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The Family History of James Watts
of Cumberland and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania

Prepared by Sean Furniss

    

45. Andrew E.4 Spalding (Eleanor3, Francis2, James1) He was born in 1811. He died 12 September 1857 at his hotel the Canton House in Canton, PA. He married Cynthia S. Holcomb. She was the daughter of Sterling Holcomb of LeRoy township in Bradford County. [33]

157.iJohn M.5 Spalding
158.iiWilliam S. Spalding
+159.iiiHorace M. Spalding born 7 October 1840.
160.ivCharles E. Spalding
161.vJennie Spalding married U. J. Manley.

  

52. Francis (Frank)4 Watts (James3, Francis2, James1) He was born about 1819 in PA. He is believed to have married to Catherine [-?-]. He died of Bright's disease on 7 March 1899 at Towanda, PA., and was buried on 9 March 1899 at Riverside Cemetery in Towanda. It is assumed that Francis Watts (age 31), Catherine Watts (age 26) and Eliza. A. Watts (age 10 months) were a family unit because the three individuals were recorded in the household of Rebecca Watts during the 1850[34] census but were not found in the 1860 census records for Bradford County, PA.

162.iEliza A.5 Watts born about 1849 in PA.
163.iiKatherine C. Watts born about 1865, married Charles R. Williams on 1 July 1895 by Rev. John S. Stewart, she was Deputy Postmaster at the time of her marriage and he was a rural route postal clerk.

      

53. Celinda4 Watts (James3, Francis2, James1) She married William Keeler. He was born on 1 July 1818 and died 8 November 1890. He was the son of Solomon Keeler (died 1824) and Lucy [-?-] (born about 1766, died 24 July 1845, aged 79 years, 4 months, 20 days) as reported by Heverly or Solomon Keeler and Johanna Reed as reported in the DAR membership applications. William's grandfather was Ebenezer Keeler, who enlisted in Connecticut for three years on 11 March 1777. William Keeler was a sign and house painter in Towanda, and a noted violin player. [35]

164.iEloise5 Keeler (d 3 Dec 1911) married J. Henry Clark, they were residents of Elmira, New York in 1896.
165.iiCharlotte Ward Keeler married A. L. Smith

 

57. Thomas Murray4 Watts (Squire3, Francis2, James1) He was born 4 January 1825 at Towanda, PA. He was the eldest child in his family. He died on 5 January 1899 at LeRoy, and was buried at East Canton, PA., on 8 January 1899.

He was a farmer and worked as a carpenter and in lumbering. He held the office of commissioner for 9 years, was justice of peace for 3 years and was school director for 13 years. In 1860, he was listed as being a farmer with real estate valued at $1,200 and personal property valued at $1,200. During the 1870 census this family lived in Canton Township, Bradford County. During the 1870 census, the household included a 22 year old male, Squire Watts, who may have been a brother or son of Thomas Murray Watts. In 1870, Thomas Murray Watts was reported as working in a saw mill. He reported having real property worth $5,000 and personal property worth $1,000.      

On 8 March 1865, he married Mary Beardsley. She was born about 1842 in PA., the daughter of Jacob Beardsley and his wife Polly Farr. In 1900, Mary was listed as a widow, head of household with her children Thomas and Helen. In 1910, Mary was recorded as being a widow, mother of 5 children, all living. The 1910 census lists her father as being born in Connecticut and her mother being born in New York. [36]

166.iMary Louise5 Watts born about 1866, died 7 February 1940, age 74, esteemed East Canton Resident, a school teacher for most of her life.
167.iiGrace Delphine Watts born about 1869.
168.iiiMargaret Marion Watts
169.ivThomas Murray Watts, Jr. born March 1878 in PA. Worked as a lumber inspector in Canton in 1900.
170.vHelen LaVille Watts born about 1881, a teacher and resident of Canton at the time of her marriage, married by Rev. Clyde C. Gustin at East Canton on 6 January 1910 to John Baker Roberts (born about 1879, son of James M. Roberts and Olivia [-?-]) of Maryland, a banker.

