A. Sidney Watson

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A. Sidney Watson (February 11, 1838- April 6, 1905), was a prosperous farmer and orchardist of Covesville, Albemarle County. Two of his sons, Fred L. Watson and R. A. Watson, served on the City Council in the first half of the 20th century.

Algernon Sidney Watson was born at "Cove Lawn", where he resided, and was the son of Dr. Daniel Edward Watson, (d. 1882), and wife Mary Eliza Woods Harris Watson, of “Cove Lawn,” and the grandson of Wilkins Watson, of Amherst County, and wife Polly, nee Tucker, of Lexington. While a student at the University of Virginia, he resigned to enter the Confederate Army, and served throughout the war, eleven months General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson's courier, and was with the latter at Chancellorsville when the general was fatally wounded on May 2, 1863. As a memento of his services on occasion, General "Stonewall" Jackson presented Watson with his own sword. This sword remains as the family on loan to the Jackson Museum in Lexington. (Source: History of Virginia, pub. by American Historical Society, Vol. IV, pp. 49, and 283).

On May 21, 1873, Watson married Mary Louise Wheeler in Nelson County, Virginia. Among their children were Frederick L. and Robert A. of the city. Watson died in Staunton on April 6, 1905, interment was in Riverview Cemetery.


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