Vic Watt
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Vic Watt

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Vic Watt is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger William Brewster.

Vic is the child of Robert Watt and Catherine Viles. [1]


I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, USA, and I still live in the Northwest.

Genealogy Hobby

I started genealogy more than 30 years ago. My father's family had been traced back to the Mayflower, and my mother wanted to get on too! Never did get her there, just to 1630.

My brother and sister, their children and in-laws have all been subjects of my genealogy hobby, so it ranges all over the United States and Europe.


I received an MA in German from the University of Washington and completed the coursework for an MA in French from New York University in Paris. After studying Law at the University of Puget Sound, I practiced as an attorney for 27 years before retiring.


Of course, genealogy is my all-the-time, every day, hobby. Sailing my primary summer hobby. Dad was a competitive sailor, and I grew up on boats. I race a Starboat and sail on a bigger boat. When I'm not sailing, I play classical guitar and spend 10-12 hours a day on WikiTree, to which I am addicted.

Interesting and unique names catch my interest. I am currently working on a number of One Name Studies:

Presidential Relationships

1. George Washington - 10th cousins 6 times removed
2. John Adams - 6th cousins four times removed
3. Thomas Jefferson - 6th cousins four times removed
4. James Madison - 9th cousins five times removed
5. James Monroe - 14th cousins four times removed
6. John Quincy Adams - 7th cousins three times removed
7. Andrew Jackson - No relationship
8. Martin Van Buren - No relationship
9. William Henry Harrison - 7th cousins four times removed
10. John Tyler - 11th cousins four times removed (Uncertain)
11. James Polk - 14th cousins four times removed
12. Zachary Taylor - 4th cousins 7 times removed
13. Millard Filmore - 6th cousins four times removed
14. Franklin Pierce - 6th cousins four times removed (Uncertain)
15. James Buchanan - 12th cousins 6 times removed
16. Abraham Lincoln - 7th cousins four times removed
17. Andrew Johnson - 12th cousins twice removed
18. Ulyssess S. Grant - 7th cousins five times removed
19. Rutherford B. Hayes - 5th cousins four times removed
20. James A. Garfield - 8th cousins three times removed
21. Chester A. Arthur - 8th cousins twice removed
22 and 24. Grover Cleveland - 5th cousins four times removed
23. Benjamin Harrison - 9th cousins twice removed
25. William McKinley - No relationship
26. Theodore Roosevelt - 14th cousins once removed
27. William Howard Taft - 7th cousins three times removed
28. Thomas Woodrow Wilson - No relationship
29. Warren G. Harding - No relationship
30. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. - 7th cousins once removed
31. Hebert Clark Hoover - 11th cousins
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 8th cousins twice removed
33. Harry S. Truman - 18th cousins
34. Dwight David Eisenhower - No relationship
35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy - 18th cousins
36. Lyndon Baines Johnson - 14th cousins twice removed
37. Richard Milhous Nixon - 10th cousins
38. Gerald Rudolph Ford - 9th cousins
39. Jimmy E. Carter - 17th cousins
40. Ronald Reagan - 16th cousins (Uncertain)
41. George H. W. Bush - 8th cousins twice removed
42. Bill J. Clinton - 16th cousins twice removed
43. George W. Bush - 9th cousins twice removed
44. Baraka Hussein Obama - 9th cousins three times removed

  1. Entered by Vic Watt, May 5, 2013


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As Air Force brat, moved around a lot and I assumed my grandmother was telling me I was a Mayflower descendant to make us feel like we belonged when we were always the outsiders. I see through my Harris gg that links to your's and Hess line that this turns out to be true.  :)
posted by Gregory O'Shea
Hello Vic,

Thanks for getting back to us about the Profile Improvement Project. We will assign you to the Biography Team, Level 1 and you can continue as you have been working.

We had some issues with our GoogleGroup, but those have now been resolved. If you are interested in joining us there, please use this link:


Please take a moment and open the google page, click on "my membership settings" in the lower-left corner and check your DISPLAY name....this will assure that the left hand column states your name rather than your email address (which is already in the middle column)? This is a private group, so we hope you're willing to make this change so that it's easier for everyone to know who's making a comment or contributing and get to know you better.

