John Watson

Brief Life History of John Watson

At War with the Indians 1675 - 6 Philip's War The war with the Indians in 1675-6, "Philip's War," as it is called, allusion to which is made by Eliot, was one of the severest trials New England was ever called upon to encounter. Of Roxbury's share in this contest, so destructive to the colonists, Eliot elsewhere says in his diary: "John Dresser dyed in the war" and was there buryed. lie acquitted himself valiantly. We had many Maine in the warr, no towne for bigness lost more if any so many." On July 6, 1675, a body of fifty-two praying Indians, Eliot's converts, marched from Boston for Mount Hope under the " intrepid " Capt. Isaac Johnson, of Roxbury, who afterward certified that the most of them acquitted themselves courageously and faithfully. He, with five other captains, was killed while storming the Narraganset stronghold when that fierce tribe was destroyed at the famous Fort Fight, Dec. 10, 1675. The roll of his company, which also embraces men from the adjacent towns, includes these of Roxbury — Henry Bowen Thom. Cheney Isaac Morrick Ariel Lamb Tho. Baker Samuel Gardiner John Watson John Scot Onesiphorous Stanley Nathaniel Wilson John Corbin John Newell William Lincolne Wm. Danforth Joseph Goad John Hubbard

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Family Time Line

John Watson
1619–1711
Rebecca Harrington
1625–1713
Marriage: 1641
John Watson
1653–1679
Rebecca Watson
1656–1689
Abraham Watson
1661–1705
Ann Watson
1666–1676
Isaac Watson
1669–
Jacob Watson
1671–1724

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  • John Watson, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • John Wattson, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

Contracted form of Old French Jo(h)anne, from Latin Io(h)anna ( see Joanna ). In England this was the usual feminine form of John from the Middle English period onwards and was extremely popular, but in the 16th and 17th centuries it steadily lost ground to Jane . It was strongly revived in the first part of the 20th century, partly under the influence of George Bernard Shaw's play St Joan ( 1923 ), based on the life of Joan of Arc ( 1412–31 ). Claiming to be guided by the voices of the saints, she persuaded the French dauphin to defy the occupying English forces and have himself crowned, and she led the French army that raised the siege of Orleans in 1429 . The following year she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, and a year later she was burned at the stake for witchcraft at the age of 18 or 19. Her story has captured the imagination of many writers, and she is variously portrayed as a national and political hero, a model of apolitical straightforwardness and honesty, and a religious heroine. She was canonized in 1920 . More recent influences have included the American film actress Joan Crawford ( 1908–77 , born Lucille le Sueur ), the British actress Joan Collins ( b. 1933 ), the American comedienne Joan Rivers ( b. 1933 ), and the West Indian pop singer Joan Armatrading ( b. 1950 ).

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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