Eliza Jane Watson Powell was the dau. of James and Rebecca WILSON WATSON. She was the granddau. of John (d. 1872) and
Fanny Safronia HOUK/HOUCK (b. 1792-d. 1872) WILSON. She was the g granddau. of John WILSON and ? and the gg granddau. of Mathew (b. 1717) and Charity SMITH WILSON. She was my g-grandfather, Charles Dixon WATSON's sister. The following was copied fr. the Hickory Daily Record fr. 1943 but I failed to get the date.
Dies At 103...OLDEST WOMAN OF THIS COUNTY PASSES AT VALE
Daughter Of Pioneer Dead; Funeral Rites Saturday, 2 pm.
Mrs. Eliza Jane Powell, who took her father's place at the plow when he marched away to fight for the South in the War Between the States, died at her home on Vale, Route 3, at 9:30 o'clock Thursday night. She was one hundred and three years old.
Funeral services for Mrs. Powell, believed to have been the oldest woman in Catawba County, will be conducted at Shoups Grove Baptist church at two p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. She had been a member of this church for many years.
Mrs. Powell was born in Caldwell County in March 1840, a daughter of James and Rebecca Wilson Watson, of near Rhodhiss. When her father answered the call of Dixie, she was left to carry on the farming, even to the plowing. Mrs. Powell, a great lover of flowers and an ardent collector of various kinds of flower seed, used to say she could recall when "Hickory was a pine ridge and could be bought for seventy-five cents an acre." Her father who lived to be 102, owned the first building in Lenoir, then called Ragtown, and operated the first grocery store, it was said.
She often told of how people in her day traveled from place to place by stagecoach and of how mail was dispatched by pony express. Being a young woman at the time, she was able to recall much about the War Between the States, and of the hardship it caused.
Her mother lived to be ninety-six and her husband Isaac Powell, died in March 1929, at eighty-three.
Mrs. Powell is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mary Propst of Maiden, Mrs. Hattie Cannon of Icard, and Mrs. Mabel Rogers of Vale, Route Three; two sons, Bud Powell of Welcome, NC, and Gordon Powell of Lincolnton; one sister, Mrs. Harriet Stillwell of Rhodhiss; one brother, James Watson of Valdese; forty-three grandchildren; seventy-one great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
She was married to Isaac Powell, of Table Rock, on November 17, 1875, and the couple lived on a farm near Connelly Springs for several years, before coming to Catawba county.
(note: anyone that is related to any of the above people, please email me. Need info on James Watson.)