Watson of Maryland USA

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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 Watson’s 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
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 Supposedly 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
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
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 Administered 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 Administered 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 Emperor of 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 Neighboring 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 concerning 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 until 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
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
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) to wit: 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 those
that are unmarried, and 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 by James Watson, the testator in the presence of
the following witnesses:
Stephen Cawood,
William Somerhill,
John Watson
Proved 31th day of December, 1795
Land Records
State of Maryland
By virtue of a special appointment of The Commissioners (for
confiscated Property, To Resurvey and lay out, the several lots
of land, lying within the bounds of Chaptico Manor: That lays in
St. Mary’s and Charles Counties.
I John Frederick Augustus Priggs, Do Hereby Certify. That I have
carefully Resurveyed and laid out, for and in the Name of James
Watson of Saint Mary’s County all that Lot or parcel of Land,
lying in Saint Mary’s County being Part of Chaptico Manor and
distinguished in the plot of the said Manor by Lot No. 30
containing Eighteen acres and five Eights of an acre, as also a
vacancy contiguous to the said Lot and distinguished by No 26
containing Twenty three acres and a half of an acre. Both Lot
and Vacancy now reduced into one Entire Tract, and being bounded
as follows. viz. Beginning at a marked white oak standing on a
plain, being the beginning Tree of a Tract called The Gore
((Mod.Eng. gore, “triangular piece of ground”)) Granted the said
James Watson, the 16th day of October 1776. The said Tree was
also the beginning of the aforesaid Lot 8.30 Leased unto the
said James Watson, but the name of Watson’s Safety, by the root
of which said Tree is now fixed a stone and running thence with
the lines of The Gore, the six following courses. North Thirty
eight degrees West Twenty perches then South fifty six degrees,
West fourteen perches. then South Twelve degrees East forty
perches then South sixty nine degrees West five perches. Then
North Eighteen degrees West Eighty three perches. Then North
Twenty Seven Degrees East five perches to the second line of a
Tract call Addition to Partnership, granted to a certain John
Watson the 9th day of February 1762. Intersecting the said ____
line at the end of six and a half perches from the beginning of
the said line. then with the said line to the end these of south
seventy four degrees West one perch of a half of a perch. then
with part of the third line fo the said land North north West
ninety eigher perches where the said third line of Addition to
Partnership intersects with the Given line of another Tract
called Hedge Barren Granted unto a certain Joseph Watson, the
28th day of July 1742 then with the given line of Hedge Barren
xxxx viz south sixteen degrees forty five minutes Easterly one
Hundred Eighty Seven perches. To the end of the Eleventh line of
the said Hedge Barren. Still with the said land, the lines
thereof reversion the three following courses viz south forty
degrees West Forty nine perches then North fifty three degrees
West fifty two perches then North Thirty Three degrees East
Eighteen perches adn a a half of a perch to the end of the
second line of another Tract called Vennels Chance Granted unto
a certain Robert Lyddle the 17th day of July 1726 now in the now
in the possession of the said James Watson. then with the third
line of Vennels Chance south fifty degrees West seventy three
perches then with part of the forth lin of the said land north
sixty degrees West Twenty one perches and four fifths of a
perch. to a stone fixed in the said fourth line for the end of
the end of the xxxxx line of a Tract being part of Chaptico
Manor surveyed for Richard Carns called Hard Bargain then with
the lines fo the said land XXXXX reversed the two following
courses viz south thirty four degrees East nineteen perches and
two fifths of a perch to XXX fixed fthe the end of the
nineteenth line of Hard Bargain then East one degree Southerly
six two perches XXXXXXXX for the end of the Eighteen Line of
Hard Bargain being also the end of the sixteenth line of another
Tract ccccc of the manor serveyed for Elias Barber call Elia’s
Purchase. Then running with the lines of Elia’s Purchase
runs…. for following Courses… viz North sixty degrees East
Eleven Perches To a Stone fixed for the end of the fifteenth
XXXXX Purchase then East Twelve degrees Southerly thirty four
perches to a stone…. there is more of this…. apparently
Partnership, Hedge Barren, The Gore and etc…
O.E. rod “pole,” varying from 6 to 8 yards, also “cross,”
especially that upon which Christ suffered, also “measure of
land,” prop. 40 square poles or perches, from P.Gmc. *rodo (cf.
O.S. ruoda “stake, pile, cross,” O.Fris. rode, M.Du. roede,
O.H.G. ruota, Ger. Rute “rod”), probably connected with the root
of rod. Klein suggests a connection between this group and L.
ratis “raft,” retae “trees standing on the bank of a stream;”
O.C.S. ratiste “spear, staff,” Lith. rekles “scaffolding.”
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December Term 1795
Michael Dent Will
In the name of God Amen. This first day of February in the year
of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty Six, I Michael
Dent Senr. of Charles County in the State of Maryland, planter,
enjoying my wonted Reason and understanding by God’s Blessing
though weak of Body, & considering the uncertainty of human
Life, think proper to commit to writing & constitute this to be
my last will & Testament, retracting & making void all Wills
heretofore made by me — Imprimis, I most humbly bequeath my
Soul to God who gave it, & my Body to the Ground to be decently
buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter nominated, in
hopes of a resurrection through the Mercy of God & the Merits of
my Blessed Saviour, to a happy Immortality, and as to the
worldly Estatewhich it has pleased God to allot me, I bequeath
it in the following Manner — I give & bequeath to my Son Joseph
Manning, & his heirs forever, all the Land I now possess, known,
part by the name of Dent’s Inheritance, & part by the name of
Dents addition with this proviso, that my daughter Victory enjoy
the use of it during her natural & Single Life. I Give &
bequeath to my Daughter Victory, a negroe woman named Judy, a
negroe Boy named Luke, my own riding Horse, one feather bed &
Furniture, one Cow, one Ewe & Lamb, one Sow, two pewter Basons,
one Dish, Six plates & spoons, one Iron pot, one frying pan &
four chairs.
I Give & bequeath to my beloved Sons, John & Michael, fifty
pounds Current money each, to come out of the rest of my
moveable Effects, Goods & Chattels not already
named; & what remains, I leave to be equally divided between my
Son Joseph Manning, my Daughter Catharine, & my Daughter
Victory; upon their paying out of
it to my Daughters Mary & Elizabeth five Shillings Current money
each. I hereby appoint my Son Joseph Manning & my Daughter
Victory, Joint Executors of this my last will & Testament, In
witness whereof, I hereunto Set my
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December Term 1795 285
hand & seal the day & year aforesaid.—
Signed, Sealed & acknowledged }
in presence of } Michael Dent {Seal}
Hezh. Dent }
John Cooksey }
Peter Dent }
At the foot of the foregoing will it is thus written to wit
Charles County Sst. 12th October 1795 Then came Peter Dent one
of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last Will and
Testament of Michael Dent late of Charles County decd. & made
oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that he did See the
testator therein named Sign & Seal this will that he heard him
publish pronounce & declare the Same to be his last will &
Testament that at the time of his So doing he was to the best of
his apprehensions of Sound and disposing mind memory &
understanding & that he together with Hezekiah Dent & John
Cooksey the other two Subscribing witnesses respectively
subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence
& at the request of the Testator & in the presence of each other
5 Sides Certd. by John Muschett Regr. of Wills
Mr. James G. Watson
Maryland, Charles Co, V Post
xxxx County Vicinity of
Washington, 27th January 1804
Dear Brother
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 concerning
the Fort of New Orleans, and men rais’d and held in readiness to
March, and take it by storm. Provided the Spaniards did not give
it up. However the storm has blown over, and we have once and
plenty in our land, with the 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 among 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 Kentuckians 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 have not less than three score and ten
mouths to supply with food, and ten of them to apparel, while
five only xxxx their 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 Kentucky. 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
Zepha Watson
Mr. James G. Watson
White Day Creek Monongalia County Virginia v post to Morgantown
Kentucky Mason County Lee’s Creek
21 Aust 1808
Dear Brother
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)
June 2, 1823
To Mr. James D. Watson
White Day, Monogalia Co. Va.
From Warren D. Watson
Port Tobacco, Chas. C. Md.
