James Watts Descendents - Part 7 of 8

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

Prepared by Sean Furniss

      

220. John Francis6 Watts (David Roine5, John B.4, John3, Francis2, James1) He was born 29 August 1874, at Schuyler Co., MO, and died 30 December 1946 at Ottumwa, IA. He was married on 15 November 1946 at Ottumwa, IA, to Minnie Permelia Wilkins. She was born 22 November 1876 at Wapello Co., IA, and died on 20 May 1946 at Ottumwa, IA. Her parents were Stephen Wilkins and Margaret Buchanan.[70]

275.iLaila7 Watts born 3 April 1901, Ottumwa, IA, died 3 May 1983, Ottumwa, IA, married LaMont Garrett on 23 December 1933, Lancaster, MO.
276.iiMargaret Delilah Watts born 1 August 1903, Ottumwa, IA, died 26 August 1923, Ottumwa, IA.
277.iiiMinnie Isabelle Watts born 24 March 1906, Ottumwa, IA, died 4 March 1996, Ottumwa, IA, married Harold Smith in 1924 at Ottumwa, IA.
278.ivWillie Francis Watts born 4 June 1909, Ottumwa, IA, died 27 April 1977, Rochester, MN, married 22 December 1928 to Wanda (Colene) Ross at Fairfield, IA.
+279.vNeva Valeta Watts born 6 June 1915, Wapello Co., IA, died 29 January 1984, Marion, Grant Co., IN.

 

227. Blanche6 Watts (Thomas Wilson5, Thomas Murray4, John3, Francis2, James1) She was born 6 September 1881 at Granville Township, Bradford Co., PA. She was a resident of West Franklin, Bradford Co., PA, when she married Henry J. Blackman on 12 January 1898. He was a resident of Mourveton, occupation farmer He was the son of D. R. Blackman and Jemima, and was born on 26 August 1872 in Monroe Township, Bradford Co., PA.[71]

280.iMildred7 Watts born 11 June 1899 at Wysox, Bradford Co., PA, married on 4 June 1923 to E. Stanley Norris. He was born 1 October 1900 at Lyone (?), KY. In 1954, they were living in Dundee, NY.

   

230. Minnie6 Watts (Floyd S.5, Robert A.4, John3, Francis2, James1) She was born in September 1875 in PA. In 1900, she worked in a cigar factory. She married William H. Putnam about 1903. He was born about 1875 in PA. His father was born in New York and his mother in PA. His occupation in 1910 was farmer. They owned their own farm and had a mortgage. [72]

281.iWilliam H.7 Putman, Jr., born about 1905 in PA.
282.iiHerbert A. Putman born about 1908 in PA.

     

231. Electa6 Watts (Floyd S.5, Robert A.4, John3, Francis2, James1) She was born about 1877 in PA. She was married to J. Edward Schaffinaker (Schaffenacker), on 13 February 1895 at Canton, PA. by Rev. Geo. Lobingier. He was born about 1861 in Virginia. He was the son of Chas. W. Schaffinaker and Catherine [-?-]. Both of his parents were born in Germany. His first wife died 3 December 1893. His occupation was listed as being a blacksmith at the time of his marriage in 1895 and in the 1910 census. He owned his own shop and his own home, free of a mortgage. [73]

283.iFloyd7 Schaffinaker (Schaffenacker) born about 1897 in PA.
284.iiWalter Schaffinaker (Schaffenacker) born about 1900 in PA.

  

247. Earl L.6 Watts (Thomas M.5, William M.4, Squire3, Francis2, James1) He was born about November 1880 at Canton, PA. In 1900 his occupation was listed as laborer in a toy factory in Canton, PA. During the 1920 census, he was reported as working as a carpenter doing car repairs (probably train cars).

His wife's name was Jennie E. [-?-]. They lived in Sayre, PA., in 1904, where he worked as a carpenter. During the 1920 census the family lived at 165 Hampden Road, Rochester, New York. The family lived in Rochester, New York, from at least 1920 to February 1966, when his sister Ruth died. In the early 1960's, Earl Watts was living at 50 Forest Ave, Rochester, NY, 14622.[74]

285.iEdward E.7 Watts born 24 July 1904 at Sayre, PA.

