James Watts Descendents - Part 3 of 8

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The Family History of James Watts
of Cumberland and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania

Prepared by Sean Furniss

   

23. John W.4 Newell (Jane3, Francis2, James1) He was born 17 November 1809. He died in 1889 at Rockfield, Indiana. He was married to Phoebe Jones. She was born about 1820 in PA. [18]

85.iHarriet5 Newell born about 1849 in PA.
86.iiHenry Newell born about 1851 in PA.
87.iii[-?-]Newell born about 1859 in PA.

   

24. Samuel M.4 Newell (Jane3, Francis2, James1) He was born 22 March 1813. He died 8 March 1882 at Sayre, PA. He married Polly Maria Green. Based on the 1850 and 1860 census records, she was born about 1816 in PA.

During the 1850 U.S. census, his occupation was farming and he was reported to own real estate worth $900. In 1860, he owned real estate worth $860 and had personal property worth $100. [19]

88.iMarion B.5 Newell born about 1837 in PA.
89.iiLodeska Newell born about 1839 in PA.
90.iiiOlisus Newell born about 1842 in PA.
91.ivCalvin S. Newell born about 1843 in PA.
92.vOrville Newell born about 1845 in PA.
93.viButler Newell born about 1848 in PA.
94.viiRoswell Newell born about 1850 in PA.
95.viiiElenor R. Newell born about 1851 in PA.
96.ixFrederick Newell born about 1855 in PA.
97.xTheodore Newell born about 1858 in PA.

   

25. Harry S.4 Newell (Jane3, Francis2, James1) He was born 13 March 1816. He married Susan Fitzwater.The family occupied the homestead in Canton. She was born about 1823 in New York. According to the 1850 U.S. census, his occupation was farming and in 1850 he was reported to own real estate worth $400. In 1860, his real property was worth $800 and his personal property was worth $400. [20]

98.iJohn A.5 Newell born about 1845 in PA.
99.iiBaldwin Newellborn about 1848 in PA.
100.iiiCharles Newellborn about 1857 in PA.

  

26. James W.4 Newell (Jane3, Francis2, James1) He was born 22 February 1819. He died at Rockfield, Indiana about 1887. He married Susan [-?-]. She was born about 1830 in PA. According to the 1850 U.S. census, his occupation was farming and was reported to own real estate worth $400. [21]

101.iElizabeth5 Newell born about 1847 in PA.
102.iiJosoha Newell born about 1849 in PA.

         

30. Jane4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) She was born 13 November 1809. She was married by Justice Asa Pratt to John Milton Smiley on 25 December 1838 in Canton, PA. He was the son of John Smiley (born 5 February 1783 at Hanover, PA., died 5 June 1822 at Canton, PA.) and Susan Stone (daughter of Benjamin Stone and Elizabeth Wilcox of Franklin, PA.). [22]

103.iJoseph M.5 Smiley
104.iiDavid Smiley
105.iiiNancy Smiley
106.ivJohn Smiley
107.vGeorge Smiley
108.viMary Smiley

   

31. William4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) He was born 18 June 1811 and died 21 February 1862, Union Township, Tioga Co., PA. He was married to Hannah Comfort. She was born in 1813. [23]

109.iMartin5 Watts born about 1834, in the 1850 census his occupation was listed as laborer.
110.iiHiram Watts born about 1837.
111.iiiElizabeth Watts born about 1839.
112.ivRichard Watts born in 1841.
113.vPhebe Watts born about 1844.
114.viJustus Watts born about 1846.
+115.viiRobert Thomas Watts born about 1849.

      

32. Elizabeth4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) She was born 3 February 1813. She was married in Canton by Justice Asa Pratt on 11 October 1831 to Oliver Sellard. He was the son of Stephen D. Sellard (born 1781 at Norwich, Connecticut, died May 1852) and Polly Spencer (born 1782, died 1869).[24]

116.iDell F. 4 Sellard born in Canton, PA, married first Bernard L. Wright, married second M B. Kistler.

