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John Watson (1703 - 1757)

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John Watson
Born in Falls, Buck, Pennsylvaniamap
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Husband of — married in Falls, Buck, Pennsylvaniamap
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Died in Leacock Township, Lancaster Co. Pennsylvaniamap
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Note H75JOHN WATSON 1705(?)-1757
In 1730, there came from Donegal, Ireland, "John Watson, Yeoman", with his family and relatives,
sternly leaving behind him, oppression both civil and religious and turning with hardy thrift and
Scotch determination and agressiveness to found a new home surrounded by liberty and freedom.
He settled in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, twelve miles east of the city of Lancaster but did not get a warrant for his land until 1734-36, as warrants were not issued until then
in Lancaster County.
His cousin, John Watson, settled near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1731, John Watson married Ann Stephenson, daughter of James Stephenson (died 1767) who preceeded him to this country and settled near Donegal, Lancaster, Co. Five children were born to John Watson and Ann Stephenson
and so faithfully were religious and patriotic principles instilled into them by their God fearing parents, that they were always foremost in loyalty to both church and country. Both of their sons were officers in the Revolutionary Army and each of their three daughters married officers in that army. On December 15th, 1774, there was chosen in Lancaster County a committee of "sixty proper persons to observe the conduct of all persons touching the General Association of the General Congress."
David Watson and Nathaniel Lightner were chosen members of this committee from Leacock Township. In his will, made January 19, 1757 and which is on record in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, John
Watson leaves his realestate to his eldest son David and to his son James, then fourteen, he leaves "sixty pounds lawful money to be paid him when he arrives at the age of 21 years with lawful interest on the same." David is also to "duly maintain and decently clothe him and give him one whole year's schooling of such lawful learning as my son James shall choose." To David Watson was entrusted the maintenance and care of his mother as well as of his younger brother. Each of the daughters was left a money legacy and his temporal estate being methodically disposed of, John Watson expressed his Christian belief in the immortality of the soul and the resuurrection of the body and set his mind toward things above. He died February 4, 1757 and was buried in Leacock graveyard, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (from the book: FIVE TYPICAL SCOTCH IRISH FAMILIES of the CUMBERLAND VALLEY, by:Mary Craig Shoemaker 1922) ID: I1284
Name: John WATSON 1 2
Sex: M
Birth: 21 JUN 1703 in Falls, Buck, Pennsylvania 1 2
Death: 17 JAN 1757 in Leacock, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 3 4 2
Father: Thomas WATSON b: 24 JAN 1669/70 in Strawberry, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Mother: Rebecca MARKS b: 24 FEB 1662/63 in , Cumberland, England
Marriage 1 Ann STEPHENSON b: 1712 in , , Ireland
Married: 18 SEP 1729 in Falls, Buck, Pennsylvania 3 1 2
David WATSON b: 7 OCT 1734 in , , Ireland
Hannah WATSON b: 1735 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Susanna WATSON b: 1738 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth WATSON b: BET. 1740 - 1748 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
James WATSON b: 1743 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Title: Ancestral File (TM)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996
Note: ABBR Ancestral File
NAME Family History Library
ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
Title: private.ged
Call Number:
Media: Other
Text: Date of Import: Jun 1, 2000
Title: Abstract of Lancaster County Pennsylvania Wills 1721-1820
Author: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Note: ABBR Abstract of Lancaster County Pennsylvania WillsTITL Abstract of Lancaster County Pennsylvania Wills 1721-1820
The Collections of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Page: page 1065, Vol II
Text: QUAY 1
Title: Wills
Note: ABBR Wills
Page: James Stephenson will (1768); Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Registerof Wills, Microfilm no. 0021355, Family History Library [FHL], SaltLake City, Utah.
Text: QUAY 2
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ID: I2190
Name: John WATSON
Surname: WATSON
Given Name: John
Sex: M
Birth: 21 Jun 1703 in Falls, Buck, Pennsylvania 1
Death: 17 Jan 1757 in Leacock, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1
_UID: 4E6EC42D460CD6119D6B4445535400001E22 2
Change Date: 2 Mar 2003 at 12:42:25
Marriage 1 Ann STEPHENSON b: 1712 in Ireland
Elizabeth WATSON b: 1741 in Pennsylvania
Title: World Tree Project
Note: Ginni Morey
Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
Title: LDS Ordinance Index

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On 20 Nov 2017 at 20:33 GMT Jean (Jenks) Adams wrote:

John Watson, the son of Thomas Watson & Rebecca Marks, married Ruth Blakey 18 Nov 1729 (Exeter monthly meeting). I have not found a marriage to Ann Stephenson. He was born in Phila., PA in 1703- not Ireland.

Need to figure out correct parentage. Per the notes, this John did not have a daughter Ruth. Ruth married Oliver Paxson.

John is 17 degrees from Claude Monet, 19 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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