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1797 Christian County Tax List
· Robert Watson - 1 white male, 1 black over 16, 3 horses
· Thomas Watson - 1 white male, 3 horses and mares

1797 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Deed Book C, Page 59
Deed from NORTH CAROLINA to MICAJAH WATSON.  In consideration of the bravery
of Micajah Watson, a private in the Continental line, we have granted to him
a tract of land containing three hundred and sixty-five acres, lying on the
north side of the Cumberland River, about three miles and a half from the
mouth of the Red River, this 20th day of April 1797.   Samuel Ashe    (Re:
above for Micajah Watson, Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files (DesMoines Gen.
Soc.) page 3703: WATSON, Micajah, NC Line, wid Barsha, W4096, BLW
#36539-160-55, sol also rec'd a N C State BLW being #3786 for 365 acres on 20
May 1792 (as Mich'l Watson in the state BL records), sol m Barsha ( - - ) in
1782 or 1783 or 1784 (as stated by his wid), sol d in 1807 or 1808, wid appl
24 Oct 1845 in Hertford Co NC aged 79 & she appl there for BLW on 6 Sep 1855,
sol & wid had a son b in 1795 & other children were referred to but the 2 or
3 names shown were illegible.  end of entry)

1798 Christian County Tax List
· Josiah Watson - 1 white male, 1 horse
· Shemi Watson - 1 white male, 1 horse  (NOTE: A Shemi or Shemei Watson was
born about 1771 in Pittsylvania, Virginia and was the nephew of the William
Watson Sr. who died in Logan County Kentucky in 1834.  Shemei may be the
first of the Watsons from Pittsylvania Virginia to come to the
Christian/Logan/Todd area of Kentucky.  Shemei had several children in
Kentucky before returning to Virginia around 1810 where another child was
born.  His last two children were born about 1812 and 1815 in Crittenden and
Livingston County, Kentucky.  It appears that Shemi may have told family
members about the Kentucky frontier when he returned to Virginia around 1810.
)
· Robert Watson

1799 Christian County Tax List
· Josiah Watson

1800 Christian County Tax List
· Thomas Watson (last name could be Wilson)
· John Watson (last name could be Wilson)

1800 Montgomery County Tennessee Tax List
Watson, James paid by W.P. Anderson

1800 - - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Samuel Watson bought 2 cows and 5
shoats at an estate sale.

1800  - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Deed Book B, page 472. Deed from JAMES
WATSON to LEVIN POWEL, Indenture made this 15th day of November 1800 between
James Watson of Fairfax county, Virginia, and Levin Powell, Jr., of Loudon
county, Virginia, for an in consideration of the sum of one dollar to him in
hand paid, for a tract of land containing two thousand nine hundred and
twenty acres, lying on Yellow Creek. Attest: Nathan B. Markland, Stokely
Donelson.
                signed:      James Watson
1802 Christian County Tax List
· Thomas Watson

1803 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Deed Book C, Page 16
Deed from JAMES WATSON  to JOHN BENSON Indenture made this 4th day of March
1803, between James Watson of Alexandria and District of Columbia, and John
Benson, Esq., of Fredericksburg, Virginia, for and in consideration of the
sum of three humdred dollars to him in hand paid, for a tract of land lying
in Mero District, and containing two hundred and seventy-four acres, being
part of a tract granted to James C. Gorham and conveyed by him to James
Watson.
Test: Josiah Watson, John Watson, John McIver, Anthony Thornton, Joseph
Watson, Jr. John Gibson, Jr. John Taylor, Jr.
                signed: James Watson

1805 Christian County Tax List
· Robert Watson  (NOTE:  J. Belin Watson of Franklin, Virginia (e-mail
belin@beldar.com) has well documented research indicating that this Robert
Watson was born April 6, 1767 in Ireland and immigrated to the United States
in August 1789, landing in New Castle, Delaware.  He worked his way to
Mecklinburg County, NC, where he married Abigail Brown.  They had two
children in NC, including a daughter whose name is unknown and a son named
Samuel B.  They immigrated to Christian County between 1803 and 1805, where
daughter Narcissa was born on February 25, 1805.  Subsequent children in
Christian County included Louisa B - b. 1808, Young Ewing - b. January 1,
1811, and Finis - b. February 10, 1814 in the town of Lafayette.  He died
after 6 Dec 1841 in Lowndes Co., Ms.  Several generations of this Robert
Watson's descendants are documented.)

