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Subject: John Garver Watt
Author: ptthomas
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2002
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Watt, Porter, Rhudy, Robb, Winbigler

From the 1914 Past and Present of Mercer County, page 14-15
John G. Watt
Since 1892 John G. Watt has made his home on his present farm, comprising one hundred and forty acres, situated on section 36, Ohio Grove township. He was born in Reedsville, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, 18 September 1858, and comes of Scotch and Irish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Hugh Watt, was born in the north of Ireland, while his father, Andrew Watt, was a native of Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Rhudy, a daughter of John Rhudy, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
John G. Watt was left an orphan at an early age, being but two years old at the time of his mother’s death, while he was but five years when he lost his father. He was reared by an uncle on a farm in the Keystone state, remaining there until he was nineteen years of age, when, seeking the opportunities of the middle west, he made his way to Mercer county, Illinois, making his home with a sister in Suez township. After remaining in that home for some time he was married and engaged in farming for ten years in Warren county, subsequent to which time, in 1892, he purchased his present place of one hundred and forty acres in Ohio Grove township, Mercer county. Here he is engaged in general farming and stock raising, both branches of his business yielding him a gratifying annual income. On his place are found good buildings, while his farm implements are of the more modern type, and his work is carried on in a systematic manner.
On the 2d of February, 1882, Mr. Watt married Miss Annie Porter, who was born in Warren county, a daughter of R.W. and Nancy (Robb) Porter, the former born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, 9 April 1822 and the latter born in the Keystone state on the 29th of December, 1817. They removed from the state of their nativity to Warren county, Illinois in 1854, and here the father engaged in agricultural pursuits throughout the remainder of his active life. He was one of the organizers of the first Presbyterian church iin his community in Warren county and also served as an elder in that society. He lived a life of usefulness and activity and died on his home farm December 19, 1899, at the advanced age of seventy-seven years, having about five years survived his wife, who passed away in 1894 at the same time.
Mr. and Mrs. Watt have become the parents of two sons and two daughters, as follows: Lucile the wife of Frank Winbigler, of Alexis, Illinois; Harold, an attorney who has been practicing in Chicago, but is home at present; and Ray and Mary, at home. The family are members of the Norwood Presbyterian church, and politically Mr. Watt is a republican, interested in the progress of the party, but not active as an office seeker. He has, however, served as school director. Deprived of parental care and devotion at a tender age, Mr. Watt has nevertheless manisfested sterling traits of character, for he has worked his own way through life and has attained a degree of success that places him among the worthy and substantial residents of his adopted county.