Posted By:Geoffrey Lawson
Post Date:August 15, 2010 at 06:45:47
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Forum:Amherst County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Looking for the Williams family of Amherst County, VA:

Amanda Williams (born about 1840) married Alexander Beverly (son of Samuel Beverly and Rhoda Terry) and had two children: Willis and Rhoda. The Beverly family was forced to register in Amherst County's "Registry of Free Negroes" in 1806. The Beverly's were likely Native Americans from the Monacan Nation in Amherst County. Alexander died fighting for the Confederacy.

Amanda then married Absalom Ailstock 25 Jan 1866 in Amherst County. They had three sons: Estridge, Henry, and William. They moved to Sago, Upshur County, WV where Amanda died before 1906. The Ailstock family were free born mulattos (Bantu African and possibly Portuguese ) included in the Rockbridge County, VA 'Registry of Free Negroes'.

The racial background of Amanda Williams is unknown. Although family lore suggests she was a Cherokee, she may have been the daughter of Nancey B. Williams and granddaughter of Isabel Williams included in the 'Registry of Free Negroes' for Amherst County in 1832.

Amanda Williams-Beverly-Ailstock was my great-great-grandmother. Now that the Ailstock family is proven to be Bantu African, I would like to put the Native American question in my family to rest no matter where the chips may lay.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.