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James Watson (1685 - 1776)

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James Watson
Born in Argyleshire, Scotlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Trinity Parish, Louisa Co., Virginiamap
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@NI42155@ NOTELouisa Law Order Book 1742-1746
Appointed Constable in the Precinct from Northeast Creek between the South Anna and the main road where they intersect.
Owned land in Hanover County and Louisa County.
Will probated on February 12, 1776 "Of Trinity Parrish in the County of Louisa"
Deported to the Colonies with Scotch John Michie.
ID: I1473
Name: James Watson Sr 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1685 in Argleshire, Scotland 1
Death: 1778 in Trinity Parish, Louisa co, VA, US 1
Immigration: 1716 VA
Note: Elizabeth & Anne from Liverpool, England
"James Watson was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, 1685 and died in 1776 in Trinity Parish, Louisa County, Va. He married Barbary, 1732. I have the names of 5 children-Anne Watson, from whom I hailed, born 1732 and married to Robert MICHIE( Note from Joyce-John Michie is in the will of Wm. Watson). Elizabeth Watson, b. 1733married James Michie, James Watson, married Elizabeth Shelton, Mary Watson, M. David Wood, Sally Watson md. Henry Paulette. The Michie's were a big name, as were the Watsons in that area... and the families were very good friends. There is a lot of lore regarding the escapades of John Miche and John Watson (also referred to as James).. they apparently got out of Scotland by the skin of their teeth, being true Jacobites and causing a bit of trouble fighting to regain the control of Scotland from the English. Michies tavern is a great place to find info on John Michie and James (John) Watson lore." Pam Kay Director of State and Federal Initiatives Scholastic Education Group.
From another Watson researcher "In the "History of Louisa Co., Va? by Malcolm H. Harries: on pages 426, 426A,426B and 427 is data about the Watson Family. This is about Major James Watson who lived at Iona and his descendants. His will was dated Oct. 29, 1820. He and his wife Elizabeth Shelton's first child was John Shelton Watson b. April 6, 1780. This is not in the book. Major James Watson was the son of James Watson. This James was the friend of John Michie. They both were transported to Va. as Jacobite prisoners in 1716. James settled in Louisa while John Michie was across the county line in Albemarle. James was a member of the Trinity Parish, as well as his wife Barbary. I don't know if Barbary was his first wife or not but she was his last. James Watson's will dated 2 Sept. 1775 was rcd. 12 Feb. 1776. He names son James~2 daus. Elizabeth Michie and Ann Michie (these are my husband's lines)~dau. Mary Wood~grandson Henry Paulett~wife Barbary Watson. Barbary Watson's will was dated 9 Feb. 1778 and was rcd. 9 Mar 1778. Mentions grand. Elizabeth Watson. Names son William Watson. (Note from Joyce-I am guessing that the above William is the William whose will I transcribed). Other mentions of Watson in this book from this researcher p. 167 On July 13, 1762 a deed was made by Sarah Burford to the vestry fo the Trinity Parish. One of the vestry was John Watson p. 169 Trinity Parish ~List of Tithes for the year 1777 James Watson 19 ~John Watson 1~Barbara Watson 8 p.. 442 Sheriffs of Louisa County 1771-1772 John Watson, Sheriff~John Byars, sub-Sheriff. Most of the other Watsons in the index are related to the Major James Watson lineage. Those I couldn't identify are Julia, Ninian, OvertonD., Polly, Randolph, Sarah, Thomas, Wm. J. and Wm. James."
Notes from Barbara F. Bonham, dated 10 Mar 2000
3-1. James Watson; of Trinity Parish; patented land on Aug. 25, 1731; Louisa Co., VA; will dated Sept. 2, 1775, and probated Feb. 12, 1776; married Barbary _____ (will probated March 9, 1778). Children named in wills of James and Barbary:
+ 3-2. James; commissioned Lieutenant Feb. 8, 1779, and Captain Feb. 6, 1781, in Revolution.
3-3. Elizabeth; married a Mr. Michie. Issue.
3-4. Ann; married a Mr. Michie.
3-5. Mary; married David Wood; lived in Albemarle.
3-6. Sarah; married Feb. 8, 1774 (Bond), William Paulett (administrator
appointed September, 1775; inventory dated Nov. 29, 1775 [Will Book 2, p.. 233]); at least one
child, Henry who is mentioned in his grandmother's will. Henry died in the West Indies - no direct heirs.
3-7. William; living Aug. 10, 1782; will dated 1783, in Albemarle; married Susannah, daughter of David Watts.
Robert Michie was a son-in-law; his estate inventory is dated May 13, 1793.