1805 - From Montgomery Co. TN Deeds Vol 3 (1802-1807) Deed Book C, page 17:
Deed from JAMES WATSON  to JOHN BENSON.  Indenture made this 4th day of March
1803, between James Watson of Alexandria  and District of Columbia, and John
Benson, Esq., of Fredericksburg, Virginia, for and in consideration of the
sum of three hundred dollars to him in hand paid, for a tract of land lying
in Mero District, and containing two hundred and seventy-four acres, being
part of a tract granted to James C. Gorham and conveyed by him to James
Watson, and lying on the bank of Red River.
Test: Josiah Watson, John Watson, John McIver, Anthony Thornton, Joseph
Watson, Jr. John Gibson, Jr. John Taylor, Jr.        Signed: James Watson
 

1806 - Thomas Watson was a juror.

1806 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Robert Watson was a buyer at an estate
sale.

1807 Christian County Tax List
· Robert Watson
· David Watson

1808 Christian County Tax List
· Richard Watson

1808 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas Watson sold 110 acres on Flat
Lock Fork to John Shelby.

1809 Christian County Tax List
· David Watson on Casey's Creek  - Living on Isabella Hamilton's land

1810 Christian County Tax List
· David Watson
· William Watson - North Fork of Red River - Sally Ewing's Land
· Robert Watson (landowner) - Little River

The 1810 Federal Census for Christian County Kentucky shows the following
Watsons:
· David:  1 male 16 to 26, 1 male 45 and up, 2 females 10 to 16, 2 females 16
to 26, 1 female 45 and up.   NOTE:  This David Watson is probably the David
Watson (1764SC - 1822 MO) who married Mary McCord (d. 1826 MO).  David and
Mary moved from York County, SC to Pike County, MO in 1808.  Indian
hostilities in MO forced them to temporarily relocate in Christian County,
KY.  James H(ouston) Watson (1792 SC - 1821 MO) who married Elizabeth CARR (d
1821 MO) in Todd County Kentucky was David's son.  Jane Watson (1790 SC -
<1822 MO), who married Joseph Montgomery in Todd County Kentucky, was his
daughter.  David Watson returned to Pike County, MO in 1816; James H. Watson
joined him there in 1817.  James Watson and his wife died in 1821, leaving
four daughters in the care of Rowana Watson, James' sister.  David Watson
died shortly thereafter in 1822.  David Watson's father was also a David
Watson (1706 IRE - 1785 SC).  David's wife was Hannah (1716 -1790 SC).  They
arrived in PA around 1730.  They moved from Cumberland County, PA to York
County, SC around 1764.  This information was provided by Susan Zimmerman in
PA from E-mail address "meilvance@worldnet.att.net(NEIL VANCE).
· Robert:  1 male under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 1 male 25 to 45, 2 females
under 10, 1 male 26 to 45
· Robert:    1 male under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 1 male 25 to 45, 3 females
under 10, 1 female 10 to 16, and 1 female 26 to 45.
(NOTE:  The first Robert Watson listed in the 1810 federal census for
Christian County could have been the father of John Watson, b. 1797.
However, the second Robert is probably the father of Samuel , who appears in
the 1819 tax rolls.  See also  NOTE for Robert Watson listed above under 1805
Christian County Tax Rolls.)

The 1810 Federal Census for Logan County Kentucky shows the following Watsons:
· Thomas Watson 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 2 females
under 10, 1 female 16 to 26.  (NOTE:  This Thomas Watson was born between
1765 and 1784 in order to be 26 to 45 years old in 1810.)
· Thomas Watson 1 male under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 1 male 16 to 26, 1 male
over 45, 2 females 10 to 16, 1 female 16 to 26, and 1 female over 45.  (NOTE:
 This Thomas Watson was born before 1765 in order to be 45 years or older in
1810.)
(NOTE:  These two Thomas Watsons may be the grandson and great grandson of
John (1710 Watson) of Pittsylvania, Virginia.  If so, the younger Thomas
Watson and Shemei Watson would be brothers.)

1810 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas
Watson and Peter Mosely (partners in business) were sued.

1810 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - No Watsons listed in 1810 Mont. Co.
Census.

1811 Christian County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· David Watson - Casey Creek - 1 white male > 21 with 5 horses
· William Watson - West Fork (In Robert's Name)

1811 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Peter Moseley and Thomas Watson traded
under the firm of Moseley & Watson, which said Iron Works have been erected
on the East fork of Yellow Creek, and on the main Yellow Creek in Mont. Co.
b. 1811 or 1812 - Ephriam Watson owed note to Charles Picket, dec'd. Will
Book A, page 49.

1811 - Montgomery County, Tennessee -  (Jefferson Watson was born in
Montgomery Co.)

