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Sergeant Major William W. Watts, b. Virginia 1777
Posted by: Robert Foster (ID *****4619) Date: November 24, 2013 at 06:20:43
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I'm looking for any children of this William Watts. He was born about 1777 in Virginia, possibly in Culpeper or Fairfax county. He married Nancy Ware on 19 Aug 1797 in Berkeley Co., Virginia (now WV). His last known whereabouts are in either Nelson or Shelby Counties, KY in 1836.

Below are the records I've uncovered on him to date.

From U. S. Army enlistments
No. 5522, Watts, William W., Rank Sergeant, Reg. 5th U. S. Inf.,
Commanding Officer Capt. N. Long. (Note. This is Nimrod Long, married Roasanna Coleman Foster on 17 Jan 1808 in Nelson Co. Died 1815 in Logan Co., KY.)
Description: 5 ft., 11 3/4 inches tall, eyes grey, hair brown, fair complexion, age 31, b. Virginia.
Enlisted June 7, 1808, by whom Capt. Long, period 5 years.
Monthly Return Sept. 30, Dec 31/08, and Jany 24/09 present. G. O. Camp Washington March 3/10, transferred to Capt Nicholas Co. Regtl Order July 20/10 (Capt. Nicholas Co.) present. Orders Sept. 19/10, Tried by Court Martial Neglect of Duty, acquitted. Again Sept. 23/10: disobedience of orders. To be reduced to a private. Pardoned.
Again Oct. 12/10. Conduct unbecoming a N. C. officer. Acquitted.
Capt. Walter H. Overton's Co. Book 213. 7th U. S. Inf., appointed Sergeant June 7/08, reduced Oct. 31/12, and promoted to Sergeant Jany 1/13. Discharged June 6/13. Reenlisted by Captain Overton, at Fort Claiborne, Sept. 18/13 for the war, aged 37 years. Appointed Sergeant Sept. 18/13. Discharged at Fort Claiborne, La, May 31/15, term expired. See pension case.

U. S. Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926
Affiliate Pub. No. T316, Affilate Film No. 7
Watts, William W.
Sergeant Major, 8th U. S. Inf., Discharged 1817
Class Inv., Application No. 18820

Arkansas Co., Arkansas -- Land Warrant for 160 acres to William W. Watts on April 16, 1821 for his service in Capt. Walter Overton's Co. of the 7th Infantry Regiment (War of 1812).

Bairdstown Ky 24 Jany 1836
Enclosed you will receive my discharge and certificates. One From the Legion of the 8th Regiment and one from Major Carey Nicholas paymaster; these papers I have once sent to the War Department pension office with a hope that my long service, Wounds received at the Battle of Recovery & at Lowery's defeat would have Entitled me to a pension from my Government. But instead of a pension my papers were returned because I could not produce Certificates of the wounds I had received in defense of my country. If I neglected to get Certificates the Records of the War department will show the term of my service & my old Officers some of which are yet living & some have died Gloriously fiting (sic) the Battles of their Country as the ? Z M Pike, Wayne Hamtramack, Wilkinson Brock Sedgwick & other. Genl Gibson can perhaps Testify on my Conduct etc Who is now at the City I hope Dr. Lee York (sp?) Will lay my case before the Honorable Congress who I hope will make some ? for me and not suffer me to be forced to beg the scanty pittances that will support life after serving my country faithfully thirty six years in War in abst?? In toil & danger since 1794.

Your compliance Sir will Confer particular favour on your very ? suffering friend
                                                               WW Watts
Hon. Benj. Hardin Esq       

(Reply to pension request)
Hon Benj. Hardin
Application fo a pension in favor of WW Watts, 8th Inf
enlisted 1817
& discharged              
Referred to
G. L. Edward E??              
Pension Office
July 5 1836

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