But then recently I had the chance to do a 23andme.com test and I was expecting the Cherokee blood line or Native American. But then TOTAL SHOCK!
ZERO Native American, meaning zero Cherokee. Okay I thought 23andme.com made an error. But about 600+ of my family used 23andme.com to do the test, 1st cousins, 2nd, 3rd, aunts, up and down the family line…guess what ALL THE SAME. No Native American.
So I told my mom. Not possible she says, your dad is registered, your GRADPA, dad’s dad is. What? Wait I thought it was Winnie Dell Wimpy, no mom says it was William James Watts, your grandpa.
Okay, so be it, but 23andme.com could not make the exact same error 600+ times. So to ancestry.com I went, did an account, logged in and started to assemble.
Gregory Watts>Carroll Watts>William James Watts>Samuel Houston Watts>William A Watts ||||| Brick wall. John Watts? Chief John Watts? Cherokee Chief Little Tassel John Watts? All real people, but in my line?
If I took what I found at face value it would look like this.
William A Watts>John Joseph Watts (Chief)>John Watts (Interrupter – non white full Cherokee) BRICK WALL.
If you take what users at ancestry.com have filled in then the Watts name STOPS! With father of Chief John Watts, apparently he took the name for himself from another John Watts.
But, at the time of John Joseph Watts there are many John Watts’ and the census from Virginia and North Carolina list similar children. Also The John Watts’ listed even in the given trees on ancestry.com have several wives and the children of John Watts seem to be under different wives. The data surrounding John Joseph Watts is very muddy and I believe it has been made worse by a preconceived notion that there must be full blood Cherokee in this branch of the Watts family. It is very interesting that there are several other Watts families with the exact same name data that is bypassed.
A Watts on ancestry.com made a point to write up a story of Chief John Watts and that HE is part of the Watts true line. But they wrote it in such a way as to lead the reader to the conclusion they wanted, and to make the reader cast doubt on any other conclusion. The writer also made the statement, there are members of the Watts family trying to make it appear the Watts line is not through this Cherokee branch etc…they imply that such a conclusion is a forced one. However in the same write up they state that the data surrounding John Watts and his deep connection with the Watts family is suspect. Every story, every connection about the myths surrounding John Watts is oral, and on the site ancestry.com all a user has to do is alter the “wife of” and “children of” to take ones in a wrong direction.
So when I got my 23andme.com data I started to fill in my tree at ancestry.com and ran into that John Watts>John Watts>John Watts (Full blood no real last name Watts) problem. It simply met it was impossible considering the DNA data. So I ran the family backwards. I started from the Watts’ listing on ship passengers from England to the Colonies, the 1st families. No going from me back, but from the Watts’ forward and I started to get the exact same family names with same children.
Gregory Watts>Carroll Watts>William James Watts>Samuel Houston Watts>William A Watts> (Then indeed) John Joseph Watts (But NOT married to Jane, you see he had 2 may 3 wives and in the posted list the children jump form one wife to another, who ever had a preset family tree in mind.>John Watts (Indeed his father but apparently not the interrupter. So if this John Watts is not the interrupter then is John Joseph Watts the same that the Cherokee Watts are claiming? There are several listed with the same children names.) Father to John Watts>Francis Watts>Edward Watts (We are now in England.
The current forced Watts from Cherokee line has several issues.
- You must ignore the DNA evidence from 600+ Watts that are of this line who show NO Native American.
- You must accept that John Watts father of Chief John Watts gave up is Indian name and too the name Watts thus my Watts line started here in the 1700’s.
- You must accept that from Chief John Watts going back every male is a John Watts and much of their data overlaps, except what members have altered once noticed. It is apparent that at the point of Chief John Watts there are several John Watts’ with children with similar names and several wives. I think any one would ease into the Watts family but you must pick one that agrees with the data. Chief John Watts DOES NOT agree with the factual data now available.
- Much of the so called data is oral history passed down from one to another. My Cherokee stories were oral and passed down and proved incorrect.
For decades the Mormon’s stated they were direct descendants of the northern 10 Israeli tries, they had the genealogical records to prove it, they had oral history to prove it, they had…nothing. DNA toppled that belief and some died from holding on to the false idea. Now we are at another situation where the past must adapt to the facts.
How could this happen? Oral history. I suppose when the BIA opened up the Rolls people in Oklahoma were running to list. At that time no blood test, no DNA all oral. And guess what father to William Watts WAS a John Watts, well said one to another who’s to say it was not Chief John Watts? You see the rolls opened up April 26 1906 John Watts was 1725, 181 years, Now really in 1906, who could “prove” what? Since there are many John Watts’ in the early 1700’s and many of them had a son named William (extremely common names) who in 1906 was going to question say Samuel Watts that John Watts was not Chief John Watts? No one would have. In 1906 there was no way to “prove” that Chief John Watts was or was not the same John Watts that is in the Watts family line.
From 1906 the myth and story grew. Think about it, it would spread throughout the Watts family like a Doc Watts lie. It would grow tall and fat and it would become fact.
But now in 2018 we have DNA testing and guess what, NO NATIVE AMERICAN. So some of the Watts family is very upset, let me change this name here or alter this wife so her son is William, (Both of John’s wives are listed as giving birth to William). Oh if that don’t work let me just attack those who deny the Cherokee line through Chief John Watts, I’ll even call them…
Stop! Get over it. The Watts line through Samuel and William is not Cherokee, pick the other John Watts who fathered William who fathered Samuel. If the DNA data and the current altered past don’t match then the answer is simple, the oral history has been incorrect.
Watts is NOT Cherokee, at least this fork.