Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

James Watson

Male 1696 - 1777  (81 years)


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  • Name James Watson 
    Born 1696 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Mar 1777  Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I016034  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2021 

    Father William Watson,   b. Bef 1667, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1726, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 59 years) 
    Mother Jane MNU Watson,   b. Abt 1671,   d. Aft 1762, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Married Abt 1687  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F06529  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Perry,   b. Abt 1702, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1753 and 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1718  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Watson,   b. 1718, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1803, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. James Watson,   b. 1720, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1793, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Jane Watson,   b. Aft 1726, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1779, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 53 years)
     4. John Watson,   b. Aft 1726, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 54 years)
     5. Isaac Watson,   b. Bef 1749, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1791, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years)
     6. Sarah Watson,   b. Abt 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1798, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F09041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      WATSON, JAMES, Prince George's Co. 15 July 1769;17 March 1777
      To son William, part of tract "Wood Come."
      To son James, all that remains of "Watson's Forest",
      To sons: Equally, John and Isack Watson, part of tract. "Cole Brooke",
      To dau. Jine (later in will called Jane), 30 acres where she now lives during widowhood.
      To sons: John and Isack, all lands In the neck "Bood Come by Chance" and "Standles Chance," equally.
      To daus. Elizabeth, Jane and Sarah, part of "Trenant" and part of "Woodburn" and part of "Cole Brooke" equally, residue to all children.
      To grandson Alexander Oliver, all lands that I have at -the place called -the "Horse Head",
      Sons, John and Isack, Exs.
      Wit: Benj. Wails; Timothy Mahew; William Watson, Jr. 41.287

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      Watson, William, Prince George's County, 20th Jan., 1743; 20th July, 1743.
      To son William, land belonging to test, by a bond given him by his bro. James,
      To wife Elizabeth, extx., dwell. plan., at her death to pass to son Benjamin.
      Test: Geo. Gibbons, Henry Lee, John Davis. MCW 23, 213,
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      Mr. William Wattson/Watson 28.385 PG 53.12.11 Nov 22 1743
      Appraisers: William Bright, Henry Lee.
      Creditors: James Russell, John Bean.
      Next of kin: James Watson, William Watson.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Watson.
      ===
      William Wattson 20.335 A PG 53.12.11 52.1.0 Aug 3 1744
      Payments to: John Hepborn, Esq., James Russel, John }lances, Dr. Charles Stewart, Richard Lee, Esq., Elisabeth Craycroft, John Buchanan (merchant in London), Daniel Dulany, Esq.
      Heirs: Mary, Elisabeth, Martha, Jayne, Jemima, Catherine Wattson.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Brightwell, wife of Richard Brightwell.
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      Naylor, George, Prince George's County, 31st Jan., 1739-40; 24th Mar., 1740.
      To son George, ex., and hrs., "'Forest of Fancy". He to have charge of dau. Sarah.
      To son Battson. and daus. Dorcus and Anne Graham, wife of Thomas, personalty.
      Test: James (Thomas) Watson, Henry Lee, Thomas Bean. MCW 22. 349.
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      BRIGHTWELL, PETER, Prince George's Co. 27 Nov, 1747; 23 Dec, 1747
      To wife ANN. and dau. ELIZABETH,, tract called "Nest Egg."
      Wit: Thomas Morton, John Brightwell, George Naylor,
      Codicil to will of PETER BRIGHTWELL, I give my dau. CATHARINE,, stock, leave my son-in-law JOSEPH CAGE, plantation which is now sitting for 3 years.
      Wit: Thomas Morton, William Watson, James Watson. At the foot of the above Codicil was thus written: Prince George's County, 1-29-1747/8, who state they saw PETER BRIGHTWELL,, sign the Codicil to his will. At the bottom of sd. will: Prince George's County, 1-28-1747/8, then came Thomas Morton, John Brightwell and Geo. Nailer, the 3 evidences to the foregoing will, and made oath
      they saw PETER BRIGHTWELL sign same. 25.246 - 247
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      PERRY, JOHN, Prince George's County, taylor. 9 May, 1753; 28 Jun, 1753
      To son John Perry, 40 A. being pt. of land where he now lives; at his decease, to his old. son.
      To son Edward Perry, 30 A.
