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From:Timothy Watson
Date:23 December 2003
Subject:The Watsons of Barmby on the Marsh

I have in my possession (amongst other documents) a prayer book with the dates of the births (and some of the dates of death) of all the children of Thomas & Mary Watson of Barmby on the Marsh.

My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather Richard Watson was married to a Mary..? their first daughter was born in 1786 and after a further 3 daughters my Great Great Great Grandfather John Watson was born in 1791. A Thomas Watson was born later and was probably the Thomas Watson who became the schoolmaster of Barmby-on-the Marsh.

John Watson left Barmby and married an Elizabeth Claybourne a farmer's daughter from Howdendyke.

John Watson had seven sons, Benjamin, Samuel, Robert, Thomas, Solomon, Joseph and William (my Great, Great Grandfather), all born at the 'Anchor Inn', Howdendyke (I have a photograph of six of them in the yard of the 'Anchor Inn')

In Howdendyke the family owned the sloop 'Victoria Watson', two of the brothers were coal merchants and we owned the 'Anchor Inn' John also ran (with his wife) a grocery business based on the farm produce from his father in law (Richard Claybourne) farming business.

There are references to the family whilst living in Howdendyke quoted in the book 'Planned To Death', a book you will know doubt be familiar with.

I have specific dates and details of my family, but would very much like to find out more about Thomas & Mary Watson, one branch of the family live at Town Head Farm Elloughton (or Ellerton I forget) and many of my/our forebears are buried in the local church and at Bubwith.

I live in Portugal but am very willing to forward facsimile copies of the entries in the prayer book or other details for your records.

My last relation from that area was a Benjamin Watson who died at 'Ivy Cottage' 99 Hailgate, Howden (where he was born) approx 11 years ago, he being the grandson of both Joseph & Samuel Watson !!!!!

If you have an interest in any of the information in my possession, please reply to the e-mail address.

I look forward to hearing from someone.

Kindest regards

Tim Watson