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Williams Family Mysteries-4

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I'm not sure how this "mysteries" thing works. But, one of the major mysteries I'm trying to find clues for regards Roderick Seal Williams, aka "Bob" or R.S., who was the son of Phillip Freeman Williams and Elizabeth Graham. He was born in 1857. RS was raised by his sister Bett Ware and her husband Johnson Ware, to an extent, when Elizabeth Graham died c. 1860. I'm not sure how much time the men of our family and their allied families spent at home since RS was a child during the Civil War and from what I have seen the Williams and Ware men who were of fighting age were in the war. I saw a record of Phillip Freeman Williams, even in his 50s, fighting. My daddy told me that RS left Bett's when he was 14. I read that he was headed to Texas in a news article clipping about him, and that Ramsey Springs was good enough for him to just stay rather than continue on his way. Another cousin of ours, a grand daughter of John Bailey Williams III, (another son of Phillip Freeman Williams and Elizabeth Graham) thinks RS may have been headed to Texas to see their uncle, John Franklin Williams.

Anyway, in my searches, I found a local politician named Roderick Seal, (1817-1899) from Biloxi, and I have been trying to see if our family was affiliated with this man in any way, or if he was just someone that was looked up to by many families. So much so, that our grandfather Phillip would name his son after him? I also ran across a Daily Herald article that mentioned Roderick Seal representing the people as a senator and in the same article a Daniel Walker, possibly the father of RS's second wife, Sabrah Walker, was also mentioned as a local county representative to the some sort of conservative party.

You can read about Roderick Seal, the Biloxi attorney and state senator, who Seal Ave, in Biloxi is named after, here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46854842/roderick-seal

posted by Janice (Williams) Ferguson
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Categories: Family Mysteries