Jacob Watson III
(no known picture)
Sex: Male
Birth: December 22, 1832
probably near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Death: July 17, 1901
in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Burial: Jacob Watson plot,
Orange Hill Cemetery,
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Father: Jacob Watson II
Mother: Mary Pugh
Spouse/Partner: Sibbie Gertrude Willcox
Marriage: February 9, 1862
in Stockton, Clinch County, Georgia

         Jacob Watson III was one of the children of Jacob Watson II and Mary Pugh. He was born in Hawkinsville, but moved with his family to Houston and then Dooly Cos. They moved yet again to Clinch Co., GA, in the area of Stockton. Young Jacob then went on to Florida, but returned to Stockton when he heard that war had broken out. Not long after he returned, he married Sibbie Willcox, widow of a gentleman named Coleman. The sources at hand say he then served in Co. C of the Savannah Guards. He would later transfer to a cavalry unit. I found a Jacob Watson serving as a private in a unit known first as Co. K, 29th GA Regt. and then Co. H of the 4th GA. There is also a Jacob Watson serving as a private in Co. G, 50th GA Regt. Jacob was injured in the Battle of Atlanta and had to make his way back to Hawkinsville. From there, his father took him back to Stockton.

         In 1866, Jacob and Sibbie left Stockton and he entered the bar in Thomasville, GA. Within a few years, he had relocated to Hawkinsville, even serving as mayor in 1872. He would later serve as county school commissioner and as trustee of public schools. He was a very competent lawyer and always very well prepared. He became a local judge and rode the circuit of several local counties. He continued working in this manner until a stroke incapacitated him in 1898. He would recover enough to get around, but never worked again. He died of pneumonia just three years later. A Hawkinsville street was named in his honor.


Name Birth Death
Children of Jacob Watson III and Sibbie Gertrude Willcox

Virginia Lea Watson November 15, 1862
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
March 4, 1930
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Ida Sofronia Watson May 6, 1866
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
probably Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Carrie Nina/Pooler Watson September 13, 1868
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
October 9, 1949
probably Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Sarah Elizabeth Watson May 6, 1871
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
August 26, 1955
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Margaret Rawls/Ann Watson June 24, 1874
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Oren Wilcox Watson November 24, 1877
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
November 25, 1909
Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York


  • Albertson, Martha S. A Willcox Family History 1689-1981. (private printing June 1981)
  • Evans, Tad, compiler. Pulaski County Newspaper Clippings, Vol 05, 1898-1907.
  • Hawkinsville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, compilers. History of Pulaski County, Georgia 1808-1935: Official History. Atlanta: W. W. Brown [c. 1935]; Bicentennial Edition: Macon, GA: OmniPress, c. 1975.
  • History of Clinch County, Georgia
  • Niagara Daily Record, November 26, 1909. As emailed to me by Lora Young.

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