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John Davis Watton

John Davis Watton

Male 1837 - 1913

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  • Name  John Davis Watton  [1, 2
    Born  1 Jul 1837  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1850  Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Living with his mother and stepfather, Charles Callaghan:) John Watten, age 13, male, born in Pennsylvania, attended school during census year
    Moved  1858  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Pennsylvania 
    Census  1860  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (Living with his wife, Minerva:) Line Number: 17, Dwelling Number: 145, Family Number: 123: Jno. D. Watton, age 23, male, occupation blacksmith, value of personal estate $100, born in Pennsylvania
    Census  1870  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Living with his wife, Minerva, and children: Sarah, Eugene, and John D.:) Line Number: 2, Dwelling Number: 101, Family Number: 95: John Watton, age 32, male, white, occupation blacksmith, value of real estate $500, value of personal estate $100, born in Pennsylvania, father of foreign birth, male over 21 years of age
    Census  1880  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Married, living with his wife, "Jennie," and children: "Alpha," Eugene, Harry, Clayton, Ella, and Leroy:) Line Number 19, Dwelling Number 229, Family Number 241: John Watton, white, male, age 43, head of household, married, occupation blacksmith, born in Pennsylvania, father born in England, mother born in Pennsylvania
    Iowa State Census  1885  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Married, living with his wife, Minerva J., and children: Eugene, Harry, Clayton, and Ella. The family was listed on two census images:) Line number: 26, Family number: 188: John D. Watton, Address Lowell; age 47, male, white, married, occupation blacksmith, born in Pennsylvania
    Iowa State Census  1885  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Page 2 of the 1885 census for the John Watton family listed son Leroy.)
    Iowa State Census  1895  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Listed with his wife, Jennie, and children: Harry, David, and "Le Roy T.":) John D. Watton, age 58, born in Pennsylvania, white
    Census  1900  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married, living with his wife, Minerva J., and children "Claton" and Leroy T.:) Line (about) #42 (edge cut off), Dwelling #10, Family #13: John D. Watton, head of household, white, male, born July 1837, age 62, married, married for 40 years, born in Pennsylvania, father born in England, mother born in Pennsylvania, occupation lock smith, number of months unemployed during year: 0, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home (page damaged; cannot tell whether or not home is mortgaged)
    Iowa State Census  1905  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Listed with Minerva Watton:) John D. Watton, Card Number: 620; Post Office Address: Lowell: Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa
    Census  1910  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married, living with his wife, Minerva J., and son, David C.:) Line #:1, Dwelling #:41, Family #:41: John D. Watton, head of household, male, white, age 72, married, married for 50 years, born in Pennsylvania, father born in Engliand (spoke English), mother born in Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write, owned home, home free of mortgage, home was a house not a farm
    Biography 
    • by Beverly May (De Long) Whitaker:

      John Davis Watton
      was born on 1 July 1837 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Henry County, Iowa. He appeared on the census in 1863 in Lowell, Henry County, Iowa. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Baltimore Township, Henry, Iowa. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa. He died on February 13, 1913, in Lowell, Henry County, Iowa. He was buried in Lowell -- Lowell Cemetery. He was married to Minerva Jane (Jennie) Tryer on 29 March 1860 in Henry County, Iowa.
    Died  13 Feb 1913  Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Lowell Cemetery, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I754  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  David Watton,   b. Birmingham, , Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837, at sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Davis,   b. 1819, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1872, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1837  [13
    Family ID  F8845  Group Sheet

    Family  Minerva Jane "Jennie" Tryer,   b. 27 Jun 1845, New London, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1934, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Mar 1860  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Biography  1975  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The History of New London, Iowa 
    • Tryer-Watton-Thornburg

      Jennie Tryer (1845-1934) married John D. Watton (1837-1913), who came to Lowell from Pennsylvania in 1858 and was the village blacksmith. John Watton's parents were David and Sarah Watton. David was from England, and died of tuberculosis when John was young. John grew up in the Pennsylvania coal mining region, but rejected becoming a miner because of the many mine tragedies, and was apprenticed to a blacksmith instead.

