Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

William "Willie" Watson

Male 1874 - 1897  (23 years)


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  • Name William "Willie" Watson 
    Born 5 Mar 1874  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian Canada 
    Misfortune 1897  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    suicide hanging 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-106059 
    Died 4 May 1897  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Cause: suicide by hanging 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I106059  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2021 

    Father James Watson,   b. 1818, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1894  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Margaret Buchan,   b. 1830, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1906, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F28408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • WATSON (Galt, Ont.) May 4 - William Watson, a farmer, aged 22, living on the Clyde road, about two miles from here, committed suicide this morning by hanging. For a year past the deceased has suffered intense pain in the head, which almost drove him crazy, and there is no doubt that the rash act was committed while suffering. He was a most exemplary young man and unmarried, living with his widowed mother, whose farm he managed.

      Hamilton Spectator 5 May 1897

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      William Watson Found Dead In the Barn This Morning

      AWFUL SIGHT MEETS HIS BROTHER

      Hung Suspended by the Neck from a Beam - Deceased Suffering from Mental Abberation - A Highly Respected Young Man - Cut Off in His Prime, Aged 22

      A fearful sight was that which met the eyes of James Watson, Mill Creek, when he entered the barn about six o'clock this morning. There from the topmost beam hung the body of his brother, William. He was terrified by the spectacle, he gave one glance at the suspended form and with all his speed, notified John Bain McKenzie of what he had seen. The neighbors soon arrived and the unfortunate young man was taken down. He was dead. The instrument which had produced death was a chain. The circumstances were only too apparent. Watson had taken his own life. Coroner Radford was sent for. When he reached the scene of the tragedy, the body was no longer suspended in the air. An examination showed that the neck was not broken. the dead man's end being caused by strangulation. The chain was so tight that it caught low on the neck. The windpipe was injured, but, the neck itself was intact. After hearing all that could be told, the coroner did not deem an inquest necessary. The details, as far as can be learned are as follows, Watson got up this morning shortly after five o'clock. Immediately after dressing, he went out to the barn, presumably to attend to the chores. His brother James had his breakfast and then followed. The awful discovery that he made has already been described. What induced the deceased to take this terrible step can only be surmised. It is thought that he was suffering from a temporary mental affection. His actions of the last few days would strengthen that opinion. His mother states that he was in very low spirits on Sunday and yesterday. He did not give the slightest indication that he meditated such an act, as he was afterwards guilty of, and his condition does not appear to have given his friends much anxiety. Some time prior to his demise, he had complained of severe pains in his head. These he attributed to rush of blood to the head, but they were no doubt due to the malady which ultimately deprived him of life. He was well known in town and was frequently seen here. Only yesterday he was in Galt and as far as looks were concerned, did not seem to be unwell. He was the very picture of health, being of stout and robust build. His face was of a ruddy hue and these signs of health were enough to attract attention to him. Personally he was an agreeable young fellow. Those who knew him thought a great deal of him and his friends have the conviction that when he cut the strands than bound him to this life, he was not in his right mind. The family so severely afflicted comprises of James and the sister, the mother, Mrs. James Watson, at home; John, Fergus; Mrs. Hooker, Ayr and Ellen, in Buffalo. The boys worked the farm and industrious and energetic young men everyone found them to be. The blow that has befallen them is one that few are called upon to bear and they will have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their sorrow. Death, in whatever form it may come, is accompanied by suffering, but it is immeasurably more painful in such an instance as this. The loved ones of him who is gone should remember, however, the state he was in when he anticipated the decree of his maker, a fact that goes far towards assuaging their grief. The mother, Mrs. James Watson, has been a widow for three years. Misfortune has indeed been hers, the death of her husband being followed in such a comparatively short period by the regrettable fate of her son. The funeral will take place from his mother's residence, Mill Creek, at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, to Mount View Cemetery.

      The Weekly Reformer 6 May 1897 pg 2

  • Sources 
    1. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 51.

    2. [S2858] z Vit - ON - Birth Registration, Birth Certificate 024927 (1874).
      Name:William Watson Date of Birth:5 Mar 1874 Gender:Male Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father's name:James Watson Mother's name:Margaret Buchan

    3. [S506] News - ON, Wentworth, Hamilton - Hamilton Spectator, 5 May 1897 Obituary of William Watson.

    4. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 025203 (1897).
      Name:Wm Watson Gender:Male Age:22 Birth Date:abt 1875 Birth Place:North Dumfries Death Date:4 May 1897 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Suoside by Hanging

    5. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 025203 (1897).
      Name:Wm Watson Gender:Male Age:22 Religion:Presbyterian Birth Date:abt 1875 Birth Place:North Dumfries Death Date:4 May 1897 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Suoside by Hanging

    6. [S2697] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge, Mount View Cemetery Internet Link.
      [N] Willie/ son of/ James & Margaret/ WATSON/ died/ May 4, 1897/ aged 23 years/ & 2 months

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Mar 1874 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian Canada - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - suicide hanging - 1897 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: suicide by hanging - 4 May 1897 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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