Dear Cousin,
I expected before this to have had the superlative pleasure to
have seen you, but do imagine that pleasure and business do so
alternately occupy our time so closely, that you could not spare
a leisure hour, to write to your friends and relatives here,
much less to come and devote a few weeks or months amongst your
friends and relatives here. It is with reluctance that I have to
inform you what I am doing at present… I am knocking the clods
about in the corn field, and sometimes take up an old prayer
book, history or novel and read a chapter or two, is the
principle part of my employment. The scarcity of money makes
business of all kinds dull at present, but I am in hopes there
will be a change in the times before the expiration of the
present year, as there is a probability of wheat bringing a good
price though at present the crops are thin owing to the dry
weather, and fly.
Corn is worth from four to five dollars per barrel: Tobacco
depends upon the sample, the difference is from four to fifty
dollars per hundred. The people in this quarter are going down
hill as to their money matters. Negroes and property of all
kinds are very low at present. There was not less than from 800
to 1000 negroes taken out of this county in the last twelve
month. I was down in the neighborhood of Newport at
Whitesuntide. The people were well and as merry as I ever saw
them. The ladies are more numerous than ever they have been
since I have been acquainted with that part of the county, and
much handsomer than they ever were, indeed so much so that I
almost fell enamored to some of them myself.
You had better come in this fall, if you ever think of getting a
wife, I am sure you may select one out of so many, for I do not
believe they are very hard to please. Tell Cousin Mary that she
had better come to Charles County, and may never or expecting
those old fashioned people, she will get so old that she may
never expect to get married.
Poppy received a letter from Uncle James Watson, which informed
us that they were all well, and Cousin Henry and Thomas families
also, but said nothing about you, whether you were dead or what
had become of you. I would be glad to know. Give my compliments
to Uncle James and family, and to Cousins Henry and Thomas.
Pappy and family present their love to you all. I hope you will
excuse bad writing and dictating as I am a bad hand. If you will
be so kind as to write me what you are doing, I shall be glad.
P.S. Roderick is going to school. He wishes to be remembered to
you all.
Yours with Friendship. Warren D Watson
There is many mistakes. I hope you will look over them.
Sept 28, 1823
To Mr. James D. Watson
White Day, Monogalia Co. Va.
From Warren D. Watson
Port Tobacco, Chas. C. Md.
Dear James,
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.
((to young to vote))
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
Crops of corn and tobacco are very fine with us, better than
they have been for six years. Wheat is worth from $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 of 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 proposed 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,
Aug 5, 1824
To Mr. James D. Watson
White Day, Monogalia Co. Va.
From Warren D. Watson
Cornwalis Neck, Chas. C. Md.
August 5, 1824
Favour by Mr. Fowks
I avail myself of this opportunity to inform you of our health
and the family’s. At present we are all in good health except
some of the negroes. Crops of corn are very prosperous in the
quarter, Wheat crops are not very good not so good as they were
last year. The price of corn here is from 30 to 35 cents per bu.
Wheat from 90 cents to $1.00 Do. Tobacco depends upon the
quality as to the price, which is from $1.50 to $30.00 per
hundred pounds.
The question of the election of president, sheriff, Congressmen,
Senators, and Delegates to the Legislature, is much agitated the
people of this State and County. We hold (?) our elector for
Adams, xxxxx Browner for Jackson, Nicholas Stone s–, John
Crawford, and Dr. Briscoe of St. Mary’s. But I should vote for
Jackson. Our candidate for Sherif is Joseph Cook, Edward Pye,
Hugh Cose(?); for Congress Clement Dorsey, and Ralpael Neal; for
the Assembly, the Old Four and no more.
I shall expect you this fall or winter as you promised me in
your last letter you would visit us this winter or last. As you
failed last I hope you will not this. You will please give my
respects to all enquiring friends. Tell Cousin Mary she had
better come to Charles County with you this fall, and perhaps
she might get a good old man for a companion, which I am sure
she will not get in that old world. I hope you will not forget
to write me by Mr. Fowkes as you neglected to answer my last
letter. The girls are all very pretty and very good. I have not
doubt they all send their respects to all enquiring friends.
I am your Obt. Servt. and benevolent friend,
Warren D.Watson
To Mr. James D. Watson, Esq
Near Smithfield, Monogalia Co. Va.
From Wm Haymond
Winchester, Va
Feb. 4th 1825
Dear Sir,
You no doubt have been informed of my departure from the West
but probably you have not been told that I am commodiously (?)
situated in Winchester, and that I intend to remain here until I
fall, and I should not be surprised if Winchester should have a
lien on me even in my old age, from the number of fine young
ladies that reside in this place. If you are free from
engagement with the fair sex, I entreat you to visit this
country before you arrive at that miserable period of life, when
men become luke warm about joining in the holy bonds of
matrimony. Don’t delay. I assure you the bud is now expanding
that will bring you to that awful crisis. Will you let it defy
the laws of Nature and countermand the voice of Heaven? I hope
you will not. Enough! I am well pleased with Judge Tucker’s
Institution and feel confident that one day I will be
compensated for my labours as well as for the money I have had
to loan, with no other surety save my own industry. and what
more can I ask, If I cannot trust myself, who can I?
The people in Frederick are quite warm about the Presidential
Election. There is a number of them about starting (?) to the
city. The men of note here was in favor of Crawford, the rabble,
for Jackson, but the former have joined the latter and they are
all shouting Hurrah for Jackson! Is that not friendship and
equality? I answer in the affirmative.
But what is my feeling when I see the foremost men in the
nation, shouting with the off casts of creation. I hope the
people will not act thus in Monongalia.
Give my respects to your family. Yours &
Wm C. Haymond
Nov 17, 1825
To Mr. James D. Watson
Monogalia Co. Near Morgantown Va.
From Warren D. Watson
Chas. Co.
Port Tobacco, Md.
Dear Cousin
I again resume my pen to inform you of my employment since
xxxxxxxxI’ve been living with Mr. J.G. Chapman, who gives me
$100 until Christmas, when my time will be up with him. I have
some thought of visiting your section with a view of getting
into business of some profit. I wish you to inform me
immediately if there is any prospect of my getting a situation
in that section worth my attention. By so doing you will duly
appreciate a favor towards your friend and devoted cousin. I
wrote you last winter as well as my memory serves me, by Mr.
Thos Haymond, but have received no answer from you, which causes
me to think that a hearing from this section, not worth your
attention. I hope you will condescend to answer this request of
mine. Mr. Fairfax informs us this last summer that you were all
alive then, and I hope these few lines find you all in a like
situation of health and happiness throughout this life.
I regret to inform you that crops of corn are so short with us
this season we shall be under the necessity of living under
short allowance, I am xxxx Crops of wheat are not more than half
what we had expected, and much injured by weather, so as to
command not more than 50¢ per bu. Tobacco is the only xxxxity
worth our attention at this time and the price of that
declining. You may grasp that money is scare with us.
We have been very sickly in this section this fall, and many
deaths, My Father’s family has all been very sick but all
restored to health except some of his Negroes, who I hope it
will please Almighty God to raise again.
I am not certain I will visit you the season, if I do it will be
after Christmas. Tell Cousin Mary I hope she is married… not I
think it … time of she ever intends it… You advised me…
is … sir, … not side with you there…
For my own part I think it not to be in too great a hurry.
Though I am now engaged, but wish to get off it if I can on
honorable terms, which I hope to do and not injure my reputation
in that point of business. As so much nonsense might be
disagreeable to an old bachelor, I shall conclude by adding my
respects to your (?) Uncle James and family, not forgetting
Tommy, Henry and Families. You will on reception of this, to
write me without delay.
I remain your devoted friend and relation.
Warren D.Watson
Susannah Watson Cooke Letter 1829
Gum Springs
White County, Tennessee
June 15, 1829
Dear Robert,
I rec’d yours of the 10th of April in which you expressed a
desire to be informed of our ancestors. With pleasure I will
give the desired information.
To the best of my knowledge and information it appears that
about the year of our Lord 1720 a Scotchman by the name of
Robert Cooke land- ed in Maryland in St. Mary’s County at or
near a noted place called Chaptico, there lived a noted farmer
called Mr. Boyd.
