Birthca 1746, .
DeathOct 1823, Sherborne, Dorset
Burial20 Oct 1823, Sherborne, Dorset
GeneralIn 1777: Soap boiler.
1Maria Churchill , GGGG Grandmother
Burialabt 15 Dec 1823, prob Sherborne Abbey, Dorset
Marriage5 Aug 1777, Abbey church of BVM, Sherborne, Dorset
ChildrenSusannah (1778-ca1851)
 Maria (ca1785-1868)
 Sarah Churchill (1786-ca1860)
Notes for Robert Watts
On FindMyPast there are these baptisms to children of Robert and Mary Watts in Sherborne:

1 Jul 1778 Susanna,

14 May 1783 Martha,

10 Feb 1786 Sarah Churchill.

But no Mary or Maria. Though there is the possibility that Martha became Maria later on, certainly in the 1861 census, when she was 78 and a widow so no husband to impress, Maria gave her age as 78, implying a birth in 1783.

Additionally there were baptisms of children of Israel and Jane or Jenny Watts:

12 Aug 1778 Elizabeth,

05 Jan 1780 Jenny,

27 Jun 1781 William,

25 Dec 1782 Mary,

09 Feb 1785 Julian Maria,

28 May 1787 William.

The children of Israel and Jane seem regularly spaced and there is no reason to doubt that they had a daughter Mary.

He was named as the father of Maria in the notice of her marriage to Thomas Coster of London in the
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal of Monday August 5, 1805. She was said to be his second daughter.

In the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette of 23rd oct 1823 there is this notice in the deaths column:

“At Sherborne, Mr Robert Watts, in his 77th year”

Now to find the burial record... And this looks like it:

First name(s) Robert
Last name
Birth year
Death year
Burial year
Burial date
20 Oct 1823
Burial place
Dorset Burials 1
Record set
Dorset Burials
Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records

I am ordering an image copy of this in the hope that it contains a little more information. Regrettably it doesn’t.

On 2 feb 1825 the Morning Post carried on p. 2 an advert for a Bibliotheca Britannia by Robert Watt MD, late president of the faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Any connection to this Robert Wayy and his visit to Scotland in late 18th century?
Will notes for Robert Watts
His will has been found; it was proved on the 23rd December 1823 so is undoubtedly the man buried on the 20th October 1923. Robert Watts owned several modest properties and leases in Dorset and Somerset.

In his will he mentions his three daughters:
Susanna, wife of Mr Samuel Gould,
Maria, wife of Mr Thomas Coster,
Sarah, wife of Mr John Longman (NOT Songman(?) or Dougman(?)!)
and his dear wife
and his uncle the late Bartholomew Watts, possibly of Marston Magna.

The will was signed on 28 August 1813,
The first codicil was signed on 20 September 1814,
The second codicil was signed on 14 September 1816,
The third codicil was signed on 6 May 1820,
The fourth codicil was signed on 27 July 1821.

The third codicil changed the executors to be his friends Elias Penny(?), stationer of Sherborne, and Daniel Penny(?), bankers clerk also of Sherborne.

From Thos Coster’s will, Sarah seems to have had a son William Longman. (William Churchill Longman, to be precise.)
Armorial Blazon notes for Robert Watts
Notes for Robert & Maria (Family)
Their marriage transcript:

Record set Dorset Marriages
Gender Male
First Name Robert
Last Name Watts
Marriage year 1777
Spouse's First Name Mary
Spouse's Last Name Churchill
County Dorset
Country England
Place Sherborne
By licence or by banns Licence
Description Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Marriage date 09 Aug 1777
Notes Soap-boiler
Parish (original) otp
Spouse notes -
Spouse parish otp
Witnesses Thos WATTS, Betty CHURCHILL

The marriage licence transcript:

First name(s) ROBERT
Last name WATTS
Birth year -
Bond day 7
Bond month Aug
Bond year 1777
Marriage year 1777
Groom's first name(s) Robert
Groom's last name WATTS
Groom's age -
Groom's occupation -
Groom's parish Sherborne
Groom's county Dorset,England
Bride's first name(s) Mary
Bride's last name CHURCHILL
Bride's age -
Bride's parish -
Bride's county -
Bondsman 1 MILLER Samuel, Sherborne
Jurisdiction The Dean of Sarum in Wiltshire, Berkshire,
Dorset and Uffculme, Devon
County Dorset
Country England
Record set Sarum Marriage Licence Bonds
Last Modified 28 Apr 2017Created 25 May 2017 by Tim Powys-Lybbe