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Charles Edwin Watson, John Watson, Joseph Watson, Peter Watson,
William and Euphemia Watson, William and Henrietta Watson, William and Jane Watson, William John Watson,


Charles Edwin Watson

From on Fri, 30 May 2008
In 2001 we visited UK, and a fellow Watson researcher uncovered the mystery of Charles Edwin Watson
Charles Gidley was baptised on 15 Oct 1823 at Woodford in the Parish of Blackawton, Devon, son of Orthniel Gidley (born in Buckfastleigh) and his wife Eleanor nee Mann born 1779) who died one day later on 16 Oct 1823 aged 44.
On 9 Nov 1823 Orthniel and Eleanor's daughter Mary Gidley gave birth to a son she named Edwin Charles Gidley who then died on 13 Dec 1823. It appears that Mary took over the care of her 2 month old brother and renamed him Charles Edwin. On 6 Jul 1824 Mary Gidley born 2 Oct 1802 in Blackawton Devon, wed John Watson born 1802 at Blackawton, Devon, in Blackawton church. It appears that her young brother grew up happy to call John Watson his father


Charles Edwin Watson wed 1856 #2370 to Anne Jones and lived at Ararat
8 Children 1. Sarah Jane Watson 1861 #15244
2. Henry Charles Watson 1864 #6248 - 1868 #52 lived 4 years
3. Albert John Watson 1866 #19039 wed Annie Lovell
4. Lucy Ellen Watson 1869 #123 wed Richard Charles Wyatt
5. Annie Eliza Watson 1871 #6640
6. Jabez Frank Watson 1873 #6929 wed Maud Hanson
7. Charles Thomas Watson 1876 #106
8. Frederick Walter Watson 1878 #12965 wed Helen Rebecca McKenzie
1. Sarah Jane Watson 1861 #15244 wed 1884 #1 to Ephraim Cluff from Mt Elephant and possibly son of Elizabeth Skein who wed 1853 #3106 to Joseph Clouff
5. Annie Elizabeth Watson 1871 #6640 wed 14 Oct 1891 to Gilbert Lovitt

John Watson

From "Jade Butson" - email address lost - on Monday, 4 August, 2008
I am reserching my fam history and I came across a record on your site for a John Watson marriage to a Elizabeth Whelan, I was just wondering if you have any additional information on them, the John I am looking for was married b4 my line begins and this entry could possibly be it, on his 2nd marriage cert he is listed as a widower March 1863, and has 3 children. Any info would be greatly appriciated.
Thankyou for your reply, so what you are saying is that Elizabeth Watson nee Whelan died in 1963 during childbirth? That would suit his first wife as she passed March 1963 on his 2nd marr cert. So the William Whelan Watson you were looking for could quite possibly be a son from my gggrandfathers John's first marriage?
I have Johns second marriage info but unfortunatly for me I have his parents names (Mothers maiden name hard to read but the dept gave me what they think it is) from england but thats all I can find, I was wondering if you have his marriage cert to Elizabeth Whelan are his parents stated as William Watson And Isabella Hodgen?
His 2nd Marriage was at All Saints church, Sandhurst 28th July 1864. His parents are from England (they never came to Aus).
Recently I have contacted you in relation to John Watson, I have since confimed that it is the same John however this might interest you. On your line your researching he first married Elizabeth Whelan in 1858 he was aged 24 (as stated on marriage cert) this would make his birth year 1834 but on his second marriage certificate in 1864 only 6 years later his age is stated as 41 which would make his birth year 1823? so in six years his age added an extra 7 years on top of the 6 years between marriages. This has me stumped, if you have any info on how this could happen?
Our family stories say that our GGGrandma Margaret Elizabeth Watson was killed by machinery howeve I have just made some progress and it might actually be Elizabeth that got entangled in the machinery and there is a record for 1863?
Cheers, Jade Butson

