Capt Samuel H Watts Commissioning Papers – The Rest of the Story

February 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm | Posted in BARBARA BOWKER, Bean, Watts, Weston, Whitney | Leave a comment
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Surnames: Bean, Bennet, Kingsley, Watts, Weston,Whitney, Williams.  Locations: Burnham Tavern, Machias, ME; Florida; Haverhill, MA; Jonesboro, ME; Windber, PA.

Today we have a special treat in the form of a guest blog by my third cousin once removed, Tom R Williams. Our closest common ancestors are Samuel Watts and Esther Whitney of Jonesboro, Maine. Tom contacted me in response to my post about Samuel H Watts and Alice “Elsie” Bean, which he’ll tell you about.

From the brief biography he sent at my request, Tom reports that he is a native and lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, with family roots there, Maine and Wales. Tom says he has “a wonderful wife and three great children.” He is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served in the Korean conflict. He is retired from a long career in manufacturing, making the transition from an Apprentice Draftsman, using pencil and paper, to Engineering Analyst III in the area of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). He earned two patents and holds a lifetime certificate as an SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer in the field of Tool Engineering. In addition to genealogy, Tom says he has “dabbled” in antique automobiles, model trains and woodworking.

When Tom first contacted me, I had no idea about the depth of information he has on this line of Watts, but just as importantly, the stories behind how he came to have this knowledge. I invited him to write a guest post for this blog. I was totally blown away by the article he wrote. It’s a little long for a blog, but so well written, I want to present it to you in a way that preserves it “as-is.” After some discussion, Tom and I decided to embed a copy into a window that can be zoomed and scrolled or opened into it’s own tab / window.

In addition, I’m including a sharable link:

I reiterate here that the entire contents of the embedded and linked article is the work of, and owned by Tom R Williams, and appears here by his permission. He can be contacted at trw7aspen[at]gmail[dot]com.

Take it away, Tom! 🙂

Thanks, again, to Tom for sharing that great story and photos.  And thanks to you for stopping by to read it.



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