From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 422, West Point Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN WATSON was born in Yorkshire, England, in March, 1829, and is one of eight children of JOHN and MARY (ATKINSON) WATSON, whose names are WILLIAM, MARTHA THOMAS (deceased), ELIZABETH, JOHN, ROBERT, HENRY and SARAH. The father of JOHN was also a native of Yorkshire, was a farmer, and died in November, 1870. When eighteen years old, JOHN, with his parents, came to America and located in Licking County, Ohio, where he remained until he came to his present location, in 1866. JOHN WATSON was married, August 31, 1850, to MARGARET DOWNING, by whom he had fourteen children - WILLIAM, JOHN, ANN, THOMAS (deceased), HARVEY, MARY, SARAH, MARTHA, CHARLES, JOSEPH, BELLE, ELIZA, JAMES and GEORGE. MR. WATSON's home is seven miles southwest of Wolcott, on 640 acres, 400 of which are under good cultivation; this land is desirably situated, with good drainage. His chief crops are corn and hay, yet he makes a specialty of raising cattle, hogs, sheep and horses; he has a fine two story dwelling, commodious stables and other improvements; he has been successful as a stock-dealer, which together with his industry and economy; has made him independent. MR. WATSON is a public-spirited and respected citizen."