1812 Christian County Tax Lists show
· David Watson - Casey Creek
· William Watson - West Fork
· Robert Watson - West Fork  (NOTE:  The town of Lafayette in Christian
County Kentucky was settled in 1812 by this Robert Watson.  The town was
incorporated in 1835.  Source  County of Christian Kentucky by Perrin, 1884)

1812 Christian County Marriages show
James H. Watson married Elizabeth Carr

1813 Christian County Tax Lists show
· William Watson - Elk Fork
· David Watson - Casey Creek -  1 white male > 21 with 5 horses
· James H. Watson - Casey Creek - 0 white male > 21 with 2 horses
(NOTE - David and James H. Watson are adjacent entries in tax book.  See NOTE
for David Watson under the 1810 Federal Census for Christian County.)

1813 Christian County Marriages show
Jane Watson married Joseph Montgomery

1814 Christian County Tax Lists show
· James H. Watson - Casey Creek - 1 white male > 21 with 4 horses
· David Watson - Casey Creek

1815 Christian County Tax Lists show
· David Watson - 1 white male over 21 with 5 horses
· Robert Watson - Little f. R.R.

1815 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· William Watson - Whippw Cr
· John (dec) Watson - Whippw Cr
· Wm. Adams adm
(NOTES:  There is also an entry on page 921 of the Christian County Tax Rolls
for the year 1810 that indicates a Fielding Woolf paid taxes on land with the
notation "In whose name entered - Jno Watson".  Logan County Will Book B,
page 71, refers to a settlement with Miller Watson, admr of estate of John
Watson, November, 1817.  Logan County Will Book A, pages 521-524, contains a
lengthy summary of the settlement of John Watson's estate, including the
buyers and prices paid for specific items.  Purchasers of specific items
included Miller Watson, Milley Watson, Flavel Watson, William Adams, and
Aleau Farthing.

1815 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas Watson was Bondsman for
Wilkenson, dec'd.

1815 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - The Red River Forge, established about
1815 by Dr. Samuel Watson, was owned by 1830 to 1834 by Pattison ... From
Along the Warioto, p. 123

1816 Christian County Tax Lists show
· William Watson - No location (NOTE:  This is apparently a different William
Watson than the one in Logan County.   It could be either William (1750)
Watson from Pittsylvania, William (1773) Watson from Pittsylvania, or someone
else.)
· James Watson - No location (NOTE:  There are two different James  Watsons.
This appears to be the first entry for the James Watson who will eventually
pay taxes with John, James, and Joab Watson in Todd County in 1824 and 1826.
This also suggests a birthdate of 1795 or earlier for this James Watson)
· Robert Watson - Flat Lick
· John Watson - No location - 1 white male over 21 with 3 horses (NOTE:  This
could be John (1797) Watson, but he would only be 19 years old.)
· James Watson - Casey Creek  (NOTE:  There are two different James  Watsons.
 Based on the location on Casey Creek, this is probably James H(ouston)
Watson, son of David Watson and brother of Jane and Rowanda Watson.)

1816 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· Flavel Watson - Red River  (NOTE:  Flavel Watson is almost certainly from
the Watson family of Pittsylvania, Virginia and is the cousin of the Shemi
Watson who paid taxes in Christian County in 1798.  Flavel is also the
brother of William Watson, Jr., who lives on Whippoorwill Creek in Logan
County)
· Milly Watson - Whippoorwill  (NOTE:  Millie could have been the wife of
Calvin or Abraham Watson.  Calvin and Abraham were Brothers of William Watson
and Flavel Watson.  This is unlikely, however, because Millie was born
between 1794 and 1804, based on information from the 1820 Federal Census  and
was, therefore, too young to be the spouse of Calvin or Abraham.  It is more
likely that Millie was the daughter-in-law of William or Flavel Watson and
that her husband, a son of William or Flavel, died  leaving her and her
children with William and Flavel.)
· Wm. Watson - Whippoorwill  (NOTE:  William Watson is probably the William
(1773) Watson Jr. of the Watson Family of Pittsylvania, Virginia, brother of
Flavel Watson, and cousin of Shemi Watson.  There is a lesser possibility
that this is William (1750) Watson from Pittsylvania County Virginia.)

1816 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas Watson ordered by the court to
have lien to build a dam across the Big West Fork of Red River about two
miles below the South Waters present dam across and the mill on the said
creek being formerly Barker's Mill.