John Watson son of William Watson an Engineer and Isabella Hodgson, wed 1858 #2374 to Elizabeth Whelan 1837 - 1863 #2779 aged 26, dau of Maria Ryan and James Whelan of Tipperary. They lived at Ironbark, Bendigo.
John Watson wed 28th July 1864 to Margaret Elizabeth Morton at All Saints church, Sandhurst. His parents are from England Margaret Elizabeth Watson's Maiden name was Morton, daughter of John Morton and Margaret Morton (nee Sinclair) all form London, they possibly came March 1859 on the Lincolnshire - with John Morton aged 50, Margaret Morton aged 50, Margaret Morton aged 28 and Christian A aged 20. Margaret Morton nee Sinclair died 1879 #6300, aged 73,from London.
Margaret Elizabeth Morton Christening: 03 Jul 1833 at Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, London, England Christiana Morton Christening 04 Oct 1840 at Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England Christiana Morton wed 1868 #2565 to Harry Leigh Atkinson
3 Children 1. Unnamed Female Watson 1859 #9788
2. William Whelan Watson 1861 #23044
3. Mary Watson 1863 #10528
3 Children
of Margaret
1. John Morton Watson 1866 #17682 - 1867 #3492 lived 4 months
2. Latham Watson 1873 #20428
3. George Morton Watson 1875 #21129
2. William Whelan Watson 1861 wed 1894 to Elizabeth Costin and lived at Krambruk, then later in WA. Latham Watson and Mary Watson both from second family went to those areas of Australia too
2 Children 1. Victor Costin Watson 1897 #20457
2. Margaret Elizabeth Watson 1905 #652 born in Boulder WA

Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson 1825 - 1863 #3751 aged 37 came Sep 1852 on the Tippoo Saib with Esther Waters 27, his brother Falder Watson 27 and infant Mary Ann Watson, and lived at Castlemaine
Esther Watson nee Waters from Cumberland wed 1867 #1920 to William Ross Mcgregor from Kincardine
5 Children 1. Mary Ann Sussex Watson 1852 - 1886 #754 aged 25, born at Sea,
2. Joseph Watson 1853 #878
3. William Watson 1856 #2426
4. Faulder Watson 1857 #16562 - 1888 #871 aged 30 years
5. Charlotte Esther Watson 1861 #9809
1 Child 6. Betsy Ross Mcgregor 1868 #14849
1. Mary Ann Sussex Watson born at Sea, 1861 - 1886 #754 aged 25 died at Castlemaine, wed 1884 #2743 to George Britomart Ryland born at sea 1854,

Peter Watson

Peter Watson came c1854 with Sarah Lee and lived at Creswick, Ararat
4 Children 1. Peter Watson 1855 #4430 - 1855 #3327 lived 17 days
2. Peter Watson 1856 #8696
3. William John Watson 1858 #18296
4. George Watson 1860 #15710
2. Peter Watson 1856 #8696 - 1936 #17403 aged 79, wed 1880 to Martha Golightly 1860 #4971 - 1945 #5428 aged 85, lived at Queenscliffe, Geelong
7 children 1. George William Watson 1881 #18710 - 1939 #18692 aged 58
2. Ruby Violet Watson 1885 #20289 - 1962 #23191 aged 78, wed Lamperd
3. Blanche Olivia Watson 1888 #23714 - 1889 #9382 lived 8 months
4. Laurie Myrtle Watson 1889 #34258
5. Peter Watson 1890 #4199 lived 6 months
6. Minnie Myrtle Watson 1894 #6358 - 1923 #3185 aged 28
7. Peter Percy Cyril Watson 1896 #14377 - 1971 #29616 aged 75
3. William John Watson 1858 #18296 - 1925 #15160 aged 68, wed 1884 #4625 to Emily Hindle 1935 #18672 aged 73, lived at Queenscliffe,

