George Watson

George Watson

Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Dec 1800 (aged 82)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot B 365
Memorial ID 79821903 · View Source
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Son of John &
Sarah (Rogers) Watson

John married
1) Abigail Saltonstall
2) Elizabeth Oliver
3) Phebe Marston


It falls to the lot of but few people
to leave such a reputation as that
of Mr. Watson. By his uprightness
of character and uniform dignity of
manners, he preserved the respectability
of his family to the grave, and we need
no better testimonial of departed worth,
then to know that his fellow citizens,
assembled in the town meeting, recommended
the church bell to be tolled three hours
on the day of his burial, a suspension
of the usual business in town, the
closing of shops and stores, and a display
of flags at half-mast on the shipping
in the harbor. He was of ancient and
honorable family and died in a ripe
old age. Rev. Dr. Kendall attended
his funeral services and preached a
sermon which was printed. Those who are
familiar with North Street in Plymouth,
the place of his residence, will call to
mind the great pleasure Mr. Watson
took in the cultivation of those fine
linden trees at the front and rear of
his house, and under the shadow of
whose limbs, and in the cool refreshing
shade of which he spent so many happy
hours and days.
In person Col Watson was portly and
well proportioned, his countenance
noble and placid, and his urbanity
and courtesy were proverbial. He left
three children: Mary who married
Elisha Hutchinson Esq., son of
Governor Hutchinson of Massachusetts
and died in England before her father
deceased. Sarah who married Martin
Brimmer Esq., a merchant of Boston,
and died in August 1832. Elizabeth
who married Hon. Thomas Russell, a
merchant of Boston. After the decease
of Mr. Russell, the widow married
Sir Grenville Temple, and died in
Rome about 1806, leaving three children.

source: Epitaphs from Burial Hill
by Bradford Kingman [p. 87]

Family Members



In Memory of
who died the 3d of December 1800
in the 83d Year of his Age.

No folly wasted his paternal Store,
No guilt, no fordid av'rice made it more:
With honest fame, and sober plenty crown'd,
He liv'd and spread his cheering influence 'round.
Pure was his walk and peaceful was his end-
We bless'd his rev'rend length of Days,
And hail'd him in the public ways,
With veneration and with praise.
Our Father and our Friend

Epitaphs from Burial Hill
By Bradford Kingman
Published 1892
Epitaph #764


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees


  • Created by: Sandra Lennox
  • Added: 3 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 79821903
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Watson (18 Jul 1718–3 Dec 1800), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79821903, citing Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Sandra Lennox (contributor 47383634) .