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

William Watson

Male 1718 - 1803  (85 years)


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  • Name William Watson 
    Born 1718  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jul 1803  Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I021511  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2021 

    Father James Watson,   b. 1696,   d. 17 Mar 1777, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F09041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Anne MNU Watson,   b. Abt 1722,   d. Aft 1803, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1738  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Watson,   b. Bef 1745, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1802, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years)
     2. James Watson,   b. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Fielder Watson,   b. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hezekiah Watson,   b. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary Watson,   b. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Watson,   b. Bef 1739, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1803, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years)
     7. Susanna Watson,   b. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1803, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F11471  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Prince George's County MD Will Book Liber T No. #1; 1797-1803;
      Folio 506 WILLIAM WATSON, Sr. 04/27/1802 07/21/1803
      "beine weak in Body ."
      Bequeaths to
      I . Mary Anne Watson --wife
      -to have all of testator's lands being part of four tracts or parcels or land "Trinent ""`Woodborough" Cole Brook" and "Watson's Forest" along w/ a stock of horses cattle
      -to have Negro girl "Harriet" and Negro woman "Henry"
      -to have all of 'testator's goods and chattels for her natural life
      2. James Watson --son
      -to have after widow's decease, the tracts of land "Trinent" -Woodborough" and "'Cole Brook" lying on the west side of a small branch and to begin at the intersection of the two branches in the old mill dame and to run up the branch between where James lives and Benjamin Watson live until it is intersected by a small branch leading down between testator's son Hezekiah and grandson James Watson lives and up the said little swamp with the meander and sunken land of the same so as to include all of testator's lands between the two swamps
      3. Fielder Watson --son
      Hezekiah Watson --son
      -at widow's decease to have all the remaining lands not before devised and the house where testator now lives shall belong to Fielder
      -Hezekiah to have the child of Negro woman "Henny" which she is pregnant with -Fielder to have "Henry" and her daughter "Harriet"
      4. Mary Watson --daughter
      -to have the sum of 300 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence to be paid in goods and chattels
      5. Elizabeth Ellis --daughter
      -to have the sum of 300 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence to be laid out in goods and chattels
      6. Children of daughter Susanna Ellis -grandchildren
      -to have the sum of 300 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence to be laid out in goods and chattels.
      Witnesses; Samuel T. Wilson
      Thomas Gardiner
      George Naylor (mark)
      ]hen came: the three above named subscribers to the will
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
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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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      LOVEJOY, SAMUEL, Prince George's Co, 23 Feb. 1761 23 Jun. 1762
      To wife Jeane, some slaves; some slaves to be sold and the money divided between Edward Lovejoy, John Lovejoy, John Leonard Lyon, son of Michael and Eleanor Lyon, dau. Michael Lyon, to them and hrs. forever; to wife Jane, during natural life, remaining pt. of estate, and the money arising be divided by ex. among the before mentioned: Edward Lovejoy, John Lovejoy, Leonard lyon, Eleanor Lyon, to them and hrs. forever.
      Ex: Friend John Stone Hawkins; shd. he die, then friend Wm. Miles, ex.
      Wit: Wm. Watson, George Naylor, 31.706
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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. "Colbork",
      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 "Colebrooke" 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. 41.2
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1774-1780; Liber CC 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 659. At the request of George Naylor the following Land Commission was recorded August 27, 1779
