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David R. Williams and Stacey (Singleton?) Seale/Lato
Posted by: Thomas Fort (ID *****8176) Date: December 29, 2010 at 16:05:02
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Looking for anyone else who can provide more information about the marriage and/or ancestors of David R. Williams and Stacey A. Williams. This couple moved several times between Harris County, Georgia and Russell County, Alabama.
David was born about 1810 somewhere in NC, and followed the southwestern migration and moved to Georgia, where he married a Stacey Ann somebody sometime in the mid 1830’s. (According to one descendant's grandmother, her last name was Singleton, but I haven’t found anything to corroborate that.)
They apparently lived somewhere in Georgia until after the birth of daughter Mary Eliza, who is shown in the 1850 Census as born in Ga. about 1837, and before the birth of son William J. born in Ala. about 1838. There is a record of a David R. Williams in Dale County (northwest of Dothan) with four in the family, which kind of matches – 1 male and 1 female both 20-30 and a boy and a girl both under 5. Also, later on, some members of the family moved to southeastern Alabama or southwestern Georgia, so earlier roots there may be the reason. If so, Stacey could have come from somewhere in southwest Georgia. The 16-year age difference between David and Stacey in 1850 seems to be incorrect. Later censuses would be consistent in ages that indicate a birth year for Stacey of about 1815.
In 1850, at least for a short time when the census was taken, they were back in Georgia in Harris County, “District 19”, which as far as I can tell was in the southwestern part of the county. But it doesn’t appear they stayed very long.

About 1850 or '51 David and Stacey Williams moved to Russell County, Alabama to the area that was to be known as Seale and Lato. A Russell County Landowners Map dated 1851 ( for “Township 15 Range 29 (Copy 2)” shows a D. R. Williams as an owner. This is northeast of Seale.

From the 1860 Census, Stacey's last two children, Merrick and John B, had been born in 1854 and 1859 in Alabama. Husband David had passed away in 1858 apparently when she was pregnant with John B. The 1860 Census for Russell County shows Stacy apparently as a widow.

David and Stacy’s daughter Lucy married Jeptha Brown December 22, 1859 and they set up house nearby. In 1868, Stacy's daughter Minerva married Jacob Martin and they, too, set up a household nearby.

From the 1870 Census for Russell County, Stacy’s sons Davis B. and Merrick’s (possibly twins) were living with her. Her daughter Minerva and another son William were also nearby.

From the 1880 Census for Harris County, Georgia, between 1870 and 1880, Stacy and her son John, her daughter Minerva, son-in-law Jacob Martin and their children had moved back to Harris county to Milner's Crossroads, a town that used to be at the intersection of Oak Mountain and Milner Road, about 5 miles north of Waverly Hall. It was also known as Cleola and Oak Mountain. John went to work on a farm nearby.

I have probate documents that say Stacy died in July, 1882.

Please reply if you can help. This couple is one of my brickwalls.
Tom Fort

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