Dr. Samuel C. Watson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on the 15th of August, 1832. His parents were Alex and Margaret Watson and he had a brother named David. At the age of nine years old, he was orphaned and went to live with a Presbyterian minister in Washington D.C. He received an excellent education and went on to attend Union Seminary. When he was 16, he attended Phillips Academy and in 1853, he attended Oberlin College. Later that same year, Dr. Watson left Oberlin College and attended The University of Michigan to study medicine. After completing studies in Western Homeopathic College in Cleveland Ohio, Dr. Watson moved to Chatham, Ontario and he opened a medical practice.
Dr. Watson married Sarah Louise Smith on the 26th of February, 1861 in Salem, Massachusetts. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 10th of December, 1834, the daughter of Peter and Sarah Cassey. It states on their marriage record, that Dr. Watson was a physician living in Chatham at the time of their marriage. After his marriage, Dr. Watson practiced medicine for a short time in Toronto. Their daughter Amy was born in Toronto on the 18th of February, 1863.
Shortly after the birth of their daughter Amy, Dr. and Mrs. Watson moved to Detroit. Dr. Watson gave up practicing medicine and opened a pharmacy and continued in this field until he died. Dr. and Mrs. Watson went on to have 4 more children, including, Donald (1865-1872), Edith, Arthur and Wendell (1872-1873). Mrs. Watson died on the 29th of May, 1875 at the age of 41. Her sons Donald and Wendell are buried near her.
Dr. Watson married Carmilla Coleman. She was born in Pennsylvania and her father was George Coleman. Dr. and Mrs. Watson had two children, Lily and Alexander.
Dr. Watson engaged in politics and he sat on the city’s board of estimates. He twice ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature but he was eventually elected to the City Council in 1883. In 1884, Dr. Watson was elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Dr. Watson died on the 13th of March, 1892 and he was buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, near his first wife Sarah. At the time of his death, he resided at 557 Jefferson Ave., in Detroit. Mrs. Carmilla Watson died on the 4th of January, 1917 and she was buried at Elmwood Cemetery.
Reference: The Black Abolitionist Papers, Volumn II Canada 1830-1865.