I’ve told you all about my obsession with all things Rev. Francis Hereford Williams, so over the next few weeks I will be sharing letters with you which lead me to believe he changed his name, and just like every other human, had bad things in his past happen. None of these things kept him from becoming a man of God.
First, I will remind you that he had suffered a gun shot wound to the head during the civil war and had gone to the Austin Confederate Home to recuperate. I think my great-grandmother, and his daughter Dona Williams Higginbotham was searching for answers for his condition, but this will all become more clear as I share the letters with you.
This is Dona, my great-grandmother.
Dona (Williams) Higginbotham
Here is the first letter.
Here is the transcription:
Nov. 5. 1917.
New Orleans, La.
I am very anxious to get in communication with some one who is a relative of either Stephen Boullimet or his wife, who was Miss Elizabeth Williams. both of whom have been dead many years. They had two sons – Julien and Will. and two daughters Mrs Rusk and Mrs Bartell or Bartelle.
If you could give me the address of anyone from whom I could make inquiries, I would appreciate it very much.
Mrs. R.F. Higginbotham
Next week, I will share the reply from the New Orleans Post Office.