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  • ID: I346
  • Name: John Watts
  • Surname: Watts
  • Given Name: John
  • Prefix: Col.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1752 in Bristol Parish, Dinwiddie Co., Virginia
  • Death: 8 Jun 1830 in Gravelly Hill, Bedford Co., Virginia
  • _UID: B3ECC9C25A66D511B4DE99B85F718F394B67
  • Note:
    ! (1) "Watts Families of the Southern States," by Charles Brunk Heinemann (Washington D.C., 1934) p.54,75. FHL #1,429,814, item 10. Cites: (a) "Richmond Whig," 14 Jun 1830, obituary of John Watts. (b) Proceedings of the VA State Society of Cincinnati Oct 1783 - Oct 1824.
    (2) "Pioneer Ohio Newspapers 1802-1818," by Karen Mauer Green (Frontier Press, Galveston, 1988) p.39. Cites: (a) "The Scioto Gazette," Chillicothe, OH.
    (3) "Pioneer Ohio Newspapers 1793-1810," by Karen Mauer Green (Frontier Press, Galveston, 1986) p.182,245,310. Cites: (a) "The Scioto Gazette and Chillicothe Advertiser."
    (4) "History of Dinwiddie County, Virginia." Cites: (a) Obituary. (b) Original will.
    (5) "Lynchburg, VA Newspapers 1794-1836," comp. by Lucy Harrison Miller Baber, Louise Ann Blunt, Marion Armistead Lewis Collins (1980) p.258. FHL #975.5671 V2bl. Cites: (a) "The Lynchburg Virginian," 17 Jun 1830, p.3, c.4.
    (6) "Dr. Preston W. Brown and Descendants, 1775-1826," by Bayless E. Hardin, "Filson Club History Quarterly" (Frankfort, KY, 1945) p.24. FHL #1,481,363, Item 15. Cites: (a) Campbell Co., VA Will Bk 1, p.344.
    (7) "Southern Watts, Colonial and Revolutionary Soldiers," by C.B. Heinemann, "Tyler's Quarterly Magazine," Vol. 15, No. 1, Jul 1933, p.35.
    (8) "History of Prince Edward Co., VA," by Herbert Clarence Bradshaw (1955) p.272,288. FHL #974.5632 H2b. Cites: (a) Mss. letter, John Watts of Prince Edward Co. to William Watts, 25 Mar 1789. Watts Papers, University of VA Library. (b) Mss. letter, John Watts, Prince Edward, to William Watts, 25 Jan 1789. Watts Papers.
    (9) Family notes made by Christopher C. Scott, 25 Dec 1848-2 Sep 1854, typed by "N.I.H.B.", 1939.
    (10) "Marriage Bonds and Ministers Returns of Halifax County, Virginia 1753-1800," comp. by Catherine Lindsay Knorr (1957) p.100. FHL book 975.5661 v2k.
    (11) Bedford Co., VA Will books 1763-1914, Book 7, p.376-378 (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1977) FHL #1940781.
    (12) "Richard Clough Anderson Papers (1784-1904), Bound Volumes and Folders 1-169, Original Records of the Virginia Military District (http://www.library.uiuc.edu/ihx/big.html). (a) Folder 41, Jun to Sep 1817, item 32. (b) Folder 45: Aug to Oct 1818, item 1, 8, 32. (c) Folder 47, Nov 1818 to Feb 1819, item 7. (d) Folder 50: Nov to Dec 1819, item 2. (e) Folder 60, item 31, 32. (f) Folder 66, item 37. (g) Folder 73, item 31, 36. (h) Folder 112. (i) Folder 150: Field Notes, Plats, and Surveys. (j) Folder 21, surveys 20 Jan to 9 Feb 1785, item 15. (k) Foler 46, 7 Oct through 31 Oct 1818, item 9. (l) Folder 61, item 45.

    ! Birth: (1,7) 1752. (1,4) s/o Arthur WATTS. (4) 1751. (5a) Age 75 at death on 8 Jun 1830 (b. 1755). (6a,9) Brother of William WATTS of Campbell Co., VA.
    Marriage to Elizabeth ROBERTS: (1) 24 May 1792, Halifax Co., VA. (4) (1) Bond posted 24 May 1792, Halifax Co., VA. Surety Paul CARRINGTON and Isaac COLES. Married by Rev. Alexander HAY.
