Watson, J O -obit 1852
Mon- n- i I i DIED. ;' ' At Sharon, his residence near this City, at half past two o'clock on Saturday the l?th of June, 1352, Dr. J 08i ah O. Watsos, aged 68 years. Dr. Watson was born at Pineville, County of John ston, the 14th September, in the year 1 784. He studied his profession under Dr. Henry Haywood, of Tarborough, attended a course of lectures in Philadelphia ; and after wards located in Charleston, Sooth 1 Carolina,' where he was soon called into, a lucrative practice, realizing there' from as much as $10,000 per year. While in Charles ton he enjoyed the friendship of the family of Gov. AI ston, Judge Huger, and others of the same refined and elevated character. During the war of 1812. be served as Surgeon in the army under Gen.' Jackson, in which capacity he distinguished himself, and attracted the warm regards and friendship of that great man, which he re tained in full force unul his death. He returned to North Carolina after his duties had 'closed ' in the army, and married one of the most worthy and estimable ladies of the State. He served the people of Johnston with credit aBd abi,. -n thj Legislatare of 1826 . and was several times on the Electoral Ticket for President and Vice President, and one of the " Electoral College in 1836 which cast the vote of the State for Mr. Van Buren. He was nominated, in 1841, by the unanimous voice of his political friends, for a seat in the Congress of the United States : and he was frequently a Delegate in the National Conventions of his party. He was the intimate fiiend. as we have already stated, of Gen. Jackson, and of other deceased patriots, whose fame and character are co-ex tensive with the world ; and ameng the living, he has left as friends such men as George Af. Dallas, of Pennsylva nia, who knew his worth as a private citizen 'and Lus stern and unyielding sense of duty as a public man . Dr. Watson was remarkable for his enterprise and public spirit. He was the firm and sincere friend of in' ternal improvements ; and he was among the very first to advocate and one of the original favorers of a Kail road from Beaufort to the mountains. He was led to approve all such enterprises and to aid them from his ample means, from motives most patriotic motives which looked to the prosperity of his native State and the advancement of the interests of all classes.' He was also connected with various schemes of benevolence, intended to protect the community from loss or to relieve it of affliction and evil. He was President of the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company at the time of his death ; and he was also appointed,: with Gov. Morehcad, Geo. W. Mordecai, Calvin Graves, and other men of dis tinction, to superintend on behalf of the State works of public utility, in which he manifested a deep interest. He was also, for - many year, Chairman of Johnston County Court, in which capacity he gave universal sat isfaction ; and he was likewise for a series of years, the Chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee. He was a man of clear head and sound heart; and had he devoted his attention to books and the profession of law, he would have become a competitor for its highest honors. In private life he was a sincere friend, an affectionate father; an indulgent husband, and a kind relative. ' The iuuuigeuuiuuu, auu writer of this feeble tribute to his.memory knew him in timatelr for fifteen vears. and can trulv sav he never knewinian more thoroughly w " i thoroughly sincere than Dr. Josiah Ov Watson. Not only so, "but he was a man of indomita ble resolution and stern integrity -; . " He was attended in his ..lest moments ly his nearest relatives and connexions ; and he died a member of the Episcopalian Church, with a full and- steady faith in Christ, and a most consoling assurance of a blissful im mortality. He has erone where the beloved partner of his life and the dear child of hisahopes prematurely preceded him ; and he now knows, hi their utmost extent, the joys and raptures which the followers of Christ can alone inherit, v. ' t ,a;.-. i:. - ''"' 8." :.