John S. Watts

John S. Watts

Male Abt 1825 -

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  • Name John S. Watts 
    Born Abt. 1825  Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Notes 

    • U.S. Census Washington, Owen, IN 1870: "John Watts, age 45 b. Abt. 1825 Indiana, school teacher, wife Minerva, age 44 b. Abt. 1826 Indiana; five children b. Indiana: Elizabeth 22, Melinda J. 17, Rosannah 14, William M. 10, Melinda B. 3/12."

      U.S. Census Spencer, Owen, IN 1880: "John S. Watts, age 57 b. Abt. 1823 Indiana, school teacher, wife Mary Jane [sic], age 53 b. Abt. 1827 Indiana. William H. McCarty, [step?] son, age 19 b. Abt. 1861 Indiana, parents b. Indiana, works on farm. Rosa B. Deal, granddaughter, age 7 b. Abt. 1873 Indiana parents b. Indiana."

      Rosa B. Deal must be the daughter of James A.L. Deal and Melinda J. Watts.

      Roy Richard Thomas August 2010
    • Charles Blanchard, "Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical" (1884).

      Early schools of Spencer, Owen, IN, pp. 674-676:

      "Some of the first teachers were [675] men of strong abilities and marked characteristics. One of them, well known to older citizens, was also the County Examiner, and he was a terror to applicants for teachers' license. He was extremely thorough and minute in his examinations, scrupulously and methodically going through with the smallest details, and the tired and battered teacher felt like one who was vainly endeavoring to tell more than he knew. . . .

      For many years the schools were conducted in the old-fashioned style, with little change from the method of the primitive pedagogue. It was the teacher's business to perform the duties of janitor, and he must be on duty at early morn to keep an eye on the bad boy who rose early and came like a strong man refreshed by slumber to make war on his master, whom he regarded as a tyrant and his natural enemy. It was part of his daily business to make mysterious and ridiculous noises, to decorate school furniture, or gently raise some sleepy brother with the cheerful point of a pin. . . .

      The increased population of the town necessitated the building of a larger schoolhouse, and in 1872 the present school building was erected. It is of brick, three stories above the basement, and cost about $2500. . . .

      Average wages paid to male teachers, $3 per day; averages wages paid to female teachers $1.85 per day. The school is divided into three departments, designated primary, grammar, and high school. Each department consists of four grades, each grade representing one year of school work."

      Edited by Roy Richard Thomas August 2010
    Person ID I35142  Complete
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2010 

    Family Minerva J. Unknown,   b. Abt. 1826, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1883, Spencer, Owen, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Watts,   b. Abt. 1848, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Melinda J. Watts,   b. Abt. 1853, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rosannah Watts,   b. Abt. 1856, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William M. Watts,   b. Abt. 1860, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Melinda B. Watts,   b. Abt. 1870, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F18041642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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