   

59. William4 M. Watts (Squire3, Francis2, James1) He was born 5 August 1828 at Canton. In the 1860 census, he was reported to own real estate valued at $1,200 and real property worth $400. By 1870, the family's real property had increased in value to $4,000 and the personal property was valued at $1,000. In the 1860-1880 U.S. Census records, he was reported as being a farmer living in East Canton. In 1910, he was living with his daughter Myra and her family.

He was married married 2 July 1854 to Frances Adeline (Adaline) Naylor. She was born in Owego, New York, about 1837. She died on 7 May 1903 after an illness of five months duration. She was buried at East Canton on 10 May 1903. [37]

+171.iThomas5 M. Watts born 24 August 1857, Canton, PA, died 2 July 1932, Waverly, NY, buried 5 July 1932, Canton, PA.
172.iiFrederick Watts born about 1860, he is believed to be the Fred C. Watts that died 7 March 1945, age 85, a retired lumber jobber and one of Canton's largest real estate owners.
173.iiiMary Watts born about 1863.
174.ivHattie Watts born about 1869.
+175.vWilliam W. Watts born about 1876 in PA.
+176.viMyra Irene Watts born about 1881 in PA.

  

60. Jane E.4 Watts (Squire3, Francis2, James1) She was born 21 October 1831 at Canton, Bradford Co., PA., and died 10 November 1919 at Union Township, Tioga Co., PA. She was married on 11 January 1858 to Cornelius V. Stull. He was born in PA. on 17 January 1824 and died 28 March 1899. [38]

177.iFranklin5 Stullborn about 1859, daughter Maud I. who was living in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1970.
178.iiMargaret Stull born about 1860.
179.iiiAdella (Ida) Stull born about 1865 or 5 October 1868, married [-?-] Morgan.
180.ivCatherine Stull born about 1869.

 

61. Andrew E.4 Watts (Squire3, Francis2, James1) He was born 31 January 1833 in East Canton. He died on 27 November 1904.

He was a farmer and a dairyman. During the Civil War he served with Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-second PA. Volunteer Infantry from 25 July 1862 until he was mustered out 24 May 1863. He fought at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, where he was wounded on 13 December 1862. While in the Army he was promoted from corporal to sergeant. He served one term as school director and one term as collector.      

On 21 June 1866, he was married by the Rev. J. W. Putman to Samantha Morse. She was born 3 July 1844 in LeRoy township. Her parents were Sullivan Morse and Phoebe Bailey. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She died 27 June 1929.

During the 1870 US census this family was living in Canton Township, Bradford County. Andrew's occupation was listed as farmer. He reported have real property worth $5,000 and personal property worth $1,000. In 1900, Andrew and Samantha's son Clarence and his family were living with them in Canton. During the 1910, Samantha was living with her son Clarence and his two children. The 1910 census, records that she had two children and both were living. [39]

181.iFrank5 Watts born 30 March 1867 at Canton, worked as a bank clerk at the First National Bank of Canton in 1891, died 5 November 1935, married Frances Everett.
+182.iiClarence H. Watts born 10 January 1870 at Canton, died 8 September 1950.

         

72. Lucinda Jane4 Watts (William Means3, Francis2, James1) She was married to Morgan DeWitt Strickland of Wysox on 23 August 1849 by the Rev. Julius Foster. He was the son of Stephen Strickland (born 1 January 1791, married 16 March 1818, died 12 April 1874) and Mary DeWitt (born 16 December 1793, died 27 February 1860, daughter of Paul DeWitt and Elizabeth Sly) of Burlington.[40]

183.iFlora5 Strickland born in Wysox Township, Bradford Co., PA., married George F. Bucher.

