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Friday, February 20, 2009

The Watts Family of Attala County

Among those buried in the Macedonia Cemetery near the community of Zama in Attala County, Mississippi, are E. H. Watts and his son, E. L. Watts. A Woodman of the World monument, slightly different from others I have posted on this blog, marks the grave of E. L. Watts.

According to the U. S. Census record of 1900, Edward H. Watts, age 49, headed up a household in Beat 5, Attala County, Mississippi, that included his wife, Mary, age 32, and two sons, Paterson E, age 22, and Ruffie, age 20. Based on Mary's age, it is almost certain that she is not Edward's first wife, and it is unlikely that she is the mother of either of Edward's adult sons living in the household. Although Edward and the other three members of his household were born in Mississippi, each family member enumerated on the census had a parent who was born in Alabama. Since the birthplace of the mother of the two Watts sons is shown as Alabama, it is reasonable to believe that Edward's wife died before the family's migration from Alabama into Mississippi.

Living next door to Edward and Mary on the 1900 census were Eabious L., age 25, and his wife Nancy B., age 24. The couple had been married 6 years, and Nancy had given birth to two children. Only one of the children, a 3-year old daughter named Ella M., born in Mississippi, was living at the time the census was recorded. The census also shows that Nancy's parents and her husband's mother were all born in Alabama.

Eabious (E.L.) Watts died early in the year he would have turned 48 years old. Not only did he die five years before his father, a sad event for any parent, but he died on his father's birthday.

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