      

33. John B. 4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) He was born 14 December 1814 in Bradford Co., PA, and died 3 April 1903 at Ottumwa, Iowa. The 1860 US Census lists his occupation as farmer. He married Catherine Rogers in Bradford Co., PA. She was born 2 September 1818 in Bradford Co., PA, and died at Wapello Co., IA. Her parents were Roine Rogers and Hannah Landon.[25]

117.iAndrew Jackson5 Watts born 9 April 1840, Tioga Co., PA, died 7 June 1913, Southewest City, McDonald Co., MO, married Diantha Julia [-?-] about 1858, second marriage to Mattie T. McCowan.
118.iiJane Watts born about 1843, Bradford Co., PA
119.iiiJames Knox Polk Watts born 8 September 1845, Canton, PA, died 10 May 1926, Boise, ID.
120.ivSophia Watts born about 1848. The exact relationship of this individual to this family is unsure.
121.vJohn Watts born 1848 Bradford Co, PA.
+122.viDavid Roine Watts born 6 June 1851, Bradford Co., PA, died 30 April 1931, Ottumwa, IA.
123.viiEmma Elizabeth Watts born 1854, died 19 Apr 1934, Wapello Co., IA.
124.viiiThomas Watts born 1857 Bradford Co., PA, died 1941, Ottumwa, IA.
125.ixFlora Susan Watts born March 1860, Bradford Co., PA, died Quinn, SD.

 

34. Thomas Murray4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) He was born 13 December 1817. He died 30 July 1893 at Granville, PA., and was buried at the Granville Cemetery on 1 August 1893. His death certificate recorded that he was a white male, his occupation was farming, and that he died after seven weeks of chronic diarrhea. He married Edith Polen in 1841. She was born 2 Febraury 1824 at Wilkes-Barre, PA, and died 22 February 1893 at Sayler, Bradford Co., PA. [26]

126.iSarah5 Christiana Watts born about 1844.
127.iiEllen Watts born about 1846.
128.iiiLydia Watts born about 1849.
129.ivMargaret Watts born about 1853.
+130.vCatherine Watts born 1856.
+131.viThomas Wilson Watts born 21 July 1859, Granville, PA, died 20 Apr 1947, Elmira, NY.

   

36. James4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) He was born about 1822 in PA. James Watts was recorded as being a farmer from 1850-1880. It is believed that he may be the James Watts who died of heart failure after an illness of one week, at age 82, on 28 February 1904 and was buried at Canton about 1 March 1904 at Canton.

In 1860 the family held real property valued at $1,500 and personal property worth $500. By 1870, the real property was valued at $4,000 and the personal property had increased to $1,350.

He was married to Phoebe Comfort. She was born about 1821 in PA. [27]

132.iDelphene5 Watts born about 1847 in PA.

     

38. Robert A.4 Watts (John3, Francis2, James1) He was born 6 April 1830 in PA. He died in 1913. In the 1860, he held real estate valued at $500 and personal property valued at $300. Although Robert A. Watts and Harriet Watts were living in different dwellings during the 1860 census, they were living in the same residence during the 1870 census. By 1870, his real estate holdings had increased to $2,500 and his personal property had increased in value to $1,070. In 1900, Robert was listed as a widower and was living with his son Cory. During 1910, his he was listed as being farmer, owning his own farm free of mortgage, and being a Civil War veteran.

He married Harriet E. Bennett about 1852.She was born about 1834/1835 in Canton, PA. She died of consumption, after an illness of nine weeks, on 22 December 1899. She was buried at Canton on 25 December 1899. Her parents were Thomas Bennett and Elizabeth [-?-].[28]

+133.iFloyd S.5 Watts born about 1853 in PA.
134.iiElecta Watts born about 1858 in PA.
+135.iiiCharles F. Watts born about 1866.
+136.ivCory (Carey) A. Watts born in June 1871 in PA.

  

39. Henry Spalding4 Mercur (Mary3, Francis2, James1) He was born on 29 August 1811. He died 7 August 1869. He worked as a merchant with Ellis Lewis, then later worked with his brothers. During the 1850 U.S. census, his occupation was listed as a merchant and he was reported to have real estate valued at $15,000. In the 1860 census, his occupation was again listed as merchant and he was reported to own real estate valued at $20,000 and personal property worth $2,000.

