Alexander Watson was the kind of man that we all hold dear to our hearts. He served his Country and Commonwealth in its cause for freedom, appointed in July 28, 1777 as a Field Officer with the rank of Major in one of the Battalions formed by Brunswick for the defense of the County. By February 28, 1780 he had attained the rank of Colonel. Alexander Watson served his County in numerous tasks of Civil Service, including laying out the line for the division of the newly formed Greensville County from Brunswick County. He served his Church, beginning in late 1763 as Clerk of the Kettlestick Chapel of St. Andrews Parish. On May 26, 1765 he was elected to the Vestry of St. Andrews Parish and served in that capacity until his death.
The road to discovery regarding the Watson family of Greensville Co, VA has been extended and difficult. The parentage of Elizabeth Watson, wife of Maclin Bass was long a mystery. The blame lies, in part, due to the fact that Greensville Co, VA records, with the exception of marriage records, had not been transcripted. Therefore research in Greensville County required visiting the Library of Virginia in Richmond to access the county records. A recent study of those Archive records yielded the fact that Alexander Watson's Will mentioned three sons (William, James Alexander, & John) and his "younger children". The younger children were the offspring of his second wife Edith Lucas with John implied to be the oldest of the "younger children." Their portion of the estate was to be divided when John came of age, which occurred in 1787 but was recorded by the Court in 1795, which could indicate the date when the youngest child came of age. That transaction divided a list of 31 slaves between the following: Mrs. Griggs, John, Jenny, Betsy, Nancy and David . The identity of those children had been previously uncovered by myself through a painstaking search of Greensville Records. The parentage of Jane Watson and Nancy Edlow Watson was proven by the permission granted for their marriages coming from Alexander Watson's widow Edith, wife of Lewis Grigg. Jane Watson married Edward Perry Reese December 11, 1788 in Greensville Co, VA. Nancy Edlow Watson's permission to marry Gershom Watson June 3, 1793 by Lewis & Edith Grigg was witnessed by Edward Perry Reese, husband of Jane, and Maclin Bass, who married Elizabeth "Betsy" Watson October 18, 1792 in Greensville County. Elizabeth Watson was obviously of age when she married as there was no permission found in Greensville records. The minister's return of John Mason yielded the only information found regarding the marriage. David Watson, probably the youngest child, was granted rights of reversion in the June 4, 1790 deed of Greensville County land from Lewis & Edith Grigg to Peter Pelham. The same David Watson married Sarah D. Harris May 28, 1817 in Greensville County and died without issue, leaving a Will proven in Greensville Court on November 7, 1825. His Will left his estate during her widowhood to his widow. If she should die without issue or remarry, the estate would revert to his niece Sarah L. Bass, known to be the daughter of Maclin Bass and Elizabeth Watson. (Maclin Bass' Haywood Co, TN Will mentions the property left to his daughter Sarah L. by her Uncle.) Should Sarah L. Bass die without issue then the property would revert to David Watson's nieces Elizabeth Warmesley and Adah Pearson, both formerly Watson. The identity of those two ladies was established by the Will of their grandfather George Walton, father of Lucretia Walton who married John Watson December 19, 1789 in Brunswick Co, VA. Therefore the parentage of Elizabeth Watson, already hinted at by the involvement of her husband Maclin Bass in family legalities, was proven by the relationship stated in the Will of David Watson. Lewis and Edith Grigg sold their Greensville County land in 1801 and moved to Mecklenburg Co, VA.
The name of Alexander Watson's first wife is still an unknown, as is the origin of Nancy Edloe Watson's given name. This researcher assumes that name is a valuable clue to Alexander Watson's family heritage. Also a mystery is the identity of Gershom Watson, husband of Nancy Edlow Watson. His Will specifies that if his wife remarries or dies without bearing his child that his estate should revert to his brothers William and John. Those two men appear to be gentlemen by the same name who moved to South Carolina prior to 1800. William Watson married Mary Wilkins, whose father Edmund Wilkins deeded a gift of slaves for love and affection he has for her to Mary, wife of William Watson of South Carolina on November 20, 1789. John Watson and his wife Mary of Richlands Co, SC deeded Greensville County land that formerly belonged to Gershom Watson deceased, to George Dillard of Greensville County on January 8, 1799. This was probably the same John Watson who married Mary Chambless in Greensville County on November 6, 1794.
We are happy to report that Greensville County, Virginia Abstracts of Wills - Will Book 1 1781 - 1806 (Abstracted by Ray R. Sasser, Jr.) is now available. The recent discovery of that volume at the DAR Library has made possible the validation of my theory regarding the maiden name of Alexander Watson's second wife, Edith Lucas. The quest continues to solve the mysteries of Alexander Watson's parentage. Further information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
Descendants of Alexander Watson
Generation No. 1
1. Alexander1 Watson died Bef. 20 Feb 1782 in Greensville Co, VA1. He married (1) Unknown Bef. 1760. He married (2) Edith Lucas Abt. 1765, daughter of David Lucas and Elizabeth Collier. She died Bet. 1801 - 1808, probably in Mecklenburg Co, VA2.
Children of Alexander Watson and Unknown are:
2 i. William2 Watson. He married Lucretia Pettway.
3 ii. James Alexander Watson. He married Ann.
Children of Alexander Watson and Edith Lucas are:
+ 4 i. John2 Watson, born Abt. 1766 in Brunswick Co, VA; died Bef. 25 Jan 1796 in Brunswick Co, VA.
5 ii. Jane Watson, born Bet. 1768 - 1770 in Brunswick Co, VA. She married Edward Perry Reese 11 Dec 1788 in Greensville Co, VA3.
+ 6 iii. Elizabeth Watson, born Bet. 1770 - 1771 in Brunswick Co, VA; died Bet. 1810 - 1818 in Halifax Co, NC.
7 iv. Nancy Edloe Watson, born Bet. 1772 - 1775 in Brunswick Co, VA. She married (1) Gershom Watson 03 Jun 1793 in Greensville Co, VA4; died Jul 1794 in Greensville Co, VA5. She married (2) Benjamin Tomlinson 28 Jun 1796 in Greensville Co, VA6; born in Sussex Co, VA.
8 v. David Lucas Watson, born Bet. 1776 - 1781 in Brunswick Co, VA7,8; died Bef. 07 Nov 1825 in Greensville Co, VA9. He married Sarah D. Harris 28 May 1817 in Greensville Co, VA10.
Generation No. 2
4. John2 Watson (Alexander1) was born Abt. 1766 in Brunswick Co, VA11, and died Bef. 25 Jan 1796 in Brunswick Co, VA12. He married Lucretia Walton 19 Dec 1789 in Brunswick Co, VA13, daughter of George Walton and Angelica Mabry. She was born Abt. 177114.
Children of John Watson and Lucretia Walton are:
9 i. Elizabeth "Betsy" Lucas3 Watson. She married James Wormesley 07 Apr 1819 in Brunswick Co, VA15.
10 ii. Edith Adah Arabella Buford Dilly Watson. She married Littleberry R. Pearson 11 Jul 1823 in Brunswick Co, VA15.
11 iii. James Alexander Watson.
6. Elizabeth2 Watson (Alexander1) was born Bet. 1770 - 1771 in Brunswick Co, VA16, and died Bet. 1810 - 1818 in Halifax Co, NC. She married Maclin Bass 18 Oct 1792 in Greensville Co, VA17,18, son of Henry Bass and Unknown. He was born Bet. 1755 - 1764 in Virginia19,20, and died 17 Mar 1837 in Haywood Co, TN21,22.
Children of Elizabeth Watson and Maclin Bass are:
12 i. George W.3 Bass23, died 1832 in Halifax Co, NC23,24.
13 ii. Ann Mariah Bass, born Abt. 1795 in Sussex Co, VA25,26; died Bet. 1850 - 1860 in Prob. Haywood Co, TN27. She married John Willis 22 Dec 1817 in Halifax Co, NC28; born Abt. 1792 in North Carolina29,30,31.
14 iii. Henry A. Bass, born Abt. 1797 in Sussex Co, VA32,33,34. He married Sarah Jones Bef. 1831; born Abt. 1809 in Hertford Co, NC35,36,37.
15 iv. Nancy W. Bass, born Abt. 1800 in Halifax Co, NC38,39,40; died Bet. 1870 - 1873 in Prob. Marshall Co, MS41. She married William W. Hail Bef. 1825; born Abt. 1789 in North Carolina42,43,44; died Bef. 13 Mar 1873 in Marshall Co, MS45,46,47,48.
16 v. Rebecca Jane Bass, born Abt. 1802 in Halifax Co, NC49.
17 vi. Julia F. Bass, born 1808 in Halifax Co, VA50,51,52; died 20 Jan 1885 in Marshall Co, MS52. She married Arthur W. Loftin 1829 in Prob. Tennessee53,54; born Abt. 1810 in Tennessee55.
18 vii. Sarah L. Bass, born Bet. 1811 - 181556. She married Lawrence G. Heath 20 Jan 1830 in Greensville Co, VA57; born Bet. 1801 - 181058,59.
19 viii. Susan L. Bass.
1. Greensville Co, VA Will Book 1, p. 13.
Alexander Watson d Bef 20 Feb 1782 Greensville Co, VA
Land Patent 21 October 1752: 300 acres in Southampton Co. VA on the north side of Meherrin River, beginning by the south prong of Browns Branch. Land Office Patents No. 31 1751 - 1756 p 227
Brunswick Co, VA Deed Book 7 p 468-469.
Gershom Watson died Bef July 1794 Greensville Co, VA
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 2, p. 27. 1792. Gershom Watson from Walls.
Greensville Co, VA Marriage Bonds & Permission
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 2, p. 120
Greensville Co, VA Will Book 1, p. 258
David Watson died Bef 7 Nov 1825 in Greensville Co, VA
Deed Book 1, page 294, Greensville County, Virginia.
Greensville Co, VA Will Book 3, p 428-429
Miscellaneous Watson Records
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 1 pp 94-96
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 2, p. 520
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 1, p. 289
Descendants of Unknown Watson
Generation No. 1
1. Unknown1 Watson
Children of Unknown Watson are:
1. Greensville Co, VA Will Book 1, p. 258.
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