John W. Watson

1859–
Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life of John W.

When John W. Watson was born in 1859, in Lee, Iowa, United States, his father, Silas H. Watson, was 29 and his mother, Mary Van Camp, was 28.

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Silas H. Watson
1830–
Mary Van Camp
1831–1905
Derinder A. Watson
1857–
John W. Watson
1859–

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World Events (3)

1863

Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 4

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 8

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Wat ( see Watt )

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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