1737 John Watson b. abt 1737 of Louisa County, Va and South Carolina

John Watson b. abt 1737 of Louisa County, Va and South Carolina

Parents:

Children: 

  • Obadiah Watson 1767–
  • John Watson 1768–
  • William Watson 1772–
  • Delpha Watson 1774–
  • Jenny Watson 1776–
  • Sawney Watson 1778–
  • Matthew Watson 1780–
  • Joseph Watson 1782–
  • David Watson 1784–

Siblings: 

FACT and SOURCES:

See also: 

John Watson appears to have been born between 1730-37 in Hanover County, Virginia, likely in the area that becomes Louisa County, Virginia in 1742 when Louisa County is created out of Hanover County.  Birth records in Louisa County, Virginia show that John Watson and wife Ann Watson had the following children:

1767 Feb 10 – Children of John Watson and wife Ann Watson in Louisa County, Virginia birth records:

Obadiah Watson son of John & Ann Watson was born Feb 10, 1767 p. 6
John Watson born Aug 18, 1768
William Watson born July 10, 1772
Delpha Watson born May 28, 1774
Birth and Baptismal Record Book, Louisa County, Virginia
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN WATSON IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA MATCHES BIRTH RECORDS IN LOUISA COUNTY VIRGINIA:  Note that the children in the above birth records in Louisa County, Virginia match with the following March 2, 1802 Last Will and Testament of John Watson found in Rutherford County, North Carolina where the following information is found: Matching exactly with the Louisa County, Virginia birth records are:  John Watson married to Ann. Sons – Obediah Watson, John Watson, William Watson and daughter Delphey (Delpha) Watson.  In addition to those children noted born in Louisa’s birth records are the following children: daughter Jenny Watson, and sons Sawney Watson, Matthew Watson, Joseph Watson and David Watson. See:

1802 March 2 – Last Will and Testament of John Watson. Rutherford County, North Carolina
… I John Watson of Rutherford County and State of N Carolina … make this my Last Will & Testament
… Item. To my wife Ann I give … my negro man Dick and Cale and China also such stock and household furniture as may be found in my real possession at the time of my decease …
… Item to my daughter Jenny Watson I give … my negro boy Cesar.
… Item to my daughter Delphey Watson I give … my negro boy George.
… Item to my son Sawney Watson I give … my negro girl Sall also all my lands on the South side of Green River after the decease of my wife.
… Item to my son Obediah Watson I give … one shilling.
… Item to my son John Watson 17 pounds.
… Item to my son Matthew Watson I give … the lower end of my lands on the North side of Green River up to a line run by Esqr Dickey supposed to contain 60 acres.
… Item to my sons Joseph Watson & William Watson I give … all my lands on the North side of Green River above the line run by said Dickey.
… Item to my son David Watson I give … one shilling.
It is also my express desire that my son David Watson shall have a reasonable support enduring his life of the Estate which I have given to my wife and afer the decease of my wife it is also my desire that the remains or produce of her estate shall be equally divided between my sons and daughters namely Jenny, Delphey, Matthew, Joseph, William and Sawney.
To be executed by Zachariah Wood, George Wherry, and Joseph Watson whom I do hereby constitute and appoint sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
… set my hand … Signed: John Watson
Wit: R. S. Twitty, Jonathan Musick
State of South Carolina, Rutherford County } January Court 1803
Jonathan Musick proved a will in open Court for John Watson and recorded it at full length on pages 148 & 149 … this 11th day of April 1803.
Wills, 1663-1978; Estate Papers, 1802-1968 (Rutherford County); Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History; Probate Place: Rutherford, North Carolina
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Deed records show John Watson is the son of Theophilus Watson and Elizabeth. These deeds also confirm he has brothers Randolph Watson and David Watson.

1758 May 23 – Randolph Watson to John Watson, Deed bk B, p 267 Louisa Co, Va
… between Randolph Watson of the Parish of Fredricksville in the County of Louisa of the one part and John Watson of the afsd County and Parish of the other part … Randolph Watson out of the love and affection which I have to my said brother John Watson above named … confirm unto the sd John Watson … land scituate … on Beaver Creek … on the flat grounds of Beaver Creek … containing by estimation 200 acres …
Signed: Randolph Watson
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The above 1758 deed combined with the following deeds confirm additional children of Theophilus and Elizabeth by showing Randolph Watson is the son of Theophilus Watson – combined with the 1758 records shows that John Watson is Randolph’s brother, so John Watson is also a son of Theophilus Watson and Elizabeth.  It also confirms that David Watson is the son of Theophilus and Elizabeth Watson.  See:

