Bio: Watson, George Riley (1832 - 1902)

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Surnames: Watson, Lidell, Gilbert, Murdock


----Source: 1881 History of Northern, Wisconsin

GEORGE R. WATSON, meat market, of the firm of Lidell & Watson, Merrillan. Was born in Maine, May 8, 1832. Came West in 1859, and settled at Tomah, Wis., where he commenced farming and lumbering. Enlisted in Co. D, 25th Wis. V. I., and served his country three years, and was in all of the principal battles of Mississippi, being drum major of his regiment. After the war, returned to Tomah and farmed until 1875, when he opened a meat market there and ran it until he came to Merrillan. Was married to Miss Amanda F. Gilbert, March 21, 1856; she was born in Maine, and died January, 1858. They had one daughter, Idah L., died Sept. 30, 1880. Mr. Watson was married to his second wife, Miss Charlotte Murdock, July 3, 1859; she was born in Massachusetts, May 3, 1840, and by whom he has one son living, named Ora H., and one son who died in 1861.

Family Notes

George Riley Watson was born 8 May, 1832 in Cambridge, Maine and died 26 Nov 1902 in Jackson Co., Wisconsin, (vol. 4, pg. 53).  His wife, Charlotte W. (Murdock) Watson was born 3 Jul 1859 in Massachusetts and died 24 Oct 1895 in Jackson Co., Wisconsin (vol. 2, pg. 117)

Maine Birth Records

George Riley Watson
gender: Male
baptism/christening place: Civil, Cambridge, Somerset, ME
birth date: 08 May 1832
birthplace: Civil, Cambridge, Somerset, ME

Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1890

George R Watson
home: Wisconsin, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States.

1850 Federal Census, Cambridge, Somerset, Maine, United States, dwelling 231, family 231, line 8

George R Watson, white male

Household Members
Jonathan Watson M 55 New Hampshire
Mary Watson F 53 New Hampshire
George R Watson M 18 Maine
Sarah Watson F 15 Maine
Ellura Watson F 13 Maine
William Watson M 22 Maine
Nancy Hamilton F 79 New Hampshire

1870 Federal Census, 7 June, Lincoln, Monroe Co., Wisconsin, Post Office: Tomah, pg. 12, dwelling 87, family 100

George R Watson, white male farmer

Estate: $1,228, personal: $304

Household Members
George R Watson M 30y Maine
Charlotte Watson F 30y Massachusetts
Ora H. Watson M 4m (Feb 1870) Wisconsin

1900 Federal Census, ED 42 Alma town, east side Merillan village, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 9

George R Watson, white, widowed male
birth date: May 1832
birthplace: Maine
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: New Hampshire
mother's birthplace: New Hampshire

Wisconsin Death Records

Geo. Riley Watson
event: Death
event date: 26 Nov 1902
event place: Jackson, Wisconsin
page: 0408

Geo. Riley Watson
gender: Male
burial place: Merrillan
death date: 26 Nov 1902
death place: Merrillan, Jackson, Wisconsin
age: 70
birth date: 08 May 1833
birthplace: Maine
occupation: Butcher
race: White
marital status: Unknown
spouse's name: Lottie Watson



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