Joseph J. Watson
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 7/15/2010 at 20:01:41
Joseph J. Watson, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Chetopa, was born near Manchester, England, February 12, 1840, and came to America with his people in 1842, who, after a short stay in the East, settled in Milwaukee, Wis., where he grew to manhood, and identified himself with farming until the spring of 1864, when he enlisted in Company G. Second Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry, and did active service until November, 1865, when he was honorably discharged.
After the war he located in Iowa and followed carpentering in that State until 1869, principally in Allamakee County, In the spring of that year he came here and located, and has been actively identified with his present industry here, improving two farms meanwhile, and is now located upon his third. It contains 320 acres of valuable land, 160 acres of which are devoted to grain, and the balance to pasture. It is well fenced, watered and stocked, and has good buildings. He has about eighty acres of forest skirting the stream which runs through his farm.
He was married, in 1868, in Postville, Iowa, to Miss Martha Blundell, who was born in Manchester, England, and was brought up in Wisconsin. He and his wife are members of the M. E. Church. He is a member of Pea Ridge Post, No. 118, G. A. R. He has been a member of the Masonic Order for the past sixteen years.
~Cutler's History of the State of Kansas; Labette county
pub. by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL; 1883
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