James Watson was born about 1787 in Middlesex, England. The names of his parents are unknown. He was a cordwainer by trade, which is a shoemaker that makes shoes from new leather, as opposed to a cobbler that makes shoes from pieces of old shoes and leather goods.
James Watson died on Christmas Day in 1843 at the age of 61 years old at the Chelsea Union Workhouse. He was buried on 29 Dec 1843 at the parish church of Chelsea St. Luke.
↑ 1.01.1 England, death certificate for James Watson, pauper, age 61, died 25 Dec 1843, Chelsea Workhouse, registered Oct-Dec 1843, Registration District: St. Luke, Chelsea, vol. 3, p. 61, no. 21, Sub-district: Chelsea North West, County: Middlesex; General Register Office, Southport.
↑ 1841 England Census, James Watson age 54, shoemaker, Ann Watson age 45, Lucy Watson age 15, Rosanna Watson age 10, Elizabeth Watson age 8, Maryanne Watson age 6, Robert Watson age 4, James Watson age 2; Residence: Eatley’s Place, St. Luke Chelsea, Class: HO107; Piece: 688; Book: 1; Civil Parish: Chelsea; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 6; Page: 29; Line: 8; GSU roll: 438804; digital images, Ancestry.com; citing: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841 held at The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.
↑ All Saints Church, Wandsworth, Surrey, England, Parish Registers, James Watson and Ann Copperthite, married 28 Oct 1817, p. 19, no. 57; database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NK51-D57 : 10 Dec 2014); citing FHL Film no. 307713.
↑ Ancestry.com, Pallot's Baptism Index for England: 1780 - 1837 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001), Parish of St. Paul, Hammersmith, County of Middlesex. Ann Copperthwait, also Copperthite, child of John and Rosanna (1792).
↑ FreeBMD, England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Ancestry.com, Watson, James, Death Age: 61, Registration Year: 1843, Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec, Registration district: Chelsea, County: London, Vol. 3, Page 61.
↑ London, England, Church of England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003, Chelsea, St Luke, Register of Burials, James Watson, age 61, Poor House, buried 29 Dec 1843, p. 233, no. 1864; Borough: Kensington and Chelsea, Call Number: p74/luk/266. FamilySearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JC4B-92Z