1773 April 12 – John Watson and wife Anne & David Watson to Lewis Barritt, Deed bk D1/2, p 496 Louisa Co, Va
… between John Watson and Anne his wife & David Watson of the County of Louisa of the one part and Lewis Barrett of the County of Hanover of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 300 pounds … confirm unto the said Lewis Barrett … land lying in Louisa County containing 200 acres … on Beaver Creek being the same tract of land that is conveyed by deed of record in the said county of Louisa by Randolph Watson to the sd John & was purchased by Theophilus Watson, Father of the sd Randolph of John Garth as will appear by deed of record in the County Court of Hanover … on other tract of land lying in the County afsd containing 200 acres be the same more or less and bounded by the lines of the afsd John Watson, Thomas Thomson, and Robert Fleming Bibb which tract of land was purchased by Elizabeth Watson mother of the sd David Watson of William Henderson and by her conveyed by deed of record in the sd County of Louisa to her sd son David Watson …
Signed: John Watson, Anne Watson, David Watson.
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The above 1773 deed refers to the land conveyed to David by mother Elizabeth – the following deed is the prior conveyance to David Watson from his mother Elizabeth Watson:

1772 May 11 – Eliza Watson to David Watson, Deed bk D1/2, p 353 Louisa Co, Va
… between Eliza Watson of the Parish of Trinity in the County of Louisa of the one part & David Watson of the Parish of Trinity and County of the other part … in consideration of 5 pounds … confirm unto the sd David Watson … land containing 200 acres … bounded by the lines of John WatsonThomas Trimmier, G Robert, F Bibb in the Parish and County abovesd … land formerly purchased by the sd Eliza Watson of William Henderson …
Signed: Elizabeth Watson
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CHRONOLOGICAL RECORDS OF JOHN WATSON AND WIFE ANN: 

1758 May 23 – Randolph Watson to John Watson, Deed bk B, p 267 Louisa Co, Va
… between Randolph Watson of the Parish of Fredricksville in the County of Louisa of the one part and John Watson of the afsd County and Parish of the other part … Randolph Watson out of the love and affection which I have to my said brother John Watson above named … confirm unto the sd John Watson … land scituate … on Beaver Creek … on the flat grounds of Beaver Creek … containing by estimation 200 acres …
Signed: Randolph Watson
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1767 Feb 10 – Children of John Watson and wife Ann Watson in Louisa County, Virginia birth records:

Obadiah Watson son of John & Ann Watson was born Feb 10, 1767 p. 6
John Watson born Aug 18, 1768
William Watson born July 10, 1772
Delpha Watson born May 28, 1774
Birth and Baptismal Record Book, Louisa County, Virginia
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John Watson and Ann Watson birth records in Louisa County Virginia

John Watson and Ann Watson birth records in Louisa County Virginia

1768 Aug Ct – John Watson sworn under Shff p. 234 Louisa Co, Va
Henry Garrett and John Watson having first taken the usual oaths to his Majesty’s person and Government and taken and subscribed the abjurationn oath and subscribed the tist wiri (with the approbation of Charles Smith Gent: Sheriff of this County) sworn and admitted his undersheriffs.
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1768 Oct 10 – John Watson sworn under Shff p. 249 Louisa Co, Va
John Watson, Charles Barret Jr and William Smith having first taken the usual oaths to his Majesty’s person and Government, and taken sworn and subscribed the abjuration aoth, and subscribed the test, were on the motion of Thomas Ballard Smith Gent Sheriff of this County sworn and admitted his Under Sheriffs.
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1770 Jan 8 – Page 69, bk 2. Louisa County, Virginia.
Know all men by these presents that we Nathaniel Anderson, Curtis Parrott, John Watson and Thos Dashper are held and firmly bound to Thos Johnson, Wm Johnson, Wm Phillips & Gent. Justices of the Court of Louisa County, now sitting, in the Sum of three Hundred pounds, To the payment whereof, well and truly to be made to the sd Justices, and their Successors we bind ourselves, and each of us, our, and each of our Heirs, Exrs, and Admrs, Jointly and Severally, firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals, this Eight day of Jany in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy, and in the tenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third.
The Condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bound Nathl Anderson and Curtis Parrott Exrs of the last Will and Testament of Jno Dashper Decd do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the sd decd, which have, or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of the s.d Nathl Anderson and Curtis Parrott, or into the Hands, and Possession of any other Person or persons for them, and the same so made, do exhibit into the County Court of Louisa, at such time as they shall be thereunto required by the sd Court, and the same Goods, Chattles and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the sd decd, which at any time after shall come to the Hands possession or Knowledge of the sd Nathaniel Anderson and Curtis Parrott, or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person, Persons for them do well and truly administer according to Law, and further do make a Just and true account of his Actings and doings when thereto required by the sd Court, and also shall well and truly pay and deliver all the Lagacies contained and specified in the sd Testament, as far as the sd Goods, Chattles and Credits, will thereunto extend, and the Law shall Charge Then this obligation to be Void & of none Effect, or else to remain in full force & virtue
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Nathl Anderson (his seal)
Curtis Parrrot (his seal)
John Watson (his seal)
Thos (his mark) Dashper (his seal)
At a Court held for Louisa County January ye 8th 1770
Nathl Anderson, Curtis Parrott, John Watson and Thos Dashper acknowledged this to be their act & Deed & ordered to be Recorded
Teste John Nelson C.L.C.

