Alice Watson

Alice Watson

Birth
Death 7 May 1855 (aged 68–69)
Burial Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 109941478 · View Source
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Alice WATSON was the daughter of Samuel and Abiah (YOUNG) WATSON of West Greenwich, Kent co., Rhode Island.

When Alice died in 1855, she was interred in Exeter, Washington co., RI. Between 1931 and 1941, Charles and Martha Benns recorded the location of Alice’s grave. They described it as being on the “east side of [the] road, south of Tippecansett Park near Escoheag Hill Rd” in Exeter. There were four burials, only one of which had an inscribed stone -- Alice’s.

The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project designates Alice WATSON's grave site as Exeter Historical Cemetery #895 (EX895) -- the "Lost Watson Lot." Probably it was located along the east side of Old Voluntown Road in Exeter, south of Tippecansett POND (not Park). This tiny cemetery ended up "lost" because someone stole Alice's gravestone, leaving only the three unmarked stones behind.

In 2013 Alice WATSON's gravestone was discovered at Porter Cemetery in Thompson, Connecticut, by Findagrave volunteer Bill Warner. Follow-up research on this situation indicated that Alice WATSON's remains had not been reinterred in Connecticut. Apparently someone simply left Alice's pilfered gravestone in Porter Cemetery, for which we are grateful. For more info, visit Alice and the Location of the Lost Watson Lot.

Alice never married, but she did have offspring. Town Council records in West Greenwich, RI, show that Alice had four children -- one by Simeon HOXSIE, one by a man surnamed RATHBUN, and two by a man surnamed HATCH. Alice's children would have used the surname WATSON, not the biological father's surname.

In 1836 Alice testified in support of her mother Abiah (YOUNG) WATSON's application for a widow's pension. At the time Alice was a resident of Voluntown (then Windham co., later New London co.), CT. To see a copy of her deposition, click here.

Alice was buried in Exeter rather than in her hometown of West Greenwich possibly because she had a child living in Exeter. The fact that she was honored with an inscribed grave marker rather than an unmarked fieldstone speaks to how much Alice must have been loved.


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  • Maintained by: Elaine Schenot, Queenealogist
  • Originally Created by: Bill Warner
  • Added: 3 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 109941478
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Watson (1786–7 May 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109941478, citing Porter Cemetery, Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Elaine Schenot, Queenealogist (contributor 47695960) .