Biography of Clifton Watson

Watson, Clifton. was born in Cambridgeshire, England, October 19, 1828. He came to the United States and on June 4, 1850, settled in Byron, N. Y., where he began work on the farm next to the one he now owns at $12 a month, and by practicing economy was able in the fall to pay the $40 he owed for his passage over. For the next two years he worked by the month, and then for three years he and his brother operated the W. S. Miller farm on shares. In 1856 he went to California, riding on the first train that crossed the Isthmus to Panama; he engaged in mining at Sandy Gulch, Calaveras county, where he remained for twenty-three months, when he sold out his claim and returned to Byron, N. Y. In March. 1858, Mr. Watson married Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary Webb, and for a year worked by the month for W. S. Miller; the following seven years he worked the farm on shares and then purchased it, incurring a debt of $7,500, which he has since paid, and also bought two other farms, now owning 350 acres of land. Mr. Watson prides himself upon his care of his stock, never having lost a horse or any cattle. He has been obliged to kill five horses because of old age, and now owns a horse twenty-eight years old. Mr. and Mrs. Watson have three children: John. Samuel and Mrs. Mary Davey. He has been successful in his undertakings and his record is that of a good citizen.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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