Joseph Watson, engaged as a general farmer on section 13, of Western Township, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 2, 1830, his parents being Miles and Nancy (Kelly) Watson, and natives of the same State as their son. The parents died in their native State some years ago, and were prominent and respectable people in the community in which they resided.
Joseph Watson was about 23 years of age when his father died, and previous to this period he had learned the trade and occupation of his father, -- that of a wheelwright. He was married in his native county to Miss Nancy McAwish, a native of Ireland, who came to America when a young girl and settled in Bucks Co., Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Watson have had their home brightened and blessed with the birth of three children, one of  whom is deceased. Henry, Robert (deceased), and Maria, being the names of the children.

Mr. Watson worked at his occupation and the carpenter’s trade in his life-time, and after marriage followed the latter a short time. In 1882 they came to Illinois, and here Mr. W. purchased 80 acres of land, located in Western Township. Mr. Watson has entered vigorously and energetically in is cultivation and improvement, and, besides this land, rents a large farm, which he operates. Politically, he is a Republican.

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