General History of Indian Key
Excerpts from the Key West Enquirer newspaper on Indian
By Dr. Joe Knetsch
Page by Jerry Wilkinson
[Terms "in ballast" means no cargo (additional ballast has been
loaded to produce the weight of the non-existent cargo. "Ballast to master"
means no cargo and the ship's master (cargo ships used the title master
rather than captain) is acting as the agent (no hired agent in port)J.W.]
- January 3, 1835: Married, At Indian Key, on Wednesday the 24th
ult by the Rev. Mr. Gazaway, CHARLES HOWE, Esq. to Mrs. ABIGAIL TALBOT,
daughter of Silas Fletcher Esq. all of that Island.
- January 24, 1835: MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE Dr. Henry S. Waterhouse
and his son, residents of Indian Key, left the island on Saturday evening
the 17th inst. in a boat on an excursion of fishing. The following morning
it was discovered they had not returned - boats were immediately despatched
in search of them, the boat in which they went was very soon discovered
bottom upwards, and on further examination during the day, the body of
the Doctor was found and brought to this island, and this day interred.
No discovery has yet been made of his son. It is the general opinion that
the boat capsized in a very severe squall which occurred during the evening
they left the Key. Indian Key, Jan. 18, 1835. [There is evidence that
Silas Fletcher established a private post office at Indian Key in 1833.
However, Dr. Waterhouse was officially appointed as postmaster April 19,
1834. As the result of his death, Charles Howe was appointed February 9,
- February 21, 1835: Marine Intelligence. Port of Key West. Arrived.
Sch. Thistle, Eagans, Indian Key, ballast to master, Passengers,
Mrs. Eagans and Mrs. Otis, of Indian Key. Sailed. S1 [sloop] Thistle,
Eagans, Indian Key, Passengers, Mrs. Eagans and Mrs. Otis.
Six weeks after date I shall apply
to the Honorable the Judge of the county court for Monroe county, for letters
of adminstration on the estate of H. S. Waterhouse deed. JACOB HOUSMAN.
Feb. 5, 1835
- March 28, 1835: Marine Intelligence. Port of Key West. Arrived.
March 23, Sloop Actor, Willse, Indian Key, ballast, to master. Cleared.
March 22 Sloop Sarah Isabella, Coombs, Indian Key, F. A. Browne.
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for - the County of Monroe, will be held on Monday the 4th day of
May, 1835 at the following places in said county under the superintendence
of the following inspectors, viz: In Key West, at the Engine House. Inspectors.
THOMAS EASTIN. JN. P. BALDWIN. ASA F. TIFT. In Indian Key at the store
of Jacob Houseman Esqr. Inspectors. SILAS FLETCHER. WILLIAM H. FLETCHER.
ODIT PHILLIPPI. Given under my hand and seal this 1st day of April 1835.
WM. R. HACKLEY, Judge M.C.C. By the Judge: JOS. A. THOURON, Clerk, M.C.C.
- April 11, 1835: Marine Intelligence. Port of Key West. Arrived.
April 9, Schr John Dennison, Cole, Charleston, via Indian Key.
- July 25, 1835: The Spanish Brig Fanny, Joaquin Costa, master,
bound from Havana to Charleston, in ballast, struck on Carysfort Reef on
the night of the 15th inst., unshipped her rudder, and was relieved by
the wrecking schooners Olive Branch, Pizarro and Amelia.
She had several passengers on board, who left the vessel and proceeded
to Indian Key, all of whom we have since learned, have gone to Charleston
in the schr. John Dennison which left the 20th. The brig proceeded
on her voyage.
- August 1, 1835: NOTICE. Whereas my wife Henrietta has quitted
my bed and board, I hereby forwarn all persons from harboring or trusting
her on my account, for I will not pay any debts of her contracting. LEMUEL
OTIS. Indian Key, 25 July 1835.
