ROBERT WATT, who carries on general farming on section 9, Rosamond
Township, is numbered among the honored pioneers of Christian County, his residence here, which covers a period
of forty-one years, dating from 1852. He has therefore been an eye-witness of the greater part of the growth and
development of the county, and has seen the transformation which has changed it from an unbroken and unsettled
tract to a region of comfortable homes, good farms and flourishing towns.
Mr. Watt was born in the North of Ireland, March 22, 1833, and
is a son of Robert Watt, who was also born in the same locality. The father was a flax manufacturer and owned two
mills. He was killed in one of his mills on the 1st of August, 1840. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Margaret
McNickal, was also born in Ireland, and never left that land. They became the parents of five children.
The subject of this sketch, who is the second in order of birth
and the eldest son, spent the first fourteen years of his life on the Green Isle of Erin, and then crossed the
broad Atlantic to America.
He landed in Philadelphia, Pa., and in that city spent the five
succeeding years of his life, working by the day and month at various pursuits whereby he might earn an honest
living. Thinking the West furnished better opportunities for young men than the older and more thickly settled
States of the East, with the desire of benefiting his financial condition he came to Illinois
at the age of nineteen years. He worked by the month as a farm
hand in Christian County for some years, but since 1872 has resided upon the farm which is now his home.
In 1861 Mr. Watt wedded Miss Mary Hines, a native of Ireland.
Their union has been blessed with a family of five children, a son and four daughters, viz.: Mary, Eliza, Maggie,
Josephine and George W.
The family have a pleasant home in the midst of a fine farm of
one hundred and forty acres. The greater part of this land is under a high state of cultivation. In connection
with the residence there are good barns and other necessary outbuildings, and these are surrounded by well-tilled
fields. The place is neat and thrifty in appearance, a fact which indicates the careful supervision of the owner.
Mr. Watt is recognized as one of the representative and progressive
agriculturists of the community. He possesses the sturdy independence and force of the Irish people, and has therefore
won success. He has always borne his part in the advancement and upbuilding of the county in which he has so long
made his home, and well deserves representation among its honored pioneers.