Another family that may here be noticed, is the Watson Family. The progenitor of this family, so far
as Marion County is concerned, was Barnabas Watson, on Buck Swamp, who was the great-grand-father of
our now fellow-citizens of the county. Old man Isham Watson was the founder it may be said, of the
family on Catfish, in name and fortune. Barny Watson, his father , was married twice; whether he had
a child or children other than Isham, by his first wife is not known. Isham Watson married and settled
on Catfish, near where Antioch Church now stand, in the first part of the nineteenth century, a poor man;
his wife was Miss Mary Hayes, a sister of the late John C Hayes; the results of the marriage were five
sons, Matthew James, Isham H, Samual and William; and seven daughters, Nellie, Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary,
Verzella, Fama and Jane.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
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