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Death notice R D Watson (Washington Star) June 22, 1901. He died June 20, 1901

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Letter from Eleanor Bettinson Dows 1916 regarding her English Family

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My grandfather, William Bettinson married Eleanor Lamb (a relative of Charles Lamb, the poet and writer). She had three brothers, viz: William, Charles and Henry. The two latter went to Austrialia, were prominent there. Uncle Henry was Governor of Melbourne.

The Lambs had plenty of money; William stayed in England lived at Cranwell Lodge, had a lovely place, farmed a thousand acres under Sir Robert Peel.

Grandmother had several sisters: Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Rycroft and Catharine Lamb.

My grandmother Bettinson had three children: my father, Henry Joseph,
William: and a girl (Jane) who died in infancy. Her mother died young, when I was a baby. They lived at Farndon, a pretty village near Newark. (I have some recollection of it: also of the Brocton’s, cousins of theirs, they lived in a fine house were well off fond of sports and fast horses. They had two children – Ripan and Lizzie.

When grandmother died, William and his father stayed at Farndon until William went to Australia. (I was only a little girl but he could not marry the girl he wanted so he left). Then grandfather broke up the housekeeping and came to live with us at Balderton, where he died July 1854 in his 70th year. The only member of the family who lived to be old.

Henry Joseph, my father, married Mary Ann Long, his distant cousin. Uncle William Lamb was her guardian and her brother Joseph Long, who were left orphaned when about six or seven years old. I think her mother was Miss Mane (Jane Mower). I used to spend some of my summer holidays with her Uncle and Aunt Mary and a couple of weeks at Cranwell Lodge.

They all talked so much about her, she was so beloved. I remember one remark her cousin William Green made when speaking of her after both my parents were dead (after 1868). He said, “I always considered your father a proud haughty man, but your mother was an angel on earth”.

She died the 27th of July, 1854, aged 35 years, leaving one son, William
Henry, and four daughters: Eleanor, aged 12, Mary Ann, 8 years old, Catharine, six years; and Annie Rosa, 3 months.

The epitaph on her tombstone is “She lived respected and died lamented”.
Willie lived 4 years after her death. He never got over losing his mother. He was a remarkably bright boy, but longed for his mother. He told me on his deathbed he was going to see mother and what did I want him to tell her. Then he said, “How many times have you taken communion?” I said “once”. then he said, “Once, only once, must I tell mother that”” He was very pious. The clergyman who visited him said he had taught him a great deal about the bible and religion that he never knew.

My father died a month before you (Frank Dows) were born, of spinal trouble: he could not walk for two years, had an attendant who wheeled him in a mechanical chair.

We went to Cadeby Hall when I was sixteen. The last three years of his life he lived at Louth to be near his doctor.

Grandfather Bettinson had two brothers, Henry a bachelor and George, who was a widower, I think, no children. He was a millionaire. They used to visit us at Balderton till father married Miss Elizabeth Ward (when did she die”) in 1856, then we seldom saw them, but father was his heir, being the oldest nephew. He died 13th July then the property went to another nephew, Henry Bettinson who lived at Northampton (England). However, he was very kind to us and made us handsome presents in money. His two daughters, Emily and Lucy, were lovely girls, the latter quite literary.

Mothers daughter, Mary Ann, married Mr. Henry Adams. She had one son, William Joseph. She died in 1904.

Catharine never married, died of cancer of the stomach 1905.

Annie Rosa married Thos. Wright, is living at Sutton-on-Sea in England in comfortable circumstances, but has spent money very extravagantly.