    Death: (1,4,5a,7) 8 Jun 1830. (1) Bedford Co., VA. (1,4) Will proved Bedford Co., VA 1830. (5a) At his residence at Gravelly Hill, Bedford Co., VA. (11) Codicil to will dtd 2 May 1830, proved 26 Jul 1830, Bedford Co., VA.

    (1) 1776, 17 Jun: Enlisted as a Lieutenant in the VA Dragoons. (4) Served under Col. WASHINGTON.
    (1) Promoted to Captain. (9) Was Senior Captain in Col. Wm. WASHINGTON's Corp which constituted a portion of Col. LEE's celebrated Legion so famous in the Revolutionary War. He led many of the charges.
    (1) 1781, 8 Sep: Wounded at Estes? Springs. (9) At the Battle of Eutaw Springs, when making the famous charge to rout (?) the British from the "Black-Jacks", received two musket balls in his body and in that condition was left to die, not being considered sufficiently alive to be taken prisoner at the same moment that Col. WASHINGTON was. He survivied, however, and lived to old age always honoured and revered.
    (1) Served in BAYLOR's Regiment of Dragoons to the close of the Revolutionary War and retained his commission.
    (1,4) A charter member of the Society of Cincinnati. (1) Attended several of its meetings 1783-1824.
    (12j) 1785: VA Military District land surveyor Richard Clough ANDERSON surveyed 1000 acres for John WATTS.
    (4) 1787: Named in the will of his sister Sarah WATTS of Prince Edward Co., VA.
    (9) Charles SCOTT was sent by Gen. WASHINGTON during his Presidency with some troops to a point on the Holstean River ever since known as the "Boat Yard in Tennessee" to build some flat boats and transport upon them present to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creeks and other Indian tribes. Among the officers under his command in this expedition was Col. John WATTS. In this expedition (not strictly a military one, at first at least) Col. WATTS was second in command in the strict organization found necessary for defense against the repeated hostile demonstrations of the Cherokees. In the passage of the boats through that narrow and rapid portion of the Tennessee River known as "The Luck" a number of the young warriors of the tribe made a vigorous assault upon the expedition, but in consequence of the manner in which the boats had been constructed the men received little or no damage. That night the boats were tied up to the shore as usual and every preparation made for defense against a night attack, but it was not made. There was however an alarm from an immense cumber of wild geese swimming down the river, the noise of which was taken for Indians approaching in canoes.
    (9) The expedition reached the "Walnut Hills a few miles from Vicksburg in safety when the last of the presents were delivered to the Indians and the troops marched by land up to Nashville. Col. SCOTT continued with one or two individuals to the frontier post at Augusta, GA. Explorations made on this expedition resulted in information of the country which originated the Virginia Yazoo Land Company.
    (8) 1789: John B. SCOTT and John WATTS were listed as stockholders from Prince Edward Co., VA in the Virginia Yazoo Co., a land speculation company. They were both present at a stockholders' meeting 25 Jul 1795.
    (8b) 1789, 25 Jan: John WATTS of Prince Edward Co., VA wrote to William WATTS, making mention of William's spectacles.
    (8a) 1789, 25 Mar: John WATTS of Prince Edward Co., VA sold 3 slaves for his brother William WATTS: a "wench" (girl), valued at 40 lbs., brought 30 lbs.; a boy about 14 valued at 35 lbs., brought 26.5 lbs.; and a boy about 9 or 10, valued at 30 lbs., brought 22.10 lbs.
    (6a) 1797, 19 Dec: William WATTS of Campbell Co., VA, wrote his will, naming his wife Mary, brother John WATTS, son Edward WATTS and Thomas T. SCOTT executors.
    (6a) 1798, 12 Feb: John WATTS, Thomas T. SCOTT, William HENDERSON, James STEPTOE, Thomas SCOTT and Samuel SCOTT gave bond of 15,000 pounds in the estate of William WATTS of Campbell Co., VA.
    (1) 1799, 8 Jan: Promoted Lt. Col. of Light Dragoons.
    (1) 1800, 15 Jun: Honorably discharged. (4) A Colonel in the Revolution. (7) Served in various capacities and in various units until finally retired and promoted to Colonel.
