Matthew Watson

March 1696–17 January 1803 (Age 106)
Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Matthew

When Matthew Watson was born in March 1696, in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, his father, William Watson, was 23 and his mother, Mary Orr, was 21. He married Bethiah Reed in 1732, in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. In 1727, at the age of 31, his occupation is listed as brickmaker in Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States. He died on 17 January 1803, in Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 106, and was buried in Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States.

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Matthew Watson
Bethiah Reed
Marriage: 1732
Abigail Watson
Molly Watson
Rachel Watson
Marcy Watson
Bethiah Watson
Matthew Watson
Lydia Watson
Capt. William M. Watson
John Watson
Samuel Watson

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1732Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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    World Events (4)

    Age 80
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1776 · Rhode Island Declares Independence
    Age 80
    Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, making it the first colony to do so officially.
    1780 · French Occupy Newport
    Age 84
    During 1780 to 1781, over 12,000 French troops occupy Newport, Rhode Island.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish, English, and Irish: patronymic meaning ‘son of Wat’, a pet form of Walter that was particularly common in Scotland and northern England. See Watt .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Newspaper Article about Matthew Watson

    An extract from a newspaper printed in Warren, RI, Feb 24, 1801, says: "There is now living in this town, Matthew Watson, Esq., in the 105th year of his age, enjoying good health and in possession of …

    Sources (31)

    • Matthew Watson in entry for Merdy Watson, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
    • Matthew Watson, "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916"
    • Matthew Watson, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"

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