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George F. Watson

GEORGE F. WATSON, lumberman, Tionesta, was born in what is now Kingsley township, Forest Co., Penn., October 20, 1848, and is a son of Francis and Cordelia (Johnson) Watson. His paternal grandfather, Robert Watson, was a native of Ireland, and a pioneer of Titusville, Penn., where he lived and died, and his maternal grandfather, John Johnson, was a native of Vermont, and a pioneer of Venango county. Francis Watson was born in Titusville, Penn., in 1816, and in early manhood located in Tionesta, where he followed the rivers as a pilot for some years; then engaged in lumbering for twenty years. Since 1869 he has resided in Kingsley township, Forest county, with his son, John G. His children were five in number: George F., William H., John G., Harvey B. and Rebecca (Mrs. Humphrey Downing). George F. Watson was reared in Kingsley township, receiving his education in the common schools, and at Neillstown Academy. He began life as a lumberman with his father-in-law, T. B. Root, and later was associated with his brother-in-law, Aaron Root, and since 1887 has been associated in business with T. B. Collins, under the firm name of Collins & Watson, now operating a mill at Pine Hollow and turning out from three to four million feet of lumber per annum. Mr. Watson married in September, 1868, Anna, daughter of Aaron B. and Elizabeth (Zuende1) Root, early settlers of Green township, and by her has five children: Harry B., Minnie, Vernie, Cora and Georgiana. Mr. Watson is a member of the I. O. O. F. Politically he is a Democrat, and an advocate of prohibition.

Source: Page(s) 940-941, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed December 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

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