Said Robert Cooke, being a saddle maker and shoemaker to trade,
made his first home in America with Mr. Boyd. In the same family
there lived a young woman lately from Devonshire in England. Her
name was Sarah Fielding.
In process of time, the said Robert Cook and Sarah Fielding got
married together and on March 13, 1726, they had a son born and
called him John. And in a reasonable time after his birth, they
had a second son born and called his name Alexander. Then said
Robert Cooke died and left a young widow and two sons, vis, my
father and uncle who grew up and both married respectable women.
My father married a young woman whose name was Elizabeth Burch,
by whom he had four sons and two daughters, namely:
Robert – b March 17, 1752
John – b August 1, 1754
James – b October 26, 1760
Alexander – b February 22, 1765
The oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married Isaac Wilson of
Culpepper County, Va., by whom she had a son called James
Fielding Wilson. THey have removed to Ky. He is a noted
schoolmaster of Floysbery near Louisville. The other daughter
married Zephaniah Pratt and moved to Kentucky.
My uncle Alexander Cooke married a respectable woman named Sarah
Reeves by whom he had five daughters and one son; his name was
called John Upget Cooke. I have been informed that he is dead.
Tho he married, I have no knowledge of his children.
As to my brother John’s sons, he raised several in Culpepper
Co., Va., where they married and have removed to the Monongahala
Co. I cannot recall all their names, though one was called
Alexander and one Richard. I am informed that he has moved to
the Ohio State in his old days.
My brother James died at 60 years of age, left five sons, all
respectable, their names: William, George, Charles, John, and
James. William is dead, George an artist, Charles a Methodist
minister, stationed at Pittsburgh, John an Episcopalian minister
in Hanover Co., Va., and James a physician in St. Mary’s Co.,
Maryland. My brother, Alexander Cooke, lives in Ky., not far
above the falls. I cannot say anything of his children.
As to my own family, they are scattered far and wide – 55 grand-
sons and 50 granddaughters, besides 17 great grandchildren. My
first son, James Cook, his children: Samuel, Felix M. Ellison,
John Flemming, Robert M., Benj. Franklin, James Watson,
Flezakiah, Randolf. My second son, John P. Cooke, his children:
Wm. Brantley, Augustine, Wilford Watson, Robert Marshal. My
third son, Lezakiah G. Cooke: his children: Robert Josper, John
Spaulding, Wm. Wilson. My fourth son, Wm. Henry Cooke: his
children, Robert Fielding, Lezekiah Cantrell, Geo. Washington,
James Burch, John Augustine. My fifth son, RIchard F. Cooke: his
children: Watson M., Calvin Witney, Bolivar Houston. My sixth
son, Alexander Cooke: his children: Wm Austin; my seventh son,
Elias Cooke; his son, Wm Prater.
Thus, my dear Robert, I hope I have with much difficulty made
what you wanted to have done. It has taken me this day. My sight
fails so that I expect my writing days are nearly gone.
I expect that you will have to guess at what I have aimed at. As
my eyes are about to give out, I must conclude with every wish
for your prosperity and happiness.
Your aged grandfather,
Robert E. (or F.) Cooke
The above letter was written to Dr. Robert Fielding Cooke,
eldest son of Wm. Henry Cooke, at the age of 77.
Jan 15, 1847
Old Family letter, now in the possession of Miss Blake Watson,
123 Walnut, Fairmont
To Miss Delia M. Watson
White Day P.O.
Monongalia Co. Va.
A.M. Wheeler
Potomac View, VA
Jan 15, 1847
My Dear Cousin
The time for retiring to rest has arrived, but here I allow
myself to be wrapped in that delightful slumber, which the
Almighty has so mercifully ordained to fit us for the duties of
the day, let me devote a few moments for the purpose of
answering your letter which I received a week or ten days ago..
I had been expecting for some time to hear from you, and was
thinking of writing you a scold for non compliance, but was
prevented from doing so by the reception of your letter. any
communication from the west which is relative to you all, is
received with pleasure, and believe me when I say I cannot hear
too often, though I should delay answering your letters
immediately on the reception.
Your remembrance of our kindness toward you cannot be enacted by
us, your stay was so short, but I believe we should all have
been equally pleased for you to have spent the winter or indeed
the year with us, if you could have been prevailed upon to have
done so.
I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your journey back home,
and that your health has been benefitted by your visit to
Let me again invite you to spend some time with us in King
Georges Co. Va. Perhaps it may be entirely established. Our home
you see is still on the broad waters of the Potomac and you
might again enjoy the pleasures of gazing on its (restful)
bosom. Although I have been reared upon it, its beauties do not
pass unobserved be me. I love to contemplate it at even, when
the pale rays of the moon are softly shed upon its waters; this,
my Cousin, is the time when all is hushed and still, and naught
is here to break the calmness of the moment, that can raise our
thoughts in pure adoration to him who in his wondrous goodness
has fashioned all things for our benefit; and as you have truly
said we should never behold the works of nature without thinking
of the goodness and greatness of our Creator.
You say that you feel that you are writing to one better versed
in religion than yourself, but I assure you that my knowledge of
Christianity is very imperfect, my professions are therefore the
same. but I do not think that we can ponder too much no the
importance of religious duties, and I think what knowledge we
acquire may be greatly enlarged by having some corresponding
friend to whom our ideas may be revealed.
I have been musing for some time, and perhaps your patience may
be wearied. I will therefore hasten to concluded.
I must inform you that our health is tolerably good and that the
family desire to be remembered to you, also my two elder
brothers and Cousin E. Addams family were well when I heard from
them last; present my love to your father and tell him that his
resemblance to my departed parent is so striking that it has
made a deep impression, and I frequently think of him with a
great desire to see him again.
Hoping to hear from you again, I subscribe myself your
affectionate cousin,
A.M. Wheeler
Watson Abstracts from the Port Tobacco Times and Charles
County Advertiser Volume
Three 1870 – 1875. Compiled by Roberta J. Wearmouth
Heritage Books, Inc.
copy-write 1993
also available Volume 1 – 1844 – 1854 • Volume 2 –
1855 – 1869
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April 16, 1846, Vol II, No 50
Letters at the Port Tobacco post office John Watson
Jan 1, 1846, Vol II, No 35
Joseph Watson estate probated, Roderick Watson and Stanislaus
Farrall, admrs.
Joseph Watson’s heirs sell “Aberdeen” 308 acres adjoins land of
John A. Pye, Henry S. Mitchell, and Stanislaus Farrall.
May 13, 1847, Vol IV, No2
Court of Equity Thomas Perry et al vs Roderick G. Watson and
Ann Perry adm of Thomas Perry vs John Sutherland, Wm Sutherland
and others.
February 24, 1848, Vol IV, No 43
Petit Jurors Roderick G. Watson one of twenty-four.
April 6, 1848, Vol IV, No 49
Letters left in the Port Tobacco post office R.G. Watson
Feb 27, 1850
New packet schooner, Ada, now on permanent route between King
George, Virginia and Charles County, Md to Baltimore. R.G.
Watson, Charles Co.
April 9, 1851, Vol VII, No 49
R.G. Watson caught a 1 1/2 pound herring. It measured 15 3/4”,
9” circumference at his fishery on
Goose Bay.
July 17, 1850, Vol VII, No 11
Grand Jurors Roderick G. Watson one of many
Sept 25, 1850, Vol VII, No 21
Charles County Agricultural Society
3rd Annual Exhibition Committees
Agricultural Implements- Third Committee Roderick G. Watson,
Charles Wills, Samuel Swann
Jan 1, 1851, Vol VII, No 35
Roderick G. Watson reports runaway, George Monroe.
Has relations at Mrs. Mary Amery’s near Newport.
July 23, 1851, Vol VIII, No 12
Grand Jurors Roderick G. Watson one of many
Sept 8, 1852, Vol IX, No 19
Committee of Award – Charles County Agricultural
Products of the Garden – Peregrine Davis, Samuel Swann, Roderick
G. Watson, George W. Berry, Leonard
Pg. 119
Sept 29, 1852, Vol IX, No 22
Charles County Jockey Club Officers elected –
President – Roderick Watson
Vice Presidents – Peregrine Davis and Joseph I. Wills
Pg 99
Nov 5, 1851, Vol VIII, No 27
Races over Farrall’s course, near this village $100 purse – F.H.
