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Re: Lewis WILLIAMS, 1850, Fayetteville, NC


Did some checking using to try to find evidence about the persons mentioned in the record at Lexis Nexis. Sophia L. Smith owned slaves according to the 1860 slave schedules, including a mulatto male 60 yrs. old and two mulatto male slaves, age 70. John P. McLean was in the census for 1850 (age 28)and for 1860 (age 36). Did not find a "C.J" Willliams in NC, but did find J.C. Williams and several other Williams names as slaveownwers.

Record refers to James "Husker", but think name is probably "Huske". Found several with this name in Cumberland County, NC. In 1860 census, Sophia Smith, John P. McLean, and "Com" Huske live near each other. Found James Banks,lawyer, age 33 in 1850 NC census. In 1860, Sophia Smith was in Fayetteville, 80 yrs old, quite wealthy, near Archibald McLean, bank officer, also wealthy.

There was an Eliza M. Matthews in Fayetteville (age 63) in 1850.

There was a young John Stewart (age 19) and a young Jessee Warden (age 17) in 1850 Cumberland County, NC, so would need to know date associated with the record that these men spoke in favor of Lewis Williams. Also found a John Stewart (age 41) in Fayetteville in 1850.

There were many slaveowners with the surname Williams in NC in 1850 & 1860.

I have doubts that the Lewis Williams in this Lexis Nexis record is "our" Lewis Williams, since ours was free by 1850, age 60, according to the census. Your thoughts?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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