1770 April 10 – John Watson v Edmund Foster judgmt p. 377 Louisa Co, Va
… the Deft altho solemnly called came not … 6 pounds current money with lawful interest from the 1st day of Sept 1766 untill paid … and his costs in this behalf expended …
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1771 Aug 12 – John Watson assignee of Julias Allen pltf v Jeremiah Johnson and William Norval defts jdgt p. 475 Louisa Co, Va
… came the parties … he is indebted to him 5 pounds 10 shillings … the defendants pay the plt the same and his costs … with interest thereon from 25th day of December 1769 till paid.
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1772 May 11 – Eliza Watson to David Watson, Deed bk D1/2, p 353 Louisa Co, Va
… between Eliza Watson of the Parish of Trinity in the County of Louisa of the one part & David Watson of the Parish of Trinity and County of the other part … in consideration of 5 pounds … confirm unto the sd David Watson … land containing 200 acres … bounded by the lines of John WatsonThomas Trimmier, G Robert, F Bibb in the Parish and County abovesd … land formerly purchased by the sd Eliza Watson of William Henderson …
Signed: Elizabeth Watson
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1772 Sept 14 – Benjamin Brown and wife Suzan to Randolph Watson, Deed bk D1/2, p 406 Louisa Co, Va
… Between Benjamin Brown of the County of Hanover and Suzan his wife of the one part, and Randolph Watson of the County of Louisa of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 30 pounds … confirm unto the sd Randolph Watson … land containing 200 acres … in the County of Louisa … along Greens line … along Reynolds line to Bells corner … along Bell’s line (being the dividing line between Bell and Brown) …
Signed: Ben Brown
Wit: William Trimmeer, Henry Gambrell, John Watson
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1773 April 12 – John Watson and wife Anne & David Watson to Lewis Barritt, Deed bk D1/2, p 496 Louisa Co, Va
… between John Watson and Anne his wife & David Watson of the County of Louisa of the one part and Lewis Barrett of the County of Hanover of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 300 pounds … confirm unto the said Lewis Barrett … land lying in Louisa County containing 200 acres … on Beaver Creek being the same tract of land that is conveyed by deed of record in the said county of Louisa by Randolph Watson to the sd John & was purchased by Theophilus Watson, Father of the sd Randolph of John Garth as will appear by deed of record in the County Court of Hanover … on other tract of land lying in the County afsd containing 200 acres be the same more or less and bounded by the lines of the afsd John Watson, Thomas Thomson, and Robert Fleming Bibb which tract of land was purchased by Elizabeth Watson mother of the sd David Watson of William Henderson and by her conveyed by deed of record in the sd County of Louisa to her sd son David Watson …
Signed: John Watson, Anne Watson, David Watson.
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1773 June 14 – Bartlett Anderson and wife Frances to John Watson, Deed bk D1/2, p 509 Louisa Co, Va
… between Bartelett Anderson and Frances his wife of the one part and John Watson of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 50 pounds … sell unto the sd John Watson … land … in the County of Louisa containing … 193 acres …
Signed: Bartilett Anderson, Frances Anderson
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1773 Oct 11 (probate date), (1773 July 26 written) – Will of William Tremmier Louisa County, Virginia
In the name of God, amen, I William Trimmear of Louisa, being sick and weak but of sound mind and memory, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, First and Principally I recommend my soul into the hand of Alimight God that gave it to me, and my body to the erath to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter mentioned, And to my wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with (after my just debts are discharged) I give and dispose of as followeth Vitz-
I lend to my loving wife, Lucy Trimmear during her natural Life the land and plantation whereon I now live and one negro woman named Jane, with all my stocks of every kind, together with all my household furniture excepting two feather beds, and at the death of my said wife me estate hereby Lent is to revert to my three daughters namely Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary (Excepting the land) to them and their heirs forever, and in case either of my said daughters should die with Lawful Issue, it is my desire, that the said Estate should be equally divided among those that are living (and to heirs of those that are dead) to them and their heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Obediah Trimmear after the death of my said wife, the land and plantation whereon I now Live, with one feather bed and Furniture to him and his heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son John Trimyear one–tract of land containing 400 acres in this county and lying on the Three Notcht Road, and one Feather Bed– and Furniture to him and his heirs forever. My will and desire is that my Negro man Jack should be sold at the discretion of my loving wife, and the money arising from such sale should be laid out in Negroes–and such negroes to be at the disposal of my Loving Wife during her Natural Life, and at her death to be equally divided among my above mentioned daughters.
I also Desire that my land on Fosters Creek should be sold in order to discharge my just debts, and the Balance of the money to be Laid out for a work horse for the use of my said wife and twenty pounds to my son John Trimyear to be allowed before said horse is purchased– and Lastly I appoint my Loving Wife, John Watson, Richard Phillips, Junr. my Extrs and Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness Thereof I have set my and seal this 26th day of July 1773
Sign’d Sealed and Delivered)
In Presence of)
N.B. The word lent , interlined in the 16th line and what is included in the 20th and 21st lines in the parenthesis to be left out alter’d before sign’d
One hhd (Hogshead) Tobaco and Eleven Pounds, Ten shillings Due from Henry Garrett to go towards paying my just debts,
Signed: William Trimyear (seal)
Wits: Alexander Grant, Elizabeth Watson, Ann Watson
At a Court held for Louisa County on Monday the 11th day of October 1773. This will was this day Exhibited n Open Court by John Watson Executor and Lucy Trimyear Execitrix, Therein named and was proved by oaths of the Witnesses thereto, and by the Court to the record and is recorded.
Test John Nelson – Clk.
Recorded Will Book 2, Page 177
A copy: –
Teste: – Nelson Clerk
Louisa Circuit Court
Louisa County, Virginia