Edelin’s “Christian Knight,” Judge
Digges’ “Beelzebub” R Watson’s “Frank Thompson”, Edward S.T.
Maddox’s “Fanny Elser” and Mr. Nubey’s horse competed. “Fanny
Elser” won.
Pg 142
July 28, 1853, Vol X, No 13
Democratic Convention
F.B.F Burgess was elected president; R.T. Tubman and
R.G. Watson were elected vice presidents.
Pg 149
Oct 27, 1853, Vol X, No 26
6th Annual Agricultural Exhibition
Committee of Award Potatoes and Turnips – Francis H. Digges,
Samuel Swann, R.G. Watson.
Pg 150
Nov 3, 1853, Vol X, No. 27
Election Results County Commissioners – JT Mudd (Whig), Edmund
Perry (D), R.G. Watson (D)
Sept 21, 1854, Vol XI, No 21
Page 175 County Commissioners R.G. Watson, Edmund Perry, and
J.T. Mudd note dereliction of duty on part of road supervisors.
Oct 26, 1854, Vol XI, No 26
Charles County Agricultural Society
Committees of Award Oats and Corn – Francis H. Digges, R.G.
Watson, Samuel Swann, H.W. Goodrick.
Dec 7, 1854, Vol XI, No 32
Page 187
Petit Jurors Roderick G. Watson one of many.
Oct 27, 1853, Vol X, No 26
Whig Candidates for Nov. 2 election
County Commissioners – R.G. Watson and Edmund Perry
Charles County races, over Farrall’s course, near Port Tobacco.
2nd day, 4 entries – Col. Watson’s Frank Thompson; Mr. Maddox’s
Lady Eudora; Mr. Nubey’s Lilly Dale; Col. Thompson’s Wacousta.
Purse $100, 1 mile and repeat – Lady Eudora the winner.
Oct 4, 1855, Vol XII, No 23
Candidates for Office
County Commissioners, Roderick G. Watson, Jeremiah
T. Mudd and Edmund Perry (Incumbents)
Nov 8th, 1855, Vol XII, No 28
Agricultural Exhibition Committees of Award
Sheep – Roderick G. Watson, Leo Willis, Jeremiah
Dyer, Dr. Edward H. Edelin, Samuel T. Swann.
Dec 6, 1855, Vol XII, No 32
County Commissioners met and elected officers –
Major R.G. Watson, president; R.E. Bateman, clerk,
and James Adams, Bailiff.
May 29th 1856, Vol XIII, No. 5
Commissioners will sell at Benedict all warehouse property in
said village, belonging to county –
warehouse, scales, weights etc. R.G. Watson, Edmund
Perry, J.T. Mudd, D. Middleton, George S. Willett.
Sale brought $1400.00.
June 11, 1857, Vol XIV, No 7
Democratic meeting 2nd Election District – Allen’s Fresh – R.G.
Watson was appointed one of five people to select 20 delegates
to the County Convention in Port Tobacco.
Nov 10, 1857, Vol XIV, No 29
Agricultural Society Fair
Products of the Garden. J.H. Stonestreet, Thomas S.
Martin, William T. Campbell, R.G. Watson.
Nov 19th, 1857, Vol XIV, No. 30
The 10th Annual Agricultural Fair was held in Port Tobacco. The
following prizes were awarded.
Mrs. R.G. Watson – best candles
Dec 17, 1857, Vol XIV, No 34
Isaiah Posey, Esq. Died at his residence “Locust Green” in
William and Mary Parish, 5th inst. “He
will long be remembered and deplored by all who knew
and loved him”
Jan 21, 1858, Vol XIV, No 39
Donnelly and Posey ask all persons indebted to them for
blacksmith’s work to close their accounts.
Isaiah Posey, deceased, personal property sold – Hopse C. Posey
and Thomas Harris, exs.
December 10, 1857, Vol XIV, No 33
Grand Jury – Charles H. Wills, Foreman Roderick G. Watson one of
twenty-two grand jurors.
June 10, 1858, Vol VX, No 7
John J. Watson died at the residence of his brother
R.G. Watson, Esq., of “Clifton” 30th ult. 37 years old “the
subject of this tribute was most truly an excellent specimen of
modest and unobtrusive virtue and worth…”
August 5, 1858 Vol XV, No 15
John J. Watson, deceased, estate probated – Ann Maria Wheeler,
Edward R. Wheeler, exs.
Nov 1, 1860, Vol XVII, No 27
Charles Co. Agricultural Society
Counterpanes and Quilts – W.A. Posey, Henry S. Dent,
H.S. Mitchell, R.G. Watson, Thomas Gardiner, T.A. Smith, Richard
Feb 21, 1861, Vol XVII, No 43
J.F.S Middleton sell for taxes land assessed in names of Joseph
Watson and Hileray Watson, 125 acres “Part Compton’s Purchase”.
2nd Election District.
Jan 2, 1862, Vol XVIII, No 36
Roderick G. Watson died at “Cliffton” his late residence 8
November. 56 years old “he was a man of most kindly, generous,
affable disposition… kind
husband, father and master.”
April 10, 1862, Volume XVIII, No 50
John J. Watson, deceased, Exs Ann M. Wheeler and Edwin R.
Wheeler ask all indebted to deceased to file claims.
June 5, 1862, Volume XIX, No. 6
Pg 152 – Ann Watson and Frederick Stone – Ads for Roderick G.
Watson, deceased
May 28th, 1868, Vol XXV, No 4
Dr. John Carvell of New Brunswick marries Mary Augusta, daughter
of the late R.G. Watson, Esq. At
the residence of the bride’s uncle in Alexandria, Virginia by
the Rev. George H. Norton.
By 1870 she is listed as living in Sonoma Co. CA but was
visiting Westmoreland Co. VA in 1880
December 9, 1870, Vol. XXVII, No . 32 page 39 Peter W. Crain and
James R. Annan will sell
“Clifton” 400 acres 1/2 mile below Popes Creek – on Potomac
River – dwelling house. Equity Court –
George R. Gaither vs Johannes D. Storke.
June 30, 1893
Following paragraph appeared in personal column of the Baltimore
American. “Information as to the
whereabouts of the widow of Nathan Harrison of Charles County is
wanted. Address Mrs. Watson, Box 50, American Office”.
Richard Thomas St Mary’s City.- AKA Richard Thomas Zarvona,
hijacked a steamboat disguised as a woman hoping to capture the
USS Pawnee, brought back 3 other important vessels as trophies
of war. Later captured while trying to capture another steamer
out of Baltimore, held at Ft. McHenry and later at Ft. Lafayette
under Henry Swartwout.
1/5/1861: Volunteer Companies. Two new military companies are
about to be formed in St. Mary’s county, Md., in view of the
present crisis. One of them is to consist of mounted horsemen,
with J. Edwin Coad as captain, and Henry J. Carroll as first
lieutenant. The following persons have joined the
company: George Thomas, J. Edwin Coad, Thomas A. Lynch, H. I. Carroll, W. Bennett Bean, J. William Thomas, John L. Hebb, H. J. Hebb, R. D. Watson, J. A. Greenwell, Henry A. Wise, J. A. Wise, Wm. R. Coad, G. D. Duke, O. A. T. Combs, W. A. H. Hammett, S. G. M. Burroughs, Thomas Dent, William J. Norris, John S. Guyther. (Baltimore Sun, 1/5/1861).
v17:1, p2, c3 3
January 1861 Military Meeting News. Militia; Carroll, Henry
J.; Bean, W. Bennett; Thomas, George; Coad, J. Edwin; Hebb, John L.; Maryland – Secession; Lynch, Thomas A.; Thomas, J. William; Hebb, John L.;
Hebb, Henry J.; Watson, Roderick D.; Greenwell, Joseph A.; Wise, Henry A.; Wise, James A.; Coad, William R.; Duke, George D.; Combs, O. A. T.; Hammett,
W. A. H.; Burroughs, S. G. M.; Dent, Thomas; Norris, William J.; Guyther, John S. (St. Mary’s Beacon).
The deeds below are my abstracts. As I earlier guessed, the property of Roderick Green Watson ended up in Equity Court. It would be a good idea to get a copy of the case.
