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Fifth Generation (Continued)

Family of Rebecca J. PARKER (46) & John Wilkerson Marshall WATSON

115. James M. WATSON. Born in 1864 in Tennessee. Alias/AKA: '"Jim".

Raised by his uncle, Priestly Parker.

Residence: James M. Watson was living with his aunt, Larcenia Parker Carnal in 1880.

James M. married Sallie BUTLER. Born in 1857 in Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. Lucile. Buried in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

ii. Jewell.


116. Bedford Forrest WATSON. Born on 9 Feb 1866 in Carroll County, Tennessee. Occupation: Teacher.

Attended one of the prestigious "Normal Schools" in the country, The National Normal Academy at Lebanon, Ohio. He became a teacher and eventually started an academy for young men at Rutherford, Tennessee. His school did not prosper, however, and after its closing, he moved his family to Oklahoma. He taught high school at "Paw Paw Bottoms", Salisaw, and finally at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. He was the principal of the Fort Gibson High School in 1911, and that building still stands.

On 16 Apr 1889 when Bedford Forrest was 23, he married Frances Morena WHITE, daughter of William WHITE, in Rutherford, Gibson County, Tennessee. Born on 18 May 1864 in Springfield, Missouri. Alias/AKA: "Fannie".

They had the following children:
i. J. Parker.

J. Parker married Ella DEVENNEY.

ii. Mary Elizabeth.

iii. Wilma.

iv. Lois.

v. Rebecca Ruth.


Physical Desc: Bedford Forrest Watson was about 5'10", Brown hair & eyes, had a rather large nose and "balanced it" with a full mustache. I remember a quiet, soft spoken man who was very kind. He chewed tobacco and liked to amuse his grandchildren by trying to hit the spittoon across the room. This trick always elicited a scolding from his wife. He was named for Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest and was orphaned at the age of 12. A foster family used him as labor and didn't send him to school. After some months, he ran away and went to live with his uncle, Edward F. Watson until he was able to make a living on his own. He completed grammar
school and earned a teacher's certificate from the prestigious National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio in 1889. He was a teacher and HS Principal for the rest of his working life. He bought 29 acres of land in the 8th civil district, Gibson City, TN in 1901 and a lot in Trenton, TN in 1905. He married FRANCES (Fannie) MORENA WHITE (dau of Wm White & Polly White, no relation as far as we can tell) 4/16/1889 in Rutherford, Gibson, TN. They had 5 children, Mary Elizabeth, Parker (my father), Wilma, Lois, Rebecca Ruth. The following narrative was written by Rebecca. Fannie was born in Springfield, MO, 5/18/1864. Her twin brother died at birth.
At sixteen, a girl was considered old enough for marriage. Fanny was small with beautiful naturally curly dark brown hair, sparkling brown eyes and a lovely singing voice. Her teeth had been ruined by the quinine and calamine she had taken to ward off Malaria and she suffered "female complaints" and migraine headaches. She became addicted to the laudanum she took for pain. Nevertheless, she had her share of admirers and was popular at the local parties, hoe downs, box suppers, spelling bees, literary societies and other events common to the time and community. By her 18th birthday she was engaged to Jesse Watson, a neighbor whom she described as tall, black haired and handsome. Her mother, Polly, insisted on a year's engagement in order to give her time to make her trousseau, fill her hope chest and perfect her cooking and household skills. Before the end of the year Jesse died of pneumonia. Fanny grieved over his death and by the age of twenty when she was still unmarried she was considered an old maid and resigned herself to living a lonely life at home with her widowed mother. When Fannie was 24, she attended a box social which was a Christmas party to raise money for the small community church. Fanny had prepared a box lunch for two as custom was and also baked a special cake and wrapped it as a Christmas gift for anyone who might not other wise have a gift in the gift exchange. BF WATSON, a neighbor who had been attending a college in Ohio was the only unexpected visitor, so Fannie's gift was presented to him. He bid for her box lunch at the auction that followed the gift exchange and they ate together. After the party, her brother, who had taken Fannie to the party, discretely left and she and BF were left to ride their horses to her home together. BF courted her through out his Christmas vacation and during the summer when he returned from school. He was a first cousin of her fiancé,  Jesse and she had known his family all her life. They were married on April 16, 1889 and traveled by Mississippi steam boat to Cincinnati where he
completed his work for a teacher's certificate in the summer of 1889.
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117. Josephine WATSON. Born on 19 Jun 1868. At the age of 65, Josephine died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 8 Mar 1934. Buried in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in Living with Uncle Ben Pritchard in 8th District, Henderson County, in 1880. in 1880. Alias/AKA: "Josie".

