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@NI12503@ NOTEHistory of Albemarle County Page 338
Another William Watson married Susan, daughter of David Watts, and in 1767 received from his father-in-law a portion of his estate on the west side of the South West Mountain, not far from Stony Point. His children were John, Matthew, Elizabeth, Sarah, Lucy, the wife of Thomas Johnson, Mildred, Ann and Mary. John succeeded to his father's place. In 1804 he bought from Thomas Wells nearly five hundred acres of the Carter land south of Charlottesville, part of which was sold in 1818 by Matthew and his wife Lucy to William Dunkum, and part in 1836 by John and his wife Mary to Samuel Mitchell, of North Carolina. There being for many years simultaneously three John Watsons in the county, this John was described as of the Little Mountain.
William Watson, son of Little Mountain John, had for a long period charge of the county jail. He was a saddler by trade, and in the early years of the century was associated in business with Edward Stone, who removed to Davidson County, TN. They owned the north end of the lot on the west side of the Square. In 1819 Watson bought from Edmund Anderson the lot on the west side of Park Street, where he built the brick house which was long the residence of the late Thomas Wood. He was Jailor from 1811 to 1828, and again from 1832 to 1841, when during the imprisonment of Joseph E. Semmes, he was succeeded by his son, James A. Watson. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Barksdale, and his children were James Albert, who married Mary, daughter of Anderson Brown, and Mildred, the wife of a Jones. He died in 1853, and his son James A. in 1857.
Will of William (Stoney Point) Watson, Dated 5 August 1783
In the name of God Amen, I William Watson of the County of Albemarle, being in a low state health, but in sound state of memory for which great mercies I return my most sincere thanks to him that made me, reflecting in the uncertainty of this life, and being desirous to dispose of my worldly estate, which kind providence has ? me with, therefore this fifth day August, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three, make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, revoking and dis? all will or wills by me heretofore made.
Item I will that an equal division of my land on the western waters as soon as they be patented made between my sons John J, Matthew Watsons, and in case my wife who is now pregnant have a son, that an equal division be made between these sons of the above lands, but should not that claim be granted, I will that an equal division of my lands in the county of Albemarle, be made among my sons. Also to my son John I give a negro lad Stephen and a bay horse colt and his heirs forever. To my son Matthew I give a negro boy Absalom and a horse to him and his heirs forever. Should the one unborn be a boy, I give to him a negro boy near his age also a horse to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I will to my daughter Elizabeth Watson, a negro girl Betty, a horse, saddle and furniture to a bed left her by her grandmother and that she be amply furnished with clothes, living single at the expense of my estate. The ? ? left to my said daughter to be delivered her when ever she may require them, to her and her heirs forever.
Item I lend to my beloved wife Susannah Watson such part of my estate as the law directs.
Item I will that an equal division of my estate not heretofore di? off be made between my daughters Sally, Lucy, Milley, Anna and Molly and the one yet unborn child if he be a girl, as they may ? ? come of age or married, should the title of the above mentioned lands on the western waters by supported, then my lands in this county be sold and the money arising be equally divided amongst my daughters , also at the death of my wife, that an equal division of her right of dower be made amongst my daughters, also a horse and saddle to each of my daughters. When my executors may find it convenient for the estate to furnish the same. If either of my above mentioned children die without issue, then that an equal division of his or their estate so living, be made among any surviving children to them and their heirs forever. Item that my children may be kept together and educated at the expense of my estate, till they may respectively come of age or marries.
I do? and appoint Robert Michie, David Wood, John Key, My son John Watson, Executor of this my last will and testament. Confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above written.
Acknowledged, published and declared by the said William Watson to be his last will and testament and we subscribe our names hereunto in his presence and by his app? directions
John Key, Benjamin Sneed, John Gilliam, Thomas Carr J. Jo, Marton
At Albemarle August Court
This will was proved by the oath of Benjamin Sneed J, Joseph Marton Two witness, thereto and ordered to be recorded. And as the motion of John Key, David Wood R. Robert Michie Executors therein named who made oath awarding to Law Certificate is granted them for obtaining a ? at in due form or their giving security, whereupon they with John Michie and Zachariah Mills their Securities ? and acknowledged their hand for performing the same agree to law accordingly.
The following notes are from the unpublished research files of Edward C. Watts, Arlington, VA, author of "Thomas Watts of Stafford County, VA and His Descendants." Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 99-66240.
19 Aug 1747
William Watson witnessed promissary note. Ablemarle Co. Court Papers.
William Watson in Capt. Overton's company of regulars for defense of the state. Woods, History of Albemarle County.
11 Dec 1766
David Watts Sr. gave Susan and her husband William Watson 200 acres adjoining Gideon Carr, William Sandage, and William Hammack. Ablemarle County Deed Book 4, p. 374.
9 Dec 1768
Witnessed deed. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, pp. 81-83.
7 Jul 1769
Witnessed, with James Turner and John Swann, John Gillum's slave transaction. Albemarle County Deed Book 5 , p. 105.
9 Nov 1769
Witnessed, with Chris Lambert, Jacob Moon, Chs. Martin, and James Turner, sale by John and Elizabeth Gillum to Nathaniel Giles, John Lee Webster, and John Wilkinson of Baltimore County, Maryland. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, p. 147.
