William David Watts



(early New Harmony resident)


William David Watts was born May 22, 1860.

Nancy Christina Wats was born August 25, 1855 in Chester County, South Carolina.
Nancy was previously married to:
1) James Goodwin Patterson; they had a daughter, Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Patterson.
2) Robert Detan (Devton?); they had a daughter, Lena Laura Detan.

On December 2, 1883, William David Watts and Nancy Christina Watts were baptized by Elder Joseph Willey. They were also confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William David Watts was a Catawba Indian. Starting in 1887-1890, large number of Catawba joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and some migrated west. David and his wife, Nancy Christine, and well as David's parents, Evan & Lucy Quash-Marsh Watts, settled in New Harmony sometime between 1888 and 1891.

Note: The spelling of "Watts" and "Wats" appear to have been used interchangeably.
        Other names listed here were also not consistently spelled.


William's Parents and Siblings:
    Evan Watts
    Lucy Quash-Marsh Watts
        Robert Henry Head
        Emily Elizabeth Cobb
        Margaret J. McLure
        James Harvey Watts
        William David Watts

(5/13/1817-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(xx/xx/1841-Civil War)   (married Sarah Ann Evans-Canty)
(12/9/1843-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Jefferson Ayers and Taylor George)
(8/21/1845-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Robert Crawford and William "Billy" George)
(4/8/1858-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Mary Jane Whitesides, Ella Shaw, and Gertrude Dye Ayers)
(5/22/1860-10/20/1933)   (married Nancy Christina Wats)

Nancy's Parents and Siblings:
    James A. Wats
    Carolotta Naomi Thompson
        Nancy Christina Wats

(xx/xx/1833-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(8/25/1855-4/24/1926)   (married William David Watts)

William & Nancy's Family:
    William David Watts
    Nancy Christina Wats Watts
        Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Patterson  
        Lena Laura Detan
        Henry James Evans Watts
        Lauri Lizzie Watts
        Katy H. Watts
        William Watts
        Allie May Watts
        Vaun Willard Watts

(5/22/1860-10/20/1933)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(9/23/1874-2/28/1917)   (married David Adam "Toad" Harris)
(11/11/1884-6/20/1957)   (married Lyona Sproul)
(9/29/1888-10/17/1910)   (married Wilbur E. Dow)
(6/11/1891-4/27/1912)   (married El Hooper)
(5/27/1895-6/6/1966)   (married Lamont Alexander McDonald)
(12/13/1898-3/25/1964)   (married Laura Cox)


WCHS photos needing identification:
WCHS-02484     Photo of Lucy Marsh Watts
WCHS-02485     Photo of an unidentified young man (possibly Watts family)
WCHS-02486     Photo of a young woman in the Watts family
WCHS-02487     Photo of a couple in the Watts family
WCHS-02488     Photo of some Watts family women


Watts-Wats Family Notes

William David and Nancy Christina Watts