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Nelson Watson with horses
Above Nelson Watson Military Service photo
We are cleaning out an attic and I have pictures etc to send to you as I can. These are from an American Indian / Black family from Alba & Canton Area

Pictures:  Nelson Watson was the father of Walter Watson (who worked at Troy Agway ) I believe Walt is buried in the Oakhill Cemetery. Haven't found Nelson.

Memorial Cards found:

Mrs. Mary J Shanks
dob May 19, 1883
dod January 19 1966
services January 22, 1966
Ralph T Kleese Funeral Home Canton, Pa.
Rev Marlin E Bowes
Interment: Windfall Cemetery

Wilmer Edward Arvin
dob August 2, 1903
dod November 2, 1964
Services November 6, 1964
Johnson & Tussey Funeral Home
Rev Gordon E Abrams
Interment: Middlebury Union Cemetery

Sarah Gamble Repard
dob July 19, 1879
dod January 24, 1968
Services January 27, 1968
Ralph T Kleese Funeral Home Canton, Pa.
Rev Russell R Camp Newark Valley, NY
Interment: Jersey Shore Cemetery

C Arthur Bullock
dod September 20, 1966
Services-First Presbyterian Church Canton, Pa.
September 24, 1966
Rev Robert Cauffman
Interment: Main Street Cemetery

Fay Morgan sent me this information (I believe it is on your site) to place with the picture of Nelson Watson.

Nelson R. Watson, 94, of RD 3, Troy, passed away Saturday, December 15, 1990 at the Bradford County Manor. He was formerly of Canton. Mr. Watson was born April 5, 1896 in Louisa County, Virginia. Mr. Watson pursued various careers; logger, coal miner on Barclay Mt., blacksmith, cattle groomer for the late Robert Slingerland Sr., employed at the former Troy Meat Plant and as a milk hauler for the former Troy Dairy. He then entered dairy farming, retiring in 1969 when he sold his farm to his son, Walter. He was one of the few remaining World War I Army veterans in Bradford County. Mr. Watson was a member of the East Troy Baptist Church, Brooks-Flick American Legion Post No. 49 and the Log Cabin Hunting Club on South Mountain in Canton Township. Mr. Watson had the distinction of being a member of one of the first Boy Scouts Troops in the United States (Troy). Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Rose Lee Watson; a son, Walter of Troy; half-brothers, Joseph Harrison of Washington, DC and Edward Harrison, MD; 12 grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Anna Watson, Elmira, NY; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Watson was predeceased by his first wife, Helen P. Watson in 1964 and a son, Raymond in 1986. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on December 18 with the Rev. Herbert Punchard officiating. Brooks-Flick American Legion Post 49 were to accord military honors. (TGR, Thursday, December 20, 1990) 

Draft WW 1 - Bradford Co., PA
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Race = White/ Caucasian unless otherwise noted
Last Name First and Middle Name Date of Birth Race / Place of Birth

Watson Nelson Raymond
 05 Apr 1896             Black / Virginia

Bradford County Veterans
from the Database of Dick McCracken
former Director of Veterans' Affairs in Bradford County

WATSON Nelson R. 5 Apr 1895; Louisa Co, VA 15 Dec 1990; W. Burlington Twp, PA
WWI USA Farrier Mobile Veterinary Hospital #5 408 98 56 Glenwood Troy Twp Bradford PA

These are from Canton/Alba area No dates listed

1. Group picture
Front: Violet Burrows, Hat Dorsey, Pauline Burrows
Moncure Burrows, Lenoah Bright, Elisha Swan, Amos Bright, Allen Bright

2. Lenoah Bright

Wedding Announcement

Mr and Mrs Daniel H Bright 
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

HATTIE ELIZABETH                        (Black)
Mr CHARLEY W SWAN                  (American Indian) 

Wednesday evening April thirtieth 
Nineteen Hundred and Thirteen 
at eight o'clock
at their
Residence, Alba, Pennsylvania

Original Certificate I, James D Wilson, hereby certify, That on the 30th day of April one thousand nine hundred Thirteen at Alba, Bradford Co. Charles Swan and Hattie Bright were by me United in Marriage in accordance with the License issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Bradford COunty, Pennsylvania, numbered 9041. 
James D Wilson, Minister of the Gospel. 

(from Canton Attic) 

December 2005 - Hi Joyce,  I love the picture you just put up of the Burrows/Swan/Wrights

Mont & Violet Burrows were my neighbors and Pauline Burrows (Hurst) is the one I wrote the article about, How well do you know your neighbors.

Virginia WHEELER McElroy

 I sent Jill Hurst-Wohl (daughter of Pauline Burrows Hurst) your link so she could see the picture of her mother and grandparents.  Most appreciative.  I've copied her reply for your info.Virginia

Thanks for the pictures.  I don't know if Joyce knows, but Violet Burrow's birth name was Carey.  Her mother, however, remarried and married a Bright.  So I am (and am not...if you understand families) related to the Brights.  Given mom's size (Pauline), I would suspect that picture to be from 1918-ish.  (I also base that foolishly on knowing that Moncure and Violet moved to Elmira around 1918.)

It is interesting to see a Swan in the photo.  There are Swans in Corning, and when I lived there, I was often mistaken for a Swan.  So now I wonder if I'm related to them?!  OH...wait...there it is Joyce's web site...a Bright married a Swan!  (Okay, that's makes me not related to the Swans, except through marriage.)  Jill Hurst-Wahl

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