My mother’s brother Joseph, was a promising young man, when spending a vacation at his Uncle Thos. Maw’s, he climbed a high fence and fell, striking his head against a stone. He was insensible for hours, they thought him dead. When he did revive, the fall had affected his brain and he was taken to _______Asylum. He got better and used to visit us at Balderton but not for many days at a time, as it did not agree with him to get out of his regular ways, so he used to ride out with Dr. Walsh, one the the asylum doctors who was fond of him, and died there 20 years before I went to England. (1900). None of my sisters notified me, although they had a number of letters from his lawyer inquiring for his heirs. Mr. Wright told my sister Mary he would look into his affairs but Willie Adams preferred to attend to it himself and let the matter drop. My sister Mary Ann said, “you were in America and I could do nothing. Besides his lawyer Mr Newton died suddenly.” I told her there were lawyers in Amercia too who could attend to business in England. There were piles of letters. I read
them all. If I had been stronger I would have gone to Newark with Mr. Wright and consulted the lawyer who succeeded Mr. Newton to see if we could recover a little of his fortune. It took a good deal of it to pay his expenses at the asylum all those years: there must have been something left or they would not have inquired for heirs, and 20 years had elapsed so perhaps we could have done nothing.

another part I found”

Written by Grandmother Dows
– Eleanor Bettinson Dows –

Mary Ann Long – born at Hale Terrace, Lincolnshire, Eng. Dec 12, 1828. Her parents died when she and her brother Jospeh were 6 or 7 years old. Her Uncle, William Lamb (brother of their mother) was guardian for them. She was educated at Miss Capps (a relative) Private Seminary at Seaford. Spent part of her holidays with her little grandmother (which grandmother”) – she often spoke of her. After her grandmother died Mary Ann Long lived with her Uncle and Aunt Lamb and two cousins until she married her cousin – Henry Joseph Bettinson whose mother was Eleanor Lamb before her marriage to William Long ((this must be William Bettinson)).

Mary Ann Long and her cousin Henry Joseph Bettinson were married May 31, 1841 and lived at Balderton, Nottinghamshire. It was a lovely home. I remember it so well. It was her guardians who wished they reside there instead of Cadeby Hall. She died at Balderton, July 31, 1854 a true christain. On her tomb stone is engraved “She lived respected and died lamented”.

This is a letter from Eleanor Bettinson Dows to Frank Dows and Rosa Dows Watson

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Abstracts from the Port Tobacco Times and Charles County Advertiser Volume

Three 1870 – 1875. Compiled by Roberta J. Wearmouth

Heritage Books, Inc. copywrite 1993
also available Volume 1 – 1844 – 1854 / Volume 2 – 1855 – 1869

Heritage Books Inc.
1540-E Pointer Ridge Place
Bowie, MD 20716
ISBN 1-55613-878-4

page 228
DOWS, E 114, Edith Katie 88, Eleanor 88, Mr 201, William 71 88 169
DOWSE, Mr 53

June 16, 1871, Vol. XXVIII, No. 7
Hon. Barnes Compton sells “Rosemary Lawn” to Mr. Dowse, also part of furniture, stock, agricultural implements, etc. $11,250 cash.

October 20, 1871, Vol. XXVIII, No. 24
William Dows warns trespassers on “Rosemary Lawn.”

June 7, 1872, Vol. XXVIX, No. 6
Edith Kate Dows died, youngest daughter of William and Eleanor Dows, 9 months old at “Rosemary Lawn” on May 25th.

January 3, 1873, Vol. XXXVIX, No. 36 E. Dows has purchased the farm owned by heirs of the late Thomas A. Burgess –
350 acres on Potomac River, in Nanjemoy district – $2000
pg 114

October 23, 1874, Vol. XXXI, No. 26
F.P. Hamilton, William Dows and William B. Fergusson warn trespassers on
“Oakland”, “Rosemary Lawn,” and “Cedar Hill.”

July 23, 1875, Vol. XXXII, No. 12
Mr. Dows, “Rosemary Lawn” will offer 25 Lincolnshire long wool ram lambs for
sale at Home Market in Port Tobacco.
pg 114 (this is Elymet Dows, a cousin of William Dows from England, I have a letter from
Uncle Otis Watson to Roderick Dows Watson Sr in 1925 which mentions Elymet in regards
to using his property in Riverside for Duck hunting” RD was living in PA and Uncle Otis at
Rosemary Lawn, Welcome, MD. The same year Grandmother Dows died.

July 23, 1875, Vol. XXXII, No. 12
Mr. Dows, “Rosemary Lawn” will offer 25 Lincolnshire
long wool ram lambs for sale at Home Market in Port Tobacco.