William and Euphemia Watson

William Watson 25 Jan 1819 son of David Watson and Janet Towers in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland and died 1 Jul 1904 in Collingwood, Victoria, came c1854 with Euphemia Simpson 04 Feb 1819 born in Bothkennar, died 18 Jun 1866 #4728 aged 47, dau of Mary Robertson and Robert Simpson, in Collingwood, Vic, Aust
William Watson wed 1874 #2186 to Helen Cooper Taylor, who had wed 1861 #617 to Duncan Mathieson 1833 - 1865 #9935 aged 31, son of Margaret Ross and Donald Mathieson, and had a daughter Margaret Mathieson 1864 #1509
6 children 1. David Watson 9 Sep 1842 - 12 Sep 1923 aged 81 born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
2. Mary Watson 1843 - 1861 #8549 aged 17, died in Melb
3. Robert Simpson Watson died in Scotland?
4. Thomas Watson 9 Feb 1850 - 23 Dec 1932 aged 83
5. William Watson c1851 - 21 Sep 1913 aged 62, born in Falkirk,
6. Janet Watson Jul 1855 - 20 Jun 1925, born in Melbourne,
1. David Watson 9 Sep 1842 - 12 Sep 1923 aged 81, wed 1868 #3259 to Emma Green born in Bedfordshire, and lived in Collingwood.
7 children 1. William Watson 1869 #7821 - 1952 #10009 aged 83
2. Sarah Euphemia Watson 1871 #15389 - 1946 #18684 aged 74
3. Thomas Arthur Watson 1874 #1637
4. Euphemia Hannah Watson 1876 #8525 - 1946 #5509 aged 70
5. David George Watson 1879 #22142 - 1957 #11870 aged 78
6. Emma Frances Watson 1882 #15110 - 1955 #3198 aged 72
7. Andrew Robert Watson 1887 #18607
2. Sarah Euphemia Watson 1871 #15389 - 1946 #18684 aged 74, wed Charles George Cross 1871 #15146 - 1904 aged 33, first Victoria born child of Maria Bower and Charles Cross
6. Emma Frances Watson 1882 #15110 - 1955 #3198 aged 72, wed 1910 to Chas Alex Stow 1880 #4321 - 3 Oct 1951 aged 71, son of Margaret Maria Wilson wed 1865 #4370 to Geo Alexander Stow
4. Thomas Watson 9 Feb 1850 - 23 Dec 1932 aged 83, wed 1873 #4651 to Elizabeth Duncan, and lived in Collingwood.
8 children 1. Ada Euphemia Watson 1875 #22059 - 1966 #21288 aged 90, wed 1899 #1424 to Robert Charles Head
2. Charles Thomas Watson 1878 #14892 - 1931 #6440 aged 51
3. Arthur Hargraves Watson 1880 #21711 - 1953 #7153 aged 73
4. Beatrice Edna Watson 1883 #1701 - 1975 #26347 aged 93, wed Carter
5. James Eaton Watson 1885 #16644 - 1955
6. Herbert Stanley Watson 1887 #18650 - 1913
7. Helen Lillian Watson 1890 #11660 - 1980, wed Frank Eastick
8. Mabel/Myrtle Victoria Watson 1893 #30710 - 1978 #15943 aged 84, wed Herbert Clarke
3. Arthur Hargraves Watson 1880 #21711 - 1953 #7153 aged 73, wed Harriet Eliza Challen 1880 - 1951 #2070 aged 71, dau of Esther Oscar Graham and John Henry Challen
5. William Watson c1851 - 21 Sep 1913 aged 62, born in Falkirk, wed 1884 #3853 to Jessie Abery 1857 #429 - 1939 aged 83, Richmond, Victoria, no chn
6. Janet Watson in Jul 1855 - 20 Jun 1925 aged 79, wed 1874 #841 to Joshua Bennell and lived in Collingwood, Fitzroy
4 children 1. Francis Joshua Bennell 1875 #9130 - 9 May 1941 aged 66,
2. Florence Janet Bennell 1878 #15946 - 19 Aug 1944 aged 66
3. Ernest James Bennell 1883 #9243 wed Adelaide Catherine Fullarton
4. Albert Watson Bennell 1887 #19388
1. Francis Joshua Bennell 1875 #9130 - 9 May 1941, wed Alice Lavina Stacey 1876 #21428, dau of Mary Thurlby Lancaster wed 1876 #71 to Henry Evans Stacey, both from London
4. Albert Watson Bennell 1887 #19388 wed Alice Muriel Flude 1889 #4584 dau of Sarah Room who wed 1886 #1558 to Harry Flude from Sydney. Sarah Flude nee Room, 1861 - 1890 #10960 aged 29, dau of Alice Watson and Peter Room, died after the birth of Stanley Gordon Flude, her second child. Harry Flude died in Ballarat 1857 - 1928 #147 aged 71, son of Priscilla Brown and Joseph Flude

