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William Augustin "Top" Watson
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Birth: Feb., 1859
McDuffie County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1937
Thomson
McDuffie County
Georgia, USA

Mr. William Augustin "Top" Watson, 78, last surviving brother of the late Senator Thomas E. Watson, entered into rest Saturday afternoon, April 24, 1937, at his home in Thomson, Georgia after an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday at First Methodist Church with the Revs. C.A. Hall and H.L. Byrd and A.R. Turner officiating. Interment will be in the Thomson Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be H.C. McCorkle, E.C. Hawes, L.J. Norris, Roy J. Johnson, A.B. Morris, G.W. Jordan, P.A. Bowden and Dr. B.F. Riley. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley Bible Class of the Methodist Church and the members of board of stewards of the Methodist Church, while members of Thomson Council No. 119, Junior Order, United American Mechanics will be an honorary escort. Mr. Watson was a native of McDuffie County and was a leading shipper of watermelon seeds in the South for the past 36 years. Long a prominent figure in the political, civic and religious life of McDuffie County, he served as tax collector for 16 years, was charter member of Thomson Council No. 119, Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and chairman of the board of stewards of the Methodist Church for 13 years. Having retired from politics, some years ago, the "Sage of Hickory Hill's brother had devoted all his time to growing watermelons, the most noted species being from the "Tom Watson" seed, a variety which Mr. Watson developed after several experimentations with different types of seed. That particular melon had become noted, not only in Georgia but in many other states. . Up to the time of his death, he remained an advocate of the horse and buggy, especially in his farming operations, and never owned an automobile, although he enjoyed motoring with his friends and neighbors. He, in his covered buggy drawn by a well groomed bay horse, was a familiar figure on the streets of Thomson and the highways of McDuffie County until he was confined to his home by illness. Mr. Watson first married Miss Kathryn Luke Drane on February 10, 1881. She died May 3, 1904, and in 1905 he married Miss Dora Burch. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dora Burch Watson; two sons, S.B. Watson of Macon, Ga., and J.T. Watson of Thomson, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. C.C. Collins and Miss Eleanor Watson, both of Columbia, S.C.; one sisters, Mrs. Julia Cliatt of Thomson; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews. Curtis Funeral Home. 
 
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 Parents:
  John S. Watson (1833 - 1895)
  Ann Eliza Maddox Watson (1833 - 1909)
 
 Spouses:
  Isadora E. Burch Watson (1861 - 1944)*
  Katherine Luke Drane Watson (1861 - 1904)*
 
 Children:
  Alva Drane Watson (1882 - 1936)*
  Steven Boyce Watson (1885 - 1960)*
  Edwin F. Watson (1890 - 1911)*
  William Augustin Watson (1893 - 1934)*
  James Truman Watson (1896 - 1950)*
  Effie S. Watson Collins (1898 - 1989)*
  Eleanor Leigh Watson (1901 - 1989)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Edward Watson (1856 - 1922)*
  William Augustin Watson (1859 - 1937)
  Julian C. Watson (1861 - 1893)*
  Mary Isabelle Watson Usry (1863 - 1918)*
  John Forrest Watson (1865 - 1916)*
  Julia E Watson Cliatt (1868 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Thomson City Cemetery
Thomson
McDuffie County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section 81
 
Created by: Jimmy Morris
Record added: Dec 09, 2011
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William Augustin Top Watson
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