July 21, 1882
Mrs. Ellen Nalley vs. Elymet Dows – mistrial May
court entered “off” plaintiff’s attorney

Aug 4, 1882
Charles Steven Dows died July 24 at “Rosemary Lawn” home of parents William and Eleanor Dows.
8 years. “….Never more will we feel the warm, tender and trusting clasp of our darling’s hand,
never again receive his fond caresses and hear his cheery laugh in our family circle.

Sept 12, 1884
William Dows has stray 2 sows, 6 goats – F.A.
Hanson, Justice of the Peace.

May 1, 1885
Elymet Dows, Nanjemoy sells pair of mules, 5 years old “Good workers and a fine good match”

April 23, 1886
Eleanor Scott died April 19 at her home near Port
Tobacco. She was the wife of Robert Scott and the eldest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dows. She left two children and was 23 years of age.

Oct 22, 1886
William Dows, Port Tobacco, had heifer and steer strayed or stolen.

May 20, 1887
William Dows excused from jury – not citizen: James
L. Hicks appointed in his place.

Sept 4, 1891
Friends of Frank W. Dows, now traveling salesman for
U.S. Brass Co. of Phila., visiting family of William
Dows “Rosemary Lawn”.

Oct 21, 1892
Miss Lizzie Bond, niece of William Dows arrived from
England to spend time with her relatives at “The
Lawn”. (Jane Wheeler told me a story of one of the Dows grandchildren going to San Fransisco
and trying to look up the Bonds who lived there. Apparently related to this girl. They would not see him
which seemed to make Jane mad. I think it was one of the Cockerilles.

Dec 2, 1892
State vs. Ben Ford, indicted for stealing chickens from William Dows, tried, held under consideration.

Aug 4, 1893
Miss S. Day of England visiting family William Dows
of “Rosemary Lawn”. Has two brothers in this

Sept 15, 1893
Frank Dows, Cleveland, Ohio, visiting parents, Mr. and Mrs.. William Dows at “Rosemary Lawn”. Visited World’s Fair at Chicago.

Jan 4, 1895
Frank W. Dows visiting parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dows at
“Rosemary Lawn”.

Jan 29, 1892
Henry Anders Dows, son of William Dows of Charles
County married Cecilia Kate Martin in Omaha, Nebraska on January 1… groom is a substantial citizen of the place…

August 19, 1892
William Dows’ home “The Lawn” scene of croquet party.

Jan 25, 1895
Mary Dows visiting Kate Fowler, Washington

Alice and Ada Dows been visiting friends in Washington and Washington County

Feb 8, 1895
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cocking gave an oyster supper and ball at residence in Hill Top. Ada Dows and William Dows attended.

June 28, 1895
Rosa Payne Dows, Hill Top, graduated from High School in Washington. (interesting… went to HS in Washington)

Oct 9, 1896 Vol. LIII, No 19
Alice Dows, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. William Dows,
Hill Top, was married in Washington on Thursday to a gentleman named Watson. page 146

Jan 1, 1897
Mary Young, Brownsville, Washington Co, visiting the
Misses Dows at “Rosemary Lawn” page158

Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Dows, Mr. and Mrs. R.D Watson
and Misses Ada and Rosa Dows spend holiday with
parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Dows at Rosemary Lawn.

July 2, 1897
Ada and Rosa Dows, spending vacation with parents
Mr. and Mrs. William Dows “Rosemary Lawn” near hill

Aug 13, 1897
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dows, Philadelphia, visiting parents of former, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dows, Hill Top.

Aug 20, 1897
Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. Bridgeman
guests of family of William Dows at “Rosemary Lawn”.

Mrs. William Dows expects to leave for England shortly to visit relatives and to be present at the Coronation ceremony.

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Roderick Dows Watson Sr 1897-1959 WWI USMC Service

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Name: Roderick Dows Watson

Race: white

Address: Welcome, Charles Co.

Birth Place: Washington, D.C.

