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[VA] John Esten Cooke & African-American family
Eveylin/Eveline/Evalina Williams (c. 1800-1880+) was employed in 1880 as a household servant in Clarke Co., VA. Her employer, Virginia writer John Esten Cooke (1830-1886), was acquainted with Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, who were subjects of Cooke's writing.
Eveline Williams most likely is the widow of Macklin Williams. They are parents of Catherine Williams Strange, wife of Reuben Strange of Clarke Co., VA. Reuben's parents are John and Cloe/Chloe Strange of Clarke Co., VA. Reuben Strange (c. 1856-1900) was a farm laborer in VA; but around 1885 he and Catherine moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where Reuben worked as a puddler in the iron or steel industry.
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