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Watts, William D. & Garrett

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Watts, William D. & Garrett
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HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY KENTUCKY, by Robert Peter, ed. by William H.
Perrin, O. L. Baskin Co., Chicago, 1882. Reprinted by Southern
Historical Press, Easley, SC, 1979.

Page 773

WILLIAM D. and GARRETT WATTS, farmers and stock-raisers, P. O. Chilesburg.

Among the pioneer families who came to Fayette County a hundred years ago,
when it was an unbroken wilderness, and Central Kentucky was the haunt of
wild beasts, and the hunting ground of prowling savages, was the Watts
family, who settled in what is now Athens Precinct, and where descendants
still live.

David Watts, the patriarch of the family, was of Virginia stock, and was
among the first of those hardy pioneers to cross the Alleghenies, and in
the beautiful land lying beyond their lofty peaks, hew out a home for
themselves and families.

He was born in the State of Virginia, in 1761, where he grew to manhood,
and married Ruth Twyman, and emigrated to Kentucky about the year 1780.

Upon his arrival, he settled in the present County of Fayette, upon land
that has ever since remained in possession of his descendants, and upon
which he died in 1835.

His son, Garrett Watts, continued upon the farm his father settled, and,
under his management, it was much improved and increased in acreage.

He was born in 1796, and when grown was married to Martha Twyman; he died
in 1873, at the age of seventy-seven years.

A son, David T. Watts, who had charge of the farm during his life, was
born April 11, 1831, and married to Tilitha Quisenberry, November 15,

She was the daughter of Joel and Elizabeth (Haggard) Quisenberry, who were
natives of Virginia, and settled in Clark County, where they died.

David D. Watts died in 1854, leaving two sons, who, with their mother,
still occupy the homestead, settled by the original David Watts a
century ago.

These sons (the subjects of this sketch); William D. and Garrett Watts,
are the fourth generation who have occupied this farm, which now embraces
about fourteen hundred acres of land.

Its magnitude and highly improved condition, show conclusively that it has
lost nothing in passing through so many hands, but is one of the most
valuable stock farms in Fayette County.

They make a specialty of fine stock, principally of cattle and sheep.

Their Short-Horns are among the finest cattle in this region, and their
South-downs and Cotswold sheep are well known throughout the country.

William D. Watts was married February 10, 1880, to Miss Ella Chenault,
daughter of Waller and Tilitha Chenault, natives of Madison County.

They have one child, a daughter, Tilitha.

These young men are upright and honorable citizens, highly respected in
the community in which they live, and are exemplary members of the Baptist
Church, as was their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before them.

To say more of them would be superfluous.

Watts Twyman Quisenberry Haggard Chenault
VA Clark-KY Madison-KY

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