      To son Joseph Perry, 20 A., being that pt, where I live,
      To wife Elizabeth, 1/3 of estate.
      To dau, Jane, wife of Jacob Inglehearst:, 1 s. current money.
      To dau. Mary, wife of George Harrison, 1 s.
      To dau. Ann,, wife of James Watson,, 1 s.
      To dau. Elizabeth, wife of John Basil. 1 s.
      To son Joseph, personalty.
      Wit: Chas. Hodges, Rachel Bowie, Benj, Hodge, 28.500

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      Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 518 - 520
      Special petition of Henry Boteler 4th Tues. of Mar last:
      From Charles, Lord Baltimore, to Thomas Gantt, James Greenfield, Robert Kinner and Gunder Erickson, Gent.; regarding bounds of a tract called Buttington; depositions follow:
      Deposition of George Nailor, Jr., age ca 48; mentions Thomas Greenfield and Hugh Williams
      Deposition of Thomas Coleman, age ca 65; mentions Maj. Wilson and Clark Skinner ca 31 years ago
      Deposition of George Nailor, Jr., age ca 48; mentions Col. Greenfield and Thomas Grimes
      Deposition of Thomas Coleman, age ca 65; mentions Maj. Wilson, Clark Skinner and George Lingan
      Deposition of Thomas Truman Greenfield, age ca 47; mentions Col- Greenfield, Poplar Hills and Thomas Grimes
      Deposition of James Watson, age ca 32; mentions his father ca 20-30 years ago, Williams Samwiss' late dwelling
      Depositions taken 13 Sep 1729
      Enrolled 30 Nov 1729
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      Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 620 - Feb 22, 1742/[43] from James Watson of PG, planter, to William Eversfield of PG, for 47 5 shillings, part of a tract of land called the Forrest of Fancy, situated in PG on the west side of Patuxent River, containing about 92 acres. Signed - Jeames (IW his mark) Watson. Wit - Js Wilson, Heny Truman, Henry Boteler. This deed was acknowledged by James Watson and Elizabeth, his wife. Recorded Feb 26, 1742/[43].
      Mar 21, 1742/43. Whereas in the drawing of the above deed and reciting of the courses, one line was misstated, it is now corrected. Signed - John Eversfield, Jno Turton.
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      Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756
      Volume 701, Page 66

      Maryland fs This Indenture made the twenty Seventh day of Feb.ry in the Year of our
      Lord God One Thousand seven hundred forty nine Between James Watson of Prince Georges
      County Planter of the one Part and James Russell of said County Merchant of the other
      Part Witnesseth that the said James Wattson for and in Consideration of the Sums of
      Ninety seven Pounds Seven Shillings and Six Pence Sterling Money fifty five Pounds
      fourteen Shillings and one Penny Curr.t Money and four Thousand Pounds of Crop
      Inspected Tobacco to him in hand Paid by the said James Russell before the Sealing and
      Delivery of these Presents the Receipt whereof ^he^ the said James Wattson doth acknowledge
      and thereof and from every penny thereof doth Acquit Exonerate and discharge the said James
      Russell his Ex.rs and Adm.rs by these Presents Hath Given Granted Bargained Sold Aliened
      Enfeoffed Confirmed and made Over and by these Presents doth for him and his Heirs give grant
      Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoffe Confirm and make over unto him the said James Russell his
      Heirs and Assigns for Ever the following Tracts or Parcels of Land Viz.t All my half of a
      Tract of Land called and known by the Name of Cole Brooke the whole Tract Containing Six
      Hundred & Sixteen Acres by Patent bearing Date the Seventh Day of Decem One Thousand
      Seven hundred and thirty Eight the said Land Beginning at a Bounded Ash Tree the Original
      Beginning Tree of Poplar Hills standing in a Branch of a Creek called Aquasco Creek and
      on the West side of Patuxon River at the head of a Tract of Land formerly Granted to William
      Mills called Trenant and at the head of a Tract of Land formerly Granted to one Baker
      Brooke called Aquasco and Running thence North Seventy nine Degrees West Ninety
      Perches then South ten Degrees West three hundred and Eighty Perches then East by
      South four hundred and Eighty Perches then North two hundred and thirty eight Perches
      then West by North two hundred and thirty four Perches then South Eighty Perches then West
      ninety three Perches then North Sixty five Degrees West Ninety nine Perches then North
      Sixty one Perches then by a Streight line to the Beginning Tree Containing and now laid out
      for Six hundred & Sixteen Acres of Land more or less according to a Certificate of Resurvey
      thereof taken and returned into the Land Office bearing Date the thirty first day of March
      Seventeen hundred thirty Seven And also all my half of a certain Tract of Land called Forrest of
