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Harry T. Watts collection

 Collection — Folder: S1373
Identifier: S1373

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed, carbon copy of a paper (13 pages) delivered to the Vincennes Rotary Club on December 11, 1915 from Harry T. Watts in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana regarding the early settlement of Knox County and land claims. His history begins in 1700 when early wanderers came to Vincennes with "no thought of cultivating the land." They often married Indian women. In 1735, Francis Morgan de Vincennes was sent "by the French government to establish a military post." Commissioners granted land claims if the land had been improved. "Very little was asked in the way of improvement, mainly that a cabin had been built, a small space cleared, and some cultivation kept up." Mr. Watts lists the names of men who were granted land and also those who were denied. His history ends in 1838 when "the entire tract was laid out."


  • 1915/12/11


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Harry Temple Watts was born to John C. and Helen A. Watts in Iowa around 1875 or 1876. He had an older brother, Edwin E. In 1910, he worked as a civil engineer and was a widower. During World War I, Watts served in the 159th Indiana Infantry, Company L as a sergeant from April 17, 1917 to August 16, 1917, when he was discharged due to disability. He married Florence E. Goold on November 10, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and they lived in Vincennes, Indiana, where he served as a city engineer. The couple had one child, Harry Temple Watts, Jr. in 1920. Watts died on January 5, 1932 and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Vincennes.

Sources: "Florence E. Goold." Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry T. Watts." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry T. Watts." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry T. Watts." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry T. Watts." U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry Temple Watts." U.S. Find a a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry Temple Watts." U.S., Sons of the American Revolution. Accessed May 14, 2018. "Harry Temple Watts." U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed May 14, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Harry T. Watts on 1932/03/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/05/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/16 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.