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I am researching the family of Bright Watson who was born in North Carolina about 1802-1804. His county of birth is unknown but by 1830 he was living in Duplin County North Carolina with his wife Mary, who is believed to have been a daughter of James Watkins, and two children under the age of five, one female and one male. Names of these children are unknown at this time but both were listed in the household when the Bright Watson family lived in Marion County Georgia in 1840. Neither was listed in 1850 when the family lived in Dale County Alabama. Other children born to Bright and Mary between 1833 and 1849 were Frances K. born in North Carolina, William Pinckney born in Sumter County Georgia, David B. born in Georgia, Joseph Howell born in Sumter County Georgia, Sarah Jane born in Georgia, Mary born in Georgia, Louisa born in Georgia and Issac A. born in Alabama. Another possible child was Elizabeth but there is no further information on her so she could be the daughter in the 1830 household. Mary (Watkins?) was born in South Carolina in 1808 and died in Alabama in 1888. Bright died before 1860 - presumably in Dale County Alabama but some descendants believe he was buried in Thomas County Georgia or Thomasville Georgia. I descend from son Joseph Howell Watson and have information to share on this line.
Any information on the remaining children, parents and siblings of Bright would be appreciated.
The Bright Watson Family Home Page
Updated September 5, 2000


Janet Watson Sexton
1928 Academy Drive
Fayette, Alabama 35555
United States
(205) 932-4409

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  • watsons5.jpg (98 KB)
    Family of Bright and Mary Watson. Any help in identifying each of these individuals appreciated.
  • Joe_Elizabeth_Ike_WATSON (59 KB)
    Three of Bright & Mary WATSON's children
  • grandmas2.jpg (38 KB)
    Descendants of Bright & Mary Watson's daughter Elizabeth Watson Holloway. Seated - Sadie J. Glaze. Standing - right - Mattie Leona Glaze Gilley, daughter of Sadie Glaze. Photo provided by granddaughter of Mattie Gilley, Joyce Gilley Gordon.
  • "Lige," Anna [Watson], and Ruby DEAN (38 KB)
    Anna Lee Watson DEAN was a daughter of Isaac A. "Ike" & Georgia WATSON. She married Moses Elijah "Lige" DEAN. both shown with daughter Ruby Dean. They were married in Slocomb, and later moved to Hardee County, FL. Photo provided by granddaughter Lucy Dean Ward.
  • Clyde Watson & Jessie Watson: of Ike Watson family (49 KB)
    Photos from abt 1966 show Clyde Watson next to photo of his sister Jessie Watson Sorrells with her husband Johnny Sorrells. Clyde's granddaughter Michelle Watson Beekman, daughter of H. Joe Watson, is also shown. Tallahassee, FL at Clyde's. Jessie & Clyde were only children of Joseph "Joe" Henry Watson of Slocomb, AL.
  • Isaac Anderson and Georgianna Hudson WATSON (73 KB)
    This is a scanned copy of a photo taken by Lucy Ward in June 2000 of a very old, large photo of our gr-grandfather and gg-grandmother...Isaac Anderson and Georgianna Hudson WATSON. They were living in Slocomb, AL when they died in 1936 and 1935 respectively. Buried in Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church Cemetery west of Dothan, AL.
  • Johnny Franklin Watson: 1946-2000 (15 KB)
    Johnny Franklin Watson was the youngest of five children of Clyde Carroll Watson who was the grandson of Isaac A. Watson. This photo was taken at a 1997 Christmas party in Tallahassee, FL
  • Children of Clyde C. & Elizabeth H. WATSON: 9/1999 (22 KB)
    Taken following the funeral of Emma Elizabeth Harrison WATSON on 27 SEP 1999 at Pisgah P.B. Church near Climax, GA. From left to right...Francis C. Watson, H. Joe Watson, Charlotte Watson Kelley, and Johnny F. Watson who was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia that generated the shiney-top. He sort of liked it.
  • Genevieve "Jean" WATSON Harris (13 KB)
    Oldest daughter of Clyde Carroll WATSON, Genevieve "Jean" WATSON Harris, about 1946 in the front yard of grandparents Joe & Cora Watson's home (out of view) in Slocomb, AL. Jean now lives in south FL. (Gr-granddaughter of Isaac & Georgianna WATSON.)

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  • 1931 Obituary for Joseph Henry Watson (3 KB)
    1931 Obituary for Isaac Watson's son, Joe H. Watson. Death from auto accident at age 56.
  • Bright & Mary WATSON's immediate family: 7-08-2000 (5 KB)
    This file prepared to share with Darrell & Mary Pace, descendents of Jefferson + Armelia MYRES. It only shows the immediate family of Bright and Mary WATSON as understood by Francis C. Watson on July 8, 2000.
  • Jefferson + Mary R. (or B.) MYRES family 7-08-2000 (2 KB)
    This file created to share with Darrell and Mary Myers Pace. It is the family of Jefferson and Mary R. (or B.) Watson MYRES as understood by Francis C. Watson on July 8, 2000.
  • Jefferson + Armelia MYRES family as of 7-08-2000 (7 KB)
    This file was created to share with Darrell and Mary Myers Pace. Mary descends from this family of Jefferson and Armelia MYRES/MYERS. The name seems to have evolved to MYERS by the 1910 census for Butler County, AL following the death (?) of Jefferson prior to the 1910 census. Created by Francis C. Watson on July 8, 2000.

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