Monday, July 7, 2014

Frank Williams and Belle Middlebrook

Frank E. Williams and Belle “Minnie” Middlebrook are my great-great-grandparents on my father’s side.

Frank Williams (son of William Williams and Abigail Jane “Abby” Beers) was born at Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut on November 6, 1858.  Frank died August 7, 1910 according to family records.   Belle Middlebrook, also known as Minnie, was born November 13, 1858 in Wilton to Samuel Middlebrook and Artemesia Olmstead.  She died December 5, 1887 in Weston at the age of 29. Her record of death lists her cause of death as pulmonary tuberculosis.

Frank and Belle were married February 7, 1877 at Wilton by Minister Sylvester Smith according to Wilton town records. In 1880 they were living in the village of Valley Forge in the town of Weston with their daughter Maud.  Frank was working as a moulder in a foundry.  

When Belle died in 1887 her children were young -- 8, 4, and 2.  Maud, her oldest child (and my grandmother) married in 1897, and in the 1900 U.S. Census Clifford, Belle’s youngest child, was living in his sister’s home with his grandmother, Abigail Beers Williams.  I haven’t found records of where the three children lived in the first years after their mother died.  Were they with their father at first?  And why wasn't Clifford living with his father in 1900?  Those darn missing 1890 census records!  Perhaps they would shed some light if they were available.  I have not been able to find records of Frank after Belle’s death except for an unverified date of death.

Children of Frank Williams and Belle Middlebrook:

i.              Maud Artemesia Williams, b. 21 Jan 1879, Weston, Fairfield, CT, d. 1 Feb 1954, Mount Kisco, Westchester, NY, m. 25 Dec 1897 Eugene Lafayette Beers  
ii.            Eva Williams, b. ca 1883,  d. 9 Dec 1965, Weston, m. Clinton Bradley Hull
iii.          Clifford M. Williams, b. 3 Oct 1885, d. 25 Aug. 1923, Connecticut, m. ca 1909 Lottie J. 

The family record section of my grandmother's Bible recording the marriage of Frank E. Williams and Minnie B. Middlebrook

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