1/18/1868: Joannas D. Storke and Celia A. Storke, his wife, of
Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Frederick Stone of Port Tobacco
(in trust). Storke owed John G. Hedgman $2,600 to be paid within
one year. To secure the loan, they deed to Stone land in Charles
County, late the property of R. G. Watson, dec’d, 400 ac. If
debt is not paid, Stone may sell as much of the property as
necessary to pay the debt. (Charles County Deeds, GAH 1,
1/17/1868: Frederick Stone, trustee by decree of the Circuit
Court of Charles County sitting as a Court of Equity. Whereas
Mary D. Storke, next friend of Johannes D. Storke, is
complainant and Johannes D. Storke and the heirs of Roderick G.
Watson are defendants. Stone appointed trustee to sell property
and did so to Johannes Storke for $7,400 and “whereas part of
the purchase money is due and payable eventually to Johannes and
paid to him by Stone as guardian.” Money has been paid and now
Stone executes this deed to convey “Clifton”, late the property
of R. G. Watson, dec’d, 400 acres. (Charles County Deeds, GAH 1,
2/14/1868: Mortgage. Johannes D. Storke and his wife, Cecelia A.
Storke of Georgetown, Washington, D.C. acknowledge debt to John
G. Hedgman in the amount of $2,600 and has signed a promissory
note for that amount. Payment is due within 12 months. Debt has
been secured by a deed of trust to Frederick D. Stone (see GAH
1). To secure the loan, they grant to Hedgman “Clifton”, about
400 acres, formerly the property of R. G. Watson, dec’d.
(Charles County Deeds, GAH 21, 411-413).
3/31/1868: Mortgage. Johannes D. Storke and his wife, Cecelia A.
Storke of Georgetown, D.C. owe to Samuel Barth of Baltimore
$3,100. To secure loan the Storkes transfer “Clifton”, 400 ac.,
formerly belonging to R. G. Watson, dec’d, as security to James
R. Annan. (Charles County Deeds, GAH 1, 421-423).
5/15/1869: Mortgage. Joannes D. Storke owes Mrs. Mary D. Dent
$1,296.00 and grants to her “Clifton”, 420 ac.; all crops of
corn, wheat, and tobacco; 1 set chamber furniture; 3 stoves; 1
dining table; 1 sofa; 1 dinner set; 1 spring wagon; 1 black
horse; 1 bay horse; and 1 yoke of oxen. If he pays her by
1/1/1871, this mortgage to be void. (Charles County Deeds, GAH
2, 174).
5/15/1871: Deed. Peter W. Crain and James R. Annan, Trustees. By
a decree of the Circuit Court of Charles County passed on the
25th of November 1870 in the case of George R. Gaither and
others vs. Johannes D. Storke and Cecelia Storke, his wife and
F. Stone, the defendants. Craine and Annan appointed trustees to
sell land and have done so to Samuel Barth of Baltimore. They
convey to Barth the property excepting only the potential dower
and right of the sd. Cecelia Storke in the property called
“Clifton”, 400 acres lying on the Potomac River and in the lower
part of Charles County and is the same land of which Johannes D.
Storke died seized of and now adjoins the lands of Mrs.
Somerville on the south; the lands of William B. Matthews on the
south; and the lands of Mrs. Kearns and Mr. Thomas Burroughs on
the east. (Charles County Deeds, GAH 3, 216-217).
Also found:
Clivedon Hall, estate that was located along the shore of the
Potomac River, in Charles Co., Maryland. Today the site is
situated about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the U.S. Route 301
bridge leading into Virginia. It stands along the outskirts of
the residential community known as “Clifton on the Potomack”.
Col. John Fendall I (1672-1734) purchased “Clivedon Hall” or
“Clifdon Hall” in 1721 and made it his dwelling estate.
In 1784, when John’s grandson Philip Richard Fendall I, Esq.
(1734-1805) placed an ad in the newspaper to sell the estate,
the property included: “a large elegant brick Dwelling House
completely finished, a brick kitchen and dairy, a large stable
with a hay loft, storehouse, warehouse, granery, barn, corn
houses, and a variety of other convenient buildings…beautiful
healthy situation that commands an extensive view up and down
the river”. At this time, the estate included about 700 acres
(2.8 km2), of which Philip described as containing about 300
acres (1.2 km2) of timber and 80 to 100 acres (0.40 km2) of
“Very rich” low meadow ground and marsh that could “be put in
culture at small expense as there are already a proper dam and
tide gates fixed”.
Upon John’s death the inventory of his personalty refers to both
a dwelling house and a kitchen, as well as household furnishings
far too numerous to be accommodated by a building of the present
Clifton’s size. The largest remaining remnant of a building is
believed to be the kitchen dependency, which collapsed in 1972.
It was a one-room structure with exposed and beaded ceiling
joists and a fireplace 11 feet (3.4 m) wide, 4 feet (1.2 m)
deep, and 5 feet (1.5 m) high. A small storage closet next to
the fireplace contained a ladder leading to an unfinished attic.
The building included an unusual off-centered chimney stack. All
that is left of this structure as of 1995 was the base bricks,
and a rotting clapboard roof. The rest of the structure is
covered with vines, trees, and other bushes, making this and
other buildings almost in-visible from even 20 feet (6.1 m)
Whether this structure was built by John’s son Benjamin or
grandson Philip, it can be said that “Clivedon Hall” was the
earliest surviving domestic dependency of its type in Charles
County. The distinctive architecture of this kitchen outbuilding
suggests that the Fendall home may have been one of the County’s
more distinguished eighteenth-century residences. Back in the
early 1970s it was believed that the house was originally owned
by John’s father, Gov. Josias Fendall (ca. 1628-1687), and plans
were made to restore the buildings. However an extensive study
was done on the area, and came to prove that the colorful
Governor did not own or live at “Clivedon”. As a result all
attempts to preserve the site were scrapped, and the buildings
became further dilapidated. All that remains is several standing
barn sites, some of which were probably built after the Fendalls
owned the land, and other brick structures that have since
crumpled into ruins.
John conveyed most of his plantation and other lands, several
years before his death, to his son Benjamin Fendall I, Esq.
(1708-1764). Benjamin maintained the property as his own
dwelling estate, as well as owning a profitable bake house and
store at nearby Allen’s Fresh, and two mills built there by John
Allen in 1674. Benjamin married Eleanor Lee (1710-1759), of
“Blenheim”, which was a contiguous estate owned by her father
Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Hon., Esq. (1681-1744). Benjamin died in
1764, requesting that he be interred in “my burying place in my
garden by my dear and well beloved first wife and those of my
children which it has pleased the Almighty to take from me”. He
left an estate which included 30 slaves, two servants, and a
large and well-furnished dwelling house with at least six
fireplaces and a separate kitchen. The bulk of Benjamin’s real
and personal property was sold between 1764 and 1766 to settle
his estate. The most valuable lands and household furnishings
were purchased by his son Philip Richard Fendall I, Esq.
(1734-1805), to whom Benjamin had previously made a gift of the
principal part of the plantation.
In 1787, Philip conveyed the entire property to his brother-in-
law, Benjamin Gwinn. By 1798 the property was passed to
Benjamin’s brother John Gwinn, who had accumulated nearly 1,500
acres (6.1 km2) in Charles County. In 1798 the house was
occupied by Capt., Rev. Benjamin Contee, Hon. (1755-1815), and
the county tax assessments gave a value of $1,700 to it, placing
its value at about equal to “Marshall Hall”. Mr. Contee was a
grandson of Benjamin Fendall I, Esq. “Of Potomac”. The next
owner, Johannes D. Storke (d. 1845) purchased the property in
1839, which at that time included 445 acres (1.80 km2), and four
years later purchased another 565 acres (2.29 km2) of the same
In 1854 the property was purchased by Rhoderick Watson (d.
