Erasma (Holford) Watson

Erasma Holford, the fourth and youngest child of Erasmus Lee and Selina Elizabeth (Eldridge) Holford, was born on 28 August 1864 at the William Alexander and Cynthia (Holford) Officer farm at Sinking Cane in Overton County. It seems likely that she was born after the death of her father, though this cannot be certain.

Erasma married Jackson Randolph "Dolph" Watson on 12 August 1906. Dolph was born on 9 May 1840 in Fentress County, the son of Thomas Townsend and Sabra Jane (Bennet) Watson. He moved to the area that would become Putnam County when he was three years old. Dolph served in the 25th Tennessee Infantry Confederate Army but after he got cut off from his command and serve with other units until 1865, when he joined Champ Feguson's group. His first wife was Rebecca Officer, who he married in 1865. He had five children born in Putnam County and lived in Texas from 1886 until 1906. Rebecca died 5 November 1905 and is buried in Hunt County, Texas. His children remained in Texas and he returned to Tennessee, where he married Erasma.

Dolph and Erasma had no known issue and lived in Algood, Putnam County. Erasma's nephew John Butler Holford lived with them for a while after the death of Erasma brother's Sol, as he is listed in the household in the 1910 census.

Erasma died 29 August 1920 in Putnam County. She is buried in Cookeville City Cemetery.

Dolph married Jane Catherine Breeding in 1921. She outlived him and remarried after his death. Dolph died 12 June 1927 in Nashville and is also buried in Cookeville City Cemetery.



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