Watts family papers

Abstract

The Watts family papers (dated 1790-1932; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, slave deeds, ledgers and account papers, land surveys, and envelopes, which document the Watts family of Fayette County, Kentucky, their land interests, their involvement in slavery, and their financial dealings.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Watts family papers
Date
circa 1790-1871
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Commerce--Kentucky
Deeds.
Land titles--Kentucky.
Land titles--Registration and transfer--Kentucky.
Lexington (Ky.)--Genealogy
Real property surveys
Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Slave records--Kentucky.
Slaveholders--Kentucky
Slavery
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject and format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Roulett
Preferred Citation
1997MS479: [identification of item], Watts family papers, 1790-1932, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Both born in Albemarle County, Virginia, David Winston Watts (1761-1835) married Ruth Twymann (1757-1837) in Albemarle County, Virginia. They had nine children. Their sixth and seventh children were Garrett Watts (1796-1873) and David Watts (1800-1854), respectively. Garrett Watts married Martha Terrell Twyman (1801-1842) from Albemarle, Virginia. They had seven children. Their sixth child was David Twyman Watts (1831-1854). He married Talitha Quisenberry (1824-1885), of Clark County, Kentucky on November 17, 1849. They had two children: William David Watts (1851-1943) and Garrett Watts (1853-1952). William David Watts married Ella Chenault (1861-1918), from Madison County, Kentucky, on February 10, 1880. They had three daughters: Lillian Watts (1880-1953), Ethel Watts (1882-1961), and Aileen Watts (1887-1970). Garrett Watts married Minnie Gay (1863-1957).
Born in Madison, Virginia, Joel Quisenberry (1784-1847) married Elizabeth Haggard (1784-1847), from Albemarle, Virginia, on August 21, 1804 in Winchester, Kentucky. They had thirteen children. Their tenth child was Talitha Quisenberry (1824-1885) who married David Twyman Watts in 1849.
Scope and Content
The Watts family papers (dated 1790-1932; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, slave deeds, ledgers and account papers, land surveys, and envelopes, which document the Watts family of Fayette County, Kentucky, their land interests, their involvement in slavery, and their financial dealings.
The papers include material related to the purchasing and surveying of land; detailed land surveys with diagrams; correspondence debating legitimacy of land surveys in Fayette County, Kentucky; and land deeds, both hand written and preprinted. The financial papers include correspondence about title bonds, Garrett Watts’ (1796-1873) personal ledger, and numerous bills of sales regarding the purchasing of slaves (Box 1, Folder 3). The will of Jonathon Parish, where Garrett Watts (1796-1875) acted as the will executor, is part of this collection. The legal documents include an indenture of land between David Watts (1761-1835) and Jacob and Catherine Laudeman and an indenture of land for Randall Noe signed by Charles Morgan and Susanna Morgan. The material relating to William David Watts (1851-1943) consists of 10 envelopes addressed to him; bank receipts; account invoices from blacksmiths, wood workers, doctors, gas fitters, plumbers, frescoers, grocers, horse shoers, tile layers, shoe stores, proprietors, art mantel and hall clock dealers hardware stores, lumber stores, carpet and wall paper stores, galvanized iron and copper cornices, coal and heating companies, furniture stores, grain and hemp businesses, window and paint stores, and fence companies. Finally, there is a typecript copy of the will of Joel Quisenberry.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Garrett Watts (1796-1873) correspondence, 1848

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Garrett Watts (1796-1873) land documents, 1822-1863, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Garrett Watts (1796-1873) bills of sale, 1822-1862

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Garrett Watts (1796-1873) Jonathon Parish will executor, 1828

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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David Watts (1761-1835) indentures, 1805

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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David Watts (1800-1854) concordance, 1849

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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David Watts (1800-1854) surveys, 1831-1848

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Robert Boggs survey, 1828

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Robert Boggs slave deed, 1828

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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George Boon slave deed, 1839

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Charles Morgan indenture to Randall Noe, 1790

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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J. T. Slade receipt, 1871

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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William D. Watts (1851-1943) receipts, 1900-1917

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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T. R. Bryant envelope, 1932

  • Box 1, Folder 14
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H. G. Edwards invoice, 1917

  • Box 1, Folder 15
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Joel Quisenberry (1784-1847) will, typescript, 1847

  • Box 1, Folder 16
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