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1773 Oct 11 – Bond for executors of William Trimmier decd’s estate. Will bk 2, Page 178. Louisa County, Virginia
Know all men by these presents that we John Watson & Lucy Trimmeer & Richard Anderson, are held and firmly Bound to Robert Anderson James Overton, James Meriwether and William Garrett Gent.m Justices of the Court of Louisa County now sitting in the sum of one Thousand Pounds to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to thes.d Justices, and their successors, we bind ourselves and each of us, our and each of Heirs Exors and Administrators Jointly and Severally, firmly by these presents sealed with our Seals this 11.th day of October In the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three, and In the 13.th year of the reign of our Sovreign Lord George the third The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above Bound John Watson and Lucy Trimmeer, Executor & Executrix, of the Last will and Testament, of William Trimmeer Deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular, the goods chattles and Credits, of the said Deceased, which have or Shall, come to the Hands possession or Knowledge, of thes.d John Watson, and Lucy Trimmeer, or into the hand or possession of any other person, or persons, for them, and the same so made do exhibit into the County Court of Louisa, at such time as they shall be thereunto required, by thes.d Court, and the same goods chattles, and credits, and all other thesaid goods chattles and credits of the said Deceased, which at any time after shall come to the Hands Possession or knowledge, of thes.d John Watson, and Lucy Trimmeer, or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons, for them, do well and truly administer, according to aw, and further do make a just & true account of their actings and doings, therein when thereto required by thes.d Court; and also shall well and Truly pay and Deliver all the Legacies, contained and specified in thes.d Testament; as far as thesaid Goods chattles and Credits, will thereto extend, and the Law shall charge; then this obligation to be Void and of none Effect, or Else to remain in full force, and Virtue
John Watson (L.S)
Lucy Trimmeer (L.S.)
Rich C Anderson (L.S.)
Sealed and Delivered In presence off
At a Court held for Louisa County on Monday the 11.th day of October 1773 This Bond was this day in open court ack.gd by the parties, and by the Court admited to record and is recorded. Test
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1774 Aug 8 – Trimmeers Exrs to Dashper, Deed bk E, p 8 Louisa Co, Va
… between John Watson and Lucy Trimmier of the Parish of Trinity in the County of Louisa executors to the last Will and Testament of William Trimmier of the one part and Thomas Dashper of sd Parish and County of the other part … in consideration … of the sume of 45 pounds … sell unto the said Thomas Dasher … land containing 284 acres … in the Parish and County afsd … bounded according to a patent bearing date 15 October 1741 … at Green’s corner … in Thomson’s line … in Green’s line … the said John Watson and Lucy Trimmier executors of the last will and testament afsd …
Signed: Lucy Trimmear, John Watson
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1776 Dec 9 – David Watson admr bond bk 2, p 298. Louisa County, Virginia
Know all Men by these presents that we John Watson, Waddy Thompson and William Phillips Gent: are held and firmly Bound unto Thomas Johnson the first Justices in the Commission of the peace for Louisa County: for, and in Behalf, and to the sole use and Behoof the Justices of the said County, and their Successors, in the sum of Five Hundred pounds To be paid to the said Thomas Johnson his Executors Administrators, and Assigns To the which payment well and Truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and Every of us, our; and Every of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, Jointly and Severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals, Dated this ninth Day of December 1776 The Condition of this obligation is such, That if the Above Bound John Watson Administration of all the Goods, Chattles, and Credits of David Watson Deceased, do make or Cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the goods, Chattles and Credits of the Said Deceased which have or shall come to the Hands possession or knowledge of him the said John Watson or into the Hands, or possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit, or Cause to be Exhibited into the County Courts of Louisa at such time as he shall be thereunto required by the said Court, and the same Goods, Chattles and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased at the Time of his Death which at any Time after shall come to the Hands or possession
of the said John Watson or into the Hands and possession of any other person or persons, for him do well and truly Administer, according to Law: and further, do make a Just and true account of his Actings and Doings therein when thereto Required by the Said Court: and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattles, and Credits, which shall be found Remaining upon the said administrators Account, the same being first Examined and Allowed by the Justices of the Court for the Time being shall Deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said Justices by these Order or Judgment, shall Direct, pursuant to the Laws in that Case made and provided: and if it shall hereafter appear that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein Named, do Exhibit the same into the said Court, Making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said John Watson being thereunto Required do Render and Deliver up his Letters of Administration, approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court: Then this obligation to be Void and of none Effect, or Else to Remain in full force and Virtue
John Watson (his seal)
Waddy Thomson (his seal)
Wm Phillips (his seal)
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
At a Court held for Louisa County December ye 9th 1776
This Bond was this Day in open Court Acknowledged and by the Court Ordered to be Recorded
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1779 July 16 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Location: Pittsylvania County.
Description: 1779 Nov 16 … granted … unto the said John Watson … land containing 216 acres … in the County of Pittsylvania on the South Branches of Cherrystone Creek … at the said Watsons corner poplar on the Creek and thence along his line … along Lovells line … to a red oak in Turners line … Signed: Thomas Jefferson
Source: Land Office Patents B, 1779-1780, p. 85 (Reel 43).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

