Biography of William L. Watson
Oneida County, NY Biographies





William Livingston Watson, who served as secretary of the Fort Schuyler Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution from February 22, 1907, until his death in June, 1908, was born in Utica, March 27, 1856, the only son of Dr. William H. and Sarah Thompson (Carlile) Watson. Mr. Watson received his early education in the public schools of TJtica, graduating from the Utica Free Academy. Later he attended Phillips Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, and was graduated from Harvard University in the class of 1879. Mr. Watson spent his entire life in Utica and was for twenty eight years a real estate broker, in which business his upright character and strict integrity won for him universal respect. He was deeply interested in every movement which was conducive to the improvement and advancement of the city. He was a member of Grace church, Utica, and of the Sons of the Revolution and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America; also of the Epsilon Tau Pi, the Harvard and Hasty Pudding Clubs, the Fort Schuyler and Sadaquada Golf Clubs. He entered the Sons of the Revolution as the descendant of Major Ebenezer Thompson (1735-1805), ensign, captain of Joseph Nightingale's Independent Company, Providence Rhode Island, Cadets, August, 1775; major, First Regiment, Providence county, Rhode Island Militia, May, 1776; commissioner for the erection of fortifications at Providence, October 26, 1775; governor's assistant and member Rhode Island Council of War, May, 1777; representative, Rhode Island general assembly, October, 1783. He entered the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America as the descendant of Ralph Earle, born in England in 1606, came to Newport, Rhode Island, 1638, and died, 1678. He was captain of troop, Colony of Rhode Island, 1671.

William Livingston Watson married Alice G. Parkinson, of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, October 12, 1887, who died October 4, 1893, leaving one daughter, Alice, born July 20, 1890. On April 22, 1896, he married Miss Ellen Swan, daughter of the late John Swan, of Baltimore, Maryland_ He died June 24, 1908, at Utica, New York.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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