Sarah Probert Watkins/Probert Family Papers
Series I: Correspondence of Sarah Probert Watkins, 1857-1915 houses letters written between Watkins and various (primarily female) family members. These women discuss their daily activities and communicate family and local news. Among the most frequent correspondents are Eliza (Probert) Freeman and Emma Frances Watkins.
Series II: Correspondence of George Probert, 1866-1899 and Series III: Correspondence of Other Family Members, 1864-1948 house letters written between other members of the Probert family. The majority of George Probert's correspondence discusses business and personal matters and dates from between 1866 and 1899.
Series IV: Other Family Papers, 1838-1879 houses letters to John Watkins (including a notice of an 1873 reunion of the 19th Ohio Battery) and items documenting Tinnie Watkins' training and certification as a school teacher.
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1 Linear Feet (2 half boxes)
The bulk of this collection houses correspondence between Sarah (Probert) Watkins and family and friends living in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois between 1865 and 1905. Other letters were written to and from George Probert and other members of the Probert family.
Sarah Victoria Probert was born to James and Sarah (Davies) Probert in Pittsfield, Ohio on May 24, 1841. She was one of seven children, including Eliza (Probert) Freeman (1830-1910), John (1832-1890), George W. (1835-1899), James (1837-1867), David G. (1839-), and Albert B. (1843-1913). Sarah Probert married Civil War veteran John Watkins on October 26, 1865 and the couple had five children: Mary (Watkins) Mills (1868-1898), Eliza Tinnie (1873-1960), Cornelia Corla (Watkins) Crosier (1877-1931), Louis Greble (1879-1951), and Emma Frances (1881-1932). Both Mary and Tinnie attended Oberlin College and became school teachers in Ohio. Sarah (Probert) Watkins died of cirrhosis of the liver on September 11, 1916 and is buried in South Pittsfield Cemetery.
This collection consists of two boxes divided into four series:
- Series I: Correspondence of Sarah Probert Watkins, 1857-1915
- Sub-Series A: Letters to Sarah Probert Watkins, 1857-1915
- Sub-Series B: Letters from Sarah Probert Watkins, 1898-1900
- Series II: Correspondence of George Probert, 1866-1899
- Sub-Series A: Letters to George Probert, 1868-1898
- Sub-Series B: Letters from George Probert, 1866-1899
- Series III: Correspondence of Other Family Members, 1864-1948
- Series IV: Other Family Papers, 1838-1879
Mildred Haines donated these papers to Special Collections.