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Descendants of Michael Watson

Generation No. 1

1. MICHAEL1 WATSON was born April 10, 1726, and died May 24, 1782 in Dean's Swamp, Sharon, Ga; buried at Orangeburg, S.C.. He married MARTHA WATSON, daughter of JOHN WATSON and ANN MURPHY. She died 1817.

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      Michael Watson is the earliest known Watson relative of Mary Caroline Watson. He was born on April 10, 1726 in Virginia. At an early age he left Virginia with his uncles William Watson and John Watson and settled near present Ridge Spring, South Carolina. (1)

      Michael Watson married his first cousin Mary Watson. She is the daughter of the same John Watson referred to in the preceeding paragraph. John Watson's wife was Ann Murphy. This fact is recorded in World Family Tree: Volume 1, tree number 0496. If appears this information was provided by Richard Boatwright Alexander, who is the great-grandson of Sophia Watson. Sophia is the sister of Artimus Watson. Artimus Watson is the great-great-grandfather of Mary Caroline Watson.

      I would assume Michael Watson's home place was a masonery structure located in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. The following quotation refers to Thomas Fox, Sr. and would support the claim I have made with regard to the home place of Michael Watson.

            "..Thomas, Sr. served with Francis Marion as a partisan       soldier during the Revolution and is said to have sent his family for safety during his absence to Michael Watson's block house at Ridge Spring." (2)

      Prior to the Revolution Michael Watson served in the campaign against the Indians. The following quotation referring to Michael Watson supports this claim.

            " He first served in the Cherokee Expedition under Col. Grant during 1767 and 1768, he was against the bandetti of the Up-Country as a Regular. He went against the Cherokee Indians during 1776 as a Captain.." (3)
      Just prior to the Revolution, Michael Watson's feelings about British authority are expressed to us in the following exert.

            "...there are occasional mentions in the South Carolina       Gazette of court actions in districts outside Charleston. One such item reports that the Grand Jury for Ninety Six District on November 17, 1774 condemned the attitude of the British government toward the colonies. Cited as a grievance was the fact that the magistrates for the district " were appointed at the behest of the Charles Town merchants." Listed as signing this document were: Andrew Hamilton, James Mayson, Andrew Williamson, Moses Kirkland, LeRoy       Hammond, Aaron Smith, Patrick Calhoun, Michael Watson, Robert Goudy Benjamin Bell, Benjamin Tutt, James Crawford, Mark Lott, John Caldwell, James Purves. Most of these men were soon active in the Revolution. One, Moses       Kirkland, became a Tory leader; others were Whigs-patriots." (4)

      During the Revolution, between 1780 and 1782, Michael served as a commander of the Clouds Creek Company in Edgefield District under Col. LeRoy Hammond and Gen. Pickens. (5)

      In the early part of the war Captain Watson was taken prisoner by the British, near Ninty-Six and was carried in chains to the main Army. On their way they stopped by his house on the ridge. Upon seeing him in irons with his wrists chafed by the handcuffs, his wife Martha gave vent to her feelings in a flood of tears, and besought the commanding officer to take off the irons. Upon his refusing Captain Watson's daughter Mary said, " Don't cry mother, we shall yet have our day." She then got some ointment and dressed her father's wrists. The British Officer as struck with her spirit, and said to his companions in arms, " She is a gallant little rebel." Mary was born in 1869, thus she was aroung eleven or twelve years old. (6)

      In May of 1772 Captain Michael Watson was wounded in the skirmish at Dean's Swamp near Sharon, Georgia. Captain Watson's wife Martha and daughter Mary, both riding on the same horse, arrived at the small house where the wounded Captain was located. Captain Watson had turned over command to Lieutenant Butler and had dispatched a messenger to Captain Kumpt in Orangeburg. When Captain Kumpt's responder arrived Captain Watson and those with him had been without food for two days and Captain Watson appeared to be dying. He was carried to Orangeburg where he died and was buried. (7)

      (1) Batesburg-Leesville Area History, p. 165.
      (2) Batesburg-Leesville Area History, p. 62.
      (3) Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, p.

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2. i.   ELIJAH2 WATSON, SR., b. May 18, 1775; d. May 20, 1841, Ridge Spring, South Carolina.
  ii.   MARY (POLLY) WATSON, b. August 12, 1769.
  iii.   CHILD WATSON.

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