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Subject: Bersheba/ Bathsheba Watts - daughter of Indian Princess???
Date: 31 Aug 2004 19:34:22 -0600

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Anyone heard of this research and can confirm or deny. I have heard that the wife of william gulledge (Barsheba Watts) had parents of John Watts and ??. Then I found this info:

Bathsheba Watts married William Gulledge 8.Children see William Gulledge[jhcarney.ged] Bathsheba was born between 1745 and 1750 (best info 1746) either in Edgecombe County or near Anson County, North Carolina. She married William Gulledge between 1770 and 1772 in Anson County. I strongly believe that she was a daughter of Trader John Watts who married Gi-Yo-Sti-Ko-Yo-He of the Bird Clan. They were the parents of John Watts, Jr. other wise known as Young Tassel. Evidence of this is the will of Malachi Watts (son of Trader John Watts) who died in Anson County, N.C. in 1804 and had William Gulledge as a witness to the will. Could Malachi Watts have been a brother to Bathsheba Watts Gulledge? Also William Gulledge and Bathsheba Watts had a son named Stephen Malachi Gulledge which is a clue. Additional Source from Chris A. Clark.

John Watts the Trader: This John Watts was an Indian trader with the Cherokee - He also acted as an interpreter for them in dealing with the U.S. Army, etc. Old Frontiers, John P. Brown, pg. 353:

...a white trader who served Captain Demere as interpreter during the building of Fort Loudon. His wife was the sister of Chief Doublehead, aka Old Tassel and Pumpkin Boy.

John Watts was first hired by Christian Quest, grandfather of Sequoia, to work for the Virginia Land Company. He was known as a Virginia Trader; they worked out of Charleston , S.C. Researcher Robert D. Epps (see Watts Genforum Message Board, #2001,, says In 1754 a John Watts married a Joppe Stuart in Charleston , S.C. John and Charles Stuart were British Indian agents into the Cherokee Nation. John Watts worked as an interpreter for them. Most likely there is a Town Family, as well as the Native American Family."

John Watts entered the original Cherokee county about the middle of the 18th century (prior to 1750). As an interpreter, he accompanied Ammonscossitte, Young Emperor of the Cherokees, on a trip from Tellico in Tennessee to Williamsburg , Virginia in 1752. (See, "The CHEROKEE FRONTIER: CONFLICT AND SURVIVAL", by David Corkran, page 437). He also served Captain Raymond Demere as interpreter during the building of British Fort Loudon in 1756-1757. During this time, he was accused of stirring up trouble between the Cherokees and the white settlers. In a letter from Littleton to Demere, Littleton says, "I'm well convinced that this talk proceeded from something that was told the Indians by John Elliot and John Watts. Watts speaks their language well. Elliott and Watts are a couple of dangerous people." (Old Frontiers by J. P. Brown).

As stated in "Diplomacy and the Indian Gifts" by Wilbur Jacobs, John Watts was in New York December 2 - 17, 1755 with Thomas Pownall, Olivery Delancy, Goldbrow Banyar, Daniel Claus and Peter Wraxall to plan the downfall of Sir William Shirle. One of John's sons, Garrett Watts, was born on January 8, 1756 in Caroline County, VA. It doesn't seem possible that John would have made it back for the birthing. (As noted by Betty Watts, whose husband Noel E. Watts is a 4t h great grandson of Garrett.)

From the book, "John Stuart and the Southern Colonial Frontier", by John Richard Alden, we find that in 1757, John Watts was a supervisor of parties of Cherokees and Catawabas coming into Virginia, along with Richard Smith and Thomas Rutherford, all of whom were given the titles of "Conductors and Guides". The book also mentions that in 1761, John Watts escorted Tistoe of Keowee, and Slave catcher of Tomotley back to Ouconnostotah. John at the time was Captain in the Provincial Rangers.

In 1763, John Watts acted as interpreter at the treaty of Augusta, as mentioned in "Tennessee during the Revolutionary War", by Samuel Cole Williams. In 1767, John Watts accompanied Attokullalulla and Ouconnastotoah and their children , as mentor and interpreter, to Charleston. Stuart permitted only eight persons to go.

See "Who Was Among the Southern Indians, a Genealogical Notebook", 1698-1907, by Don Martini: Page 691: Watts, John - Cherokee Trader, lived at Ninety-Six, South Carolina in 1751. He was a British interpreter for the Cherokees at Fort Loudoun (S.C.) in 1758 and at Augusta in 1763, and continued to fill that position at the 1770 treaty negotiations. He died early in 1771, and was replaced by John Vann. Married to a sister of Doublehead, he was the father of Chief John Watts.

There is a lot of speculation as to the actual wife of John Watts. Some say she is the daughter of Chief Atakullakulla and some say she is the daughter of Chief Great Eagle. J . P. Brown, in his book "Old Frontiers", says that John Watts married the sister of Chiefs Old Tas.


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