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Guide to the Watts-Jones Family Papers
1800-1905 (Bulk 1806-1850)
  MS 681

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Maurita Baldock

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 09, 2014
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Watts Family Papers, 1800-1831

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the papers relating to the personal and business affairs of the members of the Watts family. Most of the series consists of documents relating to Charles Watts, Jr. and Charles Watts, Sr., although some correspondence from Helen Watts is included. It is not always clear which Charles Watts is represented.

Subseries I: Correspondence, 1806-1831

Scope and Contents note

The letters are arranged chronologically and consist of incoming correspondence to Charles Watts, Sr. and Charles Watts, Jr. There are a few letters from Helen Watts to her father, Charles Watts, Sr. The letters reflect the business and personal affairs of both men. The correspondence details Charles Watt Sr.'s businesses in Charleston, New York, and Liverpool and Charles Watts Jr.'s time as a merchant and an attorney. The financial troubles of Charles Watts, Jr are well documented. Letters dating from 1820 from Henry Floyd-Jones discourage Charles Watts, Jr. from remaining in the business of running the horse ferry to New Jersey. One letter to Charles Watts dated January 27, 1807 contains remarks on appropriate punishments for men guilty of sodomy.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Watts Family Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Watts Family Correspondence
Subseries II: Legal Documents, 1803-1820

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains legal papers of the Watts family including deeds, indentures, estate papers, and the will of Charles Watts, Sr. It includes documentation of a lawsuit against Charles Watts, Jr. for a physical assault. The subseries also consists of legal papers regarding the running of the horse ferry to New Jersey and documents from cases with Charles Watts, Jr. serving as an attorney.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Family Legal Documents
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Will of Charles Watts, Sr.
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Legal Papers re Estate of Charles Watts, Sr.
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Legal Papers re Hudson River Ferry
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Legal Papers with Charles Watts, Jr. Acting as Attorney
Subseries III: Financial Documents, 1800-1820

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains accounts, bills, and receipts from both personal and business expenses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Accounts, Bills, and Receipts
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Accounts, Bills, and Receipts
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Accounts, Bills, and Receipts
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Accounts, Bills, and Receipts
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Accounts, Bills, and Receipts
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Financial Papers re Hudson River Ferry
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Finacial Papers re Estate of Charles Watts, Sr.
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Financial Documents re Family Property
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Prices Current
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Helen Watts- House Expenses

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