On January 10, 2012, I received an e-mail message from My Cousin’s husband on my genealogy website contact form. He stated to me, “I have recently started to trace our family tree and believe there may be a connection to my wife’s grandfather ‘Leander Singleton Gilliam’ through your great-grandmother ‘Hannah Gilliam’ (as described in your genealogy blog). If interested in more info, please contact me.”
I responded to him via e-mail and then on the phone. We quickly discussed the fact that my Hannah [Singleton-Nelson] Gilliam was my Great Great Grandmother and that Leander Singleton Gilliam would have to be her son. Hannah carried her slave name Singleton, and Gilliam was her married name.
My cousin’s husband informed me that his wife was white and they were surprised to see mulatto on one of the US Census records for Leander when he lived in North Carolina. The Census records in Worcester, MA for the years 1900-1930, Leander and his family are listed as White. I informed Hank that my 2x Grandmother Hannah was very fair and so was her sister Jane B. Collins, as they could pass as White. Some family members chose to pass and others did not.
Even though I was having this conversation with a Gilliam descendant, I still was not positive that this Leander was Hannah’s son.
A few day’s ago, I was sent me a map of Hope Cemetery that had writing on the back of it in Leander’s (assumed) handwriting. This map clearly proved that my Cully, Gilliam, Collins family were related. I was also sent photo’s of Leander and his three sons, as I will present on a later post.
|Hope Cemetery, Worcester Mass Section Map
Markings of where family is buried
Plot 76 is where my 2X Grandmother Hannah Gilliam & My Cully, Collins family is buried.
|Writing on the Back of the Hope Cemetery Section Map|
Perpetual Care See Mr. Burbank, Superintendent
Hannah Gilliam 1839-1914
Joseph A Collins
Jane B. Collins
Nora J Cully
There were one discrepancy as Nora J A Cully was the daughter of Nora A Cully and she was the one buried in Plot 6772, Section 76. She was born 1911 and died in 1936. The mother was buried in Plot 6767, Section 76, (RF2) with her son William E.
See my prior post Hope Cemetery-Part #1 at this link.