John James Watson was an English clergyman who became prominent in the High Church group known now as the Hackney Phalanx.
Watson, brother of Joshua Watson, was curate to Jonathan Boucher, a friend of his father, at Epsom.
He became Archdeacon of Street Albans in 1816. From 1799 he was vicar, and then rector, of Hackney, at that time east of London proper. Appointed Archdeacon of Street Albans in 1816, he held onto the rectorship of Hackney.
Henry Handley Norris was Watson"s curate, and brother-in-law, and held a post at South Hackney from 1809.
Others who acted as curates to Watson were George Townsend and Edward Churton. Churton married Watson"s eldest daughter, Caroline.
Watson married Caroline Powell, sister of the elder Baden Powell, the merchant. Powell"s sister Henrietta married Norris.
Powell"s other sister Susanna married Thomas Sikes, vicar of Guilsborough, and Watson"s friend from the University of Oxford.
Joshua Watson married Mary Sikes, sister of Thomas Sikes.
The Watson brothers and Norris became the core members of the "Hackney Phalanx", with shared orthodox Anglican beliefs and family ties.