Ladies of the House:
Key West home ownership a challenge, history shows
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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