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James Monroe Watts

James Monroe Watts

Posted 20 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy, Pictures | 4 Comments

This is our Great-great Grandfather.  Born 15 December, 1839, probably in Jessamine County, he was the ninth child of John and Susan…the youngest of their brood.  We’re fortunate that a brief, contemporary biography exists for James, printed in the 1887 edition of Kentucky’s history. James M…was reared on the home farm and educated in the [...]

Susan and her Kids — Part II

Susan and her Kids — Part II

Posted 13 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 2 Comments

You start looking at these ancestral families and, if you’re like me, you begin to wonder what things were like for them.  Whether John C. died or just disappeared, Susan was left with a mess of kids, living on the other side of the county from her family (the Sagesers) and a farm to run. [...]

Jessamine County Historical Society

Jessamine County Historical Society

Posted 08 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 1 Comment

Here’s a cool thing.  Roaming around on the net today, I ended up on the web site of the Jessamine County Historical Society.  It’s been redesigned and is much easier to navigate than before.  But the cool thing is under Blog List on the Nav Bar on the left.  Go ahead and click.  The first [...]

Good Eats

Good Eats

Posted 02 February 2010 | By | Categories: Family, Food | 5 Comments

Homemade tomato pasta Crispy pesto bruchetta on Aunt Lynn’s  artisan bread tomato pasta with early spring asparagas

Susan and Her Kids

Susan and Her Kids

Posted 01 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 4 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

When it doesn’t rain….

When it doesn’t rain….

Posted 31 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Family, Scenery | 3 Comments

We are finally receiving some much needed rain.  Last year we had something like13 inches of rain with normal being perhaps 25.  Those of us who use the streets and trails for exercise got rather spoiled by not having the rain to hamper our outings.  I normally take a long ride on Sundays…22 round trip [...]

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 [...]