He was married 17 April 1836 to Sarah Azubah Guernsey of Oxford, New York. She was born 18 August 1815 and died 19 February 1874. [29]

137.iFredrick5 Mercur born about 1836 in PA. During the 1860 census, his occupation was listed as civil engineer and his personal property was valued at $1,000.
138.iiHenry Mercur born about 1839 in PA. During the 1860 census, his occupation was listed as clerk.
139.iiiCharles Mercur born about 1841 in PA. During the 1860 census, his occupation was listed as lawyer.
140.ivJames Louis Mercur born about 1843 in PA. In the 1860 census, his occupation was listed as clerk.
141.vSarah Adalaide Mercur born about 1848 in PA, married Maj. Addison Mason on 15 Oct. 1868.[30]
+142.viCharlotte E. Mercur born 8 September 1850 in PA.
143.viiEdward G. Mercur born about 1853 in PA.
144.viiiElizabeth D. Mercur born about 1857 in PA.

 

41. Mahlon Clark4 Mercur (Mary3, Francis2, James1) He was born 6 February 1816. He died in Towanda on 17 October 1905. He started in business at the age of 12 when he sold his first tract of land. By the age of 16 he was buying and shipping lumber. In 1838 he was elected councilman, an office he held for several years. In 1847 he erected a three-story brick block on the southeast corner of Main and Pine Streets. In 1877 he was appointed Deputy Collector of U.S. Revenues. He operated the North Branch Canal for shipping of lumber and farm produce. He later was instrumental in developing a railroad line up the Susquehanna Valley. He was also engaged in the banking business, first in the Towanda bank, then as president of the Mercur bank. He was a member of the Episcopal church.

During the 1850 U.S. census, he was recorded living alone with his son in Towanda. His occupation was listed as being a merchant and he held real estate valued at $25,000. During the 1860 U.S. census, he was listed as being a farmer with real estate valued at $30,000 and personal property worth $30,000. His wife's real estate was valued at $1,500.      

He was married first to Helen Kingsbury in 1839. She was the daughter of Col. Joseph Kingsbury. She died in 1841. He married Annie Hubbard Jewett 22 February 1853. She was born 10 (16) May 1832 in Massachusetts, and died 7 October 1901. One child was born to the first marriage and six children were born to the second marriage. [31]

145.iMahlon M.5 Mercur born about 1840, served in the Army with Banks, died in Texas soon after the war.
146.iiHelen Mercur born about 1855 in Towanda, Bradfornd Co., PA., married the Rev. George H. Rosenmiller, rector of the Episcopal Church at Niagara Falls, New York.
147.iiiAnnie Lillian Mercur born about 1858 in PA.
148.ivWilliam H. Mercur physician and surgeon at Pittsburgh, PA.
149.vHiram T. Mercur in the cotton business in the south.
150.viRobert J. Mercur
151.viiElise Mercur married [-?-] Wagner.

 

42. Ulysses4 Mercur (Mary3, Francis2, James1) He was born 12 August 1818. He died 6 June 1887. He worked on his father's farm and attended school in the winter. About 1838, he entered Jefferson College to study law and graduated first in his class in 1842. He was admitted to the bar and to law practice on 4 September 1843. On 19 March 1861 he was appointed by Governor Curtin to fill the vacancy in the 13th Judicial district. In October 1861, he was elected to a full term without opposition. In 1864 he was elected to Congress. He served for four consecutive terms. "He was a member of the Judiciary Committee and took an active part in preparing the reconstruction measures rendered necessary by the secession of the Southern States." In 1872 he was nominated to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He became Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in January 1883.

During the 1850 U.S. Census, he was recorded as living with the family of his brother Henry S. Mercur. In the 1860 census, he was listed as being a lawyer with real estate valued at $16,000 and personal property valued at $7,500.     . 

He married Sarah Simpson Davison 12 June 1850. She was the daughter of General John Davis (b 1788) of Bucks County, PA, and Amy Hart) She was born 10 November 1822 and died 20 April 1896. [32]

+152.iRodney A.5 Mercurborn 29 September 1852 at Towanda, PA.
153.iiJohn D. Mercur born 15 July 1853. He attended public schools, studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College with an MD in 1878. He practiced one year in the Philadelphia Hospital. Returned to Towanda in June of 1889. He was a member of Sons of the Revolution, the Medical Society of Philadelphia and the Episcopal Church.
154.iiiMary E. Mercur born about 1855 in PA., married Benjamin Franklin Eshleman of Lancaster, PA.
+155.ivJames Watts Mercur born about 1857 in PA., of Delaware County.
156.vUlysses Mercur of Philadelphia.

