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James Watson -b.1809- son of John & Mary (Miller) Watson

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James Watson -b.1809- son of John & Mary (Miller) Watson

Posted: 5 May 2011 8:36AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 5 May 2011 8:45PM GMT
Surnames: Watson, Miller, Morgan, Thompson, Baynton, Reed, McCord, Woods, Walker, Happer, McKnight
James Watson -b.1809- son of John & Mary (Miller) Watson

found on HeritageQuest Online – not in my line

Title: 20th century history of the city of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and representative citizens
Authors: McFarland, Joseph F.
City of Publication: Chicago, Ill.
Publisher: Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.
Date: 1910
Page Count: 1438
Notes: Includes indexes.
ill., geneal. table, maps, plates, ports.
Reel/Fiche Number: Genealogy and local history ; LH7657
Subject Headings: Washington County (Pa.) -- History.
Washington County (Pa.) -- Biography.
Washington (Pa.) -- History.
Pennsylvania -- Washington County -- Washington
Pennsylvania -- Washington County

History of Washington County (Pennsylvania)

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James Watson, once a leading citizen of Washington County, for many years was a prominent member of the bar, and through his ability and high standard of legal procedure, did much to add to its prestige. Mr. Watson was born at Canonsburg, Washington Co., Pa., in 1809, and was one of a family of six children born to John and Mary (Miller) Watson.

From his brilliant school days, James Watson was destined for the bar and immediately after his graduation from Canonsburg College, he entered upon the study of law with Hon. Thomas McKennan, at Washington. Shortly afterward, when Mr. McKennan was elected to Congress, Mr. Watson was admitted to a partnership, although a young and practically inexperienced lawyer, carefully, discreetly and successfully attended to the firm’s large business during the senior partner’s absence, which covered four full terms and a part of a fifth. Early in his legal career Mr. Watson engaged in a general practice, but in the course of time the burden of work became onerous and for a long period previous to his death, which occurred April 15, 18785, he had refused all criminal cases. He possessed all the qualities which go to make up a reliable lawyer – was a close reasoner and judicial advisor, and ever cherished the highest ethics of his profession. His political convictions made him a Republican. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian.

On January 15, 1835, Mr. Watson was united in marriage with Miss Maia Woodbridge Morgan, who was a daughter of George and Elizabeth Aldrich (Thompson) Morgan. George Morgan, the father of Mrs. Watson, was born in the old college city of Princeton, N.J., in 1780, and was a son of Col. George and Mary (Baynton) Morgan. Col. George Morgan probably won his military title through service in the Revolutionary War. He came with his family to Washington County and acquired land in North Strabane Township, on which he died in 1810, his widow surviving until 1825. Their burial, according to the manner of the time, was upon their own land, but at a later date their remains were transferred to the beautiful cemetery at Washington, and in close proximity now rest the remains of their granddaughter, Maria Woodbridge Morgan Watson, who passed away on March 5, 1909. George Morgan remained in New Jersey until he had completed his course at Princeton College. For many years he resided on the farm in North Strabane Township, Washington County, his death occurring at the age of seventy years. He married Elizabeth A. Thompson, who was born in Delaware and died in Washington County. Of their family of nine children, the late Mrs. Watson was the fifth in order of birth.

To James Watson and wife were born the following children: Elizabeth Thompson Watson, who resides at Washington; Mary Baynton, who is the widow of the late Rev. Alexander Reed, resides at Washington and has four children: Eleanor, who married Joseph McCord and resides in Princeton, N.J.; Mary Morgan, who married John Ewing Woods, and resides in Cincinnati; James Watson Reed, who lives in Pittsburg; and Robert R. Reed, who is a resident of Washington; George Watson, who is deceased; Jane Gilman Watson, who resides at Washington; David Thompson Watson, who is one of the leading attorneys of Pennsylvania, lives in Pittsburg and married Miss Margaret Walker of that city; Matilda, who is the wife of A.G. Happer, of Washington; James Watson, who is deceased; and William M. Watson, who resides at Seattle, Wash., married Sarah McKnight, of Pittsburg, and they have two children: Ormsby Morgan Watson and Maria Morgan Watson. For years this family and its connections have been identified with the best citizenship of Washington County.

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