Biography of Mrs. Mary A. Watts
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Watts, Mrs. Mary A., born in 1840, died January 6, 1895. Mrs. Watts was a native of Redwood and was the daughter of John Eckert, a farmer who resided on the Plessis road west of Redwood village. She was married to Nicholas Watts in December, 1861. Her married life began on her husband's farm one-half mile east of Lafargeville. The children born to this marriage were four, all surviving: Clark, Eugene, William H., and Amelia, wife of Charles Ripley of Utica. Mrs. Watts was a woman possessed of pecularly fine qualities of both head and heart. Her hands were ever ready to perform works of assistance towards others, often to the detriment of those of her own household. In the family circle she was lre.eminent, richly possessed of those rare traits and domestic virtues which serve to adorn the position of wife and mother. Cheerfulness under all circumstances was a strong characteristic throughout her entire life; always looking on the bright side of everything. This cheerfulness continued up to the hour when the sudden and fatal stroke which deprived her of life made her its victim. Mrs. Watts was an active member of the Lafargeville Methodist Protestant church to which she was taken from a sorrowing borne and from there consigned to her last resting place. None knew her worth more than the aged husband who narrated the simple facts about her life embodied in this sketch.

 

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