Son of John Watson Esq. &
Priscilla (Thomas) his wife
Vital Records of Plymouth Massachusetts
to the Year 1850
Book One [p. 83]
William Watson born May 6th 1730
on Wednesday at 10 o'clock morning
Epitaphs from Burial Hill
by Bradford Kingman
Published by New England Illustrated
Historical Publishing Co.
Brookline, Mass. [p. 125]
Mr. Watson was the son of John and
Priscilla (Thomas) Watson, was born
May 6, 1730. Graduated at Harvard
College in 1751. In 1755 was appointed
by the Provincial Congress the first post-
master ever in the town. On the 28th of
September, 1782 he was appointed Naval
Officer of the Port of Plymouth. In 1789
again appointed by Washington as Collector,
which office he continued till 1803. In
1790 he received a commission from Timothy
Pickering as Deputy Postmaster of Plymouth,
by authority of the United States. He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin
Marston of Manchester, by whom he had
William, Elizabeth, who married Hon.
Nathaniel Niles of Vermont, Benjamin,
Ellen, who married Hon. John Davis.
Honbl WILLIAM WATSON,
faithful in public trust,
in every relation
this stone is erected,
with grateful recollections,
his kindness and worth,
his surviving children.
Born May 6, AD 1730. O.S.
Died April 27 AD. 1815