Ladies of the House

Ladies of the House:

Key West home ownership a challenge, history shows

Reprinted from the Citizen Newspaper.

December 2, 2017

Tracking Key West home ownership back in time takes patience and a passion for genealogy, a specialty of Karl Reutling’s, which comes in especially handy if tracking a line of females.

“Marital names change and Johnson was the thread that tied together Emeline Watlington’s last heirs,” said Reutling, a volunteer docent at the Oldest House Museum in Key West. “What’s significant for the mid-1800s is Emeline’s a woman property owner, without being a widow.”

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