1862), who operated a key Confederate signal post to
Confederates on the Virginia shores from the estate during the
early part of the Civil War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Clivedon_Hall NOTE: See the web page—the picture of the
outbuilding matches the one you sent to me earlier.
Janet Reno
Page 22
I was released from the Old Capitol in March, 1862, by the
general jail delivery ordered by congress at that time.
During my imprisonment, my old and esteemed friend, Major
Watson, died.
Page 27 of Thomas Jones book
… black signal was hung in a certain one of the high dormer-
windows of Major Watson’s house. The person who attended to this
signal was Miss Mary Watson.
Miss Watson was a remarkably pretty young lady, twenty-three or
twenty-four years of age. She had a mass of black hair, dark
eyes shaded by long lashes that made them appear even darker.
Her carriage was erect, and figure slender, which made her
appear a little above the average height.
She loved the Confederacy with an ardor so intense that I
believe, for its sake, she would have made almost any sacrifice.
I know that I owe, in a great measure, the successful management

of the Confederate mail to her ceaseless vigilance and untiring
About the close of the war she married a Dr. Carvell, a blockade
runner, and went with him to California.
I do not know whether she will ever read these lines, but if she
should, I would have her know that my old heart grows warm, and
my dim eyes dimmer when I think of her in her youth and beauty
tirelessly laboring by my side in the cause we both fondly
further on… (on Dr. Dent)
Some one in the neighborhood of Pope’s Creek was always sick.
Scarcely a day passed that some member of the Watson Family or
mine did not need Dr. Dent. He came and went unquestioned and
Letter of James Virgul Barnes, Cape Girardeau, Missouri,
to R. D. Watson, c/o Demill and Company, 1781⁄2 Water Street,
New York, dated March 2, [1865]
The following document is a scanned image in PDF format of an
original letter from James Virgul Barnes to R. D. Watson [Robert
D. Watson], dated March 2, 1865.
Following the digitized version of the letter, a transcript with
explanatory notes has been provided. Every effort has been made
to make it faithful to the original. However, where one reader
sees a hyphen, another may see a period. In any case, decisions
made with respect to representing punctuation appear to have
little or no bearing on the meaning
intended by the letter writer.
The Neff-Guttridge Collection is located in the Special
Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library of
Indiana State University.
David Vancil
Librarian & Department Head
March 23, 2004
Transcription of letter:
[Page 1]
March 2, –
Friend Robert-
I was much dismayed by what I found on return from Canada. You
were gone but four days when I arrived but a great amount had
transpired in the interim. The Provost Marshall had seized much
of our pork supply and has place the rest beyond our power to
deliver it in compliance with our contracts. The day after our
departure for New York, 1300 barrels were seized at Girardeau
and another 800 barrels at Schutes Landing.
The next day saw the same repeated at Memphis, Owensboro,
Louisville, and Brownsville. We are left with less than enough
to fill our needs essential to our contracts due June First. Not
only is the financial loss of the pork acute but it places us in
arrears on our contracts with the Govt. I cannot but believe
that this is planned by the Govt. for
the express purpose of causing us to default and thereby lose
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our advantage granted earlier. It is the same as occurred
Our friends in Liverpool are much upset by just this sort of
thing on the part of the Lincoln-Seward administration and there
is much speculation as to the effect it will have on the Crown’s
policy. It is certain that the loss of X 250 Million £ will not
be taken lightly. It is now clear that Lincoln allowed his
friends to make agreements which would
assure him of winning the election and that he is now
repudiating those agreements so that he can “become his own
man.” This is the thought in Liverpool and they say that it
cannot be done.
As to what they are to do – – ? Whatever must be done at once –
before the First of May – else it will be to no avail.
1. The C.S.A. is dead and cannot help us.
2. The Irish1 make big noises but they fight only in saloons.
3. We have been betrayed by Lincoln and Seward. So has Chase2
and friends in England.
4. We can expect only limited help from England but they will
secure our credits.
5. Whatever is done must be done by us either directly or
I had a long talk with J. W. as I returned through Belleville
and he was greatly annoyed at his being placed under your
friend, Capt. B. He stated that the
[Page 3]
plan was his and that he should be allowed to carry it out. I
explained that the situation had changed and that it was no
longer a question of what he would do but rather what he was
able to do . He is much too melodramatic and to him the only
thing is “the scene,” both on the stage and off.
It is essential that the President and Secretary not be harmed
but if they could be deposed for a fortnight the congress, we
are assured, could and would act in the manner of the executive.
We are further assured that our contracts would be recognized in
I do not – I am sure – need to point out that all we have rests
on decisive action – the time for caution in the extreme is long
past. The meat we hold is worth more than 2 Million dollars and
it is at present held by the U.S. Govt. and we certainly did not
accumulate it to sell to the U.S. at Army prices.
I see little chance that we can fill our contracts in N.O. by
June First but Stringer has assured that he could have
5,000,000. pounds of pork at Wilmington or Charleston by July
First. Contact S. and have him get in connection with W. H.
Lamon and see if the changes can be made.
Be positive and prompt – all else is useless. Resistance to
Tyrants is Obedience to God – Virgil
[End of letter]
Explanatory Notes
1 Fenian Movement plots were rumored against Lincoln and other
international leaders.
2 “Chase” refers to Salmon Chase, former Secretary of the
3 “J. W.” refers to John Wilkes [Booth].
4 “Captain B” indicates Captain James William Boyd.
5 “Stringer” has been identified as Edward P. Stringer, British
blockade-running fleet owner with powerful British parliamentary
6 “S” refers to [John] Surratt.
7 W. H. Lamon was Lincoln’s pre-war law partner, an active
cotton lobbyist.
Watson Oral History regarding the War
Major RG Watson was in Zachiah Swamp carrying some messages to
someplace. He thought that we was being followed and was going
to be caught with those messages so he ate them.
Major Watson’s mother was Elizabeth Dent. There was a Dr.
Stoughton Dent in the neighborhood (mentioned in Thomas Jones
book). They would have been cousins (1st 2nd 3rd) but certainly
Mary Zorah Posey was married to Roderick Dhu Watson Sr (oldest
son of Major Roderick Green Watson). While Roderick D was being
held in prison in NY she went to the White House and made an
appointment with President Lincoln. Mary told Lincoln that her
husband would take the Oath and Lincoln wrote a a letter
releasing Roderick D. and when he handed it to Mary he told her
“don’t give this up until you’ve got your man back”. She then
took the train up to NY and had Roderick released from prison.
(I have 2 photos of Mary Zorah Posey Watson but no photos of the
Major or Roderick Dhu)
The night Lincoln was shot Roderick and Mary left DC in a hurry.
They stopped by Surratt’s Tavern and Mrs. Surratt told them that
they should stay (as Mary was pregnant with her first baby) and
in no condition to be traveling. They declined and headed down
into Southern Maryland.
Roderick was brought in for questioning after the murder in the
round-up of suspects and denied that he knew anything and was
released. He worried for the rest of his life that he would be
brought back in to be re-questioned and indicted.
The family story is that he is the one who told Booth to shoot
Major Watson’s wife and younger children moved over to Virginia.
I think King George County at a place called Wausaw. They lived
as a single family on a farm in King George even after they were
all in middle age. I have the census. Ann Perry Watson was
living until at least 1880. (this is all incorrect… they lived in
Colonial Beach)
Mary Augusta Watson (one of the daughters of Major Watson and
Ann Perry Watson) married Dr. John Carvell of Brunswick (a
blockade runner). They moved to Sonoma, California. They had one
child who did not survive childhood. I have a census which shows
her in King George County in 1890. Perhaps visiting.
Major Watson owned a packet schooner in 1850 (the ADA) which
provided service between DC Southern Maryland and Baltimore for
a fee.
My grandfather’s Uncle Otis (James Otis Watson) told my first
cousin (Roderick Thomas Watson) that when he was a little boy
his father Roderick Dhu Watson took him to the Democratic
National Convention which was in 1888 and nominated Grover
Major Watson was an elected official in the Democratic Party for
Charles County. His son Rudolph Watson was the Mayor of Colonial
Beach, VA. Uncle J. Otis Watson was a delegate to the 1916
Democratic Convention in St. Louis. MO.