1817 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· James Watson - Frayers Old Co. 91 Regt. (NOTE:  There are two different
James  Watsons. .  This James Watson appears to pay taxes together with Joab
Watson and John Watson in Todd County in 1824 and 1826.)
· David Watson - Captain Woods Old Company 72nd Regiment
· James H. Watson - Captain Woods Old Company 72nd Regiment  (NOTE:  This
James Watson is probably the son of David Watson.)
· Robert Watson - Piney Fork/Coopers Old Co.

1817 Christian County Marriages show
James Watson married Nancy Parr

1817 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· Mildred Watson - Whip
· Flavell Watson
· Wm. Watson

1817 - Montgomery County, Tennessee -  Inventory of estate of WILLIAM WATSON,
DEC'D, April,  1817.

1818 Christian County Tax Rolls could not be located.

1818 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Among the students at the Sylvan
Academy, with male and female departments - Jefferson Watson and Thomas
Watson.

1819 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· James Watson  (NOTE:  One James Watson lived on Pond River and the other on
Little River - The one on Little River is noted as 97th Regt.)
· James Watson  (NOTE:  This James Watson appears to be the James Watson that
pays taxes with John and Joab Watson in Todd County in 1825 and 1826.)
· Robert Watson
· Samuel Watson
NOTE:  Robert and Samuel are adjacent entries. .  See NOTE for Robert Watson
listed above under 1805 Christian County Tax Rolls.

The 1820 Federal Census for Christian County shows the following Watsons
· Robin  (NOTE:  This is probably a misspelling of Robert)
· Samuel B.

The 1820 Federal Census for Logan County Kentucky lists the following Watsons
as living in Russelville, Kentucky:
· Flavill -  2 males under 10, 1 male 26 to 45, 1 female 26 to 45, and one
foreigner not naturalized
· Frances - 2 males under 10, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10 to 16, 2
females 16 to 26, 1 female 26 to 45, another female 26 to 45, and 1 foreigner
not naturalized  (NOTE:  There appears to be no male head of household in
this census record and Frances appears to have been born between 1775 and
1796.)
· William Jr. - 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male over 45, 2 females under 10, 1 female
26 to 45, and 1 foreigner not · William -  (NOTE:  This William Watson Sr. is
probably the same person who was born in Pittsylvania County in 1750 and died
in Logan County in 1834.)
· Milley Watson - 1 male under 10, 1 female under 10,  and 1 female 16 to 26
(NOTE:  Millie was apparently born between 1794 and 1804 in order to be 16 to
26 in 1820.)

The 1820 Federal Census also lists a Robin Watson and a Samuel B. Watson as
living in Christian County, Kentucky. .  See NOTE for Robert Watson listed
above under 1805 Christian County Tax Rolls.

1820 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· James and John Wason (note possible mis-spelling of Watson) - 2 white males
over 21 - Little River
· Robert Watson - Flat Creek Fork  .  See NOTE for Robert Watson listed above
under 1805 Christian County Tax Rolls.
· Samuel B. Watson

1820 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· William Watson
· Flavel Watson
· Milley Watson

1820 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - U.S. Census. Only two Watsons in Mont.
Co.  They were:
· Abraham Watson, 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-18, 3 males 18-26,
1 male 45plus. 1 female 16/26, 1 female 26/45.
Thomas Watson, 2 males under 10, 4 males 18/26, 3 males 26/45,  2 males
45plus, 5 females under 10, 1 female 10/16, 2 females 16/26, 1 female 45plus.
  NOTE:  In the Thomas Watson entry there are 20 people.

1821 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· James and John Wason (note possible mis-spelling of Watson) - 2 white males
over 21
· Samuel Watson
· Harmon Watson
· Robert Watson  .  See NOTE for Robert Watson listed above under 1805
Christian County Tax Rolls.

1821 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· Flavel Watson
· William Watson

1821 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas Watson sold a negro girl,
Marcia.

1822 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· Robert Watson
· Samuel Watson
NOTE:  above are adjacent entries.  See NOTE for Robert Watson listed above
under 1805 Christian County Tax Rolls.

1822 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· Milley Watson - Red River
· William Watson - Red River
· Plevill Watson - Red River

1823 Christian County Tax Rolls show
· Samuel Watson - Little River
· Robert Watson - West Fork

1823 Logan County Kentucky Tax Lists show
· John L. Watson (or Wilson)  2 white males over 21:  ?3 blacks?:  5100 value
· Plevin Watson (on Whip'll water course)
· Mw Watson

1824 Logan County Tax Lists show
· Abraham Watson
· Plevin Watson

1823 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - 24th day of January.  Thomas Watson,
Senior,  sued two people named Vantrease.  This is the first time the title
Senior was used.  I am missing the third page and it is almost
indecipherable, but I think Thomas Watson lost and had to pay $9990.98 plus
$9. damages.  It concerned about eleven slaves. I will try to get a copy of
the proceedings.  The item was on Book D, pages 83 and 84.  It also continued
on p. 85.