- October 3, 1835: Since our last, we learn that the British brig
from Laguna, for London, with a cargo of Logwood, stated to be lying at
Indian Key waiting for a pilot to bring her to Key West, having sprung
a leak, has been run ashore and abandoned by the Captain to the Wreckers.
Marine Intelligence. Port of Key West. Arrived. Oct. 2 - Schr Fair
American, Coombs, Logwood, &c from wreck Br brig Thomas, at Indian
Key, to F. A. Browne. Sailed. Sept. 30 - Schr John Dennison, Cold,
- November 7 , 1835:(unreadable) is being (unreadable) at Indian
Key for the accommodation of borders and transient persons. This is what
we have long wanted to see - a place where persons who are afflicted can
repair from a northern climate. The establishment will be conducted by
the proprietor, Mr. Spencer, a gentleman in every way qualified to please
the public. He has very commodious buildings, sufficient to accommodate
any number of persons who may favor him with a call, with separate rooms
for families. Indian Key is a beautiful island, within a few hours sail
of Key West. It is surrounded with bays and inlets which abound with game
and fish of all kinds, and we (cut off)
- November ____:A Resort for Invalids. The subscriber having settled
himself on Indian Key, have determined to open a HOUSE for boarding and
lodging, and believing it to be one of the most favorable situations in
the United States for persons who are suffering from pulmonary, dispeptic
and numerous chronic diseases, and obliged to seek a refuge from the chill
blasts of a northern winter, he feels safe in saying that Indian Key cannot
be surpassed for beauty, health and climate. Frost has never been known
here - the thermometer seldom below 55 or 56 in winter, nor up to 90 in
summer. It is entirely exposed to the sea from every point of the compass.
The fare of his table and bar shall be as good as the market will afford,
and attended by experienced servants. Private room for lodging gentlemen,
ladies, and families neatly arranged. The undersigned hopes by diligent
attention and industry to merit the custom of his friends and the public
generally. S. A. SPENCER. Indian Key, Monroe County, Territory of Florida,
November 7, 1835. tf. The St. Augustine Herald, Charleston Courier, Philadelphia
Saturday Courier and New York Advocate and Journal will give the above
five insertions and forward their accounts to this office for payment.
- December__, 1835 . PASSENGERS Per Brig Somerset, from Charleston
Mrs. Cold and family, of Indian Key
- January 23, 1836: THE INDIANS. We have the gratification of informing
our friends at a distance that no further advance has been made by the
Indians since our last. It has been satisfactorily ascertained that they
had not a few days back yet visited Cape Florida, although their fires
had been observed at no great distance in the interior. Four canoes of
friendly Indians or those accustomed to trading at Indian Key were in that
vicinity a few days since, but it is said they received warning not to
land and soon after disappeared again. It is to be regretted that they
were not taken and examined. Considerable alarm still prevails at Indian
Key, and we think not without reason, as the force they can muster for
its defence does not amount of more than 15 men - and as parties of Indians
have been in the habit of visiting it for the purpose of traffic, they
are consequently acquainted with the resources of the Island, the value
of the property there &c.
Election Notice. Notice is hereby given, that an election for Clerk
of Monroe County Court, Sheriff and Coroner will be held on Monday the
1st day of February 1836, at the following places under the superintendence
of the following Inspectors. In Key West at the Engine House. Inspectors.
ROBERT R. FLETCHER. ALEXANDER PATTERSON. ASA F. TIFT. At Indian Key at
the store of J. Housman. Inspectors CHARLES HOWE. JACOB HOUSMAN. LEMUEL
OTIS. At Key Vacas at the store of Wm. Whitehead. Inspectors. WM. WHITEHEAD.
JOSEPH BETHELL. WM. BETHELL. Given under my hand and seal this 26th day
of December A. D. 1835. By the Judge: W. R. HACKLEY. JOS. A. THOURON, Clerk,
M. C. C.
- June 18, 1836: The U. S. Mail Schooner Hope, Capt. Walker,
arrived from Charleston via Indian Key on Tuesday evening 14th inst., having
met with a succession of calm weather, the greater part of her voyage.
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