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Compiled by: Andrew L. Moore

Email: PAmoores@juno.com

Dated: 22 Sep 2015


 

 

 

WATSON

 

 

 

John Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

James Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John A Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Watt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Watt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander White

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Henderson

 

 

Calvin Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gilliland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert A Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garret Voorhees

Andrew Voorhees / Jane Sutphen

 

 

Eleazor Voorus

 

 

 

 

 

Lavina Franscisco

 

Hendrick Voorhees / Jannetje Jensen

 

Andrew Voorus

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. Warner Miller

 

Garret Coerte VanVoorhees / Willemptie Luyster

 

Margaret Miller

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret

 

Hiram A. Voorus

 

 

 

 

Coert Stevense VanVoorhees / Marretje Couwenhoven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Coerte VanVoorhees / Aaltjen Wessels

Hannah Tibbitts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Voorus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Watson, Jr.

Robert Watson, Sr. / Jane

 

 

Rev. James Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Henderson

/ Sarah

 

Robert M Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McConnell

 

 

 

Susan McConnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gaston

 

 

 

Melvina Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Spangler

 

 

 

 

George W Spangler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Pressler

 

 

 

 

Delilah Spangler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Cosper

Jacob Cosper

 

 

 

Rebecca Cosper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail St. Clair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATSON

Much of my early Watson information is derived from research conducted by June Upton (who had received it from Pat Heinen). This Watson research is in the possession of the Crawford County (PA) Historical Society.

 

 

Robert Watson, Sr.

 

Robert Watson Sr was born circa 1739, probably in Ireland, married ______, died 12 Jun 1820 (probably E Titusville, Crawford Co PA) and is buried in the Watson Cemetery, East Titusville, Crawford Co PA. Robert is believed to have come from Ireland to the United States in circa 1768 and settled first in Delaware, moving afterwards to Mifflin Co PA. In approximately 1803, he moved from Mifflin County to Titusville (or East Titusville) PA crossing the Allegheny River at Holemans Ferry near Tionesta, Forest Co PA. (Note: Titusville and E. Titusville are almost on the county line separating Venango and Crawford counties, PA. Robert appears in the 1804 through at least 1813 Allegheny Township, Venango Co PA tax assessments and had 200 acres. Robert and his son John crossed the river with their wagon situated in two canoes.

 

An interesting newspaper reference to a Robert Watson, Oil Creek appears in an early Meadville PA newspaper (dates June 6/20/27 and July 4 and 11, 1810) we do not know if this is Robert Watson Sr (possibly referring to his wife), Robert W. Watson Jr (possibly referring to a first wife) or some other, unrelated Watson:

 

Caution, whereas my wife Jane has eloped from my bed and board, and has taken up and is now living with another man, that this, therefore to caution all persons against trusting her on my account, as I am determined to pay none of her contacts unless compelled by law. Robert Watson, Oil Creek May 18, 1810.

 

According to research by June Upton, the Watson cemetery is located above the Fisher and Young Lumber Co in East Titusville, PA. Roberts monument was located in 1974 by a Hazel Foster it was laying flat on the ground at the time and the cemetery was overgrown.

 

The children of Robert and _________ Watson were:

 

1.     James, born circa 1756 Ireland, died 1832.

2.     Andrew, born circa 1760 Ireland.

3.     Thomas.

4.     John M, born 1765 in either Ireland or Delaware, married Rebecca Bradley, died 28 Apr 1842 (probably) East Titusville, Crawford Co PA, buried Watson Cemetery, E Titusville, Crawford Co PA. Rebecca was born circa 1782 in Titusville, Crawford Co PA (other records indicate she was born circa 1773 or 1775) and died 26 Sep 1855. She is also buried in the Watson Cemetery. They had a son, John, who was born circa 1804 Titusville, Crawford Co PA, married Mary Burns 20 Oct 1853 Crawford Co PA, and who died 29 Apr 1882 in Titusville, Crawford Co PA. John and Rebecca settled on Pine Run east of Titusville, PA. He was the Justice of the Peace and among the earliest Methodist settlers in the area. A 10 foot tall monument attributed to him is located in the cemetery.

