Newport NY Ties
Herkimer County, N.Y. & Fulton County, N.Y.

Contributed Lisa Slaski
Transcribed by Joanne Murray

Watson, D. S., Stratford, was born on the 6th of July, 1855, in Stratford. He is a son of Nathan Watson, a native of Newport, Herkimer county. His grandfather, Jude Watson, was a native of Connecticut, and his great-grandfather, Jude Watson, was a native of Ireland and came to Massachusetts about 150 years ago. Jude Watson, jr., was born in 1758 and in the year 1781 married Mary Jinks, daughter of Captain Samuel Jinks, of Revolutionary fame, by whom he had four sons and two daughters. In 1800 Mr. Watson came to Newport and 1831 went to Oppenheim, where he remained until his death, which occured on the 19th of August, 1846, and his wife on the 9th of August, 1803. He was a Baptist. Nathan Webster was born on the 17th day of February, 1802, in Newport and in youth learned the tanner, currier and shoemaker's trades. On the 14th of August, 1853, Mr. Watson married Mrs. Mary A. Smith, his third wife, whose maiden name was Freeman, by whom he had a son, D.S., born on the 22nd of February, 1815. In 1854 Nathan Watson came to Stratford and was class leader in the M. E. Church for a number of years. He was a Democrat, Whig and Republican and finally a Prohibitionist. He died on the 11th of December, 1889, and his wife on the 24th of October, 1878. D. S. Watson received a common school education and at the age of seventeen years bagan running wood working machinery. On the 19th of December, 1877, he married Eva L. Kibbe, a daughter of Elisha D. and Hulda (Jennings) Kibbe, who was born on the 28th of September, 1856. They have the following children: Blanche E., Mary E., Grace E., Nellie E., and Fred A. Mr. Watson is a wagon-maker by trade, but being a man of genius, has invented a pressure jack and glue table and a pendant clothes dryer. In 1881 he received a patent for a dumping box which can be applied to a farm or lumber wagon and is used for excavating and grading purposes. In 1888 he received a patent on a dumping wagon and is at present preparing to manufacture them on a large scale. D.S. Watson was elected justice of the peace and in 1890, and he is a deacon in the Baptist Church. He has been a Good Templar since he was fifteen years old and is a member of the Equitable Aid Union No. 732, of Stratford, NY.

Source: History of Fulton County, by Washington Frothingham. Syracuse, NY.: D. Mason & Co., Printers and Publishers. 1892. Pg. 151.

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