Hi, Watwood Cousins – I’m a descendant of William and Nancy (Dikus/Dycus) Watwood of Montgomery TN, the progenitors of many of the Watwoods in KY in the mid- to late-19th century (including Ballard, Hopkins, Trigg counties).I will later post what I know of this family, in case any of you connect.For now I’m looking at earlier Watwoods in hopes others of you may have further information or ideas.
I believe that William Watwood (b. ca. 1788 TN; d. 1850-1852 Montgomery Co TN) was the son of George and Margaret (Franklin) Watwood, who appear to have come to Sumner Co TN from Botetourt Co VA ca. 1787.This family not solidly proved, but considerable circumstantial evidence.This much is fact:
George Watwood was in Virginia by 1 Jun 1777, when he enlisted, for term of 3 years, in Capt (later Lt) Hughes Woodson’s Co, 10th VA Regiment; served until 3 Oct 1777, when he is listed as “Deserted.”(George Watwood Military Service Records, National Archives, Washington DC) (Sorry, no patriotic society lineages here – if anyone wants details of these records, please add a posting.)
George Watwood m. Margaret Franklin in Botetourt Co VA 27 Jan 1779 (Botetourt Co Marriage Register, 1770-1853, Part 1, p. 10).He appeared on Botetourt Co Tax Lists 1782-1786 (Burton, Botetourt County: It’s Men, alphabetical, and Virginia Early Census Index at ancestry.com) and on the Personal Property Tax List of Virginia in 1787 (Schriener-Yantis, The 1787 Census of Virginia, 1:232), when he had 0 males 16-21, 0 Blacks, 3 horses, colts, mules, and 4 cattle.This is my last known record of George Watwood in Virginia.
Except that probable son William was b. ca. 1788 in TN (census record), first known record of George Watwood in Sumner Co VA is on the 1790 tax list (Cisco, Historic Sumner County, Tennessee, p. 33; Tennessee Records of Sumner Co: Record of Tax 1787-1794, p. 29), when he was taxed on only 1 poll (thus any sons still under 16); amount of tax: 7 shillings.That this George Watwood is the same one previously in Botetourt Co VA is supported by the fact that others removed from Botetourt Co to Sumner Co TN about this time, including James Franklin (and wife: Mary Lauderdale), who was probably a relative, perhaps a brother, of George Watwood’s wife Margaret Franklin.
George remained in Sumner Co until at least 1807, as evidenced by multiple land records, jury duties, court appearances (all of which I’ll detail later if anyone is interested), and finally a listing in a local merchant’s journal as “George Watwood Senr.” (Gallatin Merchant’s Journal, Sumner Co GenWeb Page, part 9, p. 207).This listing is significant because other records of George Watwood from this time might refer to a younger George, presumably the son of the first George, who, b. ca. 1785, could have been generating his own records by this time.There is, e.g., a George Watwood on the Sumner Co tax list in 1811 (Sistler, Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists, p. 205), who might have been the older or younger George, who did remain in Sumner Co and raised a family there.
I have searched three volumes – Sumner County, Tennessee, Will Abstracts 1788-1882 (Shirley Wilson, 1987), Sumner County, Tennessee, Probate Data, 1787-1808 and Sumner County, Tennessee, Inventories, Settlements & Guardian Accounts, 1808-1821 (both Gale Bamman, 1984) – and found no records for George or any other Watwood.He did buy and sell property in Sumner Co, as follows:
1 Jul 1796 – Robert Dobins sold George Watwood, for $180, 108 acres, tract “where Watwood now lives.”
14 Sep 1799 – George Watwood sold Benjamin Rawlings, for $406, 114 ½ acres.
(Both from Sumner County Tennessee, Deed Abstracts 1793-1805, by Joyce Martin Murray, pp. 51, 79-80)
Do these two transactions represent (roughly) the same property?Did he buy other property not recorded here?Did he die, or move away?Did he, perchance (as Harvey Watwood and I have discussed), move back east to help spawn the Watwoods in the deeper South – Carolinas, GA, AL?I have so far found no answers.
There is interesting information regarding the probable children of George and Margaret (Franklin) Watwood, which I’ll post separately.Anyone with later TN Watwoods is probably interested in son George – later KY Watwoods could descend from George or from William, whose whole family, as far as I know it, moved to KY – another branch of the family may have moved to IL.Will also post separately info on two earlier Watwoods.
Any questions, comments, suggestions, please speak up!