Birth Date: 17 Oct 1897

Comment: USMCR 2/24/18 pvt; pvt 1c 10/1/18; corp 10/1/18, Paris Is. S.C.; Casual Co Quantico Va. 5/10/18; 43 Co 5 Regt 6/21/18; Hosp 6/29/18; Repl Bn 7/24/18; 43 Co 5 Regt 8/4/18; Army Cand School 12/1/18; 43 Co 5 Regt 2/10/19; Quantico Va. 8/9/19, Inact 8/20/19, Overseas 6/8/18 to 7/25/19, Chateau-Thierry Sector; Marbache Sector; Limey Sector; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne

Three children – 1923 – 1926 and 1931. Roderick Dows Watson Jr, Beverly Gause Watson, David D Watson, Sr

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1792 – 1857

Isiah Posey who departed this life on Dec 5th, 1857
In the 65 year of his age – far from affliction toil
Care thy happy soul hath fled though I have seen the
form depart (former) from by widowed eye. I hold
thee in mine inmost heart. Those, there at last thou
canst not die. Thy sheltering arm I leaned upon, thy
gentle voice that calmed my fears are gone and not
remains for me but sorrow loneliness and tears.
Farewell on Earth. Heaven.
(now this stone is almost unreadable)

Susan, wife of Isiah Posey who departed this life on
December 25, 1843. Aged 29 years.

Watson grave of Greenwood Farm, Pisgah. 300 yards
North West of the intersection of Poorhouse Road and
Ripley Road.

Sacred to the memory of Jane Watson, wife of Warren
D. Watson who was born in Charles County, Maryland
the xxx day of February, Anno Domini 1820 and xxxxx
died in Westmoreland County, Virginia the 10th day
of August 1840 aged 20 years.
(she was Ann Perry’s sister)

Died at her home in Washington, D.C., Alice, beloved
wife of Roderick D. Watson, Jr., and daughter of
William and Eleanor Dows of Rosemary Lawn, Charles
County. The deceased has lived in Washington since
her marriage in 1896, and while there won the hearts
of all who knew her, and a host of friends grieve at
her loss.

The shadows of sadness hung like a pall on the home
of Roderick D. Watson, Jr. of Washington, November
23, day before Thanksgiving Day. When the gentle
spirit of his beloved wife was summoned to bid
farewell to all things earthly and be wafted to the
home beyond where there shall be no more pains or
partings. There to be numbered among the innumerable throng.
Gently and peaceably surrounded by relatives and friends;
hands clasp in those of the grieving husband, with the
sacred elements of the Lord Supper just received, and
the name of her God on her lips, the silver chord was
broken. Sad yet beautiful, and just as her eyes were
closing the attendant clergyman standing by her bedside
received her little infant girl, as a member of the church,
by Baptism Beautiful, in that a thanks offering was
received into the church militant, just as one was accepted
into the church triumphant. There to be with Jesus. There
to see Him as He is. There to be like him. Do not grieve
her husband, parents, brothers and sisters for she is in
that happy land waiting for you to meet her there. We know
that “God is Love” and “His grace is sufficient for us”,
he tell us to cast our care upon Him, and he will watch
over us, and the two motherless babies, if we have faith
and trust in Him.

Dr. and MRS. JULIAN ADAIR, of Franklin Street,
announce the engagement of their niece, Miss
Marjorie Tatnall Spear, to Roderick Watson of
Bethlehem, Pa. Miss Spear is a graduate of Hannah
Moore Academy, Reisterstown, Md. Mr. Watson is
connected with the Keystone Manufacturing Company of Bethlehem.
The marriage will take place in September.

On Monday, May 3, 1993, husband of Betty Watson;
father of Charles Watson and Carol Smith; brother of
David and Roderick Watson; grandfather of Andrew,
Matthew, Christina, Michael and Max. A memorial
service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church,
Colesville, Rd. at Dale Dr., Silver Spring, MD, on
Friday, may 7 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests contributions to The St. Luke
Memorial Fund, 9100 Colesville Road, Silver Spring,
MD 20910.

