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John C Watts, Jessamine County

John C Watts, Jessamine County

Posted 01 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 7 Comments

This is the guy from whom almost all Wattses in Jessamine County descend.  He is our (those of you related to me) Great-great-great grandfather.  He was born in Madison County in 1798 (in the related articles in the right column, click on “Earliest Watts” and “Jessamine County” for full discussion) and died in 1849.  There [...]

Jessamine County

Jessamine County

Posted 25 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Genealogy | 3 Comments

I spent the entire day looking into our Watts past and Jessamine County, Kentucky.  It’s safe to say we were in Kentucky early in the state’s history.  As early as 1797 we know William Watts was born in the state to George and Susan, living in what would become Jessamine County.  And now that we [...]

Earliest Watts

Earliest Watts

Posted 18 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 1 Comment

“What is the one question genealogists want to answer?”  That’s how a speaker at a genealogy conference started his talk.  You can imagine the various answers, none of which were correct.  Think about it.  I’ll answer later. Today’s story is about the earliest Watts I have been able to find in our family lineage.  It [...]

Watts/Jones

Watts/Jones

Posted 14 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy, Pictures | 5 Comments

Farming life in the old days was pretty tough and most of our ancestors did it for a living.  Sometimes I’m surprised that any of them made it through with enough energy to have kids.  Looking at some of the old pictures makes you appreciate even more what they endured. Before I get started on [...]

The Watts Boys

The Watts Boys

Posted 12 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy, Pictures | 5 Comments

My Watts cousins have asked for some background on the family tree.  So over the next little while I’ll be posting some genealogy notes I have on the Watts folks.  This is a picture of the Watts twins…I think that’s Phil on the left and Paul, my grandfather, on the right. Paul died in 1929 [...]

Summer Project II

Summer Project II

Posted 11 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, HCHS, Woodwork | 2 Comments

It occured to me that I hadn’t shared my latest shelf-building project at the society.  This past August I added the shelves you see below to the reading room.  They are about eight feet tall and twelve feet side to side.  They sit on a pedestal to add stability and provide access for a heating [...]

New Year, New Look

New Year, New Look

Posted 26 December 2009 | By | Categories: Clay, Donna, Durry | 2 Comments

Thanks to Clay we have a new look and a new mission.  We have combined the old durryjones site and the old “Today In…” site.  This way both of us can post stuff we think is worth your while.  I’ll still have genealogy and woodworking stuff.  Donna will be able to add all those pictures. [...]

South Carolina Revisit

Posted 26 March 2009 | By | Categories: Genealogy | 3 Comments

Before we move on, couple of addenda to the posts below: While I don’t know for sure who Ben’s daddy was in SC, I have narrowed it down.  If we assume Abbeville is his birthplace, there are two possibilities…Isaiah and Stephan.  Both have the appropriate check marks in the 1810 and 1820 censuses (what is [...]

The Mississippi Years

The Mississippi Years

Posted 18 March 2009 | By | Categories: Genealogy, Pictures | 3 Comments

This is my Great-great Grandfather, Christopher Columbus Jones and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Booker.  Chris, or CC as he was known, was born in South Carolina 19 January 1833.  The family moved to NE Mississippi in 1835 with six kids, the oldest being Joel (10) and the youngest was Chris at two.  Must have been [...]

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones

Posted 02 March 2009 | By | Categories: Genealogy | 2 Comments

I’ve been meaning to start these series of posts on my ancestors for quite awhile now.  In fact, it was one of the reasons for starting a blog in the first place…as an avenue for putting down, in narrative form, what I know about each of these folks I’ve been tracking down now for the [...]