BEE SPRINGS CEMETERY (N.E.
of Elkton), GILES
WATSON, William E., 29 Feb 1842 - 26 May 1922 (s/o James & Martha Watson; h/o
Mary Emily Rowe Watson; (C.S.A. Giles co. Pension #2915 11th Bn. Holman's Cav.,
widow's pension Giles Co. W7798 filed for by Mary Emily Watson.)
WATSON, Mary E. (Emily Rowe), 20 Oct 1850 - (4 Apr
1926) (w/o Wm. E. Watson; d/o Miles Rowe & Mary Frances Stovall Rowe.)
William E. Watson was nicknamed Gravy. Why, I do not know. His grandson Eugene
Watson remembers his grandfather and relates this story "It was cold and snowy
day during the Civil War, Gravy and some of the other soldiers came across a
clothesline where a woman hung her laundry. There was a pair of socks hanging on
the line. Gravy took the socks of the line. He was asked by the others why he
was taking the socks. He said "Well, my feet are cold and she can knit another
pair.' Eugene Watson gave me a copy of the picture attached. William is wearing
his Civil War medal. Williams father was James Watson. His grandfather was
William Watson. This William was one of the early settlers of Giles county on
Indian Creek and Bunker Hill around 1809.
Mary Emily Rowe Watson was the daughter of Miles Rowe born 1826 in Giles Co. and
Mary Frances Stovall born 1832 in Giles Co.. Her grandparents, Joseph Rowe born
1775 & Mary Asa Carden born 1790 in SC. Her great grandparents Joseph Rowe born
? in Ireland & Jane Paige born ca 1722 in Ireland. Jane is believed to be the
first burial at Bee Springs Cemetery in 1822. There are conflicting stories
about where Joseph Rowe h/o Jane died. Some say he died on the ocean coming to
William "Gravy" & Mary Emily (Rowe) Watson with unnamed child.
Compiled by Trumpshallblow17@aol.com (Mary Bob McClain Richardson), Info
and photo from Sandi Russell email@example.com, e-mail to Mary Bob Added 20 Jul 2012.