1779 July 16 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 01

1779 July 16 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 01

1779 July 16 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 02

1779 July 16 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 02

1782 – Personal Property Tax List.
Randolph Watson – 1 tithe, 7 slaves, 2 horses, 12 cattle
James Watson – 1 tithe, 23 slaves, 8 horses, 43 cattle
John Watson – (torn) – 5 slaves (rest is missing due to torn page)
Louisa County, Virginia

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 81 acres. Henry County, Virginia
Location: Henry County.
Description: 1782 Sept 1 … granted … unto the said John Watson … land containing 81 acres by survey bearing date the 7 day of February 1781 … in the County of Henry on the south branches of Horse Pasture Creek …. beginning at Vaughans corner red oak … to Vaughans corner poplar … to Easts corner white oak … with his line north … to Cannons corner white oak … Signed: Benjamin Harrison
Source: Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 154 (Reel 48).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

1782 Sept 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. 81 acres. Henry County, Virginia

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 81 acres. Henry County, Virginia

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 400 acres. Henry County, Virginia
Location: Henry County.
Description: 1782 Sept 1 … granted … unto the said John Watson … land containing 400 acres by survey bearing date the 8th day of February 1781 … in the County of Henry on the head branches of Horse Pasture Creek … beginning at his corner white oak …. with Vaughans line … in Dillons line …
Source: Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 153 (Reel 48).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

1782 Sept 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. 400 acres. Henry County, Virginia 01

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 400 acres. Henry County, Virginia 01

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 190 acres. Henry County, Virginia
Location: Henry County.
Description: 1782 Sept 1 … granted … unto the said John Watson … land containing 190 acres by survey bearing date the 6 day of February 1781 … in the County of Henry on the head branches of Ramseys Creek … beginning at his own corner white oak … to Dillons corner white oak … to pointers near Jourdans and Powers older line … to Sumpters corner red oak … to Dillons line … Signed: Benjamin Harrison
Source: Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 142 (Reel 48).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

