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Re: [FL] Legend of "outlaw" Edgar Watson killed 19

I find that some of your comments are harsh. Do you have any idea what the southern Florida was like in those days? Just like the west. People carried guns and tried to make a living. I have done family research for over 28 years and because of the Watson nameand his being connected to Southwest Florida. Mr Watson interested me. I did find that my husband's Watson line was not related, but that is another story. I do know because of my husband's family pioneering in Florida 1836 and moving to the southwestern area of it my researh covered lots of ground even to the Korshean Society. It took a strong person to survive. Sometimes they made their own laws. I do not say Mr Watson was not crude and maybe even cruel. He may have deserved what happened to him . Still the law was what the people of the area made of it and who knows what those people did or said in those days. We only have certain peoples records of it. Mr Ted Smallwood wrote the most truthful records of Mr. Watson. So read the novels and enjoy the half truth, legends, and what was in the author imagination. I myself read them and kept paperback copies ( By the way you can get paperback copies at or I was lucky to know some of Edgar's family here in the Fort Myers area. They neither condone nor was ashamed of him. He was history like so much of our lives. So remember you might find a relative who was not the greatest. Does not mean you have to worry you will be like him. Just enjoy the stories and history of my beautiful Florida. I like the authors tales of what Florida looked like. If you want short novels I guess you need to read works of less then 100 pages.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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