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Elkanah Watson

Birthplace: Plymouth, MA
Death: December 05, 1842 (84)
Chesterfield, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Elkanah Watson and Patience Watson
Husband of Rachel Watson
Father of George Elkanah Watson; Mary L Ward; Winslow Cossoul Watson and Charles Marston Watson
Brother of Marston Watson; Priscilla Watson; Patty Watson and Lucia Watson
Half brother of Charles Lee Watson and Lucia Watson

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Elkanah Watson

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating he was "a soldier in the Revolutionary War."

Elkanah Watson (January 22, 1758 – December 5, 1842) was a visionary traveler and writer, agriculturist and canal promoter, banker and businessman. He was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and died at Port Kent, New York. He worked in Albany, New York for several years, founding the State Bank of Albany. After retiring in 1807 to a farm in Massachusetts, he raised Merino sheep and founded the agricultural fair, first organizing one at Pittsfield.

Based on journals which he had kept since his 20s, Watson started writing his autobiography in 1821. It was completed, edited and published as Men and the Times of the Revolution; or Memoirs of Elkanah Watson (1856) by one of his sons, historian Winslow Cossoul Watson.

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Elkanah Watson's Timeline

January 26, 1758
Plymouth, MA
Age 34
Age 38
October 8, 1799
Age 41
Chesterfield, NY, United States
Age 44
December 5, 1842
Age 84
Chesterfield, NY, United States