Notes from Joyce Haney Dittman
"There is a law suit in Louisa Co. with John Pleasants was a partner with George Robinson. John died and there were sums due to the partnership. One such sum was due by John Watson of Louisa Co. The money was owed from 1771 and James Pleasants, son of John, and George Robinson sued John Watson for 800L.for a plea of trespass and damages in 12 Aug. 1772. It was continued 1773, 1779, 1783, 1785, 1786. John was eventually made to pay 530L 7p 3s. plus 1 penny damages.
Last but not least for now is a 7 page lawsuit between Robert Michie and his wife Ann Watson Michie and James Watson son of James and Barbary Watson. Basically, Robert claims that James Watson promised him that Ann would get an equal share of her fathers estate if he would marry Ann. This promise was given in 1756. then it turns out that James son James inherited virtually the entire estate which amounted to about 12,000L. Robert and Ann sued son James. Depositions were taken from alot of folks. I found one thing confusing however. It states in one place that James Watson died in 1725 when he was obviously alive in 1756. Elizabeth Watson Mickie ,wife of James Mickie decd. testified that she did not know what her father intended. Her deposition was in 1782
William Watson said that he, James Watson and Robert Mickie went to Nathan Watson's in Sptosylvania to take his deposition. On return Wm. and Robert talked about Barbary Watson, mother of William and James. He testified that David Wood another brother in law had heard about the contract.This was 28 Sep 1782
Mary Wood testified before John Mickie, son of above Robert and Ann Watson Mickie and claims that words that she never said were put in her original deposition. She said that she didn't know about any marriage contract. 1782
James Mickie aged 41 deposes that 1 wk. before brother Robert married Nancy he heard father say that if his son Robert married Nancy Watson he would drive him off his plantation and never give him a farthing. James told Robert and Nancy what he heard his father say. A few days later James Watson came by the house and when he left, Robert and Nancy were bound. This deponent further saith that some small time before the said THOMAS Watson died( James was evidently also called Thomas) he came to his house and he mentioned to him that he understood he had left by his will the greatest part of his estate to his son James Watson, and that he had made with Robert Michie a marriage contract to give him an equal part of his estate with any of rest of his children and in that case them two children would get the cheapest part of his estate. He seemed very confused and told me that Robert Mickie could not prove it. 28 Sep 1776
Dep. of Josiah Wood aged 47. He heard John Michie say that he expected that James Watson would have the best end of his father's estate about the time that Robert Mickie was married. He never heard of any contract of marriage.1776
Dep. Nathan Watson aged 56. He was with John Mickie and James Watson after Robert got married. Mickie asked Watson what he was giving Robert for marriage. He said that if Watson would give Robert 500L then he John would give a thousand. Watson replyed and told Mickie he would make no such bargain but if he would give double, why did he not give two Negroes as he had given one. Mickie seemed to be angry and told Watson he knew very well what he said WAtson intended to do with his estate, he intended to give it to his. Watson said it was his estate and he would give it to whomever he wanted. 1777
Barbary Watson said that husband James went to John Mickie father of Robert. On return, he said that John Mickie had been informed that his son, Robert had told his Father that if he would not let him have Nancy Watson, he would go to the wars and that the sd. John had agreed that they marry and he did not care how woon they got married. She never heard of a contract between husband and Mickie. Had heard husband that daughters would get nearly equal but not as much as son.
Maj. Thomas Johnson said that in about 1758 he, John Mickie, James Watson and Mr. Josiah Wood were riding. Again Mickies aid 1000L for Mickie and 500L from Watson for Robert and Ann. Watson said he couldn't do that and be fair to his other children. Mickie flew in to a (illeg,) and called Watson a rogue and said that he had cheated him out for his son, Robert and told Watson of the differences of their families and Watson insisting that he was of as good a family as he was Mickie there (illeg.) to break his head which Watson much needed. Maj. Johnson parted with them and desired Mr. Wood to keep them from hurting each other. Neither mentioned any contract of bargain. 1776
David Wood was married to Mary Watson, d/0 James and Barbary
Patrick Mickie said that he heard Watson say to John Mickie that if you were not worth more than I am you would not be so much against it but saith he that he will give Nancy as much now as I am able and at my death so much as any of the rest of my children. 1776
William Watson aged 43 son of James and Barbary Watson Claimed father was to give Ann an equal tract 1776
Mary Wood said that in the year '61 or'62 father sick and expected to died. He directed his son, James, to give David, her husband 200 acres of land and James Mickie, decd. 200 acres and to offer Robert Mickie as much more if he would accept it while if not, he might let it alone. Said that father directed son James to divide all the rest of his estate equally amongst his children. Alb. Co. 1783
Don't have anything more on the suit but I guess the friendship between the Michie and Watson family got quite strained for a while.
That is all for now. I am beat.

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