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These dates came from a Tennyson Birthday Anniversary Book

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These dates came from a Tennyson Birthday Anniversary Book

Given to Roderick Dows Watson, Sr. by his Grand Mother

Eleanor Bettinson Dows, Christmas 1914

Roderick Dhu Watson Jr. January 1866 – 1906

Henry Bettinson Allbritton January 13, 1904 – 1993? (I met him)

Ada Dows Griggs January 14, 1870 – (1853)

Henry Anders Dows January 25, 1865

Mary Sarah Augusta Watson February 2, 1839 – 1903

Charles W. Griggs February 3, 1874 –

John William Scott March 2, 1886

Earl Bettinson Dows March 5, 1896

Sterling Hampton Watson March 13, 1873 – 1943

William Dows April 11, 1839 – Nov 1916

Heliva Bettinson Cockerille April 17, 1911 easter Monday (Sept 5, 1994)

Johnstone Dows Cockerille April 17, 1911 easter Monday

William Dows Griggs April 20, 1905

Sarah Gertrude Watson April 22, 1868 – 1900

James Otis Watson May 5, 1878 – 1960

Frank O’Neil Cockerille May 12, 1906

Alice Dows Watson May 13, 1866 – Nov 1898

Eleanor Bettinson Dows June 3, 1843 – 1925

Rosa Payne Dows Watson June 8, 1876 – 1965

Margaret Elizabeth Scott Gray June 10, 1884

Roderick Dows Watson, Jr. June 18, 1923 – Aug 26, 2005

Eleanor Lucile Allbritton June 29, 1901

John Roland Griggs July 2, 1903

Dorothy Dows July 4, 1900

Lloyd Dows July 4, 1900 – 1901

Rachel Rosetta Dows July 8, 1868 – 1914

Charles Steven Dows July 15, 1874 – 1882

Lemuel Allen Haslup July 23, 1896

Sarah Eleanor Dows Scott July 25, 1862 – 1886

Frank William Dows August 8, 1868

David Deshler Watson, Sr. August 17, 1931 – July 18, 2007

Edith Katie Dows August 18, 1871 – 1872

Rose Mary Cockerille September 4, 1907

Adelaide Dows Cockerille September 30, 1878 – (1965)

Susan Anne Watson October 1, 1901 – who is this?

Paul Cockerille October 3, 1877 – (1966)

Paul Dallas Griggs October 17, 1901-1985

Roderick Dows Watson, Sr. October 17, 1897 – January 4, 1959

Roderick Dhu Watson, Sr November 4, 1834 – 1902

Alice Carrol Watson Bloom November 16, 1898

Frank William Dows Allbritton November 18, 1899

Mary Dows Allbritton December 12, 1863

William Dows Cockerille December 16, 1904 – 1905

Henry Anders Dows, Jr. December 17, 1904

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1861 St Mary’s County Volunteer Companies including Roderick Dhu Watson Sr.

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1/5/1861: Volunteer Companies. Two new military companies are about to be formed in St. Mary’s county, Md., in view of the present crisis. One of them is to consist of mounted horsemen,
with J. Edwin Coad as captain, and Henry J. Carroll as first lieutenant. The following persons have joined the company: George Thomas, J. Edwin Coad, Thomas A. Lynch, H. I. Carroll, W. Bennett Bean, J. William Thomas, John L. Hebb, H. J. Hebb, R. D. Watson, J. A. Greenwell, Henry A. Wise, J. A. Wise, Wm. R. Coad, G. D. Duke, O. A. T. Combs, W. A. H. Hammett, S. G. M. Burroughs, Thomas Dent, William J. Norris, John S. Guyther. (Baltimore Sun, 1/5/1861).
v17:1, p2, c3 3

January 1861 Military Meeting News. Militia; Carroll, Henry J.; Bean, W. Bennett; Thomas, George; Coad, J. Edwin; Hebb, John L.; Maryland – Secession; Lynch, Thomas A.; Thomas, J. William; Hebb, John L.; Hebb, Henry J.; Watson, Roderick D.; Greenwell, Joseph A.; Wise, Henry A.; Wise, James A.; Coad, William R.; Duke, George D.; Combs, O. A. T.; Hammett, W. A. H.; Burroughs, S. G. M.; Dent, Thomas; Norris, William J.; Guyther, John S. (St. Mary’s Beacon).

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