5.     Robert W, born circa 1775/1795 in either Delaware or Mifflin Co PA, married Margaret Henderson 17 May 1810 Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA, died 3 Mar 1845 probably Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA.

 

 

Robert W. Watson

 

Robert W. Watson was born circa 1775/1795 in either Delaware or Mifflin Co PA. He married Margaret Henderson on 17 May 1810 in Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA and died 3 Mar 1845 probably Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA. He died intestate (see Venango Co PA Register Docket 1, page 215 and Orphans Court Docket 1, page 169). His children are named in various quit-claim deeds (see Venango Co PA Deed Books L/147, L/172, L/184, HH/397 and RP/387.

 

Robert served under Lt. Isaac Connely (the same man who had conducted their marriage a few years earlier!) in the War of 1812 in the 7th Company, 132nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia and was paid for 18 days of service from July to August 1813, being discharged in Erie, PA. As a widow, Margaret applied for a Bounty Land Claim in 1856 as a result of his service.

 

According to a 20 Apr 1832 account balance entry in an old ledger book from Lambs Store in Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA, Robert refers to two of his children: Perry & James.

 

Margaret Henderson was born between 1775 and 1794, possibly 1791 PA and died 12 Feb 1870 (aged 79 years) - probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA and is buried in the Concord Presbyterian Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. Margarets will is listed in Venango Co PA Will Book 4, page 185. In it she left her entire estate to her daughter Susan Jane Lytle (who was also named the Executrix). After her husband's death, she moved in with her daughter Susan and her husband James Lytle.

 

The Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery is located a mile or two east of Pleasantville on Rt. 36 (towards Tionesta PA) on the N side of the road. You walk up a steep bank from the road, follow a path back through the woods 1-2 blocks and almost the top of a hill on the left is a small cemetery. In the 1980s it had 20 year old saplings in it. There is no church there now and the path could not be located from the road without a guide.

 

 

The children of Robert and Margaret (Henderson) Watson were:

 

1.     John P, born 29 Nov 1813 Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married twice, 1) Mary, 2) Margaret, died 23 Sep 1894 (aged 81 yrs, 9 mo) Sadsbury Twp, Crawford Co PA, buried Foust (Southside) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA. According to 1860 Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA census, Margaret is listed as "34" and born in "PA". They lived next to James (below). Mary was born in PA circa 1801. Margaret was born circa 1825 and died 23 Aug 1875. He first lived in Pleasantville and later moved to the Shermansville PA road 2 miles from his brother James.

2.     (Rev) James, born 29 Jun 1815 Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married (1) Susannah McConnell 3 Jan 1843 possibly Oil Creek, Venango Co PA, (2) Martha McConnell 4 Dec 1862, died 9 Mar 1887 Evansburg, Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co PA, buried 12 Mar 1887 Foust (Southside) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA.

3.     William Broadfoot, born circa 1817/1819 probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married Elizabeth Ann Holmden. In 1840 and 1845 they lived in Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA. By 1850, he appears in the Warren, Warren Co PA census as a laborer. By 1880 he had moved to Tidioute PA and lived there several years and served as Sexton of the Tidioute Cemetery until his death. Elizabeth was from Pithole, Venango Co PA and was reportedly born in February 1821 or 1831 on the seas coming from England. Elizabeth died 2 Feb 1894 at Tidioute PA.

4.     Joseph M, born circa 1823 probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married Mary Jane ________. According to 1860 Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA census, Mary Jane is listed as "40" and born in "PA". They lived next to James (above).

5.     Zachariah Hattan, born circa 1826 probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married Sinia/Lina/Cyna/Seina ___________. He apparently went by the name "Hattan". He lived near Conneaut Lake until around 1899 when they sold their farm and moved back to near Pleasantville, PA where they had previously lived. They are listed in Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA in the 1850 census and in Sadsbury Twp, Crawford Co PA in the 1870 census.

