Watts, Watt, Watson DNA Project

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We still need a volunteer from several Family Groups to take responsibility for a short description of events in their Family Group.

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Y-DNA tests show that:
  • Thomas Watts, b. abt. 1722, of Kershaw County, SC
  • Thomas Watts, b. 1728 in Chatham County, NC m. Elizabeth (H)Arrington
  • William Watts, b. abt. 1730, Oxfordshire, England
  • John Watts, b 1741, m. Mary Johnson
  • Garrett Z. Watts b 1756 in Caroline County, VA and his brother Henry, b. abt 1760
  • Thomas Watts of Wilkes County, GA
  • Richard Watts b. abt. 1750 of Bedford, Virginia
  • Thomas Watts b. abt. 1763 m. Lavinia Huntley from NC
  • James Watts, b. 1823 in NC
  • Jacob Cope, b. 1824 in Wilkes County, NC
  • Green Berry Watts, b. 1829 in GA
  • James H. Watts, b. 1875 in Alexander County, NC
all share the same DNA and, thus, somewhere a common ancestor. We don't know that common ancestor, nor the relationship between the various Watts lines above, but knowing there is a common ancestor allows us to compare given names (including surnames used as middle names), common collateral families, common geographical locations, family lore and other elements that may give a clue to their relationships. Currently, research indicates some of this family migrated west from James City and others moved north along the Virginia peninsulas. Caroline County, VA and Charlotte County, VA are areas requiring major research on this Watts Group.

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Family Group ancestors include:
  • John J Watts (b-VA, TN, KY & Searcy Co., AR)
  • Josiah Watts (b- VA, Tishomingo Co., MS)
  • William Wythe Watts, (b-TN and Searcy Co., AR)
  • Greenberry Watts (b-VA, lived Hawkins Co, TN)
6/18/04 A descendant of Allen Watts (1801 MD; Knox County, OH) matches the John/Josiah/William Wythe Watts lines of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Searcy County, Arkansas. Allen Watts (b-1801 MD, lived in Knox Co., OH). 1/26/06 A descendant of Greenberry Watts (b1790 VA, lived Hawkins County, TN) is also matched to Allen/John/Josiah/William Wythe Watts

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16 Y-DNA kits connect Watts/Watson family groups. Research indicates these families migrated by 1830's from North Carolina along the mountains of north Georgia, north Alabama, Tennessee and into Arkansas. Our goal is to learn of our common ancestors while educating others of the advantages of participating in the Y-DNA studies. Earliest known male ancestors include:
  • John Watts (1785 NC- aft 1850 Blount Co Alabama), then Blount/Winston & Cullman Co, Alabama. (Children: John C., Rufus Ellis, Samuel Johnson, Survantus, Levi-1829, Martha-1821, Annie Melissa, Ervin P., and Jacob V. Watts-1836)
  • David Watts of NC, lived 1830-40 Lumpkin County, GA, still there on 1855 Tax Digest (Two known sons: Levi, b. 1812 Buncombe Co, NC and Jacob-1814). Prob brother Andrew (1799 NC, wife Barbary) found 1850 Lumpkin, 51 and 1860 in Banks CO, GA
  • Joseph Watts (1807 NC- bef 1880 Morgan CO TN), wife Nancy McEntire, lived Lumpkin, GA; Macon, NC & Scott-Morgan County, TN (Children: Rachel Sallie, Mary Ann, Roseanna Jane, Martha M-1836, William A., Arminda R., Phoebe/Pheby Elmira, Lucinda C., and Daniel Columbus Renaugh Watts)
  • John "Joseph" Watts (1774 NC - 1847 Rabun, GA) , wife Lydia Cargile settled Rabun Co, GA (Children: Pleasant William, Patsy Elizabeth, Catherine, Polly, William Andrew, Sarah Nancy, John Jackson "Jackie", Mary Elizabeth, James Robert, Nancy Lydia, Charles Jacob, and Sapphronia Watts).
  • John Watson (1760 NC -1842 St. Clair, Alabama), wife Mahala Long, settled St. Clair County (now Etowah), Alabama. (Children: Abigail, Eli, Jesse, Levi-1792, Robert, Joseph, Nancy, Martha Lenora-1803, William G.,Ivy, Moses-1806, Rosanna, James, and Wimberly Frederick)
  • Daniel D. Watts, s/o John & Mahala above, (b. 1820 Buncombe, NC - 1900 Marshall Co, AL), wife Fannie Phillips, both buried Boaz, Marshall CO AL. (Children: Sarah Elizabeth, James Britton, Nancy Rebecca, Eli Ashbury, Amanda, William D., Elizabeth, George Marion, Daniel Oscar, and M. S. Watts).
  • Jacob Z. Watts (1793 Montgomery, NC - 1868 Virgil, Kansas), wife Millie, settled Calico Rock, AR (Children: Emily, Emanuel-1823, Daniel, Leona Clementine, Nathaniel, Samuel Garrett, John Hunter, William, James Monroe, Josiah Costner, Martin Jefferson, and Jacob Zachariah Taylor-1846).
  • John Watts (1795 NC-1862 Marion CO, AR), wife Judy, settled Marion County, AR (Children: Emanuel-1832, William R.-1833, Henry, Nancy Jane, and Winnie Watts)
  • Reuben Watts/Watson/Wats (1804 - aft 1860 Cocke CO, TN), wife Betsy Banks, lived Buncombe & Burke CO NC, settled Cocke & Sevier County, TN. (Children: Margaret, Nancy M., James M., Fountain A., William R.-1844, Susannah, Mary A., Jacob Henry "Jake", Jasper "Joseph", Julia A., Sarah Jane Watts).
  • Moses Watts (1800 NC - aft Sept 1850 Stanley CO, NC), wife Nancy Ledbetter, lived near Pee Dee River, Montgomery CO NC. (Children: John W.-1821, Noah Z., John Stanley-1836, Perlina, Martin, Catherine, Mary-1842, Joel Joseph, Allen P., Sanky Thomas),

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