We're happy to have you in the Project as you can participate. Best, Robin

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Dear Vic,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

For those of you who joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If you’re at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hi VIc your name came up when researching Arthur Fairfax Sheldon happy to chat. Regards Maureen Australia 🇦🇺
posted by [deleted]
How do you take the list of U.S. Presidents and find out if you have a relationship to any or all of them?

Mary Pritchard

Hi there, you are listed as having some specific knowledge about John Drew Sr. Is this indeed the case?
posted by Terry Shulman
Hi Vic,

I wanted to thank you for all your diligent work on my Grandma Grace's profile! I appreciate this so much! :)

posted by Harold Miller
Hi Vic,

Thank you, no I didn't see that, so my apologies

Take care



The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Steve, What with family health issues and other things going on right now, I am unable to do much on any project. I think you should remove me from the project for now, and, when things ease I, I will rejoin. Vic
posted by Vic Watt
HI Vic, thanks for checking back in with us. We hate to see you go, but we also understand that time a valuable commodity. Please feel free to reach out on our G2G welcome post when you are ready to rejoin the project!
posted by Steven Harris

My name is Amy and I am a co-Leader of the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.


Amy Gilpin, Scotland Project Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Amy, Thanks for making contact. There is too much on my plate now for me to be active, so I think it best if I don't continue with the project. Thanks, Vic
posted by Vic Watt
Thank you, Vic, for your work on the Sherman Winchester Varnum profile. Sherman was my great-grandfather via my maternal grandmother Evalena Viola Moore who was Sherman's and Lydia's daughter. My mother, Vera Moore Simmons, was very fond of her grandfather and grandmother. I'm indebted to you. 1/7/20 Adding additional thanks, Vic, for your continuing clarification of Sherman W Varnum's profile information.
posted by Rand Simmons
edited by Rand Simmons
Thank you so much for helping me out! It is greatly appreciated!
posted by Angeline Gallant
Congratulations Vic !
wonderful wikitreer
Vic Watt is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
Thank you for the heads up about the Pickens duplicate file!!!

I also discovered that you and I are cousins!!!

Vic and Jill are 8th cousins once removed

Vic Watt and Jill (Turkington) Lee are both descendants of James Barrett.

1. Vic is the child of Catherine (Viles) Watt [confident] 2. Catherine is the daughter of Marcia Louise (Sheldon) Viles [confident] 3. Marcia is the daughter of Henry Lyman Sheldon [confident] 4. Henry is the son of Betsey W. Sawyer [confident] 5. Betsey W. is the daughter of Abigail Bryant (Willard) Sawyer [unknown confidence] 6. Abigail is the daughter of Sarah (Scollay) Willard [unknown confidence] 7. Sarah is the daughter of Grover Scollay [unknown confidence] 8. Grover is the son of John Scollay [unknown confidence] 9. John is the son of Hannah Barrett [unknown confidence] 10. Hannah is the daughter of James Barrett [unknown confidence] This makes James the eighth great grandfather of Vic.

1. Jill is the daughter of Jack Turkington [confident] 2. Jack is the son of George Edward Turkington Jr. [confident] 3. George is the son of Isabel Minerva (Barrett) Turkington [confident] 4. Isabel is the daughter of Anthony Barrett [confident] 5. Anthony is the son of Jacob Barrett [confident] 6. Jacob is the son of Jonathan Barrett [confident] 7. Jonathan is the son of John Barrett [confident] 8. John is the son of James Barrett Jr. [confident] 9. James is the son of James Barrett [unknown confidence] This makes James the seventh great grandfather of Jill.

posted by Jill (Turkington) Lee
Hi Vic,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, Vic,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Miltary and War Project.

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that life happens and interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Vic,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi again Vic. Thank you for the proposal to merge Cottam-159 and Cottam-203. The subject was my mother's cousin and I remember him well. I have tried to get this fixed with no success.I really appreciate your help.

Madeleine Davidson

Thank you so much for this. I have tried unsuccessfully to get the manager of Cottam-205 to merge with Cottam-132. I manage Cottam-132 who was my great-grandfather. Other members of the family also have not been merged. I have tried to communicate with this person but he does not respond. So grateful for your assistance.
Hi Vic

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Categorization Project

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator