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Re: Henry Watts of Norfolk County, VA

I don't believe any of the WATTS' that are listed in the birth and death registers are the ones you listed, but I will go ahead and post just in case they are related in some way. Please remember that not all births or deaths were recorded. Also there appeared to be no births recorded in this county for anyone for the years 1861, 1862, 1863. VA did not begin to keep birth and death records until 1853, so there would not be a record for MARY WATTS if she died before 1850. There was only 1 WATTs death recorded

Name, race, sex, date of death, cause of death, age, Parents, Where, Person giving the infomation (PGI)

HENRY WATTS, c (coloured), m, 28 Sept. 1868, unknown, 3 mos-8days, Benj. & Nancy Watts, Norfolk Co. married, PGI Benj Watts father

page 57
15 Nov. 1859, (no name), s(slave), m, Norfolk Co., Henry Watts (owner), farmer, Sophia Watts (mother). PGI H. Watts father

page 82
3 Mr 1866 Emily WATTS, c, f, Norfolk, James Watts, Laborer, Charlotte (mother), PHI C. Watts

page 91
14 Mar 1867 Eller WATTS, c, f, Norfolk, Benjamin Watts, farmer, Nancy Watts, PGI Nancy

page 101
20 June 1868, Henry WATTS, c, m, Norfolk,Benjamin Watts, laborer, Nancy Watts, PGI Benj Watts (I believe this is the child listed above who died in Sept.)

page 111
15 Mar 1869, Oceola WATTS, c, m, Norfolk, Not Known, Not Known, Susan Watts, PGI S. Watts mother

page 112
10 Oct 1869, no name, c, f, Norfolk, Ben Watts, laborer, Martha, PGI
Ben Watts

24 Dec. 1870, no name, c, m, Western Branch, Ben Watts, farmer, Norfolk, Martha, PGI Ben Watts father

25 Dec 1870 c, m, Western Branch, Ben Watts, farmer, Norfolk, Co. Martha, PGI Ben Watts father

22 Sept. 1872 Calmeasure Watts, free, f, not married, farmer Western Branch, Syrikha Watts, PGI Syrekha Watts mother

30 Mar 1874, Benjamin Watts, free, m, Western Branch, Benj Watts, laborer, Nancy Watts, PGI Ben Watts father.

In the "race" column the term "free" is used in a large number of entries as opposed to "C". Since most occur after emancipation and whites are identified with W, then it is safe to assume that those who were identified as free are black (and I am including those identified as Mulatto)and this does not refer to their status as "free" or "enslaved".


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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