1782 Sept 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. 190 acres. Henry County, Virginia 01

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 190 acres. Henry County, Virginia 01

1782 Sept 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. 190 acres. Henry County, Virginia 02

1782 Sept 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. 190 acres. Henry County, Virginia 02

1782 Oct 14 – Page 458, bk 2. Louisa County, Virginia.
Know all Men by these present that We James Dabney, John Watson and Garritt Minor are held and firmly Bound unto Thomas Johnson Gentleman the first Justice in the Commission of the peace for Louisa County for and in Behalf, and to the Sole use and Behoof of the Justices of the said County and their Successors, in the Sum of one thousand pound Current Money to be paid to the said Thomas Johnson his Executors administrators or assigns: to the which payment well and truly to be made, We Bind ourselves and every of us, our, and every of our Heirs, executors and administrators, Jointly and Severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals and Dated the fourteenth Day of October Anno Domini 1782
The Condition of this obligation is such, that if the above Bound James Dabney Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas East Deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the goods, chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased which have, or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of the said James Dabney or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made do Exhibit into the County Court of Louisa at such time as he shall be thereunto Required by the said Court; and the same Goods Chattels, and Credits, and all other the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased which at any time after shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of the said James Dabney or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law and further do make a true and Just account of his Actings and Doings therein, when thereto Required by the said Court, and also shall well and truly pay and Deliver all the Legacies Contained and specified in the said Testament as far as the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits will extend and the Law shall charge. Then this obligation to be Void and of none Effect or else to remain in full force and Virtue
James Dabney (his seal)
John Watson (his seal)
Garritt Minor (his seal)
Sealed and Delivered in presence of
John Nelson Clk
At a Court held for Louisa County the 14.th Day of October 1782
This Bond was this Day in open Cout acknowledged by James Dabney, John Watson and Garrrett Minor to be their act and Deed and by the Court ordered to be Recorded
Test John Nelson Clk Cur

1784 May 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Location: Pittsylvania County.
Grantee(s): Jeremiah Warsham and John Watson .
Description: 1784 May 1 … granted … unto the said Jeremiah Warsham and John Watson … land containing 400 acres by survey bearing date the 17th day of December 1776 … in the County of Pittsylvania on both sides of Long Branch of Cherrystone Creek … beginning at a white oak on the said branch … Signed: Benjamin Harrison
Source: Land Office Grants L, 1784, p. 253 (Reel 52).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

1784 May 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 01

1784 May 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 01

1784 May 1 - Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 02

1784 May 1 – Land grant John Watson, grantee. Pittsylvania County, Virginia 02

1786 Dec 25 – An indenture of Lease and Release between John Grindall and his wife of the one part, and John Watson and Adam Chesham of the other part, for 430 acres of land proved by the oaths of David Chisham and Jesse Mabry witnesses thereunto and ordered to be recorded.
General Session Court Minutes 1785-1791, p. 100. Union County, SC
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1786 Dec 26 – Deed bk A, p. 320-323, Union Co, SC – John Grindol and Hester his wife to John Watson and Adam Chisholm.
… Release (Preceded by Lease) John Grindol and Hester his wife to John Watson and Adam Chisholm, all of Union County, SC. Granted … to John Grindol 250 acres Apr. 21, 1775 likewise another grant … 80 acres Dec 22, 1768 … 100 acres, conveyed to John Grindol, by James Huey containing 100 acres bearing date the 2d day of April 1774 … in consideration of the sum of 300 pounds sterling in hand paid by the said John Watson and Adam Chisholm … confirm unto John Watson and Adam Chisholm in their possession … land as above described situate laying and being on both sides of Packolate River including Grindols Shoals and plantation and lays joining eachother the whole 430 acres … the houses, cut houses, buidings, barns, stables, gardens, orchards, woods (etc) ….
Signed: John Grindol, Hester Grindol
Wit: David Chisholm, Jesse Mabry
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1789 June 2 – On the application of John Watson Jr, Leave is given him to retail Spiritous Liquors on giving bond with David Chisholm his security according to law.
General Session Court Minutes 1785-1791, p. 252. Union County, SC
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1789 Dec 29 – Ordered that a commission issue to Col. Robert Anderson and Andrew Pickens or any two Justices of Pendleton County to authorise them to cause Esther Grindle to appear before them to renounce her Right of Dower in a conveyance of land from John Grindle to John Watson and Adam Chisholm and that he transmit the same to this Court.
General Session Court Minutes 1785-1791, p. 281. Union County, SC
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In 1790 it appears that John Watson Sr is living in Union County, South Carolina and son John Watson Jr is living in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