  

248. Ruth Nina6 Watts (Thomas M.5, William M.4, Squire3, Francis2, James1) She was born 12 October 1881 at Canton, PA. She died 20 February 1966 at Berkeley, California, funeral services were held 23 February 1966 and her ashes were interred at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito (Berkeley), California.[75]

In the 1900 census her occupation was listed as laborer in a toy factory, presumably the same factory where her father worked as a foreman. In the early 1900's she became a registered nurse after graduating from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and practiced nursing for over 50 years. At Waverly, New York, she worked at Tioga Co. General Hospital. She often worked "20 hour special duty" which meant that she ate/slept there, often at a patient's bedside. She was a member of the California Nurses Association at the time of her death.[76]

She was married on 20 December 1910 to Clinton Chollet Furniss, probably in New York City, New York, by Justice of the Peace William J. Burke. W. MacFarland Lord (cousin of Clinton C. Furniss) and Cornelius O. Keefe, Jr., were witnesses.[77] It is interesting to note that Clinton C. Furniss, in a typescript dated 24 March 1927, reported that he married Ruth Watts in 1907. One can only speculate as to why Clinton C. Furniss would indicate a 1907 marriage, while his wife, in her own handwriting, indicated a 1910 marriage with a date and witnesses. It is possible that, to avoid family disagreement, they were secretly married in 1907, then later remarried with family and friends present. Clinton C. Furniss and Ruth N. Watts were divorced/separated about 1927-28.

They lived in New York City in 1907; Portland, Oregon 1908-09; New York City 1913-1915; Elizabeth, New Jersey in July 1917; Westfield, New Jersey in 1918; South Plainfield, New Jersey 1920-22; Grand Lake, Maine 1923-24; Patten, Maine 1924; Houlton, Maine 1925; and Branchville, New Jersey 1926. Ruth Watts moved to Waverly, New York, to be near her parents, about 1927-28 where she remained until 1944. Her address in Waverly was 513 Waverly St. Her parents address in Waverly was 14 Lincoln St.

"She waited until I [Malcolm Furniss] graduated from Waverly H.S. (last of six children) [there were actually seven children born to this family], then held an auction and she and I went by train to Calif. in 1944. We arrived in Berkeley on Oct. 24 and stayed at the Shattuck Hotel until Dec. 19 when we moved to 2138 Kittredge St. ... Mother kept the apartment on Kittredge St. until after William and I returned from military service. He and I lived there while we were both students at U.C. ... She lived at a couple of other places, always with Jackie, and they were living at 2716 Webster St., Berkeley, when mother died."[78] The writer visited his grandmother at her home on Kittredge St. a number of times between 1955 and 1964. The apartment house was located less than half a block from the University of California at Berkeley, separated from the campus by only a parking lot.

In October 1984, the writer and his wife met with several elderly residents of Patten, Maine, who still remembered Doctor Furniss, his driving around town and his cigar smoking. They said that his wife, Ruth Watts, was a good baker, a fact that the writer can also personally vouch for from personal experience in her kitchen and at her table.

Additional information about the Furniss Family and the descendants of Ruth Nina Watts can be found in The Furniss and Furness Families of Portsmouth and Durham, New Hampshire by Sean Furniss.

286.iRobert Livingston7 Furniss born 8 September 1908 at Portland, Oregon, died 7 December 1980 in Portland, Oregon, married Frances Alene Heathon 14 November 1932 at Fresno, California.
287.iiClinton Chollet Furniss born 8 March 1913 at New York City, died 2 May 1984 at Garden Grove, California, first married Helen Theresa Guzenski,about 1938, second marriage to Maire Keenan, on 17 April 1946 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
288.iiiJerome Bogardus Furniss born 20 November 1915 at New York City, died 25 February 1984 at Carmichael, California, married Helen Rimbey.
289.ivWilliam Wallace Furnissborn, died and buried about 1918 at Westfield, New Jersey.
290.vWilliam Wallace Furniss born at South Plainfield, New Jersey, married Patricia Meier in 1949.
291.viJacqueline (Jackie) Jay Furniss born 3 July 1922 at South Plainfield, New Jersey, died 24 December 1987 at Oakland, California. She never married.
292.viiMalcolm MacFarlane Furniss born at Branchville, New Jersey, married Irene McDonald Drummond at Berkeley, California.

