Two Watts Twice Counted

Charles Watts and his sister Blanche Watts were each counted twice in the 1940 census for Searcy County, Arkansas. The first count for both was on sheet 4B of enumeration district 65-1, the city of Marshall in Bear Creek Township, Searcy County. Enumerator Blaine T. Myatt visited the Watts home on Walnut Street on Friday,…

Billy Wayne Watts

I learned of the passing of Bill Watts last week via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family forum on Facebook. Bill and his family were a big part of my childhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, they lived a couple of blocks away from us in Harvey, Illinois. Bill was my dad’s first cousin – Bill’s…

Charles & Ruby Watts

This photograph of Charles and Ruby Watts was originally taken in 1987. This is actually a photograph of a photograph – when I visited my parents at Thanksgiving my wife captured this with my iPhone. That is why it is a little blurry on Charles. The original was professionally done at a studio, like Olan…

Obituary for William M. Watts

The following obituary was published in the Marshall Mountain Wave in 1988. William Watts William M. Watts[1] of Sutter died December 9, 1988 in Rideout Hospital. He was 72. An Arkansas native, he lived in Sutter for 35 years[2] and was a retired employee of the State Department of Water Resources. He was a member…

Cecil Clarence Watts

Here’s one for all of my Watts cousins out there. Cecil was the first born child of Marcus Houston Watts and Minnie Rosettie Bohannon (or Bohannan). He was born on Thursday, 1 May 1919 in the Watts community of Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. 1920 On Tuesday, 20 January 1920, census enumerator Fredrick Houghton…

The Mystery of Louise

In December 2012, I published an article called 1518 Wilson Avenue that recounted how I had found William M. Watts in the 1940 census for Chicago, Illinois. Go read it now. I’ll wait. Now, as you recall (since you just read the article, right?), William was married to a person unfamiliar to me, a mystery…

1518 Wilson Avenue

And now, another tale of Chaotic Genealogy, when the records lead us into unexpected directions. Family Tree Maker recently gave me a Shaky Leaf icon for William M. Watts, a son of James Madison Watts and Sylvannia Bohannon. A Shaky Leaf indicates that FTM has found a potential record match. I clicked on the leaf…