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My name is Mary Williams. I am of the White-Williams family, which has a connection to Robert Smalls.

Smalls married a slave named Hannah Jones, who already had two children, Charlotte and Clara, when she married Robert.

The White-Williams family--a very large family with 11 siblings--is descended from Charlotte. (Beulah Salley was one of these siblings) Although Charlotte was raised in the Smalls household, she was not a biological child of Smalls. So the White-Williams's are not really descendants of Smalls, at least not in the biological sense.

Robert Smalls had one child with Hannah Jones: Elizabeth Lydia Smalls. She married a Samuel Bampfield and they had 11 children.
After Hannah died, Smalls maried Anna Wigg, and they gave birth to William Robert Smalls. The only Smalls descendants with the name "Smalls" are from this line.

There is a good website with more information on the Smalls family:

Hope this is of help.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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