Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Update on Great-Great-Grandfather Frank E. Williams

Previously I wrote a post on Frank Williams and Belle Middlebrook, my great-great-grandparents.  At the time that I wrote that post I did not know what had happened to Frank after Belle died in 1887.  Today, almost two years later to the day, I have pieced together a partial answer.

After Belle Williams died, Frank married Alma May Sartwell in Norwalk, Connecticut on July 20, 1889.  Some time between their marriage date and 1897 they moved to Derby, Connecticut.  Frank continued working as a moulder (his occupation when he lived in Weston, Connecticut) and according to the Seymour City Directory was working for the Seymour Iron Foundry in nearby Seymour, Connecticut in 1899.

Frank and Alma Sartwell Williams had at least three children together. Given the gap between the second and third child, I suspect there may have been other children:

  • Grace L. Williams, born July 3, 1893 at Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Emma Williams, born 1895 at Connecticut
  • Edna May Williams, born May 18, 1904 at Derby, Connecticut
Frank Eugene Williams died August 7, 1910 at Middletown, Connecticut at the age of 51.  Alma May Sartwell Williams died August 3, 1946 at the age of 79. Both of them are buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery in Derby, Connecticut. 

Some questions are still unanswered.  I'd like to know who raised Frank and Belle's three young children, Maud, Eva and Clifford, after Belle died and before they married.  Did they continue to live with Frank or did they go to live with grandparents or other relatives? Maud, my great-grandmother married in 1897 at the age of  18.  Eva married in 1899 at the age of 16.  Clifford was living with his sister Maud and Maud's family in 1900 when he was 15.

© 2016 Deborah Garber

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