6.     Robert Perry, born 1821/1829 probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married (1) Martha Henderson, (2) Harriet _________, died 31 Aug 1869 Titusville, Crawford Co PA. Martha was the daughter of Richard and Violet (Hunter) Henderson. According to his obituary located in the 3 Sep 1869 Petroleum Center (PA) Daily Record, "R.P. Watson drowned at Titusville on Tuesday. He was intoxicated and drove into the creek and upset his wagon. He was about 40 years of age and had resided for several years near Jerusalem Corners, Venango Co PA and was usually employed in hauling oil." Using the age list in the obituary, his birthyear would be approximately 1821. According to the 1850 census, he was born in 1821 and was a Teamster. He apparently went by the name Perry.

7.     Susan Jane, born circa 1836 probably Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, married James Lytle 30 Jun 1853, died of pneumonia 16 Mar 1899 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, buried Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. James was born 18 Sep 1830 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, died 15 Aug 1922 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA.

 

 

Rev. James Watson

 

Reverend James Watson, a United Brethren in Christ (aka "UB") preacher, was born 29 Jun 1815 in Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. He married twice: 1) Susannah McConnell on 3 Jan 1843 (possibly Oil Creek, Venango Co PA) and, after Susannah died, 2) Martha McConnell on 4 Dec 1862. Martha and Susannah were sisters. In March 1869, James and his second wife moved from Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA to a farm near Conneaut Lake (Sadsbury Twp, Crawford Co) PA. Meadville PA court records indicate he purchased 63 acres in Sadsbury Twp from a Samuel Vickers (recorded March 1869) and another 25 acres from W. Kilpatrick (recorded in June 1869). James died around 12:15pm on 9 Mar 1887 in Evansburg, Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co PA and was buried on 12 Mar 1887 in the Foust (Southside) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA.

 

The Watson farm in Shamburg, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA was known as "Little Farm" and is listed as tract #125 on an old map (Venango Co PA Deed Book RR, page 387). Oil Creek Township was formed from part of Allegheny Township in 1866. The farm is approximately 1.5 miles SW of Pleasantville near Jerusalem Corners.

 

Susannah McConnell was born on 30 Sep 1821 in Centre Co PA and died 3 Jan 1862 in Venango Co PA after being bedridden for six years. She is buried in the Southside (Foust) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA. She is the daughter of John and Sarah (Gaston?) McConnell.

 

Martha McConnell was born 4 Dec 1862 Centre Co PA and died of paralysis around 12:00am on 24 Oct 1894 at the home of her husband's daughter Martha A. Tripp at Conneaut Lake, Sadsbury Twp, Crawford Co PA. She is also buried in the Southside (Foust) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA and is also the daughter of John and Sarah (Gaston?) McConnell.

 

According to information received from the Crawford Co (PA) Historical Society, John McConnell was born 21 Jan 1781 and died 29 Jul 1855. His wife, Sarah (maiden name possibly Gaston as "Grandmother Gaston" lived with John and Sarah) McConnell was born July 1792 and died 10 Oct 1832. They lived in Allegheny Co PA and moved to Venango Co PA. John and Sarah had 7 children: 1) Mary, born 7 Dec 1817, died 1 Oct 1897 (never married); 2) Jane, born 5 Dec 1819, died 27 Nov 1835; 3) Susannah, born 30 Sep 1821, married Rev. James Watson, died 3 Jan 1862; 4) Martha, born 10 Oct 1823, died Fall 1894; 5) John, born 5 Jul 1826, died 5 Aug 1828; 6) Richard, born 13 Mar 1828, died 18 Mar 1854, and 7) Sarah, born 2 Aug 1830, died 16 Mar 1848.

 

The following is a biographical sketch found in a Venango Co PA History book that provides information on the early Watsons.