      Fancy the whole Containing One Hundred Eighty four Acres by Patent bearing Date the third
      Day of October seventeen hundred and thirty Beginning at a Bounded White Oak standing
      on the East side of a Branch of Zachlah and Running thence South and by East
      Sixty Eighty Perches then South and by West forty Perches then South fifty two Perches
      then South forty degrees East fifty Perches then North fifty two Degrees East One hundred
      and thirty Perches then North Eleven Degrees East One hundred and thirty nine Perches
      then North Eighty five Degrees West One hundred and Sixty six Perches then with a Streight
      Line to the first Bound Tree Containing and now laid out for One Hundred and Eighty
      four Acres of Land more or less and also another Tract or Parcel of Land called Weltshire
      Containing One Hundred Acres by Patent bearing Date the twenty sixth day of October
      seventeen hundred thirty two Beginning at a White Oak it being the Bound Tree of a
      Tract of Land called the Forrest of Fancy and Running thence North five Degrees East
      forty six Perches then South Eighty five Degrees East One hundred and Sixty Six Perches North
      Eleven Degrees East Sixty perches North Eighty five Degrees West two hundred and four
      Perches South thirty degrees West Seventy three Perches South East and by South One
      Hundred and thirty Perches then with a Streight Line to the first Tree Containing and laid out
      for One Hundred Acres of Land more or less Also another Tract or Parcell of Land Wattsons
      Forrest Containing by Patent One Hundred Sixty six Acres Beginning at a Bounded red
      Oak Standing on a hill in the Second line of a Tract of Land called Poplar Hills running
      thence South and by West One Hundred and Sixteen Perches then West One hundred
      & four Perches then North twenty two and a half degrees West One hundred and Ninety
      six Perches then North Eighty two degrees East thirty seven Perches then East and by
      South One Hundred and Seventy six Perches then with a Streight line to the first
      Bounded Tree Containing and now laid out for One Hundred and Sixty six Acres of Land
      more or less according to the Certificate of Survey thereof taken ^out^ and Returned into the Land Office
      bearing date the thirteenth Day of Feb.ry seventeen hundred and twenty eight together
      with all and Singular the dwelling houses our Houses Orchards Tobacco houses
      and all other Improvements Conveiencys and Advantages thereon or thereto belonging
      or in any manner of way appertaining To have and to hold the Lands and Premisses afs.d with
      the Appurtenances unto him the said James Russell his Heirs or Assigns for
      Ever to the only proper use and behoof of him the said James Russell his Heirs and Assigns
      and to no use intent or Purpose whatsoever and the said James Watson for himself his
      Heirs Executors and Adm.rs doth Covenant Promise grant and Agree to and with the said
      James Russell his Heirs and Assigns That he the said James Watson and his Heirs the
      Lands and Premisses afs.d with the Appurtenances unto the said James Russell his
      Heirs and Assigns for Ever against him the said James Watson and his Heirs and
      against all and every other Person or Persons whatsoever shall and will Warrant and
      for Ever defend by these Presents Provided always and upon this Condition following
      Viz.t that if the said James Watson his Heirs Executors or Administrators do and shall
      well and truly pay or cause to be Paid unto the said James Russell or his certain Attorney
      Executors Adm.rs or Assigns the full and Just Sum of four Thousand Pounds of Crop
      Tobacco in four Hogsheads by the tenth day of November next fifty Pounds Sterling by
      the last day of May seventeen hundred fifty one forty seven Pounds Seven Shillings &
      six Pence Sterling and fifty five pounds fourteen Shillings and one penny Current
      Money at or before the last day of May seventeen hundred fifty two with Legal Interest
      on each of the Sums from the Date hereof Then this Indenture to be Void and of
      no Effect But if default had or made in Payment of the said Sum of four Thousand
      Pounds of Tobacco Ninety Seven Pounds Seven Shillings and six Pence Sterling and
      fifty five Pounds fourteen Shillings one Penny Curr.t Money with the Legal Interest
      as afs.d That then this Present Indenture to stand in full force Power and Virtue
      set his Hand and Affixed his Seal the day and Year first above written
      Sign'd Sealed & Delivered in his
      Presence of James I W Wattson Seal
      Andrew Symmer mark
      On the Back of the aforegoing Mortgage was thus Endorsed Viz.t

      Feb.ry 27 1749/50 Then received from James Russell the Sums of four Thousand Pounds
