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c1840 Born the son of Joseph Watson, hide dealer of Leeds.
1861 Living at Willow Terrace Road, Leeds (age 21 born Horsforth), a Hide and Skin Broker. With his parents Joseph (age 47 born Kirkstall), a Hide and Skin Broker employing 15 men, and Hannah (age 45 born Kirkstall). Also their son Charles (age 23 born Kirkstall), a Hide and Skin Broker. Three servants and a visitor. 
1871 Living at Moorville House, Moor Road, Headingley cum Burley (age 31 born Horsforth), a Hide Broker. With his wife Mary A. (age 30 born Ripon) and their children Clara (age 2) and Florence (age 1). Two servants. 
1881 Living at Westfield, Moor Road, Headingley cum Burley (age 41 born Horsforth), a Soap Manufacturer. With his wife Mary A. (age 40 born Ripon) and their children Clara (age 12), Florence (age 11), Gertrude (age 9) and Joseph (age 8 born Headingley). One servant.