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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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New York, NY 10024
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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.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, legal papers, financial documents, family histories, and printed material from the Watts and Floyd-Jones families. Although some family matters are discussed, the material mainly documents the business matters of Charles Watts Sr., Charles Watts, Jr., and Henry Floyd-Jones. There are some personal letters to Charles Watts, Jr. and Sarah Floyd-Jones as well as legal documents regarding the estate of Charles Watts, Sr.

Some of the correspondence, legal material, and financial documents relate to Charles Watts Jr.'s efforts to run a ferry on the Hudson propelled by horses. Letters dated 1820 from Henry Floyd-Jones to Charles Watts, Jr. urge him to get out of the business and imply that he was in financial trouble. A 1811 letter describes a hurricane and tornado in Charleston and a 1822 letter to Henry Floyd-Jones describes a yellow fever outbreak in New York. One letter to Charles Watts, Sr. dated January 1807 remarks on appropriate punishments for men guilty of sodomy.


The Watts-Jones Family Papers have been divided into the following series:

  1. Series I: Watts Family Papers, 1800-1831
  2. Series II: Floyd-Jones Family Papers, 1816-1904
  3. Series III: Non-Family Members, 1807-1905
  4. Series IV: Printed Material, 1861-1876