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History of the town of Andover, New Hampshire
1751 - 1906
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NATHAN WATSON, b. in Wales in 1729; m. in Wales; came to N. H. in 1752.
RUTH BEAN, b. in Wales 1726; m. in Wales; came to N. H. in 1752. Nathan Watson d. in 1821. Ruth (Bean) Watson d. in 1819.
NATHAN WATSON m. RUTH HINKSON, and was a farmer in Nottingham, N. H. Rev. Elijah Watson made the following entry in his family Bible: "My honored father died Dec. 7, 1825, in the 78th year of his age." In a deed of land made May 28, 1772, Nathan Watson, his wife, Ruth, Samuel Hinkson and Abigail Hinkson, the last three children of Robert Hinkson, disposed of all their title and rights to Ezekiel Clough.
In the above it is plain that Nathan, Elijah's father, could not have been the Nathan b. in Wales in 1729. It is also known that Nathan Watson's wife, Ruth (Hinkson) Watson, d. at the home of her son, Josiah, in Berwick, Me., Dec. 12, 1831.
It is therefore probable, but not proved, that NATHAN, the father of Rev. Elijah, was the son of NATHAN WATSON and RUTH BEAN who were born and married in Wales.
According to the above theory, the early genealogy of the Watson family would be as follows, down as far as Rev. Elijah Watson. Since the date of his birth the line is easily followed.
NATHAN, son of Nathan and Ruth (Bean) WATSON, was b. _____; d. Dec. 7, 1825, age 77 ; m. RUTH HINKSON, b. Epping, N. H., Jan. 2, 1748; d. at home of her son, Josiah, in Berwick, Me., Dec. 12, 1831.
Phebe, b. _____; d. Dec. 30, 1825, in 54th year of her age.
Nathan, b. _____; d. May 21, 1852, age 77.
ELIJAH, b. in Nottingham Sept. 2, 1877 ; m. (1) Miriam Sawyer; m. (2) Rhoda Felch ; m. (3) Betsey Goss.
Josiah, b. _____; res. Berwick, Me.
Polly, b. _____; m. (1) _____ Kenyon m. (2) _____; d. Lowell in 1892 or 3.
ELIJAH, son of Nathan and Ruth (Hinkson) WATSON, was b. in Nottingham Sept. 2, 1777 ; d. in Andover Nov. 4, 1857; m. (1), March 9, 1798, MIRIAM, dau. of Josiah and Miriam (Eastman) SAWYER of Deerfield, b. May 9, 1777 ; d. in Springfield May 30, 1817; m. (2), Sept. 28, 1817, RHODA, dau. of John and Jerusha (Sweetser) FELCH of Sutton, b. in Francestown May 12, 1796; d. in Andover Sept. 5, 1849 ; m. (3), 1854, Betsey Goss, who d. 1871.
Miriam, b. in Deerfield 1799; d. 1800.
ELIJAH, b. in Andover July 27, 1803; m. Eliza Palmer.
Miriam S., b. in Andover May 21, 1806; m. Rev. Oliver Butler.
Polly L., b. in Springfield July 18, 1808; d. in Lowell Nov. 15, 1826 ; unm.
Josiah S., b. in Springfield June 22, 1810; m., Aug., 1839, Maria S. Cutts; d. March 13, 1840, in Great Falls.
Pamelia P., b. in Springfield Sept. 3, 1812; m., April 29, 1845, William Cheney of Wilmot; d. Nov. 18, 1861; no ch.
Emmeline M., b. in Springfield Jan. 3, 1815; m., Feb. 14, 1836, Rev. Nahum Brooks; d. in Concord Sept. 7, 1836.
Rhoda F., b. in Croydon Oct. 17, 1818 ; d. in Andover June 24, 1833.
Minerva D., b. in Sutton April 17, 1822 ; m., May 12, 1842, Rev. D. S. Frost ; d. Aug. 17, 1893.
ELIJAH, son of Rev. Elijah and Miriam (Sawyer) WATSON, b. in Andover July 27, 1803 ; d. in Belvidere, Ill., in 1883 ; m., Jan., 1827, ELIZA PALMER of Kensington.
Eliza Ann, b. Dee. 3, 1827.
Jennie P., b. Dec. 30, 1829.
Elijah Lowell, b. Dec. 30, 1831; was connected with the Concord R. R. for 25 years.
John P., b. March 30, 1835.
JOSIAIH P., b. June 29, 1838; m. (1) Bessie E. Witman; m. (2) Ellen S. Sheldon.
Emaline M., b. Aug. 3, 1842.
Evaline S., b. Aug. 3, 1842.
Charles W., b. Nov. 20, 1847 ; m. _____ Bennett ; res. Greenville, Ill.; no ch.
Rev. JOSIAH P., son of Elijah and Eliza (Palmer) WATSON, b. in Lempster June 29, 1838; m. (1), Oct. 13, 1859, in Rockford, Ill., BESSIE E. WITMAN, who d. June 8, 1894; m. (2), 1895, ELLEN S. SHELDON.
Mr. Watson was a minister of the Christian denomination and preached in Wilmot (New Canada). Wilmot Flat and in several places in Ohio and Illinois. Four ch. by first wife and two by second wife.
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