   

257. Nora Edith6 Watts (John Franklin5, Thomas Jefferson4, John3, James2, James1) She was born on 30 November 1881 at Salladasburg, PA., and died 2 October 1965 at Williamsport, PA., buried at Salladsburg Cemetery. She married Ambrose Rankin Clark on 10 September 1902 at Corning, New York. He was born on 12 August 1877 at Linden, PA., and died on 21 September 1953 at Jersey Shore, PA. [79]

293.iPauline7 Clarkborn 24 July 1905 at Williamsport, PA., married Robert Adams (born 20 May 1906) on 17 November 1930 at Woolrich.
294.iiGeorgeana Clark born 15 December 1906 at Williamssport, PA., married [-?-] Kennedy.

   

279. Neva Valeta7 Watts (John Francis6, David Roine5, John B.4, John3, Francis2, James1) She was born 6 June 1915 at Wapello Co., IA, and died 29 January 1984 at Marion, Grant Co., IN. She was married first on 2 April 1932 to Donald Lee Shartzer at Creston, IA. He was born 14 July 1911 at Ottumwa, IA, and died on 25 June 1970 at Needles, CA. His parents were John Floyd Shartzer and Jessie Fay Woodward. Her second marriage was to Oran Rial Allee.[80]

295.idaughter Shartzer (information omitted by request)
296.iidaughter Shartzer (information omitted by request)

 


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References

[70] 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.

[71] DAR Application 427000, Mildred Norris, 4 Jan 1954, information about Blanche Watts, her husband Henry J. Blackman and child Mildred; Blanche N. Watts and Henry J. Blackman, Register of Marriages, Vol. 11, p. 464, lic. 3659, Bradford Co., PA, LDS Microfilm 1,033,158, includes names, ages, place of residence, occupation, names of parents, date of marriage.

[72] 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, National Archives Microfilm T 623, Roll 1382; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Twp, N. Dist., Family 93, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence.

[73] 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton, National Archives Microfilm T 623, Roll 1382; Electa Watts and J. E. Schaffinaker, Marriage License Docket, Vol. 10, p. 70, license 2714, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,158; 1910 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Borough, Family 2, National Archives Microfilm T624, Roll 1318, includes information about names, age, years of marriage, state of birth, occupation, place of work, residence.

[74] 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Borough, EDT 18, Sheet 6, Line 86, National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1382;Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA), 22 Feb. 1966, p. 31, col. 3; copy in possession of writer; Edward E. Watts, Register of Births, Vol. 2, p. 275, Bradford Co., PA, LDS microfilm 1,033,148; 1920 U.S. Census, New York, Monroe Co., Rochester, EDT 253, Sheet 15A, Family 334, National Archives Microfilm T625, Roll 1123, includes information about age, state of birth and occupation; "Malcolm Furniss to author", letter dated 28 Apr 1998, Malcolm noted the change of address for Earl L. Watts from his mother's (Ruth Watts Furniss, d 1965) address book, letter in possession of writer.

[75] Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA), 22 Feb. 1966, p. 31, col. 3; copy in possession of writer.

[76] 1900 U.S. Census, PA., Bradford Co., Canton Township, Canton Borough, EDT 18, Sheet 6, Line 86, National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1382; "Malcolm Furniss to Sean Furniss," 13 Nov. 1989, in possession of writer.

[77] "Ruth Watts Furniss to State Board of Nurse Examiners," 21 August 1936, handwritten, certified original in possession of Malcolm Furniss; copy in possession of writer; Ruth Watts Furniss wrote that she was married to Clinton C. Furniss in requesting a name change for her nurse's registration.

[78] "Malcolm Furniss to Sean Furniss," 13 Nov. 1989, in possession of writer.

[79] Application File 87631, Pauline Adams Clark, 9 Jan 1974, lists dates of birth, marriage and death for Nora Edith Watts, Ambrose Rankin Clark, and Pauline Clark, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer; Patriot File for James Watts, Sr., birth certificate for Georgeanna Clark, statement from Knight Funeral Home noting the dates and place of birth and death for Nora Edith Clark, statement from Kelchner's Funeral Home noting the dates of birth and death of Ambrose R. Clark, marriage certificate for Amrose R. Clark and Nora E. Watts, seen at the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC, copy in possession of writer.

[80] 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.


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