1801 - Lived in 3 Centuries
Barrington, (Rhode Island) February 24.
There is now living in this town, Matthew Watson, esq. in the 105th year of his age, in pretty good health, and in the enjoyment of his faculties, except being blind. He was born in the county of Coleraine, in the province of Ulster, in the north of Ireland, in March A. D. 1696, from whence he, with his father and mother, four brothers and one sister, migrated, and arrived at Boston A. D. 1712, from whence he removed to and settled in Leicester, in the County of Worcester, (Massachusetts) where he has one brother, deacon Oliver Watson, now living. Mr. Watson came to this town A. D. 1722, where by his industry he acquired a pretty handsome fortune. He hath sustained the office of a justice of the peace in the town, and was formerly a judge of the court of common pleas for the county of Bristol. He hath been a member of the Congregational Church in this town between 70 and 80 years, without censure. He hath 10 children now living, the youngest of whom is 53 years of age, all in a married state except his eldest and youngest daughters, who are widows. He was born in the 17th, lived through the 18th, and is now progressing in the 19th century.
May 14, 1801
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