Watson ~ Second Generation

    Issue of Thomas Watson and Elizabeth  
1.   John WATSON
Bap 2 Nov 1775 at Royston, Hertfordshire (ref IGI).
This is an assumption based on different items of evidence.

Married 9 Jun 1810 at Wyddial, Hertford to Ann BRAY (ref IGI). It was possible to make the connection with the Hertfordshire family of Bray due to the 1891 census which Fanny Wingate nee Bray was staying with Edward Wood (husband of Sarah Susan Watson) and calling herself a cousin; this confirmed Percival Serle's comment that Mrs Watson was formerly a Miss Bray. Refer to the Bray Family Tree.

Ref 1851 census. Cambridgeshire, England. Civil Parish of Royston. Town of Royston. Registration District of Royston. Sub registration district of Buntingford. Address: Market Hill, Royston.
Caroline Simmance. Head. W. Age 23. Grocer & Tea Dear. Born Herts, Barkway.
Elizabeth Beale. Mother. Widow. Age 64. Born Essex, Chishill.
John Watson. Visitor. Widr. Age 74. Retired Schoolmaster. Born Herts, Royston.
George Beale. Visitor. U. Age 34. Farmer. Born Herts, Therfield.
Daniel Watson. Visitor. U. Age 19. Shoemaker App. Born Herts, Meesden. [relationship unknown]
[Next door was another John Watson, Widr, 76, Pauper Tailor, also born Royston, found in 1841 census]

John not found in 1841 or 1861 census.

At her marriage in 1851, Emily was a spinster of full age, her residence being 30 Great Russell St. Her father was John Watson, Gentleman. (All details from marriage certificate.)


IGI record


1851 census

Emily's Marriage Cert
  1. Emily WATSON born 1820 at Buntingford, Hertfordshire  
  2. Sarah Susan WATSON born 1822 at Buntingford, Hertfordshire
2.   Joseph WATSON
Bap 1 Feb 1781 at Royston, Hertfordshire (ref IGI).

Married 6 May 1805 at Saint Mary The Great, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire to Mary SPARKES (ref IGI). Mary was bap 27 May 1785 at Royston, Hertford, dau of William and Mary Sparks (ref IGI). Her sister Sophia was bap 28 Nov 1790 at Royston (ref IGI). Sophia Sparkes married David Fletcher in 1815 (ref IGI).

Joseph was listed as a Silversmith on his son's marriage certificate.

Ref 1841 census. Cambridgeshire, England. Civil Parish of St Mary The Great. Address: Market Hill, St Mary The Great.
Joseph Watson. Jeweller. Age 60. Not born in Cambridgeshire.
Mary Watson. Age 50. Born in Cambridgeshire.
Sophia Fletcher. Ind. Age 45. Born in Cambridgeshire. [sister of Mary, see above]
Together with 2 servants.

Ref 1851 census. Cambridgeshire, England. Civil Parish of Cambridge All Saints. Registration district of Cambridge. Address: Jesus Lane, Cambridge All Saints.
Joseph Watson. Head. Mar. Age 70. Retired Jeweller. Born Hertfords, Royston.
Mary Watson. Wife. Mar. Age 66. Born Hertfords, Royston.
Sophia Fletcher. Sister in Law. Wid. Age 59. Royal Navy Officer's Widow. Born Hertfords, Royston.
Together with 2 servants.

Not found in further census records.

IGI records

1841 census

1851 census
  1. Henry Sparkes WATSON born c1806 at Royston, Cambridgeshire  

Fully revised 6 Oct 2010