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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: WATTS - Jean Cuevas
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 11:20:39 -0600
Good morning in chilly Hawai'i!
Yes, guys it is chilly in the islands this morning. Hard to believe?
Well............I have a jacket on............and put another quilt on the
bed last night!
Jean, I knew that there was a Watts connection in the Izard Co. (Stone?)
area - just couldn't remember where exactly. Emanuel Watts - that was it.
One would think that there is a connection to this Asa Watts, wouldn't you
It may be that this little guy in the 1870 Searcy Co. census is not my Tom
Smith - but, certainly worth exploring. I was so hoping that when I found
him in this household about a year ago that the Watts descendants could tell
me, "Oh sure, we know who that little guy is. He's the son of, the grandson
of, etc." But, in all the years of the two Asa Watts researcher's work -
they had no determined who he was and why he was in the home. Judging from
the fact that in 1880; Tom Smith was in another household and a teenager
(Was it the Talburts?) - it could be that my Tom Smith was a War orphan.
And I am supposing that during those times, if there were no family members
to take in these orphans, that neighbors did. So, that may make my work
just a wee bit more difficult.
One of my other ancestors; Joel Sinor and his wife; Lydia Felkner - took in
a War orphan. They gave her the Sinor name and as I understand it and per
a letter from one of the couple's birth daughters in the 1940s; they raised
this child as their own. Being the genealogist (Is that what were called
now, folks?) that I am - I have often wondered if there is a family
researcher out there - much like us - just wondering what in the world
happen to the daughter that was orphaned. Know what I mean?
The Watts families were Indians. Most of the Cherokee Watts families have
been well documented in the Indian research circles and it may be that I
need to explore that avenue. I have a VERY old photograph from my mother
and before that, my grandmother's personals and I believe it to be Tom
I was never told that Tom Smith was Indian, though and this photograph shows
what appears to be a half blood quantum gentleman. So, I could be wrong.
Jean, didn't you post years ago a letter of some sorts and it was a story
about Emaunel Watts' wife? I remember that I enjoyed it so much. Real look
into life in the Ozarks early on. You ought to repost that short - I think
folks would enjoy reading it.
I do have a small connection to the Jefferys.
Tom Smith's son - my grandfather; Sherman Smith - married Nancy Blankinship
in Izard Co. in 1908. Nancy's great aunt; Samantha Denton was married to a
Jeffery. Samantha Denton Jeffery's mother; Polly - was a Langston by birth.
So, might be that I need to exhaust my lead on the Watts families and just
make sure that this little guy in the 1870 Watts household is or is not my
There is only one other child in the 1870 census in Missouri that could
possibly be my Tom Smith. He is aged three and living in the home of a Bell
family in Johnson Co., Missouri (Where is that?). There is the head of
household and his wife and they are White. There is a middle aged woman
named Calhoun (Sister to wife?) and she is White. Then there is a middle
aged woman that is Black and two Mulatto children; an infant and the three
year old Thomas Smith.
This could very well be my Tom Smith, also.
Several of Tom Smith's children - the two daughters; Maude and Dollie and
one son named Joe Smith - all three carried what I consider to be Black
physical characteristics. So, this Bell family is one that I might consider
looking into, also. First would need to see just where this Johnson Co. is
in relationship to Baxter Co. in Arkansas.
So, thanks for your response, Jean. You really ought to repost that short
on Watts' wife. It was a treat to read last you did.
"Swaying palms in paradise........"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jean Mayfield Cuevas" <>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 4:52 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Asa Watts in Marshall, Searcy Co.? - Peggy
> I don't have anything in my files regarding Asa WATTS, but I do see where
> one of my second great grandmother's sisters (Sarah) married an Emanuel
> WATTS who was born in TN. I believe you somehow have connections with
> of Jesse and Mary's descendants, am I correct? Through the James JEFFERY
> and Ann? SMITH?
> I wonder if these families, having connected in the past, were somehow
> still connected?
> At 02:11 AM 11/19/2004 -0600, you wrote:
> >Hi guys
> >Got a question for you all...............
> >Does anyone know if Marshall, in Searcy Co. is anywhere remotely near
> >Buford in Baxter Co.?
> >The census is recorded in a Bear Creek Township - in 1870. There is a
> >little boy named Thomas Smith, aged six and showing having been born in
> >Missouri - which would fit my Thomas Smith.
> >He is listed last in the household of an Asa Watts; born in Tennessee -
> >wife born in Georgia. All the children in the household were shown to
> >have been born in Arkansas. I remember last year contacting some
> >researchers of this Watts line and they had no idea (Darnit!) who this
> >little Thomas Smith was or why he was in their ancestor's home.
> >With this being an 1870 census - it well could be that he was a War
> >orphan. Right?
> >But, from previous research; sometimes grandchildren are listed at the
> >in these early records or step-children. Right?
> >So, if this little guy is my Tom Smith - in 1880 - he was found living in
> >the home of another family (with a Smith family next door) and aged
> >fourteen. Now, the 1900 census for Tom Smith has him enumerated as being
> >born in April 1866 - as I recall and in Missouri. Father born in
> >Tennessee and mother in Arkansas.
> >Peggy, a note here for someone that thinks clearer than I?
> >You know the OTHER Thomas J. Smith - the other Smiths that my Sinors
> >intermarried with? This 1900 census shows him living two households away
> >from my Tom Smith and his enumeration shows this for birth states: MO TN
> >TN and my Tom Smith's is: MO TN AR.
> >You don't think that these two Tom Smith's were half-brothers, do
> >you? Different mothers?
> >I suppose that I have seen stranger things! LOL What's that boxer's
> >that named all of his sons with his given name? LOL
> >Anyway, thought I would ask again if any of you all have researched the
> >Watts family?
> >Bernie Moore-Knowles
> >Papa'aloa, Hawai'i
> >"Swaying palms in paradise........"
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