
White Day Creek Monongalia County Virginia v post to Morgantown
Kentucky Mason County Lee’s Creek
21 Aust 1808
I have once more taken up my pen, with an intent to address you on the score of brotherly love – and to inform you that I have not read, a xxx from you since the arrival of Mr. Abrm Brookbank and family.
After long rest from xxxx labor, I feel unwilling to grasp the laboring tools and after long silence I feel backward to speak – So, in like manner, when my pen has been long lying by, I experience a kind of torpidity in my hands and stupor in my intellect, then when would xxxx I feel at a lost for matter, and therefore I know not how to begin. However since Grammarians inform us that letter rightly put together form syllables, syllables words and words properly connected…(this ends here)
Fairmont W. Va., October 31, 1937
J. Otis Watson, 3839 Twenty Ninth Street, Mount Ranier, Md.
My Dear Mr. Watson
My husband, James Otis Watson, some time ago gave me your letter of inquiry concerning the family history and the coat of arms of the Watson family. I have delayed answering it, until I could have typed the enclosed letter dictated by my husbands great great aunt Mary Green Watson. This letter gives the family connection, back as far as I have been able to trace it. The will of James Watson, (wife Mary Green) father of James Green Watson, is found in the Leonardtown Courthouse, Charles County, Md. The home was at Port Tobacco I believe. I have copies of letters written from there and other near places by sons of Joseph Watson, also by friends or relatives.
Fowkes and Wheelers – and from Zephaniah Watson from Kentucky. I am most eager to trace the family connections as far back as possible and am particularly interested in your statement that you have always heard that you are related to the Dents – Gen. Green, Gen. Otis and General Mitchell.
The West Virginia branch of the Watson’s have always preserved the name Dent – although none now living know from whence it came — do you? There is a tradition that Mary Green, wife of James Watson, was the daughter of Nathaniel Green. I find Nathaniel Green, General in the Revolutionary war was from New Hampshire and fought at Crown Point and Ticonderoga. I have never heard of the connection with the Otis family. The only James Otis (Watson) of which I have heard prior to my husbands, grantfather, was James Otis a Revolutionary Hero of Massachusetts. I had always supposed James Otis Watson was named for this hero, because of admiration, adn did not know of a possible relationship with the family Otis – from who were you named?
Are the Gen. Green and Gen. Otis, of whom you speak of in your letter from Maryland or Virginia, I am most eager to learn what you can tell me – Are there any other members of your family living, however far removed in relationship that might possibly give us information of that famiy coat of arms of which you speak or family history. This Media Research Bureau has nothing of value to give us. We bought a copy of the Manuscript it deals almost entirely with the New England Watsons in a very general way.
Please tell me if you can, what relationship you bear to James Watson and his sons and girls in this letter of Mary Green Watson and any family traditions you can recall. Where was your fathers’ home?
Ella B.B. Watson
WATSON April, 1859
Items of family history as related to me (Fanny R. Watson) by my maiden aunt, Mary Green Watson.
“Your Grand Father Watson’s name was James Green. He was the son of James and Mary Watson, formerly Mary Green of St. Mary’s County, Md. Your Grandfather married Ann Swann, widow of Henry Swann, and daughter of John and Lydia Dyson. your Grand Mother had one son, John Swan and one daughter Ann Swann, when she married your Grand Father. The son moved to Missouri, and died there, leaving a family, of which we know very little. The daughter married a Mr. Maddox, and lived in Maryland.
Your Grand Father had six brothers and six sisters. His brothers names were: Eliezer, Zacharia, Azariah, Zephaniah, Henry and Joseph.
His sisters were: Elizabeth, Susan, Margaret, Sarah, Mary and Milla.
Elizabeth married Mr. Mattingly and went to Washington Co. Ky. Margaret married Mr. Reeves, and went to North Carolina. Sarah never married. Susan married Robert Cook, but I have forgotten where they lived. (North Carolina). Mary married Hezekiah Burrows, and went to Burbon Co. Ky. Milla married Abraham Brookbank, and went to Ohio.
Eleazer went to Kentucky. Zachariah went to Culpepper Co. Va. where he lived and died.
Azariah went to Kentucky.
Zephaniah went to Mason Co. Kentucky.
Henry and Joseph lived and died in Charles Co. Md.
We know nothing of any of their families except Joseph’s. He had four children. Warren, Roderick, John James and Anna Mariah.
Warren is still somewhere on the Potomac in Va.
Roderick lives in Charles Co. Maryland. (my ancestor)
Anna Mariah married Mr. Wheeler, and lives in Charles Co. Md.
John James died about two years ago at this Brother Roderick’s.
The above was copied February 21, 1896, from the original manuscript now in the possession of Mary Watson Moderwell of Chicago, Illinois, was present at the time of its dictation, and remember the circumstances very well; it was during a visit of our aunt to us a few years after we moved to Fairmont.