1790 US Census Name: John Watson
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Union, South Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 16: 5
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons – Females: 3
Number of Slaves: 8
Number of Household Members: 18
Year: 1790; Census Place: Union, South Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 44; Image: 45; Family History Library Film: 0568151
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1790 US Census Name: John Watson
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 16: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females: 2
Number of Household Members: 4
Year: 1790; Census Place: Rutherford, North Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 7; Page: 139; Image: 88; Family History Library Film: 0568147
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1790 May 11 – Esther Grindle to J Watson & A Chisholm p 98. Misc Records. Union Co, SC.
… I Esther Grindle of the County of Pendleton … wife of John Grindle … quit claim …. my dower by my own voluntary act in a certain tract of land which my husband John Grindle sold to John Watson and Adam Chisholm and conveyed to them by lease and release …
Signed: Esther Grindle
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1792 Apr 3 – The Last Will and Testament of David Chesholm deceased being proved in open court by the oaths of Jesse Maberry and John Beckham Jr who said that they believed the said deceased to be in his proper senses at the time of executing the said Will ordered that to be recorded.
Obadiah Trimier and William Chisholm being appointed Exors in the said Will came into open court and took the oath prescribed by Law as Executors aforesaid also give bond signd.
Ordered that Charles Niles, John Watson Sr, William Coleman and Abner Coleman appraise the Estate of David Chisholm deceased.
Minutes of the Court 1790-1796. p. 40. Union County, SC

1792 April 26 – South Carolina Union County} Order to Appraise – Warrant of Appraisement – Estate of David Chisholm, decd.
By the worshipful judges of the County afsd to Charles Miles, John Watson Sr, William Coleman and Abner Coleman these are to authorize and impower you or any three of you to repair to all such places in this County as you shall be directed unto by Obadiah Trimmier and William Chisholm executors of … the Estate of David Chisholm decd … and appraise …
Signed: Ben. Haile, DC, Tor. Haile, CC.
Miscellaneous Probate Records, 1777-1866, Index, 1777-1961; Author: South Carolina. Probate Court (Union County); Probate Place: Union, South Carolina. Box 1, pkg. 34.
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By 1792 John Watson and son Obadiah Watson begin appearing in Spartanburg County, South Carolina which is adjacent to Rutherford County, North Carolina:

1792 May 3 – John Watson to Obadiah Trimmier, 174 acres N. Fork of Thickety, bk C, p 15. Spartanburg Dist, SC.
… between John Watson of the County of Union and State of South Carolina of the one part, and Obadiah Trimmier of the County of Spartanburg … of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 22 pounds 17 sillings and 4 pence … sell unto the said Obadiah Trimmier … land … in … County of Spartanburgh on the North Fork of Thicketty Creek containing 174 acres … part of a tract of 350 acres granted to Vardry McBee … Dec 1774 …
Signed: John Watson
Wit: John Trimmier, Obadiah Watson, John Headen.
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1794 Nov 17 – John Watson Sr to John Watson Jr, 93 and 1/2 acres N Fork of Thickety Creek, bk C, p 330. Spartanburg Dist, SC.
… between John Watson Sr of the County of Union and State of South Carolina of the one part, and John Watson Jr of the County and State afsd of the other part … confirm unto the said John Watson Jr … land … County of Spartanburgh on the North Forks of Thickety Creek containing 93 and 1/2 acres being part of a tract of 300 acres granted to Vardry McBee … grant bearing date in Dec 1774 … at the mouth of Prices Creek … remainder of the said tract which has not been convey’d to Obadiah Trimmier and Obadiah Watson included …
Signed: John Watson
Wit: Obadiah Trimmier, Henry McCray, Obadiah Watson
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1794 November 17 – John Watson to Obadiah Watson, 93 and 1/2 acres N Fork of Thickety Creek, bk C, p 331. Spartanburg Dist, SC.
… between John Watson of the County of Union and State of South Carolina of the one part and Obadiah Watson of the State afsd and County of Spartanburgh of the other part … sd John Watson … confirm unto the said Obadiah Watson … land situate … in Spartanburgh County and State afsd on the N Forks of Thicketty Creek containing 93 and 1/2 acres … part of a tract of 350 acres granted to Vardry McBee …. grant bearing date in December 1774 …. bounded … at the mouth of Prices Creek … crosses Prices Creek thence along said line to Trimmiers dividing line … to the mouth of sd Prices Creek …
Signed: John Watson
Wit: Obadiah Trimmier, Henry McCray, John Watson Jr
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1797 Aug 29 – William Lipscomb and Adam Chisholm to John Watson, Deed, Deed bk E, p. 67. Union County, SC
… I William Lipscomb of the State afsd and County of Spartanburg and Adam Chisholm of the County of Union and State afsd … in consideration of the sum of 200 pounds sterling … paid by John Watson of the State afsd and County of Spartanburg … sell … unto the said John Watson all that parcel of land lying in Union County in the state afsd on the N side of Pacolate River opposite Grendol Shoals it being land formerly purchased by the said John Watson and Adam Chisholm of John Grindol and since conveyed by the said John Watson unto the said William Lipscomb …
Signed: William Lipscomb, Adam Chisholm
Wit: John Beckham Jr, H Farnandis
1797 Aug 29 received of John Watson Senr 200 pounds sterling money …
Signed: William Lipscomb, Adam Chisholm
Wit: H Farnandeis.
Proved by H Farnandis and recorded the 4th Sept 1797.
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1797 Sept 4 – Proved in open court by H Farnandis, a Deed of conveyance from William Lipscombe & Adam Chisholm to John Watson & ordered to be recorded.
Minutes of the Court 1796-1799. p. 41. Union County, SC

