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Re: [SC] Descendants of Robert Smalls of Beufort
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I am a direct descendant of Robert Smalls (great granddaughter). The only name in the list that you have mentioned (Bampfield) are direct descendants of Robert Smalls. The others are direct descendants of Robert's first wife, Hannah Jones Smalls, who had two daughters before she married Robert. Hannah's daughters were Charlotte and Clara. Willie White Williams is a direct descendant of Charlotte who married into the Williams family. They are extended family (cousins) of the Robert Smalls descendants but are not related by blood to Robert Smalls. We all have the same great grandmother, Hannah Jones Smalls. Robert had three children by his first wife, Hannah, a son named Robert who died as a child, and two daughters, Sarah Smalls Williams who had no children, and Elizabeth Smalls Bampfield who married into the Bampfield family. Elizabeth who was my grandmother and my grandfather, Samuel J. Bampfield, had eleven children, nine who grew to adulthood. From this group there is a large group of living descendants. Robert also married a second time after the death of Hannah Smalls. He and his second wife, Anie Wigg Smalls, had one son, William Robert Smalls, and there are direct descendants from this marriage as well.
There are about 75 direct Robert Smalls descendants, related to him by blood. I can assure you that the family tree in the Billingsley book, "Yearning to Breathe Free", is accurate.
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