      John and Jennie Tryer Watton's children were Alpha (Mrs. Abner) Thornburg (1862-1950), Eugene, Harry, LeRoy (Prune), Clayton (Tommy) (1873-1963) and Ella (Mrs. Ed) Stephenson (1876-1973).

      [...]

      Eugene Watton married Anna Folsom (1871-1963), daughter of Edward and Elizabeth McKiney Folsom. They had one daughter, Miss Gladys Watton. Tommy Watton never married. Ed and Ella Stephenson had no children.
    Children 
    >1. Sarah Alpha "Alpha" Watton,   b. 31 Aug 1861, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1950, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Albert Watton,   b. 31 Jan 1865, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1865, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Eugene Lee Watton,   b. 29 May 1867, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1936, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Harry Raymond Watton,   b. 22 Apr 1870, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1946, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Clayton David "Tommy" Watton,   b. 13 Apr 1873, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1963, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ellen Dickey "Ella" Watton,   b. 16 Sep 1876, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1973, Danville Community Home, Danville, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Leroy Tryer "Prune" Watton,   b. 2 Apr 1879, Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1970, Martinsburg, Keokuk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
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    John Davis and Minerva Jane 'Jennie' (Tryer) Watton
    John Davis and Minerva Jane "Jennie" (Tryer) Watton
    John Watton was born July 1, 1837, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He lived in Henry County, Iowa, by 1850 and married Jennie Tryer, the daughter of Rebecca (Walker) and John Faucett Tryer, on March 29, 1860. Jennie was 15 at the time. John and Jennie had seven children: daughter Sarah "Alpha" Thornburg, sons John Albert, Eugene Lee, Harry Raymond, and Clayton David "Tommy" Watton, daughter Ellen Dickey "Ella" Stephenson, and son Leroy Tryer "Prune" Watton.

    John Watton was the son and only child of David and Sarah (Davis) Watton. His father had come to the United States from England. He died during a return trip to England in which he was planning to see his brother, a doctor. His death was only weeks before John was born.

    As a young man, John came to Lowell, Iowa, working as a blacksmith. There he married Minerva Jane "Jennie" Tryer. Jennie ran a small hotel for a time in Lowell. Similarly, her father and stepmother operated a hotel for awhile.

    John died February 13, 1913, in Lowell. Jennie died February 8, 1934, also in Lowell.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F407  Group Sheet

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    John Davis Watton
    John Davis Watton
    John Watton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, David Watton, died when he was a baby, and he and his mother, Sarah (Davis) Watton, moved to Iowa by 1860. There he met Minerva Jane "Jennie" Tryer, the daughter of John Faucett Tryer and Rebecca Walker. (Jennie was a niece of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker). John and Minerva were married March 29, 1860, in Henry County. They had seven children.

    He is holding his blacksmith tools in this photograph.

  • Sources 
    1. [S455] Whitaker, Beverly May (De Long) - Email.

    2. [S266] New London, Iowa - New London Journal Centennial Edition Newspaper, M. Ruth (DeLong) Peterson, (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), pages 207-208 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 340, Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; enumerated on September 23, 1850

    4. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 434, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumerated on August 24, 1860; Post Office: Lowell

    5. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 14, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumerated on June 22, 1870; Sheet 127, Post Office: Mt. Pleasant

    6. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Page 30, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 98, Sheet 383B, Enumerated on June 18, 1880

    7. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: A1885_199

    8. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa

    9. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa, enumerated June 2, 1900, Supervisor's District #1, Enumeration District #26, Sheet #1, Page #1A

    10. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; post office: Lowell

    11. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa, enumerated April 19, 1910, Supervisor's District # 1, Enumeration District # 28, Sheet # 3A, Page # 3

    12. [S455] Whitaker, Beverly May (De Long) - Email, see: http://hometown.aol.com/ancestry15/fowndx.htm (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S3627] World Connect - Thornburg-Watton Family Tree: thornburg7, (last updated: 2005-05-12 05:03:05 UTC (Thu), contact: Beverly and Bob Whitaker) (Reliability: 3).