Name: John Watson
Given Name: John
Birth: ABT 1700 in Scotland
Death: 19 Apr 1802 in Chatham, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
Burial: Chatham, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
May be Sir Thomas John Watson.
Change Date: 30 Nov 2009 at 00:00:00
Thomas Watson was a Scotchman and a Presbyterian. He came to America in the early part of the 18th century (1730-40?) to search, it is said, for a brother who was an Admiral in the British Navy. Failing to find him, he settled in Hanover County, Virginia. Later he moved to Pittsylvania Co.,Va., where he settled, lived and died, on lands on Cherrystone Creek.
Was buried on the old homestead. His wife, son Thomas Cherrystone, T. J.'s brother, his sister Pamela (?) Hughes Burton were also buried there.
Mrs. Fletcher Watson III advised in 1987 that the graves had been vandalized.
He had three sons and three daughters, sons are named in order of birth. Daughters presumably married well, went west or south with husbands.
1. Thomas John Watson b. ~1708, Scotland, m. Euphemia Townsend, b. 1710, Hanover Co., VA, d. ~1799,
Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., VA. Thomas died 19 Apr 1802, Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., VA, buried: Family Center,
Chatham. Came to America 1730/45 after being sentenced to death for religious beliefs. Lived in Lucenburg Co., VA.
Possibly a British Navy Admiral.
Legend: He was Admiral in British Navy, born in Scotland
Came to this country between 1730-1745 after being sentenced to execution for
religious beleifs. He was pardoned.
Birthyear may be 1715 or 1708 or 1731
Returned to Scotland, came back to America 1777 with son John & others.
1700 - John Watson, the High Boss of many ships at sea thought to be an
Admiral in the English Navy, first came to America
Other notes on the same page:
7 June 1730 - John Watson married Mary Hundley in Richmond County VA
Child: Thomas John Watson - born 1731 in Scotland - became "Sir"
Thomas John Watson at the death of his father and was known in America as
Thomas the "Scotchman"
Thomas the Scotchman - (Sir Thomas Watson of Dunraven) returned to America
in 1777 with his son John Watson and others
(Dunraven Castle, Wales)
*John B. Watson settled on Cherrystone Creek in Pittsylvania County VA. His
brother William Watson married Mildred Hughes and settled on Harpin Creek -
they first lived in Hanover County VA.
John B. Watson had a son named John Saul Watson born in 1778
Rev. John Saul Watson married 22 Nov 1800 Lucy Smith - their son:
Thomas Townsend Watson was born 15 July 1805 and married Sabra Bennett on
11 Feb 1834
Note: The above data is copied from a single page and is the only reference
we have found concerning Thomas John Watson, the Scotchman. We will refer to
him as John "Cherrystone John" Watson.
*We found this information to be incorrect as the records show it was John
"Harpen Creek John" Watson, the son of Cherrystone John, who married Mildred
Hughes and settled on Harpen Creek.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
John Watson (1710-1802), "Cherrystone John"
John "Cherrystone John" Watson, born ca 1710, came to the area of Cherrystone
Creek about 1740-1752, died Pittsylvania Co. VA ca 1802 ca 1730 - came to
America in the early part of the 18th century to search, it is said, for a
brother who was an Admiral in the British Navy. Failing to find him, he
settled in Hanover County VA and there married the widow, Euphemia Townsend,
who had three children. (Some of this appears to be family legend)
5 Aug 1743 - John Watson of Fred. Parish in Louisa County to John Richardson
for 10 pounds, 60 acres and plantation. . . .part of the land whereon said
Watson now lives. Signed John Watson 12 Sept 1743 and acknowledged by John
Watson. Louisa County VA Deed Book A, page 104-105, 1742-1759
20 Nov 1749 - John White sells to John Watson for 85 pounds, 215 acres and
plantation and corn mill on head of branch to the south thereof in Deep Creek
. . . John Thompson Line. Witness: Elis White, Rees Hughes, John Hold.
24 Apr 1750 proved by Elisha White, Rees Hughes. 22 May 1750 proved by oath of
John Holt. Deed Book A, pages 381-382, Louisa County VA
24 Sept 1750 - John Watson and Grosil his wife of Louisa County Va to Edward
Jones of Spotsylvania County VA for 35 pounds, 140 acres, part of tract sold
to said Watson by Lancelot Armstrong by deed Mar. 3, 1737. . . .
Mr. Chamberlayn's line, Armstrong's line, Richardson's corner. Signed by John
Watson, Grisel (X) Watson, Witness: John Snead James Underwood, James
On 29 Nov 2009, DAR records show a John Watson, 1712-1802. This MAY be the same person, or MAY be a source of data merged into this individual:
Ancestor #: A204405
Service: VIRGINIA Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE
Birth: (ANTE) 1712
Death: (ANTE) 4-19-1802 PITTSYLVANIA CO VIRGINIA
Service Source: MAG OF VA GEN., VOL 23, #1 (FEB 1985), PP 4, 8
Service Description: 1) SIGNED OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, PITTSYLVANIA CO
Euphemia Townsend b: ABT 1705 in Hanover, Virginia, United States
in Hanover, Virginia, United States
- Thomas Cherrystone Watson b: ABT 1731 in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
- John Abishua Watson b: ABT 1732 in Harper Creek, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
- Anaphilda Watson b: ABT 1732
- Grisell Watson b: ABT 1740
- William Bearskin Watson b: ABT 1750
- Ceziah Watson b: ABT 1752