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WAT BIOGRAPHIES

1681, Jane, widow of William Williams, daughter
of George Mackall (?-1675/76) and wife Ann.
Her sisters were Hannah, who married by 1686
Philip Clarke (?-1699); Sarah; and Rachell. Her
nephew was George Clarke (ca. 1692-1753). MAR-
RIED second, by 1695, Jane, widow of Thomas
Spinke, possibly the daughter of Thomas Payne.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, William and Mary Par-
ish, St. Mary's County. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: no title on arrival; Esq., by 1694. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, kept a store at
George Mackall's plantation, "Piney Point," in
St. Mary's County. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE. Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1692-
1693 (Aggrievances 1), St. Mary's City, 1694-
1697 (Aggrievances 3, 4). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICE: justice, Provincial Court, 1694-1695 (dis-
missed at own request). LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
St. Mary's County, 1689-1694 (quorum, 1692-
1694); coroner, St. Mary's County, 1689; William
and Mary Parish Vestry, St. Mary's County, 1693-
1697; alderman, St. Mary's City, St. Mary's
County, 1694. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
supported Revolution of Protestant Associators
against the proprietary government in 1689.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: at least 300 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on April 15, 1699, in St. Mary's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY. TEV, at least
£61.15.4. LAND: at least 300 acres.

WATTS, PETER (by 1675-1719). BORN, by 1675,
in St. Mary's County. NATIVE: second generation.
RESIDED in Poplar Hill Hundred, St. Mary's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Peter

Watts (?-1692), who immigrated by 1664; con-
stable, St. George's Hundred, St. Mary's County,
1667-1668. MOTHER: Mary, daughter of Daniel
Clocker (?-1675). STEPMOTHER: Anne. BROTH-
ERS Stephen; James (?-1712/13); Thomas (?-
1716); William (?-1715); and John. SISTER: Mary
(by 1675-?). MARRIED Elizabeth (?-1723/24).
CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Mary, who married
Thomas Waughop (?-1735); (first name un-
known), who married George Clarke (ca. 1692-

1753). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS

AND ACTIVITIES Gent., by 1708. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE planter; possibly carpenter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE Lower House, St.

Mary's County, 1704-1707. LOCAL OFFICE: jus-
tice. St. Mary's County, 1696, 1708. WEALTH DUR-

ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, probably

450 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on July 27, 1719, in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £354.13.1 (including 3 slaves
and 2 servants); FB, £187.4.6. LAND: 450 acres.
IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. The presence in St.
Mary's County of several men with the name of
Peter Watts makes a definitive identification im-
possible, but the burgess is almost certainly the
Peter Watts, Gent., who died in 1719, the only
one by that name who had a title.

WATTS, WILLIAM (1660-1723/24). BORN, in
1660, in St. Mary's County. NATIVE: second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Poplar Hill Hundred, St.
Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
William Watts (?-1685), who lived in Maryland
by 1646; planter; constable, St. George's Hundred,
1666; owned 390 acres at death. MOTHER: possibly
Mary, daughter of William Stephenson (?-1658)
and wife Elizabeth. STEPMOTHER: Alice (?-1702).
HALF BROTHER: Thomas Watts (1676-1723). SIS-
TER. Rebecca, who married Stanhope Rule. MAR-
RIED first, by 1686, Anne, widow of William Can-
ady. MARRIED second, Catherine (?-1722), widow
of both John Willson and John Taney (?-1720).
CHILDREN. STEPSONS: William Canady, who mar-
ried Katherine, daughter of Thomas Waughop (ca.
1659-1700); John Michael Thomas Taney (?-
1754), who married Jane. STEPDAUGHTERS. Cath-
erine Willson, who married Philip Clarke (?-1766);
Margaret Taney. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1701. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House, St. Mary's
County, 1701-1704, 1704-1707, 1712-1714, 1722-
1723 (died before the 3rd session of the 1722-
1724 Assembly). MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1704;
major, by 1716; colonel, by 1722. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 150 acres in

St. Mary's County (inherited from his father).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: patented 160 acres in St.
Mary's County, 1714-1716. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between January 14 and 22, 1723/24, in St.
Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£779.1.8 current money (including 12 slaves); FB,
£292.17.7. LAND: 310 acres in St. Mary's County.
IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. Several men named
William Watts lived in St. Mary's County, how-
ever Watts the militia officer was definitely the
burgess in 1722 and almost certainly the delegate
in the previous decade.

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