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Re: Carrie Williams Clifford
In Response To: Carrie Williams Clifford ()

Hi Vernita,

Rosemary Clifford McDaniel, the one who initiated this thread, is Carrie's direct descendant. The little I know of her father stems from a few records, and info Rosemary has shared with me. Joshua was the brother of my great-great grandmother, Caroline (Carrie) Williams Sampson. I have yet to locate Fayetteville-related info on him beyond census records.

The Williams family belonged to a small circle of free people of color that included the Harris (educators Robert & Cicero Harris), Leary (Matthew & Lewis Leary) and Chesnutt (educator and writer Charles Waddell Chesnutt) families, all of whom had members who emigrated to Ohio in the 19th century. One of the Wiliams family (George H.) served as president of Fayetteville State Normal during the 1880's.

See Fayetteville State University History:

See the photo near the top, of the Williams family, graduates of the college in the 1880's.

This is all to suggest that her extended family ties may have influenced her early life. In the absence of other evidence, this might be all that you can draw upon.

However, I would suggest that you contact Rosemary, as I believe either her mother or grandmother made plans years ago to write Carrie's biography, and Rosemary may well have papers and documents that you need for your thesis.

I am sorry that I couldn't provide you with more info, but please contact me off-list and I'll see if I can help you further. I live and work in DC and have easy access to research sources (Library of Congress and National Archives)--if there is something significant that I could get for you from either of these two institutions.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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