Our Grand Father, James Green Watson, spoken of in the above moved from Charles Co. Md. to North West Virginia in 1803. After remaining near Morgantown for a few years he finally settled in White Day, Monongolia Co. Va. now W. Va., where he died in September 1834. The old home of my Grand Father was a short distance back of high cliffs opposite Smithtown. A part of the old house is still standing now (1896).
Mattie Dent Watson,
March 16, 1896
Saint Mary’s County
State of Maryland
In the name of god, amen. I, James Watson of Sainte Mary’s County, in the State of Maryland, planter, being sick and infirm in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, calling to mind the uncertainty of life, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, in manner of form following, viz:
First and principally I recommend my soul unto the hands of almighty god, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned.
Whereas I have given my two eldest sons Eleasee Watson and Agoriah Watson seventy pounds in real and personal property and to my other children (already married) towit: to Zachariah Watson, to James Green Watson, to Margaret Reeves, to Susannah Cooke and Muriel Brookbank ten pounds each in personal property, now it being my will and intention that the whole of my children, as well as those that are already married as thsoe that are unmarried, adn the children of such as are now, or may at my death be dead, should have an equal share of my estate including what I have already given as above mentioned. I give and bequeath to my sons Henry Watson and Joseph Watson, so long as each or either of them shall live single, a joint and equal interest with my three daughters Elizabeth Watson, Sarah Watson and Mary Watson during the natural life of each or either of my said daughters, in all the lands and tenements whereof I am presently possessed after the expiration of the natural life of my three single daughters above mentioned, my will and desire is that all my lands shall be sold and the money arising therefrom, divided among my children so that they all may have an equal part of my estate. Item. I will and desire that my executors shall pay a legacy of ten pounds each to Teporiah Watson , to Elizabeth Watson, to Sarah Watson and to Mary Watson immediately after my death. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my sons Henry Watson and Joseph Watson joint executors of this my last will and testament revoking all other will or will by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affed my seal this twenty sixth day of January, Anno Dom 1795.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged.
James Watson <seal> by James Watson, the testator in the presence of the following witnesses: Stephen Cawood, William Somerhill, John Watson
Proved 31th day of December, 1795
The Last Will and Testament of Joseph Watson
In the name of God, Amen. I Josepsh Watson of Saint Mary’s County, being very sick and weak in body, but perfect in sence and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following Imprimus:
I give and bequeath my soul unto the hands of God to gave it in hoping through the merits of my blessed savior and redeemer jesus christ to obtain joyful resurrection at the last day and item, I give my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and christian manner according to the discretion of my executors. Item, I give and bequeath unto my eldest and well beloved son James Watson all that tract or parcel of land called Hedge Barren containing 79 acres, to be possessed and enjoyed by the said James Watson and his heirs forever. Item, I give and bequeath unto well and beloved second and third sons Joseph and John Watson all that tract or parcel of land called Partnership whereon I now live, to be equally divided between the said Joseph and John Watson and to be possessed and enjoyed by the said Joseph and John Watson and their heirs forever. Item, I do hereby moninate, constitute, appoint and ordain my well beloved wife Sarah Watson to be whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby utterly revoking and disannulling any other will or wills by me formerly made or done. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty third day of November 1742
Witness Joseph Watson (seal) Sam Amory
Proved February 3, 1742 by Widow
Philip Briscoe Mark Winnett JJ2 Page 141
Assembly Proceedings, May 10-June 9, 1692. 259
Elizabeth Kersleys relation of her usage by some Indians unknown to her the said Elizabeth who was going from her father in Charles Carters house to William Watsons with her Child in her Arms, the house being half a Mile distant about midway betwixt the said Charles Carters and said Watsons, the above Indians Starting out of the Lapp of a fallen Tree where they lay hid rushed upon her, tore her Child out of her Arms, gave her three knocks upon the head flead the Skin of her head gave her eight wounds in her body Stript her naked and left her for Dead, this Relation was given to me by the above named Elizabeth on Wednesday being the 27th of April 1692 John Addison.
