Biography of John R. Watts
Madison County, NY Biographies





Watts, John R., was born in the county of Kent, England, September 13, 1829, a son of John and Mary (Watts) Watts. When twenty years old he came to this country arriving in New York, September 4, 1850, and in Cazenovia four days later. For a period of four years he worked at the book binding trade under the firm of Mills, Crandall & Mosley. At the end of that time he went West, working at the book binding trade in Madison, Wis.; Janesville, Wis.; and Chicago, Ill. He returned east in 1857, was in a hotel in Chittenango about two years, and in 1860 located in Cazenovia in painting business. In the fall of 1862 Mr. Watts went to the defense of his adopted country, enlisting in Company K, commanded by Seneca Lake, of the 114th N. Y. Vols., and serving three years. For a period of over ten years Mr. Watts was in the grocery trade in Cazenovia and during this time had as partners at various periods, R. K. Blair, Eber D. Peet, and Peter P. Cobb. In politics Mr. Watts has been a consistent Republican; has served the village as fire warden three years and took the census of the Second election district in 1890. He is a member of Cazenovia Lodge No. 616, F. & A. M., of which he was treasurer fifteen years; and Manlius Chapter, R. A. M. For many years he has been a vestryman and is now treasurer of St. Peter's Episcopal church. In January, 1890, Mr. Watts, in company with William Watkins, purchased the old concert hall called the "Cazenove," which they conducted until the building was burned in 1895. He is now secretary and treasurer of the Cazenovia Hall Association. Mr. Watts married in 1860, Mary Jane Powell Cobb, and of this union is one son, Willis E. Watts, a practicing dentist in Lyons, France.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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