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Re: Lewis WILLIAMS, 1850, Fayetteville, NC

Where did she go after leaving Fayetteville? Did she migrate to Ohio with her brothers?

The one thing I can't comprehend is why in Lewis Barge's estate settlement that only 5 of the children were mentioned. I'm guessing that no one stayed in touch with the Williams children who migrated out of state, but still it seems rather odd don't you think? I know that Charles Chesnutt's family returned to North Carolina after leaving the state, so I don't think there were barriers to the Williams descendants to returning to Fayetteville.

I also still can't get a handle on how Lewis acquired property, unless Sophia was the one who actually purchased the land. If I recall correctly, I think I did find a reference to a Sophia Williams purchasing land in the 1840's, but I haven't been able to find much else beyond that. And since Lewis is actually shown as owning the land in the 1850 census, I wonder if there was a transfer of title or some other transaction.

I haven't gotten the chance to check the deed books to see whether or not the Lewis Williams petition is reflected in other records. My guess would be that some record of ownership and compensation/sale would have been recorded, or some record of his freedom having been granted would be in the records. I don't think North Carolina required Free People of Color to register, like Virginia did, but I wonder if something is buried in the court records?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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