Book D, Montgomery County, Tennessee, pp. 83/84
This Indenture made this 24th day of January in the year one thousand eight
hundred and twenty three between Thomas Watson Sen.of the County of
Montgomery and State of Tennessee of the one part and the state
administration; of John Stule (?) Senior in his life time became security for
the said Thomas Watson for the payment of divers sums of money, amounting in
the whole to about the sum of Four thousand dollars and whereas the said
Thomas Watson hath claims against Isaac W. Vantrease and Anthony W. Vantreas,
the amount of which said claims is unascertained, thus being a suit non
depending in the Circuit Court of this intestate, the said John Stule Senior
deceased for ... the money which he the said John Stuls administration as
aforesaid hath paid or may be compelled to pay -----on account of the
securityship of his intestate John Stule Senior as aforesaid he the said
Thomas Watson Senior doth by th... presens, convey and transfer to the said
John Stuhe action in...... aforesaid  .... by right and interest to and in
the before mentioned claim of this against the said Isaac W. Vantrease and
Anthony W. Vantrease.  ---In Testimony whereof he the said Thomas Watson,
hath hereto set his hand and affixed his seal in the day and year first
written.
             signed:  Thos. Watson  (seal)
 

1828:  Probate Records of Logan County
Watson, William  12/31/1828
Estate to wife (name not shown in will)  Children - Delila, Calvin, and
Flavel Watson (son in law) Abner Farthing - Executors, Flevel Watson, Abner
Farding.  Witnesses; E.M. Ewing, Thomas Townsen, Herbert Townsend  (NOTE:
This is the initial recording of the will of William (1750) Watson who
subsequently died in 1834.  It is interesting to note there is no mention of
William (1773) Watson.)
Book F, page 74
Probated 2/2/1835
The will of William Watson Senior, dated 1828, together with the 1830 census,
suggest that this William Watson and family, including sons William Jr.,
Abraham, Calvin, and Flavell, and daughter Delila, are the Watson family from
Pittsylvania Virginia.  Tax records indicate that William Watson senior and
William Watson Junior lived on Whippoorwill Creek in Logan County, Kentucky.

1830 FEDERAL CENSUS - CHRISTIAN COUNTY WATSONS:
· Alexander
· Eli
· Robert
· Samuel E.

1828 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Thomas (with initial T or P or some
other initial) Watson bought a negro for $225.

1830 FEDERAL CENSUS - LOGAN COUNTY WATSONS:
The following Watson are listed as living in Russelville, Kentucky:
· Abraham
· Flavel
· Milly
· William
· William
 

1830 Montgomery County, Tennessee - Montgomery County Census, the only two
Watsons were David D. and John.  They are each 20/29 and each has only one
child and that child is under 10.

1840 FEDERAL CENSUS - LOGAN COUNTY WATSONS:
· Calvin   (NOTE:  This Calvin is probably the son of William Watson Sr. and
the brother of Flavel Watson and William Watson Jr.)
· N.T.

1840 FEDERAL CENSUS - CHRISTIAN COUNTY WATSONS:
· Henry P,
· Samuel R.,   NOTE:  This indicates that Samuel's father, Robert Watson, had
left KY by 1840. .  See OTE for Robert Watson listed above under 1805
Christian County Tax Rolls.
· William,
· Young E.

1840 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - February 17, Jefferson Watson and Susan
Bunting were married in Montgomery Co., TN.
 

In 1840 Mont. Co.Census Josiah Watson, MT 229, has the following entry: 1
male under 5, 2 males 10/14, 1 male 15/19, and 1 male 40/49, 1 female under
5, 2 females 5/10, 1 female 10/14 and 1 females 40/49.

In the 1840 Mont. Co. Census Joseph Watson is Mt. 264 which is just two
digits from Jefferson R and Foster.  This makes me think that he was another
brother of Jefferson.  The entry reads:  MT 264 Joseph, 1 male 40/49, 1
female under 5, 2 female 30/39.

1848 - Montgomery County, Tennessee -  Jan. 5, J. R. Watson and wife Susan
Watson, along with other heirs of  David Bunting (Susan's father), appoint
atttorney to represent them.