 

Venango County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People

by Charles A. Babcock, A.M., LL.B.

J.H. Beers & Company, 1919, Chicago IL

Pages 1037-1038

 

LEWIS MANLEY WATSON bears the reputation of being one of the most capable young business men engaged in oil production in Oil Creek township, and he is probably even better known in his musical associations, to which he has devoted most of his leisure for years. He and his brother are operating a valuable lease, with whose development their father was occupied for a number of years before his death.

 

James and Susan (McConnell) Watson, grandparents of Lewis Manley Watson, were early residents of northern Venango county, but spent the latter part of their lives in Crawford county. Their son Robert Watson was born April 4, 1845, in Oil Creek township, Venango county, five miles southeast of Titusville, where he was reared and educated. He continued to reside here after the removal of his parents to Crawford County, and married a girl from the same neighborhood, his union with Delilah Spangler taking place Jan. 31, 1866. Her parents, George and Rebecca (Casper) Spangler, lived in the old homestead at Jerusalem Corners (two miles west of Pleasantville, and her grandfather, John Spangler, had settled about 1830 in Cherrytree township, this county, some twelve miles farther west. He died there. It was in 1863 that George W. Spangler settled at Jerusalem Corners, on the property where his son Marion now lives, clearing most of the place himself and erecting the present residence thereon in 1873. There is a barn on the tract doubtless over one hundred years old. Mr. Spangler was a carpenter as well as farmer, and his services were especially in demand as a barn builder, the reason for which is evident in the appearance of the substantial and workmanlike structures of his erection still in use in this section. He was an ardent member of the United Brethren denomination, and donated a site for the church from his land, as well as a plot for the cemetery. He died at the age of eighty-five years. He was twice married, his, second wife being Salinda Renninger, daughter of John Renninger, of Oakland township, this county. She lived to the age of seventy-one.

 

Robert Watson spent much of his business life as a pumper in the oil fields, and in that capacity he came in 1893 to the lease in Oil Creek township now operated by his sons, a part of the John Tallman farm. He himself never owned any interest there, but pumped the wells on that farm for H. J. Rowe, of Titusville, until about a year before his death, when his sons O. H. and L. M. Watson took up the work. They acquired the oil rights after their father's death and recently purchased the property. It lies in what is now known as the Shamburg field, lying a mile south of the defunct village of Shamburg once the site of great oil activities, and here he continued in the production of oil until his death, which occurred July 19, 1907. He and his wife reared a family of six children namely: Melvina L. is the wife of Hiram A. Voorus, of Oil Creek township, mentioned elsewhere in this work; Samuel is now in the Oklahoma oil fields; Delbert D., who died at the age of thirty-four, years, was an oil pumper during the greater part of his life, for the last eight years in West Virginia; Oliver Herman assists his brother in the care of the lease; Linnie Elizabeth is the wife of George Shaw, of Pleasantville; Lewis Manley completes the family. Oliver Herman Watson, now forty-two years old, has been totally blind from the age of fourteen years, but as is often the case his other faculties are particularly keen, and in spite of his affliction he has been able to render valuable assistance to his brothers in their operations. He is well read, and keeps abreast of the times in all matters of general interest. He is just as thoroughly acquainted with the development and operation of oil property as his brother L. M. Watson, but owing to his affliction is unable to work out his knowledge unaided. He is also a broommaker, having learned the trade in Philadelphia in the school for the blind there, but owing to the high price of material and factory competition he does not follow this business, as he would have to operate at a loss.

 

Lewis Manley Watson was born at Shamburg in northern Venango county June 11, 1891, and has spent his life working with his father and brothers. He had ordinary common school advantages, but he began to make himself useful around the oil wells at an early age, mastering thoroughly the necessary details concerning the care and operation of oil property, so that he is considered an expert in every branch of the work. The death of his father threw heavy responsibilities upon him, but he has measured up to them fully, the production on the property having never been allowed to slacken through negligence or lack of enterprise. There are sixteen producing wells now upon the lease, which has proved one of the most productive in the Shamburg territory, and the revenue has been kept constantly on the increase through his up-to-date methods.

