Woman of the Century/Annah Robinson Watson
WATSON, Mrs. Annah Robinson, author, was born in the Taylor homestead, near Louisville, Ky. She was the daughter of Mrs. Louise Taylor Robinson and the grand-daughter of Hancock Taylor, a brother of President Zachariah Taylor. The two brothers spent their boyhood in the old house which was built by their father, Cot. Richard Taylor, who moved with his family from Virginia to Kentucky while the future president was a child. ANNAH ROBINSON WATSON. Annah was a romantic, poetic, imaginative child. After some years of quiet life in the old homestead, her family moved to Louisville, and in that city and Chicago she was educated. Her studies covered a wide range, and, after completing her course, she entered society in Louisville. Her poetic bent became very strong, and she did much literary work. In 1870 she became the wife of James H. Watson, a son of Judge J. W. C. Watson, of Mississippi. In spite of domestic cares that have taken most of her time, she has continued to write, and her productions in both verse and prose have been widely copied. Her poem, "Baby's Mission," has gone over the earth and was included in the London, Eng., "Chatterbox." Several years ago, when the New York "Churchman" opened a contest for the best lullaby, she sent one, which was one of the five selected from the many hundreds that were sent Besides the poems and stories which she has published over her own name, she has done much important work unsigned, including reviews and editorials. Her earliest married life was spent in Mississippi, but several years ago the family removed to Tennessee and settled in Memphis, where Mr. Watson is practicing law. She has been recently elected president of the Nineteenth Century Club, the largest woman's club in the South. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and an earnest worker in the charitable institutions of the city.