1850 FEDERAL CENSUS FOR CHRISTIAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY

Christian DIVISION: District #2 REEL NO: M432-196 PAGE NO: 360 REFERENCE:
Enumerated on August 05, 1850 by John W. Wallace

42 249 266 Watson Henry P. 46 M None Virginia REMARKS: Enumerator wrote in
None as occupation
1 249 266 Watson Virginia H. 13 F Kentucky X REMARKS: Handwritten Page # 751
2 249 266 Duke Lewis E. 45 M Teacher Virginia
3 249 266 Wilkerson G. J. 25 M Overseer North Carolina

39 388 420 Watson William 46 M Farmer 2,800 Virginia
40 388 420 Watson Permelia A. G. 39 F Virginia
41 388 420 Watson Albert 16 M Student Kentucky X
42 388 420 Watson John F. 14 M Kentucky X
1 388 420 Watson Leroy 12 M Kentucky X REMARKS: Handwritten Page # 772
2 388 420 Watson Francis O. 10 M Kentucky X
3 388 420 Watson Nathaniel T. 9 M Kentucky X
4 388 420 Watson Cordilia A. 4 F Kentucky
5 388 420 Watson Permilia A. E. 10/12 F Kentucky
 

1850 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Watson, Josiah 58, Martha 54, James 23,
Martha 20, Nancy 17, Susan 12,  George 12, Sarah 7, Va, Va, Mt-772-373.  This
is obviously not our family, but I am putting it here to eliminate James and
George from being considered as J.R.'s brothers.  (Josiah's biographical
sketch is under Bunting Wri).

1850 - Montgomery Co. TN Census - Watson, J. R., 40, Susan 40, Jasper 10,
James 8,  J. Harris 20 and Sally Harris, 84.

1860 - Montgomery County, Tennessee Census -
Watson, J. W. , 22 Mt-89-398
Watson, James 40, C. 38 (f), Jennett 14, R. 11 (f), Wm. MULLY 50, E.H.
Broadwell 40 (m).  Mt-61-384
Watson, James 25. Mt-59-468.
Watson, M.J. 35, (f),   Margaret 14, Mary 8,  Mt 70-473

1851 - Montgomery County, Tennessee -
Susan Bunting and J. R. Watson, along with eleven other heirs of David
Bunting (all the male Bunting children along with the female Buntings's
husbands) sell for $98.21, 24 1/4 acres to Mary Bunting (David's widow).

1851 - 12th of June - Montgomery County, Tennessee -  The following is from
Montgomery County Tn Deed Book One, page 537, registered September 1852 : to
deed 41 1/2 acres, Susan H. Watson.  We have this day bargained and sold, and
do hereby transfer and convey to Susan H. Watson, wife of Thomas J. Watson
and his heir for her sole and separate use forever, for the consideration of
one hundred and fifty four dollars and seventy eight cents to us paid, two
certain tracts or parcels of land situated in the County of Montgomery State
of Tennessee and bounded each separately as follows, the first to Wit
Beginning in the center of Spring Creek on pole north of a large white oak
corner to John W. Madolis' tract of land running thence south 36 1/2 poles to
a stake in Madolis lines and corner to Mary Bunting thence north 61 East. 53
poles to the centre of spring creek thence up  said creek with its meandering
to the beginning containing Nine and a Half acres be the same more or less.
Also the other bounded as follows Beginning on a sycamore stump on the
southwest side of Spring Creek and beginning corner to Mary Bunting tract of
land running thence south 73 degrees West 77 poles with her line to a stake
in the lane thence north 20 degrees West 82 poles to a hornbeam on the Bank
of Spring Creek, theence continuing the same course one pole further to the
centre of said creek then up the creek in the main channel withs meanering to
the Beginnin contrining thirty two acres more or less.  To have and to hold
the two above described tracts of land to the said Susan H. Watson wife of
Thomas J. Watson and heirs for her separate use henceforth and forever.  We
do covenant with the said Susan H. Watson as aforesaid that we are lawfully
possessed of said two tracts or parcels of land, have a good right to convey
the same, and that it is unencumbered.  We do further covenant and bind
outselves, our heirs, and representatives to warrant and forever defend the
title to the said two tracts of land and every part and parcel thereof to the
said Susan H. Watson, wife of Thomas J. Watson for her sole and separate use
and her heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims of all persons
whatever. This 12th day of June 1851.
Signed by the following people:
W. J. Bunting
Polly Bunting
W. F. Bunting
W. S. McQuerry
Wm. Jones
Thomas S. Foster
J. R. Watson
J. B. Bunn
T. W. Bunting
Piety E. Foster
Susan Watson
Nancy Bunting
Martha T. McQuerry
Margaret A. Jones
N. B. Bunting
By their Attorney in fact - James Ross.
All of these signers are either sons of, or husbands of daughters of, Mary
and David Bunting.
Note:  Notice that Susan H. Watson and Thomas J. Watson are not Jefferson R.
and Susan Bunting Watson.  In fact Susan and J.R. are two of the signers,
being among the persons who are selling the land.

