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Re: Lewis WILLIAMS, 1850, Fayetteville, NC

Do you think Sophia Williams is the FPOC in the Sophia Smith household? I've not found any records identifying Sophia William's maiden name.

I did find a record @1842 where a woman named Sophia Williams purchased a small plot of land in Fayetteville, but I've never found any indication of how Lewis Williams acquired the land that his children divided after his death. I am assuming of course that Sophia preceeded him in death.

I searched through Fayetteville deed books at the courthouse and couldn't find anything on Lewis. There are other Williams deeds, but none indexed by his name. I explored the possibility that Lewis may have been enslaved and freed, which is why the legislative petition in the earlier post was of interest to me. It puts Lewis in the right place and to have been of the right age. Again I have yet to get to the Law Library to view the original petition, but my hunch says this Lewis looks like a good candidate. It of course does not explain how it was possible for a Lewis Williams to be enumerated as free in the census. However I've done work on antebellum FPOC in Virginia and have found cases where a slave was indexed as the emancipator of another slave --go figure.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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