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Sykes and Watson connection, 1700s England, Maryland, Virginia?
Posted by: Judith Winston (ID *****3019) Date: March 29, 2008 at 08:38:32
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I am looking for some kind of a family connection between a Sykes family and my Watson family in the late 1600s or early 1700s. My ancestor, Henry Watson of Prince William County, Maryland, moved to England for a time for an unknown reason, roughly about 1750. He and his wife Lucy (maiden name unknown) had six children in Prince George County, Maryland, most of whose births are recorded in Prince George's Parish between 1732 and 1742 (Alithea, Nancy Ann, John, Henry, Mary and Lucy). It is unclear if his wife and children came with him to London. While in London, Henry Watson wrote a will, dated 1752, in which he named a Peter Sykes as executor. It mentioned land in Prince George County, Maryland, and Prince William County, Virginia. His daughter Lucy, who married William Beckwith, subsequently named a son SYKES Beckwith (b. ca. 1775), so I think there was a family connection. Possibly Henry Watson's wife Lucy was a Sykes, or his mother? If anyone can point me to a connection, I'd appreciate it.

It appears Peter Sykes was in London when the will was written. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury subsequently noted in 1767, when probate of the will was granted to Henry's son John, that Peter Sykes had renounced the appointment as executor, so he was apparently still living in England close to that time.

Henry Watson did not actually die in England, apparently, because he (identified as "of Prince George's County, Maryland, Gent.,") and wife Lucy sold land in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1758. Lucy left a 1773 will in Frederick County, Maryland. (This is a descrepancy with the probate record of Henry's London will, which recites that Lucy had died by that time, 1767).

Can anyone shed any light on this?

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