Major Watson’s 2nd cousin was James Otis Watson of West
Virginia. President of Consolidated Coal Company and 1st Lt.
Governor of the State of West Virginia. That branch of the
Watson family were the first coal barons of West Virginia.
Roderick Dhu Watson Sr. daughter Florence Augusta Watson married
Judge Montgomery H. Parker and lived in Montana.
J Otis Watson, of Butte, is a descendant
of two prominent Maryland families, distinguished
for generations in the civil and military
annals of that old commonwealth. His father was
Roderick D. Watson, a kinsman of the fearless
hero of Monterey, who gave his life as a tribute
to valor on that bloody field, and his mother was
Miss M. Z. Posey, a daughter of Isaiah Posey, an
eminent merchant, politician and publicist, also
of Maryland. The former was born in 1834 and the
later in 1838. The father removed to the Federal
capitol in mature life and engaged in contracting
for works of construction on a large scale. This
he continued until the time of his death on June
20, 1901, in the city of his adoption. In this city,
Washington, D.C., Otis Watson was born on May
5, 1877. He attended the public schools of the
city, and then was appointed to a clerkship in
the United States postoffice department, a
position which he held for more than two years.
But feeling the necessity for a more active and
out-door life he resigned his clerkship and opened
a grocery store, which he conducted successfully
for about a year and a half, when, finding even this
too confining, he sold it and went into partner-
ship with his father in contracting.
At the end of two years failing health compelled
him to relinquish this, and he removed to Montana,
where he has found both health and opportunity for
a successful career. He located first at Boulder
Drug Company until September, 1900, when he removed
to Butte and engaged in business with the
Hennessy Mercantile Company, with which he is
still connected (1901). Mr. Watson’s who life has
been one of energy and productive usefulness. In
business he in accurate, skillful and progressive,
in social relations, urban, entertaining and
considerate, and in citizenship, broad-minded, tolerant
and conservative, yet demanding lofty ideals and
correct methods in public affairs and governmental
policies. Until 1900 his political affiliations were
always with the regular Democratic Party. In that year
he became an Independent and organized the Independent
Democratic party in Jefferson county. It need scarcely
be said that he is a young gentleman of such character,
intelligence and enterprise as to give him influence
among his fellow-men.
A sad Thanksgiving… obit for Alice Dows Watson 1898. Lost it.
Find it…
7/24/1906, Washington Post: Killed by Lightning. Nephew of ex-
Mayor of Colonial Beach Hit by Bolt on Potomac Shore. Warsaw,
Va., July 23. Roderick Watson of Colonial Beach, a nephew of ex-
Mayor Watson of that town, was struck by lightning and instantly
killed at 5 o’clock yesterday. He had been walking on the shore
of the Potomac at Cabin Point farm and had just taken refuge
under a cedar tree. His uncle was only a short distance behind
when the flash of lightning came. The body was taken to Colonial
Beach for burial. (he is buried in Washington DC at Glennwood
Fairmont W. Va.
October 31, 1937
J. Otis Watson
3839 Twenty Ninth Street
Mount Rainier, 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,
grandfather, was James Otis a Revolutionary Hero of
Massachusetts. I had always supposed James Otis Watson was named
for this hero, because of admiration, and did not know of a
possible relationship with the family Otis – from who were you
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 family 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?
Very Sincerely
Ella B.B. 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 Cooke, but I have
forgotten where they lived. 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.
Anna Mariah married Mr. Wheeler, and lives in Charles Co.
John James died about two years ago at this Brother
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,
Fairmont, W.Va.
March 16, 1896
Dave. This is a long one , so, I’ll start
1. Warsaw is the county seat of Richmond County, about 60
miles from King George. I have found nothing that applies
to Warsaw.
2.Went to Montross today, County seat for Westmoreland, Co
(about 25 mikes) Westmoreland has all the land records etc
for Westmoreland and Colonial Beach. CB has its own mayor
and Council, but Westmoreland provides all the support –
sewer, water, deeds. wills, etc. Cb has no cemeteries, all
burials in West….
3. Will. Mary A Carvell. Deed Book (DB) 81, Pg. 541
….to Charles G. Watson & William D. Watson 2 lots (in
CB0#16 &b 17, of Block 17 (Cor, Irving St and Chamberlyn
Ave.) 17 Feb 1917. Witness: George Watson and Rudolph
Watson. Probate 1921 Aug. 6
4. WIll. Charles G. Watson DB 86-356
…to bro. William D. W. lots #17 -#18 Block 17…. if he
survives Rudolph W. …. otherwise Rudolph W. except …
large looking glass and bureau to niece Margaret
Heitt… two tables to Carolyn W. Moore, also Niece. Rudolph
is Executor, 7 Jan 1925 Died Oct 27, 1927 recorded 12
JUNE 1928.
Virginia Watson, 25, Niece, CB.
Hampton W. 50, nephew, Wash. D.C.
James O.W., 45, Nephew,Charles Co. MD.
Roderick W. 30, GR-nephew, Baltimore, MD.
(The next line was left open for another name, but not filled
in.) ((might have been Alice Carroll Watson Bloom))
Rudolph W. 76, Bro. Wash. D.C.
W. D. Watson, 73, Bro. CB.
Louise Griffith, 40, niece
Charles Co. MD.
Charlotte W. 30, CB.
P.S. I think the people who lived in Wash. or MD were buried
there. The CB people will be buried here.
5.Will. Warren D. Watson. 17 Jan 1861. DB 37 -84. Inl has
faded. unreadable.
6. Mary Carville (sic) Obit (That’s how they said it)
COLONIAL BEACH NEWS, On Thursday, June 23rd, Mrs Mary
Watson Carville, died at her home here. She was born in 1838.
She was a gentle, kind unselfish character and greatly
loved by all who knew her. During the Civil War rendered
valuable aid to the Confederacy. After the war she moved to
Virginia and was one of the oldest inhabitants of this
town. Funeral services were held at Saint Mary’s Episcopal
Church, conducted by Rev. T. P. Baker. Internment was made
in Oak Grove Cem. She is survived by three bro. Mr Rudolph
W. of Washington D.C. and Messrs. Charles S. W. and William
D. W.of this place.
7. 1880 Census West…. Washington Dist,
Charles C. Watson 30,
Sam’l Watson 32,
Wm. Watson 26,
Sarah E. Watson 44,
Susan F. Watson 34
8.1900 Census
MARY A. CARVELL Widow. 62,
Sallie Watson. 64,
Francis Watson 52,
Charles Watson 50,
W.D. Watson. 45
9. 1910 Census
Wm. D. Watson 56,
Charles 60, Sarah E. 74,
10. 1920 Census.
Charles Watson 69,
William D. Watson 65,
Rudolph Watson 69 Widower,
MARY A. CARVELL 81 Widow — Water Street
11. I took a look at the 3 lots (16-17-18) and the 2
outside lots are vacant. The middle lot (17) has an old
looking, one story, rather small house, painted bright
blue, situated on the Potomac waterfront. There is a large
addition at the rear that looks newer (almost garage
looking) 2 story. I don’t think that the whole family lived
there. Mary bought the three lots in 1897, then willed them
along. Rudolph was mayor at the time she bought. Obviously,
an investment.
I think I covered all I worked on today. I still need
to find where they lived and are buried. 1920 and earlier
are not that long ago. There should be some pictures
around. Cameras were in general use when Ruddy was mayor.
One more visit, I went to the Oak Grove Cem.- pouring rain.
I’ll check with the church first, then go to the Cem.