  

75. Samuel C.4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) He was born in 1823 and died in 1895. He married Sophia [-?-] before 1856. She was born in 1832 and died in 1881. Both are buried in the Salladasburg Cemetery. [41]

184.iCatharine5 Watts died 17 January 1856, buried Salladasburg Cemetery, age 1 year, 30 days.
185.iiRansome Watts died 29 December 1868, buried Salladasburg Cemetery, age 8 years, 2 months, 5 days.
186.iiiJohn S. Watts born 1860, died 1901, buried Salladasburg Cemetery, married 18 September 1884 to Lena Folger (born 1860, died 1942, buried Salladasburg Cemetery).
187.ivEsther Watts born 1 February 1862, died 7 February 1923 at Larryville, buried Salladasburg Cemetery, married [-?-] Gohl.
188.vSaul Watts died 10 September 1865, buried Salladasburg Cemetery, age 1 year.

 

76. Thomas Jefferson4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) He was born 3 December 1825 at Turbut Township, Northumberland Co., PA. He died 5 September 1913 at Salladasburg, PA. According to the 1892 History of Lycoming County, "He received a common school education, and early in life engaged in lumbering. In 1844 he and his brother purchased the old homestead from Samuel Humes, and lived there until 1852. He then bought his present farm of ninety two acres, which he has since cleared and improved. ... Mr Watts is a Republican, and was elected a justice of the peace in 1884, and re-elected in 1889. he is a member of the Salladasburg Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has been a trustee for fifteen years, and is also a class leader and Sunday school superintendent in that organization."    

He married Lydia Williamsonin 1848. She was born on 7 July 1827 and died on 16 June 1897 at Salladasburg, PA. She was the daughter of John and Lydia Williamson. Her brother Aaron Williamson married Thomas Jefferson Watts' sister Phoebe T. Watts. [42]

189.iSamuel I.5 Watts married Susan Knight.
190.iiHannah M. Watts married David Losch.
+191.iiiJohn Franklin Watts born 11 August 1855 at Salladasburg, PA., died at Jersey Shore, PA., 18 September 1927, buried at Salladasburg.
192.ivMary Ann Watts died in her fourth year.

   

77. Mariah Jane4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) She was born on 10 October 1828, and died on 14 July 1886. She married Saul Birch Mallory about 1847. He was born on 10 October 1827 and died in 1902. During the 1850 census they were living in Mifflin Township, Lycoming Co., PA. [43]

193.iSamuel W.5 Malloryborn 1 September 1848, died 8 January 1852.
+194.iiJohn A. Mallory born 19 December 1849, died 10 February 1917.

  

78. John A.4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) He was born 30 September 1830, died 24 October 1906 and is buried at Salladasburg Cemetery. He served in Co. I, 62 Regiment, PA Volunteers. He married Martha Alice [-?-]. She was born about 7 October 1859 and died on 25 December 1876.[44]

195.iHanna Diana5 Watts born 31 August 1869.
196.iiGeorge Watts resident of Salladasburg, PA., in 1950.

    

81. Phoebe T.4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) She married Aaron C. Willamson in 1855. He was the son of John and Lydia Williamson. Her brother Thomas Jefferson Watts married Aaron Williamson's sister Lydia Williamson.

Aaron was born on 5 April 1833 at Lycoming Township. According to the 1892 book History of Lycoming County, PA, "... he was educated in the public schools and learned the carpenter's trade and afterwards engaged in that business in connection with the millwright's trade, and built several new mills, barns, and houses. In 1860 he located on his present farm of eight-five acres in Mifflin township which he cleared and improved. In 1883 he was appointed storekeeper and gauger in the Twelfth district of PA. In 1885 the Democratic administration removed him, but in 1889 he was reappointed to the same office, which position he now holds. ... Politically he is a Republican, has been prominent in local affairs, and has filled most of the township offices. ..." [45]

197.iEllen5 Williamson married Luke Olmstead.
198.iiScott J. Williamson deceased before 1892.
199.iiiJohn C. Williamson deceased before 1892.
200.ivDoan Lee Williamson
201.vAnn Williamson married Sidney Harman.
202.viMaria Williamson married W. B. Straub.
203.viiWarren Williamson twin brother of Abraham.
204.viiiAbraham Williamson twin brother of Warren, deceased before 1892.