Witnessed with Mosias Jones and Pat. Mechie, sale of 140 acres on both sides of the north fork of the James River, from Samuel and Jane Ray to Robert Mechie. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, p. 147.
4 Aug 1770
Witnessed, with David Watts, Danl. Smith, Claborn Roathwell, and Robert Powell, the sale by Joseph Graves of 100 acres on the north west side of the Southwest Mountains to Patrick Fisher. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, pp. 211-12.
10 Oct 1771
Witnessed, with John Swann, Charles Lewis, Samuel Carr, and Hudson Martin, sale by Robert and Elizabeth Hardwicke of Bedford County to Richard Woodfork of Albemarle County on both sides of the north fork of the Hardware River, adjoining Edward Baber, William Brickman, James Watson, and John Hammock. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, pp. 428-30.
22 Oct 1771
William Watson witnessed promissary note. Ablemarle Co. Court Papers.
10 Apr 1772
William Watson bought 200 acres adjoining William Gilhour, William Hammock, Martin Key, and Gideon Carr, and 100 acres that Thomas Terry bought from John Dalton, from Thomas and Mary Terry for 200 pounds. Albemarle County Deed Book 5, 1768-1772, pp. 458-59.
11 Jun 1772
Sold, with Charles Lewis, 167 acres to William Gilham on both sides of the north fork of the Hardware River, adjoining Mildred Meriwether, John Boling's line, and Hugh Morris's corner. (No witnesses.) Albemarle County Deed Book 5, pp. 476-78.
14 Feb 1773
William Watson witnessed, with James and Mary Garland, the will of Elizabeth Gilliam. Ablemarle County Will Book B, p. 301.
8 Jul 1773
Witness, with Danl. Smith and William Dolton, to sale by Robert Michie to Charles Fargason of 207 acres on the Southwest Mountain on the waters of Turkey Run. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 162-63.
13 Oct 1773
Bought from John and Elizabeth Gilliam for 40 pounds, 64 acres bounded by the lines of John Wilkerson, David Cook, Jacob Moon, and William Watson. Witnesses: Hugh Rice Morris, Edward Williams, and Joseph Southerland. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 291-93.
9 Dec 1773
Witness, with David Watts and Goodman Barksdale, to the sale by William Hammack Jr. of Augusta County to David Wood of 100 acres on the northwest side of the Southwest Mountains, adjoining Graves, James Watson, David Watts, and Crenshaw. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 332-33.
11 Dec 1773
Witnessed, with David Watts Jr and Jno. Harvie, sale by David Watts of 300 acres in Fredricksville Parish, adjoining John Watts's line, John Foster's line, James Watson Sr.'s line, and John Hammack, decd., to David Wood of Louisa County. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 329-31.
19 Mar 1774
Witness, with John Martin, Archibald Moon, Jacob Farriss, and Archelaus Moon, to the sale by Gamaliel and Elizabeth Bailey to Joseph Sutherland of 277 acres adjoining Thomas Woodfalk, William Grayson, Robert Fiels, and John Jones. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 398-99.
13 Oct 1775
Bought, with Nicholas Davis of Prince Edward County, 300 acres on Roundabout Creek, adjoining William Appleberry, Dilmer Johnson, and ?Williams, from Joseph and Judy Southerland for 55 pounds. Witnesses: Thomas Stockton, Samuel (x) Cheek, and Higgason Gruggs. Albemarle County Deed Book 6, pp. 509-11.
9 Dec 1776
Appraised estate of William Ragland with Martin Key and William Tandy, Sr. Louisa County Will Book 2, p. 430.
9 Feb 1778
Will of Barbary Watson mentions son William. Louisa County Will Book 2, p. 321.
1 Sep 1780
Patented 233 acres among the Little Mountains on the head of Dalton's branch. Patents D, 1780-1781, p. 358.
5 Aug 1783
Will of husband William Watson mentions wife Susannah, Matthew, John, Elizabeth, Sally, Lucy, Milly, Anna, Molly, and unborn child. Executors: Robert Michie, David Wood, John May, and son John Watson. Albemarle County Will Book B, p. 410.
Estate of William Watson listed in 1785 Albemarle census with 10 whites, 1 dwelling, and six other buildings.
On Albemarle Co. personal property tax lists with three slaves and one horse.
12 Sep 1790
Division of Susannah's share by Joseph Key and John Carr. She got 159 acres of manor tract and 98 acres of mountain tract adjoining John Key's line. Also got 5 slaves, 2 horses, 3 cows, 2 steers, 1 heifer, 1 yearling, 16 hogs, 12 pigs, 2 shoats, 2 beds, etc. Albemarle County Will Book 3, p. 109.
15 Jun 1792
Susannah Watson mentioned in appointment of male tithables to work on road above John Key's upper plantation. Albemarle County Order Book 1791-1793, p. 175.
On Albemarle Co. personal property tax lists with three slaves and 4 horses.
12 Dec 1795
Account of estate to Susannah Watson by G. Carr and Peter Clarkson. Albemarle County Will Book 3, p. 276.