Francis Hereford Williams

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Francis Hereford Williams
b: 04 Mar 1843
d: 16 Dec 1917
Biography
1880 UNITED STATES FED CENSUS
ENUMERATED: 15 JUNE 1880
Name: Francis H. Williams
Home in 1880: 1st Ward, Caddo, Louisiana
Age: 37
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self
Estimated Birth Year: 1843
Spouse Name: Susan M. Williams [actually says Sarah M. transcription is wrong]
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: School Teacher
Marital Status: Married
Household Members:
Susan M. Williams [actually says Sarah M. transcription is wrong] Age 24
Occupation Housekeeper born Alabama, father born GA, mother born Alabama
Minnie O. Williams Age 7 months born Louisiana

1900 UNITED STATES FED CENSUS
ENUMERATED: 6 JUNE 1900
Name: F H Williams
Home in 1900: Texarkanna Ward 1, Bowie, Texas
[Texarkana, Bowie, Texas]
514 Olive Street
Age: 57
Birth Date: Mar 1843
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
Spouse's Name: Sarah Williams
Marriage Year: 1868
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 32
Occupation: Preacher
Household Members:
F H Williams 57
Sarah Williams 44 Children: 4 Living: 2
Minnie Williams 20

1910 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
ENUMERATED: 24 APR 1910
Name: Rysair H Williams [Francis H Williams]
Age in 1910: 68
Estimated Birth Year: 1842
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: West Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: West Virginia
Occupation: Preacher Baptist
Spouse's Name: Sarah M Williams
Home in 1910: Texarkana Ward 3, Bowie, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Rysair H Williams 68
Sarah M Williams 56 Children:4 Living: 2

The Daily Texarkanian, Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas
Monday, December 17, 1917

OLD WOUND IS FATAL

F.H. Williams Was Wounded in the
Head During the Civil-War.

F.H. Williams, 79, a well known Confederate veteran of this city, died at 6:30 o'clock last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Hooks, 1212 Olive Street. He had but recently undergone an operation to secure relief from a wartime wound in his head, but the infirmities of age, together with the seriousness of his wound, were too great to admit of his recovery.

The obsequies took place from the Hooks residence this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Rev. G. W. McCall, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating, and the burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife and by two daughters, Mesdames Charles A. Hooks and Rufus F. Higginbotham of this city. He had lived here for many years.


MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:
Trying to prove FHW's Civil war service:
Found in family collection multiple letters written to Mildred Williams, his wife, on Confederate Home of Austin, Texas paper or letterhead. In these letters he refers to himself as a Dr., and that he gets paid to do lectures at times, he also refers to his head wound. I tracked down the Register of the Austin Confederate Home, and found a FA Williams, physcian, born in Missouri on the Register. It lists the regiment and company he was in but I can't read it. I believe it says Company "E" 1st LA Vol Infantry, Wright's. The register says he entered the home on Aug 15, 1890. The first letter that I have in the collection was written on Oct 21, 1890 and the last letter is Jan 6, 1891.

Found a picture of a gentlemen in the family collection that states on the back of the photo: "Corporal James Adams, Co. 'D'. 1st Regmt LA Vol C.S.A. Lost his leg at battle of Malvern Hill, VA Jul 2, 1862 Sunday - Thus another young man commenced the weary march through life with one limb having given the other for Country, Home and Fireside. F.H.W. A Commrade". I looked at the Austin Confederate Home Register and James Adams is the very first person listed on the register. I did some research on him and found him listed on the muster rolls for the company listed above and it states that he was discharged for disability, but not for loss of a limb, but poor eyesite. Which you can see in the picture that he has one eye that looks at his nose while the other eye looks forward. I found nothing in his records about the loss of his leg.

Found in family collection an invitation to a United Daughters of the Confederacy Foreman's Ball To the Veterans and Families for Jan 18, 1913. The invitation was addressed to him.

His obit states that he was a well known Confederate Veteran who suffered a head wound during the war and that was the eventual cause of his death. His death certificate states that his cause of death was Senility, contributed to old head gun shot wound for which he had an operation on Dec 10, 1917. He died Dec 16, 1917.

To further complicate matters other letters found in the family collection indicate that FHW had a falling out with his family and possibly changed his name to Francis Hereford Williams. The letters are from his daughter Dona, my great grandmother to descendants of his possible sister Elizabeth Watkins Boullemet of New Orleans, LA. Elizabeth's daughter writes to Dona that Elizabeth's brother had a falling out with the family for secretly marrying a young woman employed and trusted by his parents and they never heard from him again after the civil war. I did extensive research on the Watkins and Boullemet family in New Orleans and can find no tie to FHW.