See the article from Newberry Library at the end of this report.  Thomas J.
Watson was from another family and married Elizabeth Ann Rudolph (not Susan
H.).

1851 - Montgomery County, Tennessee -  Jefferson Watson and his family moved
to Mayfield, Ky. in 1851 (by way of a short stop in Texas).

1851 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Dec. 29, 1851 Foster Watson and wife
Susan Watson sold to Young Hargrave and his heirs 100 acres for $450.  (On
the Montgomery County, Tennessee Queries on the Internet a Terry Davis (on
Mon Sep 15,1997) posted  the following query: Looking for any info on the
Foster WATSON family of Montgomery Co., Tn.  Not much more info than that -
had a daughter Catherine M. Watson b. 8 Jan 1832.  Family moved off to Butler
Co., MO in the 1840's.  Thanks - I answered her query, but she really didn't
know anything else.

1852 - Montgomery County, Tennessee - 13 Sept. J. R. Watson and wife Susan M.
Watson of the County of Montgomery appoint Buckner K. Williams as their
attorney to sell a tract of land to Wm. E. Johnson for $450, which $450.00
belongs to sd. Susan as proceeds of the tract of land belonging to sd. Susan
which she has this day sold to said  Johnson. This conveyance is intended to
operate in this state and also in State of Texas where the parties
contemplate moving.  This 13 Sep. 1852.

1852-1861 CHRISTIAN COUNTY VITAL STATISTICS
· William (c1803) Watson died August 1, 1855.  Age 52 years.  Son of John
Watson.  Married.  Farmer.  Born in Virginia.  Died near Salubra of Cholera.

Article in a History of Tennessee at the Newberry Library.  The article is on
a Thomas J. Watson in Montgomery County, Tennessee (believed to have died
October 25, 1900).  The article or the book was published in 1886.

WATSON, Thomas J.
was born 1 Jan 1818 near Richmond Virginia.  His father, Josiah Watson, born
near close of last century (1790s (?) in Va. and was of Scotch-Irish
extraction.

He (Josiah) was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was in the famous Battle of
New Orleans.  In 1814 he married Miss Martha McCormac, a native of Va., and
of Irish descent.  (Comment: This would eliminate Jefferson as being a son of
this union, because Jefferson was born in 1811.)  To this union 12 children
were born, of whom our subject is the 2nd.  When Thomas J. Watson was a small
boy his parents moved to Montgomery County., Tn. and in a short time moved
from there to Marion Co., Il. leaving our subject and a brother and sister
here.  The father of our subject died just before close of the late war (the
book was published in 1886 - so this would refer to the Civil War, surely.)
and his mother is still living, at the advanced age of 91 years.  Her
eyesight is so good that she does not use spectacles and she now has her 3rd
set of teeth.  Our subject was educated at county schools and before becoming
of age he learned th cooper's trade, which business he followed for some
time.  He then purchased the farm where he has ever since resided.  On
January 15, l845 he married Miss Elizabeth Ann Rudolph (in Montgomery County)
a native of this  county, and a daughter of Jacob and Martha Rudolph.  They
had the following children: Gustavus E., Thaddeus N., Ella W., Benjamin T.,
William R., John M., Margaret W., and Wallace W.  Mr. Watson owns a very good
farm, and until recently he  had an interest in the Cumberland Flouring
Mills.  Our subject is a democrat, and a member of the Fredonia Lodge of F.
and A. M.  He and family are members of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and
one son is a minister of the  gospel.  End of quote.

NOTES FOR JEFFERSON WATSON (of Montgomery County, Tennessee)
According to Don Simmons, Mayfield, Ky., Newspapers Abstracts, "Mr. J. R.
Watson, b. 1811 died Wed., 4-18-1877, age 66."  I found the obituary in the
Mayfield Monitor, Vol. II, Mayfield, Ky. April  21, 1877, No. 44. It follows:
"We are extremely sorry to announce the death of Mr. J. R. Watson, one of the
oldest and most respected citizens of this county.  Mr. Watson died last
Wednesday night, and was buried Thursday afternoon.  He was born in 1811, and
at the time of his death was 66 years of age.  For 37 years he had been a
member of the Baptist Church, and was a true and devoted Christian man.  He
leaves behind him a large number of relatives and friends to grieve over his
death.  To them we extend our sympathy in this lonely hour of bereavement."

