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Fifth Generation (Continued)

Family of Rebecca J. PARKER (39) & John Wilkerson Marshall WATSON

81. James M. WATSON. Born in 1864 in Tennessee. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Resided in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900. Resided in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma in 1910. Resided in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma in 1920. Occupation: 1900 - Grocery merchant in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee. Occupation: 1920 - Salesman. Alias/AKA: '"Jim". Occupation: 1910 - General merchant - Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma.

James M. Watson was raised by his uncle, Priestly Parker.

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

James M. Watson was a merchant in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee, in 1900.

James M. married Sarah E. BUTLER, daughter of John BUTLER Senior (1818-) & Elizabeth L. MEALS (1829-). Born on 29 Jul 1856 in Alabama. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860. Resided in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1860. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Resided in District 11, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900. Resided in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma in 1910. Resided in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma in 1920. Alias/AKA: "Sallie".

Sarah E. Butler was living with her grandparents, Daniel J. and Nancy Coffman Meals during the 1860 Henderson County, Tennessee Census.

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

ii. Jewell. Born in Nov 1898 in Tennessee. Resided in District 11, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900.


82. Bedford Forrest WATSON. Born on 9 Feb 1866 in Carroll County, Tennessee. Buried in Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. 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. Buried in Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Alias/AKA: "Fannie".

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

J. Parker married Ella DEVENNEY.

ii. Mary Elizabeth. Buried in Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

iii. Wilma.

iv. Lois.

v. Rebecca Ruth. Buried in Citizens Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Ok.


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 Cty, 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 fiance, 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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83. Josephine WATSON. Born on 19 Jun 1868 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 65, Josephine died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 8 Mar 1934. Buried in Mar 1934 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in Living with Uncle Ben Pritchard in 8th District, Henderson County, in 1880. in 1880. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920. 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 Jun 1942 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.

They had the following children:
i. Forrest Gideon.

176 ii. William Isaac (1885-1964)
177 iii. James Grover (1887-1938)
178 iv. John Priest (1890-1923)
v. 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 Jul 1943 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

vi. 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, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920. Military: World War I Veteran.

179 vii. Guy B. (1895-1982)
viii. 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. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.

On 21 Dec 1917 when Curtis was 20, he married Era KEE, daughter of Charles William 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. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.

180 ix. Benjamin (1899-1983)
x. Frances. Born in 1902 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 75, Frances died in 1977. Buried in Shelby County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920. Resided in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930.

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 in 1902 in Tennessee. Buried in Shelby County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920. Resided in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930. Occupation: 1930 - Salesman for Standard Oil Company.

xi. Thetus. Born in 1903 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 67, Thetus died in 1970. Buried in 1970 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.

Thetus first married Viola HARRIS.

Came from Piggott, Arkansas.

On 7 Jun 1967 when Thetus was 64, he second married Erin Lee SCOTT, daughter of Robert Jepthy SCOTT (1884-1966) & Flossie DILL (1889-1987). Born on 21 Dec 1909 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 90, Erin Lee died in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee on 28 Aug 2000. Buried on 30 Aug 2000 in Sellers Hill Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, 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.

181 xii. Edward (1906-1990)
xiii. Joe Watson. Born on 15 May 1908 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 27, Joe Watson died on 28 Oct 1935. Buried in Oct 1935 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.

xiv. Infant. Born in 1911. Infant died in 1911.


84. 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".

Obituary: Joe W. Watson died at the home of J.H. Cason last Friday. Deceased had made his home in Lake County for several years and was on a visit to relatives and friends when he was stricken with pneumonia. He leaves a wife and four children who were with him when he was stricken. Joe Watson was reared until the age of 22 by the late John Pearson four miles north of Lexington, and he grew up as a brother to the Pearson children near his own age. His death came to them as a family loss, a cousin in fact but a brother by adoption. He was married to Miss Henrietta, a daughter of Thomas G. Hardin. His life as a man of family was happy and reasonably prosperous. Joe Watson was in the prime of manhood at the age of thirty-six.