      Memorandum that on the special petition of George Naylor, Jr., of PGCo preferred to the justices of the county on the 4th Tuesday in August 1778 for a land commission was issued on September 14, 1778; to Messrs Thomas Gantt, Jr., John Perrie, Levin Covington and James Wilson of PGCo Gentleman, whereas George Naylor, Jr. is seized of a part of a tract called "Thatham" 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 tract 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 tract. Witness Joshua Beall, Gentleman, 29 August 1778, issued September 14, 1778, John Read Magruder, Clk
      By virtue of a commission to examine evidences to prove the bounds of "Thatham" we intend to meet on Monday, April 26th nex. Given our hands and seals, March 13, 1779, Thomas Gantt, Jr. Levin Covington, James Wilson
      Joseph Cage aged 58 or 59 years saith about 32 to 33 years ago he was riding with Peter Brightwell from the said Brightwell's house and came by a standing poplar tree the stump whereof now remains near a lane between the plantations of Joshua Naylor and Edward Lloyd Wailes and told him it was a bound tree of "Spinum" ["Spinam"] and the beginning tree of "Thatham" and a corner tree of "Woodburrugh' ["Woodbrough"] and the said Brightwell said he was told the same by old George Naylor
      James Watson aged 59 years sayeth he was employed about 33 years ago by Peter Brightwell in building a cornhouse at which time James Naylor and his son Samuel Naylor came to him where he was at work and forewarned the said Brightwell and himself from cutting any more timber and on which the said Peter Brightwell pointed to the poplar tree and said there is the beginning of land called "Spinum" ["Spinam"], I shall continue to hold until you can make a better right than I have therefore I shall not mind your forewarning and that the said Brightwell finished the cornhouse without any further trouble or molestation. He further sayeth sometime after he was in company with John Brightwell who pointed to the said tree and told him it was a bounded tree of "Thatham" and further says he was told the same by his father. We then proceeded to a small hickory tree standing near the main road leading from the Brick Church to the 'Aquosquos'
      James Watson sayeth he was present at a commission when Thomas Bean was sworn relative to the said hickory being a tree of "Thatham" and that his father likewise showed him the same
      William Watson, Sr., Aged 61 years sayeth he was present when the said Bean proved the hickory to be a tree of "Thatham". And further sayeth sometime after proving the tree Samuel Lovejoy showed him the hickory and told him he saw James Naylor bound the hickory
      John Bean age 64 years saith that he, Peter Brightwell and Thomas Bean was in company together and that Peter Brightwell showed him a hickory that was down to be a bounded tree of the least land and he further sayeth he was present when a small hickory tree standing within 5 or 6 feet was bound in lieu of the said tree that was down by Peter Brightwell it being the same hickory tree as James Watson and William Watson, Sr. proved
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      Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 119. At the request of John Brightwell the following Land Commission was enrolled March 28, 1781
      Memorandum that on the special petition of John Brightwell held Tuesday, August 22, 1780 for a land commission issued on August 26, 1780; to Messrs Thomas Gantt, Jr., Rinaldo Johnson, James Wilson and Alexander Howard Magruder of PGCo Gentleman, whereas John Brightwell is seized of a tract called "Spinnum" 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 tract 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 tract. Witness Joshua Beall, Gentleman (Chief Justice), August 25, 1780, issued August 26, 1780, John Read Magruder, clerk
      By virtue of a commission to examine evidences to prove the bounds of "Spinnum" we met March 24, 1781 and took the following depositions
      James Watson aged 60 years or thereabouts saith 22 or 23 years ago he was coming down the main road with John Brightwell, Sr. who showed him a bounded tree where now stands a stone in the fork of two roads, one being the main road leading to Swansons Creek and the other being an old road called Butlers Road and said it was shown him by John Adams who told the said Brightwell it was a bounded corner tree of his father Naylor's land called "Woodborough"
      James Watson aged as above, saith that 24 or 25 years ago he was with Mr. Alexander Magruder and his father James Watson while they were running the east by south line of "Poplar Hills" being to the west of the main road leading to Swansons Creek and about 250 yards from the cross roads that leads from Bryan Town to Magruders Ferry when Mr. James Naylor said here stood a bounded tree of "Spinnum" and pointing to that stone which stands about 20 yards away ought to sit at this place
