Finding aid for the John Otis Wattles and Esther Whinery Wattles Family Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Wattles, John Otis and Esther Whinery
Title: John Otis Wattles and Esther Whinery Wattles Family Papers
Dates: 1820-1960
Dates: 1838-1864
Extent: 1.20 linear feet (2 containers)
Abstract: John Otis Wattles was a radical Hicksite Quaker and an ardent abolitionist. With his brother Augustus, John founded the Prairie Home Community in Logan County, Ohio; the Clermont/Excelsior, Ohio, utopian community; and, later, the town of Moneka, Kansas. John married Esther Whinery, an elementary school teacher, in 1844. The Wattles brothers and Esther actively defended John Brown. They continued to promote abolitionism and utopian communal living until John Wattles' death in 1859. Esther and her three daughters then returned from Kansas to Oberlin, Ohio, where the girls attended Oberlin College. Esther died in Coconut Grove, Florida, in 1908. The collection consists of articles of incorporation, autobiographies, by-laws, correspondence, essays, genealogical charts, journals, ledger books, lists, magazine and newspaper clippings, memoirs, minutes, notes, obituaries, poems, a scrapbook, speech texts, and wills.
MS Number MS 5041
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English