      of Tobacco ninety seven Pounds Seven Shillings & six Pence Sterling & fifty five Pounds
      fourteen Shillings & one Penny Curr.t Money being the Consideration Money within
      mentioned his
      Testis Hen.r Trueman James I W Wattson
      mark

      F.s Waring
      Maryland fs 10.th May 1750 Then Came James Wattson before us the Subscribers
      two of his Lordships Justices of the Peace for Prince Georges County and acknowledged
      the within Deed according to Act of Assembly in such Cases made and
      Provided Hen.r Trueman
      Recorded June 13.th 1750 F.s Waring
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1752-1757; Liber NN {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 307. At the request of James Naylor the following Land Commission was recorded abt November 27, 1754
      Memorandum that on the special petition of James Naylor preferred to the justices of Prince George's County, Maryland on the 4th Tuesday of March in the 3rd year of his Lordship commission the Right Hon. the Lord Proprietary Dominion etc., his Lordship commission issued by order of the justices aforesaid out of the county aforesaid on the 2nd day of April Anno Domini 1754. In these words following, Frederick Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Province of Maryland and Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore Vizt; to Messrs Alexander Magruder, Josiah Wilson, William Willson and James Thomas, of PGCo gentleman, whereas James Naylor is seized of tracts "Brightwell's Range" and "Thatham," and preferred his petition in writing to our county court held at Upper Marlborough Town before Peter Dent, gentleman and his associates then and still justices within our county to examine evidence to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of the said tracts of land. Therefore, we command you any three or two of you to examine all witnesses or persons concerned touching their knowledge of the bounds of the said tracts. Witness Peter Dent, gentleman, March 29, 1754. Issued April 2, 1754, Joseph Sim, Clk
      November 23, 1754; James Watson, Sr., aged 58, being sworn declares that George Naylor the brother of James Naylor, Sr., told this deponent that James Waypole told him that the beginning tree of "Brightwell's Range" being an ash tree where this deponent now stands stood near the old forge of a branch that falls into the county branch and that several trees was blazed near the bounded ash and this deponent upon a difference with James Naylor, Sr., went to look for the said tree and found the ash where now stands marked with 9 notches which he believes to be the boundary and further saith not. Taken before Alexander Magruder (near Mill Town), Josiah Wilson, William Wilson
      November 23, 1754; Richard Brightwell, Sr,, aged 66, being sworn declares that at the place where he now stands it being the road that leads from Swanson Creek to the brick church and on the east side of the road there stood a Hickory tree which William Watson, Senior now deceased told him it was a bounded tree of "Thatham," and that James Watson, Sr., upon taking up a piece of land adjacent run his courses within the boundaries of "Thatham," and finding that he was within the courses he let it drop and further saith not. Taken before Alexander Magruder (near Mill Town), Josiah Wilson, William Wilson
      November 23, 1754; Thomas Bean, aged 37, being sworn declares that about 17 or 18 years ago he was in company with John Adams, Sr., and was then running course to find out a bounded gum on which he believes was a boundry of "Brightwell's Range" which tree they could not readily find upon which said John Adams said they must go to a bounded hickory which stood in the place where this deponent now stands (with the top broken off) it being near the road that leads from Swanson's Creek to the brick church and on the east side of the said road, and Peter Brightwell then in the presence of this deponent took an ax and marked a small hickory tree just by the bounded hickory as a memorandum of the said boundary and further saith not. Taken before Alexander Magruder (near Mill Town), Josiah Wilson, William Wilson
      November 23, 1754; Thomas Bean, aged 38, being sworn declares that where this deponent now stands it being near the road that leads from Swanson's Creek to the brick church and on the east side of the said road, there stood a hickory tree which Peter Brightwell told him was a bounded tree and don't remember you mentioned of what land any further saith that Peter Brightwell told him that he marked a small hickory tree near the said bounded hickory as a memorandum and further saith not. Taken before Alexander Magruder (near Mill Town), Josiah Wilson, William Wilson
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1752-1757; Liber NN {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 402. At the request of John Connerly the following Deed of Gift was recorded November 8, 1755
