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William Rufus Watson
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1848
Lowndes County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1916
Warren
Bradley County
Arkansas, USA

"W. R. Watson, sheriff and collector, Warren, Ark. There are some men in the county at present day in whose lives there are but few thrilling incidents or remarkable events, yet whose success has been a steady and constant growth, and who, possessed of excellent judgment, strong common sense and indomitable energy, have evinced in their lives and character great symmetry, completeness and moral standing of a high order. To this class belongs Mr. Watson, who owes his nativity to Lowndes County, Miss., where his birth occurred September 14, 1848. His father, Finis Watson, was a native of Kentucky, and was married to Miss Mary Bell, a native of Tennessee, after which, in 1838, they moved to Mississippi, and here the father cultivated the soil. In 1854 they moved to Arkansas, located in Union County, near Mount Holly, and there both passed the closing scenes of their life. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom are living
at the present time: John B., Ann (wife of J. R. Rogers), William R., Alonzo E., and Dora (wife of W. F. Culbreath). At the age of eight years W. R. Watson came to Arkansas with his parents, and received his education in the common schools of Union County. He was early initiated into the duties of the farm, and assisted his father on the home place until eighteen years of age, after which he started out for himself as clerk in a store. In 1871 he began merchandising for himself at Moro Bay, and continued business until 1886, when he sold out. In 1888 he was elected to his present position, and removed to Warren, where he now resides.
By his marriage, which occurred in 1872, to Miss Ella V. Richardson, he became the father of 3 children, Theodore Larkin, Mary Lema and Anna Lou. Mrs. Watson died in 1879.
Mr. Watson is a member of the K. of P, and Master at Arms. He is one of the most prominent men of Bradley County."
Biographial and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas: A Condensed History of the State, a number of Biographies of its Distinguished Citizens, a brief Descriptive History of each of the Counties mentioned, and numerous Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of each County. Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890 
 
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 Parents:
  Finis Marshall Watson (1814 - 1875)
  Mary M Bell Watson (1825 - 1859)
 
 Spouses:
  Anatolia Martin Watson (1857 - 1927)
  Ella Victoria Richardson Watson (1849 - 1879)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Lema Watson Meek (1877 - 1941)*
  Anna Lou Watson (1878 - 1880)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Rufus Watson (1848 - 1916)
  Louisa Jane Watson (1850 - 1870)*
  Finis Euin Watson (1864 - 1950)**
  Ida Holmes Watson Newton (1871 - 1935)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Warren
Bradley County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Larry Chenault
Record added: Jan 06, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5134951
William Rufus Watson
Added by: Larry Chenault
 
William Rufus Watson
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William Rufus Watson
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