The Obit says Mary is there, but the Index for the Cem.
does not list her. We will see. JOHN
8-26-1921 Charles Co Obit has Mary Watson Carvell DOD
1900 Federal Census, Boulder, Jefferson County, MT, 21 Jun 1900
Rosa P. Dows, Boarder, DOB: Jun 1877, age 22, Single, POB: MD,
Parents’ POB: England; Teacher
(Note: Rosa was boarding with a judge of the district court,
Montgomery Parker, age 42, POB: KY, and his wife, Florence, age
34, POB: MD, and their son, Harry, age 14, POB: MT. Being that
Florence was born in Maryland, I thought this might be a
relative or friend of Rosa Dow’s family)
1900 Federal Census, Boulder, Jefferson County, MT, 20 Jun 1900
James O. Watson, Head, DOB: May 1878, Age 22, POB: Dist. of
Columbia, Parents’ POB: Maryland; Occupation: Contractor
Walter P. Mitchell, Boarder, DOB: Nov 1875, Age 24, POB: IA;
FPOB: IN; MPOB: OH; Occupation: Bartender
HELENA INDEPENDENT, Helena, MT, 19 Apr 1938
M.H. Parker, 82, Pioneer Boulder Resident, Passes
Was Former District Judge, State Senator
Montgomery H. Parker, 82, prominent resident of Boulder for more
than 50 years and a former district judge and state senator from
Jefferson county, died yesterday morning at St. John’s hospital
after an illness of two weeks.
Widely known throughout Western Montana, Judge Parker was not
only active in politics and public life but was a leading figure
in civic affairs during his long residence in Boulder.
Prior to serving as district judge and senator, he was county
attorney of Jefferson county several terms and was trustee for
the state school for the deaf and blind for a number of years.
He was always identified with all forward-moving public
Native of Kentucky
Born September 16, 1855, Payette county, Kentucky, Judge Parker
lived in that state in his early years of his life. He was
graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1880 with a degree
in law and was admitted to practice in that state; however,
moving to Montana late that same year.
Arriving in Montana in late 1880, Judge Parker was an instructor
in a school near Townsend for two years. In 1882, he moved to
Radersburg, then the county seat of Jefferson county, where he
opened a law office, living and practicing there for the next
five years.
In 1887, when Broadwater county was formed, the county seat of
Jefferson county was moved to Boulder, and Judge Parker
established his law practice in that city. He had lived in
Boulder since that time.
He was elected county attorney in Jefferson county in 1889,
serving for five years. In 1896, he was elected district judge
of the fifth judicial district, serving two four-year terms in
that office until 1904, when he retired to private life and
resumed his practice in law.
Became Senator
Judge Parker returned to public life in 1915 when he was elected
state senator until 1921 when he once again retired to his
private law practice. He remained in the law profession until
about two years ago when he retired from active work because of
advanced age.
He was married in 1884 to Mittie M. Kennon, a resident of Ohio,
and two children were born to that union. Mrs. Parker died Dec.
16, 1888. Judge Parker married again Jun. 1, 1893, to Florence
A. Watson, who died in 1919 in Helena during the time when Judge
Parker was there attending the state legislature.
Judge Parker became affiliated with Valley Lodge #21, A.F. and
A.M., serving as worshipful master of that lodge in 1887. In
1890, he transferred his membership to Boulder Lodge #41, A.F.
and A.M., of which he remained for the remainder of his life.
He served as the first worshipful master of Boulder Lodge.
Son Followed
Judge Parker’s son, Warren K. Parker, served as worshipful
master Valley Lodge at Townsend, just 50 years after Judge
Parker had taken that office, and Judge Parker was present at
induction ceremonies for his son. Judge Parker was awarded the
50-year certificate and badge presented by the Grand Lodge of
Montana in 1936.
Surviving him are his son, Warren, and a daughter, Mrs. T.F.
Johnson of Seattle, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. George Winslow of
The body is at the Opp and Conrad mortuary and funeral services
will be there at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will
be in the family plot at Radersburg cemetery with the Boulder
Masonic lodge in charge.

Found a biography of Montgomery Parker in the “History of
Montana”, page 492, bottom of the page. It tells more about his
family in Kentucky and also has this information: “Mr. Parker
was married June 4, 1884, to Miss Mittie M. Kennon, a native of
Ohio, and a member of one of the old respected families of that
State. Two children were born to that union–Kittie D. and
Warren K. The wife and mother died Dec. 16, 1888. June 1,
1893, in Washington DC, our subject was united in marriage with
Miss Florence A. Watson, a daughter of Roderick D. Watson, of
that city, and granddaughter of Major Watson of Maryland.”
I can try to forward you his biography from Ancestry if you
would like to have it. Am not always sure Ancestry will let you
access it. Will try to see if I can find Mitty’s or Florence’s
Son of MH Parker & Florence Watson Parker. It seems Florence’s
step son.
WWI Draft Registration: 9-12-1918
Warren Kennon Parker, Radersburg, MT
Age 32, DOB: 14 Apr 1886
Farmer, Works for self
Radersburg, MT
Nearest relative: Mary Geraldine Parker, Radersburg, MT
Medium height, Medium build, Blue eyes, Brown hair
Am not sure this is the correct Warren Parker but maybe you
recognize the other names:
1910 Federal Census, Radersburg, Broadwater Co., MT
Archie McComber, Head, Age 72, Married X2, POB: NY; Parent’s
POB: NY; Farmer, general farm
Kate George, Step-daughter, Age 43, Married for 15 years, POB:
MT; Parents’ POB: Ohio
William A. George, Step-son-in-law, Age 40, Married 15 years,
POB: IL; Farmer, general farm
Warren Parker, Step-nephew, Age 20, Single, POB: MT; Father’s
POB: KY; Mother’s POB: KY(??), Farm laborer
1920 Federal Census, Riverside, Broadwater Co., MT, 14 Feb 1920
Warren Parker, Head, Age 33, POB: MT; FPOB: KY; MPOB: OH (??),
Farmer, general farm
Geraldine, Wife, Age 26, POB: MT, FPOB: NY; MPOB: OH
Montana Death Index:
Warren K. Parker, est birth: 1866, Date of Death: 14 Aug 1952,
age 66, Broadwater County, MT
W. Parker, 66, Crow Creek Rancher, Dies
Townsend, Aug 14–W.K. Parker, 66, prominent Crow Creek Valley
rancher and Broadwater county resident, died early this morning
at Broadwater hospital in Townsend, following a two-month
Born April 14, 1886, Townsend, Mr. Parker was the son of the
late Judge and Mrs. M.H. Parker, widely-known pioneer Montanans.
Mr. Parker attended schools at Boulder and spent nearly his
entire life near Radersburg on the ranch near Crow Creek Valley.
He served as a representative from Broadwater county during
the 22nd and 23rd sessions of the Montana Legislature.
A prominent stockman, Mr. Parker had been secretary of the
Taylor Grazing Advisory Board since its formation. He was a
member of the Board of Directors of the Broadwater county
Chamber of Commerce, and past master of Valley Lodge No. 21,
Survivors include his widow, Mary Geraldine Leary of Crow
Creek Valley, and a brother-in-law, G.F. Johnson, Mercer Island,
Wash. Mrs. Johnson, his only sister, died just a month ago.
Funeral services will be held in Townsend Saturday afternoon
at 2 o’clock. Rev. Gordon Patterson of the Methodist Church
will officiate. Interment will be at Radersburg.
HELENA INDEPENDENT, Helena, MT, 6 Jan 1933
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Parker of Radersburg have taken an apartment
in Helena where Mr. Parker will represent Broadwater County for
the next two months in the twenty-third Legislative Assembly.
HELENA INDEPENDENT, Helena, MT, 27 Feb 1937
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Parker of Radersburg visited Judge Parker in
Boulder Tuesday and attended the legislature in Helena
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
HELENA INDEPENDENT, Helena, MT, 7 Jun 1937
Warren Parker or Radersburg motored to Boulder Tuesday to spend
the day with his father Judge H.M. Parker.
THE ANACONDA STANDARD, Anaconda, MT, 19 Apr 1903
Mrs. M.H. Parker has returned from an absence of several weeks
Washington DC where she was called by the serious illness of her
mother. J.S. Graves, a nephew of Judge Parker, returned with
her and also a foster little girl, a foster sister.
HELENA INDEPENDENT, Helena, MT, 14 Jun 1884
PARKER-KENNON – At Radersburgh, June 11th, 1884, Mr. M.H. Parker
of Townsend and Miss Mittie M. Kennon of Radersburgh.
(Note: Do you suppose M.H. Parker was married twice and Warren
Kennon Parker was the son of M.H. and Mittie M. Kennon?)


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