Facts
  • 04 Mar 1843 - Birth - ; St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
  • 17 Dec 1917 - Burial - Woodlawn Cemetery ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 16 Dec 1917 - Death - ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1880 - Residence - Living together: Francis H Williams (37,Head,School Teacher), Sarah M (Wife,24,Home), Min ; Caddo Parish, Louisiana
  • 1915 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Francis H., r 720 W 24th ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1914 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1910 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1912 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1908 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1906 - Residence - City Directory, Williams Francis H (Mildred) carp h 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1901 - Residence - City Directory, Williams Rev Francis H, res 922 Olive ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 15 Aug 1890 - Residence - Admitted to Confederate Home ; Austin, Texas
  • 1891 - Residence - Austin City Directory 1891, Williams F.H., Inmate Confederate Home ; Austin, TX
  • 1910 - Residence - Living together: Francis H Williams (Head,68,Baptist Preacher), Sarah M (56, Wife) ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1900 - Residence - Living together: F H Williams (Head,57,Preacher), Sarah (Wife,44), Minnie ( Dau,20). ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • bef 1890 - Occupation - Physician- listed as Physician on Confederate Home Roster and refers to himself as Doctor
  • 1908 - Religion - Charter Member and Founding Pastor of the Highland Park Baptist Church ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1880 - Residence - Living together: Francis H Williams (37,Head,School Teacher), Sarah M (Wife,24,Home), Min ; Caddo Parish, Louisiana
  • 1915 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Francis H., r 720 W 24th ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1914 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1910 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1912 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1908 - Residence - City Directory: Williams, Rev Francis H., r 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1906 - Residence - City Directory, Williams Francis H (Mildred) carp h 720 W 22nd ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1901 - Residence - City Directory, Williams Rev Francis H, res 922 Olive ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 15 Aug 1890 - Residence - Admitted to Confederate Home ; Austin, Texas
  • 1891 - Residence - Austin City Directory 1891, Williams F.H., Inmate Confederate Home ; Austin, TX
  • 1910 - Residence - Living together: Francis H Williams (Head,68,Baptist Preacher), Sarah M (56, Wife) ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
  • 1900 - Residence - Living together: F H Williams (Head,57,Preacher), Sarah (Wife,44), Minnie ( Dau,20). ; Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Ancestors
   
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Thomas Watkins
abt 1795 - 1 Nov 1864
  
  
  
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Francis Hereford Williams
04 Mar 1843 - 16 Dec 1917
  
 
  
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Descendancy Chart
Francis Hereford Williams b: 04 Mar 1843 d: 16 Dec 1917
Sarah Mildred Martin b: 13 Mar 1856
Eudonia A "Dona" Williams b: 20 Jan 1881 d: 28 Sep 1927
Rufus Francis Higginbotham Jr. b: 7 Aug 1876 d: 21 Sep 1923
Francis Milton Higginbotham b: 19 Oct 1909 d: 29 Dec 1956
Ruby Pauline Green b: 03 Aug 1913 d: 15 Feb 2005
Rufus Earl Higginbotham Sr. b: 9 Nov 1900 d: 3 Feb 1975
Edna Lennie Harris b: 26 Sep 1908 d: 26 Mar 1994
Lou Jane Higginbotham b: 01 Jul 1932 d: 02 Feb 2012
Minnie Elizabeth Williams b: 17 NOV 1879 d: 16 DEC 1966
Charles Augustus Hooks Jr. b: 11 OCT 1878 d: 28 JAN 1940
Charles Augustus Hooks III b: 23 Oct 1909 d: 3 Sep 1993
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Thomas Watkins
Birthabt 1795Pennsylvania
Death1 Nov 1864 New Orleans, Louisiana
Marriageto ?
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MFrancis Hereford Williams
Birth04 Mar 1843St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
Death16 Dec 1917Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage19 May 1878to Sarah Mildred Martin at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FElizabeth Watkins
Birth3 April 1822Pennsylvania
Death16 May 1889New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana
Marriage17 May 1838to Stephen Boullemet at Louisiana
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Francis Hereford Williams
Birth04 Mar 1843St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
Death16 Dec 1917 Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage19 May 1878to Sarah Mildred Martin at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherThomas Watkins
Mother?
PARENT (F) Sarah Mildred Martin
Birth13 Mar 1856Butler, Alabama
Death
Marriage19 May 1878to Francis Hereford Williams at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherHenry Washington Martin
MotherSarah "Sallie" Ann Courtney
CHILDREN
FEudonia A "Dona" Williams
Birth20 Jan 1881Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death28 Sep 1927Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage7 Feb 1900to Rufus Francis Higginbotham Jr. at Bowie Co., Texas
FMinnie Elizabeth Williams
Birth17 NOV 1879Caddo, Louisiana
Death16 DEC 1966Galveston, Texas
Marriage17 Oct 1903to Charles Augustus Hooks Jr. at New Boston, Bowie, Texas, United States
Evidence
[S-2122891854] 1900 United States Federal Census
[S-2122898309] 1910 United States Federal Census
[S-2122910945] 1880 United States Federal Census
[S-1799845225] Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
[S-2122911199] Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
[S-1792985504] Austin, Texas Directory, 1887-92

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