Baby name story: Watson

There’s a small, remote island in the Chesapeake Bay called Tangier.

In the summer of 1965, islanders Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pruitt welcomed a baby boy — the first baby born on Tangier since 1957.

He was delivered by the Tangier’s only physician, Dr. Oscar Watson, who had moved to the island just weeks before the birth.

The baby was named Richard Watson Pruitt.


  • “New Physician Delivers Baby.” Sarasota Journal 27 Aug. 1965: 7.
  • “People in the News.” Miami News 19 Aug. 1965: 12B.

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