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Robert Watson
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Birth: Mar. 24, 1834, England
Death: Aug. 31, 1908
Benton
Ringgold County
Iowa, USA

"Robert Watson, a prominent agriculturist of Rice Township, residing on Section 18, is a native of England, born in Durham County, a son of John and Isabella Watson, the mother dying when he was two years old, and the father when he was eight years of age. Being left an orphan so young he was early inured to a life of toil, and from the age of eleven years he has cared for himself. He found employment as a farm hand in his native country till 1858, when he immigrated to America, landing at New York in March of that year. He then proceeded to Canada and about six years lived in the province of Ontario, where he was married to Miss Sarah Ann Bryans, a daughter of John Bryans. Mrs. Watson was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1841, but from her childhood was reared in Canada. To Mr. and Mrs. Watson have been born seven children, of whom six are yet living--Mrs. Margaret Blunck, John, Lavina, Oscar, Jane and Cora. Their seventh child died in 1875. In 1865 Mr. Watson settled in Rock Island County, Illinois, where he lived on rented land until coming to Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1868. He settled where he now lives in March, 1869, where he has 120 acres of well-improved land. This was the pioneer home of one of Ringgold County's first settlers, a Mr. Page, who was afterward killed in the army. The first religious services in Ringgold County were held at the old log house which stood on this place. The claim changed hands many times before Mr. Watson bought the land, which at that time was in its natural state--covered over with brush and briar. Besides his home farm Mr. Watson owns forty acres on section 17 of the same township, and eighty acres on section 13, Benton Township, all his lands being under improvement. Both Mr. and Mrs. Watson were reared in the faith of the Episcopal church. They are well known and highly respected for their integrity, and many other good qualities. They have become prosperous citizens of the county, having by their careful habits and excellent management gained a good and comfortable home. In his political views, Mr. Watson affiliates with the Republican party." [Source: Biological and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa. Published Lewis Pub. Co., Chicago, 1887, p. 243.]

Robert Watson married Sarah Ann Bryans on 20 Sep 1864 in Ontario, Canada.

Children of Sarah Ann Bryans and Robert Watson:
James or William Watson (birth/death dates unknown)
Margaret Ann Watson 1866 - 1922
John B. Watson 1868 - 1896
Luvina D. Watson 1871 - 1918
Oscar Albert Watson 1873 - 1947 (Find A Grave Memorial# 8088938)
Jennie E. Watson 1875 - 1897
Cora Watson 1880 - 1936

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Ann Bryans Watson (1841 - 1906)*
 
 Children:
  Margaret Ann Watson Blunck (1866 - 1922)*
  John B Watson (1868 - 1896)*
  Luvina D Watson Blunck (1871 - 1918)*
  Jennie E Watson Love (1875 - 1897)*
  Cora A Watson Helms (1880 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Mount Ayr
Ringgold County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: AV Appel
Record added: May 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69347472
Robert Watson
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Robert Watson
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