 

Mr. Watson has been a hard worker, but no excess of obligations has ever served to dampen his love for music, and he sacrificed much of his time out of business hours to become a competent performer. He sought the best possible instruction on the cornet, and made such good use of his opportunities that for several years past he has been the leader of the cornet band of Pleasantville, which boasts twenty-five members and considerable talent, the organization having an enviable reputation as an up-to-date musical body. Being equally skillful as a violinist, Mr. Watson has also a string orchestra, recruited from the band, and which in its line is just as popular. For outdoor recreation he wants nothing better than the streams and woods. He holds membership in Seneca Lodge, No. 519, I.O.O.F. of Pleasantville and in the local Grange. Personally Mr. Watson is much respected for his exemplary character as well as the industry through which he has acquired his substantial standing.

 

 

Death Notice of Reverend James Watson

Meadville (PA) Weekly Tribune-Republican Wednesday March 16, 1887

 

Evansburg---Rev. James Watson, an honor citizen of our vicinity, died on Wednesday last, and his funeral was attended by Revs. Pollard and Crouch on Friday.

 

James Watson Will

Dated 12 Mar 1873 (with codicils added in 1887), probated 11 Apr 1887

Will Book S-Z, Page 292, Crawford Co, PA

 

Will mentions wife Martha, brother Perry, sons Robert and John, daughters Margaret Ellen Ellis and Martha A. Tripp of Sadsbury Twp, Polly McConnel, Perry's son George.

 

In 1891 a final inventory and account of James' estate was filed. He had assets of $992.21 and credits (liabilities) due of $941.89, leaving a balance of $50.32 remaining.

 

 

The children of Reverend James and Susannah (McConnell) Watson were:

 

1.     Sarah Jane, born 12 Oct 1843 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married veterinarian Dr. John Wesley Ash 12 Oct 1867, died 7 Nov 1933 Meadville, Crawford Co PA, buried Southside (Foust) Cemetery, Shermansville, Crawford Co PA. Sarah Jane was blind in later years. John served in the Civil War in Co. C, 154th NY Infantry and is also buried in the Southside Cemetery.

2.     Robert M, born 20 Apr 1845 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married Delilah Spangler 31 Jan 1866 Venango Co PA, died 12 Jul 1907 Shamburg, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, buried Jerusalem Corners Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA.

3.     Martha Adelia, born 4 Apr 1847 Titusville, Crawford Co PA, married Charles Rathborne Tripp 16 Jan 1869 Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, died 30 Sep 1923 Andover, Ashtabula Co OH, buried Andover, Ashtabula Co OH. She was known as "Deal".

4.     John, born 12 Mar 1849 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married Loretta Davidson/Davison, died 26 Apr 1929 Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co PA, buried Southside (Foust) Cemetery, Shermansville PA. Loretta was born circa 1854 and died at Conneaut Lake PA on 13 or 16 May 1929, age 75 years (two weeks following her husband's death). Loretta is buried at Southside also. According to the Crawford Co PA Atlas, John and Loretta settled in Sadsbury Twp in 1869, worked as a farmer and had a post office address of Cussewago. By 1880 he was listed as a Teamster and was still living with his parents.

5.     Margaret Ellen, born 28 Nov 1850 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married John Ellis Jr 16 Sep 1868 United Brethren Church, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA, died of a weakened heart and suffering from varicose veins 10 Mar 1917 Newton, Warren Co PA, buried Newton, Warren Co PA. John, born 31 Aug 1844 in South Mountain, Ontario Canada, was the son of John and Margaret (Sheppard) Ellis. He died 15 Jul 1900 (either Newton, Warren Co PA or Meadville PA) and is buried in Newton PA. They moved from Pleasantville to Conneaut Lake PA between Feb 1873 and June 1875 an then moved to Newton PA circa 1883.

