Born: 9 May 1840 in Fentress County, TN
Died: 12 June 1927in Davidson County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Thomas Townsend and Sabra Jane (Bennet) Watson

1st Married: Rebecca Officer about 1866 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 3 Feb 1845 in Cumberland County, TN
Died: 5 Nov 1905 Hunt County, TX
Buried: Lane Cemetery, Hunt County, TX (FindAGrave)
Parents: John Henry "Jack" and Zilla (Elms) Officer


  1. Zilla Watson
  2. Sabra Watson
  3. Joab Watson
  4. Ida Watson
  5. John Watson

2nd Married: Razie Holford 12 Aug 1906 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 28 Aug 1864 in TN
Died: 5 Aug 1920 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN

3rd Married: Jane Catherine (Breeding) Williams on 16 Aug 1921 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 23 Nov 1855, Jackson County, TN
Died: 5 Nov 1931 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Lovelady Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Joseph H. and Sarah (Whitson) Breeding
Widow of: John Williams


  • Uncle: Benjamin H. Watson - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Henry Watson - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company K


  • Enter the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 25 Jul 1861 at Tullahoma
  • 25 Jul - 31 Oct, 1861: Present
  • Sep & Oct 1862: Deserted from Hospital Apr 4 and returned Sep 21
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Absent without leave since 10 Mar 1863
  • Deserted Jan 1863



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  • Filed: 10 Nov 1910
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Algood, Putnam County
  • Member: Company K, 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment from Sept 1861 to Jan 1863. Acted as a conscript or recruiting officer with Sherd Horn for 2-3 months. In 1863, joined General Dibrell's command at Sparta.
  • Born: Fentress County, TN on 9 May 1840. Has lived in Putnam County most of his life.
  • Enlisted: Aug 1861 in Company I 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment; Col. Sidney Stanton; Capt. James Wiley Reece; Received wound under Col. John M. Hughes; Capt. J. H. Curtis
  • Battles: Battle of Fishing Creek, KY; Perryville, KY; Murfreesboro, TN; At Battle of King's Salt Works with Gen. Dibrell's Command
  • Was cut off from Gen. Dibrell's command near Waynesboro, GA with W. L. Sliger, Thomas Bradley, and Thomas Farris. Got with Capt. Rodgers & Noah Edmondson for about 2 months. Then got with Champ Ferguson's group and remained with them until the close of the war.
  • Attest: W. L. Dyer & George M. Moore

Supporting Documents:

  • J. R. Watson (9 Nov 1910) - Pension Status Request
  • J. R. Watson (5 Dec 1910) - Still a resident of TN
  • W. L. Sliger & Thomas Farris (5 Dec 1910) - Support of claim
  • J. R. Watson (28 Apr 1911) - Pension Status Request
  • J. R. Watson (21 Jul 1911) -
    • JRW was born in Fentress County.
    • JRW came to Putnam County as an infant.
    • JRW spent four years in Confederate Army.
    • JRW spent two years in Coffee County.
    • JRW spent twenty years in TX.
    • In the summer of 1861, he enlisted in Company K, 25th Tennessee Infantry.
    • He remained in that unit until after battle of Murfreesboro when he became a member of Dibrell's Regiment.
    • He remained with Dibrell's Regiment until Dec 1864 when he left it at Waynesboro, GA by getting cut off from his command.
    • He joined Major Edmondson's battalion of Confederate Scouts and served under Captain Rodgers until Mar 1865.
    • He joined Champ Ferguson's unit and remained until the close of the war.
  • J. R. Watson (12 Jul 1912) - Enclosed are statements from Sherd Horn & F. M. Bullock
  • Sherod Horn (12 Jul 1912) - Supports Claim
  • J. R. Watson (16 Aug 1912) -
    • JRW was born in Fentress County.
    • He moved to Putnam County when three years old.
    • He moved to Texas in 1886 and moved back to Tennessee 1906.
    • All children are living in Texas.
  • Katherine Watson (1 Jul 1927) - JRW died intestate 12 Jun 1927. No estate to be administered.
  • Edgar Graham - State Comptroller (1 Jul 1927) - Pensions will come monthly instead of quarterly
  • TN Board of Pension Examiners (?) - Return Status of Claim


  • 1850 Census:
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 22
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 127
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 98A
  • 1900 Census: Hunt County, TX, Page 20B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 82A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 2A


Putnam County, TN Will Book 6, Page 387
Online at FamilySearch

  • Written: 4 Sep 1922
  • Probated: 18 Jun 1927
  • Executors: G. S. Watson (brother) and A. B. Watson (nephew)
  • Widow: Mentioned only as "my wife"
  • Heirs: Zilly Bohannon, Sabra Bohannon, Ida Horn, Joe Ab Watson (his children)


  • Full Name: Jackson Randolph Watson
  • Post Office: Cookeville, Route #5
  • Born: White County, TN (now Putnam County)
  • Father: Thomas T. Watson, who was born in 1805 and was a farmer all his life
  • Mother: Sabra Bennett
  • Paternal grandfather came from Ireland and settled in Virginia.
  • His parents owned two Negroes which they traded for land right before the war broke out.
  • JRW attended a common county school in a log cabin which was about 3 miles from his home.
  • After enlistment, his company was first went to McMinnville, then to Livingston, then to Fishing Creek.
  • The first battle that JRW engaged in was Fishing Creek, KY.
  • His unit started to Shilo, but JRW was stricken with fever and was in the hospital at Iuka, MS.
  • Then he was in the battles of Perryville, KY and Murfreesboro, TN.
  • After joining the cavalry, he was in the battles of Readyville, TN and Kings Salt Works, VA.
  • JRW was cut off from his unit at Waynesboro, GA. He came home on foot.
  • JRW and family left TN for TX in 1886 and returned in 1906.
  • JRW never belonged to any church or held office.
  • JRW was elected constable of his district.


Putnam County Herald
16 June 1927
Vol. XXV, No. 47, Page 1

  • J. R. WATSON DEAD -- J. R. Watson, aged 87, died last Monday in a Nashville hospital. His remains were brought to Cookeville Tuesday night and funeral services were held at Cookeville City Cemetery Wednesday. He was a brother of G. W. Watson and an uncle of A. R. Watson of this city.

Putnam County Herald
12 November 1931
Vol. XXIX, No. 46, Page 1

  • Cookeville, R. 5 -- The death angel has again vilified this community and claimed as its victim, Mrs. Catherine Watson, age 76. Funeral services were conducted at the Love Lady cemetery by the Rev. Dow Enslow.