The photo is of the John Henry and Charlotte Watson Family - L to R sitting: John Watson, Charlotte and John Henry Watson, Helen Watson Hagerman. L to R standing: George Watson, Fred Watson, William J. Watson, Clifford Watson and Clarence Watson
John Henry Watson II was born October 7, 1858 in Bruce County, Bronte Township, Ontario, Canada; he was the fifth child of John and Elizabeth Hoar Watson. He emigrated with his parents to the United States around 1870 and settled in Bridgeport, Saginaw County, Michigan. He married Charlotte “Lottie” Smith in 1884. John and Lottie owned and operated a farm in Section 14 of Bridgeport Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. John, also, purchased three parcels of land in Lakefield Township. Four of John and Lottie's children and spouses lived in Lakefield Township. They were: Fred and Rettie Johnson Watson; George Watson; Clarence and Juanita Watson; and Howard and Helen Watson Hagerman.
Frederick Smith Watson was born November 22, 1887 in Spaulding Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Fred married Rettie Johnson and they owned and operated an 80 acre farm on the northwest corner of Swan Creek and Chapin Roads in Lakefield Township.
In 1916, neighbors were: Neil Langlois, Philip Potvin, Martin Price, Moses Labeff and Jesse Baker and Edward Siler
George Walter Watson was born June 10, 1890. George farmed an 80 acre parcel of land in Section 13 on the northwest corner of Lakefield and Steele Roads in Lakefield Township. In 1916, neighbors were: Scott Liebrock, John Liebrock, Lewis Liebrock, George Harris, John Hagerman, George Harris and Albert Webb. George served as Lakefield Township Constable in 1931; Justice of the Peace in 1942 and 1951. George farmed most of his life, retiring just before marrying Lena Wilson. In later years, George lived in Indiana where he died March 2, 1959 of a heart attack.
Clarence Watson was born July 15, 1894 and served in the Army during WWI. Clarence married Juanita Sheets. He operated a 40 acre farm in Section 14 on the southeast corner of Merrill and Roosevelt Roads in Lakefield Township. In 1916, neighbors were: Jesse Ferris, Henry Cooper, Nicholas House, and Dan McLeod. He later moved to Bridgeport, Saginaw County, Michigan to operate the family farm.
SOURCES: Grandson, Floyd Watson; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; A. Elaine Hageman Bye genealogy; photo from Mrs. Glenn Watson.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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