William and Henrietta Watson

Marriages Mar 1848 - William Watson and Henrietta Greenbank at Newcastle Tyne Vol 25 page 339
William Watson 28 came Oct 1852 on the Chance with Henrietta Greenbank and 2 chn and lived at Creswick then Macedon
10 Children 1. Adelaide Watson 3
2. Alfred Watson 2 died?
3. Alfred William Greenbank Watson 1854 #3481
4. Emily Adelaide Watson 1855 #10362
5. Ernest Edwin Watson 1857 #5580
6. Laura Stella Watson 1860 #1938 wed 1878 #4686 to Joseph Campey, see letter below
7. Herbert Canard Watson 1862 #8571 lived 2 years
8. Albert Edward Watson 1863 #20642
9. Flora Constance Watson 1865 #23043 lived 6 months
10. Herbert Kanard Watson 1867 #22744
3. Alfred William Greenbank Watson 1854 #3481 wed 1879 #2061 to Mary Frances Turner 1858 #13505 - 1882 #12304 aged 24
Alfred Wm Greenbank Watson wed 1885 #3108 to Sarah Farrar, lived at Kyneton
2 children 1. Ernest John Watson 1880 #16888
2. William Noah Watson 1882 #10356 - 1882 #9113 lived 9 days
3 Children 3. Alfred George Watson 1886 #11445
4. Mabel Ann Watson 1887 #17132
5. Adelaide Hetta Watson 1890 #14469
4. Emily Adelaide Watson 1855 #10362 - 1921 #1501 aged 65, wed 1871 #718 to Robert Thomas Allen from Cambridge
2 Children 1. Alfred John Allen 1871 #17300
2. James Ernest Allen 1872 #24254
5. Ernest Edwin Watson 1857 #5580 - 1939 #10302 aged 82, wed 1880 #4402 to Janet Wainwright Smith born at Kyneton
4 Children 1. Henry William Watson 1881 #17361
2. Herbert James Watson 1883 #17434
3. Ernest Edwin Watson 1886 #3649
4. Vincent Albert Watson 1888 #30473
8. Albert Edward Watson 1863 #20642 wed 1887 #4397 to Emily Maria Young and lived at Ascot Vale then Woodside
5 Children 1. Hubert Victor Watson 1890 #12889
2. Wilbert Cyril Watson 1892 #19752X1907
3. Albt Edw Watson 1897 #7956
4. Gladys Vic Watson 1898 #7586
5. Darcy Edw Watson 1900 #14804X1902
From on Sunday, 23 November, 2008
Hello Elizabeth,
I have been reading your Australian Pioneer Families entry on the Watson family. Laura Stella Watson married Joseph Campey in 1878, as stated on your page. However, while your page says there were no children, there were in fact 3 boys born to the couple. The sons were:
William John Taylor Campey born October 1880 in Murrumburrah, NSW
Alfred Joseph Henry Campey born March 1882 in Murrumburrah, NSW
George Harden Campey born March 1884 in Harden, NSW.

Joseph Campey was a railway worker based at Harden / Murrumurrah near Young in NSW. He was killed in a railway accident near Cootamundra, NSW in 1885. His three sons all became railway workers.
Laura Stella Watson remarried in 1890 in Young, NSW to Thomas Miller, another railway worker. They had 5 children, 2 daughters and three sons. Their eldest daughter was my grandmother.
If you would like any further information, please let me know.
Kind regards, Gail Macqueen

William and Jane Watson

William Watson wed 1860 #2829 to Jane McNab Henderson 1827 - 1879 #7452 aged 52, daughter of Margaret and James Henderson of Edinburgh, and lived at Bacchus Marsh then at Avenal
5 Children 1. Jane Kerr Watson 1861 #19660
2. Grace Henderson Watson 1864 #19459
3. Elizabeth Marion Watson 1869 #13000
4. Hannah Martha Watson 1871 #6695
5. William John Watson 1878 #6347 - 1880 #3216 lived 2 years

1. Jane Kerr Watson 1861 #19660 wed 1887 #4945 to Thomas Alexander Morris 1860 #22462 born at Bacchus Marsh, and lived at Yarroweya, 1st child Thomas Morris 1888 #16884

2. Grace Henderson Watson 1864 #19459 wed 1888 #1013 wed Charles Watson, 1st child Charles Watson 1888 #12158

William John Watson

William John Watson came c1856 with Alice Thornton and lived at Creswick and later at Steiglitz
10 children 1. Anne Eliza Watson 1857 #2268 buried as Ellen Eliza aged 18 months
2. Ruth Watson 1858 #17335 when mother is called Alice Thornington
3. George Henry Watson 1860 #8265
4. Alice Maria Watson 1862 #13975
5. Samuel Thomas Watson 1864 #18491
6. Elizabeth Ann Watson 1867 #4968
7. William John Watson 1869 #25285
8. Sarah Jane Watson 1872 #12360 lived 10 days
9. Margaret Catherine Watson 874 #5642
10. Phillipa Ellen Watson 1877 #11845
3. George Henry Watson 1860 #8265 wed 1885 #72 to Catherine Coxall 1859 #13544 born at Creswick
3 children 1. Ada Alice Watson 1886 #1517
2. Herny Leopold Watson 1887 #2381
3. Arthur Wellesley Watson 1888 #9810
4. Alice Maria Watson 1862 #13975 wed 1888 #254 to Raphael Ambler 1857 #10461 born at Bellarine, lived at Armadale, 5 children
6. Elizabeth Ann Watson 1867 #4968 wed 1888 #1955 to Louis Myers from Rio Janeiro
10. Phillipa Ellen Watson 1877 #11845 wed 1898 #278R to James Twite 1871, 2 chn



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