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William W. Watts, 1840 census
Posted by: Robert Foster (ID *****4619) Date: November 09, 2013 at 07:33:13
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Does anyone know anything about the William W. Watts on the 1840 Oktibehha census? According to the census record he was 40-50 years old, putting his birth between 1790-1800. There were only a 15-20 and a 30-40 year old women in his household at the time.

I am wondering if he is the same person as sergeant major William W. Watts of the 7th Inf. Reg. who was discharged from the U. S. Army in 1815 at Ft. Claiborne in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. This William W. Watts was born about 1778 in Virginia, so he doesn't quite match the census record, but knowing how inaccurate these older census records be, and how poor at simple arithmetic the census takers could be, there's still a chance that this could be him. I have reasons to believe that sergeant William Watts moved to the Mississippi Territory after his discharge. I do see that there was a Watt family from South Carolina in Oktibehha by the 1850 census, but I have been unable to find any connection between these two families.

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