Thursday, December 22, 2011

It Only Took Ten Years

Photo by Crispin Semmens
After my cousin contacted me about Samuel Watts, Sr. and his possible English connections, I did a Google search to find out more about the reference to the 1738 christening in Frome, Somerset, England. (See the previous post about that here.)

I got a hit on the Watts Genforum (hint: you can search the forum using keywords such as Halifax) and was able to pinpoint the IGI source entry from a helpful researcher who had listed it for my benefit after I had advertised my Watts book on the site back in 2001. While there, I caught up on some other postings in reference to this family.

I was excited to see a more recent posting that said:

"Dear Dawn,
A book entitled 'Sands through our Fingers' by Eunice M. White 1980, has just come into my possession. She refers to Samuel of England/Halifax Co. Va. then son William who married Martha Lee 1795, then went to Kentucky. I am descended from his son James who married Sarah Hulett and went to Howard County Missouri..."

I wrote my book in 2001 and at that time, had little else on this William Watts besides his marriage date. I was only able to note that he disappeared from Halifax Co, VA records around 1807. I figured he probably migrated elsewhere, but the name is way too common for me to attempt to match him up somewhere.

But finally after ten years, I have discovered where he ended up and contacted that descendant. She graciously provided me with scanned copies of the relevant pages from Eunice White's book.

Another cousin connection, what fun!

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