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Re: Watson's of Tennessee (1800's)
Posted by: Elizabeth Watson (ID *****7614) Date: November 06, 2002 at 21:28:21
In Reply to: Watson's of Tennessee (1800's) by Vince Barker of 14890

I have a Mattie Watson. She would have been born sometime after 1865 in TN. Daughter of Coleman "Bud" Watson.

Coleman "Bud" Watson, b. Haywood County, NC 1839 or 1840; son of George W. Watson and Francis "Fannie" Gribble. Sentenced to be hanged by Confederate Army (offense unknown) sometime after February 21, 1863. Escaped. Lost right arm after being shot at by soldiers during escape. Married Angeline Head. Bought a farm at Ocoee, Polk County, TN (partially flooded when Parksville Lake was built). Reared nine children: George, Elvira, Harriett, Jim, Thomas, Smith, Bill, Mattie, and Fannie. When youngest child, Fannie, was 1-year-old, mom (Angeline) died. Coleman never remarried and reared the family on his own. Eldest daughter, Elvira, went crazy in her later years and burned family photos and records, including the family bible, which contained dates of family births; marriages; and deaths.

Have lots of information on Coleman's siblings and extended family, if you're interested. Even have a copy of the only known photo in existence of him. Have no further information about this Mattie or her siblings, though.

Beth Watson


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