Susan and Her Kids
Thanks to the indenture recorded in Jessamine County Court on November 8th, 1850, we know the names of John and Susan’s kids. Because it’s a legal document that assigns property rights, which were (and are) of primary importance in those days, we can safely assume that all the kids are mentioned specifically. Here’s a later part of the indenture:
To have and to hold the said tract of land…to the only use and behalf of the said Susannah Watts…during her natural life and at her death remainder in fee to the said William Watts, Catharine Knight, George Watts, Frederic Watts, Cecelia Ann England, John Watts, Andrew Watts, Mary Watts and James M Watts, their heirs and assigns forever.
So John’s gone…dead or run away. Susan has traded some land to be closer to her family. And just in time for the census of 1850:
Before we study this census page, a here’s some things to consider. The census was taken August 19th, so it’s before the land swap. Before 1880, there’s no indication about the relationship between the head of household and those listed as living at this residence. And most importantly, these are copies made by the census takers and often contain errors in spelling, transposition and general sloppiness. As a primary source, the census is good for location only. It’s a good secondary source for other information. All that being said, let’s look at what we have here.
Susan’s listed as the head, Fredk 21, John 17, Andr 15, Mary A 13, Munro 12, JW 10 follow and then there’s Clia A England 22, with Ed 3 and Susan 1. The other three kids are off on their own. William has started his own family in this census with an apparent wife named Elizabeth and three kids…Charles 9, John 7 and Susan 2. There’s also a Bettey Walker living with his family. This can sometimes be a clue to the maiden name of the spouse. George is apparently still single and living with his grandfather Frederick Sagacy (told you about the changes in spelling). William and George list their occupation as miller…the first of many. There was a Watts mill in that part of the county and to this day there’s a Watts Mill Road. And Catherine has married Aquilla Knight (also known as Quiller), an older man from North Carolina.
The ten year old JW is either a son who dies before November or some relative living in the household…hard to tell which. We can assume the Clia A is Cecelia. The two youngsters listed with her are probably her kids…no way to tell. And no way to tell what’s happened to Mr. England. He might have left with John.
We’ll talk more about Susan’s ancestors when we deal with the Sagesers. For now let’s just look at Susan’s kids. From other source material we find that:
- William Henry is born 14 Aug 1821 in Madison, Kentucky. He marries Elizabeth Thorton in 1842. They have 14 kids. He dies 8 May 1884 in Jessamine county.
- Katherine “Kitty” is born in 1823. She marries Aquilla Knight in 1849. They have four kids. She dies 21 Nov 1903.
- George W is born in 1827 in Jessamine. He marries Sarah Preston in 1853. They have six kids. He dies in 1880.
- Cecelia Ann is born about 1828 in Kentucky. She marries John England. They have two kids. She also marries John Crutchfield. She dies before 1905.
- Frederick is born 29 Mar 1830 in Garrard county. He marries Nancy Jane Knight in 1855. He marries Anna Waters in 1860 and they have two kids. He marries Frances Fain in 1865 and they have six kids. He dies of exhaustion on 27 Feb 1908.
- John is born in 1833. He dies before 1905 for sure, but probably as early as 1880. As late as 1870 he’s still living with Susan (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I don’t think he ever marries.
- Andrew Jackson is born June of 1835. He marries Laura Vantrees (Vantrice) in 1858. They have seven kids. He dies before 1905. Last found living in Florida in the 1900 census with his son Melvin and his occupation is Cigar maker. I knew there was a reason I liked cigars.
- Mary A is born in 1836. Marries James Wallace. They have two kids. She dies in 1889.
- And that brings us to the baby of the family…and our ancestor…James Madison. We’ll deal with him next time.