Are Ward-Watson-3 and Watson-28709 the same man?

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Hi all you wonderful WikiTree'ers

I need some advice on my great grandfather's tree. I'm really not experienced in searching US records and I could do with some help. Do you think that Willis Seymour Watson (AKA Ward-Watson) and Willis S. Watson could possibly be the same man? All ideas are really welcome.

Have a super weekend everyone.

WikiTree profile: Willis Watson
in Genealogy Help by Pam Cormac G2G6 Mach 2 (25.9k points)

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It sure looks like they are the same. I found another profile on Familysearch that has parts of both of your profiles. I merged them on Familysearch.
by Karen Lorenz G2G6 Mach 6 (68.3k points)
Thanks a ton Karen, I've been looking at those two men for the longest time but just didn't have the courage to do it until someone else agreed with me.
Finding the other profile on Familysearch clinched it for me.  I have a question for you.  Do you know anything about the Ward-Watson name?  Who is Ward?  Will you be merging them into Watson-28709 or Ward-Watson-3?
That is actually a brilliant question that I hadn't really thought of yet! I suppose I'll merge him into Watson since that is the name he was born with - and died with. I created his profile when I first found his son's (Ernest Clarence Ward-Watson _D: Zimbabwe/Rhodesia 1975, Known as Clary/Clarence by the family) death notice which also stated Ward-Watson, but in Willis's death notice Willis is recorded as Watson (D: 1922 Rhodesia). Both men died of carcinoma.

I'm not sure how the name got double barreled but I think that Willis's Death Notice holds a vital clue. Willis has two children named in the record, a son Clarence Ward, and a daughter Alma Watson. The two children have different mothers and I have never found the name of Clarence's mother. Alma's mother is also unknown as she signs the record as Mrs Watson.

The reason why I could never let go of the other Willis as a possible duplicate was that his mother's name was Claria (and also that I could never find what happened to the second Willis after the 1900 census ~ just in time to produce Clarence in 1903 in South Africa). It all just seems to fit so well. Shame I feel bad that he left a wife and another daughter in the States..now I have to find out what became of them. Then Clarence had a daughter named Clarice.

My guess on the Ward - Clarence's mother was probably a Ward.

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