On 6 Nov 1884 when Josephine was 16, she married James Gideon PRITCHARD, son of Issac PRITCHARD (1821-1902) & Samantha BURNETT (1829-1898), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 7 Jun 1862 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 79, James Gideon died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 4 Jun 1942. Buried in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
249 i. William Isaac (1885-1964)
250 ii. Grover (1887-1938)
251 iii. J. Priest (1890-1923)
iv. Eva. Born in Nov 1891 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 79, Eva died in Carroll County, Tennessee in 1971. Buried in 1971 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 4 Jun 1916 when Eva was 24, she married Luther WALL, son of Henry Clay WALL (1847-1914) & Dephia Ann FLAKE (1852-1934), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born in 1883 in Tennessee. At the age of 60, Luther died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 8 Jul 1943. Buried in 1943 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

v. Jesse H.. Born on 26 Jul 1893 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 29, Jesse H. died in Oklahoma on 1 Sep 1922. Buried in 1922 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee. Military: World War I Veteran.

252 vi. Guy B. (1895-1982)
vii. Curtis. Born in 1897 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 80, Curtis died in 1977. Buried in 1977 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 21 Dec 1917 when Curtis was 20, he married Era KEE, daughter of Charles W. KEE (1873-1945) & Minnie L. PINCKLEY (1876-1911), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born in 1899 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 85, Era died in 1984. Buried in 1984 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

253 viii. Benjamin (1899-1983)
ix. Frances. Born in 1902 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 75, Frances died in 1977. Buried in Shelby County, Tennessee.

On 4 Nov 1928 when Frances was 26, she married Carl Oscar MYRACLE, son of Sidney MYRACLE (1877-1959) & Ada June FRONABARGER (1885-1950), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born about 1902. Buried in Shelby County, Tennessee.

x. Thetus. Born in 1903 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 67, Thetus died in 1970. Buried in 1970 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

Thetus first married Viola HARRIS.

Came from Piggott, Arkansas.

On 7 Jun 1967 when Thetus was 64, he second married Erin SCOTT, daughter of Robert Jepthy SCOTT (1884-1966) & Flossie DILL (1889-). Born on 21 Dec 1909 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 90, Erin died in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee on 28 Aug 2000. Buried on 30 Aug 2000 in Sellers Hill Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

Obituary: Erin Crider Pritchard, 90, of Huntingdon, died Monday, August 28, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be held today (Wednesday, August 30) at 11 a.m. in the Dilday Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Dave Morrison will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sellers Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Pritchard, the daughter of the late Robert and Flossie Dill Scott, was born December 21, 1909, in Carroll County. She was the widow of Howard Crider, who died in 1963 and Thedus Pritchard, who died in 1971. She was a member of the Twin Oaks Church of Christ.
She is survived by six daughters, Wilma Smith and Dorothy Green, both of Huntingdon, Nell Cary of Yuma, Jane Webb of West Frankfort, Illinois, Faye Stockdale of Big Sandy, and Kaye Pace of Camden; two sons, Justin Crider and Randy Crider, both of Huntingdon; a sister, Lucille Peterson of Clarksburg; a brother, Priestly Scott of Puryear; 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

254 xi. Edward (1906-1990)
xii. Joe Watson. Born on 15 May 1908. At the age of 27, Joe Watson died on 28 Oct 1935. Buried in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.


118. Joseph P. WATSON. Born on 18 Feb 1869 in Tennessee. At the age of 36, Joseph P. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 12 Jan 1906. Buried in Jan 1906 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Joe".
 

Joseph P. married Henrietta E. HARDIN, daughter of Thomas G. HARDIN. Born in 1870. At the age of 88, Henrietta E. died in 1958. Buried in 1958 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:

i. Loyes. Born in 1902. At the age of 11, Loyes died in Henderson County, Tennessee in Feb 1913. Buried in Feb 1913 in Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.


ii. John Thompson. Born on 4 Oct 1896 in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 33, John Thompson died in St. Louis, Missouri on 18 Dec 1929. Buried in Dec 1929 in Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.


iii. Ray.

iv. Excell.

Excell married G.W. GOFF.


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