 

84. Jonathan William4 Watts (John3, James2, James1) He was born on 28 December 1841 at Salladasburg, PA. He died at his daughter Esther's home at Jersey Mills, Lycoming Co., PA. on 9 April 1930. He participated in the Civil War as a member of Co. K, 8th PA. Volunteer Calvary, and in Co. B, 112th Infantry Regiment.   

He was married by the Rev. J. H. Grier to Elizabeth Nabal on 25 February 1871. She was born on 20 April 1852 at Tombs Run, PA. She died at her daughter Nevada's home at Corning, New York, on 26 July 1928. [46]

205.iAnnabell M.5 Watts born 15 August 1871, died 13 April 1873.
206.iiPhilip Ransom Watts born about October 1872, died 9 March 1880, age 7 y, 7 m.
+207.iiiEli Montgomery Watts born 9 October 1873 at Okome, PA., died 1 May 1957 at Milton, PA.
+208.ivIda E. Watts born 28 August 1875, baptized 5 March 1893 at Waterville.
+209.vHessa Deliah Watts born 11 March 1877 in Cummings Township, died 28 July 1904.
210.viSaul Birch Watts born 7 September 1878 in Salladasburg, died 8 April 1964 at Blossburg State Hospital, buried at Niles Valley Cemetery, married Emma [-?-].
+211.viiJohn Austin Watts born 23 April 1881 at Waterville, died 18 November 1964.
212.viiiJonathan William Watts born 8 May 1883, died 1945, married June B. [-?-] (born 1885, died 1969) both buried at Cammal Cemetery.
+213.ixNevada Malvina Watts born 27 November 1885, died 1967.
214.xEmanuel Watts born 12 July 1888 in Lock Haven, PA., died after 1957, married Emma [-?-], served in Co. I, 314th Infantry during World War I.
215.xiLydia Esther Watts born 23 June 1891 at Okome, died 24 December 1976, married George W. Gibson (born October 1886, died 1951).
216.xiiEthel A. Watts born 1897, died 1914, buried Salladasburg Cemetery.

 


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References

[33] Bradsby, History of Bradford County, p. 1184.

[34] Francis Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 1, 15 May 1899, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,165; 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 29, dwelling 189, family 192, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756.

[35] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 404; Application File 17042, Eloise Keeler Clark, lists her parents and grandparents names, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Application File 17048, Charlotte Ward Keeler Smith, lists her parents and grandparents names, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Record of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Connecticut Adjacent General, p. 223.

[36] Bradsby, History of Bradford County, p. 1268-9; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Post Office, p. 225, dwelling 723, family 671, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1080; 1870 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, E. Canton Post Office, p. 20, lines 29-32, National Archives Microfilm M593, Roll 1311; 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1382, information includes names, month, year and state of birth, occupation; T. Murray Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 1, 26 May 1899, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,165; Lynn Ashton Merrill, Jr., compiler, Bradford County, PA. A Chronology of History. 1924-1975 (Bradford Co. Historical Society, 1988), p. 94, obituary notice of Mary Louise Watts; Helen LaVille Watts, Applications for Marriage, Vol. 19, p. 53, Lic. 7654, Marriage License Docket, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,162; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton TWP, N. Dist., Family 179, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence.

