The James Watson mentioned here:
>>>>>i am looking for james watson. the 1860 census placed him in carolinas. he married martha johnson. thier children were james edward,william[will],frisson or edgar,hattie[she married a fields]and lavonia.james was reportly beaten to death with a singletree from a wagon and frisson is said to have shot and killed the man who killed his dad. any information would be welcomed>>>>>
is not the James Watson who was killed during the Watson-Hooper feud of Jackson County, NC. The family that was involved in this particular feud was that of Moses and Elizabeth Picklesimer Watson (interestingly enough, Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Absolam Hooper). They had 11 sons and 1 daughter; it is believed that Moses and sons William, James (who married Elizabeth Alexander from Pickens Dist., SC, by the way), and Thomas were killed by some Hoopers, one of whom was Yankee Bill Hooper. Moses, William and James were killed at one time; Thomas and supposedly one or two other brothers were killed at another time and at another location, though the amount of time which lapsed between the two events could not have been that long.
James and Elizabeth Alexander Watson had four children: Daniel, James, Elizabeth, and Lavina. Daniel was my great-great-grandfather. The tale was passed down to me through my grandfather Watson's eldest sister, who heard it from Daniel. Daniel and his brother, James, apparently witnessed their father's death. Their mother, who had just given birth to Lavina, took them back to Pickens Dist., SC, where she and the baby died and were buried. It is only because of their deaths that I have been able to pinpoint when the feud may have happened. Lavina's tombstone gives her year of birth as 1864 and her year of death as 1865, and so, James, his father, and his brothers were probably killed in 1864 while Elizabeth was laying in from Lavina's birth.