 


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References

[18] 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Post Office, p. 202, dwelling 540, family 509, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1080; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 106.

[19] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 94, dwelling 76, family 79, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Post Office, p. 191, dwelling 468, family 441, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1080; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 288, Vol. II, p. 106.

[20] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 94, dwelling 74, family 77, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Post Office, p. 202, dwelling 538, family 507, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1080; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 288, Vol. II, p. 106.

[21] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 94, dwelling 77, family 80, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 288, Vol. II, p. 106.

[22] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. I, p. 251, Vol. II, p. 275.

[23] DAR Application 72434, Addie Watts Crawford, Apr. 1909, information about William Watts, his wife and son Robert, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC.

[24] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 66, 275; DAR Application 46616, Dell F. Wright Kistler, information about her parents, grandparents and others, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC.

[25] Family Group Sheet for John B. Watts, prepared by Jean Deal, February 1998, provides information about births, marriages, deaths, names of parents, names of children, names of spouses, copy in possession of writer.

[26] Thomas Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 1, Dec. 7, 1893, LDS microfilm 1,033,165, includes name, age, place of birth, occupation, date, place and cause of death, date and place of burial; DAR Application 78879 and 78880, Edith Catherine Barnes and Maud Elanor Barnes, 12 Mar 1910, information about Thomas Murray Watts, his wife and daughter Catherine, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC; DAR Application 427000, Mildred Norris, 4 Jan 1954, information about Thomas Murray Watts, his wife and son Thomas Wilson Watts, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC; DAR Application [number not recorded], Genevieve Watts Gore, information about Thomas Murray Watts, his wife and son Thomas Wilson Watts, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC

[27] James Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 2, Mar. 5, 1904, Bradford Co., PA, LDS Microfilm 1,033,165, includes name, date, place and cause of death, date and place of burial, and age at death; 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 93, dwelling 56, family 57, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 200, National Archives Microfilm M 656, Roll 1080; 1870 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, p.40, National Archives Microfilm M 593, Roll 1311; 1880 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, p. 7, National Archives Microfilm T 9, Roll 1104.

[28] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 93, dwelling 64, family 66, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 202, dwelling 539, family 508, National Archives Microfilm M 653, Roll 1080; 1870 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, p. 38, lines 8-12, National Archives Microfilm; Harriet E. Watts, Register of Deaths, Vol. 1, May 10, 1900, Bradford Co., PA, LDS Microfilm 1,033,165, includes name, date, place and cause of death, date and place of burial, place of birth and parents names; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton TWP, N. Dist, Family 90, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence.

[29] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 14, dwelling 170, family 184, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 823, dwelling 135, family 132, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1081; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 117; DAR Application 85526, Mary Charlotte McGlathery Whitehead, 30 Jan 1911, notes dates of birth, marriage, death for Henry Spalding Mercur and Sarah Azubah Guernsey, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, copy in possession of the writer.

[30] Hoagland, Rev. Edward C., Twigs from Family Trees (place unknow, pub unknown, 1940), seen on the internet at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~pabradfo/bramarr4.htm, printout in possession of writer, lists the marriage of Sarah Adalaide Mercur and Maj. Addsion Mason.

[31] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 10, dwelling 12, family 140, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 823-824, dwelling 134, family 130, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1081; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 117-120; Heverly, History of the Towandas, p. 289; DAR Application 68345, Helen Mercur Rosenmiller, 2 June 1908, information about dates of birth, marriage and death for Mahlon Clark Mercur and Annie Hubbard Jewett, seen at the DAR Library, Washington, DC.

[32] 1850 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Township, p. 14, dwelling 170, family 184, National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll 756; 1860 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford County, Towanda Borough, p. 828, dwelling 163, family 160, National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll 1081; Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families, Vol. II, p. 120-124; Bradsby, History of Bradford County, p. 1019-1020, Hoagland, Rev. Edward C., Twigs from Family Trees (place unknow, pub unknown, 1940), seen on the internet at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~pabradfo/bramarr4.htm, printout in possession of writer, lists the marriage of Ullysses Mercur and Sarah S. Davis; Application File 31823, Marietta Denis Mercur Cahall, lists her ancestors names, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.


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