|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1826|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1888|
He received an academic education and as a boy exhibited the traits of character which most distinguished him in his manhood. At an early age he left home to make his own way in the world; having capital, good health, steady habits, courage and ambition--qualities that earned him steadfast friends.
Going to Glens Falls, New York, he entered active work and developed a taste for the lumber business. He left there at the age of 27 and came to Newaygo, Michigan as a pioneer of the old Newaygo Lumber Company. When the Civil War broke out his patriotism was stirred into action and he took part in raising volunteers for the Eighth Michigan Infantry. He was commissioned as a Major of that regiment on August 19, 1861. He accompanied it into the field and was assigned, with his command, to General Thomas W Sherman's expedition to Port Royal, South Carolina. There he was wounded in action--shot through the thigh. He was reported killed, but recovered and afterward was in the battle at James Island where his horse was shot from under him. He was uninjured in the fall, but resigned September 10, 1862 and was honorably discharged from service
He married Martha A Brooks of Newaygo, Michigan on October 7, 1856 in Newaygo. They had no children but in August of 1873, Mrs Watson's youngest sister, Mrs William J Mead, died leaving four children, John, James, Julia and Willie Mead, the oldest child six years and the youngest five days old. Their father died less than three months after the death of their mother and they were adopted by Major and Mrs Watson. The children were all still at home when A B Watson died suddenly on September 18, 1888 at the age of 62 years..
The A B Watson mausoleum was built for Major Watson. This mausoleum is a replica of an Eqyptian temple. It is estimated that to build or replace this mausolelum today would cost over one and a half million dollars. It is built of Beury granite from Vermont. Note the detail to the lions resting on the steps. Inside there are two sitting benches and a podium for services. In the center of the floor are lifting doors that open to the lower level where interments have taken place. This is a bi-level mausoleum though with most mausoleums the interments are at ground level.
Martha A Brooks Watson (1833 - 1915)*
Plot: Block 5, Lot 1, Grave 1
Created by: DUVCW
Record added: Sep 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15725068