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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Watts, Frederick 1719- Military officer; born in Wales, June 1, 1719; emigrated to the United States and settled in Cumberland county, Pa., in 1760. He served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant-colonel, and had command of the battalion that was assigned to Cumberland county. At the surrender of Fort Washington this division was captured. After his exchange he was made a justice of the peace; a representative in the Assembly in 1779; sub-lieutenant of Cumberland county in 1780; commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers in 1782; and was a member of the supreme executive council in 1787-90. He died on his farm on Juniata River, Oct. 3, 1795.