    (1,4) Received large grants of land for his services in OH and VA. (12i) Papers of VA Military District [OH] surveyor Richard Clough ANDERSON show plats for John WATTS, undated correspondence between John WATTS and surveyor Allen LATHAM. (12) Papers also include correspondence and business with John's son Arthur WATTS, an Edward WATTS, and a James G. WATTS of Philadelphia.
    (1) Visited OH each year to look after his lands.
    (9) John Baylor SCOTT owned at one time the tract of land on which the city of Chillicothe, OH is situated. He gave it to Col. John WATTS as "bort in a horse swamp", neither party then knowing that the then town of Chilicothe was upon the tract. Afterward, when Col. WATTS found this to be so, he instituted suit and after some years of litigation recovered the whole city, which gave a vast accession to his already independent estate. Arthur WATTS his son now (1850's) enjoys this large income from rents now annually paid from the city.
    (3a) 1801, 8 Jan: John WATTS printed a warning in the Chillicothe, OH newspaper warning people not to cut timber on his land adjoining Mr. MASSIE and Mr. M'ARTHUR near Chillicothe.
    (3a) 1806, 3 Apr: Col. John WATTS had a letter at the Chillicothe, OH Post Office.
    (3a) 1810, 4 Jul: Col. John WATTS and James WATTS had letters at the Chillicothe, OH Post Office.
    (2a) 1815, 5 Oct: Col. John WATTS had a letter at the Chillicothe, OH Post Office.
    (12a) 1817, 29 Aug: Benjamin HOUGH of Chillicothe, Ross Co., OH and Payton MASON of Prince George Co., VA. John WATTS of Dinwiddie Co., VA, attorney for MASON. MASON places land warrants issued to John VERILL, assignee of Robert BOLLING the son of Robert BOLING deceased, to B. HOUGH for purpose of location: no. 6210, 33 1/3 acres; no. 6211, 100 acres; no. 6212, 100 acres; no. 6214, 100 acres; no. 6215, 100 acres. $1000 by Ben HOUGH; MASON obligated for 1/5 of land for services. Signed: Peyton MASON by attorney John WATTS, and Bm F. HOUGH. Wits A. C. LOOKER, D. L. GRIER.
    (12b) 1818, 3 Aug: John WATTS, attorney in fact for Peter BINFORD, assigned Benjamin HOUGH warrant no. 6218, 1000 acres to locate, sell, and convey. Bound for $2000. Peter BINS, 4 May 1822, assigns rights and title of land to E. P. KENDRICK.
    (12b) 1818, Aug-Oct: Land entry no. 9648, Chillicothe [OH], John WATTS and C. WALLACE, 100 acres, warrant no. 6231. Cadwallader WALLACE and John WATTS withdraw entry nos. 9648 and 9576, each 100 acres. Entry no. 9667, Cadwallader WALLACE and John WATTS, 415 acres, warrant nos. 6224 and 6231.
    (12k) 1818, 15 Oct: Cadwallader WALLACE wrote to R. C. ANDERSON. Entry no. 9667, Cadwallader WALLACE and John WATTS and Clough SHELTON.
    (12c) 1818, 9 Nov: Duncan McARTHUR, letter dated Fruithill [OH], wrote to R. C. ANDERSON stating he was being harassed by Col. WATTS. Asks if Joseph KERR took duplicates of Robert POWELL's survey no. 503. Doubts to establish title or give MASSIE?s title to POWELL?s claim.
    (12d) 1819, 3 Nov: John WATTS wrote to A. C. LOOKER. Because of death of Benjamin HOUGH, business is now in Mr. LOOKER?s hands. Detailed notation of lands to be located and agreements with B. HOUGH; hopes LOOKER will carry on with same arrangements.
    (1) An active participant in local affairs.
    (1) One of the founders of the New London Academy in Bedford Co., VA.
    (1) 1822: Was President of the Society of Cincinnati. Offered the resolution for the dissolution of the Society. Designated as Col. WATTS.
    (12e) 1822, 4 May: Peter BINFORD gave power of attorney to John WATTS.
    (12e) 1822, 9 May: Joel TAYLOR appoints John WATTS power of attorney, to locate, sell, and convey title, 400 acres.