 

 

The only child of Reverend James and Martha (McConnell) Watson was:

 

1.     James Oscar, born 14 Feb 1863, died 15 Apr 1863.

 

 

 

Robert M. Watson

 

Robert M. Watson was born on 20 Apr 1845 in Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA. He married Delilah Spangler on 31 Jan 1866 (*) in Venango Co PA and died 12 Jul 1907 in Shamburg, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA. He and his wife are buried in the Jerusalem Corners Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. According to his death certificate, he died of Dropsy (now known as "CHF" or "Congestive Heart Failure"), with a contributing factor of "La Grippe" (now known as "Influenza"). Robert was pumper in the oil fields.

 

(*) This date is interesting because a Watson researcher has an old school record book obtained from the Lamb farm near Pleasantville PA, which shows she quit school around February 1867. She is listed as "Delilah E. Spangler, 16 years old and having attended for the month ending 14 Feb 1867.

 

Delilah Spangler was born 4 Feb 1851 in Oakland Twp, Venango Co PA and died of "general disability" on 29 Jun 1935 in Shamburg, Venango Co PA. She is buried next to her husband. Delilah is the daughter of George Washington and Rebecca (Cosper) Spangler. For more information on the ancestry of Delilah, please see the chapter entitled Spangler.

 

 

Obituary of Robert M. Watson

Titusville (PA) Herald - Saturday July 13, 1907

 

Robert Watson, aged 62 years, died at his home in Shamburg at 8 o'clock Friday morning. He had been sick for some time, suffering from a complication of diseases. Funeral services in his memory will be conducted at the Shamburg schoolhouse at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon and burial will be made at Jerusalem Corners. The deceased, who spent his entire lifetime in this vicinity, was a farmer and was widely and favorably known. Besides his widow, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Hiram Voorus, Shamburg; Mrs. George Shaw, Pleasantville; Samuel, Indiana; Herman and Louis, residing at home.

 

 

Obituary of Delilah (Spangler) Watson

Titusville (PA) Herald - Monday July 1, 1935

 

MRS. DELILAH WATSON DIED EARLY SATURDAY

 

Mrs. Delilah Watson, aged 84, died at 7 a.m. Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vina L. Voorus at Shamburg. She was daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Spangler and was born in Oakland township, Venango county on February 4, 1851. Her husband, Robert Watson, died on July 12, 1907. She was a member of the Shamburg Christian church and enjoyed a wide acquaintance among the older people of the Shamburg community.

Besides the daughter at whose home she died, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. George Shaw of Pleasantville and three sons, Herman and Lewis Watson of Shamburg and Samuel Watson of Oklahoma. A son, Delbert Watson died several years ago. There are 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The body was prepared for interment at the Paul B. Kerr funeral home and services in her memory will be conducted from the Voorus home at 2 o'clock this afternoon with Rev. F.A. Bright of Sharon and Rev. Perry J. Cook, pastor, officiating. The interment will be made in the Jerusalem cemetery.

 

 

The children of Robert and Delilah (Spangler) Watson were:

 

1.     Melvina Lucinda, born 29 Nov 1867 Venango Co PA, married Hiram Andrew Voorus circa 1886 PA, died 23 Jul 1940 Titusville, Crawford Co PA, buried Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. For more information on the descendants of this union, please see the chapter entitled Voorus.

2.     Samuel, born circa 1870 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA.

3.     Delbert D, born circa 1872 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married Lillian Bergwald, died 15 Oct 1906, buried Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA.

4.     Oliver Herman, born Apr 1875 Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married Grace _________. Herman was also blind.

5.     Linnie Elizabeth, born Apr 1878 Oil Creek Twp, married George Shaw, Venango Co PA.

6.     Lewis Manley, born 11 Jun 1891 Shamburg, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA, married Laura Christie, died 11 Feb 1981 Seneca, Venango Co PA, buried Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango Co PA. Lewis was also blind. He recorded an extensive biographical sketch in the Venango County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People (see above).

