On the 1800 Rockingham Co., North Carolina census are Richard Watts and John Foster. They are living fairly close to one another.
I believe Richard Watts is the same man who was living in Pittsylvania Co., VA by at least 1782. He had a number of known children there, but some are still unknown. On the 1800 Rockingham census are Claiborne, Peter and Zachariah Watts. I suspect they may be untraced sons of Richard. Does anyone have anything on them? I do not believe thees Wattses are related to the Samuel Watts who was living in Rockingham at a much earlier date. I suspect this Richard Watts came from Maryland prior to arriving in Pittsylvania Co.
The FTDNA Watts y-chromosome tests have conclusively linked some of Richard Watts descendants with an Allen Watts from Maryland (recent research points to Allen being descended from the line of a Richard Watts who emigrated from Cumberland Co., England to St. Mary's Co., Maryland). Though I am surnamed Foster I am also genetically linked to this Watts family (this came as quite a surprise to me). The mystery is how did this come to pass?
John Foster is one of the four sons of Richard Foster (d. 1796 Nottoway Co., VA) and Ann Craddock ( the others being Joel, George and David). These Fosters were living in Nottoway Co., VA as late as 1796 (it was split off of from Amelia Co. in 1788). Joel Foster was also in Rockingham by 1800. David Foster was in Rockingham by the 1810 census. Of George Foster I know nothing. I know that these Fosters did not remain long in North Carolina. They migrated to Warren and Allen Co's Kentucky and Giles and Lawrence Co's Tennessee by 1820s-1830s. I am fairly certain that I descend from this John Foster through his son John.
My question is this. Has anyone come across any evidence that John Foster and Richard Watts interacted in any way? Did John Foster remarry a widowed daughter-in-law of Richard Watts? I have been unable to account for Claiborne, Peter or Zachariah Watts after 1800. Did they die? I am particularly interested in this Claiborne Watts. Claiborne is a very popular name among my Fosters and to see it applied to a Watts is intriguing. It hints at a connection.