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William W. Watson, b 1794 NJ, d 1874 IL
Posted by: Elizabeth Schroeder (ID *****4957) Date: May 14, 2013 at 14:51:37
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I am looking for parents’ names and a hometown for William Weldon Watson, born Apr 1, 1794 in New Jersey. One source gives his county of birth as Sussex. He left NJ about 1817 and traveled to Lexington, KY where he married Maria Cape Humrickhouse. They moved to Nashville, TN and had five children: Benjamin, Abigail, Ann Maria, Hester Cape, and Cordelia before the first wife died in 1834. He moved his family to St. Louis and then to Springfield, IL by 1836 where they remained. He later married Sarah Wiley Mottashed in 1842.
The only other clue I have for his family in NJ is relatives in Springfield – a nephew, James LaForest King (son of James and Charity Watson King). So, William may have had a sister named Charity. Another apparent relative in Springfield was Watson King (relationship unknown) also born in NJ.
Some ancestry trees give his father as Samuel Watson, son of Benjamin Watson and Martha Roberts Evans. These trees state this Samuel married Elizabeth Weldon who died in 1794, the year our William was born. But, no sources are given for this info in any of these trees and I have not been able to confirm it. I have found other NJ marriage records for a Samuel Watson in that time period, but none to an Elizabeth Weldon.
Can anyone help?
Thanks, Beth

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