      I James Watson, planter in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards my son-in-law, John Connerly, mariner, have given 83 acres of land part of a tract called "Wiltshire" containing 100 acres and lying near the Brick Church. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this October 30, 1755, James Watson in the presence of Josiah Wilson, James Wilson, Richard Wallis Williams
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      contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      PGLR RR:75
      11 Aug 1760
      From: John Hoskins and Ursula his wife of St. Mary's Co, MD
      To: James Watson Sen of Prince Georges Co., MD
      For the sum of three thousand pounds of Crop Tobacco
      Tract lying in Prince Georges Co., Stanleys Chance
      Recorded 28 Aug 1760
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1759-1763; Liber RR {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 51. At the request of John Gillam Wood the following Deed was recorded May 1, 1760
      Indenture made April 7, 1760; James Watson, Sr., planter in consideration of 5 shillings sterling paid by John Gillam Wood has sold parts of tracts called "Wiltshire" and " Forrest of Fancy" containing 101 acres. Signed James Watson, Sr., in the presence of and acknowledged before Francis Waring, John Stone Hawkins
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1767-1769; Liber BB 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 212. At the request of Peter Gates the following Deed was recorded March 3, 1768
      Indenture made February 9, 1768; James Watson, Sr., and James Watson, Jr., planters in consideration of 100 pounds currency paid by James Gates has sold part of a tract called "Cole Brooke" and part of a tract called "Watsons Forrest" beginning at a bounded ash tree the original beginning tree of "Poplar Hills" standing in Aquasco Branch and containing 120 acres. Signed James Watson, Sr., James Watson, Jr., in the presence of and acknowledged before Francis Waring, John Harrison and at the same time Catharine Watson wife of James Watson, Jr., relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1769-1772; Liber AA 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 75. At the request of Morris Brashears the following Deed was recorded February 22, 1770
      Indenture made November 28, 1769; James Watson, Sr., planter in consideration of 100 pounds current money paid by Morris Brashears has sold part of a tract called "Forrest of Fancy" containing 200 acres. Signed James Watson in the presence of and acknowledged before Joseph Sprigg, Richard Duckett Jr.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1772-1774; Liber BB 3 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 76. At the request of James Wilson the following Land Commission was recorded August 27, 1772
      Memorandum that on the special petition of James preferred to the justices of Prince George's County, Maryland on the 4th Tuesday in March in the 19th year of our Dominion and so forth for a land commission which was issued on April 20, 1770, in these words, to wit, Prince George's County Court, Maryland Frederick Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Province of Maryland and Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore and so forth; to Messrs John Harrison, George Gantt, George Bigges and Joseph Letchworth of PGCo Gentleman, whereas James Wilson is seized of four tracts called "Good Luck", "Haddington", "Dunbarr" and "Trenant" and preferred his petition in writing to our county court held at Upper Marlborough Town for a commission to examine evidence to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of the said tracts of land. Therefore, we command you any three or two of you to examine all witnesses or persons concerned touching their knowledge of the bounds of the said tracts. Witness John Cooke, Gentleman, Chief Justice, March 30, 1770 issued April 20, 1770, Thomas Sim Lee, Clk
      We the subscribers commissioners appointed by PGCo court to examine evidences to prove the bounds of "Good Luck", "Haddington", "Dunbarr" and "Trenant" we intend to meet on June 22nd next. Witness our hands and seals this May 26, 1770, John Harrison, Joseph Letchworth
      Richard Brightwell, Sr. aged 82 years or thereabouts saith that the ash tree on which he now sits lying close to a stone fixed in its roots and in the mouth of a small branch that leads into the Aquasco Branch is a beginning tree of "Poplar Hills" and a bound tree of "Trenant" and "Anchovies Hills" and further saith
      Richard Brightwell, Sr. aged 82 years or thereabouts saith that a large red oak tree close to which he now stands in a valley on the north side of a small branch he was told by old William Watson was a bounded tree of "Poplar Hills" and "Trenant" and further saith not