      George Naylor aged 64 years or thereabouts saith 48 or 49 years ago he was on the survey of "Poplar Hills" when escheated by old James Watson and acted as the chain carrier and he ran from the beginning ash tree to the second bounded hickory tree standing on the south side of a hill and near a run that empties into Aquasco Main Branch
      William Watson aged about 62 years or thereabouts saith that he was on the survey of "Poplar Hills" when his father James Watson escheated it and they began at an ash the beginning tree and run to a hickory the second bounded tree being the same described in Mr. George Naylor's deposition
      James Watson aged 60 years at the same place deposeth the same as his brother William Watson.
      George Naylor aged 64 years or thereabouts saith at the same place when he carried the chain on a survey of "Poplar Hills" for James Watson they ran from the hickory to an oak tree where now stands a stone and deemed to be the third boundary and also the north west corner tree and father says Mr. Peter Dent then surveyor shaped his course to strike the Aquasco line
      William Watson aged 62 or 63 deposes he was his father James Watson on a survey of "Poplar Hills" they ran from the hickory to an oak tree where now stands a stone then called the third boundary and several proprietors of the adjacent lands was present at the planting of the stone and no objection was made and they run a course from here to the Aquasco line
      William Watson, Jr, aged 59 years saith he was present at the fixing of this stone where formerly stood the third boundary of "Poplar Hills" and several owners of the adjacent lands assisted in planting it
      James Watson aged 60 years or thereabouts was also present at his father's running out "Poplar Hills" and he run from the hickory to this place where stood and oak tree deemed to be the third boundary
      James Watson aged as above at a stump saith about 32 or 33 years ago he was getting a frame for a house for Mr. Peter Brightwell during which time James Naylor and his son Samuel Naylor and while Mr. Brightwell was present Naylor said he was cutting on my land and after some altercation between them, James Naylor forbid Brightwell from cutting. Whereupon, this deponent quit his work and Mr. Brightwell said to Mr. Naylor, yonder stands the beginning tree of "Spinnum" pointing to a large poplar standing at this spot which is to the westward of the road leading to Swansons Creek and about 250 yards eastward of the house formerly occupied by Mr. Benjamin Wailes. Naylor answered, I know you claim it, but have not right to it and Brightwell said he would keep it and thereupon I went on and finished his house.
      William Watson aged 62 or 63 years sayeth he was with Mr. Alexander Magruder and old James Naylor about 25 years ago when they begin running out from the 3rd boundary of "Poplar Hills" to this spot which is about 300 yards westward of the house where formerly did live Peter Brightwell and eastward where formerly a bridle path, is generally allowed, when James Naylor said the number of perches of his own land was out and thereupon drove down a stake in a stump and then shaped their course a different way.
      George Naylor, Jr. aged 54 or 55 years also sworn at this spot saith about 26 or 27 years ago his father James Naylor employed Mr. Alexander Magruder to run out some lines of his land called "Woodborough" and they began at a red oak where now stands a stone which is the 3rd boundary of "Poplar Hills" and they ran to here being the spot mentioned in Mr. William Watson's deposition when they drove a stake at the end of the number of perches.
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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 1790-1791; Liber JJ2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 373. At the request of William Watson the following Deed was recorded January 4, 1791
      Indenture made January 3, 1791; Jonathan Davis, planter in consideration of 92 pounds 15 shillings current money of the state paid by William Watson has sold part of a tract called the "Forrest" containing 92 acres. Signed Jonathan Davis in the presence of and acknowledged before Fielder Bowie, Thos Gantt and at the same time Sarah Davis w/o Jonathan Davis relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1791-1793; Liber JRM 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 211. At the request of William Watson s/o William the following Deed was recorded June 25, 1792
      Indenture made May 5, 1792; William Watson, Jr., and Lucy Watson his wife in consideration of 32 pounds 11 shillings and 10 pence half penny paid by William Watson s/o William has sold a tract called "Colebrook" formerly called "Poplar Hills" containing 18 5/8 acres and beginning in a line of William Watson, Sr. land. Signed William Watson, Jr., Lucy Watson (and relinquished her right of dower) in the presence of and acknowledged before Rinaldo Johnson, Robert Bowie

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