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James Watt
« on: Wednesday 23 May 18 14:22 BST (UK) »
I am looking for information on James Watt aka James Sheriff Watt aka James Sheriff Watson.
James Sheriff Watt Watson
18281902
b. 13 Sept 1828 Auchmedden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. 18 Jan 1902 Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States of America

Headstone reads James Sheriff Watson/ Auchmedden Scotland/ 13 Sept 1828/dies 18 Jan 1902
married Mary Jane Henderson from Durham England. They had a bunch of kids. Show on English census 1851/1861 under the name of Watt

Family lore:
1. Either him or his father changed the last name from Watt to Watson after escaping prison.
2. There is a relation to James Watt the improver of the steam engine.

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Re: James Watt
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 14:43 BST (UK) »
Hello & welcome.
Can you tell us where in England they were living ?
Are you looking to confirm or otherwise the family folklore ?
OK I can see they are in Sunderland. She's Margaret not Mary.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: James Watt
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 14:55 BST (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat

Just posting the marriage registration for information for anyone trying to help

June qtr 1848
Margaret Jane Henderson
James Sherriff Watt       
Sunderland    24   315
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Re: James Watt
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 15:03 BST (UK) »
1861 for James S & Margaret J Watt at Bishopwearmouth

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M764-SKS
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Re: James Watt
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 15:13 BST (UK) »
Can't see a birth registration based on date given.
The marriage cert. is required.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
Census information is Crown copyright,from
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

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Re: James Watt
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 15:59 BST (UK) »
Children born after 1861 Sunderland
Emily Sept qtr 1863
Edward June qtr 1865

Surname changes between these births and the 1870 census for Massachusetts

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD3L-57M
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Re: James Watt
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 18:12 BST (UK) »
James went bankrupt in 1865, might be related to his decision to move to the US?
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/22968/page/2542/data.pdf

It looks like he might have remarried to an Elizabeth Hutchings in 1891 - he is listed as 65, from Scotland, parents William and Mary, it was his second marriage. His wife was a 60-year old spinster from Boston: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N448-9YF

His death record has parents as William Watson and Mary Stuart:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NWXF-FKM
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Re: James Watt
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 18:54 BST (UK) »
Those are good finds.
There's a William Watt Marrying a Mary Stewart 1811 Tyrie Aberdeen which is about 8 miles
from Auchmedden.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTTS-YTG
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
Census information is Crown copyright,from
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

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Re: James Watt
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 23 May 18 23:32 BST (UK) »
Thank you everyone. This is all so incredible.   As far as the lore, I would love to confirm! My mom said she actually saw a letter many many years ago stating our relation to James Watt (steam engine) but it has long been lost or thrown away.