    (12l) 1822, 27 Nov: Geo. W. FREEMAN, NC, wrote to Allen LATHAM. Asks prevention of selling his land for taxes; former agent, John WATTS, procured plat and certificate, so no office fees were expected to be due.
    (12f) 1823, 7 Dec: Robert POWELL, Danville, KY, wrote to Allen LATHAM. Has papers of importance in suit of WATTS vs. the heirs of POWELL; asks date of suit.
    (12g) 1826, 7 Oct: Wm. LAMB, Chillicothe, for John WADDLE vs. John WATTS. Judgment for $7745.50 and costs at Jul term 1826. Plaintiff notified of injunction.
    (12g) 1826, 9 Nov: Jas. PRENTISS, Petersburg, VA, wrote to Allen LATHAM. Difficulty in title of land purchased by Mr. STERLING from agent Mr. WATTS.
    (1) A personal friend of both WASHINGTON and JEFFERSON.
    (1) Had great wealth.
    (11) 1829, 27 Aug: John WATTS of Bedford Co., Virginia made his will. Gave to wife Betty WATTS during her natural life the plantation in Bedford on which I live, including the place adjoining Mr. WALKER purchased by me of Arthur WA(S?)KINS, together with one equal third part of all the negroes I possess and of the stock of every description, also all the household and other furniture, and all the plantation utensils of every description. To my executors hereafter named namely my nephew Edward WATTS, my son William W. WATTS and my son Arthur I give the following property real and personal: one equal third part of my negroes and the following lands: one small tract of land in Bedford purchased of Thomas POLLARD, a tract of land purchased of William MOORMON on Seneca in Campbell County containing upwards of nine hundred acres, and a tract of land on Mallerys Creek in the same county purchased of Mr. MOORMON and others and containing upwards of eight hundred acres, also one third part of my (P?)ank stockheld by me in the old Pank of Chilicothe in Ohio in trust for the use and purposes following: to be held by my executors for the use and support of daughter Elizabeth R. SCOTT the wife of Joseph SCOTT during her natural life, she being permitted to hold and enjoy the same as fully as if she were a single woman and that at her death all the said property shall descend to the heirs of her body if any there belonging at her death. If she should die without heirs, the property to be equally divided between sons William and Arthur or their heirs. To son William W. WATTS I give all my Kentucky lands amounting to upwards of 2000 acres. To Sarah and John, daughter and son of William, I give two thousand acres each of my Ohio lands. If either dies before the age of 21 years, his or her share to go to the survivor, and if both die, to be equally between my three children or heirs. To son Arthur I give the land in Bedford devised to his mother after her death, also the remaining one third part of my negroes, also my lands in the state of Ohio with the exceptions of the four thousand acres hereafter devised, and having become the purchaser of two tracts of land in Campbell County on Flat Creek, namely that on which Joseph W. SCOTT lives and one containing altogether about 400 acres and another bought of Aaron HUNTER trustee for Edward CLARKE containing 420 acres, now I do hereby devise said lands and their appurtenances to my executors to be held by them for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizbeth R. SCOTT.
    (11) 1830, 2 May: John WATTS of the county of Bedford, state of Virginia wrote a codicil to his will. Appoints sons William W. WATTS and Arthur WATTS and my nephew Edward WATTS executors and gives them power to make conveyances. Wits. Wm. RADFORD, Gerard ALEXANDER, Joel YANCEY.
    (5a) 1830, Jun: Residence at his death was Gravelly Hill, Bedford Co., VA.
    (1,11) 1830, 26 Jul: Will proved in Bedford Co., VA. (1) Left a legacy to his daughter Elizabeth, and there was much litigation between her husband Joseph SCOTT and his son William W. WATTS, administrator.
    (12h) 1846, 18 Aug: Samuel BINFORD, Crawfordsville, IN, wrote to Allen LATHAM. Requests copy of power of attorney from Peter BINFORD to John WATTS.
  • Change Date: 22 Feb 2009 at 00:00:00



    Father: Arthur Watts (Wyatts)
    Mother: Alice

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth "Betty" Roberts b: ABT 1772
    • Married: 24 May 1792 in , Halifax Co., Virginia
    Children
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Roberts Watts b: in , Virginia
    2. Has No Children William W. Watts b: in , Virginia
    3. Has No Children Arthur Watts b: 2 Mar 1809 in , Virginia

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