Flourished: 1831-03-11 Sangamon County, Illinois
In April 1830, Watson was living in Sangamon County when he purchased land in the portion of that county that would later become Logan County. Watson was a sergeant in General Samuel Whiteside's brigade of mounted volunteers during the Black Hawk War. After serving from April to May, 1832, Watson reenlisted in early June as a private in Captain Thomas Moffett's company of the Third Brigade of Illinois Mounted Volunteers. He lost his horse, and his company was mustered out in mid-August 1832.
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Logan County, 68:74, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 77-78, 122.