Joseph P. married Henrietta E. HARDIN, daughter of Thomas G. HARDIN & Kiziah ADAMS (1849-). Born in 1870 in Tennessee. At the age of 88, Henrietta E. died in 1958. Buried in 1958 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

They had the following children:
i. Excell. Born in 1892 in Tennessee. Resided in District 17, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Excell married George W. GOFF, son of Edmon GOFF (1857-) & ? ?. Born in 1886 in Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

ii. Ray. Born in 1894 in Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

iii. 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. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Obituary: Dead in St. Louis; Remains Brought Here; Many hearts were saddened here and elsewhere in the county by the unwelcome intelligence of the death on December 18th of John Thompson Watson, aged 33 years, in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he had gone from his home in Sapula, Oklahoma. He had lived there for some years while employed as fireman on the Frisco Railway. A son of Mrs. Henrietta Watson and the late Joe P. Watson, he was born near Lexington, October 4th, 1896, and he is survived by his good mother, one brother, Ray Watson and one sister, Mrs. G.W. (Excell) Goff. His father died January 12th, 1906, and a brother, Lois, died some years earlier.
He publicly avowed his faith in Christ and was baptized into the fellowship of the First Baptist Church, Lexington, on June 30th, 1916, remaining a member until the end. Obedient, dutiful son, affectionate, the same painstaking diligence that characterized him in every walk of life. Amiable, cheerful and attractive, he easily made lasting friends. The sympathies of this editor are deeply felt and hereby extended to the sorrowing relatives, who are admonished to rest in the hope of a happy reunion with their departed loved one in a better world, whither he has assuredly gone. The body was brought here last Thursday by rail and taken to the residence of his uncle, Leo H. Pearson, where Rev. Fleetwood Ball, his pastor, held funeral services Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the presence of a large crowd despite the intensely cold day. The interment was followed in Beech River Cemetery, north of town.

iv. Loyes. Born in 1902 in Tennessee. 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. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Obituary: Accidental Death: Eleven Year Old Boy Killed in Most Unexpected Manner: On Thursday of last week, at about 10 o'clock in the morning, at the Beech River schoolhouse, two miles north of Lexington, Loyes, the eleven-year-old son of Mrs. Henrietta Waqtson, was killed by the lever or revolving beam of a primitive "flying jenny" falling on his breast and crushing him so severely that he died in about thirty minutes. Unknown to the teacher, Mr. V.N. Blankenship, Loyes Watson and one or more little lads were constructing the flying jenny and for the turning pole or beam they were using a sycamore pole, which is a wood of unusual weight. By some means, the pole fell across the breast of the Watson boy, crushing the life out of him as it were, for life was extinct in about thirty minutes. The sorrowing mother is the daughter of T.G. Hardin and the widow of Joe Watson, who was reared by the late John Pearson near Lexington, married here and moved to Lake County. Several years ago he came back here on a summer visit and died. The remains of the unfortunate boy were interred at Beech River on Friday at 3:30 o'clock, Rev.C.R. Brewer officiating. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends.


85. Edward Lee WATSON. Born in 1876 in Rutherford, Gibson County, Tennessee. At the age of 80, Edward Lee died in Oklahoma in 1956. Buried in 1956 in Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Edward Lee Watson served as a Baptist Minister. He had a few churches in Tennessee and later moved to Oklahoma in the early 1900's after being called to a church there. In 1920, he became the head minister of the First Baptist Church in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He served there until 1945 and retired to Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was a guest speaker at many area churches and had a small photography shop in the years after his retirement.

In 1902 when Edward Lee was 26, he married Jonnie Macon VAN TREESE, in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. Born in 1882. At the age of 91, Jonnie Macon died in 1973. Buried in 1973 in Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

They had the following children:
i. James.

ii. John.

iii. Robert.

iv. Virginia.

v. Enid.


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