 

 

 

Federal and State Census Records

 

WATSON

 

1805 Tax Assessment, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson, $206

John Watson, $150

James McConnel, $150

John McConnel, $150

 

1810 Federal Census, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson

1 male between 16 & 24 (Robert)

1 female between 16 & 24 (Margaret)

 

1820 Federal Census, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson

4 males under 10

1 male over 45 (Robert)

1 female between 26 & 45 (Margaret)

 

1830 Federal Census, Cherry Tree Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson (this is the 1st Robert Watson in the 1830 Venango Co PA census)

1 male under 5

2 males between 5 & 10

1 male between 10 & 15

1 male between 15 & 20

1 male between 40 & 50 (Robert)

1 female between 30 & 40 (Margaret)

 

1830 Federal Census, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson (this is the 2nd Robert Watson in the 1830 Venango Co PA census ???? )

2 males under 5

2 males between 10 & 15

1 male between 50 & 60

1 female under 5

1 female between 40 & 50

 

1840 Federal Census, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson

1 male between 10 & 15

2 males between 15 & 20

1 male between 20 & 30

1 male between 50 & 60 (Robert)

1 female under 5

1 female between 40 & 50 (Margaret)

 

1845 Tax Assessment, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA

Robert Watson, 100 acres, 2 horses, 3 cows.

John Watson, $150

James McConnel, $150

John McConnel, $150

 

1850 Federal Census, Allegheny Twp, Venango Co PA Household 842

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Value of Estate Owned

Born

James Watson (Rev)

36

M

Farmer

$400

PA

Susan (McConnell)

29

F

 

 

PA

Sarah J.

7

F

 

 

PA

Robert

5

M

 

 

PA

Martha

3

F

 

 

PA

John

1

M

 

 

PA

 

Household 840 - containing James' mother Margaret (Henderson) Watson

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Value of Estate Owned

Born

Margaret (Henderson) Watson (*)

64

F

 

$300

PA

Susan J.

14

F

 

 

PA

(*) Husband Robert Watson died 1845.

 

Household 390 - containing Susan (McConnell) Watson's father

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Value of Estate Owned

Born

John McConnel (*)

68

M

Farmer

$600

VA

Mary

27

F

 

 

PA

Marth

22

F

 

 

PA

Richard

22

M

?

 

PA

(*) Died 1855. His wife, Sarah Gaston, died circa 1832.

 

1860 Federal Census, Allegheny Township, Venango Co PA Household 310-311

 

 

 

 

Value of Estate Owned

Place of

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Real Est.

Personal

Birth

James Watson

46

M

Farmer

$300

$300

PA

Susan (McConnell)(*)

39

F

 

 

 

PA

Sarah J.

16

F

 

 

 

PA

Robert

15

M

 

 

 

PA

Martha

13

F

 

 

 

PA

John

11

M

Attd'd school

 

 

PA

Margaret

9

F

 

 

 

PA

(*) Died 1862.

 

Household 313 - containing Margaret (Henderson) Watson, Rev. James Watson's mother

 

 

 

 

Value of Estate Owned

Place of

Name

Age

Sex

Occupat'n

Real Est.

Personal

Birth

Martha Watson

37

F

 

 

 

PA

Margaret H. Watson (*)

67

F

 

 

 

PA

(*) Born 1791, Died 2/1870.

 

1870 Federal Census, Sadsbury Township, Crawford Co PA Household 54

 

 

 

 

Value of Estate Owned

Place of

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Real Est.

Personal

Birth

James Watson (*)

55

M

Farmer

???

???

PA

Martha (McConnell)

46

F

 

 

 

PA

John

21

M

Farmer

 

 

PA

George

6

M

(Nephew?)

 

 

PA

(*) Remarried Susan's sister, Martha, in 1862.

 

Household 56

 

 

 

 

Value of Estate Owned

Place of

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Real Est.