      James Watson, Sr. aged 75 years or thereabouts saith that near the place he now stands near the pitch of a point of land called "The Lot" formerly belonging to Col. Thomas Greenfield in a little southward of the mouth of Copeland's Creek and close to the being of the west side of Patuxent River being in company with Peter Brightwell who told him that Mills bound tree was gone and this deponent then asked him what tree and he said it was the bound tree of "Mill Town" tract
      John Brightwell, Sr. aged 73 years or thereabouts saith that about 27 years ago he was present at the fixing of a stone where he now stands being on the east side of Magruder's Spring Branch by James Wilson and Alexander Magruder, deceased where formerly stood a white oak and that Alexander Magruder deceased then said the tree was the beginning tree of land called "Trenant" and a tree of "Cox Hayes" and further saith not
      James Watson, Sr. aged 75 years or thereabouts saith he was present at the fixing of a stone where he now stands by Capt. James Wilson and Samuel Magruder, deceased on the east side of Magruder's Spring Branch where formerly stood a white oak and the said Capt. James Wilson and Alexander Magruder, deceased at that time both acknowledged and agreed that the white oak was the beginning tree of land called "Trenant" and a tree of "Cox Hayes"
      (August 3, 1772) William Kennick aged 53 years or thereabouts saith that Israel Hugoe told him that the spanish oak stump on which he now has his hand on was William Oliver's bound tree and the stump was 54 feet from a tobacco house and about 100 yards from the branch of Tuecoe? Hoe Creek
      Leonard Oliver aged 56 years or thereabouts saith that his father William Oliver lived on part of a tract called "Haddington" which he first rented of Thomas Sheredine who afterwards exchanged the land with Capt. James Wilson for other land and William Oliver in consequence became a tenant to Capt. James Wilson and further said his father was in his presence when Levin Covington, deceased desired him to cut no further than a hickory at present lying down and near the spanish oak stump of a tree which William Kennick deposed and said he was told by Israel Hugoe was William Oliver's bound tree.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1787-1789; Liber HH-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 157. At the request of John Watson the following Deposition was recorded April 18, 1788
      William Watson, Jr. aged 64 respecting his knowledge and James Watson, Sr.'s will [d. 1777] to which he this deponent was a witness saith that he being called on to witness the aforesaid will that after having signed it James Watson desired that the will might be read and on reading of which Benjamin Wailes said to James Watson why did you leave your will in this manner without mentioning heirs, Watson replied that he chose to have it set up in that manner and further this deponent saith not. Taken this November 29, 1787 before Robert Bowie
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1791-1793; Liber JRM 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 94. At the request of James Somervill the following Deed was recorded December 23, 1791
      Indenture made December 12, 1791; Isaac Watson, planter of Virginia in consideration of 100 pounds current money of Maryland paid by Capt. James Somervill of PGCo has sold part of a tract in PGCo called "Colebrook" formerly called "Poplar Hills" and near the head of Aquasco Creek containing 80 acres; whereof a moiety or one half was devised by James Watson, Sr., to his son Isaac Watson and the other moiety or half to his son John Watson [who then conveyed his half] to his brother Isaac Watson. Signed Isaac Watson in the presence of and acknowledged before Fielder Bowie, Robert Bowie
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1791-1793; Liber JRM 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 191. At the request of Edward Lloyd Wailes the following Release was recorded May 11, 1792
      Whereas my father James Watson, late of PGCo, deceased did execute a mortgage to me on February 9, 1768 and recorded March 3, 1768, and whereas my father did in his last will devise the said land to my brothers John Watson and Isaac Watson and Isaac Watson having purchased John Watson's right did sell the same to Edward Lloyd Wailes and whereas disputes hath arisen between me and Edward Lloyd Wailes respecting the validity of the mortgage; and Wailes having produced Isaac Smith who hath sworn before Thomas Gantt the he saw my father satisfy and pay me the money for which said mortgage was given which I am not conscious of having ever received but willing to preserve fair character thro life, I do hereby for myself and heirs quit all claim to the lands claimed in the mortgage. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this May 10, 1792, James Watson in the presence of John Eastwood, Ben Gantt

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