There was found by Captain Richard Brightwell and his Men a Mare Belonging to Richard Thompson with an Indian Arrow Shot into her heart and dead near Charles Carters house about three days after the date above which is Supposed to be done by the said Indians. There was a Stick painted with Severall Men and Women upon it and another like an Indian Arrow Stuck in the Path near where this thing was Acted upon the above Elizabeth Kersley. Coll Blackistone declares that much about the time the above Mischief was done there was seen upon Clements Island a Choptico Indian named Tom; with Bow and arrows and in a Day or two after a young Mare of the said Blackistons was found there shott with an Arrow into the Kidneys whereupon he sent to the King of Chaptico and acquainted him with what was done, and plainly charged the said Indian Tom with the fact which was so home and so many pregnant Circumstances relating thereunto in a manner proving the same the Indian himself did not well know how to withstand it but after some Pausing the King and his great Men together with the said Indian himself promised to make Satisfaction, But neither the said Indian nor any other of them ever yet came to make Good the Same, and Soon after that the said Blackiston had another Mare killed, also some Sheep killed with Arrows and some taken away to the number of Seven or Eight in all, Coll Blackiston produced a paper Containing the Information of one Jeoffrey Lile a Mallota as follows Vizt
260 Assembly Proceedings, May 10-June 9, 1692. The Deposition of Jeoffrey the Mallota 1 May 1692. That on Friday last about 3 or 4 a Clock in the afternoon as (I was weeding of Corn) I heard a Gun go off on the South Side of the Island upon which I saw the Cattle running to and fro, I went to see what might the Occasion be, and coming towards the sound of the Gun, I saw three Indians and went to them, and asked them what Business they had there, and they Answered me what is that to you, I told them it was to me, and then asked whether Blackistone was at home, I told them yes, and they Answered me you Lye, then I asked them what do you give an Englishman the Lye; then said I was a Servant, then they asked for the Man of the house, so I answered he was at the further end of the Island, and was a Coming and they said they did not care, and then they Laughed one upon the other, and then they asked me where the Corn was I told them I had no Corn, and they said they must have Corn, And I told them they should not, and then I asked them where they Lived, they answered that they lived in Virginia, then I went presently to the house and one of them followed me and asked again where the Corn was, and I told him he should not have a bit of Corn there so he bid me kiss his —— So I took the Musquet and told him if he would not be gone I would Shoot him, and told him if he would not make haste the Bitch would tear him down, with that he went away as fast as he could to the other Indians, and then I went down to them with my Muskett and told them, if they would not be gone the Man of the house would thrash them and they Answered they did not Care, all the three Indians were Naked on the Upper parts, and also Painted in a Warlike manner, and yesterday being Saturday a little before Night finding a young Mare which at last was found Dead and this Day opening of her there was found eight Shot holes in the Body of her this the Deponent is ready to Testify upon Oath as witness
my hand his mark_Jeoffrey x Leils
Was also produced a Letter from Doctor Hall of Charles County Employed looking after and curing the wounds of the said Elizabeth Kersley giving an Account of her Condition which Importing also his Demands and Charge thereof and praying an Allowance from the Publick, was transmitted to the Committee of Accounts for their Inspection and Examination Came Dr John Brooke Mr Edward Pindar and Mr Jacob Saunders from the house together with the Clerk of that house who they desire may have Administred to him the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy Appointed by Act of Parliament as also the Oath of Clerk of the house Obliging him to keep the Secrets of the house and keep fair Record of their proceedings which were all accordingly Administred unto him and they Dismissed with the desire of this Board to get the leave of the house for Major James Smallwood one of their members to come and Attend this Board in Order to discourse the Indians waiting for an Audience Proceeds to consider of the Method and Manner of discoursing & Treating with the Emperor of Pisscattaway and other the Indians now Attending Resolved that the Emperorof Piscattoway be first Called in and made acquainted with His Excellencys Inclination and design to renew and keep Peace and Amity with him & all Other Our Neighbouring and friend Indians according to the former Usage and Custom and practice of the Government of this Province, and that fit and Necessary Articles & Proposalls will be prepared and Drawn up for the better and more firm Establishment thereof, but_first to let him know that there has been lately some Injury_and Violence done and Offered to the Inhabitants by some_Indians, which by the best Information We have and other pregnant Circumstances, it is Shrewdly to be Suspected to have been done by him or some other of Our Neighbouring Indians not unknown to him or his Indians and therefore it is Expected he will use his Endeavour to find out and discover the same whereby the Actors may be brought to Condign Punishment or Satisfaction made for the Same, as the Case may require after the Emperor shall have been discoursed in manner aforesaid and given Answer to such other Interrogatorys as shall be proposed unto him by the Board, then to advise him that this Board desire to Examine some other of his Indians apart by themselves concerng the Premisses, to which (it is Expected) he will Consent but whether he do or not resolved that after the said Emperor shall have done, some one or two of the Council do accompany him to some other Private Room and there Entertain him untill such time as the rest of the Indians shall be called in and Examined as aforesaid A Message from the house by Mr James Smallwood in writing as follows Vizt
(I believe these are the original Watsons to Maryland… they lived in Chaptico, St Mary’s County) NOTE: 1, 878 parcel of land called Partnershipp in St. Mary’s Co. originally surveyed_25 Jul 1694 for William Watson and Thomas Love near Edward Barbers land. It was again surveyed 13 Dec 1697 for Maj. Nicholas Sewell of Calvert Co. MD.
Love, Green, Dent, McSorely, Perry, Wheeler, Posey, Dows, Maddox,
Names of Properties: Freestone Point, Partnership, Gore, Aberdeen, Cliffton, Rosemary Lawn, Indian Grant
I’m looking for the descendants of the Watson family who came to Chaptico in the 1680s (or before). I’m pretty sure that the first Watson who came over was William Watson who was married to Margaret. Hoping that someone out there has letters, diaries, photos, wills, bible entries concerning these Watsons.