Charles Watson

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Born: Died: Married: Jane Johnson Mother: Father: Isaac Watson Descendant: Charles Watson
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921


Charles Watson was born in Sweden in 1835, although he had British Citizenship. His father was Isaac Watson.


He married Jane Johnson on the 31st January 1864 at the Parish Church of St. Hilda in South Shields, Durham.

1864. Marriage solemnized at Parish Church in the Parish of St Hilda, South Shields in the County of Durham
When Married. Name and Surname. Age Condition. Rank or Profession Residence at the Time of Marriage Father's Name and Surname Rank or Profession of Father
January 31st 1864 Charles Watson of full age Bachelor Mariner Parish of St Hilda Isaac Watson Mariner
Jane Johnson of full age Spinster --------- South Shields James Johnson Mariner
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church, after banns by me, G.T.Cull Bennett
This marriage was solemnized between us Charles Watson In the Presence of us Robert Gibson Allanfont>
Jane Johnson</ Sarah Pye


They had at least three children:

  • Charles J Watson (December 1864)
  • Frederick J. Watson (~1867)
  • Alfred W. Watson (~1870).

In 1881 and 1891 he was at home for the censuses at 156 Eldon Street, Westoe, South Shields, Durham, England. His occupation was Fireman (seagoing) which I assume to mean he ran the fires on the ship (but still could mean either putting out fires, or firing guns).

In 1880 a 44 year old Charles Watson is listed in the US census with a Swedish birthplace, however his marital status is given as single, and he worked in a saw mill, which is contrary to the facts that he was married and a mariner .

By 1901 his children had moved away, and so Charles is living with Jane at 74-76 Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, along with a servant called Margaret Walker. There is another family of Watson's, headed by George Watson, living close-by at number 82 Marshall Wallis road.

By 1911 Charles and Jane have moved to Heads Hook, near Carlisle, in Cumberland (now Cumbria). They are living in a small two room house with a boarder. Charles is listed as a Home Missioner (a member of the Baptist Church). Strangely they also list not having any children, but I think this is a mistake.


Charles Watson died on the 13th November 1911, at Great Corby, Wetheral, R.B of a cerebral haemorrhage. He was 77 years old, and a retired Seaman Merchants Service. His death was registered on the 15th November by Jane Watson of Head's Nook, Wetherall, the widow of the deceased, who was present at his death (registered in Carlisle, Cumberland, 1911 Q4, vol. 10b, page 605).

Other References

This appears to be a different Charles Watson, as he is listed as single:

US 1880 census:

   Birth Year <1836>  
   Birthplace SWEDEN  
   Age 44  
   Occupation Works In Saw Mill  
   Marital Status S <Single>  
   Race W <White>  
   Head of Household Charles WATSON 
   Relation Self  
   Father's Birthplace SWEDEN  
   Mother's Birthplace SWEDEN