1798 April 2 – John Watson Jr to James Wood, 93 acres Thickety Creek, bk F, p 68. Spartanburg Dist, SC.
… between John Watson Jr of the State of South Carolina and County of Spartanburgh of the one part and James Wood of the State and County afsd of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 55 pounds … confirm unto the sd James Wood … land containing 93 acres … in the afsd County on Thicketty Creek … part of a tract of 350 acres originally granted to Vardry McBee … at the Mouth of Prices Creek one of the three Forks of Thickety … up said Creek …. along a marked line to a chestnut corner including all that part of sd 350 acres , which has not been conveyed by John Watson Jr to Obadiah Trimmier and Obadiah Watson …
Signed: John Watson Jr
Wit: Obadiah Trimmier, James Dunaway, Catharine Dunaway
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The 1800 US Census shows John Watson Sr and John Watson Jr both living in Rutherford County, North Carolina:

1800 US Census Name: John Watson
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Morgan, Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 3
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Slaves: 6
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
Number of Household Members: 16
Year: 1800; Census Place: Morgan, Rutherford, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 33; Page: 151; Image: 463; Family History Library Film: 337909
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1800 US Census Name: John Watson
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Morgan, Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 8
Year: 1800; Census Place: Morgan, Rutherford, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 33; Page: 153; Image: 465; Family History Library Film: 337909
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1802 March 2 – Last Will and Testament of John Watson. Rutherford County, North Carolina
… I John Watson of Rutherford County and State of N Carolina … make this my Last Will & Testament
… Item. To my wife Ann I give … my negro man Dick and Cale and China also such stock and household furniture as may be found in my real possession at the time of my decease …
… Item to my daughter Jenny Watson I give … my negro boy Cesar.
… Item to my daughter Delphey Watson I give … my negro boy George.
… Item to my son Sawney Watson I give … my negro girl Sall also all my lands on the South side of Green River after the decease of my wife.
… Item to my son Obediah Watson I give … one shilling.
… Item to my son John Watson 17 pounds.
… Item to my son Matthew Watson I give … the lower end of my lands on the North side of Green River up to a line run by Esqr Dickey supposed to contain 60 acres.
… Item to my sons Joseph Watson & William Watson I give … all my lands on the North side of Green River above the line run by said Dickey.
… Item to my son David Watson I give … one shilling.
It is also my express desire that my son David Watson shall have a reasonable support enduring his life of the Estate which I have given to my wife and afer the decease of my wife it is also my desire that the remains or produce of her estate shall be equally divided between my sons and daughters namely Jenny, Delphey, Matthew, Joseph, William and Sawney.
To be executed by Zachariah Wood, George Wherry, and Joseph Watson whom I do hereby constitute and appoint sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
… set my hand … Signed: John Watson
Wit: R. S. Twitty, Jonathan Musick
State of South Carolina, Rutherford County } January Court 1803
Jonathan Musick proved a will in open Court for John Watson and recorded it at full length on pages 148 & 149 … this 11th day of April 1803.
Wills, 1663-1978; Estate Papers, 1802-1968 (Rutherford County); Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History; Probate Place: Rutherford, North Carolina
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The 1810 US Census shows Anne Watson, as head of household in Rutherford County, North Carolina:

1810 US Census Name: [Anne Watson]
: Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 4
Number of Household Members: 4
Year: 1810; Census Place: Rutherford, North Carolina; Roll: 42; Page: 449; Image: 00269; Family History Library Film: 0337915
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