John A. Watson

Submitted by
Valerie Crook
September 12, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 227-228
Hancock County

JOHN A. WATSON, whose fine homestead farm on the
Ohio River in Hancock County, is in close proximity to
Brownsdale, here occupies a house that was erected by his
maternal grandfather, John Arbuckle, he having built the
house in Hancock County in the early ’50s and his death
having occurred at the time when the Civil war was
in progress. His daughter Margaret was the mother of
him whose name introduces this paragraph. As a youth
he learned the machinist’s trade, and since 1878 he has
maintained his permanent home at the ancestral place
in Hancock County.

In the year 1882 Mr. Watson here married a daughter
of the late John Brown, who was a member of one of the
most honored pioneer families of this county. Mrs. Wat-
son passed her entire life in Hancock County, and here
her death occurred in July, 1915. Of the two children
the elder is George, who is a bachelor and who has active
management of the home farm, while Miss Mary, the only
daughter, has had supervision of the domestic economies and
social affairs of the home since the death of the loved
wife and mother.