Sigsbee Community Photographs

 


Watts Family Photograph

The Watts Family
(Photograph Compliments of Mike Lowery)

The Watts Family lived and worked in the Sigsbee Community during its early years. From the photo on the History of the Sigsbee Community page you will notice that there are two men standing in front of the Blacksmith's Shop and Grist Mill. The writer was told that these two men were in fact William Thomas Watts (the older gentleman to the left) and his brother, James T. Watts, who lived with William and Emily for a while. When time and resources permit, I hope to have more information on this family and others that may have lived in the Sigsbee Community on Lookout Mountain.

This is a photograph of the Sigsbee home of the mother of William Thomas Watts, Mrs. Mary Caroline (Argo) Watts. According to Watts family member Leon McClung, the woman appearing in the photo and walking up the front steps is one of William Watts' sisters, Mrs. Mae (Watts) McClung, who ran a store from this Sigsbee home some time after her mother's death.


Watts Family Home at Sigsbee

The Watts Sigsbee Home
(Photograph Compliments of Mike Lowery)


Watts Family Photograph

The Watts Family
(Photograph Compliments of Mike Lowery)

This is a photograph of the Watts family in front of their Sigsbee Community home. In the front row, from left to right: William Thomas Watts, Ethel (Watts) McClung, Emily Missouri (Henderson) Watts, Estel (Watts) Brown, Mary Caroline (Argo) Watts, and Vera (Watts) Brisendine. On the back row, from left to right: Earl Watts, Lillie Mae (Watts) Evans, Ines (Watts) Wills, and Clara (Watts) Smith. Interestingly, Clara Watts was an operator at the Sigsbee telephone exchange that was located upstairs in the Watts Family home during those years, as well as others in the family during that time.
This is a photograph of Little Buck Watts, one of Thomas & Emily Watts children that died as an infant.


Little Buck Watts Photograph

Little Buck Watts
(1904-1906)
(Photograph Compliments of Mike Lowery)


Watts July 4th Picnic
(Photograph Compliments of Chubby Brisendine & Leon McClung)

This is a photograph of a family dinner on July 4th at the home of Emily Missouri (Henderson) Watts somewhere around 1942 according to Leon McClung.
This is another photograph of the Watts Family home in the Sigsbee Community. Standing is Emily Missouri (Henderson) Watts and her daughter Estell (Watts) Brown.


The Watts Sigsbee Home
(Photograph Compliments of Chubby Brisendine & Leon McClung)


The Watts Sigsbee Home
(Photograph Compliments of Chubby Brisendine & Leon McClung)

This is another photograph of the Watts Family home taken years after the Watts Family lived there. It was probably taken somewhere between the 1970s & 1980. This is the way I (Rayford Henderson, Jr.) remember it when I was growing up on the old dirtroad (now paved DeKalb Co. Rd. 247) that connects to Al. St. Hwy. 176 very near the location of this building. It was to here that I would sometimes sneak away from home and explore the once happy homes & businesses of the Sigsbee Community.
This photo is of Hoyt Brisendine, his wife (i.e. - Vera (Watts) Brisendine, and their four children, of which "Chubby" Brisendine appears as the smallest lad in his overalls (my own personal favorite attire). This photo was taken at the Watts Family homeplace around 1942.


Hoyt Brisendine & Family
(Photograph Compliments of Chubby Brisendine & Leon McClung)


Emily Missouri (Henderson) Watts and Family
(Photograph Compliments of Chubby Brisendine & Leon McClung)

This photo of Emily Missouri (Henderson) Watts and her children, was taken in front of the old blacksmith shop around the 1940s. Pictured from Left to right are: Ethel (Watts) McClung, Ines (Watts) Wills Vera (Watts) Brisendine, Emily (Henderson) Watts, Lillie Mae (Watts) Evans, Clara (Watts) Smith, Estel (Watts) Brown, Polly Watts, and Earl Watts.