In Don Simmons excerpts from the Mayfield newspapers, on Saturday, July 31
1880 newspaper he says: Died on 7-29-1880, Mrs. Watson, mother of Mayor J. D.
Watson.   (This was Susan Bunting)
 
In the 1850 Tennessee Census for 1850, Montgomery Co. Tn.  Jefferson Watson's
entry is very interesting. It is: (page 246, Item 140)  J. R. Watson, 40,
Shoemaker, born Tenn., Susan Watson, 40, born Tenn., Jasper Watson, 10, b.
Tn., James, 8, b.Tn, (this is obviously James David), J. Harris, 20, (Male),
born Tn., and Sally Harris, 84, Female, born N. C. NOTE:  There has never
been a mention of any Harrises in anything I have read about the Watsons or
the Buntings so far.  
 

Therefore, Jefferson Watson was in Montgomery Co., Tn. in 1850. In 1860 he is
in Graves County, KY.  That census reads: Graves Co. 003 (dwelling #13).
Place of enumeration, Mayfield, 5th day of June 1960.  They are all three
literate. The entry is as follows:
J. R. Watson, 58, M., W., Farmer, $800, $5000, born KY. Married in yr.
Susan Watson, 58, F, W, Housewife, born TN.
James D. 16, M, W. Farmer, born TN.

Graves Co. 003, dwelling #14:
Jasper Watson, 19, M., W., Farmer $500, $250. TN (Mayfield)
Susan Watson, 21, F., W., Housewife, born. TN.
Eliza (unreadable initial) 4/12, F., W., born KY.
Jasper and Susan can both read.

In the 1870 Census for Mayfield, Ky., Jefferson R. Watson was listed this way:
Watson, Jefferson R. 59, ShoeMaker  $300-100. Born Ky.
               Susan            58              Born Tennessee
               Byrum ?          59 (f)      $800        Born Ky.
Thumble, Bee    35      Shoemaker       Born France
Bee Thumble (no mention of sex) must have been someone from France who helped
him in the shoemaking business and lived in the same house.  I have no idea
who Byrum (evidently, Watson) was, but she was 59 years old (the same age,
more or less, as Jefferson and Susan), and was born in Ky.
 
 
The man I believe to be Jefferson  Watson's father was in the Tennessee
Census for 1820 under the following name:  Thomas Watson, Montgomery Co.,
Tn., (Tn. 17) 2 males under 10; 4 males 18/26; 3 males 26/45; 2 males over
45; 5 females under 10; 1 female 10/16; 2 females 16/26; 1 female over 45.
The only thing that makes me think  this is not J's father is the fact that
he had 57 slaves and I think that Jefferson was poor.  Jefferson was a
shoemaker in  Mayfield. TheThomas Watson in the census (Thomas Watson) was
obviously affluent.

There are only 2 Watson's listed in the 1820 Tn. Census in Montgomery Co.
The other one was Abraham Watson, and he is a possibility.  It is as follows:
1 male under 10; 1 male 10/16; 1 male 16/18; 3 males 18/26; 1 male over 45; 1
female 16/26; 1 female over 45.

Here are some marriages in Montgomery Co., Tn. which might come in handy.
All but the last one were in Montgomery, Co. Tn.
Abner T. Watson  To Mary E. Pride, Nov 6, 1865
Isaac W Watson to Harriet Reynolds, Sep 24, 1863
Jefferson Watson to Susan Bunting, Feb 17, 1840
Joseph Watson  to Barbara Ann Coon, Nov 22, 1850
Rob Watson    To Nancy Spicer, June 28, 1838
Samuel Watson to Mary Wyatt, May 21, 1853.
T. J. Watson  to Elizabeth Ann Rudolph, Jan 15, 1845.
Tilton Watson  to Sarah Frey, Dec 24, 1844.
Euridice Farrier to Wm. Watwood, April 14, 1810 in Sumner County.

Jefferson R. Watson had moved to Mayfield, Graves County, Ky. by 1860.
James D. was 16 and Jasper, 19, had married a Susan and had a child four
months old when the census was taken, on 1 June 1860.   The two families
evidently lived adjacent to one another  They are entries 13 and 14.

13. Watson          J. R.   50m Farmer  KY
            Susan       50 HW       TN
Jas. D. 16      TN

14.     Watson          Jasper J.   19 Farmer   TN
            Susan   21      TN
                    Eliza C.    4/12        KY

Montgomery County Marriages:
Watson, Samuel to Catherine Edmonston Mar 6 1799.
 Submitted Sat, 11 Sep 1999 04:40:23 EDT  by CasaPapa@aol.com
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