[37] 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, p. 226, National Archives, Microfilm M 653, Roll 1080; 1870 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, E. Canton Post Office, p. 20, lines 15-20, National Archives Microfilm M593, Roll 1311; 1880 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, p. 32, National Archives Microfilm T 9, Roll 1104; Frances Adeline Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 2, 2 Septmeber 1903, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,148; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton TWP, N. Dist., Family 183, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence; Lynn Ashton Merrill, Jr., compiler, Bradford County, PA. A Chronology of History. 1924-1975 (Bradford Co. Historical Society, 1988), p. 140, obituary notice of Fred C. Watts; Patriot File for Francis Watts, bible record for Squire Watts family includes names, dates of birth, dates of marriage, dates of death, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Thomas M. Watts, Death Certificate issued 3 July 1932, lists dates and locations of birth, death, burial, parents names and places of birth, wife's name, cause of death, original in possession of Malcolm Furniss, copy in possession of writer.

[38] Patriot File for Francis Watts, bible record for Squire Watts family includes names, dates of birth, dates of marriage, dates of death, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.

[39] Bradsby, History of Bradford County, p. 1268; 1870 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, E. Canton Post Office, p. 20, lines 35-38, National Archives Microfilm M 593, Roll 1311; 1880 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, p. 32, National Archives Microfilm T 9, Roll 1104; 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, sheet 8, National Archives Microfilm T 623, Roll 1382; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton TWP, N. Dist, Family 172, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence; Patriot File for Francis Watts, bible record for Squire Watts family includes names, dates of birth, dates of marriage, dates of death, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.

[40] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 78, 150-151; DAR Application 55172, Flora Strickland Bucher, 10 Feb 1906, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC.

[41] History of Lycoming County, PA., edited by John F. Meginness, reprinted version of 1892 copy (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc, 1996), p. 1073, includes information about Samuel C. Watts as a child of John Watts, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC; Salladasburg Cemetery Records, p. 54, lists dates of death for Samuel C., his wife and four children; Church Records of Jersey Shore and Vicinity, Vol. II, 1961, p. 195, marriage of John Watts and Lena Folger; Burial Records Kelchner Furneral Home, Jersey Shore, 1901-1934, p. 109, entry for Esther Gohl, listing dates of birth, death and parents names.

[42] History of Lycoming County, PA., edited by John F. Meginness, reprinted version of 1892 copy (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc, 1996), p. 1073, includes information about Thomas J. Watts, his wife and children, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC; Application File 87631, Pauline Adams Clark, 9 Jan 1974, lists dates of birth, marriage and death for Thomas Jefferson Watts, Lydia Williamson, John Franklin Watts, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Patriot File for James Watts, Sr., photographs of headstones for Thomas Jefferson Watts, Lydia Watts, John Franklin Watts and Georgeanna Watts, includes information about the birth and death, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.

[43] Patriot File for James Watts, Sr., Mallory family bible records recording dates of birth and death for Mariah Jane Watts, Saul Birch Mallory, Samuel W. Mallory, John A. Mallory, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.

[44] Patriot File for James Watts, Jr., certified statement of George Watts, 21 Jan 1950, he states that he is the son of John A. Watts, that Hanna Diana Watts is the daughter of John A. Watts and that he is in possession of the bible of John A. Watts, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC; Salladasburg Cemetery Records, includes dates of birth and death for John A. Watts and his wife.

[45] History of Lycoming County, PA., edited by John F. Meginness, reprinted version of 1892 copy (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc, 1996), p. 1073, includes information about Phoebe T. Watts, her husband and children, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC.

[46] Church Records Jersey Shore and Vicinity, Lycoming Co., PA, Vol. II, 1961, p. 52, marriage of Jonathan Watts and Elizabeth Nabal, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC; Pennsylvania's Pine Creek Valley, Spencer L. Kraybill, p. 1240, information about the parents of Jonathan William Watts, his wife and children, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Salladasburg Cemetery Records, includes dates of birth and death for Jonathan W. Watts, Eliazabeth Nabal, Philip R. Annabell, and Ethel A; a conflict in dates of death and age were noted for Philip Ransom Watts, the cemetery records were used here.


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