Personal

Birth

Robert Watson

25

M

Farmer

$500

$100

PA

Delila (Spangler)

19

F

Keep'g house

 

 

PA

Melvina

2

F

 

 

 

PA

Samuel

2/12

M

 

 

 

PA

 

1880 Federal Census, Village of Shamburg, Oil Creek Twp, Venango Co PA Household 167

 

 

 

 

 

Father

Mother

Name

Age

Sex

Relation

Occupation

Born

Born

Born

Robert Watson

35

M

 

Laborer

PA

PA

PA

Delilah (Spangler)

29

F

Wife

Keep'g House

PA

PA

PA

Melvina L.

13

F

Dau

Attd'd school

PA

PA

PA

Samuel

10

M

Son

Attd'd school

PA

PA

PA

Delbert D.

8

M

Son

Attd'd school

PA

PA

PA

Oliver H.

5

M

Son

 

PA

PA

PA

Linna E?

2

F

Dau

 

PA

PA

PA

 

1880 Federal Census, Sadsbury Township, Crawford Co PA Household ???

 

 

 

 

 

Father

Mother

Name

Age

Sex

Relation

Occupation

Born

Born

Born

James Watson (*)

65

M

 

Farmer

PA

PA

PA

Martha (McConnell)

56

F

Wife

 

PA

VA

PA

Mary McConnell

62

F

Sister

 

PA

VA

PA

John

31

M

Son

Teamster

PA

PA

PA

George

16

M

Nephew

 

PA

PA

PA

(*) Died 1887.

 

1900 Federal Census, Oil Creek Township, Venango Co PA Household 3

 

 

Yrs

 

 

 

Father

Mother

Name

Age

Sex

Md

Relation

Occupation

Born

Born

Born

Robert Watson (*)

55

M

33

Head

Day Laborer

PA

PA

PA

Delilah (Spangler)

49

F

33

Wife

 

PA

PA

PA

Ginnie? E

22

F

 

Dau

 

PA

PA

PA

Oliver H.

25

M

 

Son

 

PA

PA

PA

Lewis M.

8

M

 

Son

 

PA

PA

PA

(*) Died 1907.

 

1910 Federal Census, Oil Creek Township, Venango Co PA Household 321 (on Plummer Road; two houses down from Hiram Voorus; containing Vina's mother)

 

 

Yrs

 

 

 

Father

Mother

Name

Age

Sex

Md

Relation

Occupation

Born

Born

Born

Delilah Watson

59

F

 

Head

 

PA

PA

PA

Oliver H.

35

M

 

Son

Broom Maker

PA

PA

PA

Louis M.

18

M

 

Son

Oil Well Pumper

PA

PA

PA

 

1920 Federal Census, Oil Creek Township, Venango Co PA Household 98 (next to Hiram and Vina Voorus' home - Delilah is Vina's daughter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father

Mother

Name

Age

Sex

Relation

Occupation

Born

Born

Born

Delia Watson (*)

68

F

Head

 

PA

PA

PA

Herman

44

M

Son

Oil Well Pumper

PA

PA

PA

Louis

28

M

Son

Oil Well Pumper

PA

PA

PA

(*) died 1935.

 

 

 

 

WATSON SOURCES

 

         Genealogical and historical research I conducted.

         Venango County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People by Charles A. Babcock, A.M., LL.B., J.H. Beers & Company, 1919, Chicago IL, pages 1037-1038.

         Watson of Delaware & Maryland and early settlers in the Pa. counties of Crawford, Forest, Venango & Warren: plus allied families, Henderson, Ellis, McConnell by Patricia Foster Heinen. Email address as of 9/2009: ibpatsy@zoominternet.net

         June H. Upton, 4366 Dowitcher Way, Oceanside CA 92056 (the research, dated 1987, was submitted to the Crawford Co Historical Society shortly thereafter and I received a copy of it in 1992).

         Robert Haack, email as of 11/2003: robt@symet.net.