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Tutorship of the minor children of James C. Watts

These documents were a part of the ten page probate record of James C. Watts.  The probate record was requested and  received from the County Clerk's office in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Transcribed by Diana Bryan Quinn, May 28, 2005.

Tutorship of the minor children of Jas C. Watts

 Letters original

 Filed August 21st 1867

J. G. Noles  Clerk DC 

The State of Louisiana

Parish of Bienville               11th District Court

 Whereas, Catharine A. Watts, has been appointed and confirmed by the District Court, in a for said parish, Natural Tutrix of the minor children of James C. Watts late of said parish and deceased; and taken oath as described by law.

 Now, therefore, the said Catharine A. Watts is hereby fully authorized and empowered to do and perform all and singular the duties incumbent on him by law in said capacity.

 In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office, this 21st day of August 1867 A.D.  

            John G. Noles     Clerk, DC

 

Tutorship of the minor children of Jas C. Watts 

Oath of Catharine A. Watts

Natural Tutrix 

Filed August 21st 1867

J. G. Noles  Clerk DC 

The State of Louisiana

Parish of Bienville 

I , the undersigned, Catharine A. Watts, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as  Natural Tutrix of Edmund Bryan, Alice Elizabeth, Sarah Catharine and Martha Caldwell Watts minor children of James C. Watts late of said state and parish deceased.

according to the best of my knowledge and ability - SO HELP ME GOD 

                Sworn to and subscribed on this the 21st day of August A.D. 1867

before me, {signed} John G. Noles Clerk          {signed} Catharine A. Watts

                                    District Court

 

Tutorship of the minor children of Jas C. Watts

 Oath of James Bryan

Under Tutor

 Filed August 21st 1867

J. G. Noles  Clerk DC 

The State of Louisiana

Parish of Bienville 

I , the undersigned, James Bryan, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me by law as  under tutor of Edmund Bryan, Alice Elizabeth, Sarah Catharine and Martha Caldwell Watts minor children of James C. Watts late of the aforesaid state and parish deceased. 

according to the best of my knowledge and ability - SO HELP ME GOD 

                Sworn to and subscribed on this the 21st day of August A.D. 1867

before me, {signed} John G. Noles Clerk          {signed} James Bryan

                                    District Court

 

Note:  Similar to guardian, a tutor is a person appointed or qualified by a court to act as guardian of a minorís property. In every tutorship there is an under-tutor who shall act when the tutor is unable or whenever the interest of the minor is in opposition to the interest of the tutor. Each time that I read about this tutorship and under-tutors, Louisiana Law was mentioned. It appears that these terms may be unique to the laws of Louisiana.

C. A. Bryan - Catharine Amanda Bryan, sometimes called "Manda."  She was the daughter of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan and the widow of James C. Watts. She later married a Thomas. I have not found Catharine Amanda Watts Thomas in the 1880 census records. Catharine Amanda was said to have died in 1903.

Edmund Bryan Watts - Edmund B. Watts, also seen spelled Edmond, was the son of James C. Watts and Catharine Amanda Bryan. In the 1870 census of Bienville Parish, at age 17, Edmond Watts can be found living with his mother "Manda" Watts and two sisters, Alice and Martha.

Alice Elizabeth Watts - Alice E. Watts was born about 1857.  She was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catharine Amanda Bryan. Alice married Green Hillier Huckabay, Jr.  On the 1880 census, she can be found living in Bienville Parish with her husband and three children; Joseph, Amanda, and Martha.

Sarah Catharine Watts  - She was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catharine Amanda Bryan. On the 1870 census, Sarah Catharine Watts, age 10, was found living with the family of her Aunt, Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly in Bienville Parish. Also listed on page 20 of Ward 1 was her future husband, Elastus Stewart, and his family. In a letter dated 1914, written by her cousin, Sallie Hammett, Sarah was referred to as "Kate Stewart." Sarah Catharine Watts married Elastus Stewart around 1875 and she died in Arcadia, Bienville Parish in 1932.

Martha L. Watts - Martha Caldwell Watts, also seen as "Mattie" and "Mattie S." was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catharine Amanda Bryan. She was born around 1866.  Martha married Jeffrey Tolbert and in the 1900 Census can be found living with her family in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

James Bryan - James Bryan was a half -brother to Catharine Amanda Bryan Watts. Born in North Carolina, he was the oldest son of Reddick Bryan and his first wife.  James was married to Alice Mary Wimberly.

 

 

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